Fatal Attraction (Adrian Lyne, 1987)

Just a few flaws about plot:  boiling rabbit, abduction of child from school (mind you), you got the attack in Close’s apartment between Douglas and Close.  Where are the police in all this?  They don’t materialize until the end.  Dramatic tension was building but this giant gaffe sinks the story just a little.  Its a barnburner and one I still can’t turn off if its on (probably seen it 20 times, gulp).  Michael Douglas at his high point and adulterous men at their low point. ** 1/2 / ***** (used to be *** 1/2 / ***** before this realization) Continue reading Fatal Attraction (Adrian Lyne, 1987)

The Happening (M. Night Shyamalan, 2008)

1.   Worst direction in the performance of extras – many instances of smiling children at the time of worst peril. 2.   Worst moment in film history– Wahlberg singing the Doobie Brothers’ Black Water. 3.   Worst diffusing comic banter of any disaster film ever made. 4.   Second Worst moment film history– Wahlberg’s conversation with the plant. 5.   Best looking leads (Wahlberg and Zooey Deschanel) who maintain fine apparel and pristine makeup throughout the calamity. 6.   Most disinteresting and superficial insertion of marital problems in a complete failed attempt at story narrative. 7.   The worst case of “I cannot believe what I am watching here” ever. 8.   Worst case of … Continue reading The Happening (M. Night Shyamalan, 2008)

The Bridge (Eric Steel, 2006)

A little bit of gonzo doc! From IMDb: “The documentary caused significant controversy when Eric Steel revealed that he had tricked the Golden Gate Bridge committee into allowing him to film the bridge for months and had captured 23 suicides which took place during the filming phase of the project.  In his permit application to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area Steel said he intended “to capture the powerful, spectacular intersection of monument and nature that takes place every day at the Golden Gate Bridge.”
 Steel interviewed relatives of the suicide victims, not informing them that he had footage of … Continue reading The Bridge (Eric Steel, 2006)