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Tammy movie review

Tammy may be the best testament there can ever be the amazing talent that is Melissa McCarthy.  The marketing was terrible, the script is rife with problems and the cast is bloated to the point of distraction… and the movie’s still entertaining.  Read the rest of this entry

Christmas with the Kranks (movie review)

Who would have guessed Jamie Lee Curtis could squawk like that?

In November of 2001, John Grisham took time off from writing about lawyers saving the world and published Skipping Christmas just in time to cash in on the holiday season. People generally consider the book to be “just OK;” a mediocre effort from a great writer. Entertainment Weekly gave it a C+, that sort of thing. However, when the novel was adapted for the silver screen, the bar lowered further still. Read the rest of this entry

Behind the Candelabra quick movie review

Matt Damon and Michael Douglas star as Scott Thorson and Liberace in the film nobody wanted to make (because it’s “too gay”), Behind the Candelabra.  They finally found a home for their picture at HBO, bringing life to the story of the piano playing legend and Thorson, who wrote the book from which the movie is adapted.

As you may have gathered from the quick movie review affix, I don’t have much to say about Behind the Candelabra.  It’s a good movie, but I wouldn’t say it’s great.  It’s more of performer’s movie rather than the combining all of the elements of film all together and doing something unforgettable.  Matt Damon and Michael Douglas are wonderful in the starring roles and I gained new respect for Scott Bakula and Debbie Reynolds, but Dan Aykroyd is barely in the movie and just distracted me, and Rob Lowe looked so freakish that… yeah, that distracted me, too.

Anyway, the story just didn’t grab me, so to speak.  It held my attention, but I wasn’t especially invested in what happened to Scott Thorson, and I think that’s what was missing here.  It’s a good flick, but not great; I’m giving Behind the Candelabra 8 out of 10.

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