Monday, 27 September 2010

Dracula (1992)

Not a spectacularly bad ending but I thought tracking Dracula down to the Houses of Parliament in London seemed a bit weird. (Though I live in England and the audience around me loved it, laughing and cheering...)

Monday, 20 September 2010

Julie and Julia (2009)

I usually prefer not to reveal details about my personal life in this blog but this is a special case - one that shows how the concept of a "twist too far" can also apply "off" the silver screen.

I saw this film last year and enjoyed it thoroughly. What a delightful movie! But when the lights came up, my wife of fifteen years turned to me - with a look of staunch resolution on her face -and informed me that she'd been having an affair.

Apparently, seeing Julie and Julia had been the immediate catalyst for her deciding that she "didn't want to live a lie" anymore. In her pursuit of her true self, she moved out, divorced me and sold the movie rights to her own blog (which she had quit her job to write full time, a move that I had fully supported.)

So, while I still have fond members of those two or so hours, which I like to laughingly refer to as my "final minutes of innocence," this was the "shock" ending that pretty much spoiled the whole thing for me.

Monday, 13 September 2010

Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)

After a pretty original screenplay for most of the way, the film turns a little too surreal at the end. I mean, Eddie Wilson (Michael Pare) in Paris, with Ameila Earhart and Jim Morrison?

Even with the foreshadowing early on, it came across as a ripoff of the early Bertolucci.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Inception (2010)

I'm sorry. The rest of the film worked for me except for the end, where Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) frames an innocent man for a crime he didn't commit. I mean, haven't we seen this before?