Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Sightings from the couch

Date Night, starring Tina Fey & Steve Carell was ok suppose, kinda funny I guess but too hollywood cheesy for me. The usually excellent leads made a decent enough stab at it and they worked well together but the mistaken identity plot is overused, it was stuffed with lazy cliches and it was really poorly paced. It had some laughs but I bet the funniest ad-libbed stuff hit the cutting room floor. I'd say it's on a par with Blake Edwards' film Blind Date so make of that what you will.

Following in the footsteps of supposed-to-be-real horror flicks Paranormal Activity & The Fourth Kind comes this little low budget Australian effort called Lake Mungo, no sniggering at the back please. The family home is haunted by their drowned daughter, appearing in photos and on video tapes & as the sightings build they hire a psychic to help them out. What a shame that all the efforts they made in generating the creepy atmosphere is squandered by a very weak final third. With a little editing and rearranging this could have been a much better film. After looking on IMDB it appears it's already scheduled for a remake, which might not be the terrible thing it usually is.

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