Friday, 25 November 2011

DESCENDANTS

Ken Berwitz

My wife and I, with another couple, just caught George Clooney's new movie, "Descendents".

How appropriate that we saw a turkey like this on Thanksgiving.

On the positive side, the acting was very good.  Unfortunately, that is the last positive comment I can make about it.

The story line was unpleasant and unentertaining.  The dialogue was not just bad, it was offensive, annoying, and devoid of credibility.

Worst of all, almost none of the major characters had any likeability.  Not Clooney, a clueless cuckold who let hs children make a fool of him, not his older daughter, an alcoholic druggie with a foul mouth, not her "boyfriend" (or whatever he was), a grinning idiot with a talent for saying the wrong thing, and not Clooney's wife who (mercifully) was comatose for just about the entire movie, while everyone else yelled at her about how much they hated her.   

The only sympathetic characters were the younger daughter whose obnoxiousness was explained by her emulation of the older one, the father in law who was unaware that his daughter was cheating, and the devastated wife of the guy she cheated with. 

Among we four, the two wives liked it (what do they know?)  The other husband and I couldn't stand it.  But before you assume this is purely a gender thing, while leaving the theater we we ran into two other couples we are friendly with, and all four of them thought it stunk too. 

Let's just say that George Clooney is a fine actor, who made a very bad choice by agreeing to star in a godawful movie.  

As my sainted grandmother would say, "Feh".

Zeke .... .... Descendents is showing at a favorite indie theater (Roberts, in Chatham, NJ). ..... ...... Thanks for the heads-up. .... Margin Call sounds like a better choice. .... ..... Followed by tapas and sangria. .... .... (11/26/11)

Ken Berwitz We saw Margin Call last week. It was terrific. Kevin Spacey could win a third Oscar as best supporting actor, Jeremy Irons and Stanley Tucci were brilliant, Demi Moore was wasted (not a challenging role), but fine for what was asked of her. About 50 times better than the Thanksgiving turkey we saw last night. (11/26/11)


THE REVENGE OF THE BERDS

Ken Berwitz

See?  Tippi Hedren was right!!! (if you don't know what that means, I'll explain at the end of the blog).

From an article  - with accompanying video, if you're interested - at WTAE.com, Pittsburgh:.

PENN HILLS, Pa. -- A wild turkey apparently flew into an Eat'n Park restaurant on -- of all days -- Thanksgiving.

 

The 15-pound turkey was found among a pile of shattered glass on the carpet near some booth tables around 3 p.m.

Nobody was inside the restaurant on Frankstown Road, which was closed for the holiday.

SLIDESHOW: Photos Of The Turkey And The Damage

Hmmmmm.  What do you make of this? 

Did the turkey feel left out?  Rejected?  Or was this an angry reaction to the day, coupled with a bad choice of which restaurant to attack?

Or maybe this is part of a coordinated effort, and restaurant patrons - especially the ones whose tables are near windows - should also watch out for irate porkers on Christmas day......

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Tippi Hedren starred in Alfred Hitchcock's very scary  movie, "The Birds", (well, it was scary in 1963, when it came out) in which birds started attacking and killing humans.  That, of course, is a far cry from the comedic "Revenge of the Nerds" which spawned the punny title of this blog entry.


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