Day 93 & Day 94 & Day 95 – Evil Dead & The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard & Weekend at Bernie’s

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Evil Lamp!

Movie Title: Evil Dead

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. and 31 min.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Stephie

Where did I watch it?: Home

I have not had time to write reviews the last couple of days as I have been very busy, so this is a catch up post for the last few days.

Review:

Before Evil Dead (the remake of a remake) came out I was determined to hate it. None of the original characters were returning. There was no Bruce Campbell. There was no Sam Raimi. I hated it for the first hour until I came to the realization that the only reason I didn’t like it was because of my prejudice against it. It was damn good.

The plot of the movie remains essentially unchanged. A group of friends go up to a cabin in the woods and discover that bizarre rituals have been taking place in the house and that there is an evil force lurking in the background. The one twist for this movie is that they are not just there to have a good time. Mia (Jane Levy) is a junkie. She recently had an overdose where she died and needed to be brought back to life. Her brother David (Shiloh Fernandez) has been out of the picture and left her to take care of their ailing mother while he split for the mid west and ignorant bliss. Mia’s friends Eric and Olivia are glad David came, but are cold toward him. As usual, the book is found and instead of leaving well enough alone someone has to read from the damn thing.

The movie gets exceptionally twisted and modern special effects make the ride in the 2013 addition pretty and terrifying. The movie aims for shock and gross out scares more than the previous Evil Dead movies which were somewhat more inventive in their scare tactics. It has a killer twist that I didn’t see coming and the ride is one that can be taken again and again.

Verdict:

Bloody good. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (2009)

 

Movie Title: The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. and 29 min.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Stephie

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard is a great comedy. It is from the same director that did Talladega Nights and Step Brothers. The humor is in a similar vein.

The cast for The Goods is fantastic and makes the movie. Don Ready (Jeremy Piven) is a car dealership mercenary. He comes in, makes quick sales, and saves car dealerships. He is a sexist, womanizing, pig, and he is hilarious. The rest of the cast is equally talented. Ving Rhames fantasizes about “making love” to a woman. David Koechner spends a lot of time trying to keep James Brolin from sexually assaulting him. Kathryn Hahn actively seduces a 10 year old with a glandular problem. Ed Helms fronts a boy band. Tony Hale, Ken Jeong, and Rob Riggle try and sell cars while being harassed by an insane World War II veteran. Craig T. Robinson plays the request refusing DJ Request. Will Ferrell has a fantastic cameo as Abraham Lincoln. If it sounds madcap, that’s because it is.

Don Ready believes he has found his long lost son, falls in love, and eventually has a mental breakdown over the loss of his best friend. It is all hilarious.

Verdict:

If you don’t find this movie funny, you may be a better person than I am, but I guarantee you I’m having more fun. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Weekend at Bernie’s (1989)

 

Movie Title: Weekend at Bernie’s

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. and 37 min.

Rated: PG-13

Who did I watch with?: Stephie

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Bernie Lomax (Terry Kiser) is a wealthy con man. He is skimming money off the books in insurance fraud after insurance fraud. His two new employees Larry Wilson (Andrew McCarthy) and Richard Parker (Jonathan Silverman) have found the errors in the books and are looking for a promotion. Bernie can’t let himself be exposed, so he reaches out to his mob connections and asks them to kill Larry and Richard. They think Lomax is getting careless, so they decide to hit Lomax instead of the employees.

Larry and Richard are unwilling to let their weekend be ruined by their boss’s death, so they pretend he’s still alive after at first considering a phone call to the police. This causes some complications with the hit man who thinks he botched the job. Comedy ensues as no one seems to realize that Bernie is no longer among the living.

Verdict:

It is a decent movie that has some great moments. Take it or leave it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: The Bridge (2006)

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