Monday, August 31, 2009


Thematically probing in spots but ultimately too slight, Christine Jeff's quirky comedy Sunshine Cleaning (B) is held up by its lovely leading ladies: the adorable Amy Adams and the smoky-hot Emily Blunt. This strange little flick about sisters who start a crime-scene clean-up company is funny at times but the too-short running time (90 minutes) left me wanting a bit more. Still, it's worth checking out if you like either of the lead actresses, or if you want to see something that's quick, a little different, and mostly entertaining.

Stylish garbage, The Informers (D+), based on the novel by Brett Easton Ellis (American Psycho), is a major step down for filmmaker Gregor Jordan, who has made it his speciality to direct underrated movies that have flown under the radar (Buffalo Soldiers, Ned Kelly, Two Hands). Lacking the zest and satirical edge of Marry Harron's far superior take on Ellis source material (Psycho), the film goes nowhere for it's mercifully brief running time, and features clueless performances, a dreary narrative, and sex/violence/drug shock-crap that fails to excite. The only thing worth mentioning beyond the somewhat impressive cinematography is that blond vixen Amber Heard (Pineapple Express, the heavily praised but yet to be released All the Boys Love Mandy Lane), prances around topless in pretty much every scene she appears in.

I wish I could say that John Moore's Max Payne (D-) was stylish garbage but I can't; it's just regular old garbage. Based on the popular video game (there was my first clue), the film is one of those heavily CGI'd PG-13 actioners where tons of people are bloodlessly shot and the narrative doesn't hold up to any sort of scrutiny. Mark Wahlberg gives a charisma-free performance as the titular hero, but the film doesn't get an F because it features ex-Bond girl Olga Kurylenko skulking around in lingerie, and Mila Kunis in tight black leather while firing an AK-47.


Joel said...

Sunshine Cleaning...I may see it, I may not. NO interest in The Informers, not even to see it for its badness.

Max Payne was dreadful. I think I dozed off during it and, if you know me, you know that's rare. Very, very rare.

Actionman said...

The Informers was crap, but if you like Amber Heard, it's worth a rental for the fast-forward option. Sunshine Cleaning is worth the 90 mins.