Tuesday Morning Review

The Rant D’Jour is another driving one. It also mentions ice and snow, which we have had lots of the past 24 hours. A good amount of profanity too, so it has all the food groups.

Today I had to take my wife to work. The reason for this morning’s trip was the three inches of wet heavy snow which then changed over to sleet then…more


Blog Post for Tuesday 3/8/11- 14 degrees at 6:50 am. There is no sign of spring. Robins seen yesterday are all dead. All. Dead.

Tuesday Morning Review

Case 39

Starring:Renée Zellweger, Jodelle Ferland, Ian McShane, Bradley Cooper, Callum Keith Rennie, Adrian Lester, Kerry O’Malley, Cynthia Stevenson, Alexander Conti

I probably netflixed (is that a verb now? It should be.) this because it has Ian McShane in a fairly prominent role. McShane will always be one of my favorite actors after his stunning portrayal of Al Swearengen in the HBO series Deadwood.

He is not so good here, but I suspect it’s not his fault. He is playing against type. He is the good guy. Spoiler alert. It does not turn out well for him.

Although I really enjoyed this creepy monster movie that is the basic problem here. Miscasting is a real issue and in many ways the movie is flawed.

McShane, who plays the rough edged Det. Mike Barron, (Spoiler alert) dies while being attacked by a dog. We are to draw the fact that he is mortally afraid of dogs from one poorly played earlier scene. It doesn’t work.

You see, the charming little girl, Lilith Sullivan, who is really well played by Jodelle Ferland, gets into the heads of those around her and exploits their biggest fears. In the case of McShane it falls short.

A better job is done with Renée Zellweger who plays social worker Emily Jenkins who takes in the poor child, abused by her parents.

Little does she know that the parents attempt to off the child because she is THE DEVIL or something like it.

It’s the Exorcist, 2009!

It is not a bad movie. The production values are consistent with a big budget show, you believe most of the special effects and the little girl is only made to look like Beelzebub once.

This scene, with Bradely Cooper and some bees is really well done:

But see if you can take your eyes off Jodelle Ferland when she shows up here:

It’s creepy on a restrained level.

A word about the child actress Jodelle Ferland. She is the real deal.

A word about Renée Zellweger. Meh.


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A recovering radio addict wrestles with the written word.
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