Die Another Day – A Review by Film Nerd

Director: Lee Tamahori

Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, Toby Stephens, Rosamund Pike, Rick Yune, John Cleese, Madonna, Michael Madsen, Samantha Bond, Judi Dench

Film matched beverage: Mojito

Synopsis: After being betrayed by a colleague, Bond is imprisoned and tortured for 14 months in a North Korean holding facility.   When MI6 is led to believe he is hemorrhaging information, they arrange a trade, but put him out to pasture as washed up.   Bond must track down the person who betrayed him to clear his name and exact revenge.

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30 Day Film Challenge Day 12 – A Film By Your Least Favorite Director

Film Nerd’s Choice: Catwoman


Director: Pitof

Cast: Halle Berry, Benjamin Bratt, Sharon Stone

Synopsis: A reimagining of the Catwoman myth that has few if any redeeming features

Perhaps it is unfair to declare someone my least favourite director on the basis of a single film of his that I have seen.   It appears however that I am not alone in this assessment.   This film effectively killed the fledgling directing career of the former visual effects supervisor, with his only credit after this film being a TV movie which he directed under his Christian name.

I commented on my post for Sour Grapes that most films, with the exception of that one, I find some redeeming feature in.   Simply put, what I find the redeeming feature in this film will not be shared by many.   Halle Berry’s costume.   I fully admit that it is the mere parody of a costume and has little functional or practical elements to it.   But Berry looks damn hot wearing it, and tha is the sole reason I saw the film through to the end credits.

The rest of the film is a steaming turd.   The acting is sub-par, and knowing that some of the cast can act to some extent indicates that rather these stars were poorly directed, in my book.   The convoluted plot lines trying to evoke a “history of Catwomen” stank too much like a rip off of “in every generation, there is a Slayer”.   Then when you roll both those elements with some of the worst one liners in cinematic history (“I’ll have a White Russian, hold the vodka, hold the Kahlua”), there is no surprise that this film was a darling with the Razzies.

Seriously, don’t waste your time.

1 star out of 5 (and that is just for the costume).


Catwoman on IMDB

Catwoman on Rotten Tomatoes

Trailer [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jH318B5Bl1g]