Total Recall (1990)

Director: Paul Verhoeven

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, Sharon Stone, Ronny Cox, Micheal Ironside

Synopsis: Douglas Quaid is frustrated with his lot in life, despite a beautiful wife and a stable job.   He attempts to get out of his rut by having his dream holiday implanted in his head… a trip to Mars.   However it seems he had memories of Mars already that had been wiped away and replaced with his current memories.   What ensues is an action packed reality where Quaid’s true history remains a mystery to him for the majority of the film.

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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

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