Before The Devil Knows You’re An Untraceable American Werewolf In Paris

A long post title to alert you to the fact that I watched the following movies over the weekend:

Before The Devil Know’s You’re Dead – Impressive acting and directing the combine to weave a tale of robbery and serious family dysfunction that is at times compelling and yet at others painfully slow moving. It’s worth watching if only to see just how badly the bungling brothers, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke, have screwed things up by the time the credits roll. It’s a very black comedy of errors, I suppose, but not one I’d be inclined to watch a second time.

Untraceable – Stylish but all too predictable thriller about a serial killer and his web site.

An American Werewolf In Paris – Though I’ve seen this sequel before, I thought it might be worth watching again. It’s an enjoyable romp with a fair sprinkling of black humour but it falls far short of it’s predecessor, the outstanding An American Werewolf In London. The sequel uses CGI extensively for the werewolf scenes but the overall effect is too smooth and kind of cartoonish. The use of make up and prosthetics in the first movie had a much more visceral impact during David Naughton’s big transformation scene and also in the dream sequence featuring The Muppets!

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