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Movie Reviews: The Life Of David Gale + 18 others

The Life Of David Gale (2003)
Kevin Spacey stars as David Gale a former anti death penalty activist who is now on death row for the rape and murder of a colleague which he claims was career destroying retaliation. A reporter gets to interview him before his execution and he protests his innocence. There is a David Gale death house and museum run by her from ‘Bridesmaids’ and ‘Gilmore Girls’. Gale relates via lengthy flashback how his life fell apart when his obstinate, obstructive, venomous, hate filled wife abandoned him. This resulted in much of his misconduct happening when he was drunk, which was often. Gale became discontented and his political philosophy seemed empty. The words were still delivered with indignation but he was largely being ignored. Then he was accused and convicted of rape and murder. The reporter uncovers the truth in all its brutal simplicity and creepy malevolence. The ‘murder’ scene looks like people acting out their own porn film and the big twist just tops off the dreary, derivative dead wood that is this film.

Best Lines:
“I hate killing and my administration will kill to stop it.”

“There is no truth.”

“It’s a logical contradiction.”

“We also got a video. It’s 50 bucks cos you can see my tits. There’s a version without tits it’s 35.”

“Who did she kill?”

“Everyone will remember him with disgust.”

“That’s a lot of hate.”

“Almost martyrs don’t count.”

“Currently home to weirdoes incorporated.”

“She made sure there was no way out.”

“A good demonstration has to end with riots and arrests.”

Total Recall (1990)
Memorable if sexist.

Twelve Monkeys (1995)
Un-resonant painful drama.

Misery (1990)
A writer (James Caan) is trapped in the not so tender mercies of his Number 1 Fan (Kathy Bates). This was dark, scary, oddly funny and full of endlessly evolving complications from the insidious harsh threatening nutter and her hostile attitude.

Scarface (1983)
A morality tale which exudes all the empathy and passion of a failing VCR. All surface and no depth.

Ghost Rider (2007)
A lowlife hood features in this oddly bloodless formless and texturless film that is cringingly idiotic.

Crimson Tide (1995)
People yell about nasty ramifications in this loud unerringly inept film.

Number By Numbers (2003)
A Sandra Bullock film in which two boys unable to express empathy are murderous. This was murky, dark, bleak and watery.

National Treasure: Book Of Secrets (2007)
This put the franchise on the fast track to oblivion.

The Godfather part III (1990)
Life slowly slides away from the Don and there is theatrically staged slaughter.

Emma (1996)
The chilly sexless Gwyneth Paltrow prances.

Internal Affairs (1990)
A tale of petty fragilities and tiny indignities. Richard Gere does smiling and not smiling.

Coneheads (1993)
A particularly repellent ‘comedy’ full of growing unpleasantness.

Heartbreakers (2001)
Morally innocent con artists and their tonged to death hair bore.

Kill Bill Vol 1 (2003)
A distraction and a charmless one.

Crocodile Dundee (1986)
Lacks panoramic scope.

The Godfather part II (1974)
Despite loftier claims, this bores and is intransigent and arid.

The Devil Rides Out (1968)
Christopher Lee v satanic human detritus! Okay.

Goldeneye (1995)
Tina Turner sings and Pierce Brosnan is silent, strong and austere. I vehemently dislike Daniel Craig.
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