DVD Review: Bernie


Directed by Richard Linklater and set in the small town of Carthage, Texas, Bernie tells the true story of a local mortician (Jack Black) who strikes up a friendship with Marjorie (Shirley MacLaine), a wealthy widow who was as well-known for her sour attitude as well as her fortune. When Marjorie becomes dependent on Bernie, however, he reacts in a way that he, nor the people of Carthage, knew he could. When it is reported that Marjorie has been dead for some time, the last thing the neighbourhood expected next was for Bernie to be charged with the murder, as it is revealed that he has gone to great lengths to create the illusion that she has been alive for some time.

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Film Review: The Muppets

(Published in Issue 7 of my publication In Retrospect)


The Muppets, directed by James Bobin, follows Walter (performed by Peter Linz), the world’s biggest Muppet fan, and his brother Gary (Jason Segel) and Gary’s girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams) who must raise $10 million to save the Muppet Theater from Tex Richman (Chris Cooper), a businessman with plans to demolish the building to dig for oil. To raise the money, the trio must first attempt to reunite The Muppets cast, who have each gone off in new directions with Fozzie Bear performing with a group of Muppet impersonators, the Moopets, Gonzo working as a plumbing magnate, Animal has ended up in a celebrity anger-management clinic sponsored by Jack Black and Miss Piggy working as Vogue Paris’s editor for plus-sized fashion. So will the trio be able to get the cast back together for one big show to save their heritage? Of course they will, it’s the Muppets!

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