Why Did I Watch Dead Heat?

During the dark period of Saturday Night Live there was only one reason to watch – Eddie Murphy. Period. I know Hollywood wanted Joe Piscapo to be a star until they realized what SNL viewers already knew…he was bland. There is nothing he has ever done that people look back on with fondness. Even Jon Lovitz has Mom & Dad Save The World. And, let’s face it, that really is a bad movie.

Dead Heat stars Piscapo and Treat Williams as a couple of boring cops doing boring cop stuff. Then criminals won’t die when the LAPD uses excessive force. Eventually we discover they are the undead. Then Williams and Piscapo join the undead ranks and fight against their own kind to bring down their crime spree.

This was supposed to be an action comedy yet the action sucked and the comedy wasn’t funny. I tried to think back to what made me laugh as a child to see if it made the movie better. It didn’t. In fact, I couldn’t think of a single kind thing to say about this movie other than Treat Williams seemed to really be trying to elevate the material to something he wouldn’t be ashamed of.

When I had the chance to interview Bill Oberst Jr. he told me that about how he goes into some movies with the best intentions. He said Abraham Lincoln Vs. Zombies was a good script that was hampered by budget. I believe that. I don’t know if that was the case with Dead Heat or if it was an inexperienced director making bad choices. Either way the finished product was not good. I like Williams. His performance in Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead was amazing. His performance in Dead Heat was good. I’m really liking what he’s doing on White Collar right now. It’s just a shame that his promising career in the 80’s was destroyed by this kind of mediocre material.

I harbor no ill will toward the writers, director, or stars of this film other than the fact that I wastes an hour and a half of my time watching it. This movie gets 1/2 star out of 5. It’s painful to sit through.


Saturday Night Live Stars And Their Crimes Against Humanity

Sure Eddie Murphy is the easiest person to pick on when it comes to bad movies and being a regular on SNL. Adam Sandler is a pretty easy target too. Then there’s Rob Scneider and Chris Rock. Each of them has made good movies but it seems the bad outweigh the good anymore.

Here’s the thing, most former SNL cast members don’t know when to grow up and change things up. Dan Aykroyd still makes bad movies from time to time, sure, but he also got nominated for an academy award. He has also realized that he can be good in small dramatic roles or comic relief in others like Sneakers. Bill Murray has completely changed his career. Chevy Chase proved he can still be funny on Community. They’ve moved to other types of work. They don’t keep doing the same thing that made them famous over and over again.

Unfortunately it seems change didn’t help Eddie Murphy. He got caught with a tranny hooker and started making family films to atone. Now we get crap like A Thousand Words and he can’t seem to break out of it.

When it comes to the castmates from the 90’s who seemed to make splash on the big screen we have Adam Sandler, Chris Farley, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Mike Myers. Spade and Farley were a good double act but alone didn’t amount to much. After Farley’s untimely death Spade made his way to television playing different variations of the same character. Myers made it big with Dana Carvey in Wayne’s World but it wasn’t until Austin Powers that he showed the potential for staying power…only to disappear from the live action world after the horrible Cat In The Hat and The Love Guru. Carvey tried once with Master Of Disguise and the audience never forgave him.

The hardest thing for a comedic actor to do is prove their worth in other fields. Luckily people forget Robert Downey Jr. was once a cast member of SNL. He is one of four people from the show nominated for an Oscar.

There is an old say about how it’s better to burn out than to fade away. Well, thanks to the performance of Jack & Jill, Dickie Roberts, The Love Guru, Meet Dave, and many others we are seeing the fading happen. It’s a shame. These people all have talent and have proven it on more than one occasion. Now if they could just grow up and show it to us.

Give us another 54, Punch Drunk Love, Dreamgirls, or Driving Miss Daisy level performance. Your audience has grown up. So should you.