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.


TV On Netflix – What I’m Watching

Netflix is a great tool in finding shows you may have missed or didn’t watch when they first aired. For every gem there is also a bad one. For me, I have to keep watching all the way through…even when the show is terrible.

What I’ve been watching lately is a lot of the shows from USA that I may have seen a few episodes of here and there. But I like to watch things from the beginning. I recently watch every season of Psych that was available on Netflix. It is a smart and funny show with tow very engaging lead actors, James Roday and Dule Hill. If you don’t know the premise of the show it’s simple enough – a very perceptive man pretends to be a psychic and helps the police solve crimes.

It’s not the premise of the show that makes it entertaining, it’s the writing and the expert timing of the cast. Roday plays the slacker guy with a gift to perfection while Hill plays the befuddled best friend expertly.

After I finished Psych I began watching White Collar. Matt Bomer, who I loved as Bryce Larkin on Chuck, plays a super suave con man who helps the FBI solve white collar crimes in exchange for his freedom. The show is fun but wouldn’t be worth watching if it wasn’t for the cast and the overarching mystery of the show.

Now onto the most recent series I have been watching. Burn Notice is a show about a spy who has been black listed by the government. It turns him into a man without a past who uses his skills to help people. He enlists the help of an ex-girlfriend and an washed up Navy SEAL. What made me watch this show was for Bruce Campbell. I have loved his work, even in the worst movies, since I was a boy. He doesn’t disappoint here as a washed up alcoholic who finds new purpose when an old friend gets burned.

These shows all have their merit. They are all fun little crime shows that do well within their structure. They also share a good deal of their guest stars. Callie Thorne has appeared on both Burn Notice and White Collar. She later got her own show on USA. I wonder if this is a way of vetting people for a higher purpose. I’m just waiting for a new series starring Paul Blackthorne. He has guest starred on both series as well. I loved him in The Dresden Files and Special. I would love to see a new series that utilizes his talents.

I’m almost ready to find a new series to watch on Netflix. I hope I can find something more like Psych and less like Blue Mountain State or Lexx.