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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Kung Fu Ghost Writer

Has anyone seen the movie "The Ghost Writer"?  No, not this Nicolas Cage movie, which looks amazing, by the way:

I'm talking about this other movie that you've probably never heard of starring Pierce Brosnan and Ewan McGregor: 

It's a pretty decent movie but I'm wondering if anyone else noticed the laziest editing job ever?  (Major swear alert, btw)  During the first few minutes of the movie, I noticed the mouth of one of the characters didn't match up to what he was saying.  It only lasted a moment so I just dismissed it, thinking I must have been wrong.  About 20 minutes later, it happened again only this time it was completely obvious.  We went back to see it again and while the voice we hear says "freaking", her mouth is obviously saying "fucking".  I went back to the beginning and that was the case with the first guy, only he said "shoot" while we saw "shit".  We went to the menu screen, thinking this was some new feature you could turn on, like turning on subtitles.  Nope.  After a little online research, it turns out that they were slapped with an R rating but wanted a PG-13.  Instead of re-shooting 2 seconds of screen time or just cutting to another frame while the swears were said, they just left them in there and dubbed over them like those crazy kung fu movies.  Let's be honest, Roman Polanski, when you're not shooting a movie, I'm assuming all you have is time on your hands while you hide out in Paris.  You couldn't carve out some time to fix this?

And really?  Samantha Jones with an awful English accent that comes and goes?  She's the best you could do?  You know, you could just set aside a day for casting and find a person with an actual accent that can actually act. But sure, we don't want to interrupt your busy hiding out schedule.  Anyway, if you like your political thrillers with a touch of kung fu, then this is the movie for you.


  1. The movie was a snoozer. Book was better, but only by comparison.

  2. Oh man, was about to write the exact same thing Fred wrote!!!