Ed Driscoll

About as Fatale as an Afterdinner Mint

(With apologies to Sally Bowles.)

Found via AllahPundit, The New York Times’ Manohla Dargis drops the manhole cover on Basic Instinct 2:

It should come as no surprise that “Basic Instinct 2,” the long-gestating follow-up to Paul Verhoeven’s 1992 blip on the zeitgeist screen, is a disaster of the highest or perhaps lowest order. It is also no surprise that this joyless calculation, which was directed by Michael Caton-Jones and possesses neither the first film’s sleek wit nor its madness, is such a prime object lesson in the degradation that can face Hollywood actresses, especially those over 40. Acting always involves a degree of self-abasement, but just watching trash like this is degrading.

Skip the movie and read the rest, including a hilariously unsubtle (because by now it’s so expected of everyone at the Times, including the film critics) momentary flash of BDS.

Update: John Ruberry asks the critical, defining question: Is BI2 better than than Jane Fonda’s Monster In Law?

Attention, MGM: In a couple of weeks…

“Better than Jane Fonda’s Monster In Law”! — Marathon Pundit

…could wind-up sounding like excellent poster copy to keep the film alive in theaters!