THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

BLACK DALIA (2006)










108 of the 2016 movie countdown is 2006's Black Dahlia and let me tell you that this film is beautifully shot and is just visually stunning. And it even starts off well with hotshot detectives Aaron Eckhart and Josh Hartnell kicking ass and taking names in late 1940s Los Angeles. Scarlet Johansen is Eckhart's lady friend who is also damn close to Hartnell. Then the (real-life) Elizabeth Short aka the "Black Dahlia" is found dead, mutilated and it becomes a huge news story w...ith press vultures buzzing around for any angle they can get. Eckhart gets both of them assigned to the case, where he proceeds to (in my opinion) go off his rocker. As does the film. Dumbfounded as to how utterly ridiculous this plot becomes. The film needs two different scenes around the finale explaining what happened to its perplexed viewers. TWO!! Everyone seems to be playing to the last row of the theater (which, as you know, doesn't play well on film) and among the worst offenders is Hillary Swank as a woman/prostitute who resembles the Black Dahlia, and Fiona Shaw as her mother, who is SO out of control that I thought I was watching a cartoon. The only performance of merit (who we see in film clips) is Mia Kershner as Elizabeth Short. She's exactly where she needs to be. Run from this gorgeously filmed idiocy if you wander across it on cable.

TLA one-word review: confusing