Movie Review: Sex and the City (2008)

Appreciated yet flawed homage to original (4/10)

Sex_and_City“Never try to relive the past: the fire will have become ashes.”
— General Douglas MacArthur

Like many moviegoers and Sex and the City series fans, I desperately wanted to fall in love with this movie as much as I had fallen in love with practically everything about the TV show.  Alas, my subtitle speaks with kid gloves only because of the enormous respect I had for that groundbreaking creative enterprise on HBO, Sunday nights—running from 1998 to 2004 with a total of 94 episodes.  But if I’m Ebert and/or Roeper, all honesty requires a thumbs down on the movie… even a ‘way down:’

An obvious ringer right off the top: “What in the holy hallelujah is Jennifer Hudson doing in this movie?!” Continue reading

Movie Review: Sex and the City 2 (2010)

100% better than #1, but doesn’t soar __ 6.5/10

Sex and the City 2Has it already been two years since the first Sex and the City movie?! Actually two and a half years. That’s amazing! In the summer of 2008 we were subjected to the first—I must say deeply flawed effort—by Michael Patrick King… where one of the culminating events is “Charlotte [having] an embarrassing incident with her bowels [bringing on] the guffaws [and taking] Carrie out of her funk.” Thinking back on #1, I remember distinctly hoping every scene after the first five minutes would be the last. Still I gave it a 4 (out of 10) for old time’s sake. Continue reading