Ernie Barbarash

Christmas Inheritance (2017)

Christmas Inheritance (2017)

Director:

Ernie Barbarash

Starring:

Eliza Taylor

Jake Lacy

Andie MacDowell

Plot:

Before ambitious heiress Ellen Langford can inherit her father’s gift business, she must deliver a special Christmas card to her dad’s former partner in Snow Falls, the hometown she never knew. When a snowstorm strands her at the town inn, she’s forced to work for her keep, and in the process, finds romance and discovers the true gift of Christmas.

Review:

Christmas Inheritance started off with Ellie, Eliza Taylor, performing a cartwheel and flashing her underwear to everyone. Not exactly a glowing start. It wasn’t necessarily downhill from there, but it definitely didn’t improve.

The acting and premise were both great for a Christmas movie but the writing was pretty bad. The dialog specifically was very groan worthy. I was really disappointed because the production value was clearly more than most Christmas movies, but they really dropped the ball with relationship development.

Ellie is a good person, but she’s been spoiled. She’s given a task to prove to her father that she’s capable, it’s silly and doesn’t really prove anything and if all you had to do was deliver a letter to become CEO everyone would be doing it, but this is a Christmas movie turn off your brain.

What bothers me is the “romance” that was supposed to develop. There was no chemistry between the two leads. I did appreciate the fact that she stopped him from kissing her since she was engaged and the fiancé didn’t seem that bad just from first impressions. He of course showed up and revealed himself to be a true “city person,” but I don’t fault him for his actions. He was engaged to someone who acted a certain way and then completely changed once exposed to a different world. Whatever, their relationship ended quickly and she ran back to the new guy.

Dead parent, check.

Discovering the true meaning of Christmas, check.

Carolers, check.

Horrible past relationship, check.

Honestly, I was tempted not to give this movie the extra Christmas movie star because it annoyed me so much, but whatever, maybe I wasn’t in the right mood.

3/5

Pound of Flesh (2015)

Pound of Flesh

Pound of Flesh (2015)

Director:

Ernie Barbarash

Starring:

Jean-Claude Van Damme

Darren Shahlavi

Charlotte Peters

Plot:

A man’s heroic attempt to help a woman in distress ends up with him waking up the next day without a kidney and plotting his revenge.

Review:

In case you couldn’t tell from the plot synopsis or the pic this movie is not good. The question is, is it so bad that it’s good?

No.

That was easy.

When JCVD is the best actor in your movie, you’re going to have a bad time. There was green screen at really odd moments, awkward shots, and poor plotting. The movie was truly embarrassing to watch and apparently one of the better cheaply made action movies out there.

Even if you like those types of movies I really couldn’t recommend this one. The ending is truly horrible and I ended up fast forwarding through a lot of it. The only reason it’s not getting a one star is because I didn’t absolutely hate it.

1.5/5