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Ghost Town

Published May 9, 2021

Ghost Town

Film info

  • Title Ghost Town
  • Director David Koepp
  • Year 2008
  • Run time 1hr 42m
  • Genres Fantasy, Comedy, Romance
  • Tagline He sees dead people... and they annoy him

Bertram Pincus is a man whose people skills leave much to be desired. When Pincus dies unexpectedly but is miraculously revived after seven minutes, he wakes up to discover that he now has the annoying ability to see ghosts. Even worse, they all want something from him, particularly Frank Herlihy, who pesters him into breaking up the impending marriage of his widow Gwen. That puts Pincus squarely in the middle of a triangle, with spirited results.

Live blog

Time Comment
2:58 This is like an episode of Casualty, we can all see where this is going.
4:20 Is that what sneezing is? A ghost passing through you?
8:22 I mean, there’s not engaging with people and then there’s actively going out of your way to make their lives worse!
12:39 The worst people to piss off are your doctors surely.
17:20 “No is what I ended with. Yes-no, means no.”
26:16 Don’t be mean to the doorpeople, they’re always the best ones.
29:26 “I just like the QUIET.”
36:18 Bertram trying to chat someone up is hilarious.
37:58 “I’ve been thinking about your decaying jawbone.”
40:56 The new shirt is awful, makes him look like Rupert Bear.
43:34 “You don’t like crowds?” “It’s not so much the crowds as the individuals in them.”
54:24 No way is that dog a puppy.
1:06:28 It’s almost impossible to live if you don’t know who’s real or not.
1:13:28 “What a strange and practical man you are.”
1:23:39 Life lessons from a poster in a dentist’s office.
1:27:06 Why wouldn’t you want to make all these people happier if you had the power?
1:32:16 Well I wasn’t expecting that!
1:37:55 I just need to know if he still sees dead people or if the second death knocked it out of him.

Thoughts

I liked this a lot more than I was expecting to! You have to like Ricky Gervias, otherwise it’s not going to be your cup of tea, because he’s really doing his trademark stuff of being sarcastic and fed up of the human race around him. He does it very well, but it does make it quite unbelievable that Téa’s character would actually come to like him.

The weird thing about this movie is it feels really out of time, made in the late 2000s but with a feeling of those old school odd-ball classics, like Big or Freaky Friday… where you absolutely have to suspend your belief, but it’s done so well that you’re happy to do it.

Rating: 4 / 5

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