Ghost Town (US, 2008)

'Oh no, I can see dead people'

'Oh no, I can see dead people'

I’m not sure when the current cycle of romantic comedies, a staple of Hollywood, began (late ’80s with When Harry Met Sally, 1989?) but I wish it would end. However, if it has to continue let it be in the vein of Ghost Town. Ricky Gervais’ comic genius gives the usual slush an edge; he isn’t credited as a writer but many of the lines are obviously ‘him’.

This was the first film I’ve seen using Virgin’s (a cable company) ‘movie on demand’ service in high definition. Three times the picture and sound broke down into a distorted mess, presumably caused by buffering problems. At £5 a watch I expect better! The picture quality, when it worked, was terrific; though this is hardly a film that needs HD, the autumn colours of Manhattan were gorgeous.

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