Brittany Murphy – 1977-2009

Today I would like to depart from my usual review format to mourn the passing of Brittany Murphy. Passing away this past Sunday at the young age of 32, she left behind an impressive body of work.

While we first noticed her in “Clueless”, our most memorable impression of her was in “Dont Say a Word”. We saw endless previews of that movie (on HBO? – not sure) and we often joked that “Ill never tell” in that sing-song voice she used. My favorite role that she played was of the abused waitress Shellie in Sin City.

Many of her films are currently available on instant Netflix.

Clueless

WATCH: Clueless (1995) – Rated PG-13 for sex related dialogue and some teen use of alcohol and drugs.

“Director Amy Heckerlings fresh adaptation of Jane Austens novel Emma follows the misadventures of meddlesome Beverly Hills high schooler Cher (Alicia Silverstone), who gets more than she bargained for when she gives a fashion-challenged student (Brittany Murphy) a makeover. Stacey Dash co-stars as Chers oh-so-stylish best friend in this witty — and charming — send-up of the 90210 lifestyle.”

Emma 90210. Long before Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, there was Clueless. If you watch one Brittany Murphy film on instant Netflix, this is the one to watch.

Megafault

AVOID: Megafault (2009) – Not rated (presumably because this was a made for Syfy channel movie)

“How do you stop an earthquake? You do not — normally. But things are anything but normal in this adventure that finds a seismologist and a miner teaming up to prevent an earthquake of epic proportions that threatens to rip the planet in half. Brittany Murphy, Eriq La Salle, Bruce Davison and Justin Hartley star in this David Michael Latt-directed nail-biter that features spectacular special effects.”

Earthquake 90210. Long after the disaster genre died, there was Megafault. If you avoid one Brittany Murphy film on instant Netflix, this is the one to avoid. From the bargain basement effects to the headache-inducing “science” to the unbelievably ridiculous situations, this is a train wreck of a movie.

OTHER Brittany Murphy movies on instant Netflix

Family Prayers (1993) – “As he tries to prepare for his upcoming bar mitzvah, young Andrew Jacobs (Tzvi Ratner-Stauber) finds himself preoccupied with the drama swirling around his gambling-addicted father, Martin (Joe Mantegna), and his distraught mother, Rita (Anne Archer). As the parents turn to Ritas sister, Nan (Patti LuPone), for help, Andrew attempts to shelter his own sister, Fay (Julianne Michelle), from the familys troubles. Scott M. Rosenfelt directs.”

Brittany Murphy is listed way down in the credits so my assumption is that she doesn””””t have much of a role in this film.

Bongwater (1997) – “Luke Wilson stars as David, a pot-smoking artist whos desperately in love with sensual Serena. Sadly, the two have a misunderstanding and — just as Davids house burns to the ground — Serena dumps him in favor of junkie Tommy (Jamie Kennedy). Davids motley crew of weed-breathing buddies will have to suffice as the stoned artist figures out how to forget his ladylove and his scorched home, while Serena attempts to find herself in New York.”

Love and Other Disasters (2006) – “Director Alek Keshishian unspools a charming tale that finds a young American (Brittany Murphy) attempting to play matchmaker for friends and co-workers — with mixed results — while interning at a major British fashion magazine. Problem is, she is so busy hooking up everyone else that she cannot see her ideal match right under her nose. The supporting cast of characters includes Matthew Rhys, Santiago Cabrera and Catherine Tate.”

The Ramen Girl (2008) – “When her boyfriend leaves her high and dry in Tokyo, spoiled American tourist Abby (Brittany Murphy) finds solace in a neighborhood ramen noodle house run by a cantankerous old chef (Toshiyuki Nishida), who agrees to take her on as an apprentice cook. But will the dirty grunt work and endless criticism drive Abby away before she discovers the serene beauty in the perfect bowl of soup — and in herself? Robert Allan Ackerman directs this comedy.”

Deadline (2009) – “When Alice (Brittany Murphy), a fragile scribe, seeks peace so she can complete her screenplay before a deadline, she moves to a remote, deserted country house. Soon, baffling noises ignite her imagination and pursuit to discover the force behind the mind games. Will she meet her deadline or end up dead? Sean McConville writes and directs this psychological thriller while Thora Birch, Tammy Blanchard and Marc Blucas co-star.”