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The Longest Yard (2005)
The Longest Turd
I typically like Adam Sandler's movies. This one was a turd, though. I didn't believe any of the relationships. I did not believe his character bonded or felt for these criminal misfits in the least. All the talk about bonding... I didn't see it.
Very few laughs. And is Chris Rock's act getting tired? Old, played out racial references... Nothing new, nothing funny. Rock did have the funniest line in the movie, though: "I'll teach you how to football, just don't eat me."
I must admit I've never seen the original Longest Yard, but it must have been better than this!
2 out of 10.
Spirit Camp (2009)
Excellent indie horror, raising the bar
I have been a fan of low budget horror my whole life and as a longtime fan of the genre, you really don't expect much when you hear "low budget horror film." Things are different now. If you weren't aware that Spirit Camp was a low budget horror film, you'd never know it when viewing the movie. It easily looks like a multimillion dollar effort.
Technically, the film looked perfect. The cinematography, sound, shot composition, direction all first rate. And when I learned the history of this project, that not only did Kerry Beyer write, produce, direct and perform in Spirit Camp, but he was also the cinematographer, editor, sound editor and did the digital effects himself, it almost redefines "indie" -- he almost did everything himself.
The acting is a lot better than it needed to be as well. The leads and co-stars are great, and there are some great actors in bit parts.
If you are a horror fan, especially fan of classic slasher films, you should catch Spirit Camp if it comes to your city.
A Fisherman's Lament (2000)
a touching story...
A Fisherman's Lament is a touching story of a fisherman who looks back on his life with some regret.
this short film is shot very well and has high production value. The actors do quite well with no dialogue. what is truly impressive is the attention paid to the sound design. all independent filmmakers should take note!
Keep an eye out for this short. I look forward to seeing more work from Douglas Burns.
Soul Plane (2004)
I saw this "movie" on a Saturday afternoon. I didn't have high expectations at all, just wanted a few laughs. Well, there were very few laughs.
This movie fails on all levels. The timing was incredibly bad, both from the actors, the director and the editor. I am not even sure there was a script as there were so many scenes that felt poorly ad-libbed.
The only thing this movie succeeds in doing is making Tom Arnold look like a comedic genius. He and D.L. Hughley were the only actors with any sense of comic timing. Not one other actor had any sense of timing.
This was the first time I've ever left a movie and complained to the theater manager just how bad it was. I got a free pass out of it, but I have forever lost those 90 minutes of my life.
This movie didn't have to suck, but it did.
Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001)
not a perfect documentary...
This isn't a perfect documentary. although i was entertained, i think it could have somehow delved deeper into its subjects. how? i don't know, maybe revealing more of its seedy underbelly. maybe interviewing the "skater groupies" of the era.
i skated in highschool and college 1985-1989, so when these guys talk about how much fun it was, i can relate.
i have to agree with the reviewer that stated Dogtown should have been half as long. i felt like i was watching the same footage over and over again. i also thought the camera movement on many of the photo montages was unnecessary, too quick and shaky.
it was an entertaining documentary nonetheless. i am looking forward to seeing STOKED, the documentary on 80s skater Mark "Gator" Rogowski.
The Tunnel (2001)
A dark tunnel, but a bright future ahead...
I recently had the pleasure of watching Abed's THE TUNNEL on video. I must say, this guy has a bright future ahead. THE TUNNEL is a well crafted little film, more thought provoking than your average horror film. I look forward to seeing more of Ramzi Abed's work. Keep it up.
The Boogerman (2002)
pick a winner!
i just saw BOOGERMAN at the HD Fest in LA. i really enjoyed this short.
very well written and shot. high def really looks good as well. Jeff Eagle should have a bright future ahead.
Keep up the good work!
The Distinct Smell of Red (2000)
I recently had the pleasure of watching THE DISTINCT SMELL OF RED after following some of its film festival exploits, such as Planet Indie Film Fest in Canada. I found the idea of a guy living his life through Cliffs Notes to be a clever gimmick. Special kudos to actresses Robin Christian-McNair and Edi Patterson.
One-Hit Wonder (1999)
Can't get that song out of my head
I had the opportunity to catch ONE HIT WONDER at the Indian Summer Film Festival at the Kiosk in Glendale this summer. A fine spoof of boy bands. Although I can't remember their hit song's title, I can't forget the words: And baby when you cry, you have tears, so do I, isn't that wierd. Check it out if you have the chance.