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Scream 4 (2011)
Scream Loses It's Voice
From start to finish, the movie lumbers through each act, getting by on the genre (or series) standards. How could we expect any more? The movie spends too much time cracking jokes to be serious, and even if it didn't, the fifteen year time span from 1 to 4 creates its own set of problems. Namely, the filmmakers have two goals: Please franchise fans and garner a new generation of loyal "Scream-heads," creating a battle of story lines between the original cast and the newcomers. It's just one big jumbled mess. Of course, this is nothing new. Scream 2 and 3 were also smothered with too many characters, in fact, to me, the series has kind of become know for it, though I wish they would have learned there lesson.
Scream has always been known for its witty, tongue and cheek humor, but Craven and co. need to realize that there's more. The first film cracked and sizzled. It was a fireworks display that woke up a dying genre. It was not just humorous- it was clever. It was not just gory- it was scary. And it wasn't just clever and scary- it was stylishly edited, creating a ultra-hip classic that hit the pulse of every teenager in 96'. The film was directed with moodiness and an emotional charge that has been missing ever since. Creating a lot of the atmosphere, foreboding, and emotion was the critical use of music. It's the kind of music used, and where to execute it in scene cuts, and Scream 1 does it perfectly. That is what made Scream special. It was a perfect concoction for horror film utopia. Sadly, even with fifteen years of reflection, they just cannot capture the magic again. They need to open their eyes.
All in all, Scre4m has blood, guts, and laughs (not good ones), but that's it. Watching Scre4m is simply going through the motions, however, it's okay if you're bored and just want to put something on.
Fred: The Movie (2010)
To put it simply, I have never watched a movie that lacked so much talent. Though the movie has a plot, I must confess, I did not make it that far. All I know is that the first 30 minutes is this idiot, Fred, throwing temper tantrums, shrieking and crying like a girl, and constantly babbling! It is literally almost like a 8 year old kid made this movie. I could not imagine what kind of filmmaker would think, hey this is going to be a good movie worthy of the next several months of my life. In a world where the Jersey Shore idiots actually get paid to be on TV, this movie brings today's entertainment standards to yet an even lower level! Come on kid's, this Fred crap and shows like Hannah Montana are ridiculous. All it is kids doped up on pixie sticks, running around in front of the camera, grossly overacting. Watch Full House or something, it might be corny, but at least they people on that show try to make something good.
The Hangover (2009)
Hangover-rated! There is a better alternative!!
Okay, look. I'll admit that it is a little funny, and I am okay with the stupid, sophomoric humor, after all, that is what makes a lot of movies great. But COME ON, PEOPLE! A 7.9 rating? 270 million in box office sales?!!! Let's get real here. Not only is this a blatant rip-off of so many movies, but its the same tired old stupid humor. More importantly there is a very similar, yet very witty, brilliant movie out there that has been criminally neglected, while this mediocre, dime-a-dozen film achieves so much acclaim!!
People, do not waste your hard earned money on a movie that the masses say you should like. Instead check out the movie, Very Bad Things! In case you don't remember it, this little gem came out back in '98. It is about a group of guys taking their soon to be married buddy to Vegas for a bachelor party (much like the Hangover). They have an outrageous party with booze and drugs and... a hooker. The hooker ends up dead and the group decides to cover the whole thing up so they can get their buddy back home to be married and to continue their lives as normal. Of course things are not that simple, and the cover-up leads to more death, and the web of lies getting spun even tighter.
Christian Slater leads a awesome cast of familiar faces, including Cameron Diaz, in this hugely under rated black-comedy by director Peter Berg! If you loved Heathers you'll, at the very least, like this movie. I promise most of you will like it better than the Hangover! Give it a try. Let me know what you think! This might not be the best comedy ever, but the offbeat humor, along with good story telling, genuinely funny characters, and witty dialog, put the Hangover to shame.
The Expendables (2010)
Sly Hasn't Lost His Touch!
With Stallone's drawing power in question, it has left many wondering how The Expendables will pan out. His recent revivals of both Rocky and Rambo were very well received by the general public, however, no evidence in the box-office suggests this. The latest Rocky and Rambo grossed an estimated $70M and $40M respectively. Even unadjusted for inflation, these films still failed to gross more than their originals from 25 and 30 years prior. Well, enough history. Let us talk Expendables.
From start to finish, this film is an absolute feel good movie. The action is absolutely fantastic, for there are plenty of fast moving, hard hitting fight scenes. Some more than others, but in typical Stallone fashion, the action will get your adrenaline pumping. Not since the last Rocky film, and more so, the older Rocky films, have I experienced that feeling of invincibility and manliness that only a Stallone flick can give you.
What makes this movie even more enjoyable is the ensemble cast. Not only is it an assembly of great action names, but as characters, they are very likable, and seem to each have a quality about them that is not overdone, but done just right. Watching this bad ass group of mercenaries on screen kinda gives the viewer a feeling of looking in at a family, or experiencing a kinship between one another. It comes across to me that Sly and co. have done just as much to show us the caring and closeness of these tough guys as opposed to a bunch of empty characters functioning only to advance plot as I seen in Rambo.
For everything that Sly did wrong with Rambo, he got right with the Expendables. Rambo is great for the violence; The Expendables is great for everything. I strongly suggest that you see this film. I promise, unlike most movies today that make you feel like crap afterwords, this movie will leave you with a smile on your face. It is not the seriousness of 2012 nor does it have to do with other worldly concerns. It is a fun movie that does what it is intended to do: Kick Ass!
The Watchmen: For fans only!
Zach Snyder's latest visionary epic is very impressive, yet ridiculous. It has a lot of elements about it that I loved, and I thought were very memorable and entertaining; There were just things about the movie through its seriousness that were either laughable, questionable, or just stupid.
First, on the positive side, this film is not without its redeemable qualities. For instance, the performances wielded by the cast were very admirable. Especially Jackie Earle Haley's portrayal of Rorschach. On a side note: It's nice to see such a familiar face reemerge from the seventies golden-age of cinema, and begin making appearances in mainstream film once again. Haley, if you remember was in the Bad News Bears films and Breaking Away. He was a teen idol from the seventies. Another great aspect was the graphic violence of the film. Scenes of devastation, mutilation, and impressive choreography were very intense and pleasing to the entertainment value. And the story, though complicated and, at times, hard to pick up on, carried with it several surprises.
As far as what weakens the film, I found it to be extremely comical in parts, and also questionable as to certain elements. For one thing, seeing people as costumed heroes interacting in a human drama made it hard for me to take it seriously. That of course is just my opinion and very much debatable from person to person. But that Jon character walking around in a speedo for half the film and with his dingaling hanging out for the other half, I just couldn't take it seriously. Not just his appearance, but the other costumed vigilantes as well. There costumes were almost goofy. Then there is the questionable aspects. If they can be killed by a mere bullet, what was to stop them from being killed already. They call them superheroes, but they weren't too super to me.
I say for fans only, because I think most casual viewers would not appreciate it for what it is. I think unless you are a fan of comic books, you might have a hard time getting past the same things I did. But that is also what I admired about the film. You can literally tell that this is a movie for the comic book fans. It did not compromise itself or its own integrity to suit the masses, so for that, I commend Zach Snyder for the direction, and for the Warner and Paramount hierarchy for staying out of the way.
The Goods? Buyer Beware
Jeremy Pivin plays Don "The Goods" Ready, a "gun-for-hire" car salesman in this would-be triumphant comedy that falls flat. When business at Sellek Motors is dying, the owner (James Brolin) calls in Ready and his team of crackerjack salesmen to sellout the entire lot on 4th of July weekend. The plot has the makings of a classic, and with the team of Adam McKay and Will Ferril behind the wheel of this vehicle, one would only expect good things. However, the film attempts comedy through exaggerated performances and ridiculously lewd characters, many of the frat pack films from the same people. Only, this is Talledega Nights on steroids. Now, the film is not without positives. This film showcases performances by several veteran actors whom are seldom seen in theatrical films anymore. Also, the film experiences a good twenty minute run of entertaining events and genuine laughs, beginning at about the 30 minute mark, where Alan Thicke is introduced to set things up for the second act. Unfortunately Thicke's character is underused. But, the comedic high point of this film is Charles Napier's portrayal of the tactless, racist war vet salesman. A performance that perfectly hits where the others miss. It's an exaggeration, but not an uncontrollable one. Napier is the hidden gem in this film. As a whole, this movie does not have the goods. Upon paying for this film, I recommend a warranty.
Friday the 13th Part III (1982)
Friday The 13th Peeks At 3
Part 3 is easily the best installment to date. From the use of Manfredini's music to the forlorn setting, this Friday is one of the more effective entries. It's documented that this film was a rush job. Filmed in about a month (or less). So even though the technical high points of this movie may very well have been by accident this film never the less boasts a lot of creepy positives! The setting alone (obviously not filmed anywhere near the site of 1 or 2) makes for a lot of chills. And Richard Brooker as Jason provides a very menacing presents on screen and with Miner's direction Jason's presents is also felt off screen as well. As the second act begins setting things up for the climax, you can immediately sense doom among the remaining characters. The other Friday movies are pretty good, but this one stands at the top of the heap. Weather or not this was a fluke or the work of creative vision I don't know, but part 3 is number 1.