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Supernatural: Fan Fiction (2014)
As Comic Book Guy once said- "Worst Episode Ever!!"
Supernatural Meets Glee. But it was even worse than that sounds, if that is even remotely possible. The producers and writers of this show now need to issue a formal written apology to every single fan over the age of 13, if there are any of us left after this disaster. I would actually like to see a return of the "monster of the week" format if there are any more of these episodes in the show's future. The comedic versions have worked well in the past, especially with the Trickster as a character, but it is not a formula that should be overdone. This actually should have been aired on Nickelodeon and no where else. Move over "Bugs", you have now been officially dethroned as the absolute worst show of this entire series.
Fright Night (2011)
Best Horror Remake I've seen in a LONG time
Like most of the reviewers posting on here, I was a big fan of the original that came out my freshman year in college, and when I heard that yet another 80's movie was being remade, I immediately thought of the new Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street, both of which fell FAR short of the originals. This one is MUCH better. It stays true to the original, and the movie is paced fairly quickly. A great scene is a cool cameo appearance by the original Jerry Dandridge, Chris Sarandon, although this time he is on the other side of the fangs. The setting in the decimated real estate market of Las Vegas was an excellent thought, and makes the movie quite believable and more entertaining. The only disappointment, and it is a small one, is the new Amy is not nearly as scary as a Vampire as the original one was. This film has excellent modern touches to bring it up to date. Well done!
Super 8 (2011)
The Goonies 2 - The Train That Blowed Up Real Good
After seeing the trailer and reading about the production of this movie, I was pretty much looking forward to seeing it. However, it was a bit of a disappointment as it felt disjointed as the story unfolded. The attention to detail regarding the time the movie takes place was remarkable. Every car on the screen was properly from that era, as was every single prop in the film. I actually thought the young actors, especially Elle Fanning, did a great job. She has a LOT more natural talent than her older sister in my opinion. However, much like the Nightmare on Elm Street remake, I kept waiting for the storyline to make a "wow" turn, but it never does. It just plods along, and when you hope for some deeper character development from ONE of the main players, it just never happens. I found it entertaining, but it is definitely geared for the teen and tweener crowds, although most parents will not approve of most of the language the kids use.
Another great show has jumped the shark
I have been watching this program without fail since the first episode, and the first 3 seasons were fantastic, but it has gradually become repeated conflict/cheesy drama between Sam and Dean, and now we have to start off the next season with Cas as GOD?! REALLY? Common sense would dictate that once you have written a script that calls for the Apocalypse, which then of course never happens, that the writers are now grasping at straws to keep the show profitable. Remember the episode about the little Fairies working for the old guy? What were they thinking? Cas as the new God is just sad, really. Fonzi has put on his water skis and leather jacket and is now heading up the ramp.....
Get Carter (2000)
Good cast that goes a little under-utilized
This film is a lot more subtle and complex than the bulk of its target audience would ever realize. If you had read the novel it is based upon, the movie is MUCH better, although I still think it takes a lot of undeserved criticism. You have to connect quite of few dots on your own for the plot and story line to stay linear, and I think that is where a lot of Rambo type moviegoers got lost. The cast is very good, but many of them are not utilized to their full potential as far as character development,but overall it is a very solid film. The opening theme music is also fantastic, as is most of the editing. Check it out on ION television!
Eat Pray Love (2010)
More like "Sit, Stare, Yawn"
The only way to make a movie with an unlikeable, selfish, self-absorbed protagonist worse is to make it WAY too long. That is what we have here, folks. This movie is a monument to both feminist narcissism and boredom. Robert's character whines and complains about a life that most people would love to trade places with. The direction was surprisingly sub-par, as was the acting. Overweight lonely secretaries that have read the book MAY make it through to the end, but everyone else will either be in deep REM or left the theater. Nice scenery for a bicycle ride does not a great movie make. Not kidding, the storyline here is so bad that it makes "Showgirls" look like "L.A. Confidential." This is not even worth a Redbox buck.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
Never quite reaches its potential
As a threshold matter, I saw the original NOES at the theater when I was a freshman in college, and I can say unequivocally that it literally revived a horror genre that many believed to be finished, as only VERY tired slasher and zombie films were all that were offered back then. What made the original so good was that Freddy toyed with his victims, but in a very evil way, not with the one liners that came later in the sequels, but rather he enjoyed watching them squirm in terror, and he was able to do this by saying very few lines. The second in the series was, I thought, a little underrated, and the third one with the original Nancy was actually very good. They (New Line) should have stopped there, as the rest of the films after that just stank up the place.
The primary problem with the remake is one of shallow character development. You never seem to really get to know the potential young victims, especially Nancy the main protagonist, well enough to care about what happens to them. There is just a lot of dead air in this script. This is unfortunate because there were several opportunities for some great new plot twists, like the fact that Freddy was wrongly accused and murdered by the angry parents by mistake, and he was now back to avenge his death. I was anxiously awaiting for this new angle to take off, but sadly it never does. Also curiously absent from the remake was any back story on Freddy's glove or why it is his weapon of choice. In this film he is a gardener at a pre-school, who does not kill any children but apparently molests them, although there was never any indication that it was sexual in nature, but rather the minor physical harming of them. Where and how does the glove come about? That should have been worth a few minutes of celluloid.
The attempt to make Freddy as evil as he was in the first one falls flat, despite a good performance by Haley. I would wait for this one on Redbox.