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Make Your Own Damn Movie! (2005)
Troma 30 Years of pure rubbish.
Troma 30 Years of pure rubbish.
I really like the idea of independent films, Directors and Producers who have gone out of their way to gain funding, cast, crew and distribution for little or no money, and then bless the world with an Independent movie free of Studio involvement for all us movie buffs to enjoy.
Now Lloyd Kaufman has Directed well over 50 B-Films for his company Troma. Troma has almost created it's on genre simple called "Troma", which stands for "Really Crappy Movies Nobody Really Likes, But Claim To Because They Think They Hate Commercialism In Hollywood", which they don't.
Lloyd Kaufman's Make Your Own Damn Movie is an example of how not to make a movie. I guarantee you this: You will not learn how to make a film from watching this 5 disk box-set. You will simple learn how not to make a movie. The DVD's do not show you how to direct, producer, write, or gain finance for you project. For example: In the How to get financing section of the DVD Lloyd simple tells you "There are many ways to get funding for you Feature" So I needed to pay $50 for you to tell me there are many ways to finance my film? No point during the 12 hours of footage do you learn any technical matters relating to film making. This to me is a promotional disk aimed at getting needed attention to Troma movies and that bloody hideous creation "The Toxic Avenger" which was released in 1985 and the people at Troma never shut up about.
Believe me when I say you will learn absolutely nothing from this DVD or book by the same name.
The only good thing I got from this DVD was the interview with Eli Roth (Cabin Fever & Hostel) and his frank interview about the Unions in Hollywood.
In closing: DON'T WASTE YOU MONEY ON THIS RUBISH. I have and that's something I will have to live with for the rest of my life. Save you self avoid TROMA MOVIES like the Bubonic Plague and "MAKE YOUR OWN DAMN MOVIE" Mr. Kaufman I will make my own damn movie with the hints and advice from real filmmakers.
Adam and Eve (2005)
Adame & Eve = An Hour and a Half Time Well Spent.
It's Low Budget, Amateurish, and Simple. When I came across the DVD on Amazon I was only interested in buying it, because it had National Lampoons plastered over the front cover. When it arrived and I watched it for the first time I was pleasantly surprised.
It's the story of Adam and Eve, but not the story we are familiar with. In National Lampoons version of Adam and Eve Adam falls for Eve a beautiful college student who happens to be a Virgin. At first the virginity thing doesn't pose a problem, but during their nine month relationship and Eve's reluctance to lose her virginity Adam's frustration causes him to question leaving the relationship and the woman he truly loves.
This is a teen movie so there is obviously profanity, fart jokes, and alcohol filled parties with half naked girls, but blended in with a beautiful story of Love and Friendship.
The beautiful Emmanuelle Chriqui was of course fabulous in the film. I wish I could say the same for Cameron Douglas. I could sense he was uncomfortable in certain scenes, which made him appear like a poor actor, which in all honesty he isn't just a newcomer. Maybe a little more rehearsals and he would have done the part justice.
I'd recommended this to all National Lampoon fans and possibly anybody who likes a beautiful love story with some fart jokes in the mix. This is a great first date movie or for any guy still trying to get his girl into bed.
7 out of 10 stars.
Bottoms Up (2006)
I've been a big Jason Mewes fan since watching "Clerks" back in 1994 and have followed his career by watching the "View Askewniverse" films for the past decade, so I was excited to see Jason playing a different character than the one he's been playing all these years, but unfortunately this film was tainted with Paris Hilton's atrocious acting, which unfortunately spoils the whole film. The premise of the story resembles something you'd expect to see on Nickelodeon "The son goes to Hollywood to save his Fathers restaurant and falls in love." If you're a Jason Mewes fan watch this film he was really good in it, but if you not, or never heard of him, avoid this film like the plague it's truly remarkable how bad this film is.