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The Girl Next Door (2004)
risky business it ain't
This movie could have been so much more than it turned out to be. It had a great premise, great young actors with a lot of chemistry, but unfortunately it took a bad turn 30 minutes or so into the movie. Up till that point it was going great, focusing strongly on the personalities and vulnerabilities of the characters and the love story between them, which is what I think makes a movie good. It then, for no apparent reason, took a left turn onto the road of zany hijinks. So much of the camera time was devoted to the male characters running around getting into wacky situations that the love story was simply squeezed out of existence. I'm sure making movies is tough, but there's a simple rule every filmmaker should know--anticipation is everything, and this movie lost that in the first 30 minutes.
Club Dread (2004)
It's no super troopers
Seriously, don't go because you liked super troopers. this movie is just not funny. It doesn't know whether it wants to be a gory horror flick or a slapstick comedy and the result is just uninteresting mush. there were actually many parts of the movie that could have been really funny, for instance a guy dressed as a giant pear being chased by a knife wielding killer, but as soon as it starts his gut is slashed open and his insides spill out in a rather disturbing scene. and of course there is no plot. i'm not alone in thinking this either. the theatere was packed and the most noise the crowd made was a few nervous chuckles. walking out there were countless murmours of "what a waste of two hours," "that was awful" etc. in other words...skip it.
Ok if you can get past the pretentiousness
As a sci-fi movie it's not bad. As social commentary it's a joke. Ironically this movie that tries so hard to show what a brilliant idea pacifism is showcases how utterly ridiculous it is. Here's the movie in a nutshell: "Foolish humans! You're so stupid and primitive that you haven't learned how to settle your differences without violence. Now do what I say or I'll blow up your planet." Good stuff. The real moral of the story? Actions speak louder than words. Sometimes it's necessary to nip threatening situations in the bud before they get out of control. And, sadly, sometimes all certain people understand is threats of violence and violence itself. Sound familiar?