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Step Up (2006)
A Rock Solid Piece Of Crap
Channing Tatum pulls out all of the stops playing the world's oldest living high school senior and dance prodigy in Step Up.
Tyler (Tatum)is the pretty white boy living in a rough,black Baltimore neighborhood. When he's not car jacking with his home boys, he is busy popping moves and busting bad ass dance routines on the b ball court.
Then one night, after having a gun pulled on him at a party, Tyler and crew break in to the oddly located Maryland Academy of the Arts. The boys proceed to crap all over the drama departments Caligula set when they get busted by a rent a cop.
Tyler takes the fall, letting his buddies make a run for it, he ends up in court facing serious court ordered community service at, you guessed it, the Maryland Academy of the Arts.
We also learn that our boy Tyler has a lengthy police record and is the world's oldest foster child. Anyway, back at the school, Tyler is amazed when he arrives and sees all of these other kids pursuing their dreams and actually being productive members of society.
Given the job as mop boy, he mumbles his way through the first few days of his service when, you guessed it, he sees the school's top female dancer and its love at first site.
It's at this point you can turn off the movie and imagine the remaining time in your head.
Boy and girl end up dance partners, montage, montage, montage, no one understands, they don't communicate, he learns to control his dancing while she becomes more of a free spirit. Her mom thinks Tyler is white trash. His foster parents could give a crap. His friends freak when they find out he is at school dancing in tights instead of carjacking with them, oh the humanity!
There is also this second tier romance between a DJ from the school and star dancer's best friend, but I digress. In the end Tyler and star dancer pop and lock their way to winning the schools big talent showcase, he of course gets accepted into the school and star dancer gets her bring break with a dance troupe!
This movie rips off everything from every dance movie ever made before it. Throw in some embarrassing fashions, dialogue and dance numbers and you have Body Rock, Breakin and Flashdance all rolled into one phoned in production.
Star Trek Beyond (2016)
A Rock Solid Piece Of Crap
Oh where do I begin?
First, the movie feels like its about 4 hours long. It goes on and on and on. It is basically one endless, mindless battle scene. Absolutely no character development at all. No deep meaning about anything, a bare bones plot that has been done a million times before on every syfy series ever made. One implausible situation after another.
The guy who plays Bones is HORRIBLE! Where did they find this guy? working at the Kraft Services table? I mean I've seen some bad acting but this guy just might beat Pauly Shore in July Duty.
Idris Alba is completely wasted in a two minute cameo and the cast seems to just be calling it in on this one. This is the point in a franchise when things either get better or jump the shark into Joannie Loves Chachi territory, this piece of junk not only jumped the shark, it landed in a pit of honey badgers and is a chewed up, torn up mess. Do not waste your money on it.
Over the Edge (1979)
Exact Filming Locations
I grew up in Aurora Colorado and I know where most all of the filming locations are. If your a location hunting buff here is the information.
1. Carl's House: The Park Townhomes located at the corner of E. Yale Ave. and S. Elmira Street in Aurora CO. You can GPS the intersection. The town-homes are on the southeast corner.
2. The Rec: This was a set built directly across the street from The Park Townhomes on the north side of E.Yale just about 50 yards east of the S. Elmira Street intersection. There is a large apartment complex there now.
3. The party house: 1484 S Vaughn Circle Aurora Co. This is a private residence so please be respectful of the current owners. There is a large pine tree in front of the house now and it's painted a different color.
4. Richie's Apartment: The scene where Richie is with his Mom, in her orange jeep, was filmed along Cherry Creek Drive South, just east of Colorado Blvd between E. Kentucky Avenue and E. Mississippi Ave. The complex where he lived is the "Esprit Cherry Creek Apartments" on E. Mississippi. These have been totally remodeled but you can still tell it's the same place. The parking area where Richie and Carl jump into the jeep just before Doberman shows up is along the back side of the complex, which now has carports built there.
5. Much of the chase scene with Richie, Carl and Doberman was filmed on the Cherry Creek Dam Road which runs across the top of the dam. It is still there and looks the same.
6. Stawberry Fields: 2625 S. Vaughn Way, Aurora CO. The town-homes where Corey and Abby steal the gun. These are on the west side of S. Vaughn Way. In the movie they are painted yellow, they are now painted blue. The last set of these on the street is number 2625. The land beyond them was vacant then, now there is a grassy area with trees as the street begins to curve to the right.
Hope you enjoy finding these if you are visiting Denver and Aurora.
The Seduction (1982)
The Seduction showcases everything the early 1980's was in a 90 minute time capsule. The newest remastered DVD release presents the film in its original widescreen format and the picture and sound restoration rates an A plus.
Pro: Morgan Fairchild is her bitchy best in every scene in the movie and she is in 99% of the film. When she's not there is when the film seems not so shiny, but not to worry, those scenes only last a few seconds and poof back to more Morgan looking amazing.
Pro: Excellent photography, lighting and sound. They put some money into this movie to make it look as good as possible and they succeeded.
Pro: Andrew Stevens OMG he was so hot
Con: Michael Sarrazan, the worst actor ever in this film, totally miscast.
Con: Not enough Colleen Camp, the best performance in the film, sorry Morgan.
So I say if you want to see a campy 1980's movie see the Seduction, it really is not that bad.
Looking Makes You Feel Better About Yourself
Looking has turned out to be the best therapy ever!
The writers on Looking have done an excellent job flushing out three personalities, all of which have major issues when it comes to finding "the one".
Patrick (The Star)lives under a velvet curtain of shame. Shame about sex, shame about being gay, shame about the men he is attracted to (Richie). He makes bad choices in order to please his overbearing mother and he has no confidence in his ability to make choices, usually he screws up.
Agustin is a self destructive narcissist who makes one bad choice after another, usually ending up in another dirty gutter in the Tenderloin. Addicted to everything, he uses his friends for a place to stay and food while he spends his money on drugs and booze. I guess he gets it from his wealthy family, because he has been unemployed pretty much since the start of the show. His friends enable him and he seems to like it that way. He is a manipulator who will sabotage his friends relationships to ensure his own survival. He is my least favorite character.
Dom is a dreamer, he wants big things, but I think in the end he is to lazy to actually achieve anything. He is easily prone to anger and there are times I think he could get violent. His interest in Linn seems to be more opportunistic than anything else. He is also a sex addict with skin as thin as rice paper.
Patrick's boss, Kevin is a total DB. A cheating liar who only has two years to find a yank to marry so he does not get shipped back to the council flats in London. Kevin's boyfriend is a mean drunk and it's obvious he does not really love him. I think Kevin is using Patrick for both his needs in the present and the future.
Richie and Linn are the only decent guys on the show. Honest and with big hearts, they have been hurt in the past and they tread lightly. Linn is very self protective and I don't think he really trusts Dom, he does not let him in and until Dom can prove himself I don't think he will.
Richie is a man with integrity and is true BF material. Patrick is to caught up in his own crap to realize it and I don't think Patrick loves Richie anyway. I think he feels bad that he has hurt Richie but he is afraid of what his family will think so he destroyed the relationship, which sounds like its been a pattern.
Besides the aforementioned emotional problems, their apartments are horrible. Linn is the only one with a nice place, the other apartments are nasty old places that I would never live in. I can't imagine wanting to live in SF if that is the only place you can afford. Even Frank's (less expensive) apartment in Oakland looked like a crime scene from COPS.
So if you want to feel better about your own place in life, check out Looking, it is a good show and I like it, but it is also one big pot of mess.
Left Behind (2014)
You know your career is over when
If I could rate this a zero I would. When I first read about Nick Cage starring in a remake of a Kirk Cameron film I thought it was a joke. Unfortunately I was wrong.
This has to be one of the worst movies ever made. First off the original and the whole series of these "Left Behind" movies are just right wing religious propaganda movies that went straight to VHS when they were released and they basically ended Kirk Camerons D list career.
How anyone was able to raise money for a remake is beyond me. Cage has so much makeup on he looks like a Geshia Girl. The production values are less than a bad Lifetime movie and the special effects appear to have been done by a sixth grader on his 1st generation Ipad.
Cage's career has been in the gutter for years now, and that is to bad, for someone to go from costarring with Cher to this is really sad. Do not waste your time on this, I beg you. You might just shoot yourself
When the Game Stands Tall (2014)
One of the most horrible scripts ever
I could only watch about half of this film due to the horrible script. The characters don't talk, they spew talking points such as "We are doing it for the coach" or "Your not alone, you have us". I don't know what group of 7th graders wrote this crap but it is worse than an after-school special, I'm surprised Eve Plumb was not cast in the Laura Dern role.
The entire time that I did watch I just kept thinking "How desperate for work is Laura Dern to take this part?" There are some good actors/actresses in this film and they basically do nothing but chew the scenery and recite Hallmark card messages to the "kids" on the team.
The "kids" look like 30 year old men and they must have all attended the Copacobana Acting School, where they were taught to act like silent movie stars. I mean every expression is so overacted, it makes Mommie Dearest look like Sophie's Choice.
I think the producers thought "Hey that Sandra Bullock football movie was a hit, lets make another one" unfortunately the later is worse than most lifetime movies.
This is definitely a movie not worth even an in-demand or Netflix rental price, do yourself a favor and just watch We Are Marshall or Brian's Song again.
Identity Thief (2013)
Hilarious! Rex Reed kiss my arse!
Critics i.e. Rex Reed, must really have it out for Melissa McCarthy because the hateful reviews on this movie and her personally are not warranted.
If you like slapstick, raunchy, adult comedies then you will like Identity Thief. McCarthy shines in this movie, her physical comedy talent is right on the mark and she really gives her character a heart and soul. Bateman does well as the straight man caught up in McCarthy's crazy world of con games and identity theft.
This is pure escapism entertainment, you have to suspend your disbelief and just go for the ride. This is not Argo or Lincoln and it's not supposed to be. We saw this 3/9/13 at the Muvico and the theater was packed! Everyone seemed to enjoy the movie and the four of us thought it was hysterical. There are some really good one liners and physical comedy situations here. The box office success of this movie goes to show you that critics don't know bs about what people find funny. I can't wait to see Melissa in her new movie with Sandra Bullock.
End of Watch (2012)
I liked it but it could have been so much better
I checked this out on In-Demand last night. Over all I liked it, I thought the docustyle worked well here. It was creative and unusual, especially the dash cam pov used in the beginning. The film moves quickly and is certainly not boring. What didn't work was the cartoonish characterizations of the Mexican gang members. They were so over the top that I found them more funny than scary, especially the main Latina gang member. She looked like Lady Ga Ga on crack. The ambush scene at the end, totally over the top and unbelievable. The director had one to many red bulls the day they shot this scene, a good old fashion "Bullitt" style car chase would have been great, with the bangers chasing the cops ending in a massive I-5 pile up, now that would be believable. The worst scene was the cop and the black dude getting all cage fight at the beginning, what cop would do that? and if one of them was to do it, Jake's character should have been the one, not the family man side kick. There was a lot of promise but just a few bad scenes really brought it down.
Malibu Country (2012)
A good start but needs some fine tuning
Boy the review from "davidleequinn1950" seems a little angry and homophobic. Perhaps David believes that Reba and Narvel are anti-gay (which they are not)or that Reba and her husband are "over the cliff Christian conservatives" (they are not and never have been.) Republican yes, nut-jobs no. Perhaps David should hope for "The Toby Keith show" or "The Ted Nugent Hour" and let his little girl watch that instead. Now that's off my chest so here is my actual review. The show is rocky, there have been some really funny lines but a lot falls flat. Reba is of course fantastic and Lilly Tomlin is great as her no nonsense mother. The kids are great as well. The Sara Rue character is a stereotype and annoying. The Jai Rodriguez character is also a stereotype and needs work. The jokes need work, some go well a lot goes bad, perhaps a change in writing staff could help with that.The concept of the show is good, Nashville family moves to Malibu and culture shock hi-jinx ensue. The ratings for the show have been strong, I think with some fine tuning "Malibu County" can be just as successful as "Reba" was (and still is on CMT). I give it a six because for the most part I think the premise is solid but as with every new show it has to find its balance. Good going Reba keep it up, we love you!