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Haters Back Off! (2016)
A frustrating Look Inside an Offbeat 21st Century Youtube "Star"
"Haters Back Off," follows wannabe internet sensation Miranda (Colleen Ballinger), her unusual Uncle Jim, her self diagnosing mother, Bethany, and her ordinary sister, Emily. While Ballinger brings Miranda from Youtube to the small screen sporting her her signature look, voice and humor, she has also brought a mean spirited attitude to the character as well. Miranda really has no redeeming quality about her. We see a glimmer of hope every so often with interactions between her and her next door neighbor, Patrick, and even her sister, Emily, but all hope is dashed by a punchline.
What is so frustrating about Miranda and the whole first season of "Haters Back Off," is once we get started, it's over. The season seems to be leading up to this big "ah-ha" moment where Miranda will finally understand that not everything revolves around her. But just when you think she finally has a breakthrough, a video goes viral and an all familiar ring can be heard in the distance. But it does have a lot to say about this generation and about Ballinger's original conception of Miranda. When a parody about self absorbed wannabe "Youtube Stars," gets made into a eight part television series where the lead is said parody, not much can be redeemed in terms of attitude when the character's original concept was to bring to light the awful qualities of wannabe "Youtube Stars." And that is where "Haters Back Off," finds its footing, not in the offbeat humor but it's dark and realistic humor. Where Ballinger shined most wasn't when she was making fun of her sister or even her "singing," it was when she allowed Miranda to be, human. One great example was the final episode of the season where she had an on stage meltdown, that was at first funny but quickly spiraled out of control to where finally she shouts to a sold out crowd "Why is it so funny to think someone could love me." I believe that is where the writers and creator Ballinger had trouble in the beginning. How to make a parody of a self absorbed "star," seem human and vulnerable despite her slogan being "Haters Back Off." Allowing Miranda to be knocked down and face rejection for real this time, allows Ballinger to really stretch not only her acting skills, but the character of Miranda herself. I wish we had seen a glimmer of this side of Miranda earlier on in the season but I am confident that this is apart of a bigger plot.
I am most certainly not a hater of miss Ballinger or the series at all. Everything was top notch when it came to acting and production values. I also believe that the writers have grazed the surface on what seems to be a very interesting character study into the mind of teenagers and children today who can be "stars," with just one click of a button. I hope it does get a second season renewal because I believe that Miss Ballinger has a unique outlook and voice about the idea of fame in the 21st century, and has just shown the world who Miranda is and what Miranda can ultimately become.
A "smart" summer film that ultimately looses its brains
Lucy is about a young woman who ends up with a special drug inside her body that let's her use more than 10% of her brain. A lot of people have stated this film is a "smart" film and that regular summer audiences didn't like it because they didn't understand it. Just because a film deals with science doesn't automatically make it a "smart" film. To make a movie a "smart" film it actually has to have some intelligence put into it. The title character never seemed to evolve. Sure in the beginning she was a party girl and she progressed into the unstoppable machine but ultimately we only see two sides of Lucy the party girl and the ass kicking girl. There is never a happy medium. That leads to another point. As the film progresses Lucy begins to get stronger and stronger ultimately to the point where she's unstoppable and that's where the movie begins to get boring. Sure there are car chase scenes and shoot outs but if the main character isn't in danger then what's the point? Sure you have supporting characters but we never see them get fleshed out so we are left with no one to really care about. Th film also doesn't benefit from a 90 minute running time. I honestly think the film could have been slightly better with about 20 or so minutes added on of character development. The most redeeming quality of this film though is Scarlett Johansson. Mrs Johansson has a very bright future ahead to become a huge female action hero and a very great actress in general. From the very beginning you believed this was Lucy never for a minute did you feel it was Scarlett Johansson playing Lucy. She turned from normal party girl to badass in a snap of the fingers with the utmost poise. "Lucy" failed at being a smart, thought provoking film that would change the way we look at not ourselves but at our brains but did make Scarlett Johansson into an actress I can not wait to see more of.
The Apparition (2012)
A Surprisingly Decent Ghost Film That got Overlooked Because Of Poor Marketing and "The Possession".
The Apparition revolves around young couple Kelly (Ashley Greene)and Ben (Sebastian Stan). They move into a new house and are looking forward to a life together when unexpectedly, strange things begin to happen. Is it the house that's haunted or is it them?
The main flaw this film had was the running time. Clocking in at a little under and hour and twenty minutes "The Apparition" felt almost like a flash. The film starts out with footage from a 1970 séance. Then abruptly moves along to the present where a group of college students attempt to connect to the same spirit. The whole opening scene was about 3 minutes. What it seems to me is the film went through a couple rewrites and edits. It seemed like the writer had a main idea but couldn't get the rising and falling action to fall into place.
While "The Apparition" brought almost nothing new to the table of scares what it does succeed in is its atmosphere and eeriness. A couple scenes were very effective and creepy. The other high point of the film was our "Final Girl" Ashley Greene. She heats up the screen with her beautiful looks and acting. Now this wasn't the performance of a lifetime but she does succeed and makes the best out of a weak script."The Apparition" does break through the horror cliché barrier and tries to be "Different" and succeeds for about 1 scene. The scene in particular was when the couple leaves the house. Most "Haunted House" films the people keep saying "oh its fine its just the weather and blah blah". "The Apparition" breaks that barrier and the couple leaves and goes to hotel (Finally!). There one of the best scenes of the film (In My Opinion) happens.
I give "The Apparition" a 5 out of 10. While it seems the cons overpower the pros if you just sit back and relax and don't think about the "technical" side of it, the film really surprises.
The Innkeepers (2011)
The Innkeepers proves you don't need "found footage" to make a scary ghost story
The innkeepers is a fantastic film that has everything a creepy ghost story needs. The film has everything going for it, a great lead, beautiful cinematography, and a AMAZING soundtrack. the story centers around a ghost story about a woman named Madeline o' Malay. Claire a worker at the hotel has been searching for any evidence to prove her ghost does roam the hallways of the Yankee peddler. The last weekend open Claire is determined to find any evidence. The innkeepers proves you don't need amazing special effects, or gore and blood to make a film scary all you need is a good story. Now the film does has a few flaws, at times the film does feel slow but picks right up afterwards. I would recommend this film to anyone who wants a good quality horror film that will send chills down your spine. I was amazed by the music which i feel made the movie. Sara Paxton gives her best performance to date playing Claire. Ti west has an amazing talent and i am looking forward to his future career and films. In conclusion the innkeepers will make anyone want to double check their closets before going to bed.
A good surprise film
Altitude is a entertaining, creepy, and claustrophobic film that is very original. The movie starts out as a 127 hours or frozen type movie; a screw gets loose and jams a wing from moving. We go into the "we need to get out of here to live!" type thing. Then we get into the second act which I'm not going to talk a lot about other than my mouth was open for at least 5 minutes when the second act starts getting good. I was completely surprised by the next move the writers take in the third act of the film. it goes into a scfi type movie which is best not to be talked about. As for the acting its very hot cold it thought the main heroin was a good actress The reason why i was so surprised was because i really like movies and i look into them. But i went to my local blockbuster and saw a empty case for a movie called altitude. I asked the worker and she said that they never got that movie in from the company (i don't know anything about video disturbing)and someone donated this copy and didn't have a cover and wrote the name "altitude" on the cover. If you need a good "surprise" movie then altitude is the movie for you.