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I'm Dying Up Here (2017)
Not the worst... But has a lot of room for improvement
I get that this is suppose to be a drama about a bunch of struggling comics in the 70's... But it would be nice if the comics on this show could tell a funny joke once in a while... The main problem that I can tell is it's a drama set in the 70's but written with 21st century political correctness... I lived thru the 70's as a kid and it's obvious whoever is writing this show didn't.... It's missing the some of things that were essentially the 70's.... sex, drugs, and rock & roll.... I mean it was the 70's and the height of the sexual revolution... Back then a big part of feminism was women wanting the right to get laid whenever they wanted.... And who thinks a bunch of comics living in LA in the 70's didn't spent all their time high? And the best anyone can expect is the occasional 5 seconds of some little known song from the time period... As it is the entire show is the same 8-9 people bitching about who's act sucks worst and getting mad because they don't like the time slot they got.... it's nothing but a slow depressing failure
Jug Face (2013)
Was bored and looking to kill a little time... Can't tell you why I stopped on Jug Face other than the title seemed surprisingly stupid... and I planned on snickering at what I thought was going to be a dumb plot description. What caused me to watch it was it has Sean Young in it... She had some minor fame in the 80's & 90's and I figured what the heck.
It's about a backwards hillbilly religious sect that worships a malevolent pit. When one member of the sect is possessed he makes a clay jug with the face of a person that needs to be sacrificed to it. The girl that is next to be sacrificed discovers she's the jug... She hides it to avoid being killed.... which brings the wrath of the pit on the group. I think the movie missed the opportunity to go to the next level of creepy by not exploring an incestuous relationship that exists between the girl and her brother... And there were some plot development that should have been explained better.
Overall though I thought it was well done for a low budget movie... I certainly thought it was better than a lot of the horror movies Hollywood pumps out
The Comedian (2016)
DeNiro's requiem mass
Over the last 20 years De Niro has taken a lot of crap for putting out a lot of crap movies.... And justifiably so in my opinion... He went from being one of the greatest living actors to being a parody of himself. It seemed like this movie was his attempt to redeem himself by attempting to really act again. Sadly, he feel short. This movie was evidence he's totally lost "it" and he's never getting it back.
Didn't even try
Just saw this on youtube...not sure why anyone would confuse this with the movie Clerks... There's no Jay or Silent Bob.... They seem to replace those two with some some random ice cream store employee... Dante's obsessions are gone... I guess the original Dante & Randal auditioned for the show but didn't get the parts (How that happens is beyond me)... The humor is lame and that 90's G rated type humor that came with a laugh track at the most un-funny moments.... It came off more like an episode of Save By The Bell set in a strip mall... It even had the same sort of oddball half ass moral message at the end of the show like an episode of Save By The Bell ... The only thing that remotely reminded me of the original Clerks was they had "Can't Even Tell" by Soul Asylum at the end
The Machine (2013)
A prequel-ish movie to Blade Runner
I watched this movie on Netflix without knowing anything about it.
It's a dystopian future where Artificial Intelligence is finally created in a female robot. I really got the sense from the dark tone of this movie that Blade Runner, with it's moral questions about equality and what it means to be human, was a strong influence.
There are some issues with the movie and plot holes I didn't understand. Like why were mute cyborg's permitted to roam around freely, and apparently given access to top level meetings with no obvious purpose. This was obviously a movie on a shoe string budget. The special effects were minimal in my opinion, and the production value of the set's could have been better.
I feel if a viewer can connect with the plot though, these things could be overlooked and I felt it managed to deliver an entertaining movie and managed to hold my interest through out the movie.
I felt the female actress portraying the lead role of the robot managed to bring a believable performance as a robot being manipulated by darker forces. She brought an innocent/child-like characteristic I think an AI life form, similar to HAL-9000 in 2001 would have. I did notice a nod to HAL-9000 when her consciousness was being removed and she mentioned something about being afraid while her mind being torn apart. By the end of the movie I cared about the robot and its destiny.
Overall, I enjoyed the movie a lot. As a HUGE fan of Blade Runner, I felt this would have made a great prequel to it, if it had the budget and the plot had the rough edges removed.
Old Boy (2013)
not a horrible remake but not great either
Since it's next to impossible to not compare a remake to the original, Spike Lee took on an ambitious project with the remake of oldboy. I remember watching the original at the suggestion of a friend and remember being wow'ed by the movie from the start (And I HATE foreign subtitled movies).
The original has a dark twisted intensity that one doesn't come across very often, and it's one of the movies that's always been stuck in the back of my mind when I think of twisted dark plots. When I first heard they were doing an American-ized version, my mind immediately jumped to the conclusion that it would suck. While I'll concede this remake doesn't suck... it doesn't add anything to the original that makes it stand out from the original and is slightly above mediocre in my opinion.
The general theme of the plot stayed close to the original, but of course there were plot changes that I mostly disliked. With the exception of the ending... I did find the alternative ending to be original, and a nice alteration from the 1st movie.
While there was a nod to the octopus from the original movie, it was the octopus scene in the original that sent shivers down my spine and made me grimace. So I was rather disappointed there wasn't an equally shocking scene in this version.
I was also greatly disappointed with the hammer fight. The original in the tunnel has gone down in my mind as one of the all time great movie fight scenes. While this one became larger & more epic, it left me wanting more and just not excited.
The movie also didn't delve into the emotional aspect like the original did, which made this movie less shocking and had me caring less for the characters like I did in the original. The love affair between Joe & Marie was dismissed rather quickly,and I generally disliked the new plot twist about why he was imprisoned for so long. Especially since this movie breezed over it so quickly.
Josh Brolin didn't have the intensity as the original actor. I don't know if that's because of his acting ability or was because of the direction he was given, but the final showdown between Joe & Adrian came no where near as intense as Dae-su Oh & Woo-jin Lee of the original.
While I think it lacked the level of darkness the original did, overall it was a watchable movie. I think many people who haven't seen the original will like it, but for those that have seen the original, I suspect they will be disappointed like I was.
This should have been the 1st sequel
"Riddick" gets back to the roots of the original Riddick character in the movie Pitch Black. Which I was glad to see them do. I LOVED the movie Pitch Black and the original Riddick character is one of my favorite tortured bad a$$'es with a heart anti hero's of all time.
When they evolved the character to be some superhuman battling metaphysical forces in "The Chronicles of Riddick", it really irritated me. I loved the simple bad a$$ role and I just didn't get off on the over the top comic book approach.
The movie does get back to the Pitch Black roots a bit to much and the plot is surprisingly similar to Pitch Black. Enough so it had me going "wtf?" towards the end... I mean if you're going to spend $20-$30M to make a movie, at least take the time to come up with an original plot.
With that aside, the drama was sort of tired and recycled. While I love the Riddick character, I didn't find myself caring to much for any of the other characters like I did in Pitch Black. There was also a slight subtle humor in Pitch Black, and the original Riddick character had a really dry sense of humor that I thought was great. Unfortunately it was utterly lacking in this.
There was a lot of action in this, which I would expect in a Riddick movie. Some of it was a little over the top with a certain degree of comic book silliness in my opinion, but I'm sure it would satisfy most fans of the character. The effects were pretty good, with one that was graphic enough to surprise and excited this cynic.
Overall I liked it... And I think this should have been the sequel to Pitch Black in my opinion. My expectations might have been a bit high and I was a little disappointed, but it was much better than the 2nd Riddick movie in my opinion and leaves me with faith in the Riddick character.
The Baytown Outlaws (2012)
A good Quentin Tarentino knock off
15 minutes into this movie it really came off like a Quentin Tarentino movie. It has many plot elements that Tarentino uses, anti-social psychotic anti-hero's, violent groups of women, cheesy over the top violence, revenge and vengeance, an interesting plot twist, politically incorrect language.... Even some of the camera angles and camera shots reassembled Tarentino movies.
This isn't a thinking man's movie... There's no moral or message to be gotten out of it that you can't see in any number of movies. It did hit the spot though as far as entertainment goes... While there isn't much of a plot to speak of, there was no shortage of action. That action was mixed and varied enough to keep my attention. Over all it came off like "Kill Bill" meets "The Devils Rejects" (With even a nod to the Devils Rejects with the use of Lynyrd Skynyrd's Freebird which I caught and thoroughly enjoyed)
I'm not much of Billy Bob Thorton fan, with very few exceptions he's always come off as stiff and awkward. I felt the same about his performance in this and it seemed like he just phoned in his performance to me. I'm sure if your a fan of his, you might enjoy him in it though. I felt Eva Longoria's performance wasn't much better. Fortunately their screen time was limited and the actors that played the 3 brothers were the stars, and the action of the movie carried it.
In spite of my criticism, I'd definitely give the movie a thumbs up and recommend it.
a "true story"? really???
I have a tendency to read up on the facts behind a movie as I watch it... Especially movies based on "true stories". More times than not movies based on true stories tend to be two disjointed details a writer has connected through some fictional thread.
I've learned from my research that many times a writer will take some minor event and write an over the top story about it to make it entertaining and interesting. Usually these movies go way over the top and when I read up on it, I find myself disappointed by what the reality of the fact are.
This apparently was not the case with the movie Eden. As I researched the movie, I kept reading more and more horrific events about the life of Chong Kim. He "true" story had her sexually abused by baby sitters, her fathers friends, teachers and principles... and then physically abused by her mother.
According to what I read about her on the internet, she was a Criminology major when she was kidnapped by a "boyfriend", and sold into sexual slavery. As her story unraveled she thought she was subjected of domestic abuse and not sexually exploited by pimps as she was sexually abused in warehouses with 40 other women.
Her story also involved her NOT calling 911 during an escape attempt, and instead wasn't able to find any help because she didn't have any identification, before her pimps/kidnappers found her. In another escape attempt she was shunned by a mall full of parents as she screamed and yelled for help. Apparently, her final escape involved her crawling through an air duct in a Vegas hotel, knocked a man unconscious with her shoe heel and made her escape by stealing his car.
As I read through her story as I watched the movie, I realized they had to scale back on these "details" about her life to make a believable movie. Which unfortunately puts this woman's story in a dubious position with me. I put in several hours of effort to find any evidence that her story was true.
All I could find were interviews with her.... No news stories, no connections to arrests, nothing. I would think in an attempt to identify how warehouses filled with women could occur in America she would at least testify in front of a congressional subcommittee. Unfortunately I never found any vett'ing by any news agency to back up her story.
While I feel the subject of sexually trafficking to be an extremely important one.... The more I learned about this women the more I find it difficult to take this movie seriously.
As far as the movie itself went... I found it to have value in the sense it has people talking about the subject. I felt the acting was well done and you could feel the fear of Jamie Chung character Eden. I also found the twisted, and emotionally crippled character of Vaughan to be interesting as he goes from looking at Eden as a piece of meat to thinking they were in a pseudo relationship.
There were the typical plot holes that one has to look the other way for like the mystery spray that instantaneously kills Vaughn, the existence of underground hospitals that imprison pregnant women for months at a time, the corrupt US Marshal that runs the day to day operations. Then the story tip toed around the underlying story of the movie... for a sex slave operation there was a noticeable lack of sex or violence. Which sort of left me scratching my head a bit.
My gut instinct tells me there is some seriously shady holes in this woman's "true story"... I just felt they should have scaled it back a bit more and made it grittier to really highlight the plight of the women in the sex trade industry. The way this movie is right now, I'm expecting to have to debating the truthfulness of Chong Kim's life rather than the topic of sexual trafficking.
Kick-Ass 2 (2013)
It wasn't the first but it was still OK
I loved the first one and have been waiting for this with great anticipation! When I saw it on Comcast On-Demand I immediately rented it. Like most sequels, this wasn't as good as the first and it's hard not to make comparisons to the first movie.
The first thing I noticed was the lack of a good soundtrack that went with the first movie. Scenes like Hit-Girl whooping ass to Joan Jett's "Bad Reputation", or the old Banana Splits song "Tra La La" Song totally made the first one awesome for me. The soundtrack was as important as the characters.
As the movie was unfolding I kept waiting for some funny/rocking music to play. Unfortunately, I was pretty let down that they didn't spend the money to acquire some interesting/funny/rocking songs for this movie.
Then the plot was sort of handicapped by the fact the characters had matured. I felt the actors all did a good job, but the built in humor that came along with an innocent naive Kick-Ass character getting his butt beat, or the irony of a 10 year old foul mouthed girl killing someone with the same zeal she would pursue a boy band with was gone.
I think they spent a little to much time developing the idea of a group of super hero's and and not enough time developing Kick-Ass & Hit-Girl characters. Overall, I liked it, and I'm sure most will... It just wasn't as fresh and new as the original.
meh... i should have waited till it was on HBO
I didn't see anything in the movie that offered me any more insight into Steve Jobs that I didn't already have. The movie leap frogged over years in his life to pack Jobs experience at Apple.
The movie came off as disjointed and awkward as the plot flew from 1974 to 2011, and did so with no real sense of what it was saying... other than the events that made up Jobs life. Most of his life, and idiosyncratic behavior is well documented, and all this movie did was rehash that.
Ashton Kutcher made a semi-believable Steve Jobs, he physically resembled him and mimicked his mannerisms, but other than that I just kept thinking "That's Ashton Kutcher pretending to be Steve Jobs" and never was able to forget it was an actor playing a character, and actually found him distracting in the role.
I was slightly baffled how the plot took him from a villainous role of an individual willing to cheat his friend Woz out of his share of the $5,000 bonus from Atari, screwing original Apple employees out of IPO shares, and denying his responsibility for his daughter... into a victim who lost his company to people with no vision, that somehow found peace in gardening and somehow has his daughter in his life... then back to a villain cruelly outing the CEO & Board... and then to saint within 15 minutes. There were no cathartic moments to really explain any of his transformations
If anyone wanted to know about him I'd recommended "Pirates of Silicon valley"
Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth (2013)
Mike Tyson 2.0
This is a one man show about Mike Tyson's life and experiences and runs the gambit... It's open, honest, humorous, sad, touching and inspiring. If anyone ever held an opinion of him, good or bad, then they should see this.
Mike chronicles his life as a child living in poverty and not really knowing either of his parents, to adjusting to finding love and acceptance with the D'Amato family, gives the viewer a sense of what it's like to be a rising star and world famous by the time he was 20, what it was like for a young man with $50,000,000 and wolves constantly nipping at his financial heels, his drug abuse issues, prison, his spiritual and emotional implosion, the death of his daughter... and most importantly his subsequent rebirth.
Even as he poked fun at himself, I got the sense of struggle he went through with what seemed to be a constant change of his surroundings, and the anger and mistrust he experienced trying to adjust to them. He gives you an idea of how surrealistic life can be when you're as rich and famous as he was, and how difficult it must have been to make sense of it. I can't imagine anything crazier than to be sitting in prison and having a surprise visit by Florence Henderson of the Brady Bunch.
The thing I took away from this show though was that there was most definitely a human being behind all the hype, and the PR that people saw on TV through the 90's and 2000's. Mike showed an incredible sense of peace considering everything he's gone through in his life, and demonstrated he came through it with a warmth, humanity, and an incredible sense of humor.
He seems to be the first to be able to laugh at himself, and his own mistakes. At times when he could have taken cheap shots at people he restrains himself, and others he lets the people have it with both barrels. Mostly, he finds the humor in the situations he was in good or bad. He did take time to talk about the losses of family members he's experienced in his life, and how it affected him.
Few people can lay claim to having been in the positions he was in life. After watching "Undisputed Truth", William Blake's line "The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom" certainly seems appropriate. Mike has a wisdom that is well earned and hard fought. I've been a fan of his from back when he first became champ, and after watching this I finally think I got a sense of who he really is. I certainly hope he has the best of luck with his career and life.
Dark Horse (2011)
it might be funny if it wasn't so repulsive
I don't know if "Dark Horse" was the most appropriate title for this movie. The term to me implies an outside chance of a win.
When the movie starts off, Abe seems like a lovable loser that was pampered and emotionally stunted by his parents. He's a 35 year old man-child that lives in his childhood bedroom, collects toys, and works at his fathers company with non-existent job responsibilities and labors under the delusion he's cooler and more important to everyone around him than he really is.
Abe meets his equal in Miranda, his self defeated love interest at a wedding. Abe's ignorance and self obsessed desires doesn't let him see that Miranda has no interest in him as he pushes himself onto her. She only becomes interested when she recognizes he's a bigger loser than she is, and won't pose a threat to her already battered self esteem. She succumbs to her fate as a self loathing loser and accepts his proposal of marriage a week after they meet.
In the beginning I was rooting/expecting for Abe to see he was his own worst enemy, and to reverse the course of his life. Unfortunately, the longer the film plays out the more I hated Abe and he losses his lovable loser status. He quickly slams into becoming an obnoxious, self indulgent, entitled loser, throwing tantrums and fits as he blames everyone around him for his faults and failures.
His world starts to implode and crumble as it becomes apparent to him that he is the loser everyone see's him as. This sets up a whole barrage of self induced fantasies he uses to try and explain why he's not a loser. Ultimately, it ends like a reverse "It's a Wonderful Life" and with the harsh realization that his life never mattered and everyone is better off without him.
I watched this film not only from the morbid entertainment value, but also from a weird psychological standpoint. I know a 30 year old man- child that works for his father and lives in his childhood bedroom. Somehow, this guy I know, like the character in the film, refuses to see himself for what he is and acts like an obnoxious, self indulgent, entitled loser that thinks he's cooler than he really is and blames everyone around him for his faults and failures. It offered me quiet a bit on insight to his world.
Enjoyed it a lot
Apparently, I'm practically the only reviewer that wasn't there or personally knew Hilly himself. I grew up in a smaller-ish mid-western town and was introduced to punk by a girl from high school in the late 70's, and became aware of CBGB in the mid 80's. CBGB was always a mecca I wanted to visit but never got the chance to, so I leaped at watching this movie.
First off... It' important to remember this is the fictionalize account of the legendary New York city punk club CBGB and Hilly Kristal, and not a documentary. I went into watching this with the expectations there would be many factual errors. I noticed some items like band stickers on the walls from the wrong decade, but it's a Hollywood movie... not a documentary. I think the end credits says it best where it says "And we know that Iggy Pop never played at CBGB... Just deal with it.".
This location was so instrumental to music that I doubt a 3 hour movie could have done it justice. They had to pack a lot of story into a short amount of time so no one watching this movie should do so expecting a historically accurate movie. I enjoyed how they interweaved Punk magazine into the story. I felt it helped keep an upbeat, lighthearted message about Hilly and CGBG and kept the plot moving.
Now it's a double edged sword here with my criticism. The plot got pretty thin in the middle of the movie as the director tried to give the viewer a idea of the energy that was going on with the bands playing there, and some of the insanity I'm sure went on there on a regular basis. While the plot got non-existence, it was still enjoyable to imagine being there and seeing bands like the Ramones, Blonde, Patti Smithe playing.
Even though I thought there were points where the plot got lost, and the acting was somewhat awkward and forced at points, I still thought it was well done. My one big complaint is the ending was sort of sudden and anticlimactic.
Overall I really enjoyed the movie personally... but I didn't have high expectations on what it was going to be either. I guess if you're a punk purist or were actually there, then someone might be disappointed in the movie.
Not a sci-fi thats for sure
I don't know why people go on about how great this movie is. I watched it based on a friends recommendation. He's a serious movie buff and knows more about movies than anyone else I know, and he's recommended many good movies. He totally missed the mark on this one in my opinion.
First off... it is long! Almost 3 hours so watching it is a commitment. Second... It's boring! Mind numbing boring! These guys spend this whole time wandering around the woods talking.... and talking... and talking. thirdly, the ending is pretty much absolute non-sense in my opinion. They are headed to the "zone" where all their wishes can be obtained in it. Some magical mystical place on earth that grants wishes. The director builds up getting to this magical place only to reach the "zone", and the plot takes a twist and getting there becomes this MASSIVE non-event.
After wasting close to 3 hours of my time on it... I was pretty upset at the ending and the fact I even watched it. I really felt that I was duped. When I saw my friend next I pretty much went off on him over his recommendation... he laughed at me but completely understood why I was upset... but stood by his original statement that this is one of the best sci-fi movies out there... I personally think he's nuts when it comes to this movie and I don't even consider it sci-fi in any form.
After Earth (2013)
Typical boring M. Night Shyamalan movie
I'd heard this movie was a horrible stink-fest... While I'd doubt if I'd recommend anyone spend movie to watch it, I've certainly seen worse. I've even seen worst M. Night Shyamalan movies (Which isn't saying a lot in my opinion).
One thing I'd heard was it was slow moving. Which it was, and I attribute that as a typical characteristic of an M. Night Shyamalan movie. He always seems to try and turn action movies into some type of Hitchcockian thriller and he always fails horribly at it.
While I found the general premise of the overall plot to be intriguing, it was simplistic and predictable. There was an attempt at character building to make you care about them, but it simply didn't develop them enough. As the movie unfolded I just didn't care what happened to these people. Considering the premise of the plot, I'd usually be rooting for the characters, but I never really did.
It seemed to promise a lot on action and simply didn't deliver either. I come to expect a lot of action out of Will Smith movies so I was disappointed at the pace and felt it was a poor choice in venues for him.
The acting wasn't the best at all... I think this is the first time I've seen Jaden Smith in a movie. As an actor he's simply not ready. I found his introduction of the movie to be extremely annoying. It seemed like his dictation and pronunciation of what he was saying was off. Almost like he has some sort of speech impediment. As an actor, he simply isn't skilled enough to carry a movie like this. He should keep it small and build his craft and slowly move into larger roles. He certainly bit off more than he could chew.
I'm not sure if I felt Will Smiths poor performance was his fault or the fault of M. Night Shyamalan direction. It seemed extremely forced and unnatural. Most of M. Night Shyamalan characters tend to have a lack of passion and emotion to them, and they tend to come off as boring. Will Smiths character in this movie is no different. While I usually enjoy his movies, I'd have to say he should probably stay in his nitch of fun action movies.
There were some thought provoking scenes and some so-so minor action but overall it was a long movie that was hard to keep my attention. If I were to guess, I'd say this might be the last we see of M. Night Shyamalan. I'd give this 4 stars out of 10.
Escape from L.A. (1996)
I loved the original Escape From New York... I saw it in a East Coast theater and everybody applauded at the end. It ran for years on HBO thru the mid 80's late at night, and I must have watched it at least 50 times.
When this was released in theaters back in the day I drug the woman I was dating to see it, telling her how great it was going to be. Not only did I feel stupid after it was over, she thought I was an idiot for talking it up as much as I did. I spent the next hour trying to backpedal with how badly they screwed it up.
The original, while campy, had a serious, dark, menacing undertone that was missing in this one. It was replaced with over the top attempts at campy cheap action that came off very sophomorically and failed hard. I understand a lot of it was an attempt at poking fun at Hollywood, but I didn't go to see John Carpenter poke fun at Hollywood. I went to see Snake Plissken be a bad ass.
Trying to figure out what surfing, basketball, transsexuals, tiny homemade hand gliders had to do with anything took away from what could have been a great plot about how the political right & left have taken away all our rights. John Carpenter was prophetic with the part of the film about no swearing, no sex, no red meat, no smoking, or no alcohol (in everyones best interest of course) part of the plot... I just wished he had stayed away from the temptation of cheap gags.
The only Pauly Shore movie worth watching
OK... After seeing this movie get ripped apart in the reviews I had to come to it's defense. It's hilarious! Is it stupid? yup! Is it sophomoric? yup! Is it stoner humor? yup! But those are it's charms... I've seen other Pauly Shore movies and I was bored with them & never found them funny, Bio-Dome is the exception. A lot of my friends as well find this movie funny so it's not just me
If I were to give any reason as to why I find it so funny it would probably be the interaction between Pauly Shore an the Baldwin guy. They are so stupid their funny and I put them in this movie on par with Dumb & Dumber.
If this movie doesn't tickle your funny bone then go to the doctor and have the stick removed from your butt.
War of the Worlds (2005)
horrible knock off
This was produced by a company called The Asylum. They are known for "Mockbusters" type movies. Movies that have a similar plot and title as blockbuster movies released around the same time.
I first became aware of them 10 years ago when I grabbed one of their movies by accident thinking I was grabbing the real movie at Blockbuster. I'm guessing they made a lot of their money from people that didn't realize the title of the movie they were grabbing wasn't the right movie.
This particular movie was released around the same time Tom Cruises War of the Worlds came out. It's has cheap production values, the special affects suck, and the dialog is horrible. If you aren't looking for anything good... and want something campy, and cheap then this is for you.
Now one finally fyi... the company that made this movie did recently score a hit with sharknado.
This Is the End (2013)
loved this movie
I sorta kinda remember hearing about this movie a few moths ago, but didn't think much of it at the time. I was bored this evening and saw it being promoted by Comcast so I figured what the heck, and I rented it.
They sort of slowly unveiled the plot, which was good... If they had sprung the concept of the movie on me in the beginning I possibly would have disliked it... But they eased into it, which let me work my suspension of disbelief into it.
Maybe my expectations were low but I thought it was hilarious. It was obvious a lot of the dialog was ad libbed... but with a few exceptions where I thought the dialog was a little awkward & forced, I cracked up through the whole thing.
I particularly enjoyed how a lot of these actors let themselves get parodied & particularly thought some of the cameos were hilarious. Which possibly made this movie for me. Between Danny McBride, Michael Cera, the big scene for Emma Watson, and Channing Tatum towards the end... I was laughing threw the whole movie.
Universal Remote (2007)
meh... failed attempt at anti-PC'ness
I have no problems with vulgar, insulting, or racist humor so it's not like this movie shocked me or it ever offended me.... It simply wasn't funny.
I can almost see the writers sitting in a room convincing each other their lame skits were hilarious or controversial. The only thing I found remotely humorous was "The most offensive song ever written" skit. I got a snicker or two out of it.
I recognized a couple actors in it. Mostly either from old movies like the guy from Airplane or the other guy from Star Trek Voyager, but don't let the fact you might recognize their names as a reason to watch it. I'm sure their embarrassed by it, and it was strictly a paycheck.
I also saw this had an estimated budget of $1,000,000. Either someone stole $950,000 of that money, or it was someones tax write off cause it obviously didn't go towards the writing, directing or acting.
Unless you have this or an informercial to pick between for something to watch. I'd say pick this.... depending on what the infomercial is.
Miss You Can Do It (2013)
This came on while I was doing something, and I too was busy to change the channel. At first glance I thought it was the story about Abby Curren, and didn't realize what the movie was really about. I paid enough attention to follow what was going on, and I'd look up when I heard something that I needed the visual connection to understand, but I was sort of dismissive of it at first.
As the story evolved, it snuck up on me and grabbed my attention without knowing it. By the time the movie reached the interview portion of the pageant I couldn't stop watching... I'm sort of a "guy" and don't get emotional very often, but as I watched the joy of these girls as they went across the stage, I was literally in tears. I felt this movie to become a very powerful and uplifting story. Very glad I watched
The Hollywood Complex (2011)
Glad i'm not them
I've caught bits and pieces of this movie over the last few months, and finally watched it in it's entirety. I'm not sure if it was the filmmakers goal to show how screwed up Hollywood is or not, I got the sense they felt the people they were filming should be taken seriously, but the egocentric, scam laced, delusional lifestyles of these people made me glad I've never had any interest to pursue any sort of dreams of fame.
I felt sympathy for the kids, as they were being pushed into something most obviously didn't want to do, manipulated by nightmare mothers, exploited by scam artist agents, and insincere casting directors. I could feel the awkwardness as the kids simply repeated what their mothers told them to say about things like why they wanted to be actors & actresses.
Every scene alternated as an example of how everyone in the Hollywood machine was trying scam someone else out of their piece of the pie, and these parents willingness to throw all their money away on these scams in their displaced desires. Watching these parents make their children jump through hoops like trained seals was surreal.
The entire movie was an example of poor parenting and the train wrecks that people can be. The scenes that stood out for me was the BS new- agey exercises for the kids to "feel great" about themselves, the fat tacky mother talking about getting out of their one stop light Missouri town and talking about how she use to drink all the time, the agent that repeated the same spiel with different girls, the self proclaimed "movie star" Tami Erin's name dropping (even though she's only had 4 credits to her name), and the one mother that joined Scientology to network with the stars.
There was value to watching this movie, but based on the "success stories" at the end of the movie, I'm not sure the filmmakers realized what message non-Hollywood types would take from it.