Author: Emily Sebastian

The Dentist: A Filthy Abomination

          Do you have a phobia of Dentists? Then spare yourself the two hours of pure torture of watching the 1996 film The Dentist. This film stars Corbin Bernsen as Dr. Alan Feinstone, with a young Mark Ruffalo as the manager of one of his unfortunate patients.           Dr. Feinstone has an idyllic life until he catches his wife with their sleazy pool boy. Having a fear of germs to begin with, Feinstone’s phobia reaches levels of irrationality never imagined as he begins to hallucinate that his patients all have awful, rotting teeth. In the midst of planning his revenge on his wife for her infidelity, he also takes a patient or two down with him, including a couple of his technicians. Meanwhile, poor, sweet Sarah has been waiting for “two years and one day” for her braces to come off. Will she be the latest casualty of Dr. Feinstone’s reign of terror?           Frankly, this movie is an abomination. The only good thing about it is how creepy Corbin Bernsen is as the maniacal dentist. Feinstone has no likeable or redeeming qualities. In fact, one actually wonders how anyone with any resemblance of a brain would go to him to begin with. His asinine fear of germs, exacerbated with his wife’s indiscretions, calls for a padded room and a staitjacket. That was before he went insane. The film...

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American Psycho: a compelling reflection

Whether you’re looking for a compelling drama or in the mood for blood spatter and gratuitous sex scenes, American Psycho is the movie for you. Released in 2000, American Psycho stars Christian Bale, with cameos by Jared Leto, Reese Witherspoon, and Willem Dafoe. Set in New York in the 1980’s, American Psycho follows twenty-seven-year-old Patrick Bateman ( Bale) as he goes about his everyday life. Being a wealthy yuppie, his day consists mainly of an extensive primping routine, dining at the finest restaurants in New York City, and killing people. He kills out of jealousy, passion, any emotion that makes him forget his cool, numb facade and makes him remember who he really is- a lost little boy looking for acceptance. As his victim count grows, Bateman’s sanity slips until there is no more line remaining between his rality and his nightmares. This intriguing story taps into the mind of anyone who’s ever been a victim to peer pressure. Because American Psycho portays a man as a flawed human instead of a killing machine, every viewer can relate to Patrick Bateman as he strips himself of anything that draws attention to himself as an individual to survive in an environment where it is not okay to stand out. Bateman’s remaining individual quality was his love for music. American Psycho’s rocking soundtrack features artists from the decade, including Phil Colins,...

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No “Doubt” you should see this film

Two oscar winners, a Tony-winning play-what more could you ask for? Set in the Bronx, in the 1960’s, Doubt is a contemporary masterpiece starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Meryl Streep and uo-and-comer Amy Adams, fresh off her success with Disney’s Enchanted. What do you do when you have doubt? Do you share it, or do you keep it bottled up inside? That is a dilemma Sister James (Adams) faces when she notices new student Donald Miller coming to her classroom, shaken and with alcohol on his breath after a meeting with Father Flynn (Hoffman), the Pastor of the catholic school she teaches. Concerned, she voices her suspicion to Sister Aloysius (Streep), the principal of the school. Untrusting of Flynn to begin with due to his casual manner, she makes it her mission to bring him down by any means necessary. As time goes on, Sister James begins to doubt her decision to voice her concerns, as there is no other evidence of his suspicious behavior. However, Sister Aloysius becomes more determined to ruin him. Yet, even she can’t escape that most terrible feeling of all- doubt. Meryl Streep leads this rock-solid cast as hard-nosed Sister Aloysius. Aparrently there is nothing she can’t do, because as always she nails her role like a picture. As Father Flynn, Philip Seymour Hoffman brings a certain ambiguity to his role as a friendly but...

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Clerks: the little indie film that could

“I’m not even supposed to be here today.” That is the famous line muttered by Dante Hicks in Kevin Smith’s 1994 film “Clerks.” Taking place in Leonardo, New Jersey, “Clerks” stars Brian O’Halloran and Jeff Anderson, with Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith as the infamous Jay and Silent Bob. Twenty-something Dante (O’Halloran) is unhappy with his life- he’s stuck working at a convenience store called the Quick Stop, on his day off no less. He also found out his ex-girlfriend is getting married to an asian design major. To make matters worse, two drug dealers (hilariously played by Mewes and Smith) are loitering in front of the store, and his co-worker and best friend Randal (Anderson) can’t seem to stop insulting the customers. Playing hockey on the roof and getting kicked out of another ex-girlfriend’s funeral are some of the events that make Dante realize why he’s so unhappy: he’s afraid of change. “Clerks” follows Dante’s road to self-fulfillment. Shot in black and white, “Clerks” was filmed on a modest budget, being shot at Kevin Smith’s place of employment at the time with his friends and family as the cast. Yet, “Clerks” manages to deliver, and then some. The only problem is with the rapid-fire dialogue; you may have to rewind several timesbecause you missed some dialogue due to laughing so hard. Randal is the source of most of...

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s: A Timeless Classic

             Released in 1961, Breakfast at Tiffany’s continues to draw fans. Set in swingin’ New York City, Breakfast at Tiffany’s stars Audrey Hepburn as the irrepressible Holly Golightly, George Peppard as her “knight in shining armor” Fred, Martin Balsam as “agent” O.J. Berman, and Mickey Rooney as crotchety upstairs neighbor Yunioshi.               Holly is a call girl, although what she actually does for money isn’t really touched on for the sake of censorship. Ever since she ran away from home with her brother at age 14, she’s been a free spirit; no one’s ever been able to pin her down, not even her husband Doc Golightly-until one day she meets her new neighbor, writer Paul Varjak ( whom she calls affectionately “Fred”- after her brother). In Paul she sees a kindred spirit. She starts running to him to escape bad dates, and she becomes his inspiration for a new story. But when he reaches out to her, she runs off, scared if she falls in love wth him she will be trapped forever. It was called Breakfast at Tiffany’s because whenver she becomes afraid(the “mean reds,” as she calls them), she gets in a cab for the Tiffany’s jewelery store and it relieves her.                   Audrey Hepburn shines in her role as Holly.  When she tearfully puts her husband Doc ( played by Buddy Ebsen) on a grey hound back to...

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