Month: February 2011

Smile Pretty

Smile Pretty is a 2009 drama distributed by Maverick Entertainment Group.  Some of its stars include Scout Taylor-Compton, Pete Chekvala, Alexander Knezevich, Shannon Collis, and Kevin McCorkle.  Mike Snyder is the producer.  The director is Harry Bromley Davenport. The story follows a young teen named Nastalia, or Nasty.  Nasty is constantly abused by her foster father, both physically and sexually.  When she is “naughty”, she is locked in a closet.  She is not allowed to wear makeup and her foster father is the only one who can touch her.  One day, while walking her dog, Nasty meets a young man named Matt.  He seems like a nice guy and Nasty immediately takes a liking to him.  They meet again some time later and become friends, but Matt doesn’t seem to share her sexual attraction to him.  Eventually, she reveals to him what her foster father has been doing to her.  He tells her that he was molested as a child and, since then, has been attracted to much younger girls.  He knows it’s wrong which is why he resists Nasty’s advances.  Her foster father finds out about Matt and locks Nasty in the closet again.  After her foster father lets her out, Matt comes to their house to check on Nasty.  He knocks the foster father on the floor and she kicks him in the face until he falls unconscious.  Matt and Nasty, then,...

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Blow (2001)

They say that marijuana is a gateway drug, and if Blow is to be believed, this statement is true. At least, it is for our lead character George Jung (Johnny Depp), who, after being caught with 660 pounds of marijuana, goes to jail. Here, he “went in with a Bachelor of marijuana, came out with a Doctorate of cocaine”. His weed distribution turned into trafficking cocaine. In his case, pot did turn into something worse, something more dangerous. See, in the world of smuggling blow, things get serious. Dealing pot is all well and good, but there isn’t any risk to it. With cocaine, the prices skyrocket, meaning that there is danger in it for the characters. Or at least, there should be. There doesn’t appear to be much tension or drama for the drug dealers pictured within the film, and this ends up being part of the problem with Blow. Now, going into the film, I had never heard of a man named George Jung. He is a real person though. Apparently he was a big deal, responsible for about 85% of the cocaine smuggled into the United States in the 1970’s and early 80’s. That’s an impressive feat, legal or not, and it’s possible that you could make a good movie about such a figure. Unfortunately, the story of George Jung doesn’t appear to be one worth...

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The Last Airbender (2010)

I’ve seen bad adaptations before, but this is just embarrassing. M.Night Shyamalan has proved that his days of making great movies is pretty much over and were left with one of the worst films I’ve ever had to witness. The film is supposed to be based on the popular Nickelodeon series “Avatar: The Last Airbender””, but this film is like listening to a summary of the first season of the show while being half asleep, and then writing a script off the few words that you heard. The world is made up of four elemental nations: earth, air, water, and fire. Each tribe has people who can use the elements, these people are known as “benders”, but the Avatar is someone who can use all four elements. He vanishes and is found again 100 years later in ice by by a couple of water tribe siblings named Katara and Sokka. The Avatar is a young airbender name Aang who must figure out how to use the other four elements in order to save the world from the fire nation. This movie annoys me in so many ways and unfortunately I’ve seen the entire TV series which just make this movie so much worse. So, you better sit back and enjoy all the negatives I have because this movie had nothing, and I mean nothing remotely positive about it.  First...

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The Original “Child’s Play” is still Creepy and Scary

The Child’s Play franchise with the loveably insane Chucky doll has become a pop culture icon.  With five films and more to come, it hasn’t quite reached the legendary status of Jason, Freddy, and Michael Myers, but Chucky continues to slash his way to the top.    Tom Holland directed the original 1988 film as well as the Stephen King adaptations of “The Langoliers” and “Thinner”.  Set in Chicago this is the story of a widowed mother (Catherine Hicks) and her son Andy (Alex Vincent).  Andy is having a birthday and wants a “Good Guy” doll.  It’s kind of like the boys version of a Cabbage Patch Kid.  His mother buys one from a street peddler and Andy couldn’t be happier.  Little do they know that the doll is inhabited by the soul of a serial killer the lakeside strangler Charles Lee Ray.  Chucky talks to Andy, but when things start to happen and he blames the doll.  Obviously nobody believes him, even his mother.    Chucky is pure satanic evil with a dirty mouth to match.  Like Freddy Krueger he has a string funny one-liner that go to embarrassingly bad lengths in the later sequels.  Chris Sarandon plays a detective investigating the mysterious murders and is finally convinced that Chucky is to blame.  But who will believe him?  This movie also has several of the now more familiar...

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Starship Troopers (1997)

Is there anything better than a pointless action film? Well, there are films with a well developed plot and characters, but who cares about those? Action films still to this day, prove that it doesn’t have to be a good film to be ridiculously entertaining and fun, and there may not be a better example than “Starship Troopers”. Director Paul Verhoeven showed how fun a film can be when you just don’t care how stupid and campy it is. The film has every negative thing a movie can have: bad acting, awful dialogue, pointless underdeveloped characters; the list goes on and on, but it uses all it’s bad qualities to make a fun film that turns into one big campy gore-fest! Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien) decides that after he has graduated he will follow his girlfriend Carmen (Denise Richards) to join the military and become a “Civilian”. They are separated to pursue different positions and Rico soon finds himself among the grunts in a intergalactic war with an alien race of giant man-eating bugs. Every now and then we are gifted with guilty pleasures like this and trust me it’s always a breath of fresh air. It’s filled with so many memorable scenes and hilarious moments, I just can’t help but love it. The films biggest two names are probably Denise Richards and Neil Patrick Harris; Richards her...

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