Piranha

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Release Date: August 20th 2010

Plot Outline: Prehistoric Piranha are freed from under the ocean floor during spring break.

I LOVED Piranha, but not because it was a great, well-made, jaws-like film.

I loved Piranha because of its stupidity and for the pure satisfaction that obnoxious, horny, perverted college students die in a gory, horrendous, bloodbath! It was amazing.

Piranha was full of half naked girls with big boobs, drugs, alcohol, and blood.

I mean, the movie poster says, “Sea, Sex, and Blood”. That wasn’t a lie.

I appreciated that Piranha knew what it was and didn’t try to be anything else. It was a stupid, stupid, movie with hot people dying…what more could you possibly want from this movie?

A classic scene just to give you a taste of the movie’s mood: The main guy in charge of the Girls Gone Wild girls got half eaten by a swarm of Piranha. He gets dragged out of the water while yelling, “My penis! They took my penis!”

We then see his penis floating around in the water and then it gets eaten by a fish…seriously…I’m not joking.

The entire theater (all 7 of us) thoroughly enjoyed watching Piranha. The theater erupted into many laughs and loud clapping numerous times but these times occurred when people died slow torturous deaths.

You should have heard the roars of laughter during the main massacre and at the ending credits. We were all excited. It was a good ole’ time.

I totally recommend seeing Piranha with tons of friends! You will be disappointed but in the best, most humorous way possible.

Kids in America

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Release Date: October 21st 2005

Plot Outline: A diverse group of high school students stick together to teach their principal a lesson.

Kids…what can I say about Kids?

Ummm….well. The message was a strong and positive one. The wardrobe definitely enhanced the message, with the kids sporting t-shirts with messages like, “Fight the power”.

That was all well and good but the acting was beyond horrendous! It was…I don’t even think there are words in existence to describe how I felt about the acting. Lets just say that I turned the movie off despite the positive message.

Because I turned Kids off so soon I don’t really have much to say about it.

Let me know how it was if you can manage to sit through it!

The Life Before Her Eyes

Release Date: April 18th 2008

Plot Outline: A woman in her late 30’s still suffers from survivor’s guilt from a school shooting she experienced in High School.

The Life Before Her Eyes tried to be an emotional drama but simply ended up coming off as doofy because of the bad acting. Uma Thurman doesn’t do emotional very well. There were so many moments of her staring off into space, trying to keep an emotionally exclaimed face. It was supposed to be deeply emotional but I couldn’t help but laugh and roll my eyes. I can not tell you how many times I rolled my eyes while watching this. I really should have kept a count.

The Life Before Her Eyes was full of flashbacks. I liked the idea of it but the flashbacks seemed random, not well placed, and seemed to appear without any sort of purpose or connection.

Ohhh how slow the plot developed! I was SO bored for most of the movie. It was to the point where (sadly) I was excited when the school shooting was shown because I needed something to happen!

Something that bothered me in The Life Before Her Eyes was that Diana (Thurman) didn’t seem to like her child at all. It was just so odd. It seemed like she hated her. That wasn’t even just me either. Even the daughter says, “You hate me.” to her mother. I felt so bad for this little girl. They didn’t have a strong relationship at all. Her daughter was very intelligent, us as the audience can even see that and yet, Diana (Thurman) talks to her like a two year old. She is very condescending towards her young daughter.But then again, she didn’t seem to have a strong relationship with her husband either. Also, I didn’t see the connection between younger Diana and the best friend Maureen (Eva Amurri). They had nothing in common whatsoever.

Obviously, there wasn’t good chemistry among any of the characters in the movie and the behavior Diana displays towards the other characters makes her extremely unlikable.

There was a major twist at the end but I didn’t like the twist at all. It didn’t even really make sense to me. I felt like it came out of nowhere and it wasn’t well placed. Maybe I missed something but I found a lot of plot holes.

Whatever, I didn’t like the movie enough to care. But this just made me hate The Life Before Her Eyes even more.

She’s Out of My League

Release Date: March 12, 2010

Plot Outline: An average Joe meets the perfect woman, but his lack of confidence and the influence of his friends and family begin to pick away at the relationship.(imdb.com)

I really, really enjoyed watching She’s Out of My League. It wasn’t as great as Zack and Miri Make a Porno or Forgetting Sarah Marshall, two movies I think it was aiming to identify with. But it was highly enjoyable to watch with friends.

There were quite a few laugh out loud moments. She’s Out of My League was so much fun to watch. It was a lighthearted comedy but surprisingly, contained a lot of positive messages about self-image, self-esteem, and self-perception.

She’s Out of My League was a very sweet story that contained many diverse, likable characters. We even like the ex boyfriend in this one because he was amusing with his actions and comments. I liked that the movie had a realistic element to it. The characters had complex emotions and analyzed themselves, their friends, and situations the way people really do. It is a very believable love story that I think a lot of people can relate to.

There were a ton of movie references made by all of the characters, which I always enjoy.

Overall, She’s Out of My League is definitely a movie to see with friends. It was cute, sweet, and very funny.

The Messenger

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Release Date: January 19th 2009

Plot Outline: After his return from Iraq, a soldier is assigned to a Casualty Notification Team. He struggles with ethical dilemmas when he becomes romantically involved with the widow of a fallen officer.

I enjoyed the first half of The Messenger; it was emotional, sad, and extremely interesting. By the second half of the movie I felt like I was watching a completely different film.

The first half of the movie was more about the soldiers dealing with families of the departed. The second half gets into the soldiers messed up lives and we just watch them running around being ridiculous and reckless. Notifying family members wasn’t in the second half of the movie at all, which confused me because I thought that was what the movie was about. I suppose I was wrong.

One thing I loved about The Messenger were the camera angles. They were phenomenal. The angles always showed exactly what needed to be seen. There wasn’t usually a lot of background. A lot of the movie focused mainly on faces, stressing the importance of emotions and facial expressions in the film. If something was needed to be seen in the background then it was shown.

There was one scene in particular that displayed this: The two main characters (Foster, Harrelson) tell a man that his daughter has died in battle overseas. He begins to cry and in the background we see a little boy playing with his toys on the floor, we gather that it is her son.

The angles were very well done. They made each scene more intense. I would imagine this would also cause the actors to act better knowing that a lot of the scene is strictly focused on their faces and their reactions.

A friend told me that the actors, Harrelson and Foster didn’t know how the people were going to react so it was kind of an inprov movie. I looked up everything I could about that aspect of the filming but couldn’t find anything stating what she claimed. So let me know if anyone else has heard that.

Wild Child

Release Date: November 17th 2009

Plot Outline: A father ships off his rebellious teen daughter to a strict boarding school in England.

I did what I always do and judged a book by its cover, in this case, a movie by it’s trailer.

Wild Child looked stupid, immature, and too much like a teenybopper movie. Well, I was right…but it had a lot more to it as well. Wild Child was all of those things but it had a sort of sweet charm to it that really pulled you in for some mysterious reason.

I was shocked but the characters were fun to watch and quite likable. Their rivalries were very amusing. The main character Poppy (Emma Roberts) really grows on you. I hated her at first but after a while you come to the shocking realization that you really like this annoying prima Donna. We get to know her family life and a bit of her past. She shows a sad, soft, compassionate side that we really grow to admire and respect.

It was such a fun movie to watch. The characters were fun and sweet, the music was upbeat and made me want to dance. I found myself giggling and just loving the characters. I don’t know how but I gwenuinely enjoyed watching Wild Child…what is this world coming to???

Four Christmases

Release Date: November 26th 2008

Plot Outline: A couple struggles to visit all of their divorced parents on Christmas Day when their holiday vacation gets canceled.

I was shocked at how much I loved Four Christmases. I thought it was going to be a stupid movie with a few funny moments. I was kind of right but I loved it! I find that I love this genre a lot, stupid, romantic comedies. I loved it from the very first scene.

The chemistry between Brad (Vince Vaugn) and Kate (Reese Witherspoon) was electrifying. But you could tell they were working hard at it. I didn’t care because I loved them as a couple. They are the type of couple I aspire to be. Fun, exciting, adventurous, experimental, and genuinely like each other. They were adorable.

I was shocked at how hilarious Four Christmases was. I burst out laughing numerous times. It continued to be hilarious throughout the entire movie with random, outrageous events.

It did eventually get quite sad and real which was inevitable yet disappointing. I wanted it to stay light and funny but it did address some serious issues that couples go though.

I was impressed at how this romantic comedy gradually built the tension up between Brad and Kate and how we could feel them drifting apart. I was surprised at how well a comedy could ease into serious issues without any awkward or abrupt events.

One thing to make note of is that this movie is called Four Christmases but I couldn’t really figure out why. It lacked the Christmas feel. It is supposed to be a holiday, romantic comedy. It lacked the holiday part. It really didn’t even have to take place during Christmas at all. I felt that it should have been more festive.

Special

Release Date: January 30th 2006

Plot Outline: A lonely man, Les has a bad reaction to his experimental medication. It makes him believe he has developed superpowers.

Special was a special movie. It wasn’t really like anything else I have seen. I greatly appreciated the originality.

It opens with the main character; Les (Michael Rapaport) bruised and beat up. It started off sad, with a bit of a mystery, which really captivated me.

The plot develops fairly quickly. We learn that Les is apart of a study for an experimental drug. He has a bad reaction to the drug and ends up believing that he has super powers. He runs around town playing hero while the company tries to stop him from exposing their failed experiment.

I liked that we saw things though Les’ eyes. That perception made the movie more magical and exciting because overall the mood of the mood was quite bland but it worked well because Les’ life was bland.

Once we find out what is going on we can’t help but feel sorry for Les. His life is depressing, he wants so much more out of his life and now is his chance to make something of himself. I feel like this movie can speak to a lot of people working jobs they hate and just wanting more than anything to stand out, to be noticed, to be Special.

The one complaint I have is that the camera was very shaky when it shouldn’t have been.  It seemed more like the cameraman didn’t know how to keep the camera straight rather than being some artistic camera work with an underlying meaning.