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So Paramount is trying to appeal more directly to the Paranormal Activity film series' Latino fan-base by creating this spin-off featuring an All-Latino cast called 'The Oxnard Tapes'. The film takes place in, you guessed it, Oxnard,CA. Jesse is an 18-y.o. who has just graduated from Lincoln High and lives in an apartment building with his Dad, Sister and Abuela. He gets a go-Pro handheld camera as a graduation gift and soon starts recording the strange goings on in/around his downstairs neighbors apt. The film is a good continuation of the PA series and provides more insight on the mysterious "mid-wives" story arc that writer Michael Landon has introduced in the last couple installments. Overall, I'd say definitely worth checking out if you are a fan of the franchise...and especially if you're also Latino/Hispanic and/or speak the Espanol.
[b][font=Arial][font=verdana][size=-2][b]Overall Grade:[/b][/size][/font][font=verdana][size=-2][b]D[/b][/size][/font][font=verdana][size=-2]Story:[/size][/font][font=verdana][size=-2][b]D-[/b][/size][/font][font=verdana][size=-2]Acting:[/size][/font][font=verdana][size=-2][b]D-[/b][/size][/font][font=verdana][size=-2]Direction:[/size][/font][font=verdana][size=-2][b]D-[/b][/size][/font][font=verdana][size=-2]Visuals:[/size][/font][font=verdana][size=-2][b]B[/b][/size][/font][font=arial][size=-1][b]Too many problems for any EFX to save!!![/b][/size][/font] [font=verdana][size=-2]by farleydave3 ([url="http://movies.yahoo.com/profiles/farleydave3?ys=Gp.EGUIXupxZnHlUOVHbxA--"][color=#0000ff]movies profile[/color][/url]) Mar 7, 2008[/size][/font] [font=verdana][size=-2]1 of 1 people found this review helpful [/size][/font] [font=arial][size=-1]Okay, forget all the historical inaccuracies, forget the horrible acting, forget the cheesy narration and un-intentionally comical spiritualism... the story is just straight up LAME and the direction is even worse!!! Which should probably be about what to expect from a movie promoted as from the director of "The Day After Tomorrow" and "Godzilla"...
I saw a screening of this a while ago, and i remember a major thing with our audience being the witch-doctor woman/mystic and how completely bad and hilariously inappropriate her part was, and apparantly the producers chose to ignore all the comments and criticism and leave here in it...
Well, good luck 10,000 BC... from what I gather, there will be enough people willing to ingore all the negative word-of-mouth for at least the first weekend or so, so it'll probably make over $20mil. opening weekend, but seriously drop off very quickly once everyone realizes it's just a REALLY lame version of "Apocalypto" (or even "Quest for Fire") anyway.[/size][/font][/font][/b]
So going to movie screenings is, by now, an old habit of mine. I've got it down to a science, including the whole spiel they give right before the movie starts: "Thank very much for coming, If we could just ask that you turn off any phones or electronic devices that might interfere with the screening, and also when the movies over stay where you are, we'll be passing out a brief questionaire after the movie. Now, I would like to tell you all that you are one of the FIRST audiences to see this movie tonight, so with that, sit back, relax, and enjoy..."
Seriously, I go to too many of these things. SO many, infact, that I recently saw 2 such films this way... that were actually GOOD!!!
[i]Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story[/i] and [i]*Kids in America(Tonight, American Youth)[/i] are two comedies, the first starring John C. Rielly and Jenna Fischer(The Office) and the second starring, produced and story by Topher Grace([i]In Good Company[/i], That 70's Show).
Both movies were SO good that I actually went to two separate screening of each... so I thouroughly enjoyed them both!
[i]Walk Hard[/i] was produced and co-written by Judd Apitow([i]Superbad[/i], [i]40-Year-Old-Virgin[/i]) and directed and co-written by Jake Kasdan(son of Larry).
Maybe it's because it's the same crack team, or maybe they were just feeling extra silly, but it feels very similar in style to [i]Talladega Nights[/i] but is easily as funny as [i]Superbad[/i], making it one of this years best comedies.
Reilly stars as the titular rock star, who quickly rises to superstardom after: a traggic childhood machete accident results in the death of a family member, his father denounces him, his music is condemned by the local church and he marries his sweetheart*(groupie)... allby the age of 15!!!
Cox is confronted early on by the excess of the lifestyle, then finds love, then rehab. Loses love, falls into the dark side again, then regains love, then rehab again....and so on, and ....you know the formula they're lampooning here, and they do a great job.
One of the best parts of the movie are the cameos. One that 's been seen in the trailor is Jack White as Elvis. I won't give away some of the best ones, because it WOULD take away from the giddy-factor when you see, but if you want to be spoiled, I'm sure you can find out.
I'll just say that Dewey Cox meeting a certain Fab 4 in India is the single greatest scene, period.
The other film, title yet to be decided, was equally great, but for different reasons.
Where [i]Walk[/i] delivers on the silly and absurd, Topher has given us a thoughtful, introspective film about a young man, fresh out of College with no idea what he wants to do for the rest of his life... okay, so this may sound familiar. But the film comes through terrifically, and it's set in 1988 with an awesome soundtrack to match(ofcourse this is changeable).
While working at his 9-5 at the mall one day, the girl of his HS-wet-dreams walks in. Grace quickly takes on the role of customer and creates and elaborate facade to impress her. Joining his twin sis(Anna Ferris, [i]Waiting[/i]) and best bud(Dan Fogler, [i]Balls of Fury[/i]) at the big party that night, he goes through a number of outrageous situations and life changing moments, all in one night.
I really like this film. Not too many cameos, but one that may shock people(hilarious scene at a trendy, coke party in the bathroom with Fogler's character, a seductive older woman, and ... what can only be described as a creepy-German-guy-in-leather!) [img]http://www.worstpreviews.com/images/kidsinamerica.jpg[/img]
[i]Walk Hard[/i] comes out first, this Christmas, and if you'r a fan of Apatow comedies, musical biopics(Walk the Line) or just great spoof/parody(This is Spinal Tap, Airplane) then go see it, but be warned, it WILL be a hard R rating.
And while [i]Kids [/i]will likely be R-rated as well, it comes out sometime next year, so keep an eye out for it. Very funny, great date movie!
American Gangster arrived in theaters this weekend, and with it this year's race to the Academy Awards. Surely, Ridley Scott's(Alien, Gladiator) new film about American Ganster and title character Frank Lucas(Denzel Washington) is a safe bet to be around when nominations are announced, if for nothing else, the two stellar performances of it's Oscar-winning leads, Washington and Russel Crowe, who plays the Detective whose entire career as head of a Special Drug Investigations unit was pinned on the arrest and capture of Lucas.
The film does a great job of drawing the audience in and showing them not only one man's rise to the top of the drug-trafficking-underworld, but also the inner-turmoil of the corrupt police system at the time. Parrallels most certainly are drawn between that time in history and today and even with the extraordinary running-time of over 2 and 1/2 hours, the natural progression of the story keeps the film moving at a brisk, and enjoyable pace. I must say, my anticipation for this film could not have been higher, and it delivered in every way, go check it out.
[font=arial][size=-1] [b]Deal or NO Deal?!?!?[/b][/size][/font] [font=verdana][size=-2]by farleydave3 ([url="http://movies.yahoo.com/profiles/farleydave3?ys=Gp.EGUIXupxZnHlUOVHbxA--"]movies profile[/url]) Mar 22, 2007[/size][/font]
[font=arial][size=-1] You tell me? I got to see this peice of crap for free, but on the other hand, that's 2 hours of my life that I'll never get back, so was it a good deal or not? I think NOT!
The movies WAAAAAY too predictable plot revolves around a college grad who, it turns out, is a natural at winning poker tournaments. Burt Reynolds is the Poker Legend that never won the big one, but promised his wife he'd stop playing for money, so instead he offers to train the young newcomer. Ofcourse, it all comes down to a big showdown in Vegas, featuring some real poker champions... and Jennifer Tilly. If this sounds like a good movie to you, I have some stock footage that I'd like to sell you that's probably the most magnificent work of filmmaking that you've ever seen.
Oh, yeah. Almost forgot. Shannon Elizabeth is in it as the female love interest...blah, blah, blah [/size][/font]