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Wassup Rockers
5 years ago via Flixster

Of course it's not Larry Clark's best work and of course it's obviously not a great film but this one's definitely not a bad movie at all. Larry Clark has a style, maybe even an agenda, but he is, above all, a talented filmmaker and a wonderful director.

His directing abilities are put to the test in this, his fifth feature film (released on movie theatres) to date. Back when he made "Kids", he was lucky enough to find some of the greatest amateur actors any director could've found as most of them grew up to become talented full-time actors and the ones who didn't simply gave great performances without zero previous experience. After that, both "Bully" and "Ken Park" had some of the greatest young actors of their generation (Nick Stahl, Brad Renfro, Michael Pitt, Rachel Miner, James Ransone, among others) and they allowed Clark to develop a twist in his teen-exploitation opera prima: deeper characters and better screenplays. In "Wassup Rockers" he goes back to his roots using amateur actors in realistic, yet marginal, situations and takes, for the first time since 1995, the challenge of directing them and creating compelling, warm characters we can relate to. Unfortunately, he fails. The performances are, by far, the worst we have ever seen on one of his films and he doesn't manage to make his actors cross that line between "non-professional" and "amateur-with-chances-to-be-better" as he did with Rosario Dawson, Leo Fitzpatrick or the late Justin Pierce.

The plot is simple and very Larry-like: a group of latin skateboarders (from El Salvador and Guatemala, NOT from Mexico) cope with discrimination and crime in their own neighborhood and one day they decide to make a change in the scenery and take the bus to Beverly Hills with tragic consequences.

When a screenplay (or worse, the plot!) overshadows the direction and the performances, there's something wrong with your movie. Yes, the screenplay is great, some of dialogues are amazing (all the typical confussion from racist gringos asuming Mexican is the same as El Salvadorian or Guatemalian or whatever as if North American was the same as Canadian) and it has an absolutely cool cinematography and great soundtrack but you can't let go of the fact that the performances are not actual performances but kids repeating lines and there's nothing here to help you ignore that. It's a good example of Clark's style but it's not a good follow up for his previous masterpieces.

One thing is for sure: Janice Dickinson... BEST.CAMEO.EVER!

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
5 years ago via Flixster

The make-up, the costume design, the art direction/ set decoration and, over all, Jim Carrey's performance make this a better Seuss product than 2003's "The Cat"... Dr Seuss is almost impossible to translate on screen but this one is not half bad.