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Mar. 21st, 2004 @ 10:00 pm
lostinmaddness
dawn of the dead was a kick ass movie... but damn near a completely different movie from the original

Mar. 6th, 2004 @ 04:45 pm
lostinmaddness
i just got finished watching one of the greatest movies of all time.... Groundhog Day

Mar. 6th, 2004 @ 03:52 pm
lostinmaddness
the movie twisted is really good i suggest seeing it

Feb. 29th, 2004 @ 05:06 am
lostinmaddness
50 FIRST DATES
RATING: 5/10

Review Date: February 11, 2004
Director: Peter Segal
Writer: George Wing
Producers: Jack Giarraputo, Adam Sandler
Actors: Adam Sandler as Henry Roth
Drew Barrymore as Lucy Whitmore
Sean Astin as Doug Whitmore
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Year of Release: 2004

PLOT:
A Hawaiian veterinarian with commitment issues falls for a cute local blonde at breakfast one morning, a girl who, unbeknownst to him, has short-term memory loss, which means that she basically forgets everything that happened to her during any day, as soon as she goes to bed. To combat her forgetfulness, and to convince her father that he really does love his daughter, the vet attempts to make the girl fall in love with him every single day. A masterfully marketed "event flick" created to coincide with that wonderful day we call "Valentine's Day", ensues (You know that Hallmark cards invented Valentine's Day, right? You know...to make money. Yup, yup. Discuss amongst yourselves.)

CRITIQUE:
You know you're not witnessing one of the better Adam Sandler comedies when the funniest thing about the movie turns out to be Samwise Gamgee aka Sean Astin aka Rudy aka The Guy Who Was a Jerk to Us When We Interviewed Him Once. In fact, props to Mr. Astin for choosing both this peculiar role after his most memorable turn in THE LORD OF THE RINGS series and for providing him with a hilarious lisp and plenty of unchecked steroid rage and bulk. Unfortunately for us, he's pretty much the only funny thing about this movie which drips in sentimentality, actually gets serious for a scene or two and showcases Sandler as one of his most typical and least funny characters. Even the idea of him as the island philanderer didn't work much, but we're supposed to believe that he's a veterinarian to boot? Gimme a break. Sandler's usual gang of misfit buddies were also mostly absent, save for Rob Schneider, who seems to have lost his comedic edge with a weak, over-the-top, stereotypical role as a stoned Hawaiian goofball here. Not funny. I'm usually not a fan of Drew Barrymore, but she was actually pretty good in this film. She had the thankless role of the "straight man" in the movie and even had to "get dramatic" in a couple of scenes, and did so with much adorability and aplomb. Nice going. But at the end of the day, I would assume that most people out there (including myself) go to see an Adam Sandler movie to be amused and other than Astin's character and the wacky premise, not much about this movie amused my easily-amused ass.

And what's with these low-rent comedies using Hawaii as a gorgeous backdrop for their lackluster screenplays of late (THE BIG BOUNCE sucked even worse than this one) Here's hoping that the boys from Broken Lizard utilized their gorgeous setting to its full potential (CLUB DREAD) and didn't just "use it" to make the film look good, like the other two films. It's also to note that, as per most Sandler flicks, this one had a pretty decent soundtrack, although for some reason, most of the songs were "covers" of the original tunes. I also want to give a shout-out to Blake Clark, the actor who played Barrymore's dad in this movie, if only because he provided the film and his character, with the essential amount of believability. The film's premise was also interesting at first, but unlike films like MEMENTO and GROUNDHOG DAY, started feeling redundant after a while. Basically, this movie is a rental at best and definitely not one of Sandler's most memorable efforts...not by a long shot! I did appreciate the film's conclusion though...not entirely as predictable as I imagined. All that said, you're definitely better off renting either of the aforementioned movies this weekend or watching HONEYMOON IN VEGAS or WHEN HARRY MET SALLY for the umpteenth time. Now there are a couple of movies that work on both the comedic and sentimental levels. And oh yeah...50 FIRST DATES is no WEDDING SINGER!

Feb. 29th, 2004 @ 05:05 am
lostinmaddness
CLUB DREAD
RATING: 5/10

Review Date: February 26, 2004
Director: Jay Chandrasekhar
Writers: Broken Lizard
Producer: Richard Perello
Actors: Bill Paxton as Coconut Pete
Kevin Heffernan as Lars
Brittany Daniel as Jenny
Genre: Horror/Comedy
Year of Release: 2004

PLOT:
A bunch of hotties along with some goofy guys stay at an island resort belonging to a guy named Coconut Pete. It isn't long before bodies start piling up and the resort staff realize that a murderer is out to get them, with no way off the island. Humor and scary moments are supposed to ensue, but not enough of either really does.

CRITIQUE:
Simply put: disappointing. I was hoping that this film would be the first major break-out comedy of the year, having enjoyed most of Broken Lizard's antics in SUPER TROOPERS (although that film is also overrated at this point), but what I got instead was a pretty uninspired horror movie with a few giggles and T&A, but very little in energy, big laughs or all-out entertainment. This is the kind of movie that I could see myself watching for about half an hour on late night TV, than switching to another channel without giving a shit about how it ends. It's not necessarily boring to watch, but once everything is said and done, you can put a gun to my head and I wouldn't be able to recall much that was either memorable or exciting. The film's trailer was the same way, but I thought they had left the best parts for the film itself...I was wrong. The strange part is that the five lead guys from Broken Lizard are actually quite funny in real life, but despite portraying some semi-interesting characters in this film, none were really all that funny or engaging. Only Jay Chandrasekhar's tennis pro character was fun, but even he had one of the worst movie-wigs of the year. Steve Lemme's Juan also had a cute accent, but that didn't do much for me after the first half hour. Bill Paxton's character was also pretty lame, and the same can be said about his songs.

One thing I will give this movie is that its final twenty minutes are actually its most interesting, with confrontations and mysteries unraveled. The film's final play on the "typical horror movie ending" is also quite humorous and perfectly over-done. We also get the very sexy Brittany Daniel strutting around in a bikini in almost every scene in which she finds herself, while the unrecognizable Jordan Ladd (at least to me) also has fun in her role and shows off her strangely exotic rack. Nice! What sucks is that despite the film being a "horror comedy", neither the horror or comedy really stood out, while the story, which was quite generic, at least kept me wondering about who the killer might be. The killer's revelation speech was also a little original, but again, nothing spectacular. Just like SUPER TROOPERS, the film also goes on for too long-guys, you're making "comedies", not epic dramas...a buck and a half is more than enough of a runtime! Seriously folks, other than a funky human Pac-Man maze-game and a few tits and asses tossed around for kicks, there's no real reason to see this movie in theaters, so rent it on video one day, smoke some shit and enjoy some of the amusing bits bordering around its mediocre whole. Disappointing, especially since I dig these guys and was hoping for so much more.

Feb. 29th, 2004 @ 05:05 am
lostinmaddness
EUROTRIP
RATING: 7/10

Review Date: February 18, 2004
Director: Jeff Schaffer
Writers: Alec Berg, David Mandel, Jeff Schaffer
Producers: Alec Berg, Daniel Goldberg, David Mandel, Jackie Marcus
Actors: Scott Mechlowicz as Scott Thomas
Jacob Pitts as Cooper Harris
Michelle Trachtenberg as Jenny
Genre: Comedy
Year of Release: 2004

PLOT:
Having just graduated from high school, a couple of buddies head on over to Europe in order for one of them to hook up with his German Internet penpal. Arriving in England, the goofy duo realize that their trip is going to take longer than anticipated and spend a lot of time drinking, partying and cavorting in all things sexual. They meet a couple of their friends in Paris and continue their trek with them...drinking, partying and cavorting in all things sexual. Kinda like my life, expect for the partying, cavorting and Paris (although I listen to French music in the background when I drink...does that count?) A European road trip ensues!

CRITIQUE:
This is a fun movie, plain and simple. It's from the "makers" of OLD SCHOOL and ROAD TRIP, and as opposed to many other films that try to pass themselves off as other previously successful movies, it actually feels like it was created by the same clowns who made those flicks. It's juvenile, it's loud, it's loaded with profanity, drinking, drugs, sex, nudity...basically, everything you ever wanted in your teen movie...and more! It's really simple stuff and just like many of my conquests in bed...flies by in an instant. It's quick, easy, not too messy and a good ol' time at the theater, that is, if your idea of a "good time at the theater" is watching a bunch of teens travel through Europe while making fun of most every European stereotype there is, boozing it up, being "dumb Americans" and having an all-around b-b-blast! Hasselhoff!! I've personally done the "Euro trip" a couple of times myself and hand to God, a lot of this shite actually touched home. Some Italian dude really DID try to one-up me in a train once! That aside, you can't really go into this film expecting much from its plot because other than a vague thru-line about one of the lead kids heading to Germany to hook up with his Internet honey-bunny, it's basically just a bunch of slapped-together sketch pieces featuring various attempts at humor, some of which involve alcohol, others which involve nude beaches and a gaggle of penises, others which involve incest and others still, which involve a hot couple slam-dunking each others privates in a Vatican confessional booth.

If those types of bits offend you, it's probably best that you stay away from this flick, because unlike the previously mentioned movies, this one doesn't use the "gross-out" angle all that much (thank God!), but does step up the sex thang and for the most part, works. All that said, you gotta consider the fact that I'm also pretty immature and that I still like to drink like a champ and "rock" whenever I can. This movie made me feel like rockin', I tell ya. Great soundtrack, too...loaded with catchy punk/rock songs that will stick in your head for a while. But I leave the best for last and that is a song contained in this film that has got to be one of the funniest things I've heard in quite some time. If you see this movie, and even more so, if you enjoy it, you will surely not be able to get "Scotty Doesn't Know" out of your head...trust me! Both the rockin' tune and its hilarious lyrics pulled me right into this movie's vibe and I was hooked, fucked and sinkered from there on in. The characters were also decent, specifically Scotty's bud, Cooper, played by Jacob Pitts. He basically looked and acted like David Spade...but it worked! The lead guy also spoke like Hayden Christensen, but he was a-yight, I guess. Michelle Trachtenberg, better known as HARRIET THE FUCKIN' SPY to most of you, was also a nice pick here. Nice bottom, too. On the downside, some of the over-the-top stereotypical jokes were lame, and the film's final 15-20 minutes weren't as good as its first two-thirds, with bits feeling somewhat contrived and corny by the end.

That said, EUROTRIP also includes one of the better cameos that I've seen in quite some time (Go Matt!) as well as plenty of T, A and even P and B! So if you enjoyed Kip Pardue's 3-minute sprint through Europe and its many vices in THE RULES OF ATTRACTION, just multiply that by thirty, loosen your belt-buckle and enjoy this amusing ode to being young, dumb and full of...spunk. Fun Fuckin' Times. "Scotty Doesn't Know...Don't Tell Scotty!!!"

Feb. 20th, 2004 @ 03:15 pm
lostinmaddness
what do you feel about The Passion of The Christ movie

Feb. 2nd, 2004 @ 08:07 am
diyeana
Saturday night I saw Memento. That's a pretty good movie I must say. The entire movie is backwards. It's about a guy who has no short-term memory. He remembers nothing that happened to him within a couple of minutes so he takes Polaroid pictures and writes little notes to himself. It starts with his killing this guy and then you watch the rest of the movie going a 'scene' at a time backwards to see why and how he got to that point. You cannot miss anything from the movie or you'll get lost. It's very well done and keeps you interested even if it is hours after your normal bedtime when you're watching it.
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Jan. 31st, 2004 @ 11:49 am
lostinmaddness
too damn funny

Jan. 28th, 2004 @ 01:15 pm
lostinmaddness
please join sensoryoverride
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