Monthly Archives: May 2014
SX Tape (2013)
Stars: Caitlyn Folley; Ian Duncan.
IMDB Rating: 4.3
Plot: What begins as harmless sex games between a free-spirited artist and her videographer boyfriend turns much darker as the pair breaks into a boarded-up former hospital, looking for a space for a new gallery show. As they investigate the building’s ominous rooms and passageways, a seductive prank, meaning to arouse and terrify, goes terribly wrong – and what is discovered will destroy them both.
Review: “SXTape” is a “found footage” movie, that has jumped on the bandwagon of successful films such as “Blair Witch” or “Paranormal Activity”. While the title may imply that there are sex scenes that you can feast your eyes on, you don’t actually see anything, apart from one nudity scene early on in the film and an implied threesome which Adam later sees on the security footage.
The story of “SX Tape” is not anything new by any standards, but it was thought out well enough to bring another “horror found footage” movie to the market. While it was interesting to a point, and had a one or two chill points along the way, the movie did lack the real scare factor to keep this audience engaged.
For those who are GAC fans, you will notice that filming was done at the abandoned Linda Vista Community Hospital. Also where numerous other films and movies have been made.
There are a few flaws in this film. Such as for a building that has been abandoned for decades, there is still power and running water. Other flaws you can pick for yourself if you decide to watch this movie.
The acting was nicely done by Caitlyn Folley (Jill), but as for the rest of the film, I would pass.
My Rating: 2 out of 10.
Trust me (2013)
Stars: Clark Gregg; Felicity Huffman; William H. Macy; Amanda Peet; Sam Rockwell; Saxon Sharbino
IMDB Rating: 6.8
Plot: A struggling agent for child actors and former child star himself, Howard Holloway spends years losing his most talented clients to his slick, arch-nemesis Aldo Shocklee. Until the day that Howard encounters the brilliant and unsigned 13 year-old Lydia who is on the brink of securing the lead in a new Twilight-style franchise. Howard tries desperately to close the deal of a lifetime and make his precocious young client a star while managing her drunk, volatile father, Aldo’s relentless poaching attempts, and the hostile machinations of the project’s casting director and mega producer, who both despise him. But the closer he gets to achieving the Hollywood score he has chased all his life, the more he develops a growing suspicion that his innocent young starlet may not be at all what she seems.
Review: “Trust Me” is a story that is simple enough. A former child star is now an agent in Hollywood representing child actors. He’s not doing too well in his chosen career; his clients are stolen by another agent (Sam Rockwell), and he’s struggling to make ends meet. His fortune changes when he signs a young unknown actress, with a dad who frequently threatens to destroy everything.
What starts out as a light-hearted comedy soon turns into a thriller, and shows that at the end of the day, if you wear your heart on your sleeve, you’re gonna end up shafted by someone. And in this film, showing that you have a shred of humanity does not pay off, especially when those you would call “associates” are down right manipulative and will do anything to screw someone over.
This gem of a movie is directed by Clark Gregg, whom you may know better as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson (“Iron Man”, “The Avengers”, and “Marvel: Agents of Shield”). Some wonderful performances by Amanda Peet (as Howards love interest) and Sam Rockwell (as Howards nemesis). Gregg has managed to assemble a good cast for this film, and it shows in their performances just how well they work together.
To say much about this film will give away too many spoilers, so I will just say that the directing by Clark Gregg is fantastic, and watch for the brilliant acting by Saxon Sharbino, who in my opinion is an actress to keep on your radar (Watch for her in the “Poltergeist” remake coming in 2015, which also stars Sam Rockwell).
My Rating: 8 out of 10.
Screwballs II – Loose Screws (1985)
Stars: Bryan Genesse; Lance Van Der Kolk; Alan Deveau; Jason Warren; Mike MacDonald
IMDB Rating: 3.8
Plot: This comedy follows four boys named Brad Lovett (Bryan Genesse), Steve Hardman (Lance Van Der Kolk), Hugh G. Rection (Alan Deveau) and Marvin Eatmore (Jason Warren). They’re forced to attend summer school at Coxwell Academy under the watchful eye of Principal Arsenault (Mike MacDonald). While there, the boys play a game where they earn points for scoring with a girl. Each decides to go for the ultimate 100-point score, Mona Lott (Cynthia Belliveau), the new French teacher. But when they’re unable to get a shot at her, they end up in Principal Arsenault’s unforgiving clutches. After all is lost, they take one final chance during the school’s anniversary celebration.
Review: The first time I saw this film was in 1987. At the time I thought that this was an okay movie. Of course, I rented it from the local video store a few more times back then…. Fast forward to 2014. Reflecting on some memories of the movies I had watched in my teenage years, I decided to watch this again, and I think that it will probably be another decade before I watch this again.
The plot sees our fun-loving idiot troupe having to attend Summer school after successfully failing year 12 for the fourth time. They’ve been at Coxwell Academy for about five seconds before they become fixated on seeing their sexy French teacher, Miss Mona Lott, naked. And there is your entire plot – if you want to call it that. The story is one we have seen too many times before. A group of buddies try and score to satisfy their out of control hormones, and fail miserably for the most part. One would think that with their raging hormones, they would be easier satisfied by visiting a local brothel to take care of business, rather than try and score with that which is obviously out of their league.
The one-liners are as cheesy as the character names. One of the film’s so-called highlights is a beach party sequence that takes place on a Canadian shore and features group choreography to one of the film’s many bad 80’s pop tunes entitled “Do the Screw.” Be that as it may, it seemed to come across as an 80’s revamp of Frankie Avalon’s “Beach Party” beach dance sequence – with the exception that it was far more lame.
Topping things off in this train wreck of a film is the revenge sequence with the main characters wreaking havoc at the unveiling of a statue of the academy’s esteemed founder. The boys get their day with the public humiliation of all the authority figures along with the unveiling of Miss Lott, in which she does a bad striptease number and removes her dress and bra (if anyone was paying attention, she revealed the same amount of T&A earlier in the film, a few times) and not to forget the ending with our heroes suddenly becoming a techno-pop band like in Revenge Of The Nerds.
The failings in this movie are too numerous to mention.
Now that I am older and wiser (so I would like to think anyway), this is a real lame movie, and it may be another decade or so before I watch this again – and only then to show my son (when he is a teenager) the type of crappy movies that came out in the 1980’s.
My rating: 1 out of 10.