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Friday, April 29, 2011

Water for Elephants: A mediocre, slow paced story of love that is highligted by a delectably evil performance



Rating:
***
By: Da’Mon Guy

     Water for Elephants is a moderately entertaining, performance driven love story. The film is an emotional journey that surrounds two people who find a forbidden love in the midst of a circus during the depression era. The film stars Robert Pattinson (Twilight saga), Resse Witherspoon (Four Christmases), Christopher Waltz (Inglorious Bastards), Hal Holbrook (Into the Wild), Mark Povinelli (Epic Movie), and Jim Norton (The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas)

  
     The film revolves around a trio of actors that breathe life into this spectacle. The trio of performers all have terrific chemistry together as the mesh perfectly as the conflicted love triangle. Robert Pattinson can actually act. Before this film,...to read the full review, click the following link:
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Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Conspirator: An Entertaining, Enlightening Perspective to the Lincoln Assassination



Rating:
****
By: Da’Mon Guy

     The Conspirator is a compelling, performance driven drama that offers an insightful, alternate perspective to the events which led up to and followed the assassination of president Abraham Lincoln. The film delves into the theory that the Jon Wilkes Booth was not the lone proprietor of the sinful act. It’s a fictionalized reconstruction, that is based on true events, which focuses on the trial that surrounded one of the accused conspirators, Mary Surratt. The movie features an all star cast that utilizes the talents of James McAvoy (Wanted), Robin Wright (State of Play), Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton), Danny Huston (Edge of Darkess), Justin Long (Going the Distance), Alexis Bliedel (Post Grad), Evan Rachel Wood (The Wrestler), Kevin Kline (No Strings Attached), Toby Kebbell (Rock-N-Rolla), Johnny Simmons (Jennifer‘s Body), and Colm Meaney (Law Abiding Citizen). The Conspirator is directed by Robert Redford.



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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Scream 4: The Best Scream Since the Original




Rating:
****
By: Da’Mon Guy

 After a ten year absence from the silver screen, the knife-wielding killer known as Ghostface finally makes his long awaited return to entertain a two generations of movie fans as Scream 4 slashes its way back into the hearts of viewers. The film is a highly enjoyable, satisfying continuance to the trilogy that brought a new brand of horror to audiences. This long awaited successor is stockpiled with Hollywood talent as Scream veterans Neve Campbell (Scream 1-3), David Arquette (Scream 1-3), and Courtney Cox (Scream 1-3) resume their roles from the prior films. They’re joined by a talented cast of newcomers that feature Emma Roberts (Valentine‘s Day), Hayden Panettire (I Love you, Beth Cooper), Rory Culkin (The Zodiac), Erik Knudsen (Beastly), Anthony Anderson (The Back-Up Plan), and Mary McDonnell (Battlestar: Galactica: TV series), with cameos by Kristen Bell (You Again), Heather Graham (The Hangover), and Anna Paquin (X-Men 1-3).


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Skyline: First Rate, Spectacular Visual Effects That Highlight A Disappointing, Third Rate Story



Rating:
**1/2
By: Da’Mon Guy

     Skyline is moderately enjoyable, dubious narrative that utilizes some first rate visual effects to highlight the shortcomings of a mismanaged, tragic love story. This less than stellar tale unfolds in the midst of an alien invasion. The movie stars Eric Balfour (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre:2003), Scottie Thompson (Star Trek), Brittany Daniel (Little Man), David Zayas (The Expendables), and Donald Faison (Next Day Air).
A young couple travels to Los Angles to meet up with an old high school friend. Shortly after their arrival, LA is attacked by an alien invasion. The invaders possess the ability to abduct human as soon as you make eye contact with the light that these invaders produce.


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The Tourist: A Disappointing Exploitation of Star Power



Rating:
**1/2
By: Da’Mon Guy
    
     The Tourist is an extremely disappointing, mundane happenstance that completely mismanages a trio of great Hollywood actors. The movie is a second-rate mishap that is slightly entertaining enough to warrant a showing in the theaters. It’s a tedious chore that attempts to merge action and suspense. This disheartening tale features Johnny Depp (Alice in Wonderland), Angelina Jolie (Salt), Paul Bettany (Legion), Timothy Dalton (Hot Fuzz), Steven Berkoff (Beverly Hills Cop), and Rufus Sewell (The Illusionist).


     A chance meeting with a beautiful woman quickly turns into a espionage-novel like experience for a tourist. He is quickly submerged into a life of deception and intrigue.


     The Tourist is a lackluster, disappointing misuse of the stockpile of star power that it is comprised of. It’s a great example of how talent alone does not ensure the success of a film. The film has so much promise strictly based on the A-list Hollywood actors that star in it. The movie, however, turns out to be an extremely humdrum fiasco that only offers brief glimpses of the talent that it had at its disposal.


     This debacle is a unexceptional suspense story that barely packs any punch and is nearly a snooze for most of its running time. The story starts off well but it never excites. It builds no tension as the mystery that surrounds our “lovers” never captivates. The film‘s tone dallies back and fourth between brooding and campy. It never truly establishes either one of them which adds to the subtraction from the film‘s entertainment value. The action of the film is barely enough to incite any form of response. The scenes are boorish and uneventful. They lack the power to elicit any form of response.


It's an underachieving farce that is a complete misappropriation of resources. The story is uneventful and predictable. In addition, not one of the great actors within offer any outstanding performances. Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie are utterly abysmal as the would be lovers. There was barely any chemistry between them. We never feel anything between Frank (Depp) and Elise (Jolie). There are a few exchanges where the sparks should fly but this story never enchants the audience. In each of the scenes where there’s a chance to emotionally enthrall the audience, the film falls flat leaving the audience with the feeling like the end of a bad first date.


     The Tourist is a travesty. It’s a complete let down in every facet. The story is tedious and boorish. The film is barely endurable. The actors are first-rate but all give second-rate performances. The film contains three talented actors and none of them offers the audience any level of satisfaction. Jolie and Depp are basically eye candy in the film. Paul Bettany, Rufus Sewell, and Timothy Dalton are thrown in just to get a check.  However, based on the stars that attracted us to it, it’s an unmitigated disappointment. It’s barely good enough to be a movie of the week on a cable channel. The film is grand theft larceny. It steals our money, attention, and time. We all need to press charges and give everyone involved in the production 2 to five years of hard time without parole.


Memroable Quote: "It all began when he met a woman."

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Hanna: "A Disappointing, Cruel Pratical Joke that Riduculously Wastes Good Acting




Rating:
**1/2
By: Da’Mon Guy

      Hanna is a cruel joke. The film is a disappointing, misguided coming of age story whose trailer seduces its audience into believing that it will be some sort of action thriller but instead it’s a muddled tale of revenge that completely fails after the first 30 min. The film stars Saroise Ronan (The Lovely Bones), Eric Bana (The Time Traveler’s Wife), Cate Blanchett (Robin Hood), Tom Hollander (Pirates of the Caribbean 2 &3), and Vicky Krieps (House of Boys).


     Hanna is a misleading, regrettable experience that induces a tremendous level of disappointment. The story has a number of good intentions but fails to establish continuity, giving it an incoherent feel. Hanna begins with a tremendous opening, it quickly lays the foundation for a great action flick as we bear witness to Hanna’s abilities. You witness the.....See the full review at:
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Just Go With It: "An Entertaining, Jocular Approach that Showcases of the Lies People Tell



Rating:
****
By: Da’Mon Guy

     Just Go With It is an enjoyable, charming comedy that humorously embellishes on the untruths people tell and the lengths that they undertake in order to maintain the deception. The film also incorporates an extremely jocular approach to the world of cosmetic surgery. It whimsically pokes fun at a number of surgeries that people have altered themselves to become more appealing to others. This humorous endeavor stars Adam Sandler (Grown Ups), Jennifer Aniston (The Bounty Hunter), Brooklyn Dekker, Nick Swardson (Grandma’s Boy), Bailee Madison (Brothers), Griffin Gluck, and Nicole Kidman (Australia).


   Dr. Danny Macabee has a problem. The girl of his dreams discovers his wedding ring after a chance encounter. Instead of telling the truth about the ring, Danny devises a scheme to hide the truth about the ring. He then decides to enlist the help of his assistant to pose as his wife in order to convince his dream girl of his impending divorce. There’s only one problem, Danny can’t seem to end one lie without starting another. The lies and the comedy mount as Danny tries to “Just Go With It.”


     Just Go With It is a highly pleasant, highly amusing circus that hysterically showcases the power of lying. The film’s jocular approach to lying is the overriding theme of the film. The modern obsession with cosmetic surgery is an example of that particular theme and Just Go with It hilariously mocks them both: the lies of the physical nature (cosmetic surgeries) and the verbal. In addition to the film’s overriding theme of lies and deception, the film has a number of warm messages about family and the importance of fathers to the family dynamic.




     It is highlighted by a number of entertaining performances. Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston make a terrific comedy duo. Sandler is still on top of his game as he delivers an enjoyable, more subtle performance in Just Go With It. He doesn’t use as much of the ridiculous, over the top, slapstick humor that he has come to be known for. Instead, Sandler displays a great level of versatility as he uses more wit and banter to exercise his comedic talent. He cleverly finds the right moment to induce a dose of the “classic Sandler” in order to maximize the comedic effect. Thankfully, Sandler’s talent and charisma rub off on Aniston, forcing her to step up her performance and match his. Aniston wonderfully redeems herself after a number of dismal, cataclysmic films like the Bounty Hunter. She gives one of her better performances that is both witty and charming. Sandler and Anniston’s comedic jockeying was some of the best parts of this enchanting treat.


     The kids are a hidden treat of the movie. They are terrifically amusing. Baliee Madison (Maggie) and Griffin Gluck (Michael) have some of the best moments in the film. Young Baliee Madison in particular steals nearly every scene that she appears in. All of the children that comprise the various parts of the film make a number of excellent scene stealing cameos to the comedic debauchery. In addition to the kids, Nick Swardson provides great comic support as Eddie, Danny best friend. Just Go With it also features a number of returning “Sandler-friendly” actors who all make their usual cameos in most of the Sandler creations.
The film is an enjoyable ruckus that will delight throughout. It’s an appealing family-friendly film that will entertain every member of the family. The cast as has great chemistry, as they bring this circus of comedic decadence to life. The combination of Sandler and Anniston is terrific. The movie is a lot of fun and will delight its viewers throughout.

Planet Hulk: "A Lackluster, Moderately Entertaining Misuse of One of Marvel Best Characters"





Rating:
***

By: Da’Mon Guy

      Planet Hulk is a moderately entertaining addition to the Marvel comics collection of direct to DVD animated videos. It’s another manifestation of the surge of this generation’s decade long love affair with comic book characters. The film features the voice talents of Rick D. Wasserman (Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore), Lisa Ann Beley (Iron Man: Armored Adventures), Mark Hildreth (V: TV series), and Kevin Michael Richardson (Transformers: Prime).

    
     The Avengers decide to exile the Hulk from Earth because of his uncontrollable rage and limitless power. The Hulk redirects his “Ark” to another world where is he is forced to participate in gladiatorial games. The inhabitants of this alien world are being oppressed by the tyrant responsible for the games. The Hulk’s indomitable nature and boundless power make him a champion and the native aliens begin to view him as a messiah.


     Marvel Comics may dominate the theaters with their adaptations of their characters transitioning from the pages of their comics onto the big screen but DC Comics dominates the small screen. Planet Hulk is a lackluster adaptation of a Marvel comics mini series of the same name. The comic was released in 2006. The film has Gladiator (2000) written all over it. The story isn’t one of Marvel’s greatest stories and it pales in comparison to the better quality of direct to DVD animated features released by DC comics.


     Planet Hulk is a completely botched misuse of the character of the Hulk that most have come to know and love. This particular tale doesn’t feature many of the story traits that have been related to the Hulk which has endeared him to the fans of comics and the character. This particular incarnation completely phases out any of the relation to prior uses of the character including the biggest fundamental element, his alter ego Dr. Bruce Banner. Planet Hulk simply manhandles the character and manipulates it to fit this particular story with little to no explanation as to why the character appears that way that it does within this story. Other than a brief voice over from Iron Man in the opening of it, this story barley bears any semblance to any aspect of the Hulk that has been used before.

     Planet Hulk’s lack of relation to the “classic Hulk” character is its biggest detractor. No transformation, no internal conflict, no Banner. Banner never appears. The story barely mentions him. Instead it merges the Hulk and Bruce Banner into one being to fit the story. A complete mistake as this separates the human element from the character as well as any familiarity that casual fans have with the character.

    
     The story in itself lacks originality as it isn’t anything remotely close to being original. It reeks Gladiator from beginning to end. The story adds very little new dynamics to the character. It’s based on the comic from 2006 but this shortened adaptation of the limited series doesn’t use enough of the comic story as it only utilizes the first part of the limited series to adapt into the film. It fails to implement the rest of the story which includes the Hulk’s return to Earth to seek revenge against the Avengers for sending him into exile. Based upon the lack of the inclusion of this to the story , forces this tale to be less enjoyable as the comic that ran for fourteen issues.

     This narrative does add a humanizing element to the character of the Hulk. This incarnation of the Hulk doesn’t appear to be the mindless, raged force of destruction that it is often portrayed to be. This version clearly shows that the Hulk as a high level of intelligence. Fans of the comic book can relate this version to the “Grey Hulk,” as this one has the unbridled rage but it is coupled with the intelligence of Banner. Unlike the Grey Hulk, this version of the Hulk lacks the personality that the Grey Hulk displayed in the pages of the comics. Planet Hulk shows the sympathetic side of the angry (beast).


   
      Marvel needs to step their game up with their animated features. Planet Hulk is no where even close to many of the animated features that were recently released by DC. The story completely misuses the Hulk and it’s doesn’t have the same level of depth that the stories by DC comics have. Planet Hulk is an average watch, it doesn’t really warrant buying. If you want to see it either rent it from Redbox or try to watch it via Netflix.

Friday, April 8, 2011

You Again:"Emotional Terrorism at its Best"



Rating:
By: Da’Mon Guy

       

By: Da’Mon Guy

     You Again is a lackluster, dullard of a family-oriented comedy that forces the audience into a stupor. The film is a hapless calamity that implements a light-hearted approach as it focuses on the over-glorified drama between women and the grudges that they maintain. This catastrophe stars Kristen Bell (When In Rome), Odette Annabelle (The Unborn), Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween films), Sigourney Weaver (Alien films), Betty White (The Proposal), Victor Garber (Milk), James Wolk (The Spiral Project), and Billy Unger (Cop Dog). It also features special appearances by Patrick Duffy (He's Such a Girl), and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (Faster).



     After the discovery that her brother is marrying her former high school archrival, Marni Olsen (Bell) determines that she must break them up.


     You Again is a torturous, chaotic mishap that glorifies the modern obsession with drama. This debacle is an extremely spirited farce that highlights the significance of the popularity of high school and how the effects of it can either positively mold one’s life or obsessively dominate it. The movie is a prime comedic example of “girl drama” at his sickening best.

 

     Kristen Bell stars as Marni, a publicist who endured a tumultuous high school experience. Odette Annabelle stars as Joanne, the scourge of Marni’s existence during high school, is now the fiancĂ©e of Marni’s brother. After the discovery that Joanne (JJ) is marrying her brother, Marni becomes determined to thwart the union. In addition to Marni and JJ’s rivalry, Jamie Lee Curtis and Sigourney Weaver star as Marni’s mother (Curtis) and JJ’s aunt (Weaver) who share a similar rivalry from a generation before them. Hence, the jocular high jinks begin.

    


     This mishap contains some good attempts at comedy. It features a talented female cast that is completely misused as all of its participants give a good comedic effort with a mismanaged script. All five of the ladies bring some miniscule level of enjoyment to the film but the film’s shortcomings are what hinder You Again, not the actors. Billy Unger makes a scene stealing supporting role as Marni’s youngest brother.
    

     This mind numbing calamity has a lighthearted, almost silly approach, to the story that helps the entertaining value of it. In spite of that, it contains a minimal number of enjoyable moments as most of it feels like a dental visit. Much of it drags and drags as it attempts to amuse with its multiple misguided attempts to garner a laugh. The film’s futile humorous attempts fall a little short in terms of comedic enjoyment. It lacks the universal appeal to entertain both sexes or be considered a family film. Too much of the comedy is female orientated as men will not get the same level of enjoyment as women will.


     There are a very few positives about this disaster. First, You Again’s truly slapstick comedic moments are its best. The film flourishes most when one of the actors is involved in one of the zany physical scenes. These were the most enjoyable in the film. The girl drama is what is focused on but the physical moments when the girl drama hits the boiling point are when it shines. Second, deeply submerged within this humorous tragedy is a warm story that induces a number of themes such as family, change, forgiveness, and friendship. The movie has good thematic inferences embedded within it that illustrates how people can change for the better. It also highlights the importance of family. Marni (Bell) and JJ(Annabelle) overcome their differences to become family


     You Again is an exquisite example of “emotional terrorism.” The film creates this term and it aptly fits this movie. The film is an almost unendurable endeavor. The few shining moments are heavily outweighed by its bouts with ridiculousness. The film has a warm message but it is muddled because much of the film feels like you are being punished or placed in “time out.” The ridiculous rap scene at the wedding was enough to spur one’s visual gag reflex. It could’ve easily sent its viewers into a coma. You Again has many good intentions but not enough to entertain or even suggest that someone suffer through it.
 
 

Source Code: A non stop combination of suspense, action, and sci-fi



Rating:
****
By: Da’Mon Guy

     Source Code is an engaging, entertaining film that exquisitely intertwines a suspense story with a sci-fi premise to produce a captivating thriller. The story is an excellent emotional tale that is equally touching and humanistic. The film utilizes the talents of Jake Gyllenhaal (Love & Other Drugs), Michelle Monaghan (Due Date), Vera Farmiga (Orphan), Jeffrey Wright (Quantum of Solace), and Michael Arden (Bride Wars).
After a train is blown up, the military devises a method for a man to relive the last eight minutes of another man’s life in order to catch the bomber before he strikes again.


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Soul Surfer: An Inspiring Showcase of Courage and Determination





Rating:
****
By: Da’Mon Guy

     Soul Surfer is an entertaining, heartwarming story about love, courage, and determination. The film is a heartfelt, inspiring movie that explicitly showcases the intense fervor and unbridled determination that drove a young girl to overcome a devastating tragedy to continue to follow one of her life-long passions. The movie stars AnnaSophia Robb (Race to Witch Mountain), Helen Hunt (Then She Found Me), Dennis Quaid (Vantage Point), Lorraine Nicholson (Click), Chris Brochu (Solar Flare), Ross Thomas (Dance Flick), Kevin Sorbo (Meet the Spartans), Sonya Balmores (Ride the Wake), Carrie Underwood (Enchanted), Cody Gomes (Hawaii Five-O TV series) and Craig T. Nelson (Company Men).
Soul Surfer is based on the true story of 13 year-old Bethany Hamilton, a young girl, who becomes a professional surfer. She courageously overcame a vicious shark attack that caused her to lose her left arm.


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Monday, April 4, 2011

I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE: "An Explicitly Graphic Tale of Revenge, Redemption, & Salvation




Rating:
***
By: Da’Mon Guy
 
     I Spit On Your Grave is a moderately entertaining, brutally violent, extremely inhumane film about revenge, redemption, and retribution. The film is an inciting, thought-provoking tale that will assuredly spur a number of emotional responses. This wicked story of vengeance is comprised of a cast of mostly unknowns. It stars Sarah Butler (Flu Birds Horror), Jeff Branson (Shaft), Andrew Howard (Transformers 2), Daniel Franzese (War of the Worlds 2005), Rodney Eastman (Rule of Three), Chad Lindberg (The Fast and the Furious), and Tracy Walter (The Manchurian Candidate).



     A young woman on a cabin retreat is viciously raped and left for dead, she miraculously escapes, and then survives. She then returns to take revenge on her attackers.


     I Spit On Your Grave is the horrifying, atrocious remake of a 1978 film of the same name that became a cult classic. The new film is a direct to video incarnation of the prior version. This is basically an “updating” of the original film as it contains many similarities, including the plot, and some character names, as the original. However, it does build on it significantly. The biggest difference is that in the latest version, there are five attackers and not four. The acting and dialogue are significantly better as well. However, as with most remakes or re-imaginings, this one antes up the brutality, the violence, and torture.



 
  The film is a viciously callous, heartless story of salvation, retribution, and reckoning. The underlying theme to this horrific narrative is that the story is really about power and the transference of power. Jennifer Hills (Butler) is atrociously tormented, humiliated, and then repeatedly raped by five men. She survives and then narrowly escapes. Jennifer returns to exact vengeance on each one of them, systematically hunting them down one by one. Jennifer begins implementing the same level of humiliation leading to torture to execute her revenge on each one of them.



   
   The raping of Jennifer is utterly heinous, graphic and extremely violent, however, the torture that Jennifer returns to exact is more violent and even borderline sadistic as she confronts each man. Jennifer returns to have a reckoning with each of her assailants, causing each to relive the moment, but as the victim. She sarcastically reminds each man of the twisted pleasure that they found in their role of raping her while she maliciously tortures each one of them. The film is a tale that will stimulate a number of emotional responses. It is a contemplative tale that forces you to question the nature of the revenge once she invokes it upon each of her assailants. Is she justified? Is there a such thing as too much revenge, especially given the circumstances that led to Jennifer’s revenge? Do the ends justify the means?


     I Spit On Your Grave is a tale filled with malevolence, violence, and torture. The film contains a malicious, merciless rape scene and then it features some of the most callous, insidious acts of revenge and torture that you will ever bear witness to. One should only watch this if you have a strong stomach and high tolerance for graphic violence, as this film will test your conviction and endurance. The movie isn’t a classic and one should question why the original had such a cult following, but it is an inciting watch, if you can stomach it. This is not a movie for the weak of heart.
    

The Next Three Days:"A Captivating Thrill ride of a

Rating:  
****

By: Da’Mon Guy


     The Next Three Days is a compelling, performance driven film that intermingles a clever suspense story with a captivating family drama to fabricate an entertaining narrative. The film is an excellent suspense story that will captivate which revolves around the extenuating circumstances that lead a man to attempt a jail break to free is wrongfully accused wife. The film stars Russell Crowe (Robin Hood), Elizabeth Banks (Zach and Miri: Make a Porno), Brian Dennehy (Righteous Kill), Ty Simpkins (Pride and Glory), Daniel Stern (Home Alone), Olivia Wilde (Tron: Legacy) and Liam Neeson (Unknown).


     A woman is arrested for a crime she didn’t commit. After numerous legal attempts to prove her innocence fail to set her free, her husband decides to break her out of prison.



     The Next Three Days is a gripping tale that will keep you engaged from the opening moments. The film is a great showcase of the strength of family. It shows the love, courage, and determination of one man to reunite his family. The film’s story is extremely engrossing. The details of Laura Brennan’s crime are never disclosed in full detail as the plot unfolds. The story only gives the audience enough to make your own judgment. A great plot device as it allows for the audience to question her innocence as the story unfolds. 

     The Next Three Days focuses on the effects that the imprisonment of Laura Brennan has on her family and the subsequent events that surround the escape that her husband, John Brennan devises to free her. The bulk of the film revolves around the actions and the meticulous planning that John devises in order to free his wife. It eloquently handles the careful preparation, showing a plausible plan that the audience can relate to and believe in. John sacrifices every material possession and even risks his own personal safety to implement his shrewd course of action.


    This captivating whodunit creates a great level of tension and anticipation. There are a number of subtle nuances induced into the story to raise the level of reality of the film. The audience is made to feel like an accomplice in the planning of the potential jailbreak. With every step of the plan, the audience captivated as the anxiety engrosses you. With every triumph or failure during the implementation of the process, you are completely frozen in anticipation of the outcome of the film.

    

     The Next Three Days is composed of a number of good performances. Russell Crowe gives one of his better performances as the loving, determined husband and father, John Brennan. Crowe carries the bulk of the film with his convincing depiction of Brennan. He gives an emotional, spirited performance that is sympathetic as well as inspiring. Elizabeth Banks demonstrates her range in acting within this film. Banks provides an emotional, genuine performance as the alleged murderer. Her performance is an excellent compliment to Crowe. The Next Three Days is stockpiled with talent who all make quality contributions to the film. Brian Dennehy, Olivia Wilde, and Liam Neeson all make good cameos.


  


     The Next Three Days is an excellent watch. The film is a terrific story that will captivate throughout. It has a conteplative nature to it that forces you to question John Brennan's motives but it also forces the audience to sympathize with him. It almost forces you to cheer for them to get away during the climax. The climax of the film is completely engaging and will have you on the edge of your seat until the final moments. The movie is an entrancing must see.

Going the Distance: "Stay Your Distance Away from this Calamity"



Rating:
**½
By: Da’Mon Guy

     Going the Distance is a boorish, painstaking absurdity that makes a futile attempt to capitalize on one of the raging current trends in Hollywood film making. The film is a tedious bore makes the running time feel unending. It’s a faintly entertaining story about the struggles of maintaining a long distance relationship. The movie features Drew Barrymore (Whip It), Justin Long (Youth In Revolt), Charlie Day (A Quiet Little Marriage), Christina Applegate (The Rocker), Jason Sudeikis (Hall Pass), Jim Gaffigan (17 Again), and an appearance by Rob Riggle (The Hangover).




     After a briefly dating for six weeks in the summer, two people make an attempt to maintain a long distance relationship between San Francisco and
New York.


      Going the Distance is a dreary, tiresome calamity that contains too few entertaining moments to warrant its production and running time. This dismal, unrelenting farce is another one of the overused genre of romantic comedy that attempts to squeeze the money and attention of unsuspecting couples that are attracted to the film by the trickery that the trailer of this fraudulent scam fools them into believing that they can relate to this miserable disaster.


      Real life lovers, Drew Barrymore and Justin Long, make an remorseless, unsuccessful attempt to bring their chemistry to the big screen. While the duo has a definite chemistry between the two of them, however, it doesn’t translate well into the vehicle they decided to use to showcase it. We never really feel the passion between the two. The movie does an adequate job of setting up the long distance relationship and the strain that it places on both of them. In spite of that, the pitiful, mishandling of the movie never allows for any level of connectivity to them. The audience never feels any sympathy for the characters. We sympathize for the situation but not the characters nor the film itself. This causes us to lose the level of connection that this type of film needs to be successful. The film has an extremely merciless, monotonous feel to it. It is filled with a series of inconsistent scenes followed by a number of fade to black scenes that begin the next chapter. It gives an almost hypnotic effect, mesmerizing the audience in a stupor of misery and boredom.


     The supporting cast are better than the stars of this disaster. Chris Day, Jason Sudeikis, and Christina Applegate bring some light to this dismal sink hole of despair. Each of them add some level of amusement to this stomach churning mishap. The trio of them are the only reason worth watching this repugnant refuse. There are a few limited, waning moments of enjoyment in the film. These rare occurrences however do hit a home run as the are extremely humorous. Sudeikis and Day serve as most of the comic relief within this. Applegate adds some much needed entertainment as Barrymore’s over protective, germ phobic sister, Corinne. The dry humping between Applegate and Gaffigan, Barrymore being thrown out of the bar, the table sex precursor to the dinner scene, and the dinner scene. The dinner scene with Applegate, Long, Barrymore, Gaffigan, and Rob Riggle was without question the one of the few shining moment in this best in the film.


     Going the Distance is a romantic comedy of disappointing proportions. This catastrophic mockery has a few squeamish moments that entertain but not many. There are a few short lived bright spots but not enough to acknowledge the fact that I watched this unmitigated disaster. The minimal amount of entertaining moments are no where enough for anyone to undertake the merciless chore of viewing this film in its entirety. It contains a small amount of moments that satisfy the romantic half of the romantic comedy genre and even fewer that satisfy the comedic half of romantic comedy. You can just use one word to describe this, BAD. The movie is very similar to a vacuum, it sucks all of the enjoyment out of you leaving you blank.