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Derick Martini sounds like he would be partners with this guy:
Little Shop of Horrors (the remake)- Better than Sex.
I went into this movie without knowing much about it, other than it was a found footage film set in a high school party, so it really took me by surprise the fact that I actually enjoyed this a lot more than I think I should.
There's not much of a story here and the whole plot is as generic as it gets, plus the message (being cool is all that matters) is terrible, but I think this is quite a realistic portrayal of my generation's behavior, and I can actually relate to throwing a party and losing control of it (it has happened to me more times that I care to admit). Overall it's an entertaining movie, nothing more, nothing less; but it never pretends to be, and I found the riot at the end to be a great representation of the social theory that says that human beings in large groups turn into animals without inhibitions. I wouldn't necessarily recommend it, but if this is your type of movie, you could do a lot worse than Project X.
Maybe I was in the right mood, maybe my expectations were too low, or maybe I'm becoming retarded, but this movie was actually quite entertaining. Don't get me wrong, this is generic Michael Bay kind of shit, but its entertaining shit, this was just good ol' dumb fun, with the right mood and the proper expectations, this can be a decent couple of hours.
Note: Rihanna's acting is absolute crap, and Brooklyn Decker is hot as hell (I just felt the need to point that out)
Just know that this is more Evil Dead 2, than original Evil Dead. It makes fun of copyright infringement, religion and this found footage craze of late. It's still REC, but it's really different from the first two, I just wanted to point that out so people don't go expecting a serious film and get disappointed. The acting, the score and the cinematography are really good, and the violence and gore are great, it starts a little slow, but as soon as it gets started, it gets awesome.
Can I say anything that hasn't been said time and time again? This turned out to be one of the most polarizing mainstream films in recent memory, and despite my lukewarm attitude towards Zack Snyder, I happen to gravitate toward the "Holy Shit Holy Shit this movie kicked a thousand asses" pole. On my third overall viewing of the film [and my second of the Director's Cut], I've unfortunately decided that it isn't as perfect as I remember it being. There are moments of visual excess that genuinely bother me (the stylized gore during the shooting in Veigt's office teeters on the edge of pure camp), and there are one or two sequences that simply don't work. Aside from those small problems, I'm also conflicted on the issue of Zack Snyder's direction. For me, part of the joy of watching films is to dissect each scene and decode the director's intentions behind every angle and decision, making each viewing experience more rich and surprising than the last. I haven't read the classic Alan Moore graphic novel, but if Zack Snyder is duplicating the frames of the comic book, I'm not certain how much I can do that. I suppose recreating the graphic novel panel-by-panel takes an equal amount of skill and precision in its own right, so my nitpickery is petty and pointless in the end. Regardless of how much of the film is Snyder's own vision VS visuals lifted from the book, Watchmen remains one of the most stimulating comic adaptations put to film. Wether or not Snyder completely understands the ideas of the source is irrelevant. With all its flaws and bruises, it's a wrecking ball of intelligence and emotion. By throwing the book onto the screen as best and literally as possible, the themes and ideas of the story naturally and elegantly bleed through the stylized aesthetic, creating a movie that is both visually striking and intellectually engaging. There aren't many superhero movies featuring a glowing meta-being describing the behavior of Tachyons in regard to his perception of time, nor do we see many summer blockbusters with this level of nihilism and sadness towards humanity. And Jesus Christ, what an ending! What ever else is wrong with the film, the conclusion remains one of the most haunting I've seen in concept alone, and the execution milks every bit of drama and intrigue from it. Even when I know it's coming, it still manages to push my spirit through the shredder. Watchmen has many detractors, and I can't blame them for their complaints. However, I can forgive the occasional false step [and there are certainly a few] when the whole is as powerful and beautiful as this.