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Prey - cinematic drivel destined to land in Obscureville [Feb. 10th, 2007|06:34 pm]
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“Prey” is the arnch-tastic, bite-olicious, cinematic drivel destined to land in Obscureville or Makefunofland. This chomp-olistic mess is shamefully directed by Darrell Roodt and the downright pudency of writing is brought to us by Beau Bauman, Jeff Wadlow and Darrell Roodt.

When Dad the engineer is sent to Africa to work on a dam, he brings his two children, a pre-teen son David and teenaged daughter Jessica, and new wife Amy along for a trip of a lifetime. Jessica, played by Carly Schroeder, shamelessly goes after Amy, driving the my-mama-was-replaced-by-your-skinny-stupid-ass-sword deep into her with a series of uncalled for low blows and teenaged angst. After spending a night in their plush accommodations, Amy, Jessica, and David, head off to see African animals in their natural habitat as Dad goes off to work on the dam. When Jessica, gets annoyed she is seeing no animals, the ranger driving them around to see the animals decides to go off off-roading. David has to go to the bathroom and he and the ranger get out of the car. This is where the fun begins.

A lioness, hiding in the lion colored grasses appears and begins to stalk David. Luckily, the hawk eyed ranger helps David escape the jaws of the hungry lion. Unluckily though, the ranger is eaten, his blood poured all over the car in the mauling. Now stuck with no keys to the ranger truck, they are stuck waiting for someone to come and find them. Lion after lion attacks them, attempts to eat them and has no luck. Dad hires a private hunt guide, and attempts to find them.

I don’t know how the people in this movie even survived the birthing process they are so stupid. Every person who is killed in the movie is killed because they were being Gomer Pile stupid! They might as well kill a gazelle, roll around in its blood and walk up to a starving pride of lions, screaming. They constantly put themselves in the position to be eaten, try to outrun a lion, and drive like they’ve never actually been behind the wheel before.

The lions can’t even be consistent. They will attack a group of two but not a group of four but a little later they’ll attack a different group of four. They happily attack the toe headed blond Anglo folks but at first seem to have no taste for African people. The lions are also the most precise eaters in the history of the animal kingdom. During their feeding, people stay in their death position and when they’re done, there is a perfect and complete bloody skeleton left on the ground. Contrary to nature, in yet another way, the male lions even help in the hunts. Some of the lions will attack the truck but others will not. The lions are the only reason to watch the movie though; the acting isn’t going to draw anyone to the movie.

Amy, played by, Bridget Moynahan, gives a yawn inspiring performance. She is frightened when she should be calm and calm when all good sense says to be afraid. There are scenes where she is incredibly irrational even when she finally has the upper hand.

Dad, Peter Weller’s character, tries to be a bad ass but he couldn’t stretch his machismo around his waist. Oh yeah, and he is stupid. There is a scene where he drives to the top of a hill and he sees something at the bottom he wants to check out. Does he drive his car down the hill? Wouldn’t that be: Faster? Easier? Use less personal energy when in the dessert? Yes. Is it what he does? Not by the hair on his chinny-chin-chin. He runs down it, for what seems like a mile, through the lion colored grass. By that point in the movie I wished he’d be eaten by lions, drop from dehydration and have vultures eat his eyes while he was alive.

“Prey” needs to pray for a screen play, better actors, a better director… You know, I’m wrong. “Prey” needs to pray that no one remembers how bad this movie is! Is there such thing as retroactive production?

LaRae Meadows
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Marie Antoinette - Barf [Feb. 10th, 2007|02:02 pm]
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“Marie Antoinette”, left me fielding requests from my ears and brain to be strapped to excessive levels of dynamite and ignited. Written and directed by Sofia Coppola, “Marie Antionette” gives us another example of why it is rarely a good idea to have all of the ideas coming from one person.
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The Painted Veil - A lovely movie [Feb. 10th, 2007|01:12 pm]
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“The Painted Veil” is a beautiful movie about the power of anger as shown through a wife and husband who travel to rural china to treat a cholera epidemic. Director John Curran uses beautiful scenery and sets to frame great acting and a well written story based on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham.
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The Last King of Scotland-sticks in your mind and heart like a battle scar! [Feb. 7th, 2007|10:50 am]
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“The Last King of Scotland” based on the book by Giles Foden, is the intense story of charismatic and horrifying Ugandan leader, Idi Amin. Exceptional writing by Jeremy Brock and Peter Morgan, acting, and directing make a must see movie that sticks in your mind and on your heart like a battle scar.
King me! Collapse )<a href=" http://www.foxsearchlight.com/lastkingofscotland/” >Official Site</a> LaRae Meadows www.justpressplay.net laraemeadows@gmail.com http://laraemeadows.livejournal.com http://www.myspace.com/laraemeadows http://blog.myspace.com/laraemeadows
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The Dead Girl - Not a revolutionary movie but strong acting and strong script [Feb. 6th, 2007|01:34 pm]
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“The Dead Girl”, written and directed by Karen Moncrieff, is a haunting story of how six women are affected by the gruesome, untimely death of one young woman. Each affected woman is suffering in their own emotional prison. Arden, Leah, Beverly, Ruth, Rosetta, and Melora all gain new life and opportunity because of their connection to the dead girl.
Yeah, she’s dead! Collapse )<a href=" http://www.firstlookmedia.com/deadgirl/” Official Site</a> LaRae Meadows www.justpressplay.net laraemeadows@gmail.com http://laraemeadows.livejournal.com http://www.myspace.com/laraemeadows http://blog.myspace.com/laraemeadows
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It is the "Little Miss Sunshine" of my life! [Feb. 4th, 2007|07:26 pm]
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Little Miss Sunshine, the laugh out loud comedy, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris and written by Michael Arndt is an inspired work of comedy, acting and cinematography.
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Blood and Chocolate-Not as bad as I thought it would be. [Jan. 29th, 2007|05:47 pm]
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Blood and Chocolate, based on the book by Annette Curtis Klause, directed by Katja von Garnier is an interspecies romance based in modern day Bucharest. Writers Ehren Kruger and Christopher Landon take us down a path as interesting as driving in the Great Plains.


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The Departed-This film is full of unexceptional things. [Jan. 29th, 2007|05:22 pm]
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“The Departed,” is a cop, snitch, mob drama centered in Boston. Directed by Martin Scorsese, “The Departed’s” screenplay, written by William Monahan, Siu Fai Mak and Felix Chong, leads the audience through a brilliantly written maze of lies, violence and vengeance. Even a strong screenplay can’t save the movie from Martin Scorsese’s unnecessary gore and the actors’ melodrama.
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Pan’s Labyrinth is a mystical and whimsical fairy tale wrapped in horrifying war story [Jan. 28th, 2007|02:00 pm]
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Pan’s Labyrinth, or El Laberinto del Fauno, is a mystical and whimsical fairy tale wrapped in horrifying war story. Set in World War II in Spain, Guillermo del Toro’s story will make you fascinated and leave you with your mouth wide open.
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The Queen - Its screenplay is the epitome of UK personality. [Jan. 27th, 2007|11:03 pm]
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“The Queen” attempts to make British Royalty understandable in typical British style; with diverse but subdued emotions. Finely directed by Stephen Frears, and complexly written by Peter Morgan, “The Queen” tries to offer an explanation to the strange behavior of the royals after Princess Diana’s death. “The Queen” is a teeter-totter story of the balance between old and new.

Queen Elizabeth the Second, regally portrayed by Helen Mirren, strikes an uncaring and cold cord to the British people and the world when Princess Diana is killed. She refuses to address the nation. She refuses to allow her grand children to go to Paris to see her body. She even refuses to allow Prince Charles, Alex Jenning’s character, to fly on the royal jet to see Diana while she is in critical care. When Diana finally dies, she doesn’t want a public funeral. The British people cry out for her attention and she provides none.
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