Posts Tagged ‘Film’

My thought’s about ‘Dare’ (2009).

March 15, 2010

Dare was originally a 2005 short film by  Director Adam Salky and Writer David Brind, I guess I’m going to start this off by saying that the short film was very well done. The simple plot had me hoping for what was next and the performance were good for such a small film. It definitely had me wanting more and when I heard that it had been made into a feature film, I was more than excited to see it.

First off the cast was changed and characters were, of course, expanded on. In the short the two leads were the bad boy named Johnny and the shy loser named Ben. The 2009 version starred a partially talented trio, with the role of Johnny played by Zach Gilford, Ashley Springer as Ben, and a somewhat new character named Alexa played by Emmy Rossum. The story now has turned into more of a coming of age / teen drama that splits our focus by trying to develop each character with their own portion of the film. The deal is that geeky and unpopular friends Ben and Alexa fall for the school’s resident bad boy Johnny, who is dealing with his own demons. Things get complicated as both go pretty far with Johnny and he isn’t picking favorites. Confusion and chaos ensue.

As much as I wanted to love this film I didn’t. While the short left me wanting more, the feature left me wanting something different. There is potential with what the filmmakers were trying to do, but it’s sad that it wound up on the disappointing side of things. I’ll start with the fairly bad bits…

Ashley Springer delivered a let down of a performance as Ben. The character, which was suppose to be your typical unpopular geek, turned out to be kind of a creeper. His mannerisms, they way he talked, everything was really off putting. I’m guessing he was badly casted because the orignal Ben was a 100% better. They also could have written him a bit better.

Next there was Alexa’s change from loser to poser. It was all a bit rough and way too quick. The filmmakers seemed to have wedged this plot point in even though they knew the piece didn’t fit.

Both Ben’s and Alexa’s character didn’t really do it for me, but here is the film’s saving grace: Zach Gilford.

The performance, the character, the looks… all dare I say perfect? It kind of caught me off guard that he would be the single epic thing in this lackluster film. Zach’s Johnny was a not-so-bad bad boy with a lot of issues that instead of being overdone or annoying, were actually endearing and made you actually give a shit. Could we please just fix this film to have Johnny as the feature focus?, because that’s were the magic is happening. Just like the short, Zach Gilford’s portrayal and the filmmaker’s character itself left me wanting more, more about him, what is he going to do? What happened? Loads of things. His sensitive demur and likable quality alone steal the film and boosts the grade to a very-on-the-edge C. All in all I’d recommend seeing this for the sake of seeing Zach Gilford and his character Johnny so you too can imagine what a better feature this short could have been.

Watch The Original Short Film

See The Feature Film via Netflix


Coming Soon: ‘Ondine’ (2009)

February 10, 2010

The film is an upcoming fantasy/drama directed by Neil Jordan. Ondine stars Colin Farrell and the talented Alicja Bachleda-Curús (Trade, Sommerstrum) and is about an Irish fisherman that captures a mysterious woman in his nets, who he believes she is a water spirit. Now since most fairy tales have a catch, or darker side, I expect this film to be filled with a mellow-realistic enchantment mixed with a sad undertone because we know something tragic is bound to happen… it always does. I’m infatuated with the trailer and can’t wait to see Alicja’s performance and the film itself. Take a look below at the newly released trailer:

The film is expected to be released in the US on June 11th, 2010.

Aren’t you excited?

Paranormal Activity | The hype, the success, and the alternate ending…

October 26, 2009

paranormal_activity_posterThis film is no doubt one of the hottest topics this season. Paranormal Activity is an independent feature ,written and directed by Oren Peli, that tells the story of a young couple plagued by a demonic presence. The young couple, played by Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat, purchase a video camera in hopes of capturing the nightly activity of this demonic presence. What they find and what we see is absolutely terrifying. The film is seen through the lens of the prosumer camera and unlike other films with the same concept, Paranormal Activity spares you the motion sickness by remain fairly stationary throughout. The actors are both natural and comical, just very enjoyable and very relatable. The film gives the viewer a sense, both physically and mentally, that they are truly witnessing these experiences. The way the film looks and feels so real really heightens the terror factor when you are waiting for and seeing the happenings. Paranormal Activity is a goosebumps, skin-crawling, anxious, sort of terror that gets your blood pumping. You do have to be a bit patient in waiting for the occurrences, but when they happen they just get progressively more intense. I’ve seen it twice, and both times I felt the same amount of sheer terror. I believe it is definitely one of the most terrifying films in years.

Oren Peli made this film on a budget of a mere $15,000, back in 2006. Last week the film given a wide release and took the number one spot, raking in 22 million dollars bring it’s total box office to 62 million dollars. No matter who you consult, that is a outstanding achievement.

Now I was at first surprised to hear that the ending in the film wasn’t the original. Upon viewing the film Mr. Steven Spielberg suggested an different ending which is the one being shown in the theaters. Personally I think the new ending is fantastic and I like it a considerable amount more than the original. Here is the original ending…

(DO NOT WATCH UNLESS YOU’VE SEEN THE FILM, don’t ruin it for yourself)

This film is quite possibly my favorite film of the year. A