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June 30th, 2016 Movie -National Lampoon’s Barely Legal

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You know the old saying “For every up, there is a down”? Yes, it is a lyric from “That’s What Makes The World Go Round”, but it is also a rephrasing of Newton’s Third Law. Basically, it is all about balance and in the case of movies, it can be used to say that for every good movie a company or studio makes, there will also be a bad one. In regards to National Lampoon’s movies, for every great comedy such as Animal House, you will get a movie like today’s movie, which has it’s moments but is nowhere close to the caliber of some other movies. So let’s see just how good or bad today’s movie, National Lampoon’s Barely Legal, really is.

The plot: Three high school friends (Deacon, Fred, and Matt) are taken to a warehouse and suspended from meat hooks, where two men threaten to cut off their balls. Some time earlier, the three friends are lamenting about their desire to have sex but inability to obtain it. Deacon is also upset because he heard that his ex-girlfriend Rachel had sex but had always told him she wasn’t ready. On his birthday, Deacon is depressed about not getting a new car so they go out to a party hosted by Tom “Coop” Cooperman. While there, Deacon talks with Naomi, who had recently broken up with Jake, Deacon’s neighbor that constantly tries to demean him. The next day, Fred is fired from the video store he works at so they are now unable to make money, as they used to make copies of the porn videos from the store and sell them to freshmen at the school. Deacon comes up with the idea of making a porn movie themselves in order to make money and after convincing the others, Matt comes up with the name After School Special for their company. Working at his dad’s clinic, Fred steals the credit card information from one of his dad’s patients so they can set up a website, and then Deacon makes them some fake ids to use. Managing to bribe their way into a strip club, they meet Ashley, an 18 year old stripper that is interested in their movie. Deacon, Fred, and Matt end up hanging out with Ashley and some other strippers from the club and Jake sees the strippers dropping the guys off later that night. The next day, Jake comes over and after seeing the script that Fred and Matt were working on, he blackmails them into letting him be in the movie. They start filming in Deacon’s basement after school and after a solo scene with Ashley, Jake comes in but has a problem performing on camera. When Ashley tries to help him, he prematurely ejaculates and then threatens Deacon and the others if they say anything about it before grabbing the footage and leaving. Needing a new male lead, the guys as Coop if he would do it and he agrees, thinking that they will become legends at school. As Fred and Matt write up more script ideas, their website ends up receiving more traffic and pre-orders for the video. At school, Deacon helps out Naomi, who invites him to a party and Deacon tells Fred and Matt but says that they should meet him there. At the party, Deacon is talking with Naomi when Fred and Matt show up and when she comments about their project, Jake interrupts them and tries to belittle Deacon in front of Naomi but she walks off. Deacon follows after her to talk to her and they end up making out and having sex. The next day, the start filming the new scene when a fire breaks out and after putting out the fire, they head up to the kitchen just as Deacon’s family comes in. Trying to come up with a way to explain the half naked Ashley, Ashley says she is Deacon’s girlfriend and winds up being invited to dinner. As Deacon and his family are having dinner with Ashley, Naomi shows up and introduces herself as Deacon’s girlfriend but when she is told that Ashley claims to be Deacon’s girlfriend, she storms off. Deacon goes to chase after him and Ashley tries to stop him, telling him not to fall in love with the fantasy he has about Naomi. Deacon ends up telling Naomi what they are doing and she says she wants to be at the next shoot, saying she will be the consultant on female perspective. The next day, Fred and Matt have an issue with Naomi being there but the go ahead and do a dress rehearsal for the day’s shoot. When Naomi says that Coop should be a foreign exchange student and better dressed, everyone ends up arguing and Ashley ends up walking out, with Coop following after her. Naomi leaves and drags Deacon with her as she takes him shopping for new clothes, saying he doesn’t need Fred and Matt. When Deacon returns to the basement, Fred and Matt say they want to do the movie without him and he gets angry at them as they leave. The next day, Deacon is approached by Rachel and when he mentions the guy she had sex with, she says it was a lie. Deacon ends up apologizing to Fred and Matt and they consider stopping where they are but Ashley approaches them and says they need to finish the film so she can have a reel to show. They work on the film, getting the bouncer and another stripper to help out as extras and eventually manage to finish the film. With the film completed, they decide to throw a big party and Ashley shows up and says that she sent the reel to Vivid and they want to fly her and Coop to L.A. to discuss a contract. Deacon ends up breaking up with Naomi and asks that she not tell anyone about the movies but just then, Jake gets on a microphone and starts telling everyone about it. Deacon tells Jake no one is listening to him because they think he is drunk but Jake says that he sent the tape of Ashley masturbating to Deacon’s parents. Naomi ends up knocking Jake out and then Deacon, Fred, and Matt go to get the envelope with the tape before his parents see it but are stopped by Vic Ramalot and his assistant, who force them into their car at gunpoint. Bringing us to the beginning of the movie, Matt tells Vic that they have over 60,000 pre-orders for the movie and they will give him all the money for the product. Vic lets them down and then agrees to their terms of free porn for life and to keep the spirit of After School Special as it is. Racing to Deacon’s home, they don’t see the mail and think Deacon’s parents have it but they are only upset that Deacon got a C in Biology. Deacon’s younger brother actually has the tape, and Deacon agrees to his demands to get it back. The next day at school, Deacon and Rachel get back together and Fred and Matt end up getting dates with two girls, who heard rumors about them. When Jake tries to demean Deacon again, Matt plays some edited footage of Jake’s premature ejaculation on every school monitor, making Jake the laughing stock of the school. As they are leaving for the day, Deacon, Fred, and Matt are given convertibles as gifts from Vic and they all drive off with their respective girl. Some time later, Deacon’s parents end up watching the porno when they notice a family photo in one of the scenes, prompting Deacon’s dad to ask if that was their basement.

This is your basic high-school sex comedy and surprisingly had some good aspects to it but this is not what you would consider a good movie. The acting was pretty decent and I loved how they overacted the “bad acting” when they were filming the porn scenes. I also liked Horatio Sanz’s character Vic Ramalot, as it was basically a spoof of Ron Jeremy. The story was somewhat original but at the end of the day, it is just another teenage sex comedy and those are really a dime a dozen. There were some funny moments but not as many as you would expect for this type of movie. Basically, this is something that you can put on when you have 90 minutes to kill.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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June 29th, 2016 Movie – National Lampoon’s Animal House

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Now I know a lot of people are probably going to wonder why I didn’t review this movie earlier. Well, the answer is pretty simple, I decided to do all of the National Lampoon movies together. So, this is one of those comedies that came out and inspired countless comedies to follow. I have lost count of the number of times I would come across this movie on TV and sit down and watch it, no matter what point in the movie it was at. So it’s time to have some fun with the Deltas as I watch today’s movie, National Lampoon’s Animal House.

The plot: At Faber College in 1962, freshmen Larry Kroger and Kent Dorfman are trying to join a fraternity. The first attend a party at the Omega Theta Pi’s house but find themselves excluded from conversation and stuck in a corner with other “undesirable” candidates. Leaving the party, Kent suggests trying the Delta Tau Chi fraternity, saying his brother was a member which means he is a legacy and sure to get in. Arriving at the house, they are greeted by John “Bluto” Blutarsky, who invites them inside to the rush party. They split up meet several of the other Delta members including Robert Hoover, Daniel “D-Day” Day, Eric “Otter” Stratton and Donald “Boon” Schoenstein, and Boon’s girlfriend Katy, who is tired of Boon constantly getting drunk at the frat house. The next day, the Deltas vote to have Larry and Kent join the fraternity and are given the house nicknames Pinto and Flounder respectively. Meanwhile, Dean Vernon Wormer is talking with Greg Marmalard, the president of the Omegas, about trying to get rid of the Deltas and after learning that they are already on probation, decides to put them on double-secret probation and says he just needs one excuse to kick them out. The next day, Kent is attending ROTC training and is yelled at by Doug Neidermeyer, another Omega member and ROTC commander, and after seeing the Delta pin on his uniform, he assigns Flounder to clean out his horses stable. Boon and Pinto are talking with Katy about finding a girl for Pinto as they walk to Professor Jennings house, where they end up smoking pot. That night, after Flounder is yelled at again by Neidermeyer, Bluto and D-Day show up in the stable and talk him into getting revenge on Neidermeyer. They take Neidermeyer’s horse and put it in Dean Wormer’s office, then give Flounder a gun and tell him to shoot it, not telling Flounder that the gun is loaded with blanks. Flounder goes in there but points the gun at the ceiling and fires, causing the horse to have a heart attack and die and after seeing what happened, the three Deltas quickly leave. After the midterm exams are printed, Bluto and D-Day hunt through the trash to grab the answers but they wind up grabbing a fake answer sheet that Chip, an Omega member, had planted for them to find. After the Deltas get every answer on the exam wrong, Dean Wormer shows up and informs them of their double-secret probation and says one more incident will find them kicked out and after he leaves, Otter and Boon decide they need to throw a toga party. They head to the local grocery store to get some food and while they are there, Otter inadvertently hits on Dean Wormer’s wife and Pinto ends up asking the checkout girl Clorette to be his date to the party. At the party, the Wormer’s wife ends up showing up drunk and Otter takes her up to his room to have sex. Meanwhile Pinto and Clorette go up to Hoovers room to have sex but Clorette ends up falling asleep so Pinto takes her back to her home in a shopping cart, where he realizes that she is the mayor’s daughter. After the mayor complains about what happened to his daughter, Dean Wormer has the Deltas brought before a disciplinary hearing which is nothing more than a kangaroo court to revoke their charter and the Deltas end up walking out. After they see all of the stuff confiscated from the frat house, Otter and Boon decide to take Pinto and Flounder with them on a road trip. Otter manages to talk 4 girls from another college into going with them and they end up stopping at a bar when they see that Otis Day is playing there but don’t realize that it is an exclusive African-American bar. When some of the patrons threaten the guys, they end up rushing out of there, leaving their dates behind and damaging Flounder’s brother’s car as they leave. The next day, Boon goes to see Katy to try and patch things up only to find out that she had slept with Professor Jennings. Meanwhile, Babs Jensen tells Greg that Mandy was with Otter so they trick Otter into heading to a hotel, where Neidermeyer and some other Omegas beat him up. Dean Wormer gets the Deltas’ midterm grades and tells them that they are officially expelled due to their poor grades. As the Delta’s all gather in the frat house one last time, Bluto convinces them that they need to get revenge on Dean Wormer and the Omegas. During the Homecoming parade through town, the Deltas make their own float that they use to disguise Flounders damaged car, which has been turned into an armored car called the “Deathmobile” and end up ruining the parade. As the movie ends, you learn the fates of all of the Delta’s as well as Dean Wormer, Greg, and Neidermeyer.

National Lampoon’s Animal House met with mixed reviews when it first came out but has since become one of the best films to come out in 1978 and has a 91% certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The critical consensus on the site is that, “The talents of director John Landis and Saturday Night Live’s irrepressible John Belushi conspired to create a rambunctious, subversive college comedy that continues to resonate.” When the film was released, Universal Studios spent $4.5 million to promote the movie at select college campuses and helped students organize their own toga parties. The movie was a box office success, earning over $141 million off of a $3 million budget. In 2001, it was deemed culturally significant and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

This is an absolutely funny movie to watch. The acting was good, with John Belushi (Bluto) turning in one of his best performances ever. The plot was somewhat a stereotypical misfit group verses establishment story but the writing and the various sight gags that were used helped make this movie more memorable. As for the comedy itself, some of it… ok, most of it might be considered crude or offensive but it was still funny. From the part with the horse dying (the freeze frame of the horse when the shot goes off is priceless), to Bluto’s pretending to be a zit, to the fiasco at the parade, and everything else adds up to a lot of laughs. So if you want to laugh about how crazy college could be, then you should definitely watch this movie.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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June 28th, 2016 Movie – Naked Massacre

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Well I have finally reached the second half of the alphabet in my collection. It only took almost two and a half years to do so. So, how do I start off a new letter? Well apparently I start with a movie from the Chilling Classics box set. I think it may be too early in the morning for the disappointment this movie might bring me. But I must proceed in my self-imposed endeavor so let’s continue with today’s movie, The Naked Massacre.

The plot: Cain Adamson is a Vietnam vet making his way home when his ship stops in Belfast as the city is gripped in the ongoing violence between the Catholics and Protestants. Cain decides to stop in a church but during the sermon, a bomb goes off, injuring and killing several people and Cain just sits there at first until the priest finally convinces him to help. Trying to find another ship to take him home, Cain finds out that there is nothing coming for a month and he is forced to figure out what to do for money. While hanging out at a bar, he notices a large group of nurses sharing a house across the street. After staying the night at an army base, he talks with another man from Vietnam and wonders why he left Vietnam or why he even went in the first place. Later, he winds up rescuing a hooker from two men and she takes him back to her place as thanks but when the hooker tries to take off his pants, he ends up kicking her away and leaves. Cain ends up walking by the nurses’ home just as they are having a birthday party for one of the nurses, but one of the nurses had gone out shopping and ends up getting trapped by a shootout until she is pulled to safety by the police. Cain leans on the side door to the house and when it opens, he finds himself in the kitchen just as one of the nurses enters it. Cain asks for some food and the nurse gives him some but is nervous about Cain being there and commenting that she looks like his wife and after he leaves, she quickly locks the door. That night, Cain breaks into the nurses’ house and takes all of the girls there hostage, demanding money so he can get back home. When he learns that one of the nurses is on night shift that night, he plans on tying up the girls, saying that their friend can free them when she gets home. Suddenly, they hear a drunk loudly trying to get into the bar across the street and when the bar keeper tells him to leave, the drunk makes his way to the nurses house. Cain grabs one of the girls and takes her to the door, threatening her with a switchblade before allowing her to open the door and hand the drunk a bottle of champagne before quickly closing the door. After tying up all the girls, he takes Amy, the one girl that he said reminded him of his wife, and leaves the room with her. He talks with her a bit and tells her that his wife had gotten pregnant by an friend of his who had been discharged before him, then proceeds to try and rape her but when she fights back, he ends up strangling her. Returning to the room with the girls, he grabs another girl, Jenny, and has her show him where the bathroom is and tend to the wound Amy gave him. Returning to the room, he notices a music box on a table outside it and when Jenny says that Christine gave it to her, he grabs Christine and takes both her and Jenny from the room, leaving the other girls to worry about what will happen to them. Downstairs, Cain has Jenny and Christine dance and then he has them undress. He then forces Jenny to go down on Christine but when she refuses, he proceed to whip he with his belt. Christine tries to grab the switchblade and stab him but he stops her and then he places the knife in Jenny’s hand and forces her to stab Christine. He carries Jenny to the kitchen to wash the blood off of her but she starts screaming and he ends up strangling her. Cain decides to gag the other girls as the last nurse, along with a friend, comes home. Cain quickly disables the lights and as the two nurses try to find their way in the dark, he quickly kills both of them. Returning upstairs, he notices one girl is missing and ends up finding her in a closet and stabbing her. Returning to the room, he stabs another girl then takes another one downstairs, who has been driven mad by everything and ends up killing herself. Cain goes back upstairs and lays down on the bed, not realizing that another girl was there and is hiding under the bed as he sleeps. In the morning, Cain wakes up and leaves the house. Later, he returns to the bar as he notices all of the ambulances and reporters at the nurses’ house. As he is listening to the conversation around the bar, he hears that there is one girl that survived but is in shock and he quickly pays the bar keeper what he owes, takes his bag and leaves. The police issue a reward for his capture, stating that the only thing they really have to go on is the killers tattoo on his arm that says “Born To Hell”. Later that night, Cain tries to kill himself by slitting his wrist and he passes out over the toilet. When he comes too, he finds himself restrained to a bed while the doctor tends to his wound. As the doctor cleans off Cain’s arm, he notices that tattoo and realizes Cain is the killer and Cain comments that 5000 pounds is a lot for a man that just wishes to die.

Wow. That’s about the best way to sum up what I watched, and that is not meant to be taken in a good way. This is a pretty twisted, messed up movie right here. Now I know that this movie was based on the real life events in Chicago, where a man named Richard Franklin Speck killed 8 student nurses at the dormitory they lived in. As for this movie, it was a pretty dark movie but it had some good things going for it. It is hard to really judge the acting on this one because the dubbing was absolutely atrocious in this. I mean bad to the point you hear the words or sounds before the people’s lips move. The story was good, albeit very dark. The main thing this movie had going for it was imagery, and there was a lot of powerful imagery at play here. Having the setting in Belfast and showing the violence that was occurring there added to the violence in Cain’s mind and the violence he would wind up inflicting. Definitely not something most people will want to watch.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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June 27th, 2016 Movie – Mystery On Monster Island

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Just when you thought I was done watching Jules Verne based movies, one more pops right up. Now I honestly did not know that today’s movie was based on a Jules Verne novel when I bought it. This was simply part of a B-movie double feature that I bought solely because of the title. It also helped that it had Peter Cushing in it, even though it was a minor role. So let’s go ahead and finish off the letter M with today’s movie, Mystery On Monster Island.

The plot: On a tropical island, three men are chasing after and shooting at another man named Flint. They wound Flint but he manages to duck into a cave so the follow after. Seeing an opening for a lower chamber, they climb down the ladder to search for Flint but find stacks of gold bars instead. Flint pulls up the ladder and says they will die down there but he ends up getting shot again. Flint grabs some dynamite and blows up the cavern but one of the men manages to escape but is severely burned. The man makes his way towards a long boat and makes his way back to the ship that brought him there. The captain of the ship, Taskinar, questions the man about the gold and the injured man hands him a gold bar but dies before he can say where it was hidden and Taskinar is forced to set sail for San Francisco. In San Francisco, Professor Thomas Artelect is teaching a dance class to his student Meg when they are interrupted by Jeff Morgan, who accidentally shoots the mirror in the room while shooting at some targets outside. Meanwhile, Jeff’s uncle William T. Kolderup is attending an auction and bidding on an island called Spencer Island when Taskinar shows up and tries to outbid him. When Kolderup bids $5 million, Taskinar storms off as the auctioneer calls out that the island is sold to Kolderup. Back at his mansion, Kolderup is speaking with Jeff and talking about having a party to announce the engagement of Jeff and Meg but Jeff wants to postpone the wedding until he has traveled the world, feeling he must do so to become a man in his own right. When Meg agrees with Jeff, Kolderup agrees to let Jeff go, then has Artelect accompany him. Kolderup and Meg see Jeff and Artelect off as they board one of Kolderup’s ships but as they set sail, Meg tells Kolderup she is worried she will never see Jeff again, while Taskinar watches them. As the ship sails along, Jeff finds a stowaway and the captain wants to throw him overboard but Jeff appeals to the captain to show mercy and the captain reluctantly agrees, to which the stowaway thanks Jeff. Some time later, Artelect rushes into Jeff’s room and tells him that the ship is on fire. Jeff and Artelect go looking for the crew and find them dead and strange monsters try to attack them. Jeff and Artelect are forced to jump overboard just before the ship explodes. Jeff comes too on an island and finds Atrelect covered in seaweed on the beach and the two go looking for more survivors as well as shelter. Taking shelter in a cave for the night, Jeff goes looking for food while Artelect tries building a fire. When Jeff sees some smoke, he tells Artelect that there might be other survivors on the islansd and they go looking for who started the fire but find a grave as well as small shelter. Exploring the shelter, they find a chest full of supplies and weapons as well as a chimpanzee, which they take back to the cave and start making it more habitable. Some time later, Jeff sees some natives coming ashore and he goes to investigate with Artelect. They watch as the natives tie another native between two trees and prepare to kill him but Jeff and Artelect chase off the natives and save the prisoner. The native thanks them in his native language and Jeff and Artelect call him Carefinatu, believing that to be his name. They start to take Carefinatu back to their cave when Carefinatu points out a large footprint on the ground. Suddenly, they are attacked by large dinosaur-like monsters and they are forced to hide in a nearby cave and escape out another opening. Reaching their encampment, the group work on strengthening the defenses around their cave. Later, they are on the beach to see if a boat they repaired will float when they are attacked by strange seaweed covered monsters and find themselves trapped but the chimpanzee manages to drop a rope ladder which they use to climb to safety. That night, a group of masked bandits approach their cave and after climbing over the fence, set fire to the door of the cave in order to smoke Jeff and the others out. Waking due to the smoke, Jeff, Artelect, and Carefinatu are forced to head deeper into the cave and discover a chamber filled with giant, steam-billowing caterpillars and are forced to run from them. Escaping the caterpillars, they find a chamber where the walls are made of gold but are forced to run when another monster attempts to attack them. Artelect falls into a water filled chamber and Jeff and Carefinatu jump in after him and, seeing light coming from a section of the wall, they swim underwater and come out on the shore of the beach. Seeing a ship in the distance, they attempt to start a signal fire but when that fails, decide to try using their boat only to find it has been smashed. The boat sails off and Artlect begins to despair, blaming Jeff for his being stuck on the island. The three men head into the jungle to find a new place to take shelter when they come across Dominique Blanchard, who had been shipwrecked on the island for a year. Dominique takes them to the cave she calls home. As they are eating and dancing, the bandits approach the cave but Carefinatu sees them approach and manages to hide while the others are taken captive. The leader of the bandits asks them where the gold is and when they threaten to kill Dominique, Jeff tells them, but gives them the wrong directions. As the bandit leader and most of his men head off, Carefinatu manages to knock out one of the guards while the other runs due to the volcano erupting. Carefinatu frees Jeff and the others and they head back to Dominique’s cave but realizing she doesn’t have any weapons, they take the gunpowder she has and head back to their own cave. When the bandits attack them, Jeff and the others manage to hold them off for a while but are forced to retreat back into the cave. Barricading the door, they escape into the cave while Jeff uses the gunpowder as a bomb. Jeff and the others make their way through the cave and the bandits follow but when they see the gold walls of the cavern, the leader decides to kill them. Jeff uses the last of the gunpowder to cause a cave-in that scares off the bandits while he and the others escape. Reaching the beach, they decide to climb a hill to get a better look at things. Carefinatu suddenly begins speaking English and he explains that he is an actor and that everything was set up by Jeff’s uncle but the bandits are real, and Dominique says she doesn’t know anything about it. Seeing their ship in the distance, the group head to the beach, where they are greeted by Meg and Kolderup and some of the ship’s crew. The bandits appear and surround the group and the leader reveals himself as Taskinar. When the volcano erupts, Jeff manages to draw his pistol on Taskinar but Dominique holds a pistol on Meg, revealing that she is working with Taskinar and forcing Jeff to drop his gun. When some fireworks explode on the beach, Jeff and the sailors attack the bandits and manage to overpower them while Meg manages to subdue Dominique but Taskinar escapes only to be captured by the stowaway, who was also in on the charade and they all prepare to head back to San Francisco, as Jeff feels he has had enough adventure on the island to last a life time.

So this was an interesting example of the typical 80’s low budget movie. The acting was ok but while Ian Sera (Jeff) was kind of one dimensional as far as a lead character, David Hatton (Artelect) was great as comedic relief, especially with his interactions with the chimpanzee. The plot was interesting and did provide a decent twist but it was a bit predictable. The special effects were definitely on the low end of the scale, as the monsters looked really bad, even though they were supposed to be bad. I also thought it was stupid that the “monsters” that attacked the ship were holding flares, as that should have been a major clue that they were fake. It’s not a bad movie but it is definitely one of those ones that made a living on late night cable showings.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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June 26th, 2016 Movie – Mysterious Island (2012)

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Looking up the title Mysterious Island pulls up over a dozen possible entries, and yet I only own three of them. I honestly don’t know if I should try and rectify that issue or not. Anyways, today’s movie is the last version of Jules Verne’s classic novel turned into a movie and of course, it is probably the most sci-fi oriented one of the bunch that I own. Now personally, I would have probably got this movie just because the director was Mark Sheppard and I think he is hilarious in Supernatural as Crowley but then again, I probably would have bought it because I love cheesy sci-fi movies. Either way, I bought it and now it’s time to watch the most recent movie based on Jules Verne’s classic novel, Mysterious Island (2012).

The plot: In 1865 Virginia, a group of Union prisoners are being escorted by some Confederate troops when they are met by Bonaventure Pencroft, who is escorting journalist Gideon Spilett to join the prisoners. Spilett questions Pencroft about a balloon he noticed earlier and Pencroft threatens to shoot him when some cannonballs explode nearby, knocking everyone to the ground. Captain Cyrus Harding yells for his men to run and the prisoners all take off, with Pencroft trying to get his men to go after them. The prisoners manage to avoid a Confederate patrol and after Spilett introduces himself, Cyrus introduces himself and the other prisoners; fellow Union soldiers Neb Nugent and Herbert, as well as Tom Ayrton, a Confederate deserter. Trying to escape Virginia, Spilett tells them about the balloon and they come up with a plan to deal with the guards and they get in the balloon. As Neb cuts the lines, Pencroft leads some Confederate soldiers towards them and manages to grab onto the balloon. Cyrus has Neb and Herbert bring him aboard and Pencroft threatens to shoot them if they don’t land the balloon. Spilett tries to reason with Pencroft and ends up getting shot and falling out of the balloon before Pencroft is restrained and Cyrus knocks him unconscious. As the balloon continues to sail in the sky, a strange portal opens up in the clouds and the balloon gets sucked into it. Pencroft wakes up on a beach with Neb, Herbert, and Tom but there is no sign of Cyrus. Tensions flare and Pencroft decides to survive on his own rather than join the others but that night he joins them by their fire as the hear something roaring in the jungle. Later that night, Tom wakes up and goes to get more wood for the fire when something grabs him. The next morning, Neb and Herbert suspect Pencroft has something to do with it but Pencroft claims to be innocent and offers to help. Neb and Herbert refuse his help and them men go their separate ways. Neb and Herbert follow a blood trail and come across Tom’s remains and wonder what could have done that to him. Meanwhile, Pencroft finds what appears to be a massive plantation house and when he tries the door, finds it unlocked so he heads inside. The island suddenly starts to quake and Neb and Herbert notice the sky taking on a strange color just before an airplane suddenly appears out of a portal and crashes into the jungle. Neb and Herbert head to the crash site and find Cyrus there using two torches to protect two women from some strange creatures. Neb helps Cyrus while Herbert helps get the women to safety just before Neb and Herbert drop the torches and run, just before the fuel from the plane explodes. The group begins making their way through the jungle, but one of the girls is injured and so they are forced to stop and rest for a while. While they are stopped, one of the women, Julia Fogg, talks to Cyrus and after introducing herself and her sister Abby, she thanks Cyrus for saving them. Cyrus then asks her about the plane, since he has never seen one before, and Julia wonders is also confused by some of the statements that he makes about escaping from a war. Continuing their journey during the day, Julia realizes that Cyrus and the others are from the Civil War and tells them that her and her sister are from the year 2012. Cyrus is relieved to hear that the women are from the US, and Julia confirms that the Union won the war, but she then explains that they might be in the Bermuda Triangle, and explains that it is a place where ships and planes have disappeared along with the people on board. The group eventually reach the house and Julia is surprised to find the first aid kit and flare gun from the plane on the steps. Cyrus and Neb check the house for dangers and find Pencroft in the bath. Cyrus, Neb, and Herbert tell Pencroft what they learned and they find out from speaking with him that he did not bring the first aid kit to the house, which means someone else is on the island. As it starts to get dark, Cyrus wants to make sure the house is locked up and well lit to keep the monsters out but Pencroft thinks that Cyrus is being foolish. He takes a torch and goes out to prove there are no monsters but Cyrus and the others call him back just as they hear something in the jungle and they see strange, plant-covered creatures rushing towards Pencroft. Pencroft makes it back to the house just as Cyrus uses the flare gun to shoot one of the creatures, causing it to burst into flames and scaring off the other creatures. Inside, the group make plans on how to escape the island and Herbert and Neb talk about seeing several ships on the nearby beach, including a pirate ship, and Pencroft agrees to go with them to help look. The next day, Cyrus, Julia, Neb, and Pencroft reach the beach and Julia seems excited to see some of the planes and ship that landed on the island, but the others don’t share her enthusiasm. Finding a small boat they can use, they debate on if they should take it and Cyrus says they will camp on the beach for the night to see if anyone comes for it and if not, they will take it. Back at the house, Herbert is trying to take care of Abby, who is acting like a spoiled brat, and as he goes to get her some fresh water, he is shocked to find the door to the house is open. Racing upstairs to Abby’s room, he quickly grabs her and has her hide under the bed before he joins her as someone enters the room briefly before turning around and leaving. Back on the beach, Julia wonders why the men all woke up on the other side of the island when all of the other boats and planes seemed to land on the side they are on. Hearing creatures calling out in the jungle, Cyrus says they should keep guard and Pencroft volunteers to take the first watch. In the morning, the others wake up to discover that Pencroft had tricked them and taken the boat for himself. Paddling out to sea, Pencroft stops to wave at the others but is soon attacked and killed by a giant octopus, an event that is seen by an old man elsewhere on the island. Cyrus and the others return to the house and find Herbert and Abby still hiding under the bed and Herbert explains what happens and points out a nearby volcano that is threatening to erupt. The next day, Cyrus and Julia head out to her plane to see if there is anything worth taking from it that will help them escape. Hearing something in the jungle, Cyrus goes to look and rushes back when he hears Julia screaming to find her being attacked by three pirates. Cyrus tries to fight them off but he ends up being saved when someone shoots the three pirates with a bolt of electricity. Cyrus and Julia turn to the man, who introduces himself as Captain Nemo, and after the introduce themselves, Nemo invites them to have some tea with him and he will explain things to them. Heading back to the house, they see Neb and Herbert setting up barrels of the pitchoil that Nemo had around the house to use as a deterrent for the creatures. Nemo leads Cyrus and Julia to a secret room under the house which turns out to be the Nautilus. After pouring them some drinks, Nemo explains how he wound up on the island. He had been testing a device that would allow him to travel through time when they were attacked by a giant octopus and as it had the Nautilus in it’s tentacles, a bolt of lightning struck the ship, overloading the device and causing it to open a hole in time. When Nemo and his crew awoke, they found themselves on the island with no way off thanks to the octopus, which attacked anything that came near the island, and so they decided to build the house on top of the Nautilus. When Julia asks about the crew, Nemo explains that they are all gone, victims of the island. As the tremors from the volcano occur again, they all head outside and notice one of the swamp creatures standing out in the field. Heading back inside the house, Cyrus explains his plan to get off the island to Nemo, planing to use lighting from the storm to power Nemo’s machine and open a portal that will take them off the island. Nemo has his doubts but when Cyrus explains that he was an engineer before the war and had been designing a smaller, lighter steam engine for one person locomotives, Nemo thinks they might have a chance. The group make their preparations to leave but one day, while Neb, Abby, and Herbert are working on the balloon, they find themselves facing several of the swamp creatures. Neb and Herbert flip the basket over on top of Abby in order to protect her while they try to fight off the creatures. When Cyrus and the other return, they find Abby is ok and Neb is wounded but Herbert is gone as well as Nemo’s time travel machine. Cyrus wants to go after the creatures to get the machine and Herbert back but Nemo refuses to go, and as he tosses a bloody handkerchief away, Cyrus tells Abby and Julia that Nemo is dying of consumption. The next day, Cyrus, Julia, and Abby head out to find the creatures’ lair and Cyrus finds the machine but when he sees the creature is actually a man, he realizes that the creatures are really Nemo’s crew, who have gone feral from being stuck on the island. Abby sees Herbert’s dead body and screams, causing the men to wake up and attack them but the three manage to escape and head back to the house. Cyrus goes to confront Nemo but finds him suffering from a severe bout of his illness. Nemo apologizes for not telling them about his crew and says that the island drove them mad then he tells Cyrus to leave him and escape with the others as he will soon be dead anyways. Cyrus heads up to the house and tells everyone to get to the roof and they fight off Nemo’s crew as they get ready to sail off in the balloon. Cyrus plans on using the lightning from the volcano to power the machine but they end up being blow out to sea. As the octopus tries to attack them, Cyrus uses Nemo’s lightning gun to attract a bolt of lightning, which strikes the balloon and powers the machine, opening a portal which they go through.

I’m on the fence on this movie but I probably would think better about it if they had a better ending. The acting was ok among most of the characters but I think that Abby (Susie Abromeit) was completely annoying. One thing that I will point out about this movie is a thought I had the first time I watched it. When I saw that William Morgan Sheppard was playing Nemo and that Mark Sheppard played the young Nemo, I thought it was interesting because it was not the first time that those two actors played older and younger versions of the same character, having previously played Canton Delaware in the Doctor Who episode The Impossible Astronaut. Of course, I then looked them up and found out that they are father and son, so the casting made perfect sense. The plot was about as loosely based on the original novel as you could get. In fact, the only thing that had anything to do with the original novel was the inclusion of Nemo and that the soldiers arrived by balloon. And I hate open endings like this where you don’t know if they successfully made it or not. I really hate those types of endings. The special effect were ok and in some cases better than the made for TV version but this was still a low budget movie. Nto the best version out there but it can be entertaining in the right light.

Rating: 2 1/2 out of 5

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June 25th, 2016 Movie – Mysterious Island (2005)

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Now that that brief bit of randomness is out of the way, time to continue with my normal batch of movies. Today’s movie was actually part of a boxed set I bought on the cheap which contained this movie as well as the 1999 remake of Journey To The Center Of The Earth. Just like the other remake, this was actually a two part mini-series when it first aired. Good thing it is the weekend so I have time to watch both parts since this is about 3 hours total time. So let’s work our way towards finishing the letter M with today’s movie, Mysterious Island (2005).

The plot: Three pirates arrive on an island looking for treasure but when they reach a tunnel, one of the pirates is attacked by a strange creature, prompting the other two to run away. At a Confederate prison camp in Virginia, two Union prisoners, Captain Cyrus Smith and Neb, are making plans to escape but they are overheard by another prisoner, Pencroft, and are forced to bring him along in order to keep him quiet. Cyrus goes to the medical tent to get a wound tended too and tells the nurse, Jane, who plans to accompany them with her daughter Helen, as it is too dangerous for Helen to stay in the camp. That night, Helen and Jane carry Pencroft through the gate to be quarantined and when the guards’ backs are turned, Cyrus and Neb knock them out and grab their guns to fire back at the other guards. They head towards a scouting balloon and manage to set it loose but one of the Confederate soldiers, Private Lemay, manages to grab one of the ropes and they are forced to pull him aboard. Drifting along in the wind, they eventually find themselves over the Pacific ocean when the balloon springs a leak. They toss everything overboard that they can in order to stay afloat and Lemay spots a nearby island. Realizing that they won’t make it, Cyrus tells everyone to stay on the balloon as long as they can in order to reach the island, then jumps overboard. The balloon reaches the island and passes over it before it crashes into the water on the far side of the island. Jane and Helen wake up on the beach and after looking around, find the balloon, where Neb, Pencroft, and Lemay all wound up, but no sign of Cyrus. An argument starts about what they should do next but it is quickly defused by Jane, who suggests that Pencroft and Lemay look for food and water while she goes with Neb and Helen to look for Cyrus but while they are looking for food, Pencroft and Lemay encounter a giant praying mantis which grabs and eats Lemay while Pencroft is able to escape. Meanwhile, Cyrus had washed up on the beach and is dragged off the beach by someone. Cyrus wakes up on a bed and explores his surroundings while looking for his friends as well as whoever saved him, eventually finding a hidden passage behind a bookcase that leads into a cave. Jane, Neb, and Helen find some water and run into Pencroft, who tries telling them about the giant bug, but they don’t believe him until Helen spots a graveyard filled with bones from giant animals. In the cave, Cyrus finds a generator and when he activates it, he sees a ship lit up on a dock down below. Cyrus heads towards the ship but is stopped by Captain Nemo, who plans to shoot him for trespassing but is stopped by his servant Joseph, who explains that he saved Cyrus. Nemo tells Joseph to take Cyrus back to the house and as he does so, Cyrus asks about the others but Joseph says he didn’t see them. Meanwhile, on another island, a bunch of pirates are fighting over the map/amulet that a pirate has when the fight is broken up by Bob Harvey, a vicious pirate, who grabs the amulet and then convinces the other pirates to sail with him to collect the treasure. Back in his home, Nemo talks with Cyrus during dinner and tells him that his friends are most likely dead but says he will have Joseph organize a search party. The next day, Neb, Jane, Helen, and Pencroft continue looking for Cyrus when they are attacked by a giant mosquito, which Jane kills. They then see a giant rat and Neb and Pencroft chase after it in order to kill it for food and while they are gone, Helen finds the other half of the map as well as a skeleton. Back at Nemo’s house, Cyrus realizes that he was lied to and gets the keys from Joseph so he can leave but when he comes to the perimeter fence, he learns that it is electrified when a giant cobra tries to attack him. That night, Nemo talks with Cyrus and tries to convince him to help him with his work but Cyrus is more concerned about his friends and Joseph convinces Nemo to find Cyrus’ friends in order to get him to help him. Back at the cave, Jane is attacked by a giant ant and the others try to save her but they are all saved by Nemo and Joseph, who brings them back to his home, where they are reunited with Cyrus. Wanting to know more about the island, they all ask Nemo questions and he says he will andwer them in the morning and as they all leave, Cyrus thanks Nemo and Nemo asks if he will reconsider his offer. The next morning, Nemo joins them for breakfast but when he notices Helen wearing the map, he accuses them of being greedy just like others who have come to the island and later, Joseph tells them that the map leads to a treasure that has been long sought after by pirates. Meanwhile, the pirates arrive at the island and Bob sends his first mate, Blake, ashore with a crew to find the second half of the map but Blake is knocked out and the others leave but are attacked by a giant chameleon. Nemo has invited Cyrus and the others on board the Nautilus and he tells them about how he left to the island after leading the Indian rebellion and developed a weapon that could destroy an entire city, using an element that is found only on this island. He plans to detonate the bomb in order to show the world leaders what would happen, believing it would stop future wars from occurring but Cyrus worries that it would merely make every country want such a weapon for themselves. Nemo wants Cyrus to help him finish the bomb but Cyrus has his doubts and refuses to help, causing Nemo to kick them out of his home. Jospeh gives them a satchel of tools to help them and they make their way through the forest but are soon attacked by a giant scorpion. They try crossing a log bridge over a waterfall to escape but when it chases after them, they jump into the water and are swept downstream. they climb on the bank but the scorpion followed them downstream but the manage to escape when it gets caught among some tree roots. The group eventually reach an old port and a boat, but the boat is too rotten to use. The scorpion appears and attacks Helen while she is in the port, then chases after Jane and Cyrus. The scorpion grabs Jane in it’s pincers and Cyrus jumps on it’s back and tries stabbing it. The scorpion ends up stabbing itself with it’s stinger and Pencroft stabs it in the head with a spear, killing the creature. Pencroft wants to return to Nemo’s but Cyrus says they cant and that they should make camp on the dock and then find a way to survive in the morning. The next day, they are exploring the island and see someone running through the forest and chase after him but soon lose sight of the stranger. They eventually come to the beach where they first arrived and Cyrus spots a cave in the side of a cliff. Using some of the wreckage from the balloon, they are able to climb up into the cave and make plans to turn it into their home. Meanwhile, Bob Harvey tells the man that left Blake on the island to get the ship ready to sail and the pirate thinks they are leaving but Bob Harvey explains that they are merely sailing to the other side of the island. Joseph tells Nemo about Cyrus and the others managing to make a life for themselves on the island, jokingly commenting about having neighbors, but Nemo still seems bitter at them for spurning his offer. One day, as Helen is gathering food, she runs into Blake and they are forced to take shelter during the rain. Helen invites Blake to come back with her but he says he might not feel welcome since he is a pirate and warns Helen to keep the map hidden, saying that pirates have killed for it. Bob Harvey arrives on the island with some of his men when they are attacked by the giant cobra but Bob Harvey kills it and they continue on their way. Meanwhile, Jane and Helen are walking along the beach when a giant crow flies towards them and grabs Helen, carrying it off towards it’s nest. At the nest, Helen calls out for help and is saved by a strange man, who throws a pair of spears into the crow and kills it while Blake grabs Helen. The three reunite with Cyrus and the others, who were looking for Helen, and Blake says they mean no harm. Cyrus approaches the stranger, commenting about how he lead them to water and Blake recognizes the man as Atherton, a former member of Bob Harvey’s crew who had led a mutiny and wound up marooned on the island for 8 years. Cyrus invites them to stay and help them build a raft so they can leave the island but is concerned that Bob Harvey and his crew are still around. Some time later, Neb spots Bob Harvey’s ship anchored nearby and they rush to conceal the raft and hide in the cave. Helen wants to leave the map on the beach for the pirates to find in the hopes that they would leave but Cyrus says if it isn’t left where they found it then the pirates will know someone is on the island. At Nemo’s house, Joseph tells Nemo about the pirates and wants to help Cyrus and the others but Nemo refuses. That night, Helen sneaks out of the cave in order to leave the map where they found it but Pencroft sees her leave and follows her and sees her being captured by some pirates and taken back to the ship. Pencroft heads to the cave to tell the others and they make plans to rescue Helen. Using a log to carry them to the boat, Cyrus, Blake, Atherton, Neb, and Cyrus sneak onto the boat and Blake goes to find Helen while Cyrus and the others get a long boat to head back on. While they are doing that, Pencroft sneaks off and finds the medallion and grabs it but Neb sees him and warns him that it will cause trouble. Blake manages to save Helen and they get ready to leave but Bob Harvey catches Pencroft and Neb as they are trying to leave. A fight breaks out and Cyrus and the others manage to get away but Blake is shot and killed as they row to shore. When they reach shore, they find Jane waiting there with Joseph, who hands the men some repeating rifles that Nemo designed in the hopes it will help them with the pirates. The pirates arrive on the shore and after finding the raft, Bob Harvey spots the cave and they make there way there. Cyrus and the others begin firing at the pirates and the pirate fire back, with Joseph being shot in the process. Bob Harvey and Atherton end up in a standoff and Atherton convinces Bob to call his men off and Bob reluctantly agrees and they head back to the ship but a giant squid attacks them on the way. Joseph makes his way back to Nemo, who chastises Joseph for helping them but Joseph tells Nemo that Cyrus and his friends are innocent and that they could help Nemo remember what it is to be human before he dies. Bob Harvey makes it back to his ship and begins firing his cannons at the cave in an attempt to destroy it. Suddenly, the pirate ship explodes, having been destroyed by Nemo, and Bob Harvey is dragged underwater by the squid. Cyrus and the others find that the raft was destroyed and make plans to build a new one. Pencroft heads out to find the treasure and heads into the cave that the map indicates. He finds the treasure and is dragging it out of the cave when he is attacked by a giant spider. He manages to scare it off briefly and kill a second one but more keep coming and even though Neb arrives to help, Pencroft is grabbed by one of the spiders and carried away. As they hold a funeral for Pencroft, Nemo approaches them and tells them that the volcano is about to erupt and destroy the island. Nemo tells them that there is a boat on the far side of his compound that they can use to escape and says that he will meet them there, as he plans to return to the Nautilus to retrieve the papers on his work. As the volcano starts to erupt, Nemo ends up being trapped on board the Nautilus as the lava flow engulfs his ship. Cyrus and the others reach the boat and row to safety before the island breaks apart due to the eruption and row out into the sea, hoping to be rescued.

I know it was basically a TV mini-series but this still felt a lot longer than it really was. The acting was ok but, and this might sound sacrilegious to some, I felt that Patrick Stewart kind of put in a lackluster performance as Nemo. I did like Vinnie Jones as Bob Harvey and thought that Jason Durr (Pencroft) had the most character. The story was interesting and while there were obvious differences between this movie and the earlier version that I own, most of those differences didn’t detract from it too much. The special effects could have been better but that just goes to show some of the differences in budget with TV and movies. Still, the biggest drawback to watching was the time, as it really did feel too long. There were some of the slower paced scenes that could have been shortened or even cut to make things keep moving. If there was more action, than you wouldn’t really have noticed the time but with the slow pacing that was in most of this movie, it made a big difference. Not a bad DVD to watch but make sure you have plenty of free time if you want to watch both parts together.

Rating: 2 1/2 out of 5

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June 24th, 2016 Movie – Center Stage

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I have pretty much done something that will have some rather scary consequences for the future of this blog. See, last week I was hanging out with some of my friends and I borrowed a movie from my friends Emily and Mark. I know this may come as a surprise but I don’t own every movie ever made and sometimes I need to rent or borrow them if I want to watch them. Anyways, Emily said that since I was borrowing the movie I could write a blog about it but I told her I couldn’t because I didn’t own it. I swear I actually saw the light bulb pop up over her head and I just knew that at some point, I would soon own a movie I probably didn’t want. Which brings us to yesterday, and my getting this movie in the mail and I know that there will more than likely be more movies coming in the future. So let’s laugh at my own stupidity and good naturedness while I watch today’s movie, Center Stage.

The plot: Jody Sawyer auditions to be accepted into the American Ballet Academy and in spite of the scout’s thinking she has bad feet, she gets accepted. Arriving in New York, she meets her roommates Eva Rodriguez and Maureen Cummings, as well as Erik “O. Jones” Jones, Sergei, and Charlie Sims. On the first day of class, Jonathan Reeves, the company’s director and choreographer, gives an introduction speech, telling the class that most of them will not make it. During their first class, Eva gets on the instructors bad side for not being in proper attire and her attitude, while Jody is told to pay closer attention to her moves and Maureen is shown to be a star student. After class, Jody, Eva, Maureen, and two other girls go down to watch the guys class when they see Kathleen Donahue walk by. The girls then talk about the scandal from last year, where Kathleen was dating Cooper Nielson, the company’s star performer, when she suddenly broke up with him to marry Jonathan, as the two had been having an affair, and Cooper yells at her during a class. Later, Maureen goes to see her mom and they discuss her chances of being selected to join the company as she list all the other girl’s faults. Later in the week, the class attends a performance done by American Ballet Company, where Cooper and Kathleen star in Romeo and Juliet. Afterwards, Jonathan introduces Cooper to Joan Miller, an recent widow that Jonathan hopes will invest in the company and is using Cooper to entice her. Charlie, Emily, Erik, and Jody sneak off to the stage and witness Cooper and Kathleen talking. As the girls are leaving, a server that was flirting with Maureen stops them and attempts to get Maureen’s name and their friend Emily tells it to him as the leave. As classes continue, Jody and Eva both continue to get called out for their faults and Jody is called into Jonathan’s office and told that she probably won’t make it as a dancer. Maureen goes out on a date with Jim, the man that was flirting with her, and she has fun but when she returns to the dorm, she throws up, showing that she is bulimic. Charlie, Erik, Eva, Jody, and Sergei go out for drinks and dancing at a salsa club but are hungover the next day and punished for it. Jody decides to sign up for another class and is surprised to see Cooper in the class as well. After the class, Cooper and Jody talk and end up back at his place to have sex. As the classes continue, the dancers are chosen for the workshop performances and Jody, Erik, and Charlie are chosen to be in Cooper’s performance, which is a retelling of the events between himself, Jonathan, and Kathleen, while Maureen and Sergei are given the lead in Jonathan’s performance and Eva is placed in the back of the performance. The group head out on the town for Erik’s birthday and Maureen brings Jim with her but as they are out on the ferry, Jim hears Maureen throwing up but she passes it off as motion sickness. Meanwhile, Charlie asks Jody out but she says she can’t as she is seeing someone. As the rehearsals for the workshops continue, Maureen starts feeling the pressure between her mom pressuring her in dancing and Jim trying to get her to be herself and when Jim tries to talk to her about her bulimia, she storms off. Meanwhile, Erik injures himself during the rehearsal and Cooper decides to take his place, causing tensions to form between Charlie, Jody, and Cooper, as Jody realizes she was just a one night stand and Charlie is angry at Cooper hurting her. On the night of the performance, everyone is getting ready and when Jonathan’s performance goes on, everyone is shocked to see Eva dancing in Maureen’s role. Maureen’s mom Nancy gets upset and goes looking for Maureen and finds her in the lobby of the building. Nancy wants to know why Maureen is throwing her career away and Maureen explains that she isn’t happy dancing and it was more her mom’s dream than her own. Cooper’s workshop is next and Jonathan and Kathleen are embarrassed to see that part of it mirrors what happened with them, as well as mirroring the movie, but the crowd loves it and gives them a standing ovation. After the performances, Joan speaks with Cooper and decides to fund his dance studio, to the shock of Jonathan. Cooper tells Jody the news and asks her to be his principle dancer but she is called in to see Jonathan before she can answer. Facing Jonathan, Jody thanks him for what she learned in his class but says that she is going to Cooper’s company. Jonathan accepts Eva, Charlie, and Erik into the company while Sergei decides to go to San Francisco with his girlfriend and Maureen enrolls into a local university. When Jody tells Cooper she is joining his company, he tries to kiss her but she stops him and says she won’t date him, then asks out Charlie to the after party and he accepts and they kiss.

Center Stage met with mixed to negative reviews, earning a 40% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The critical consensus on the site is that, “Critics say that if you’re willing to suffer through soap opera-like dialogue and plot to see some excellent dancing, this movie is for you. Otherwise, you might be better off renting Fame.” The film was a mild box office success, earning over $26 million off an $18 million budget. In spite of the low box office, a direct to cable sequel was filmed and premiered on the Oxygen Network in 2008 and a second sequel is scheduled to premier on Lifetime in 2016, tomorrow as a matter of fact.

You know, when I was reading the back of this movie, I made a comment to my friend that it sounded like Fame and I find it funny that the critical consensus on Rotten Tomatoes basically said the same thing. So the moment you are waiting for, what did I think about this movie. This isn’t my cup of tea as far as movies go but……it was a decent movie. The acting was pretty good among the various characters and the movie tried to do a good job of showcasing all of the different characters and their own issues. The story actually felt a little weak, and seemed to rely more on the various character dramas than any real plot to progress the movie. The dance choreography did look really good and the various dance numbers were entertaining. If you like dancing or romantic, teenage dramas then you will probably enjoy this movie.

Rating: 2 1/2 out of 5

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