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Project X is a waste of time

3 Jul


Project X has become the most recent target of my criticism because this vulgar, mean-spirited, disgusting and not very funny film fails on so many levels that I warn everyone to save their 90 minutes and watch something else, even a Pauly Shore movie is better. I am still perplexed to how Michael Bacall of 21 Jump Street and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World could write such a poor script.

Three high school seniors with no reputation throw a birthday party for Thomas (Thomas Mann) with the hopes of making a name for themselves. Costa (Oliver Cooper) begins to advertise their party through social networking sites and quickly the party and the film begins to spiral out of control. This “found footage” flick lacks credibility and by the time the flame thrower appears I want to pass out.

One good thing, Project X did want me to throw a party to show these three stooges how it is done.


Adam’s Grade: D

Chuck’s Grade: N/A

Kill Me Again and again and again

23 May


I first saw Kill Me Again on VHS in the early nineties and thought it was an entertaining thriller with a modern film noir twist. Unfortunately, the movie was not called Live on Forever because it was found in the $1.99 DVD pile with other forgotten titles from 1980s featuring notable actors. Watching it again twenty-three years later gives me an opportunity to re-evaluate the film from a different perspective. I still think the story is good, but its execution is clunky at best. Val Kilmer’s acting is above par and his then wife Joanne Whalley-Kilmer is a serviceable femme fatale, but Michael Madsen’s limited range has become comical over the years to the point I cringe every time he takes a moment to wince his eyes and speak. Besides Madsen’s one note performance and Kilmer’s button down shirt tucked into his jeans the film still has some value. It’s worth at least $1.99.


Chuck’s Grade Twenty-Three Years Ago: B

Chuck’s Grade in 2013: C

Adam’s Grade Twenty-Three Years Ago: NBY (Not Born Yet)

Adam’s Grade in 2013: D

The Mexican is more like Mexican’t

27 Nov

This Mexican is simply one of the worst movies I (Chuck) have ever seen in a theater. It makes my bottom ten list despite the fact Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, and Gene Hackman star in this feature that pretended to be a romantic comedy.  The relationship in this film is the farthest thing from romantic.  Roberts and Pitt have minimal screen time together, which makes it difficult for audiences to invest in their relationship.  The disconnect between the two characters is found throughout the film. Director Gore Verbinski should have recognized these obvious flaws in J. H. Wyman’s script and negotiated some re-writes that but it seems like everyone was interested in collecting an easy paycheck for a movie guaranteed to make money with its star power.  As for the film being billed a comedy, there is only one joke (El Camino line) that is remotely funny.  A better title would have been The Mexican’t


Chuck’s Grade: F

Adam’s Grade: D