Take the flight of your life with ‘Final Destination’

After my shocking discovery that I liked “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” I thought I would dive deeper into the horror genre and watch a beloved horror genre. And no, it’s not “Saw.” You already know because you can read. I plan on diving into the entire franchise so let’s get started with the first movie, “Final Destination.” Not to be confused with “The Final Destination,” that’s the fourth movie.

There are No Accidents. No Coincidences. No Escapes. YOU CAN’T CHEAT DEATH. 

“Final Destination” was released in 2000 and is the beginning of the franchise. It was directed by James Wong ( Episodes of “The X-Files” and “American Horror Story”). Some of the stars in the movie are Kerr Smith (“Dawson’s Creek” and “Charmed”), Ali Larter (“Heroes” and “Legally Blonde”), and Devon Sawa (“Little Giants” and “Caspar”). Oh, and Seann William Scott is in here too. Yeah, Stiffler from “America Pie.” The cast is rather good. The acting is good while some are better than others. Ali, Kerr, and Devon are the standouts. Kerr though did a phenomenal job. He’s probably the most underrated actor from this time period. He played a dick very well.

The film follows a group of high school students and their teacher as they try to cheat death. After Alex (Devon) got them kicked off a plane due to a premonition he saw, the plane exploded killing their fellow classmates and everyone on board. Because of this, they must stay together in order to keep each other alive and figure out who is going to die next.

Iconic

This film was such a wild ride. While it didn’t have a physical killer, it was still scary enough because it was all real things that could kill you. Sure, there was a little of the supernatural flair to it. But all of the deaths that happened are things that could easily happen. It’s not a killer chasing them with a weapon. It’s stuff like a bus hitting someone not paying attention, something falling on you and just killing you instantly, or someone getting into a super bad car accident. This horror movie got you because it could actually happen more than a creeper in a mask.

The production on the film was probably ahead of its time. Everything was done so well from the camera shots to how they presented the deaths. The deaths were the best part of the entire movie for the simple reason they looked so real. There wasn’t too much gore but rather just the right amount. If they had too much, then it would have been not real. After you watch the movie, you will start looking at things and think “man, this could kill me” no matter what it is. That’s how good the production was.

My only complaint that I have was the fact there wasn’t too much to the plot and character development. While we do get to know a little about the characters, it’s minor due to them being killed off one by one. The main three (Devon, Kerr, and Ali) are the only ones we really get to know the best and even then, it’s not enough to make you feel something. The deaths are just deaths. You don’t feel anything went they die. If you look at “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” the deaths you felt for because you knew about the characters and what they are going through. You really don’t get that in “Final Destination.” It’s all superficial. You feel more for the way they day than who is died.

Verdict

“Final Destination” is a great horror movie. It’s scary because of how real the deaths are and how they show them. It shows how easy you can literally die just by walking down the street and living your life. The downfall of the movie is that there isn’t anything to the plot and little to no character development. The deaths of the characters are superficial. You feel more for how it happened and not for the fact a character just died. I do recommend this movie. It’s available on Netflix. I do think everyone should watch it.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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Pucker up with ‘The Kissing Both’

Like Victoria Justice think they all always sing and not just Ariana Grande Butera, I think WE ALL have been sleeping on most of the original movies that Netflix has been producing. So I though it was time to look into what some are considering a hidden gem of the Netflix movies. Pucker up because we’re discussing “The Kissing Booth.”

Meet Noah. He’s attractive but has toxic masculinity issues

It’s never great to hear your childhood crush say It’s super gross in your pants.

“The Kissing Booth” was released on Netflix in Spring of 2018. It’s based on the novel of the same name written by Beth Reekles. Directed by Vince Marcello (“Teen Beach Musical” and “Zombie Prom”), the movie stars Joey King (“Ramona and Beezus” and “Oz the Great and Powerful), Joel Courtney (“F The Prom” and “Super 8”), and Jacob Elordi (He’s from Australia, that’s why he’s so hot). Molly Ringwald is also in the movie. The casting in the movie is actually not bad. It’s Jacob’s first big role and the main cast was pretty much just a bunch of unknowns to a certain extent. The acting is rather good. It’s a little bit better than your average teen comedy acting.

The movie follows Elle Evans (Joey) as she has to deal with having a crush on her best friend’s Lee Flynn’s (Joel) older brother, and school heartthrob, Noah Flynn (Jacob). Noah and Elle end up sharing a kiss at Elle and Lee’s Kissing Booth at the school carnival. From there, their relationship starts to take a turn and Elle’s life gets turned upside down. Elle’s relationship with her BFF Lee starts to take a turn as well.

The movie left me with some thoughts. I enjoyed the movie overall. It was adorable while it stuck with the same troupes that once would get with a romantic teen movie. Girl falls for a boy who is she isn’t supposed to. Girl dates the boy and ends up hurting someone in the process. While the tropes are overdone and outdated, the way they did was original. Especially in this day and age when not a lot of things we see isn’t original.

The character development in the film is rather good. You get to know all the characters and their backstory. You can actually see how the relationship forms between the three main characters build and form and why the issues are issues. Not many movies or shows do that anymore. It was refreshing to actually see this unfold.

The one thing that I can’t overlook is the sexist overtones that are there between Noah and Elle. While it does come from a loving place, he was asserting authority over her during. He’s telling people to not date her in a threating manner, standing over her and telling her not to do things, among other things. And yes, I realize that saying “it came from a loving place” is making the behavior okay. But it honestly did if you fully watch the movie. The sexist overtones ended up being part of Noah’s character development and Noah slightly get over them still doesn’t make it okay but he grew throughout the entire film. But again, you can’t overlook it still.

Verdict

“The Kissing Booth” is an adorable movie that doesn’t just have the girl fall for the boy she shouldn’t but rather does it in an original fashion. The acting is decent from a cast that we really haven’t heard much from. The sexist overtones in the relationship between Noah and Elle are really what hurt the movie. It’s just something you can’t overlook. I recommend the movie, especially if you are just looking for a fun movie to enjoy.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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Get ready to avoid ‘F The Prom’

In every generation, there comes a movie where you watch and you just think to yourself “Man, this movie should get an Oscar.” Luckily, this movie isn’t that movie. I decided to watch “F! The Prom” and well, I slightly regret it. Here’s my thoughts on this movie so you don’t have to put yourself through the torture of watching it. You’re Welcome.

There’s no good quotes to go here

“F The Prom” was a direct-to-video movie released in 2017. It’s a teen comedy that was produced by YouTuber Benny and Rafi Fine, known as the Fine Brothers. Because it’s produced by them, there is A LOT of cameos from the cast of their “Teens React,” and “College Students React” series. Because it’s a direct-to-video release, you can only imagine the big names are in this movie. For the sake of time, I won’t list any of the actors besides the actual big name: Madelaine Petsch, aka Cheryl Blossom from “Riverdale.”

The movie is about a group of outcast that tries to seek their revenge on the popular kids after they made their lives miserable for all four years of high school. They then team with one of the popular girls that are scorned by those same people. They devise a plan to humiliate the prom king and queen that they chose.

Madelaine’s expression is me during this movie

The plot of this movie is inconsistent. It’s not consistent at all. It’s rather frustrating. The ending is the most frustrating part of the entire movie. There’s no pay off in the end. The main characters do ride off into the sunset but it’s not the ending you want. It’s not a fulfilling ending at all. It actually makes you hate the movie more. Like, what was the point of the entire film? The fact nothing came out of the plot set up through the entire movie just leaves you made because the last 92 minutes was a waste.

The acting in the film isn’t anything to cry home about. Madelaine performance is the best in the entire film. They pretty much had her play a bitchy and annoying version of Cheryl Blossom. Other than that, it was just all just okay or bad. Most so with on the okay side. It definitely felt a low budget movie that belongs in the Walmart $3.75 movie bin. Yep, It’s not even good enough for the $5.00 movie bin.

I would really like to see what happened behind the scenes because it seems like they stopped caring halfway through the film. This movie just seems extremely rushed and half-assed. Nothing about this film comes across as consistent and good. The only consistent thing about it is the fact that it’s not consistent. In concept, it could have been good. It’s been overdone but it still could have been good. It just wasn’t pulled off right in order to make this work.

The worst part of all of this is that the first half of the film, while still a hot mess, was at least trying to carry on the plot. It wasn’t until the second act that it seems like they abandoned the plot. It’s kind of like they threw their hands up in the air and said “F This Movie.” I think Shane Dawson’s movie “Not Cool” was a better movie and that’s saying a lot.

There really wasn’t any moral of the story to his film either. Like usually there’s some sort of important message. Especially when it has some sort revenge plot/story line. Nope, there’s none. If there is one, then it’s hidden behind all the crap. This movie was painful to watch.

Verdict

“F The Prom” is just a horrible movie. It had so much potential to it but it was just wasted. It really should have been called “F This Movie” because it was just a waste of time. There’s no happy ending that you want from the plot and the ending just makes the entire plot meaningless because there’s no real pay off to anything. I wouldn’t buy this movie because it’s honestly not worth it. It’s on Netflix for free.

Rating: 1 out of 5

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Forever Alone February ends with the classic ‘The Notebook’

It’s February and it’s a month of love. So every Friday in February, I’ll be watching and reviewing classic romantic movies throughout the month. So let’s celebrate love in honor of Valentine’s Day. Welcome to Forever Alone February. Didn’t expect that titled now did you?

It’s time for the last movie in our little Forever Alone movie club. I decided to end this movie club with what’s probably the popular romantic movie that has been made in the last 20 years. So let’s dive into the Nicholas Sparks movie that really put Nicholas Sparks movies on the map.

Click the titles for our past reviews:

“To All the Boys I Loved Before” |“Dear John”|“Brokeback Mountain

I think our love can do anything we want it to.

“The Notebook” was released in 2004. Directed by Nick Cassavetes (“My Sister’s Keeper”), the movie was based on the novel of the same name. It was the third Nicholas Spark novel to be turned into a movie. It starred Ryan Gosling (“La La Land” and “Blade Runner 2049”) and Rachel McAdams (“Mean Girls” and The Vow”). The movie itself wasn’t well-received by the critic but has gotten a cult following to it. It’s to the point that Freeform, formerly ABC Family, had their own extended version with deleted scenes added back in.

The movie follows the love story of Noah Calhoun (Ryan) and Allie Hamilton (Rachel). It’s set during the 1940s for all the flashbacks. Their love story is told in the form of an older gentleman reading the story to women in their nursing home in the present day. Allie comes from a rich, snobby family while Noah is a poor lower-middle-class worker. The two met one day at a carnival and ended up having a summer romance that Allie’s family doesn’t approve of. The movie follows the relationship from start to finish.

Honestly, this movie is overly hyped up. Sure, it’s not a bad movie but it’s not that great. The plot for the movie isn’t anything strong what so ever. The current time scenes weren’t as good as the flashbacks. The plot was just bland and kind of predictable. I mean, there’s only so many plots romantic dramas can do but this movie’s plot is not the best one. It does have those moments where you are like “aww that’s so cute,” but other than it. The plot is what holds back the film.

Rachel and Ryan’s chemistry for this was iffy in some points. Their acting though was the best in the entire movie. They portrayed their characters extremely well, especially with what they were given. The dialogue wasn’t anything to win an Oscar over. It was like the plot, just bland and predictable. With that being said, Rachel and Ryan’s characters are the only really likable characters in the entire movie. It could be because you become emotionally invested in them due to the acting. Or it could be with the fact that all the other characters kind of suck.

The one thing that pissed me off about this movie, was the ending. I’m not going to spoil it, but it was handled poorly. It literally just happened and faded into the credits. Like wtf? I thought there would be more to it than just that. Nope, it just ends.

The one thing that pissed me off about this movie, was the ending. I’m not going to spoil it, but it was handled poorly. It literally just happened and faded into the credits. Like wtf? I thought there would be more to it than just that. Nope, it just ends.

Let’s talk about Ryan Gosling

Gosling being a 1940s snack

I was going to also rate Ryan Gosling like I did Ryan Phillippe, Channing Tatum, and the other hunks. Because why not rate hotties? As I was working how to rate him, I’ve come to realize that I’m on the fence with how to rate him and his character in this films. Sure, Ryan Gosling is extremely attractive in this film but his character is kind of a little bitch in the film. Like he’s an attractive little bitch but yet, annoying little bitch.

It’s what I like to call the “Little Bitch Factor,” that makes me question whether I would rate him a 6 out of 10 or an 8 out of 10. For this reason, I’m going to have to call it a draw because I’m confused.Confused about what makes Ryan Gosling unattractive and attractive in this movie. Ryan Gosling has lest me more confused about what I find attractive than anything else in this movie.

Verdict

“The Notebook” is a good movie but it’s not as good as what everything thinks it is. The overhype surround the movie is probably what hurts the movie the most. Ryan and Rachel’s acting is what makes a predictable and bland movie enjoyable. I do recommend watching this movie as it’s a classic. I do recommend watching the movie like Rachel McAdam’s is playing Regina George. It makes everything more enjoyable. It is so fetch. But this movie is one you need to watch.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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