From an advance screener copy provided by the filmmakers.
Middle school provided some of the worst moments of my childhood. Kids were reaching peak immaturity before high school came along when we all had to make important decisions about launching our adult lives. Cents, written and directed by Christopher Boone, captures the atmosphere where kids only think they have things figured out. While Cents is free of profanity and explicit stuff, there’s plenty of bad behavior.
Math whiz Sammy Baca (Julia Flores) concocts a major tweak to her school’s penny drive program. She convinces the students operating the drive to tell one other person a day to give a penny, that other person gets another to give a penny, and so on. Sam didn’t think up a pyramid scheme out of the goodness of her heart; her taking a cut of the proceeds beats selling gum on school grounds. Penny by penny, Sammy’s saves up for a brand new toy. Sammy’s intelligent, but only at the end of the movie she shows empathy, contrition, and even a bit of wisdom.
These girls aren’t criminal masterminds, so complications arise in executing the plan and egos are bruised. Because I had trouble keeping up with names, I made names for the other members of the group: ex-BFF, Mean Queen Selena Gomez lookalike, and MQSG’s lackey. The young ladies do fine portraying basic character types, but cartoonish MQSG acts as though she’s on The Suite Life of iCarly or whatever. Continue reading “Cents Movie Review”
Drumline: A New Beat steps up on VH1 premiering 27 October. The Fox TV Studios-produced sequel swaps genders for the lead as Alexandra Shipp’s Dani Raymond enters the faltering Atlanta A & T Drumline program. However, Nick Cannon will make an appearance, hopefully in a more harmonious role than gossip fodder. Continue reading “VH1 Takes “A New Beat” to Drumline”
I am going to try and tackle this one from all sides. Mirage, Nickelodeon, IDW…you name it. If you are a fan of the Mirage Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) you will walk out of the movie liking the teamwork and violence in it.
The underground music scene in Washington D.C. forever altered the definition of punk, taking it from nihilism and pulling it towards something constructive. Within this unlikely town in 1979, generations, musical genres and powerful personalities created a volatile mix that has influenced music and culture around the world.
This has been my favorite Transformers movie YET! I went in expecting the worst, after seeing the changes made to Grimlock, but walked out completely entertained. This new series builds on the first trilogy and does it in a way that you don’t have to watch all of the movies again. But if you watched Dark of the Moon again, it wouldn’t hurt.
As syrupy sweet Ping Pong Summer is, there’s a lingering aftertaste after experiencing the nostalgia sugar rush. Maybe others will or have liked it as a novelty, but I’ve become jaded after seeing many teen movies and TV shows. This indie comedy-drama is writer/director Michael Tully a love letter to 1980s fun, but that’s all viewers get. Continue reading “Ping Pong Summer Review”
The way we consume home video has shifted. The video store experience is becoming a relic of a not-so-distant time. Director Ben Churchill, a former employee of Video World Superstore of Waterbury, Connecticut, documents the final days of his old local store. The short documentary packs in a lot in information and nostalgia within 17 minutes. Continue reading “Video World Film Review”