The Tracey Fragments

The Tracey Fragments is a movie reviewed for ya by my bro Dean D.  Check it out and see if you agree. I plan on it. Especially since I never even heard of it.

Ellen Page stars as Tracey Berkowitz, an anguished, bullied, self-hating Canadian teenager in a film improbable and extravagant. Page’s acting is incisive, but her character is burdened with parents who are arrant fools, both of them, and she herself goes off to search for her much younger brother, Sonny, who has been missing for two days. It must be said it seems a hopeless quest: how does she know he wasn’t abducted? And get this: he disappeared after Tracey hypnotized the boy into thinking he was a dog! Tracey is mercilessly bullied by girls and boys alike. What, really, is behind this? Even her temporary boyfriend ends up being mean to her. Maureen Medved’s screenplay leaves the impression that no one likes the fact that Tracey has no breasts.

The next subject is the work of director Bruce McDonald. His multi-frame procedure, with freeze frames, distortions, repeated snatches of speech, etc. hauled in, is actually multi-frame artiness. Rarely was I pleased with it.

High School Musical 3

Dean's Movie Review

So many dubious words have been written about this Disney lark, sequel to the TV specials, that I decided to respond with my own review.

Now a big-screen item, the movie benefits from having mainly the same cast as the debut “HSM” and “HSM2,” the former of which I have seen (and enjoyed), the latter of which I haven’t. I’m not a good judge of choreography but that which Kenny Ortega, the film’s director, and two others have provided seems impressive to me. Continue reading “High School Musical 3”

Observe and Report – Bi Polar Security Guard

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The naive, brutish and bipolar security guard played by Seth Rogen is a very interesting figure, but the other characterizations are what sink this comic film. The guard’s mother, the Ana Faris character–they’re sketchy, underwritten, uninteresting. Worse, “Observe and Report” is very often unfunny.

A flop.

Guest post by My bro Dean D.