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Radio Rebel = Disney’s Version of Gossip Girl

February 17, 2012 3 comments

Disney Channel’s new Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) Radio Rebel that focuses on a shy girl who escapes her withdrawn shell by hosting a radio show and no one knows who she is.  Tara (Debby Ryan of Disney’s The Suite Life on Deck and Jessie) radio show examines the life at her high school in Seattle.

Very much like the book and TV series Gossip Girl, Tara acts as the West Coast’s version of the Gossip Queen…minus gossiping about her classmates.  Instead of blogging about the Upper East Side, Tara’s position as Radio Rebel to try to fight the social hierarchy that goes on at her high school.

As this movie progressed, it is clear that this movie – as with pretty much all DCOM movies – serves as an after school special.  Radio Rebel showcases that you shouldn’t be afraid to do what you think is right, even if it costs you something that is important to you.

All though I enjoyed the plot line and the concept, but Disney seems to be focusing a fair amount of their DCOMs lately towards music themes: The High School Musical seriesLemonade MouthThe Cheetah Girls Series, Camp Rock and Camp Rock 2.

I wish that Disney Channel would have waited until it was closer to prom time to premier this film since prom is one of the important things that is film focuses on prom.

Radio Rebel is a good film with a pretty good script; but I am sure that this film would have been better suited as some background noise for me since – unlike some movies that Disney has – the plot line doesn’t tug at my heart-strings.

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Frenemies Movie Review

January 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Frenemy: vrb., a person who is a friend to your face, but is actually an enemy.

Frenemies: a Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) that first aired on January 13, 2012.

Movie Review

The movie centers around three sets of friends and how different situations came up that put each friendship at risk by turning these friends into enemies.  This movie centers around three different sets of stories that are intertwined with each other.

The first story centers around Jake Logan (Nick Robinson) and his best friend is Murray, a dog.  Jake ends up putting aside his friend for Julianne (Stefanie Scott) because she wanted to use Jake for his brains and Jake had a thing for her.  As Jake works on the on the science project, Murray get’s jealous of Julianne’s relationship.  When Murray runs away, he ends up at Savannah’s.

With Halle Brandon (Zendaya Coleman) and Avalon Greene (Belle Thorne), they run an online fashion blog  called ‘Geekly Chic’ that has the chance to become an actual magazine.  Yet, the company that wants to do this forces the girls to compete against each other for the Editor-in-Cheif position, a dream that both have and will do anything to achieve.

With the third story, we see a story of Savannah O’Neil and Emma Reynolds (both played by Mary Mouser) could be mistaken for twins.  Savannah is very much the tomboy downtown contradiction to Emma’s proper uptown persona.  Per suggestion of Halle and Avalon, the two switch places for a week and quickly learn that they had the best lives to start off with.

Even though the three stories where connected, they where connected the first and last third of the movie.  I think that if the movie would of been more intertwined and then each of then being told straight through.  The actors did a great job, but I believe that the screenplay could of been written better.  I think that the three stories where good, but I really think that if the three stories where intertwined even more, then the movie would of been one of the best DCOM movies since the ‘High School Musical‘ film series.

Footloose Remake Movie Review

October 18, 2011 Leave a comment

The remake of the 1984 classic Footloose was worth seeing. With having seen the original movie, seeing the remake of Footloose was interesting.

Considering that there is a 26 year difference between the two, that’s a good time difference.  I know that there are people who have seen the classic probable can’t, as Jake Hertwig told me at the movie theater while I was on a potty and concessions break, “Can’t Give up the Bacon.”  Yet, I didn’t feel like I gave up on the Bacon, but rather I got to try the same dish prepared with different ingredients.

Kenny Warmold was able to provide his background of dancing to the part of Ren.  Julianne Hough was able to spice up the part of Ariel a bit more.

But what made the movie better and equals to the original wasn’t the actors; but rather the music.  The theme song of the movie still played, both at the start and at the end of movie with the same-if not very similar-dance number.  Yet, my personal favorite dance scene was at the club/bar to the country like number:

I would say that this remake, all though not what every Footloose fan may like; it’s still a fun watch.  Mainly since the movie did stay try to the original while making a name for itself and we can’t completely compare the two since there is a near three decade difference between taste in dance, music, and film.

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New York Minute Movie Review

August 21, 2011 1 comment

Twin sisters Jane (Ashley Olsen) and Roxy (Mary-Kate Olsen) couldn’t be any more different.  Jane is the organized-must-always-be-organized sister; where as Roxy is the go-with-the-flow-skipping-school sister.  Jane has a speech to give for a fellowship that will pay for her tuition for Oxford University; while Roxy wants to crash a Simple Plan Video Shoot to give her demo CD to Simple Plan’s manger.

But as they try to reach their destinations; they end up on a crazy adventure.  They end up being kicked off their train, getting hit with a puddle of water, being chased by a wannabe Chinese Mobster (who isn’t Chinese), and several other little things like being on the edge of a hotel window in bathrobes and towels and falling in love with cute guys:

Jared Padalecki plays the very attractive Trey Lipton; the son of Senator Ann Lipton (who is apart of the committee that is give out the fellowship that Jane is trying to get).

Trey falls madly in love with Roxy when he walks into the hotel suite that he and his mom is sharing expecting to just take a shower (hence him being shirtless); but finds Roxy doing on his bed in a hotel bathrobe and doing a sexy hair flip.

Jane’s love interest is the very attractive bike messenger Jim (Played by Riley Smith).  They keep on running into each other…literary.

But when Jane really needs help going 111 blocks; Jim lucky shows up just in in and bumps into her again to help her out.  While Jane and Jim rush to the presentation that she has to give; Trey and Roxy go where Roxy pretends to be Jane and tries to give Jane’s speech.

Once Jane and Jim arrive; everything unravels and they wrap up what happens by explaining what happened with the crime ring that Jane and Roxy got involved in by accident.

We also got to see Roxy and Jane mend the fences that had separated them since their mother had died.

I really enjoyed this movie just because it showed everything that could go wrong can; but you can still excel as long as you have tenacity.  Plus, it was fun watching  Eugene Levy work with Mary-Kate and Ashley.

This movie was a fun movie to watch just because of the fact that this was more of a dramatic movie in terms that it is an action packed comedy with all of the twists and terms that made the movie very funny.

Teen Spirit Movie Review

The movie Teen Spirit starts out around the prom time at Ashley High School.  Amber is the school’s ‘queen bee’ and is determined to get every single vote for being for being prom queen; while Lisa (Lindesy Shaw) could care less.

We see how Amber’s mom doesn’t focus on Amber, which begs to ask the question of “is that why Amber is self-centered?”  Unlike Amber’s mom, Lisa’s mom is too involved.

At the prom; Amber forces her date to parking spot that ends up later causing a power outage that ends up killing Amber.  Amber’s spirit is stuck in limbo; where she learns that she has to take Lisa and turn into Prom Queen at the makeup prom.

When Amber goes to make contact with Lisa; Amber finds out how much she really isn’t liked and has a hard time getting Lisa to listen at first.

Amber uses her ghost-like powers to help Lisa get fall into Lisa’s crush’s arms…in a romantic slow motion way.

Lisa gets a make over-with the help of Amber’s fashion powers-and a crash course on how to be popular-or at least acting like it.  But as Lisa gets more and more popular; Lisa becomes how Amber use to be prior to when Amber died.

I believe that this movie seems to be somewhat of a cross between of Mean Girls and She’s All That with a twist.  It was an interesting movie to watch.

All though it did seem to have been over done to a certain degree in terms of being repeative; I am glad that the writers of the this movie where able to find a way to keep it fresh enough for me.

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Review of Maureen Gibbon’s ‘Thief’

Maureen Gibbon-who I will admit, is one of the professors I have here at BSU for my Creative & Professional Writing major-was able to write a very convincing story about coming to terms of one’s past that has affected their future.

Overview

Suzanne decided to rent a cabin in northern Minnesota-somwhere that is within the 4o some odd minutes of  the Walker & Bemidji areas-to get away from her life in the cities for the summer.  While she stays at the cabin she’s renting out; she decides to put a personal ad in a paper that leads to an interesting relationship with a prisoner at Stillwater Prison, Alpha Breville.

Breville helps Suzanne to come to terms to a certain degree of her being raped when she was sixteen as they write letters back and forth to each other; which leads to Suzanne to start visiting Breville.

Critique

Gibbon was able to write an amazing story about how when you try to hide from something after so long;

it catches up to you when youleast expect it and in a way you don’t expect.

All though it took me about a year to finish the book due to time commitments and homework; it was easy for me to remember what happened when I left off.

Also, it was nice being able to read a professor’s book that they had recently finished writing since Gibbon teaches several writing courses here at Bemidji State University such as Writing Fiction and Writing Creative Nonfiction.

From a student’s perspective; it was really great to check out a professor’s work since I was able to see more about writing from reading Gibbon’s work.  Gibbon was able to balance dilatory and exposition very well with her work.  Gibbon also made the characters very well.

I think that anyone would enjoy this book.

'The Outsiders' Book Review

I recently read S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders for one of my summer courses.  All though I enjoyed the book as a 21-year-old college junior, I’m sure if I read it when I was between the ages of 14 and 16, I would have enjoyed it even more.

The book follows Ponyboy and his gang in what appears for the majority of the book, a matter of less than 2 weeks.  During this time, we see how Ponyboy’s relationship with his brothers-Darry and Sodapop-is like after the death of their parents and the Ponyboy being the only one in the family in school.

We also see how important friendships is the ‘greaser’ gang.  After Jonny kills a Soc-short for Socials-he and Ponyboy run away and hide at a church at the suggestion of their gang’s leader Dally.

The rest of the book deals with the after math of this murder.  All though this book is not one I would of read on my own, I am glad I read it.  The Outsiders is a classic when it comes to Young Adult Literature.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is still in high school.  And if you read this book in high school, read it again.

When I read it, I thought about it from a student’s point of view and from an adult’s point of view.  Both were different just simply do to what I am interested in reading now compared to what I read when I was in my teens.

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