Thursday, May 22, 2014

Rosewood Lane (2011)

Number Rolled: 7
Movie Name/Year: Rosewood Lane (2011)
Genre: Thriller
Length: 96 minutes
Rating: R
Affiliated Companies: Hollywood Media Bridge, IndieClear
Director: Victor Salva
Writer: Victor Salva
Actors: Rose McGowan, Lin Shaye, Lesley-Anne Down, Lauren Velez, Ray Wise, Bill Fagerbakke, Judson Mills, Rance Howard, Ashton Moio, Daniel Ross Owens, Sonny Marinelli, Steve Tom, Tom Tarantini

After Sonny Blake learns about her father’s death, she attempts to sell the old family house. When that effort fails, she decides to live there herself. After moving from the city, she learns that the paperboy is so psychotic that everyone in the neighborhood is terrified of him.

My arm was asleep during the majority of this movie, and I envied it.

It’s no secret that I don’t like Rose McGowan as an actress. I keep trying, though. I constantly add her movies to my list and watch them with an open mind. There’s just something about her. I think she’s horrible. In Rosewood Lane she has a few golden moments, however. In the very beginning when she’s crying, it’s brilliant acting. Most of the time, though, she’s just doing that pouty, “I have no personality,” thing that she does.

As for the story line, I can see where the writer was trying to go. Maybe the direction or the actors ruined it, but what was meant to come off as creepy wound up being more of a bad joke. Characters and circumstances were left unexplained and the story itself was more on the ridiculous side than anything else.

There were a few scenes that got the intended shock value across, but it never gained any kind of momentum.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 0%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 20%

Netflix’s Prediction for Me – 2.9/5
Trust-the-Dice Score2/5

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Dorfman in Love (2011)

Number Rolled: 33
Movie Name/Year: Dorfman in Love (2011)
Genre: Romance
Length: 91 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Affiliated Companies: IndieClear (Script Clearance)
Director: Brad Leong
Writer: Wendy Kout
Actors: Sara Rue, Scott Wilson, Sophie Monk, Keri Lynn Pratt, Elliott Gould, Catherine Hicks, Johann Urb, Kelen Coleman, Hayley Marie Norman, Jonathan Chase, Haaz Sleiman, Todd Grinnell, Sonya Eddy, Krizia Bajos, Sarah Ripard, Bubba Ganter

Deb Dorfman is underappreciated by her family. None-the-less, she’s surrounded by them. She works for her brother and lives with her dad and can’t seem to raise her self-esteem enough to stand up to them. When her crush goes off to a job overseas, she offers to watch his cat and is thrust into a situation where she needs to evolve.

I expect more from Indie movies. Since Indie movies aren’t held under the thumb of big production companies, I expect a certain amount of creativity; they simply don’t have to pander to the least common denominator. Unfortunately, some still do.

Dorfman in Love is a movie that offers nothing to its genre. It makes Indie movies look bad and is exactly the kind of movie that makes guys think “chick flicks” aren’t worth their time. Hell, this “chick flick” wasn’t even worth MY time, and I do this for a living. I spent the majority of the movie yawning.

There was a couple of amusing scenes, but everything else was just terrible. I wouldn’t recommend this movie at all.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 14%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 57%

Netflix’s Prediction for Me – 3.6/5
Trust-the-Dice Score1/5

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