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Monday
Sep192011

Movie Characters in Need of Manufacturer Warranties #atthemovies #movierentals

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Cheers to another Monday on the Monday Movie Meme tour. It's my turn to host again while Dale at Smurfin the Web gets ready for next week. This week's topic is BUYER'S REMORSE. Share on your blog movies featuring characters who purchased an item that later turned out to be more hassle than a great buy.

The purchased items in quetion in movies like this affect the characters lives in one way or another. These goods have usually become either annoying, tough to maintain, dangerous to the buyer or at the very least, cost the owners way more in the long run than what they initially paid to get it. Here are my movie selections for this week's Buyer's Remorse meme.

Child's Play

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The parents in this film got more than they bargained for when their son's birthday gift turns out to be a little devious killing machine. Just like Andy did at first, many kids in real life would likely find it strange that their toys' can talk without batteries but may not take it too seriously because they find it a little cool at first. The Good Guy Doll, however, uses a pretty vulgar vocabulary that extends well beyond what's on the manufacturer's label.

It's not too far fetched to consider Child's Play to be among the classic horror movies because it's scary, doesn't rely on special effects as much as some modern day horror movies have and uses an everyday item (the Toy) as it's main subject instead of a fictitious monster or masked character, so I do place it among classics.

Panic Room

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Jodie Foster and Forrest Whitaker stars in this suspense thriller where one of the biggest selling points that convinced a rich married couple to buy a new house becomes the very thing that the mother depends on to protect her and an ill daughter from a group of robbers who seem to become more dangerous by the minute.

The Amityville Horror (keep in mind that I only watched the 2005 version, so if the other ones differ in story, I have yet to notice)

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A Brady Bunch-like couple's dream house turns out to be less than desirable when haunted forces on the property make their lives a living hell. I guess no one told these home buyers to consider that a mass-murder of the previous residents may more important than saving a buck on the low-low price before playing Deal or No Deal with the agent offer on this little house of horrors.

I don't know about any of you but I think the main characters in these movies may want to check out the seller's return policy!

Stay tuned for some tidbits from my travels and visit to the 15th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival, which screened some great short and feature length films this year.

What movies would YOU add to this list on Buyer's Remorse?

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Monday
Sep122011

Disastrous Movie Plots #atthemovies #movierentals

Monday Movie Meme

It's another week on the Monday Movie Meme tour hosted by Dale at Smurfin' the Web and I. The current topic selected by Dale is "Natural Phenomena." Dale says, Rain or shine, there is always a movie about the weather or our planet that usually ends up in some kind of disaster or another. So, here is my pick for this week's Meme.

2012
The turn of events that took place during "2012" appeared to serve as an example of how personal or social connections (or lack thereof) can determine how far people can get in life, especially in an emergency. If the main character didn't know that rich Russian man through his job, he and his family probably would have died or at least faced a lot more danger than they did while trying to survive global cataclysm.

This movie could be a nice reality check for those that have doubts about the possibilities of our world changing forever, the aspects of life that we sometimes take for granted and and the importance of knowing people in high and low (Woody Harrelson's character is hilarious and seems to be mor conscious of what's going on than those around him) places.

"2012" is the only film that I can think of at the moment after noticing that my prime choice was already listed by a fellow Monday Movie Meme participant. Now, either Hollywood needs to start making more natural disaster movies or I need to find and watch more of the films that were released to date.

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Monday
Sep052011

The Worst Neighbors on Film #atthemovies #amwriting #amblogging #nowplaying

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It’s time for another stop on the Monday Movie Meme tour where participants are treated to a show each week by Smurfin’ the Web and I until The Bumbles returns to center stage. The topic for this week is....Neighbors from Hell! My topic is inspired by a jerk man in the Army I met earlier this summer who has been experiencing the problems that come with having an overbearing and unpleasant neighbor.

Share on your blog movies that feature neighbors that make you want to relocate or wish you never moved into a particular place of residency in the first place. These neighbors are usually rude, crude and sometimes have nothing else better to do than annoy the heck out of others around them. Here are my movie selections for this “Neighbors from Hell” topic. They are categorized by common problems that people deal with in real life.

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Common Problem #1 - Keeping Up with the Joneses

After losing the stunning front lawn due to financial difficulties in “Fun with Dick and Jane,” Jim Carrey’s character steals patches of lawn from several other residents on his block to make his wife feel better about their unfortunate circumstances. This unwise decision leads to a crappy looking front lawn sprinkled with a few green pieces surrounded by a lot of dirt for the couple. It also results in a block full of houses with lawns that are missing a section of grass, which ruins the swanky appearance of each house and also lowers the value of that street.

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Common Problem #2 - The Inconsiderate Nuisance

While “Friends with Money” starring Jennifer Aniston follows the story of a single woman and her three married friends, one of the couples in particular are a prime example of why there are ordinances and zoning laws in some neighborhoods that determine what residents can and cannot do, even if they own their home. Catherine Kenner plays Christine who works at home with her husband David (played by Jason Isaacs) as screenwriters. They decide to add a floor to their house, providing them a great ocean view from their balcony.

All seems to be coming along until Christine realizes that the loud and space-hogging construction work taking place at their house is not the only reason why the neighbors are no longer talking to this unsatisfied woman and her husband. The addition to their home blocks everyone else’s view on the street, making the home remodeling project an overbearing reminder of shutting people out. What Christine and David fails to realize as first is that sprucing up their home doesn’t fix the main problem.....their relationship. As the construction continues, a marriage falls apart along with a sense of community since the other residents do not like them now.

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Common Problem #3 - Landlord Tenant Disputes

Michael Keaton became a sociopathic maniac in “Pacific Heights” but what made matters worse is the fact that innocent neighbors were affected by an eviction war between Keaton’s character and the landlords who own his apartment. Keaton plays a con artist who sabotages the property at his landlords’ expense. His behavior goes so far as to deliberately infest the other tenant’s apartment with pests until they eventually got fed up and moved out, thus causing the landlords to lose out on their main source of revenue from this property.

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Common Problem #4 - Nosey, Sexist and/or Racist People

In “Lakeview Terrace,” Samuel Jackson plays a cop with a chip on his shoulder who will stop at nothing to drive away the interracial couple who moved in next door. His harassment reaches violent levels and while the trailer still didn’t get me into a movie theater to watch “Lakeview Terrace” when it was released in 2008, the film was given a nice spot on my rental queue. I haven’t yet watched this movie in it’s entirety but when I do, there are no doubts in my mind that this may be the epitome of what it is like to have a neighbor from hell.

Who are some of the worst neighbors in movies that YOU've watched?

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