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Elysium (2013)

images-14I would normally take more time to introduce characters, directors, and give a short summary before forcing my opinion down your throats; but that day is not today. When I saw the Elysium trailer I was intrigued by the world Neill Blomkamp, director/writer, had created. I loved the rough look of Earth and the ephameral beauty of Elysium, the production design caught my eye and the music pulled me in. Upon seeing Matt Damon (Bourne Identity), Jodie Foster (The Silence of the Lambs), Alice Braga (City of  God) and Sharlto Copley (Europa Report) in the trailer I knew the acting would be good, I also had faith that the story/screen play would be written well because of Blomkamp’s  film, District 9’s, success.  Sadly, I went into viewing the film with high expectations.

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Welcome to the Rileys (2010)

imageI’m always hesitant to view films that are set in New Orleans. There are really only two categories films can fall in, the first set of films generally fall into  what I like to call your “ragin’ cajuns”; where everything is “N’awlins Dawlin’ and it’s amazin’ in the Big Easy!” Meaning they throw every single cultural cliche, bad accent, and type of New Orleans food at you within the first thirty minutes. They over exaggerate everything  to where people who are unfamiliar with the culture, and even those familiar, become way too overwhelmed by the terrible representation of New Orleans culture. The second set of films are the ones with just simply terrible accents, these accents are SO bad they deserve their own category.  I know that I personally, and many other locals, would greatly appreciate NO accent over a terrible one. If you can’t do it justice, simply don’t do it. Shockingly, Welcome to the Rileys did not fall into either category.

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