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"Final 10 Episode 2 (July 17)"
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"Final 10 Episode 2 (July 17)"
It's action night, with Sam, Jason, Andrew, Kenny and Mateen directing. We should be treated with plenty of action and some twists (not of Antonella's legs, thank you), but will this group get our adrenaline flowing, or will we resort less to eating popcorn and slurping on our Cokes than to snuggling closer to our movie date in an attempt to stay awake?

Who from last week will get cut with the double elimination? And which three of five will survive this week to make it the lucky half-dozen finalists?

And we can only hope that Antonella would offer herself as a stunt double and break a leg.

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 RE: Final 10 Episode 2 (July 17) Bebo 07-17-07 1
 RE: Final 10 Episode 2 (July 17) PagongRatEater 07-18-07 2
 RE: Final 10 Episode 2 (July 17) - ... mattben 07-18-07 3
   RE: Final 10 Episode 2 (July 17) - ... mistyrose52 07-18-07 5
 RE: Final 10 Episode 2 (July 17) Loree 07-18-07 4
 RE: Final 10 Episode 2 (July 17) cahaya 07-18-07 6
   RE: Final 10 Episode 2 (July 17) Cathy the Canadian 07-19-07 7
   RE: Final 10 Episode 2 (July 17) flystorms 07-20-07 8
   RE: Final 10 Episode 2 (July 17) Sunny_Bunny 07-20-07 9
       RE: Final 10 Episode 2 (July 17) cahaya 07-20-07 10

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1. "RE: Final 10 Episode 2 (July 17)"
My absolute shock? That Jason delivered my favorite film.
My complete non-surprise? That I want Kenny elimiated. Again.

The other three were OK. Based on these films I'd probably want Sam to go home, but as long as it's not Jason, I'm OK with the decision.

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2. "RE: Final 10 Episode 2 (July 17)"
My biggest question is why did they choose NOW to start the double eliminations? Obviously the answer is that the ratings are so bad that FOX wants to get this over and done with, but perhaps if they had narrowed the field more quickly we could have gotten a managable field of candidates and maybe even let them make slightly longer films. It really sucks when the lead-in to the film is longer than the film itself and it gives away half of the good parts in the movie.

Otherwise, I agree with Bebo. Kenny needs to go and Jason did a great job (and I think Mateen finally made something I connected with.)

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3. "RE: Final 10 Episode 2 (July 17) - rankings"
Agree w/ Bebo.

When we watch these contest shows, I give rankings to each film, dance, etc. Sometimes they don't come close to the actual results of voting. Just how close to the dial-up demographic am I? (Last week's SYTYCDance was a nice anomaly - spot on.)

This week's genre was "Action":

1. 10 pts. Jason, Sweets.
2. 8.5 Andrew, Zero2Sixty
3. 7 Sam, Key Witness
4. 6.5 Mateen, Catch
5. 6 Kenny, The Losers

So, hopefully, boring Mateen and insufferable Kenny will be gone.

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5. "RE: Final 10 Episode 2 (July 17) - rankings"
Have to agree. Always really pleasantly entertained by Jason. He just seems to put his heart and soul into whatever it is he's doing, without trying to make some political point, the way Mateem comes across, to me, anyway.

I have to go with the scores being right on-and also feel the bottom 2 would need to be Mateem, and Kenny, who argued with the stunt coordinator to the point that he totally lost some of the 'meat' of what could have been a decent movie.

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4. "RE: Final 10 Episode 2 (July 17)"
Andrew's film was the one I liked the best. But I would like them to finally make longer films.

And I can't help it. But I just don't like Jason. It is to the point it doesn't matter what he does. I just want him to go home. But he seems to have alot of support so he will probably win the thing.

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6. "RE: Final 10 Episode 2 (July 17)"
LAST EDITED ON 07-18-07 AT 10:50 PM (EST)

Well, so much for aspiring female directors this season. The last two, Hilary and Shalini, bite the dust. Shalini deserved it, while I think Hilary deserved another shot after a fairly good flick last week.

A second season of On the Lot looks less likely than ever, so even Antonella Costa, as the last woman standing, will see an exit by this season's end only to appear in some future horror B flick as the hooker victim. I mean, what do you think when you see a lady with a glitzy mini-skirt and high-heels bending her knee at you with a hand on her hips? I'd place Antonella in the hundred-dollar a night range (we got a real good close-up of those legs and high heels after Mateen's flick), so now you know for sure she's already way overpaid as our hostess.

It's action night, and a not too bad one at that. I might have actually downed half a box of extra-buttered popcorn and a large Coke during tonight's showing. I save the monster bucket and free Coke refills for Zach nights. And now for the reviews.

Key Witness by Sam: Stock action clips like you'd find in most brainless shoot 'em ups with short-barreled Uzis, .38 specials and Colt .45's, all blazing away with the "unlimited ammo" option switched on. Here we have a pair (a cop and a key witness) handcuffed together dodging a hail of bullets with the "always miss the good-guy except one in the leg" option switched on. Nice touch there with the closing of the garbage bin lids when one of the baddies decides to follow the good guys in doing the stock-in-trade "jump from the building into the garbage bin" special abilities option switched on. But Sam kind of messed up the ending in an attempt to create a cliffhanger, with the key witness getting out of the cuffs and cuffing his escort cop to an alley drain pipe. The cop still has his gun, though, and it's left up to us whether he's going to shoot the guy in the back as the clip ends. As for me, who cares? I couldn't identify with either of these guys with all the mindless shooting going on. (**)

Sweet by Jason: Simply the best clip of the night. Guy and girl would do anything for each other, and he suddenly remembers he needs to get her some flowers before she shows up. I may have missed a critical moment of this clip while distracted with something, so I'm assuming it's either anniversary day or some other special occasion. The guy races out in a dash to get those flowers and get back in the apartment in record time before the girl shows up, realizing that he forgot getting them until the last moment. The action is hilarious, with great characterization of the guy in moments of desperation, ever-present humor, and close shaves. An old-lady driver hits him while he saves an errant baby buggy which happens to roll out into the street. He comes out of it like a cat on its feet, makes a wacky gesture at the old lady and goes on his way, stealing a glass of lemonade from some kid's dime stand in stride as if he were a marathon runner. But this is a really good guy - later, on the way back he drops in a bill into the kid's dime jar and, yup, keep the change, kid. On the way, he also thwarts a bank robbery with by foiling the robber and the getaway car. Finally, he gets to the flower stand, buys those purple flowers his dear love desires so much, and dashes back with a favor to the lemonade kid enroute. Nice scene at the end, back at the apartment, where his girl notices the grime and sweat, but thinks it's a cute part of his nice guy machismo act. Then, oops, she realized she forgot something, and we are left to picture her run next. Good flick by Jason, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Not too hot on the action, really, but very fast-paced, and great characterization laced with humor at all the right places. Sweet. (***1/2)

Zero2Sixty by Andrew: Here we have a blatant Ford in-show advert that's even more overt than the ones you see in American Idol. A baddie on the run steals a car off the Ford lot, and then an Asian Jackie-Chan wannabe cop demands a car from the Ford lot salesman. Fine, with a valid driver's license. The cop gives chase while the Ford salesman rattles off Ford vehicle specs and options. I hate to say it, but modern Fords (even Mustangs) aren't that good in chases. To begin with, the suspension needs more work for fast cornering. I'll take a '68 Charger RT/440 4-barrel or the '68 Mustang GT390 any day of the week (fast as a Bullitt, if you're a serious car chase flick fan). After all of the salesman's spec blurbs, the chase ends with the salesman grabbing a gun, shooting out the baddies' tire and cuffing him, easy as pie. The clip ends with the salesman asking the cop, "Have I talked about financing?" and the cop says "We pay cash." and shows the salesman a pile of neatly wrapped bills. Yeah, right, as if I've got $39,000 handy to fork over for a 2007 Ford Shelby Cobra GT500, and that's without the options - like this flick. Minus half a star because it's a lame 3-minute Ford commercial. (**)

The Losers by Kenny: This clip lives up to its name. Geek dad (or granddad? he looks old) in car with a physics book in the passenger seat sees little junior given a rough time by bullying skateboarders. Geek dad has visions of skateboarding and teaching these punks a lesson. The skateboarding action, taking out the punks, is less than convincing, and the weird flashes (popping in and out like the flashes on an old Polaroid camera) about gave me a headache. One flash was of a lizard. Ok, yeah, so what's that about? I can dig geckos, but this is a skateboard action flick, right? I'm confused. The clip ends predictably with geek dad and kid walking off as skateboard bullies wonder what hit them. This was kind of an off-the-wall flick that should have been left off-the-pavement. Or off-the-screen as a loser. (*1/2)

Catch by Mateen: Thankfully, we're not treated with another "message" flick. Not so thankfully, the action clips and ending were both lame, even in spite of the double-twist at the end. Turns out (we found out later) the guy is a white cop (no shades this time), and the guitar girl playing for coins is a con artist along with an accomplice. The accomplice steals the girl's money, and the cop gives chase. Seems the cop can't run very fast and the accomplice should easily get away. The cop gets cornered and then tackled by the accomplice, but the cop (with plenty of practice on minority thugs from a previous clip) wins the scuffle. But, oops, the girl is actually on the accomplice's side and they plan to clean out the cop. Then upon taking his money, they see the badge. Oops. Out of nowhere a fleet of cop cars shows up ("cop auto-communication without radio" option switched on here) and the baddie duo get arrested. But, who cares? All three of them are dumb, without a shred of character. The best action shot (if you can call it that) was of the cop on the bike getting hit by a car and he calmly gets up and keeps running. Ho hum and we're done. (*1/2)

In summary, great flick by Jason. The rest belong in the cut cellophane bin. Kenny and Mateen were the weakest directors of the week and Andrew's blatant product ad might anger enough voters to see him off instead of one of these two. Sam's flick was mediocre at best, although better than the other three for various reasons. Kenny should be out, and it'll be up to the voters to determine which of the other three lamers go out, probably either Mateen or Andrew.

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7. "RE: Final 10 Episode 2 (July 17)"
I missed this week - Argh! But I just watched the shorts on the website...

I think Jason's was clearly the best, as you all seem to agree.

I didn't think Kenny's was as terrible as all that - but I can't imagine watching a feature length film of his style. I do think he could have a great career making music videos. Or, strange as it sounds, I think he'd be great at directing a kid's show.

Mateen's made no sense. That's the lamest way two crooks could make money ever. They just do that all day, until someone gives chase? And then hope they don't actually catch the thief until he can lead them into the secluded alley? And then hope it was worth it, and the victim has more than 25 cents in his pocket? And then, what, go back to the same corner? Hope one of their victims doesn't come across them again? Just. So. Stupid.

That is why, based solely on this week's work, I'd send Mateen packing.

If anyone comes into this thread before next week...can you give me an idea of the judges comments? I'm curious. Thanks.

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8. "RE: Final 10 Episode 2 (July 17)"
I'm disappointed that all of the women directors are gone now, but I don't think the remaining two had the chops to continue either. Too bad.

Jason's flick? Loved it! Sweet, sharp and it came full circle. It was one that could appeal to all audiences, which can be difficult to do in action movies.

Andrew's movie was my second fav, but a distant second. There were several bad edits in there with the car dealer's seatbelt that distracted me, but outside of that, it was just cute.

This is the first week I mildly liked Mateen's work, but the key word there is "mildly". I don't think he'll survive this week.

Sam's Key Witness didn't do much for me either. He seemed to just throw in all the major cliche scenes you see in action movies instead of telling a story.

Kenny? UGH! You're right, he will do great in the music video industry or maybe even doing films geared towards 11-17 year old boys, but that would be the extent of him. He just put me off every week.

Mateen, Sam and Kenny's movies were by far the worst this week. I think Sam may have enough momentum from previous movies to keep him going for another week, but I'm hoping Mateen and (finally!) Kenny will be sent packing.

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9. "RE: Final 10 Episode 2 (July 17)"
Brrrrrrrrr … feel that chill? What you are feeling is the first indication that Hell has frozen over. Yes, my friends, the Bunny Predictor actually was right on target, as Hilary and Shalini took the Quit Van off the lot this week. The Bunny Predictor has been consistently wrong since this show started, but it chose this week to finally align with the rest of America.

Rats. The all boys club is still sacred. Well, except for Penny Marshall, who many believe is most likely a man anyway.

This week, the directors were told to make an “action film.” MSN Encarta Dictionary defines this as:

“A movie featuring mainly action: a movie in which the plot moves quickly from one dramatic event to another and which typically involves good characters combating evil ones. Character development and love interest are of secondary or no importance.”

Interestingly, farce is also defined in almost the same way, with the inclusion of hyperbole – remember that; it’s important. Also note, that this definition does not say one has to use car chases, somebody rolling over a windshield, or blatant product placement; yet the majority of the movies showed at least ONE of these three things. And, in almost all of the films, they took the character development part as their mantra. Sigh.

If Bunny had her way, there would be one clear winner, and they would just send the other four home next week, putting them, (and us) out of their (our) misery.

But anyway, here are the Bunny Picks for this week. And I predict that Hell will thaw out and my choices will once again NOT be accurate.

1. Sweet by Jason: Everyone, no matter the gender totally relates to the horrific no-no known as the forgotten anniversary. Because we all know this storyline, it could have been a real yawner, and sent us all running to the bathroom, the kitchen, or outside for a quick smoke. But Jason proved he is a great storyteller. He also proved that the dismal “Ghetta Room” was not going to end up a thorn forever stuck in his side. Sweet had everything: perfect music, perfect exposition, perfect casting, perfect pacing and a twist ending that I didn’t see coming, but was so glad it did!

Ok, after Jason everyone else pales in comparison and should just go home next week; but in the spirit of Cahaya and I doing our Siskel/Ebert shtick, I’ll keep going. But, dear reader, feel free to stop reading now, as I don’t really have anything good to say from this point forward.

2. Zero2Sixty by Andrew: I liked the idea – totally inept salesperson gets sucked into a high speed chase when his dealership turns into a crime scene – and turns out to have a completely different alter ego when it comes to fighting crime (and making a cash sale.) But, this movie seemed to be a rather elaborate Ford commercial more than an action film.

Talk about plot holes? Why was the “sting” happening at the dealership? Nobody noticed a guy in full FBI regalia standing around? Nobody noticed a guy in face mask and heavy jacket running around in the heat of the day? And wow, what a driver! The FBI guy says “we are going the wrong way” which would have made it impossible for him to catch up and be bumper to bumper with the perp in the very next frame, and yet there he was. Even bigger wow; are we supposed to believe that the Agent carries around a Nike bag full of cash, or are we supposed to believe that he’s pinched the money from the robber, and is (off camera of course) going to tell his supervisor that he “lost” the bag, and got the new Ford as a gift?

3. Losers by Kenny: There are many, many plot holes in this story – like, where did the boys get the shaving cream, and why did they fill a wading pool with it and put it in the street? And, how did Papa Loser manage to lose the race, even after the mean, nasty kid fell into that pool of cream? But this was proof that action does not necessarily mean “car chase” and it was so full of hyperbole that it worked as a farce/action film. I loved the line: It’s ok son, I know PHYSICS!”

The worrisome thing about this film, is that I can see it as a scene in a longer movie based on the same premise. Can’t you see Steve Corell as the father in an expanded version of this? Unfortunately, Kenny didn’t know when to quit with the farce – a talking, plastic lizard? That’s not hyperbole, that’s just stupid. What was he smoking when he tossed that bit in?!

4. Catch by Mateen: Ah, nothing like watching a middle aged, stuffed shirt who lusts after a girl who is young enough to be his daughter get his comeuppance eh? Oh, but wait. HE isn’t going to get his comeuppance; he’s going to arrest her for rejecting him. Well, not quite. He is eventually going to arrest her because she’s “gotta eat” and is actually posing as a street performer so her REAL boyfriend can rob people who didn’t put enough coins into her hat. What a girl!

Of course, we are also supposed to suspend reality enough to believe that “Breen” knew exactly where her partner would end up when the guy chased him, AND that she would have plenty of time to get there just in time to stop him from beating her man to a pulp, AND that she wouldn’t notice the cop car (with siren and flashing red bulb) chasing down the “victim” AND that cop would know exactly where his partner would be roughed up by Breens partner in crime.

Does your head hurt now? Now you know why my review is so late.

5. Key Witness by Sam: Sam establishes exposition in the worst way possible. He has the actors playing the Bounty Hunter/criminal say two breathy lines that are almost drowned out by the standard action film musical selection. They bob and weave and duck behind barrels and crates to avoid three gunman who are also after the criminal, while handcuffed together. Unfortunately, this did not have the same impact as when we saw it in ”48 hours” and neither of the actors had the comedic likeability of Nolte and Murphy. Yawner, trite, overused action film dreck follows as the leap out of windows, leap off of ledges into dumpsters, and take turns handcuffing each other. Criminal’s slight of hand was great – but did anyone else notice that he took off running the way he had just escaped? Well, lets hope that the guy who hit the dumpster lids who they didn’t bother to shoot doesn’t come to and shoot dumbaz while he tries to climb back up to the ledge so he can go out the same way he came in.

Bunny Predictor says that Jason is totally safe followed by Andrew. Sam, Mateen, and Kenny are equally bad, but I think Mateen will most likely be safe because he stepped away from his “boy n da hood” stuff, and will be rewarded (like Will last week) for finally doing something different.

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10. "RE: Final 10 Episode 2 (July 17)"
Thanks for taking the time to write your review, Siskel Bunny, as I really enjoy reading them. There'll be fewer and fewer clips as the weeks go by after this (probably starting with all 6 next week), so reviews will get easier.

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And I'm real curious how your BB review will read.

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