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Posted in Ehhh, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2016 by Des

Hello everyone and welcome to my podcast,
I reviewed the horror film, Insidious. Insidious is about a family trying to defend their family and comatose son from evil spirits.
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My very first podcast

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2016 by Des

Hello everyone,

I have been talking about starting a podcast for a very, very, very long time. Well, the time has come. It is official…my first podcast can be found below. Bare with me. It is my first. It will get better!

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The Stepfather

Posted in Pretty Good with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 22, 2011 by Des

Release Date: October 16th 2009

Plot Outline: Michael (Penn Badgley) comes home from military school and becomes obsessively suspicious of his mother’s new fiancé.

The funny thing about The Stepfather is that I saw it and then started watching Nip/Tuck shortly after. I had no idea the main character, played by Dylan Walsh in my new favorite show was the Step Father! This is random but it blew my mind.

So I heard that a lot of people really hated The Step Father, I saw it because I will see anything with Penn Badgley in it. I aspire to marry him some day. I have to be honest; I liked The Step Father a lot. I felt it had a lot of great qualities that a thriller should contain. Though it was predictable, it had a fair amount of mystery. I also felt that it was very good with the tension building. The mood changed severely and naturally. Nothing was abrupt. It was very predictable but also suspenseful. I don’t know how they pulled that off but it works.

I have to admit that the acting was bad on all counts even though I am a huge fan of Amber Heard and Penn Badgley, mostly because I have crushes on both of them. Amber heard is beautiful but a terrible actress. She should just stick to modeling. I did love her in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane though.

I was surprised but there was actually good action in The Stepfather. Some things were a bit over the top but I was entertained and at the edge of my seat for some scenes so I didn’t care if it was overly dramatic.

I liked this movie but I have to say, I was mostly impressed by the way the tension was built. It felt very natural. They did an excellent job with that aspect.

The Stepfather was a good thriller. I would say watch it with a few friends with a bucket of popcorn on a stormy night. Not an award winning thriller but enjoyable and it has hotties in it 😉


Posted in Pretty Good with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2011 by Des

Release Date: January 23rd 2010

Bechdel Test: Fail

Plot Outline: Paul, a contractor working in Iraq, wakes up buried alive in a coffin with a lighter and a cell phone after being attacked by a group of Iraqis.

Buried wasn’t the best movie I have ever seen but any movie that takes place in a box and keeps you entertained for an hour and a half deserves major props!

I was highly impressed by Buried on many levels. For one, I was impressed by Ryan Reynold’s incredible acting. The entire movie is basically focused on his face and body. He really had to get into this role to make it convincing and he definitely accomplished that. His emotions felt so real. He conveyed his emotions so much that I even felt them myself. I was getting so frustrated along with Paul (Reynolds). He was yelling and screaming at people on the other end of the call. I was also screaming and yelling. Any kind of frustration you have ever experienced with trying to contact someone on the phone with no luck, being put on hold, or being transferred to 10 different people is magnified by a thousand in Buried.

Second, I was impressed by the music and the lighting effects throughout the movie. They elevated the emotion that Reynold’s was already showing us.

Buried stressed me out a tremendous amount. Within the first 5 minutes I was panicking. I had to take off my blankets and be totally loose while watching it. I felt my anxiety levels rising.

It was an intense movie to say the least. Days later Buried still haunted me. The ending was incredible. I could not get over it. I thought about for at least two weeks. I really wish I saw it with a friend.

See Buried…if you aren’t claustrophobic.

The Business of Strangers

Posted in Ehhh with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 30, 2010 by Des

Release Date: January 19th 2001

Plot Outline: Two businesswomen meet and bond over possible revenge on an accused rapist.

The Business of Strangers is a twisted drama about two women that seem to be in a constant power struggle.

There’s not much I can really say about this movie besides that it was odd. The women’s attitudes were quite intense for some time. I couldn’t tell if they loved or hated each other. Sometimes I thought they were going to murder each other while other times I thought they were going to hook up…

The overall mood of the film was uncomfortable with a sexual edge. I constantly expected something risky and unconventional to occur just based on the tone of the voices and body language of the two leads.

Stockard Channing and Julia Stiles had a great on screen chemistry. Their chemistry was intense and intriguing. There was a bit of mystery to this film.

The movie itself wasn’t all that good but I am impressed by the way it came off. It might sound odd but the mood and constant discomfort and suspense was refreshing. There wasn’t really a climax to the movie. The entire film is purely getting a rise out of the audience.

This is one of those movies that you won’t really remember but you will remember how it made you feel while watching it.

Last House on the Left

Posted in Liked it a lot with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 30, 2010 by Des


Release Date: March 13th 2009

Plot Outline: After kidnapping and brutally assaulting two young women, a gang led by a prison escapee unknowingly finds refuge at a vacation home belonging to the parents of one of the victims – a mother and father who devise an increasingly gruesome series of revenge tactics (

I loved Last House on the Left. It was SO good. It was the whole package. It was sweet, funny, horrifying, suspenseful, scary, and sad. Completely an emotional roller coaster.

We absolutely hate the killers and want the parents to kill them. We are stressed, we are nervous, but we are also very, very sad. There were quite a few heartbreaking scenes.

We root for Mari (Sara Paxton) and her parents the entire time. They are a nice family. We want these evil people to pay…to suffer.

The acting in this film was so convincing on all counts. We really felt the sadness, the desperation, the anger, and hate. The emotions were made very obvious to us.

Both the parents were awesome. Monica Potter kicked ass! She was amazing in this movie.

The killers in this were deranged and twisted. Their family issues were very apparent to us as well. We actually got to know them and their psychotic family dynamic.

This movie was very intense and gruesome. There were quite a few ‘edge of your seat’ moments.

Last House on the Left was stressful to watch. There were times when a character needed to be quiet but everything seemed to be so loud.

It was nerve-wracking to watch. I was a mess!

It was fascinating and disconcerting to see the transformation from loving parents to vengeful killers for their daughters suffering.

Definitely see Last House on the Left but watch with caution and a box of tissues.

Just a side Note: My parents liked this movie. They don’t like ANY movies! I think that says a lot…


Posted in Must See! with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 3, 2010 by Des


Release Date: January 25th 2008

Plot Outline: Jennifer Marsh (Diane Lane) must find a cyber killer before she becomes his next victim.

Amazing, Amazing movie! This is the first good thriller I have seen in a very long time. The acting was fantastic; this movie was overflowing with well respected actors and actresses like Diane Lane, Peter Lewis, Billy Burke, and Colin Hanks. The plot was intelligent and original. It was suitable for the times we are living in. There is now a new type of crime, crimes committed over the internet. This is one of the first movies to be released that deals with murder by way of computer. It was horrifying to watch and to think about but I suppose it can happen and we, as a society living in the times that we do, should be made aware of.

I was on the edge of my seat for a good portion of the movie. It was a mystery for about half of the movie but then they just flat out tell you who the killer is, which surprised me very much. It changed the entire mood of the film. It went from trying to figure out who the killer is to trying to catch him before he got you first. The ending was excellent. It ended quickly; all of a sudden it was over. But I liked it like that because it was shocking and then it was over. The ending was brilliant; I would have it no other way.