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Flash Movie Review: Unfriended

No matter what its size may be which was determined by a personal preference, it remains a portal to either a wondrous, magical world or a nasty living hell. For some gazing into their screen allows them to discover new places that trigger a curiosity that spurs them on to become explorers for several hours. They depend on their senses of sight and sound to develop a virtual world where they can be anything they want to be. Maybe a warrior or horticulturist, it doesn’t matter since each facade can quickly slip off to reveal a new identity directly below. There are others who experience a sense of dread when they have to interact with this sometimes taskmaster. Maybe for 8 or more hours they receive no vitamin D benefits from the emitting light, only a strain on their eyes. Granted a majority may experience this at their job which makes them compile reams of electronic data; the rows and rows of a spreadsheet seem like an advancing army assaulting their senses, working to drill a hole into their brain until it goes completely numb. My path travels down a serpentine road where I enter both dichotomous worlds, determined by a separate factor for each one: desire or requirement. What happens though when the two worlds come together?    ONE night a group of friends are chatting with each other online when someone enters their conversation, using the account of their friend who had committed suicide a year ago. Who would do such an evil thing? This award winning horror film had its seeds for a story planted in a good place. The topics that sprouted up were bullying, peer pressure, relationship issues and teen angst. If these subjects were given proper care, then this movie would have presented them in a novel way. However, the execution of it was so horrible I could not wait to get out of the theater. The entire movie was watching the images of the friends such as Jacob Wysocki (Pitch Perfect, Terri) as Ken Smith, Shelly Henning (Ouija, Days of Our Lives-TV) as Blaire Lily and Will Peltz (In Time, The Collection) as Adam Sewell, on their computer screens. With the bleeps, burps and bad connections that happen online, I was irritated through most of the picture as they were reproduced here. The last thing I wanted to do was sit and stare at a computer screen for 1 hour 23 minutes and not be entertained. There was very little to keep my interest since the acting was nothing major, the horror scenes were not scary and the venue never changed. The underlying topic was the only thing that kept me curious. I am guessing you can tell which world I entered that day when I sat down in my seat at the theater. There were a few scenes with blood in them.

 

1 1/2 stars

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Flash Movie Review: Terri

I never understood why adolescence needed to be a long process. It was such an awkward time as things started to change on me. I would hear my voice and wonder who was talking for me; the cracking noises coming out of my mouth sounded like a venetian blind covering an open window on a windy day. Due to an army of acne that started to invade my skin, setting up campsites on my face, I went to a dermatologist who told me to stop eating chocolate. I remember asking him why I now had to be miserable besides being upset over these stupid pimples. Then there were the names kids would call me. Besides making comments on my face; my hair that was already wavy took on a new persona and looked like the twisting thorny vines that tried to prevent the prince from saving Sleeping Beauty, became a new source for nasty remarks. I just wanted to go to sleep and wake up the following day being fully grown as an adult. As you may guess, I easily sympathized with the main teenager in this Sundance Film Festival nominated movie. Jacob Wysocki (Pitch Perfect) played 15 year old teenager Terri. Not knowing what happened to his parents, Terri was living with his uncle James, played by Creed Bratton (Mask, The Ghastly Love of Johnny X), who was beginning to show signs of dementia. After meeting with Principal Fitzgerald, played by John C. Reilly (The Aviator, Carnage), weekly meetings were set up so pajama clad Terri and Mr. Fitzgerald could check in with each other to see how the week was going. The strongest part of this comedic drama was the scenes that involved Terri and the principal. I thought Jacob and John did the best with their characters. The classroom scenes had enough teenage angst going on that I would think a majority of people could easily relate to them. This film was listed as a comedy and drama but I hardly found anything that I would consider funny; maybe humorous with touching moments. Possibly this had to do with me remembering what my high school years were like, but I could not get into portions of this movie. I felt the character of Terri’s uncle was never fully developed into the story. In a way I felt this film was in its adolescent phase, not fully grown into a complete picture.

2 1/3 stars — DVD 

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