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Flash Movie Review: Friend Request

WHEN IT WAS suggested we connect on our social media accounts she declined. Her excuse was she preferred to connect on a different social media account; one that I did not have interestingly enough. I was taken by surprise from her response, especially since I had known her for years. It was not like we were strangers, so I could not imagine what her reasons were; what did she think I was going to do once we became “friends” on our mutual site. There was nothing else to say about it to her and truthfully it was not that important. However here is the interesting thing; her sister-in-law connected with me the day after we had all been together for lunch. I think it was only a few hours after our connection when the one who initially refused my request sent me an email request to now connect. It was so odd; the only thing I could think of was either she did not want to be left out or felt I was worthy all of a sudden now that her sister-in-law connected with me.     HAVING COME LATE to the social media party, I do not know all the nuances, customs or protocol when it comes to not only working the sites I am on but increasing the connections to the sites associated with my reviews. I find it challenging at times to keep up with everything and cannot imagine how people with more connections do it. Having seen individuals with over 1000 friends on a site, I just wonder how that is possible. I have been at social events where there are people who have to take a photograph of everything they are eating or they constantly pose for selfies; do the people on the other end really want to see that many postings? I do not get it and have to tell you I think at times some people are just addicted to their social media sites. Personally I do not find it healthy; it certainly wasn’t healthy for the friends in this horror thriller.     FEELING SORRY FOR fellow student Marina, played by Liesl Ahlers (The Challenger Disaster-TV movie, The Crossing-TV), popular student Laura, played by Alycia Debnam (Into the Storm, The Devil’s Hand), agreed to accept Marina’s friend request. It was a decision Laura would soon regret. This film festival winning movie also starred William Moseley (The Chronicles of Narnia franchise, Run) as Tyler, Connor Paolo (Mystic River, World Trade Center) as Kobe and Brit Morgan (She Wants Me, Freeloaders) as Olivia. I think there was a drop of sense in this story regarding social media addiction, but maybe I am trying to find something positive to say about this waste of time. It would have been interesting if the writers had delved into society’s obsession with digital media and maybe even show the darker side of it; but what translated onto the big screen was generic and boring. The acting was awful, the production quality was mediocre, the script was uninspired; I am afraid to go on with all the negatives for fear I will bore you. There is nothing else I can offer up for this film review except to say you have been warned. I am still annoyed I paid to see this horror and not the type of horror the writers were trying to convey.

 

1 ½ stars    

 

 

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Flash Movie Review: Ingrid Goes West

THEY WERE STANDING by the fountain in the middle of the block long park. If anyone noticed who they were they did not show it. I was sitting at a park bench and spotted them immediately as they came into view. It was a celebrity couple with their young child; both of them were actors, one in movies and the other did movies and television. My first feeling was surprise, surprise they were by themselves without an entourage. Despite their celebrity status they were walking around like your average parents taking their kid to the park. My curiosity about them was limited to finding out if they were pleasant, stuck up, funny or if they could form a complete sentence and carry on a conversation. I was not interested to hear if they had an opinion on world affairs or product endorsements. In fact, it offends me when celebrities use their status to share their thoughts and opinions on subjects far removed from their daily lives.     THERE IS A FINE line that separates admiration and obsession. It used to be getting a celebrity’s autograph was the ultimate prize. These days it seems as if people want so much more out of their celebrities. Look at the plethora of commercial products being promoted by celebrities. Better yet look at the effect social media has had on the relationship between fans and stars; one comment by a screen actor can send an army of fans on the warpath. It borders on the bizarre for me. I am not interested in knowing where a celebrity shops or eats; it does not interest me to know where they have been or who they are dating. Now I will admit regarding the celebrity couple I mentioned earlier, I did ask my 5 year old relative to go over and try to play with the couple’s child so I could mosey on over; but, all I wanted to do was strike up a casual conversation and perhaps mention I have reviewed their movies. I guess that sounds self-serving doesn’t it? Oh no, am I turning into a celebrity stalker?     FEELING LIKE AN outcast Ingrid Thorburn, played by Aubrey Plaza (Safety not Guaranteed, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates), found the life she was meant to lead. To get it she just had to become friends with a social media celebrity. This film festival winning, comedic drama also starred Elizabeth Olsen (Wind River, In Secret) as Taylor Sloane, O’Shea Jackson Jr (Straight Outta Compton) as Dan Pinto, Wyatt Russell (22 Jump Street, Everybody Wants Some!!) as Ezra O’Keefe and Billy Magnussen (Into the Woods, Bridge of Spies) as Nicky Sloane. I found the script for this story to be smart and heavy on the satire. Aubrey was perfect for the role; though I have to say from the few things I have seen her in, she appears to stay in the same comedic lane with her style. The rest of the cast did a great job as well and helped gave this story some biting depth. There were times when I noticed my mind started to wander away from the story, but I believe it was due to me not being able to relate to any of the characters. When I left the theater I needed to give more thought to the movie as a whole and realized it really provided a scathing take on society’s obsession with social media and celebrity status.

 

3 stars

 

 

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