By Kyle Chaput
Starring: Danielle Panabaker, Matt Bush, David Koechner, Chris Zylka
Our flesh-eating little buddies are back in this ridiculous sequel that appeared to be put together after the crew threw back a few beers over spring break.
As a fan of horror films in general and of the first film in this remake series (Piranha 3D from 2010), Piranha 3DD was a major disappointment. The weak plot line really only provided a setup for a third film and some mindless entertainment.
My sub-par expectations, however, were fulfilled by the T & A insertions and humorous cast members. Piranha 3DD is a fun film to watch if you’re not looking for Oscar nominees – and I still laughed my ass off as I could see that clearly some fun was had in the making of this film.
This one would make for a good double feature with Piranha 3D, but I can’t help but wonder if this series could have been more successful as just one good film.
2 out of 5
Starring Sam Jaeger and Amber Jaeger
In one of the better romantic comedies to come out this decade, director Sam Jaeger (Lucky Number Seven) brings us an independent gem!
Written, directed and also starring Jaeger himself, as well as his wife Amber (Solitary), the couple deliver an original road trip movie filled with hostility, laughs, and drama.
As a woman who has her doubts about marrying her fiancée, Claire (Amber Jaeger) stumbles across a down on his luck cabbie, Thom (Sam Jaeger), who she talks into going across country with, as all she wants is to get away from the hectic scenarios of life. Along the way, and through many obstacles, they develop a warm friendship.
Take Me Home has a great script filled with witty and subtle humor that doesn’t overdramatize. Wonderful scenery as well, makes this one of the surprise sleepers of the year and will hopefully bring more attention to these two up-and-coming actors! Good double feature with Sex Drive.
4 out of 5
Starring Mandella Van Peebles and Simone Battle
Long time actor/director/writer, Mario Van Peebles (New Jack City), is at it again as he breaks from his other films to bring us a movie that looks at today’s youth living in an inner-city environment.
Casting his two sons, Mandella and Makaylo in lead roles, the pair do a pretty good job throughout.
We The Party has a pretty good story with some cool hip/hop music, as well as cameos by Snoop Dog (Soul Plane), Tommy “Tiny” Lister, (Friday series), Michael Jai White (Never Back Down 2), and Mario Van Peebles himself. As always, Van Peebles attempts to convey a message in We The Party, although it doesn’t come across as his greatest work. Fans, like myself, will enjoy We The Party, but the film is clearly aimed for the younger generation. Good double feature with 8 Mile.
2.5 out of 5