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Worth Every Penny

Posted by Melanie / December 28, 2007

I went to see the new Aliens Vs. Predator at the paramount last night even though I probably only saw Aliens once about eight years ago, and had never even really heard of Predator . It was remarkable only because it made me realize I now have more interest in seeing movies I assume will be bad than movies I hope will be good. I’ve grown tired of leaving the cinema angry and/ or disappointed. I blame The Gazette. I thought "Michael Clayton" was a failed effort that in absolutely no way lived up to it’s 4 1/2 star review. Similarly (and to some extent, quite humorously) Ben Affleck’s directorial debut “Gone Baby Gone” was also given 4 stars, despite it’s awkward cinematography, futile characters and constant lagging.

To be completely honest, this was actually one of the most enjoyable bad movies I have ever seen, which is why I am recommending everyone stops by the Dollar Cinema to see it. Ben Affleck completely lives up to his name (at least in the way Family Guy portrays him) and you can really just tell that he directed it. More accurately I like to pretend that this is how it is, that he forced his little brother to star in it, all the while becoming childishly frustrated and offering bad direction. "Now say, ‘Gone, baby,… gone.' Alright, now Casey look at the camera for an awkward 6 seconds too long". I dare someone to prove otherwise, but I have always found the defining feature of cheesy films rests in somehow incorporating the film’s title into the dialogue. That Affleck sure knows what he’s doing.

Am I cynical or have we compromised our standards of what is good? Am I the only one that finds little difference between films the Gazette grants four stars and the ones they deem as complete ‘bombs’?

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