Saturday, July 30, 2011

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words...

Have you ever been to a popular clothing store in the mall and been asked to donate a dollar to help prevent cyber bullying? Did you say "YES!" ? If you watched Abc Family's "Cyberbully," you would. note: true story.

Emily Osmet stars as Taylor, a seemingly normal seventeen year old high school girl with an overprotective mother and annoying younger brother. However, her life takes a dramatic change when her mother gets her her own laptop and she joins the new, popular social networking site, "Cliqusters" ("it's so raw!") for the purpose of getting closer to Scott, the guy she likes. She quickly discovers that what is put on the internet cannot be taken back. Soon there are rumors circulating around Cliqusters as well as school about Taylor and…ahem.. her honor. Taylor's two best friends, Samantha and Cheyenne, offer their loyal support by ditching her in her time of need and telling the world she has chlamydia.

It is assumed that Lindsay, the real life, as well as internet, bully is the one that has created a fake profile to ruin Taylor's life…but no… that was her best friend.  She has been doing some extra curricular activity on the world wide web and caused this whole ruckus. Taylor feels she has no one else to turn to and no where to go, she makes a drastic choice to end her agony. We, the three dedicated members of LexiConErrick, sat in agonizing suspense wondering which way she would decide to end her life (yeah, probably a little morbid and insensitive of us, but it is a movie, not real life). She settled on over-dosing on a mysterious prescription, however, she didn't get that far... Thank goodness for child proof lids! She was stopped from making this terrible mistake because "I CAN'T GET THE CAP OFF!" A good cry in the laundry room, a brief stay in the hospital, group therapy, and her loving family help heal Taylor's emotional wounds. Soon Taylor and her mother are taking action and by introducing her story to the local paper. She soon realizes that she is not alone in her stand against bullies and finds herself backed by schoolmates when she confronts Lindsay.

We were especially fond of the stellar cast. We were faced with a misty haze of the shadows of Disney Channel past. Who were those Panabakers anyway? They weren't even in any seasoned show. I recall a few DComs…but really…where did they come from? Poor Emily Osment…this is her life now. At least she also gets to be teen activist. And boy! Were we pleased when we saw Kirsten Cohen's crooked chin!

We were a fan of the way the movie took on the role of an advice column. We feel we can't laugh too much at this movie, on account of the serious issues presented, but just let us tell you, it's funny. Between Kirsten Cohen's mom shirts, poorly expressed cyber slander ("you nekkid whore!"), and home decor reminiscent of a nice garage sale haul, we couldn't help but snicker on occasion. Call us insensitive, we already know. Lexie is perfecting her cyber bully persona.

This is LexiConErrick singing off of another Cinemazing adventure!

Monday, July 11, 2011

If there's a typo on the back cover, you HAVE to rent it.

For the first time, the bloggers at LexiConErrick were left looking for more. The romantic comedy, Say Goodnight, left our minds reeling. Though, to be genre-correct, it would be appropriate to point out that there is very little that is romantic or comedic about it. Who would have thought that a movie revolving solely around three guys' sexual (and not so sexual) exploits would have appealed to us in such bewildering ways.

As for flow, we like to think that the cliffhanger ending was just a fancy, artistic way to keep us conversing about the film long after its credits had rolled. By the way, there is a whole section of credits expressly devoted to "rejected girls." We invite you to make the necessary conclusions about the movie from this small tidbit of information. In retrospect, there is something refreshing about having NO plot lines tied up, NO conflicts resolved, and NO questions answered. It is a special day when we realize that the writers trusted us enough to leave the ending up to our imaginations. Thank you. Also really innovative were the absolutely confusing date scenes where the conversations are not only unrealistic, but also full of overlapping, intercalary stories making it impossible to follow. We viewed it as more of a challenge than a discrepancy.

We must now address the plot. What started as three friends' racist game of "how many races can we nail" soon became three friends' stories of "how we screwed up all our lasting relationships": As told by men. Here's a fun game for those of our viewers who are of age: take a shot every time the character Victor brings up an obscure sex position. You will be completely wasted. Completely.

The majority of our reflection upon this movie consisted of character analysis of Mason, played by Christopher Gessner. The character falls in love with a Korean! bartender who he then alienates after having "like a 102 day vibe going here."In the pivotal apartment scene, when he asks her to get tested for STDs, we realize what a fragile and complex life he must lead. How does one analyze such a character? There is really no one way. Our opinions on the matter have become such a reason for discord, that heated words have been exchanged several times. To avoid having to blend such conflicting opinions into one cohesive resolution, here are each of our takes:

Lexie: "He is a douche-bag, gay virgin who is over obsessed about cleanliness, but has a troubled past. So, I can understand his reservations."

Lauren: "He is afraid of commitment and runs away whenever anything gets serious so he's trying to prevent a serious relationship by not fully committing and not having sex with her. I mean, he obviously has deep down issues, otherwise he wouldn't make her shower and then ask her if she's been tested. That's it."

Megan: "I don't know. He is a character reading a script. I don't think there's much more to talk about."

So there you have it.

Until our next Cinemazing adventure this is LexiConErrick signing off.