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Welcome to this week’s review from The Bargain Bin! This week’s selection was impossible to pass up for a mere five bucks. There are movies in The Bargain Bin ranging from Ghost Dad to Goodfellas and there are different reasons for not reviewing either of the aforementioned DVD’s. Although I am a fan of Bill Cosby, I just can’t imagine sitting in front of my TV long enough to watch Ghost Dad. I mean, Ghost Dad could be 20 minutes long and still, I couldn’t see myself making it through the first five minutes. Yet, this being The Bargain Bin, you never know if Ghost Dad might make its way into the mix, a long-shot but possible, if only because of the potential for absolute crappiness. Sometimes you have to put your personal tastes second when digging for a movie to review from The Bin. Goodfellas, on the other hand, I think we all know, is a great movie and although I would love to buy Goodfellas for a steal at five bucks, Goodfellas is just too good to review for a segment titled ‘The Bargain Bin!” Reviewing Goodfellas from The Bargain Bin would be like coming across No Country for Old Men in The Bin, which I have, and reviewing it just because No Country for Old Men is such an amazing film. In other words, there are many great movies that cannot be reviewed for The Bargain Bin segment and there are many horrible movies that may be reviewed but whether good movie or bad movie, which of course is a matter of opinion, there has to be a certain rhyme and reason that suits the character of the “It Came from the Bargain Bin!” segment. This week’s pick from The Bin, although a very good movie, it most definitely suits the personality of The Bargain Bin review piece. This week’s review from The Bargain Bin is the 1994 indie film written and directed by Kevin Smith………

Clerks

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Director: Kevin Smith
Writer: Kevin Smith
Starring: Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Jason Mewes, and Kevin Smith
Reviewer: Joe Sikes

Welcome to a day in the lives of Quick Stop convenience store clerk Dante Hicks (Brian O’Halloran) and RST video store clerk Randall Graves (Jeff Anderson). Woken up by a morning phone call from his employer, Dante receives the unfortunate news that his services are needed at the store that day due to an employee who has called out. Dante is assured that his employer will be in by noon, thus still giving Dante the opportunity to play in the hockey game at two o’clock. Although Dante’s morning may be ruined, there is still a chance that the rest of his day will be one of leisure……….so he thinks.

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As soon as Dante’s day begins at the Quick Stop he discovers that it is not the day to be working behind the counter at the store that seems to be a magnet for bad news and happenings that Dante could do without. Luckily for Dante, he has his good buddy Randal working next door at the RST video store. Unfortunately, Randal, as good a friend as he may be, tends to add stress to Dante’s already stressful day. You see, Randal has a hatred for most of the customers at the Quick Stop and the RST video store and he has no problem with expressing his discontent in ways that, although may be hilarious, you could say angers the patrons and in-turn stresses out Dante. Adding to Dante’s anxiety are customers like the chewing gum representative who rouses cigarette customers to the point of a near anti-smoking riot resulting in Dante being pelted with cigarettes and the two loitering idiots who go by the names of Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith) who curse out patrons and sell drugs in the parking lot all day. Although indeed stressful, the customers are the least of Dante’s concerns. Dante’s girlfriend Veronica (Marilyn Ghigliotti) soon admits to him that she has sucked thirty six dicks…not including his, resulting in a hilarious argument in the store. Like the news of his girlfriend’s fellatio achievements isn’t enough, Dante also finds out that his ex-girlfriend has passed resulting in a memorable visit to her wake by Dante and his buddy Randal. On top of all of the previously mentioned stresses, Dante also hears that his ex-girlfriend Caitlin Bree (Lisa Spoonauer), whom he still has feelings for, is engaged to marry an Asian Design major from her school. All of these personal tragedies and Dante isn’t even supposed to be at work today! Can a Star Wars conversation, a twelve minute hockey game and wise words from Silent Bob of all people, shed some much needed light on Dante’s day from hell? You will have to watch Clerks and see now won’t you.

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Clerks is the film that launched writer/director/actor, Kevin Smith’s career. Made for a mere twenty seven thousand dollars, Clerks brought in over three million dollars. Not bad for a black and white indie film that was filmed in three weeks and largely paid for through funds that Kevin Smith acquired by selling his comic book collection, maxing out his credit cards, utilizing funds meant to pay for his college education, and the insurance money he received after losing his car in a flood. The film Clerks, much like The Blair Witch Project, is an example of what is possible if you have somewhat decent financial means, family and friends who are willing to be in your film that may or may not succeed, and the talent and know-how to put a movie together. There are a number of laugh out loud moments, mostly provided by Jeff Anderson as Randal and Jason Mewes as Jay but what really drives Clerks is the wit and biting humor of the dialog. I give Clerks 2 and a 1/2 out of 3 Guys. See you next week with another review from The Bargain Bin!

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Divergent

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Director: Neil Burger
Writer:
Evan Daugherty, Vanessa Taylor
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet

 

Plot: In the future we are separated into clans based on silly virtues and forced to live in dystopian Chicago, hiding from no one in particular. Somehow, it is unusual when people are born with more than one virtue and this leads to problems for Tris and her family when it comes to light that she is a multi virtue Divergent.

 

 

 

Rate It: (0 -3 guys)

 

Adam:

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Griff:

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So what did you think? 

Adam – Well there goes two and a half hours of my life that I will never get back.  This was an epically terrible film.

Scotty - Overall this film was predictable, far-fetched, and ridiculous, poorly acted, poorly written, and a bit infantile but other than that it was pretty good.

Griff – Banal, derivative and utterly forgettable.

 

 

Any thoughts before you saw the movie? 

Adam – Not having read the books I went in with pretty low expectations based upon the lack of patrons and the RT score that I couldn’t help but notice when I checked the showtimes.  Somehow this film managed to be worse than even my low expectations.

Scotty – I was eager to get out and see a film but I was fully aware of what and how this could be.

Griff – If you can’t make a movie look good with the trailer, you can bet you are in for a long couple of hours.

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Did you think this movie was fresh and/or innovative? 

Adam – Dystopian society check, young confused virgin check, out of control government check, training montage check, dreamy potential romance check, yup this film has all the bases covered.

Scotty - No.  This is where the film lacked the most.  If you have seen any dystopian film you have seen this one.  Nothing new to see here.

Griff – This just a rehashed story with an unoriginal script directed in the most boring way possible.

 

 

Did you think the script was well written? 

Adam -  If only they could have figured out a way to fit less action into a longer amount of screen time.   

Scotty – The climax of the film was a bit ridiculous and anti-climactic and to me that is poor writing.  I was waiting for a twist worthwhile but instead it flew off the rails with a silly ending.

Griff - I’m not even sure where to begin. It’s just a bad movie folks.

 

 

Was there a performance you really liked or really hated? 

Adam – Woodley’s hair rocks in this film.  I mean seriously it looked awesome.  Not sure what sort of product she puts in there but I really need to find out and purchase some.

Scotty – Many of the actors in this one seemed overwhelmed and unprofessional.  There were points where I thought the film was funny and not in the way that you want it to be.  The lines were delivered in a way that it almost became a parody of itself, on accident.

Griff - Woodley truly wasn’t bad but she needs to fire her agent. Everyone else was pretty ridiculous. Jai Courtney stands out as particularly terrible for his ham fisted performance as the “bad guy”.

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Do you remember a song from the film?

Adam – Thankfully no, but the way the youths in the Dauntless group ran together and hopped on trains somehow reminded me of the musical Newsies (1992).

Scotty - No, the film is kind of a wash in all aspects.

Griff - I was too busy fidgeting in my seat and trying to stay awake to really notice any music that stood out.

 

 

What was your favorite line? 

Adam – “why does everyone keep saying that” Tris,  This was the only intentional humor in the film that I laughed at.

Scotty – “You wouldn’t shoot me?”

Griff – Whatever the last line of dialogue was in this movie was my favorite because it meant I got to leave the theater.

 

 

What would have made this a better movie?

Adam -  I usually have some advice to improve a film but I don’t even know where to begin with this stinker.

Scotty – I am having a hard time fixing this one.  In an age of dystopian film after dystopian film I would expect a growth in the genre but it just seems like these films are becoming the “new” project in Hollywood with a cookie cutter stencil and unimaginative writing.  There is really no fixing it.

Griff - I haven’t read the book but I am sure it can’t be as bad as this. There needed to be a much better script. Truthfully the whole concept of this film is just ridiculous. Motivations are never really explained. Why would the dauntless leaders help the erudite in first place? This is never explained or maybe I dozed off during that part. For that matter what possible motivation could he erudite have to take over the government? Exactly what about the way they live were they planning on changing? They just felt like they needed to be in power so they decided to kill everybody?

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Is it worth seeing in the theater? Or could you have waited for the DVD/Stream?

Adam - Catch this playing soon on your next cross country flight.

Scotty – No need to see this one in the theater, wait for DVD and be disappointed at home.

Griff – Just wait. I don’t think it will be too long before you can get this on Netflix.

 

 

What other movies would you recommend if someone enjoyed this film? 

Adam -  This film blew chunks but for some good Dystopia check out: Children of Men (2006) Minority Report (2002) and 12 Monkeys (1995)

Scotty – The Hunger Games, Lord of the Flies, Planet of the Apes, Oblivion, The Running Man ect…

Griff - A couple of good coming of age movies with a sci-fi theme? How about War Games (1983), or even Super 8 was better than this.

 

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Any final thoughts on this movie? 

Adam -  Why can’t anyone make a decent Young Adult novel into a film?  Remember when YA adaptations  were things like The Princess Bride (1987), The Outsiders  (1983) and Lord of the Flies (1963)?

Scotty – I know I have been tough on this film and though it is warranted I did enjoy it on some level, what that level is I cannot define.  The film is not good and a retread of what seems to be every film that comes out lately.  The best way to explain this is that Divergent is a Twilight/Hunger Games Hybrid with the worst of both of those films showing their ugly faces throughout.

Griff - Basically what we are dealing with is Pretty in Pink and The Breakfast Club with a non-sensical dystopian sci-fi theme. I am not sure why all of these modern coming of age stories need to have some supernatural or sci-fi backdrop. Why can’t you just make a good coming of age movie like Pretty in Pink without all the non-sense. I’m not sure what it says about our youth that all there favorite coming of age stories involve teenagers killing each other. It’s odd. I can’t wait for The Giver. It is sure to be awesome…

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Welcome to this week’s review from The Bargain Bin! While on my drive to one of my local Bargain Bins I have to admit that I had high hopes for a real Bargain Bin classic. As much as I enjoyed “School Ties” and “Indecent Proposal” the two movies are not exactly what I would consider Bargain Bin magic and it was due time that the Bargain Bin gods delivered. So I approach The Bin with lofty expectations, although this particular bin is the same bin that I dug through these last two weeks, I can only hope that there has been some new additions made to this heap of outcast DVD’s. Now, usually I end up digging endlessly through movies that I would just as soon use as frisbees in the store parking lot but this time I struck Bargain Bin gold within a mere couple of minutes. This time the Bargain Bin gods did deliver! Before beginning this review I already knew that I had a Bargain Bin classic in my hands, and let me tell you, it felt damn good! This week’s review from The Bargain Bin is a review of the 1987 action movie starring the one and only Sylvester Stallone……..

Over the Top

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Director: Menahem Golan
Written By: Gary Conway and David Engelbach
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, David Mendenhall and Robert Loggia
Reviewed By: 
Joe Sikes

Appropriately, Over the Top opens with the very corny, anthemic, rousing song titled “In This Country” by Robin Zander of Cheap Trick fame. As a sixteen wheeler makes its way down winding mountain roads we get a look at the man who is controlling this giant machine. Lincoln Hawk (Sylvester Stallone) is driving his beloved truck to his son Michael’s (David Mendenhall) graduation from military school. When Lincoln arrives, albeit late, to his son’s graduation, he is greeted by a reluctant son who he has not seen in almost ten years. Lincoln, or Hawk, as he is affectionately referred to as, is at the graduation to drive his son home at the request of Michael’s dying mom with hopes of her son finally getting to know his father. Michael’s reluctance to travel with his father, who is practically a stranger to him, is trumped by his mother’s dying wish and the father and son board Hawk’s Brut cologne carrying freight truck with many miles and hours ahead of them to get to know each other. This particular bonding trip is against the wishes of Michael’s powerful and rich grandfather, Jason Cutler (Robert Loggia) who isn’t about to see his grandson corrupted by his loser, truck driver dad.

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Michael soon finds out that Lincoln Hawk is more than just a muscle bound truck driver, he is his dad and he finally has him in his life again. While on the road with his dad Michael learns about being a man and that his dad, although leaving him and his mom years ago, is a good person who has just made mistakes in his life. More than just being a truck driver, Michael learns that his dad is also a man who makes a few extra bucks arm-wrestling at truck stops while he is on the road. Although shocked by this lifestyle of his father’s, Michael is soon intrigued by the roadside “sport” that his father has undertaken. Michael is soon arm-wrestling as well and this arm wrestling proves to be a bonding tool between himself and his dad. Michael also soon learns that his dad is to be arm-wrestling at the major arm-wrestling tournament in Vegas where Hawk hopes to hit it big, win a new truck and begin a new life that includes his son Michael. While the father and son bond, Michael’s grandfather is plotting to get his grandson back and the only thing in his way is his ex son-in-law Lincoln Hawk. What does the future hold for the reunited father and son? Will Michael’s grandfather succeed in retrieving him from his father? Will the underdog Lincoln Hawk succeed at the “Over the Top” Vegas arm wrestling tournament? Does Frank Stallone have yet another song in one of his brother Sly’s movies? Check out Over the Top and get the answers to these questions that keep us all awake at night.

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I can remember seeing Over the Top with my friends when I was a kid and how much it influenced us. The next thing you know my buddies and I are all arm-wrestling during lunch in Junior High with our baseball hats on backwards and trying to emulate the “Over the Top move”. Well, as they say, that was then and this is now and I will not be out at the bar arm-wrestling with my ball hat on backwards…or will I? Over the Top will always be a favorite of mine due to its small place in my childhood, and lets face it, you gotta love the immense cheesiness of Over the Top that you just can’t find nowadays, not like this anyways! I did enjoy watching Over the Top again but lets face it, it isn’t exactly Rocky yet it is indeed Bargain Bin magic! I give Over the Top 2 out of 3 Guys due to its fantastic cheesiness that just fits this segment like an arm-wrestling glove. See you next week with another review from The Bargain Bin!

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Hello and welcome to this week’s review from The Bargain Bin! I guess that you could say that this week’s subject is a “what would you do?” movie. Don’t get me wrong, it can be said that pretty much every movie has a ‘what would you do ?” moment, but this week’s film really had people thinking when it first came out back in 1993. Not only was the plot a thought provoking one but this movie had the cast to back it up as well. A younger Woody Harrelson and Demi Moore as a madly in love, newlywed couple and the legendary Robert Redford as the rich guy who may or may not solve all of the couple’s financial problems……but at what price? Before I give too much away, lets get to it, shall we. This week’s review from The Bargain Bin is of the 1993 drama…………..

Indecent Proposal

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Director: Adrian Lyne
Written By: Jack Engelhard and Amy Holden Jones
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Demi Moore and Robert Redford
Reviewer: Joe Sikes

Diana (Demi Moore) and David (Woody Harrelson) fell in love while attending high school together. Before they knew it they were newlyweds. Passionately in love, David and Diana began a life together that had its ups and downs but they always survived through their unbending love for one another. As an architect, David’s income wasn’t exactly consistent and the same could be said for Diana’s job as a realtor but they made enough to get by and that was good enough for the madly in love young couple. Soon Diana and David took a chance and decided to build David’s dream-house overlooking the ocean in Santa Monica, California. The couple would have to cut a couple of corners but they were convinced that they could make it happen with the help of some loans. Just when things seemed to be going in the right direction with the new house almost completed, the recession hit. No construction meant no work for an architect and the real estate market was pretty much non existent, which meant that the young couple was in great danger of losing their home and the dream-home that they were currently building. David and Diana Murphy were in need of some serious fast cash to save their future. Where can you make $50 grand in a hurry? Vegas Baby!!

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Things start off great in Vegas but like most experiences in the gambling capital of the world things take a turn for the worse and the couple is left right back where they started. When the Murphy’s wander into the high roller section of the casino they discover billionaire John Gage (Robert Redford) playing at one of the tables. Mr. Gage and Diana had already crossed paths and you could say that the billionaire made it clear as to what he was interested in. It isn’t long before the young couple found out that what John Gage wanted was David’s wife Diana…………at the cost of 1 million dollars for 1 night! Will the couple test the strength of their relationship and accept the offer? This, my friends, is the “what would you do?” of 1993′s Indecent Proposal.

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I remember watching Indecent Proposal when I was a teen and I was probably more thrown by Demi Moore than the plot or the interesting scenario and I have to admit, Demi Moore still catches my attention with her beauty and her great job portraying the compromised wife and the plot and the acting  of her costars certainly stand right there with her. Indecent Proposal will make you think about what you might do if you were in David’s or Diana’s shoes. Not to mention, Woody Harrelson plays the role of the tortured husband David Murphy in a way that will make you hurt for him and question him at the same time and Robert Redford plays the billionaire John Gage with class and just enough evil for you to dislike him. Oliver Platt also serves as just the right amount of comedy relief as Jeremy, David’s lawyer. I give Indecent Proposal 2 and 1/2 Guys. See you next week with another review from The Bargain Bin.

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