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Vantage Point – Review

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WARNING: Spoiler Review! If you haven’t seen this movie and plan on it, you’ve been warned.

I’m finally catching up on reviewing all the movies I’ve seen over the past few months. The first I wanted to review is Vantage Point. Dennis Quaid gives a great performance as an FBI agent sent to protect the president at a speaking engagement in Spain. The president is shot, and the story is told from the vantage point of eight different people.

While it was an interesting idea, the movie felt a lot like the movie Groundhog Day, where the same day is played out over and over again. This sort of monotony took the drama out of the movie if you ask me. But still, it was rather interesting. The final vantage point, after seeing some from people in the crowd, FBI agents, etc., is that of the president.

The twist is that you see in the end that it was actually his body double that got shot because his aides heard about the threat of violence before the arrived. Overall, not a bad movie, but I’ve also seen a lot better.

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2008 Deep Run Marathon Dance Opening & Closing Videos

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I finally figured out how to compress these videos for YouTube and still have them look relatively decent. I made them for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Deep Run Marathon Dance and had a ton of fun doing it! Can’t wait for next year.

Opening Video (shown at the opening ceremony to dancers to get them pumped up for the 27 hours ahead):


Closing Video (includes charity interviews, dance footage (cut out for YouTube time restraints), and a dramatic grand total at the end):

Charlie Bartlett – Review

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WARNING: Spoiler Review! If you haven’t seen this movie and plan on it, you’ve been warned.

I went to see Charlie Bartlett last night. I usually go to a movie every week or so, but I hadn’t been in nearly a month. It was a great movie. Anton Yelchin plays Charlie Bartlett, a wealthy private school student who is expelled for running a lamination mill in his room where he created fake IDs for hundreds of classmates. He then decides to attend public school, still wearing his private school uniform on the first day. He tries unsuccessfully to make friends, and realizes that the best way to gain popularity is to offer free medications to fellow classmates.

Charlie begins listening to his peers’ problems in a makeshift “office” in the men’s restroom, and when he found out their issues, he goes to his psychiatrist and tells him he has the same symptoms as his classmates in order to get prescriptions he can in turn pass on to them. He makes a huge profit, wins the love of the entire student body, and largely helps them medically when no one else would listen or they had no one else to turn to with their problems.

After a while, Charlie starts dating the principal’s daughter, landing him in even more hot water than he’s already in with school administration. His drug scheme is finally busted when a classmate tries to commit suicide by overdosing on Ritalin. He ends up going to jail for a short time, but makes amends with the principal and everyone else.

This was a great story told at an interesting angle, so if you’re up for some hearty laughs, a fast-paced, fun story line, and a sprinkle or two of drama, check this film out.

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We Own The Night – Review

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I went to the Byrd Theater last night to see We Own The Night. It was an interesting, yet somewhat confusing, look at the 1980s inner-city drug scene. Joseph Grusinsky (played by Mark Wahlberg) heads up a new narcotics unit to reduce drug flow throughout the city. The main man they’re after is Vadim Nezhinski (played by Alex Veadov). The movie follows their mob-like ways and profile their importation of drugs in creative but shiesty ways. This movie has two or three points where you think it’s going to end, but it keeps on going. It would be just as good a movie without keeping it going. It’s somewhat of a grim movie with lots of killing, but overall the police prevail in taking down the drug operation.

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