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Sharknado Review


Good

You couldn't even say this movie is so bad that it's good, because it's seriously terrible, but it's also hilariously entertaining. Sometimes it means to be idiotic, but more often we are laughing because the effects are so appalling, the script is nonsensical and the cast look like they got lost and wandered onto the set by accident. Fans of awful movies won't want to miss it.

The premise is simply ridiculous: Los Angeles is in the grip of a shark infestation, as swimmers in about four inches of water are being gobbled up by Great Whites. Just then, a freak hurricane arrives from Mexico carrying water-spouts packed with sharks that are dropped into the city streets. Our hero is Fin (Ziering), a surfer dude who's worried about his estranged wife April (Reid) and their two grown children (Peeples and Hittinger). So he grabs his best buddy Baz (Simmons), the tough-girl barmaid Nova (Scerbo) and a local drunk (Heard) and they charge to the rescue. After a series of outrageous adventures, they come up with a crazy plan to save the city.

Mashing together every disaster movie cliche imaginable, along with nonstop amusing Jaws references and L.A. in-jokes, the film isn't nearly as stupid as it looks. And it looks really stupid. There isn't a single sequence that makes a bit of logical sense due to the dirt-cheap production values and clunky digital effects. Every now and then, the filmmakers edit in a documentary shot of actual sharks swimming just to remind us what they look like, as opposed to the clumsy rubber and digital variety that fills the screen.

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David Michael Latt and David Garber - 2013 Young Hollywood Awards at The Broad Stage - Red Carpet - Santa Monic, CA, United States - Friday 2nd August 2013

David Michael Latt and David Garber

Mega Piranha Review


Bad
You'd think that producer Latt might play on the camp success of his previous nutty thriller Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus for this no-budget romp. But no.

This movie is even more po-faced, with even less coherent action and more appalling effects. Is that even possible?

It turns out that scientist Sarah Monroe (Tiffany) has been experimenting with piranhas on the Orinoco River in Venezuela, and now they're growing exponentially, from the size of a cookie to the size of a Buick in just a few days. Fortunately, they're heading for the Caribbean, and they won't be able to survive in salt water. Or so the biologists think. Assigned to help her stop the potential chaos is over-muscled American action-spy Jason Fitch (Logan), who is being manipulated by his panicky boss (Williams) back home.

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Mega Shark Vs Giant Octopus Review


Weak
Clearly aiming for the Snakes on a Plane audience, this outrageously cheesy film could have worked with a little more discipline in the writing and directing, as well as a more satirical approach. Because the cheap effects and corny plot are actually rather entertaining.

Oceanographer Emma MacNeill (Gibson) finds herself in a cover-up conspiracy after an incident in which a shattering glacier releases frozen specimens of massive prehistoric creatures into the ocean, where they immediately start attacking whales, oil platforms, passenger jets and the Golden Gate Bridge. She teams up with her old professor (Lawlor) and Japanese scientist Shimada (Chao), and all three are quickly drafted by a shady government official (Lamas) to lend their expertise to stopping this horrific menace.

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Jane White Is Sick & Twisted Review


Good
Wil Wheaton, you've been a busy man! First there was that exhaustive work you did in Star Trek: Nemesis, now you've got an even bigger part in Jane White Is Sick & Twisted.

No, it's not quite a Universal Pictures Memorial Day blockbuster, but this movie's got some of the biggest stars in existence. At least they used to be: with a cast that includes Dustin Diamond ("Screech" to you and me), Chris Hardwick (remember Singled Out?), Maureen McCormick (the original Marcia Brady), and Danica McKellar (aka "Winnie" from The Wonder Years), the Gods of TV Yesteryear are all in attendence.

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David Michael Latt Movies

Sharknado Movie Review

Sharknado Movie Review

You couldn't even say this movie is so bad that it's good, because it's seriously...

Mega Piranha Movie Review

Mega Piranha Movie Review

You'd think that producer Latt might play on the camp success of his previous nutty...

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Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus Movie Review

Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus Movie Review

Clearly aiming for the Snakes on a Plane audience, this outrageously cheesy film could have...

Jane White Is Sick & Twisted Movie Review

Jane White Is Sick & Twisted Movie Review

Wil Wheaton, you've been a busy man! First there was that exhaustive work you...

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