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“Eighth Grade” Teen View

July 26th, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by Ian Delia

Eight Grade is a mellow film with big meaning. All I can say is wow. This film pulls on your heart bleeding out all emotions. The story of a  girl who is confident behind the screen of a computer but in real life she is shy, insecure, and has a hard time being herself. The message of a young eighth grade girl that is easy to relate to your experiences for all audiences. For kids or students these life skills are critically important to learn and to constantly observe for as a parent, teacher, or an adult universally speaking. Read more…

American Honey (Written Film Review & Trailer)

October 13th, 2016 No comments

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Review by John Delia

Here’s a quirky little film that could sneak in for an Oscar if the wind blows their way. It’s called American Honey and works its magic with a strong appeal to mature teens through 20’s. The film has a radical edge that takes a stab at the wealthy and also preys on the goodness of middle class America. That said, it’s also an eye opener of America’s failure to influence the young toward important social values and the danger of negative ones. Read more…

Project Almanac, Teen Time Travel (Film Review)

January 29th, 2015 No comments

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Review by John Delia

Tweens, Teens and early twenties should like Project Almanac, a fast paced Sci-fi thriller with respectable acting and creative direction. The target audience will especially like the hand held cinematography reminiscent of Project X that continues throughout giving the film a rocky roller coaster feel. It’s a fun film with a little romance to boot. Read more…

Beautiful Creatures, a Bewitching Teen Love Story (Film Review)

February 14th, 2013 No comments

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Review by John Delia

Teen romance comes to the screen once more with the supernatural thriller Beautiful Creatures doing its best to break the mold switching from vampire lust to wooing witchery.  It’s Twilight only better.  The film takes you into the coven of some nasty people who want to preserve their species no matter the cost to their teenage daughter and local mortals.  I found the film nicely acted and directed with brilliant cinematography and excellent retro costuming. Read more…

Perks of Being a Wallflower, Flim Review by John Delia

October 4th, 2012 No comments

CREATIVELY

CRAFTY

TEEN

FLICK

PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER

Review by John Delia

Films about teens are scarce in 2012 so other than Hunger Games that came out in March the pickings have been thin for that genre.  With the teen movie Perks of Being a Wallflower opening in a very slow month mostly devoted to horror flicks, hopefully it won’t be overlooked as its pretty darn good. Able to touch a finger to the pulse of what makes teens tick, this film has all the trappings of a possible adolescent box-office coup.

Other things going for the movie include the young and beautiful Emma Watson’s first lead screen appearance since Harry Potter, the handsome Logan Lerman (D’Artagnon in The Three Musketeers) and upcoming 19-year-old  Esra Miller (City Island) all totally eye appealing and potential heartthrobs.  In addition to this very fine lead cast Dylan McDermott (The Campaign), Kate Walsh (TV’s Private Practice), Paul Rudd (I Love You Man), and Melanie Lansky (Ever After) work hard in support. Read more…

John Carter, 3D Blu-ray review by John Delia

June 5th, 2012 No comments

ACTION

ADVENTURE

FOR TEENS

ON 3D BLU-RAY

 

JOHN CARTER

By John Delia

 

Technologically John Carter shines as one of the better films I’ve seen in a couple of years.  The 3D CGI, make-up, puppetry, mixed with fine live action characterization alone is worth the watch. Meld all this technology with the amazing fantasy story by Edgar Rice Burroughs and you have an excellent home movie experience. Much like the film Avatar you don’t have to be a science fiction enthusiast to enjoy the adventure and fantasy and it’s now packaged in a 3D Blu-ray combo pack for home viewing. Male teens are the target for this home video, but not if your Tweens grab it first. Read more…

THE ART OF GETTING BY review by John Delia

June 16th, 2011 No comments

 

 

 

 

 


 

Cast: Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts, Michael Angarano, Rita Wilson, and Blair Underwood

Directed by: Gavin Wiesen

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, language, teen drinking, partying

Genre: Drama, Romance, Teens

Running Time: 1hr 24min

Opening Date: June 17, 2011

Distributed by: Fox Searchlight Pictures

 

 

By John Delia

 

Take your time with The Art Of Getting By although the story has a simple plot Director Gavin Weisen spools his movie out slowly providing an abundance of character development.  Although this may be a good thing for film buffs, it’s not the kind of entertainment for those who like their romance with a lot less buildup.

Sally (Emma Roberts) and George (Freddie Highmore)

The plot centers on George (Freddie Highmore), a conflicted teen that believes life has little meaning, especially when it comes to schoolwork.  Having reached his final high school year doing very little homework he still seems to eke through.  But, with finals coming just weeks away his teachers are demanding he turn in a year’s worth of reports and a passing grade on his finals or there will be no diploma.  Lost in a world of his grotesque drawings and contemplating giving up any future endeavors, he meets Sally (Emma Roberts) a defeatist person like himself.  This bonding takes the two on a course of apprehension then exploration and optimism.

 

I personally did not care much for the film finding it repetitive and overwhelmingly dark.  Wiesen’s direction spends way too much time on character build up, divorce guilt and school conflicts leaving little time for the coming of age relationship for both Sally and George.

Sally gets acquainted with George

The acting however shines with Highmore and Roberts making credible emotional teens that deal with age-old problems. And I’m impressed with Michael Angarano as the starving artist Dustin who takes George under his wing only to screw up his relationship with Sally.

 

The Art of Getting By is rated PG-13 for sexual content, language, teen drinking, partying.  The film, however, does depict an over abundance of teen drinking without penalty so be cautious when approving pre-teens to early teens attending the film.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS: A little less would be more in The Art of Getting By. (C-)


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PROM reviewed by John Delia

April 29th, 2011 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

Cast: Aimee Teegarden, Thomas McDonell, Danielle Campbell, Yin Chang, Janelle Ortiz and Kylie Bunbury,

Director: Joe Nussbaum

MPAA Rating: PG for mild language and a brief fight

Genre: Comedy, Teens

Running time: 1hr 43min

Release Date: April 29, 2011

Distributed by: Walt Disney Pictures

 

By John Delia

 

It’s that time of the year for the senior dance expecting to enhance memories of friendships, puppy love and dreams of being a mature adult.  Yes it’s the Prom and Disney’s new movie knows how to make it PG with some new faces and a display of morals fit for Middle America and the Bible belt.  It may not be reality with the lifestyle in the 2nd millennium, but what are movies for anyway? Places where you can still see family values and feel that they still exist.  You know, it’s the perfect movie for moms who worry about their High School daughters.

Jesse (Mcdonell) and Nova (Teegarden) start work on new Prom decorations

In this film every couple has a story and no two are exactly alike. Several intersecting stories unfold at one high school as the big dance approaches; the movie portrays the precarious passage from high school to independence as some relationships unravel and others ignite. For Nova Prescott (Aimee Teegarden), it’s a battle of wills as she finds herself drawn to the guy (Thomas McDonell) who gets in the way of her perfect prom. Fellow seniors Mei (Yin Chang) and Tyler (De’Vaughn Nixon) harbor secrets, while others face all the insecurity and anticipation that surrounds one of high school’s most seminal events.  Will this ‘perfect night’ be a night to remember?

Nova checking out a prom dress

Prom director Joe Nussbaum, who gave us Sydney White and Sleepover, both films featuring a group of newbie’s, continues his quest to find the perfect newcomers for the teen appeal.  His only known player, Aimee Teegarden has already had a string of hits, especially television’s Friday Night Lights that spotlighted her throughout the series.  Here she plays the pivotal role giving some strength to the very predictable plot.  Although Nussbaum gives her a lot of rope with her character, it’s not enough to make the film a winner.

 

Unfortunately the prime audience that will watch this film, ladies 12-18, will probably walk away with an empty feeling on what it may really be like at ‘the prom.’  Sadly the only action, a fire and a fight that points out the bad boy in town and the sole comedy surrounds a boy trying to come up with the nerve to ask out his perfect prom choice.

 

Prom is rated PG for mild language and a fight. But, this is a TEEN film so it’s a loss that Nussbaum made the film a little unrealistic by sticking in the ‘magic’ that’s usually infused in Disney’s Animated division youngsters.

FINAL ANALYSIS:  Prom, a sugarcoated version of a High School rite of passage. (C)

 

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE out on DVD/Blu-ray Dec. 4

November 5th, 2010 No comments

The Third Installation in the $2 Billion Franchise

Arrives on Two-Disc Special Edition DVD, Blu-Ray & Combo Pack

Just in time for the holiday season

Featuring a Six-Part Behind the Scenes Documentary,

Deleted & Extended Scenes and More

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE

Available December 4, 2010

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Los Angeles, California, 2010— One of the most talked about films of 2010, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, will be released on a Two-Disc Special Edition DVD, Single Disc Blu-ray, Single Disc DVD, and Blu-ray/DVD Combo on December 4, 2010 – a Saturday street date that will allow fans across the nation to celebrate at retailer’s midnight release parties before taking home the film at 12:01 am.

Already a worldwide literary phenomenon, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, filled with action, suspense and the supernatural, took in over $300 million domestically at the box office and set the record for the widest theatrical release of all time.

Two-Disc Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo are packed with bonus features that are sure to please even the most-hard core fans, including two different audio commentaries with Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, and author Stephanie Meyer and producer Wyck Godfrey; a mesmerizing 6-part “Making Of” documentary that takes you behind the scenes; deleted and extended scenes; a comprehensive photo gallery; music videos and more.

SYNOPSIS

It all begins… with a choice. In the third chapter of Stephenie Meyer’s phenomenal Twilight series, Bella Swan is surrounded by danger as Seattle is hit by a string of murders and an evil vampire continues her quest for revenge. In the midst of it all, Bella is forced to choose between her love, Edward Cullen, and her friend, Jacob Black—knowing that her decision may ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf.

SPECIAL FEATURES (2-Disc DVD & Combo)

  • Audio Commentary by Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart
  • Audio Commentary by Stephanie Meyer & Wyck Godfrey
  • Deleted & Extended Scenes
  • Photo Gallery
  • Six-Part Making Of Documentary (PIP mode on Combo only)
  • Edward Fast Forward
  • Jacob Fast Forward
  • Music Videos
  • And more!

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EASY A written review

September 16th, 2010 No comments

“THE V WORD”

easya_smallposterStarring: Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes, Dan Byrd, and Thomas Haden Church

Directed by: Will Gluck

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic elements involving teen sexuality, language and some drug material.

Genre: Comedy

Running Time: 1hr 32min

Release Date: September 17th, 2010

Distributed by: Sony Pictures Releasing

By John Delia

Disappointing tops the list of words that come to mind after seeing Easy A. The storyline is trite, casting not up to par and the direction bored me with mundane characters.  It’s a teenage film that brings more fantasy than reality.

Woodchuck Todd (Penn Badgley) and Olive (Emma Stone) chat while Olive gets picketed

Woodchuck Todd (Penn Badgley) and Olive (Emma Stone) chat while Olive gets picketed

The V word is being thrown around in a few movies this year and Easy A takes on the subject in this absurd high school comedy.  If the thought of loosing your virginity has crossed your mind more than once, then this film should enlighten you on some of the consequences of letting your best friend know.  That’s what happed to Olive (Emma Stone) who was cornered in the girl’s room by her best friend Rhiannon (Aly Michalka) and leaked out the untruth that she lost the big V.  Unfortunately for Olive her arch nemesis Marianne (Amanda Bynes) was in one of the stalls and the whole school knew in a matter of minutes. To get the story straight Olive goes on the Internet and confesses.  And that’s where we the audience become voyeurs to the whole story.

Olive rebells dressed in her homemade bostier

Olive rebells dressed in her homemade bostier

To tell you the truth I am not happy with Easy A. The movie has a lot of flaws that pop out and genuinely make the storyline unrealistic.  Teens, time to Tweet, Tweet, Tweeter like the last time I panned a teen film. But, let me hear from you AFTER you see the movie.  If you agree with me that it would not ever have been aloud to happen at your school, then I want to know.  If your admin allows a low slung bustier (a tight-fitting often strapless top worn as a brassiere or outer garment), strapless bras, guidance councilors that confide in students giving inappropriate advice, cell phone messaging in classrooms, well you will see where I am coming from. And doesn’t the red A stand for Adultery?  I thought the film was about the V word for Virginity.

Brandon (Dan Byrd) and Olive serve detention together

Brandon (Dan Byrd) and Olive serve detention together

I get the outward meaning that the film targets; that being how our society has become so openly hypocritical of our fellow man.  It was interesting to see how quickly the ‘news’ got out among the cell-laden schoolmates showing how strong social networking has become.  One redeeming factor is that the film does show the loosing of one’s virginity at such an early age can be a loosing proposition.

As for the acting, director Will Gluck (Fired Up!) lets his actors run wild portraying characters that are old hat, insipid (Penn Badgley as Woodchuck), ditsy (Amanda Bynes as Marianne), and not gay enough (Dan Byrd as Brandon).  Have you seen Mean Girls, A Cinderella Story or even television’s Lizzie McGuire?  Oh, and sorry Emma, but you looked too old for the part.

Stanley Tucci, Emma Stone, Bryce Clyde and Patricia Clarkson

Stanley Tucci, Emma Stone, Bryce Clyde and Patricia Clarkson

On the flipside of the coin are some extremely funny and refreshing characters played by Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson.  They play Olive’s ultraliberal minded parents creating magic with their roles.  Here is where Gluck shows his comedy side and really had me in stitches.  Too bad, he couldn’t do as well with the rest of the cast.

The film is rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements involving teen sexuality, language and some drug material.

FINAL ANALYSIS:  A teen delusion and an adult yawner. (2 of 5)