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Non-Review Review: Final Destination

I am actually quite fond of the original Final Destination. Don’t get me wrong, it has its flaws (and some very fundamental ones at that) and the sequels drove the concept into the ground, but it actually has a fairly original premise for a teen horror movie. I’m fond of horror as a genre, and I’ll freely admit that I’m quite exhausted by the perpetual cycle of slasher movies or ghost stories or ghost story slasher movies. Instead of adhering rigidly to the conventions of the teen horror film, Final Destination feels like something of a breath of fresh air. It’s a well-constructed teen horror movie, even if it does fall into many of the same traps and issues.

Ali onboard…

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Competition! Win American Pie: The Reunion Goodies!

Next week, the team from the original American Pie will be reuniting for American Pie: The Reunion, which sees the original gang reuniting to reflect on how their lives have changed since that iconic nineties sex comedy. My brother, who is over in Philadelphia for the summer (our American correspondent), has seen it and seemed quite impressed, so I am looking forward to it. The lovely folks at Universal Pictures Ireland have given us a prize pack to give away to one lucky reader. To enter, see below. Their facebook page can be seen here.

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American Pie: The Reunion Trailer

Universal have sent over their latest trailer of their American Pie: The Reunion film, that will be released shortly. I’m going to be entirely honest here, and concede that I think the franchise fell apart after the first instalment – much like the Saw series. Still, that said, the original American Pie was a randy teenage sex comedy for an entire generation, and bringing most of the original ensemble back is probably a smart move. After all, there are any number of iconic gross-out moments to be found in that first film. I’m not a huge fan, but I recall that original film with a wry and amused grin. I’ll let you make up your own mind, but here’s the trailer.

Non-Review Review: Goon

Goon is a movie that works surprisingly well. It’s hilarious, brutal, and yet surprisingly sweet. It’s the quintessential sports movie, featuring a plucky young protagonist trying to find his place in the world, while developing his one sporting talent, but it never feels as coy or manipulative as other movies of that type. A large portion of the credit for that charm has to go to Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg for their witty and incredibly quotable script, but I think that most of the movie’s success rests on Seann William Scott as Doug Glatt, the eponymous goon.

He's a blood mess...

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