Sunday, January 9, 2011

Jason and Shawn review: Cropsey and Mega Shark Versus Crocosaurus

Cropsey

Jason: This is a great piece of journalism, a whodunit that already has a culprit . . . or alleged culprit as the case may be. I like how Barbera Brancaccio and Joshua Zeman did their best to offer all sides of the case, showing the circumstantial evidence that led to Andre Rand's conviction but also revealing enough proof to understand why he was convicted and remains incarcerated. The crimes, with so many missing and presumed murdered children, are frightening. Seeing the impact the case still has on the community and the families is like a punch in the gut. This is a real horror story, and it's a compelling one. A Good review from me.

Shawn: Seeing the creepy, abandoned mental hospital with its tunnels and disarray was frightening, especially when you consider we've got one of those in our own back yard. It sent a chill down my spine and made me wonder "what if that happened here?" Watching the news footage that showed the treatment of the children in the hospital was disturbing. I can't believe children could be treated that way. Also unsettling was the game Andre Rand played with the documentary filmmakers. This is a great documentary, but I can't say it has enough entertainment value to watch it again. I'll give it a Bad, but I'm glad I watched it.

Mega Shark Versus Crocosaurus

Jason: What should have been a critic-proof movie ends up being an epic fail of a Grade-Z mockbuster. This is so bad Ed Wood should be proud to call himself a filmmaker. All I wanted was a so-bad-it's-good experience. Instead, all I got was a bad.  The actors took themselves too seriously and the timeline was all over the map. Those are just a few of the many issues I had with this disaster of a movie. I could forgive its faults if I had a good time watching it, but I didn't. And it rates an Ugly because of it.

Shawn: The lack of continuity really bothered me. The characters jumped from the warship to the helicopter then back to the warship without explanation. The monsters were in Florida, then Panama, then the Pacific Ocean and over to the Atlantic without explanation. How did that Zodiac get on the beach? I get a headache just thinking about it, and it really ruined the movie for me. I wanted to give it a good, but this is so bad it's an Ugly.

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