Sara Paxton

love and air sex

It’s time to declare a moratorium on the tired rom-com stock character dichotomy. For too long, movies both independent and mainstream have relied on leads that fall into one of two types. The first is the average joe, the guy/gal who is grounded, hesitant in matters romantic, and often quietly artistic. These are usually, though not always, the protagonists of their stories. The average joe is supposed to be pleasant and relatable, but instead they are boring and too muted to possess any discernible personality. The other type is the partier, the spontaneous, fun-loving, and sex-driven dude/lady. You’ll mostly see them in supporting roles. The partier theoretically provides enjoyable comic relief to the proceedings, but instead they are obnoxious, their every overdone quip grating on the soul. Love and Air Sex pushes this trend to its breaking point, featuring a pair of the boring and a pair of the obnoxious at the core of its supposedly romantic plot. Cathy (Ashley Bell) and Stan (Michael Stahl-David) are the boring ones. They are defined chiefly by their aspirations (Cathy wants to be a doctor, Stan a screenwriter) and the fact that they are In Love (TM). Why they are in love is unclear – the film’s first sequence shows their first date, then fast-forwards through a whirlwind romance right up until it’s broken by their inability to maintain a long-distance relationship. They both move away from their hometown of Austin in pursuit of their goals, Stan to LA and Cathy to New […]

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review cheap thrills

Editor’s note: Our review of Cheap Thrills originally ran during this year’s SXSW Film Festival, but we’re re-running it here as the film plays Fantastic Fest. Hey, did you guys know the economy sucks? It’s pretty evident from the price of gas to the unemployment rate to the housing market that we’re still not out of the woods yet. So it’s the perfect climate for a movie critiquing how money rules all and offers peace and stability to those who desperately crave it. Cheap Thrills is both thriller and dark comedy at the same time. The lead character is Craig (Pat Healy), a regular guy doing his best to provide for his wife and small child, but his best isn’t good enough, and with an eviction looming he loses his job at a mechanic shop. Hurting from being kicked while he’s down, he heads to the nearest bar to drown his sorrows. He runs into Vince (Ethan Embry), an old friend he hasn’t seen in awhile, and the two are drawn into a conversation with Colin (David Koechner) and his wife Violet (Sara Paxton) who are celebrating and throwing money around the shithole dive bar. But it’s when Craig and Vince head back to the couple’s house that the stakes go way up and the money really starts flowing… as long as Craig and Vince are willing to play along.

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review cheap thrills

Like anyone else, I am all too aware that the economy isn’t doing so well. As a writer, I’ll gladly take an extra article for a quick buck or an extra sandwich. But Cheap Thrills, the new dark – dark – comedy from director E.L. Katz is taking that concept to another level and putting its protagonist through a night of hell as he tries to make ends meet. When the married father of a newborn (Pat Healy) loses his job and faces eviction, he can’t comprehend how he’s going to fix his situation. Enter David Koechner and Sara Paxton, who play a bored, impossibly rich couple who offer him and his friend (Ethan Embry) wads of cash to complete a series of dares and tasks over the course of one night. As the night wears on, however, the dares get more gruesome and provocative as the amount of cash increases. And it all looks like good, sick fun. Are those missing fingers I (don’t) see at the end? As equal parts thriller and dark comedy, it’s fodder for hiding behind your fully-attached fingers as this poor dude’s “night of his life” unfolds. Check out the trailer for yourself:

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Ti West’s The Innkeepers was a hell of horror film – trenchant atmosphere, frightening moments and an antique feeling matched with the modern boredom of minimum wage. Now, we’re giving away a ton of great stuff from the movie. Two (2) winners will receive a special, limited edition (only 400 will ever exist) vinyl-style fold-out Blu-ray copy of the movie signed by writer/director Ti West. Check out the pictures below. One (1) winner will receive the truly gorgeous Dude Designs version of the poster signed by West and stars Sara Paxton and Pat Healy. Five (5) winners will receive the standard DVD copy of the film. So how do you enter to win? Excellent question:

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The Coroner

Director (/writer/editor/producer) Ti West is one of those low budget, independent filmmakers that has managed to secure a lot of attention for himself and amass a pretty devoted following, both in audiences and in critical circles alike. Having seen the bulk of his films, I was never quite won over. He made waves with The House of the Devil, a slow, slow, slow burn of a film that was cool and creepy, but ultimately just a little too…slow. It came as no surprise when his film The Innkeepers again started garnering praise – after all, even his less than great films got a lot of attention. Now, even at less than great, the films are often watchable if not outright good, just of a much different tempo than I prefer. That said, I pressed play on The Innkeepers knowing little other than Ti West made it and people seemed to love it.

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr readies for a Labor Day vacation at a lake house surrounded by bloodthirsty sharks. Once dinner is over for the little beasties, he goes undercover in 1960s-era East Berlin to help a bunch of emotionally brittle Mossad agents to kidnap a Nazi war criminal. Unfortunately, all they uncover is dozens of hours of video recordings from a lost NASA moon landing. So Kevin decides to edit all of this footage together into a feature film and hock it to the Weinsteins, convincing them that it really happened… or did it?

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If you were looking for the camp that a school of piranhas could deliver, look elsewhere. The new trailer for Shark Night 3D makes it clear that the filmmakers aren’t joking around (no matter what the title might make you believe). Kids. A lack of clothing. Water sports. Actual water sports. Sadly, there are sharks infesting the waters, and from the looks of the trailer, they might not have just wandered up from the estuary.

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Kevin Carr is disgustipated by the recent remake of The Last House on the Left. And he’ll tell you why.

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FSR

Kevin Carr reviews this week’s new movies: Race to Witch Mountain, Last House on the Left and Miss March.

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If there’s one thing movies have taught us it’s that fat funny guys can get hot skinny chicks. If there’s one thing more relevant to the new film The Last House on the Left, it’s that remote vacation destinations, while beautiful, are quite often death traps just waiting to kill you and your family.

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Superhero Movie

With Superhero Movie, Sara steps out and steps into her hot-clothes as Jill Johnson, a parody of Kirsten Dunst’s Mary Jane character in Spider-Man. With an immense cuteness and a sweet disposition, Sara makes it almost worth it for anyone to see Superhero Movie.

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Drake Bell and Sara Paxton in Superhero Movie

Allow me to say this before you jump all over me like a pack of wild paparazzi chasing a drunk Lindsay Lohan out of a club: you probably haven’t seen Superhero Movie yet, and I have. The fact that you haven’t seen it makes your opinion completely erratic and irrelevant.

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