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hooking upIt has been quite sometime since the last Cheeseball Cinema post, but in all honesty when you watch 366 movies in 366 days, you’re not too keen on seeing anymore films for a while. So, now plenty of rest from that, I think it’s time to start exploring again. So for today’s cheeseball cinema film, I thought I would be adventurous in seeing a film that starred Corey Feldman (The Lost Boys) who was famed member of The Two Coreys (Corey Haim was the other). The film is called Hooking Up and it follows three girls April Winters (Allyson Muñoz), Caroline (Alison Whitney), Michelle (Leah Viens-Gordon) and four guys Colin Winters (Jim deProphetis), John Johnson (Parker Croft), Tyler (Ted Sangalis), and Ryan (Feldman) as we journey through a week with them in this sex crazed comedy of discovery, love, and the power of hooking up. The film also stars Brian O’Halloran (Clerks 2) as Principal Jordan, Bronson Pinchot (Beverly Hills Cop) as Mr. Kimball, Burt Brooks (Without You) as Tim, and the film was directed by Vincent Scordia (The Girl By The Side Of The Road). 

Hooking Up 2I had a hard time at first trying to figure out just what in the hell this film was about because it just went all over the place. The main plot in my opinion is very fuzzy to me while all of the subplots in the film are very good like Caroline and the dilemma she has with her older boyfriend Ryan (Feldman) who uses her for sex when he is high on cocaine or the guy in the group who is having a hard time figuring out his identity sexually so he tries everything over the course of the film. The dialogue is decent, but the situations are very cheesy and the film is just a giant excuse for seeing people obsess over blow jobs. The film is such a double edged sword for me because in one way I hated it when Feldman was on screen and on the other hand I loved the dynamics with the guy group and anytime Bronson Pinchot and Brian O’Halloran were on screen together. The film should have been called the Taboos of Hooking Up because they explored all of it in the film from teacher/student situations, glory-holes, and all different types of crazy sex schemes like seagulling (I don’t know if it’s made up or true and I don’t care). It’s like they decided to let Steel Panther write the film. This is actually one of the worst films I have ever seen, but it had it’s moments where it looked like it was going to go in the right direction. It’s available on Netflix right now as we speak, but watch it if you dare. On a scale of one being close to an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I would give this film an 4.5 out of five for a final grade cause I have seen worse.

Tusk_(2014_film)_posterWhen one thinks of some of the biggest names in Horror, one never pictures seeing the name of Kevin Smith among the greats like Craven, Carpenter, etc. I mean we are taking about the same guy that brought us comedy cult classics like Clerks, Mallrats, Dogma, and so many more. Well, Kevin has gotten in to the horror game with his own take on a phenomena in horror some years back. You see The Human Centipede took the horror world by the proverbial balls and became one of those films that even non horror fans had to check out. Now, Kevin has own version called Tusk which it’s origins came from his podcast show called Smodcast. The film is about a podcaster named Wallace (Justin Long) who likes to go around and interview weird people to mock them on his show that he does with his partner Ted (Haley Joel Osment). Well, while on a mission to interview a kid who chopped off his own leg in an accident, he stumbles upon an old man wanting to tell interesting stories. The only problem is that the old man is obsessed with creating a human walrus and Wallace is the newest target. The movie also stars Genesis Rodriguez (Identity Thief) as Ally, Michael Parks (We Are What We Are) as Howard Howe, Kevin’s daughter Harley Quinn Smith (Clerks II) as Girl Clerk #1, Lily-Rose Melody Depp (Johnny’s daughter) as Girl Clerk #2, Johnny Depp (A Nightmare On Elm Street) as Guy Lapointe, Harley Morenstein (Epic Meal Time) as a border agent, and Ralph Garman (Red State) as Frank Garmin.

Tusk-image-1First of all, if you’re looking for a pure horror film, this isn’t completely that because Kevin can’t leave out the comedy which is OK because it helps drive the story along. The movie is almost just like The Human Centipede where the victim gets poisoned only to wake up and find out that they are apart of a really weird experiment and the nice guy turns out to be a maniac. The old man has this weird obsession with his old walrus friend Mr. Tusk that he goes on a killing spree to find someone to take his place for some greater purpose you’ll find out later on. One of the best performances in the film not only comes from Justin Long, but Johnny Depp’s character Guy Lapointe is comedy gold. His an alcoholic Quebec has been detective whose life has been turned upside down due to his obsession with catching this killer. The film overall was smart, funny, and disturbing when it needed it to be and I really enjoyed the film. It’s definitely something different in a Halloween season at the cinema that looks promising. I am going to give this film a B for a final grade because Kevin Smith doe not make crappy movies (with the exception of Jersey Girls). Oh by the way, when you go to see the film in the theaters or however you do watch films, stick around until the very end of the credits for something extra.