Ted Bundy was one of the most notorious serial killers in American history, second to Charles Manson, committing a series of grisly murders of thirty plus women in the states of Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Florida, Colorado, and Utah. His crimes were described by Judge Edward Cowart as “Extremely wicked, shockingly evil, vile, and the product of design to inflict a high degree of pain”, and he was executed in the Florida State Prison on January 24, 1989. Though he was a despicable human being with no regard of human life, what sort of separated him from other serial killers was how charismatic he was; no other person could take on the persona of Bundy like Zac Efron, an actor with enough charisma to carry a movie, which is exactly what he does in this scatterbrained biopic based on the memoir ‘The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy’ by his former girlfriend Elizabeth Kendall (Portrayed by Lily Collins).
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The funny thing about art is how people can have many different interpretations of what it means to them; this could also apply to film, with it being an art form itself. Basically, the world is made of opinions; some good, some bad. In the case of ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’, from writer/director Dan Gilroy of ‘Nightcrawler’, appearances can be deceiving. Based on the trailer, one would expect a supernatural horror film about a series of haunted paintings made by a mysterious artist that died too soon, but after watching the film, they will see a commentary about what it means to be a critic and how it affects others; while this could be seen as thought-provoking and meaningful to some, I managed to see it as nothing more than a deceptive illusion.
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For the past month, it has been really hard to go on Facebook without running into a ‘Bird Box’ meme; you know, the image of Sandra Bullock wearing a blindfold while rowing a boat with two kids inside it? I have honestly never seen a movie as talked about/hyped up since Disney’s ‘Frozen’ back in 2013, let alone one from Netflix. I have heard of shows like ’13 Reasons Why’ and ‘Orange is the New Black’ going viral, but as far as Netflix original movies go, they are rarely discussed. I am glad that the hype train has given me the opportunity to check it out myself. From what I can tell you, ‘Bird Box’ is actually good, though I do not get the hype.
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