Patrick McGinlay's Internet Tendency

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AUGUST 26, 2004

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Let it be known (for the small number of people who don't) that I am a wrestling fan. I watch the shows, the Pay per Views and yes I have my own belt. So now with my biases know let me say that Walking Tall is not a bad film.

Walking Tall is based on the real life events of Buford Pusser a young sheriff who could not be bought or beaten by criminals and ended up paying a huge price for this stance not only with horrible disfiguring wounds, but the murder of his wife, Pauline. He stood up for what he believed in and paid much for it.

In this version our hero is Chris Vaughan (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) a former member of the U.S. Army Special Forces who returns to his small hometown in rural Washington State. He discovers that much has changed and the mill which was once the major source of jobs and income for the town has closed. The town is now besieged by drugs, outbreaks of violence and a general feeling of malaise and terror, with many pointing a finger at the influence of a crooked casino owner and old high school rival, Jay Hamilton (Neal McDonough). After being horribly attacked Chris decides to run for Sheriff and "clean up" the town.

This situation is quite a realistic one as many small town often really on a single company for its jobs. In Canberra most of the people who live there either work for the government or in an industry to support people who work for the government like restaurants and clothing stores. So it can be understandable that when the company closes down the whole town is effected. Flint, Michigan is one such town which has suffered by a big company leaving, Newcastle, NSW as well. Nowadays many people in Flint are unemployed and the town itself has been prone to drugs and crime.

This version of Walking Tall doesn't show the harsh real life story of Buford Pusser, if you want to see that version then rent the 1973 version of Walking Tall and it's two sequels, instead we get a concise "action" film. It is not bad, it does try to give you some character and story development but in my opinion needed to be a little longer than the 86 minute run time. The Rock can act and he didn't need to really on the fights scenes to make this film enjoyable to watch. Walking Tall is a good action film, it will never win an Oscar but if you're wanting to see you probably didn't care about that anyway.

It's not a bad film and hey at least you get to see a guy beat people up with a piece of wood.


I won't deny it, I heard about The Girl Next Door and instantly wanted to see it. Why? Because I've always found the geek gets girl genre of films highly amusing and this time the girl was supposably a porn star and she's being played by TV show "24" hot chick Elisha Cuthbert.

Here's our story, Matthew (Emile Hirsch), is a straight lase 18 years old who wants a career in politics. Up until now he hasn't had anything to damage his squeaky clean image, unfortunately this means he really boring. Suddenly, 19-year-old Danielle (Elisha Cuthbert) move in next door and his life is turned completely upside down when he discovers she is a former porn star and her producer/ex boyfriend wants her to come back to the biz.

This film is completely formulaic but you have to completely relish in that fact or else you won't enjoy this film. The best parts are with Matthew's best friend Eli played by Chris Marquette as his friend Elis who knows everything there is to know about porn, he has some really good one liners in this film. He also reminds me of what our own travelling Chief of Staff was like back in school. The other person who steals this movie is Timothy Olyphant who plays sleazy porn producer Kelly.

The Girl Next Door is an OK film if you're up for something stupid to see. Plus for the guys you have lots of shots of Elisha Cuthbert in low cut tops and the like, so that will at least be worth the price of admission.


WALKING TALL stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Johnny Knoxville, Kristen Wilson, Neal McDonough & Ashley Scott. It is rated M. Runs 86 minutes.

THE GIRL NEXT DOOR stars Elisha Cuthbert, Emile Hirsch, Timothy Olyphant, James Remar & Paul Franklin Dano. It's rated M and runs 108 mins.


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