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    Couch Potato Movie Reviews is, obviously, a blog that exclusively reviews movies. What makes this blog different is the fact that all of the films we are reviewing are all movies that are available on home movie rental companies such as Redbox, Netflix, Blockbuster, and your quickly disappearing neighborhood rental store. This blog is designed to take a more detailed look at those movies that either were sent straight to DVD, received a very limited release in the theaters, or were distributed through the art house or film festival circuit. We will also review those big Hollywood films, but only after they are available for home viewing.

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    Each film review has a one to five star rating at the end of the critique. Here is what those star ratings mean for you couch potatoes:

    * * * * * : Five stars: go and buy this one, don’t just rent it!

    * * * * : Four stars: put this at the top of your rental list.

    * * * : Three stars: average, not bad just not great either.

    * * : Two stars: only rent if you have to see everything.

    * : One star: don’t waste your time with this.

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Web Series: Vexika

TITLE: Vexika

YEAR: 2010 and 2011

GENRE: Science Fiction and Action/Adventure

WEBSITE: www.vexika.com

Getting viewers for a web series can be especially difficult. When competing with YouTube, Hollywood, and the independent film world it has to be difficult to get people to come over to your website and view your efforts. The creators of the “Vexika” miniseries have done an admirable job at that: they have been featured on “Attack Of The Show” on G4-TV plus “Vexika” has a very active Facebook page with over 12,000 fans as of this writing. Impressive enough, but marketing is desinged to sell a product, not necessarily reflect on its quality. In the case of “Vexika” the promotion serves as a smokescreen to cover up an inferior storyline and inadequate writing.

Vexika is a superior fighting machine with a tight leather outfit, and it seems that her mission is to whack ninjas in some mountaneous wasteland. Her only flaw is nanoids that coarse through her veins that need to be continually fed an organic compound to keep her alive. She slays the ninjas because they can feed her nanoids to keep her alive, but the goal is to find FR#0, the master ninja which should have enough nanoid food to feed her forever.

In order to give the reader a synopsis of “Vexika” I had to go to their website and read through the character biographies to figure out the plot, and there is no reason why I should have to do that. Nothing is explained well in the storyline and the film is more concerned about butt kicking than substance. That would not be such a bad thing, but the fight scnes are poor and lack proper choreography and the violence is not stylistic nor inspired. The filming is very nice for an independent but it is obvious that the film makers attended the Zach Snyder school of film as they are doing their best to copy the look of 300 and Watchmen. As a result, the filming is immature in the fact that every camera angle centers attention on Vexika’s (played by Miranda Stewart) boobs, butt, and other assets accented by the leather costume. The sexuality of the filming shows that the film makers are not confident in the story and instead uses sex to sell their products, which goes back to the marketing of an inferior product: sell to the lowest common denominator when needed. In addition, there are some alien-style faces that appear in the background periodically that are not explained adequately other than they are “always teaching and coaxing her to do the right thing,” and the extra-terrestrials seem to be a waste of time that do not add to the story.

The more technical film making aspect of the miniseries has some style and shows potential, but “Vexika” lacks a storyline or character development that would make the series memorable. The marketing for the series is well done and should be modeled by other indie film makers, but the producers of “Vexika” need to go to school and take some notes when it comes to making a more memorable product that has a storyline and some type of plot structure that does not require the viewer to search through their website to understand what they just watched. The story is a mess without the suggestive content, and hopefully “Vexika” will improve the writing with future episodes of this web series. The first three episodes are available to watch for free on their website. In the meantime, “Vexika” should not be a high priority on your watch list.

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