REVIEW: AMERICAN PIE PRESENTS BAND CAMP

CAST

Tad Hilgenbrink (Disaster Movie)
Arielle Kebbel (The Vampire Diaries)
Eugene Levy (Cheaper By The Dozen 2)
Chris Owen (Hidalgo)
Matt Barr (Hellbats)
Jun Hee Lee (Ethan Mao)
Jason Earles (National Treasure)
Crystle Lightning (Older Than America)
Omar Benson Miller (8 Mile)
Lauren Mayhew (Raise Your Voice)
Angela Little (Rush Hour 2)
Rachel Veltri (Trapped Ashes)
Ginger Lynn (Young Guns II)

Matt Stifler, the younger brother of Steve Stifler, is eager to enter the family business of making porn films so he can prove himself to his older brother. After Matt plays a prank on the school band, the school’s guidance counselor Chuck “The Sherminator” Sherman, who attended high school with Steve, decides that a worthwhile punishment would be for Matt to attend band camp. Matt is initially disgruntled by the idea but soon agrees to it, interested in the notorious sexual behavior of band camp girls (citing Jim’s marriage and sex life with Michelle as an example).Upon arrival, Matt is extremely disrespectful to the rules along with everyone at Tall Oaks and even gets his school’s band in trouble. Jim’s dad, Noah Levenstein, the camp’s MACRO (Morale And Conflict Resolution Officer) recommends he start trying to fit in and earn the band’s trust. Matt conspires with his nerdy roommate, Ernie, to film the other band members in a bid called ‘Bandeez Gone Wild’, using hidden cameras.During a lunch time scuffle Matt accepts a duel with rival band leader Brandon, wherein the performers show off their music skills, with Brandon playing the snare drum, and Matt playing the triangle. When it seems Matt has lost, he leaves the stage and comes back playing the bagpipes, also wearing a kilt, to the tune of “Play That Funky Music” to win the duel. Matt and Elyse later are attracted to each other and share a kiss while watching clouds in the sky. A day before the finals the cheerleading group of East Great Falls arrives and catches Matt in a band camp uniform and teases him by taking a photo and sharing it on the internet. Matt later offers a deal of showing them his film ‘Bandeez Gone Wild’ in exchange for deleting his uniform photo. While showing the girls his video an odd turn of events occur and Elyse sees the video, and feeling hurt, she leaves.The various school bands compete for points throughout camp with East Great Falls leading on the last day, but an ill-fated prank by Matt that was intended for the rival team causes the band to lose and Elyse to lose a chance at a scholarship. Once the new term starts, Matt visits with Chuck, who reveals that he and the rest of Steve Stifler’s friends really couldn’t stand him, and begins to fix his mistakes by deleting the naked videos he took of others at band camp, and then persuades the school band to play Elyse’s piece to the Conservatory head, winning Elyse a scholarship (Brandon had been disqualified for plagiarism), and Matt her affection.Eugene Levy is great again as Mr Levenstein aka Jim’s dad. Admittedly very little of the original American Pie cast are in it, but it’s still good in my opinion.

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REVIEW: JOHN TUCKER MUST DIE

CAST

Jesse Metcalfe (Dead Rising)
Brittany Snow (Prom Night)
Ashanti  (Resident Evil: Extinction)
Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill)
Arielle Kebbel (The Vampire Diaries)
Penn Badgley (Easy A)
Jenny McCarthy (Santa Baby)
Fatso-Fasano (Weeds)
Patricia Drake (Beast Machines)
Taylor Kitsch (John Carter)
Meghan Ory (Decoys)

The movie begins with Kate (Brittany Snow) discussing her mother Lori’s (Jenny McCarthy) series of bad relationships which always causes them to move to a new town. She and her mother move to a suburb of Portland, Oregon and Kate gets a job as a waitress. While at work, she sees popular local boy John Tucker (Jesse Metcalfe) on dates with three different girls: Carrie (Arielle Kebbel), a chronic overachiever; Heather (Ashanti), who is head cheerleader; and Beth (Sophia Bush) a promiscuous and liberal vegan activist. Kate learns from a co-worker that he dates girls from different cliques at his school so that they never interact and convinces the girls he dates to keep their relationships secret.One day in gym class, Kate, Carrie, Heather and Beth end up on the same team for a volleyball game. During the game, Carrie brags about being with John Tucker, and the girls learn about his scheme. Carrie, Heather and Beth begin fighting. Kate tries to intervene, only to get all four of them sent to detention for the fight. Later that evening, the girls enlist Kate’s help in seeking revenge against John Tucker. Meanwhile, Kate becomes friends with John’s brother Scott (Penn Badgley), better known as “The Other Tucker”. The girls’ initial attempts to undo John (making people believe he has genital herpes and with Heather undermining his confidence by pranking him with estrogen, causing him to become weak and say strange things about himself) initially work in humiliating John, but eventually backfire as John manages to use them to his advantage. After he breaks up with all three girls, they agree that breaking his heart is the ideal revenge. They then enlist Kate to be the heartbreaker.

Kate joins the cheerleading team in order to get John’s attention, and the girls give her advice on how to act around John and spy on the dates using surveillance equipment. Kate also gets a make over and John immediately notices Kate and tries to win her attention, but Kate dismisses him. With his ego insulted that there is a girl he cannot charm, John becomes determined to get her. Kate and John eventually go on a series of dates, the first of which at a bonfire at the beach. Kate is unprepared after John asks to take her home and Beth intervenes to teach her how to kiss. However, John arrives, forcing Beth to hide in the back of his Land Rover. At her house, Kate manages to buy Beth time to escape by kissing John, with Beth’s skirt being ruined in the process after getting it caught in the car’s door. The plan seems to be working as John relentlessly chases after Kate, even going to her house in the middle of the night while talking to her on the phone at the same time (where Kate tells him that she needs to call the police because there is a stalker outside the house, and John drives away in panic, hitting a trash can). The next date is a romantic boat ride, and Kate and John have a good time together. Beth later notices that Kate is starting to fall for John. To counteract this, Carrie tapes John bragging to his friends in the locker room, saying he’ll be scoring “more than baskets” at the away game, and shows the tape to Kate in order to get her to snap out of it.
The girls try another plan to embarrass John Tucker at a hotel on the night of the away game. Kate seduces John on a video-chat and tells him to put on a woman’s thong and climb out of his room and into hers. He is misled and climbs into a teacher’s room and ultimately becomes the laughingstock of the school. John again uses this to his advantage, starting a fashion trend that helps the boys in the basketball team play better. Meanwhile, Kate’s mother and Scott both discover the plan and lament the change in Kate’s behavior. Afterward, Kate tells John that she heard about what he said in the locker room about her. John makes amends by giving her his watch and asking her to be his girlfriend. Kate tells Heather, Carrie and Beth that she wants to be out of the plan, as whether they are dating or plotting to destroy John Tucker, it is still all about him. At John’s birthday party, the tape the girls made of John’s destruction is played, and Kate reveals the entire plot as John stares in disbelief, seemingly hurt.
Heather, Beth, and Carrie defend her after a guest throws his drink at Kate. Still, John Tucker becomes unfazed, and the party devolves into a cake fight. A few days later, John and Kate agree to be friends, and John resolves to be honest. Scott, happy that Kate confessed, becomes her lab partner again, and it is hinted the two will begin dating. Kate is now good friends with Beth, Carrie, and Heather. Kate finishes saying, “as for the girl who made John Tucker fall in love, well, she’s a legend”. After the credits, Kate warns viewers at home wanting to try this that destroying a man has consequences, and the camera pans to several male teachers bending over to grab some papers, all wearing thongs.John Tucker Must Die isn’t so much an absolute schlock. Despite its transparent and derivative nature, it does have some of its moments that elicit chuckles. It’s that sort of movie you watch on a sleepless nights on cable given the right mood.

31 DAYS OF HORROR REVIEW: THE GRUDGE 2

CAST

Sarah Michelle Gellar (Ringer)
Amber Tamblyn (Two and A Half Men)
Arielle Kebbel (The Vampire Diaries)
Edison Chen (The Dark Knight)
Sarah Roemer (Disturbia)
Matthew Knight (Cheaper By The Dozen 2)
Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies)
Jennifer Beals (Lie To Me)
Christopher Cousins (Stargate Sg.1)
Jenna Dewan Tatum (Sueprgirl TV)
Ryo Ishibashi (Blue Tiger)

In Japanese society, it is said a curse is created when a person dies in the grip of a powerful rage or sorrow. Those who encounter the evil supernatural force are consumed by it, the curse is born repeatedly and spreads. The original victims of the curse, the Saeki family, haunt their Tokyo suburban house as ghosts and kill anyone who enters. Housewife Kayako Saeki was murdered by her husband Takeo after he discovered she loved another man, their son Toshio and pet cat Mar also being murdered, before Takeo was hanged by Kayako’s ghost. In the first film, American social worker Karen Davis tried to burn the house down to stop the curse, but failed, finding herself hospitalised and haunted by Kayako. The film’s chronology is told in a non-linear fashion, taking place in 2004 and 2006 respectively.

Karen’s younger sister Aubrey is summoned by their bed-ridden mother who informs Aubrey of Karen’s situation and sends her to Tokyo to retrieve her. In Japan, Aubrey struggles to communicate with the hospital staff but a journalist named Eason aids her. Aubrey briefly speaks with Karen, who quickly panics, and has to be restrained. Karen later escapes her restraints and flees through the hospital stalked by Kayako, until she makes it to the roof which Kayako throws her off in front of Aubrey and Eason. Eason explains the curse to Aubrey, revealing he rescued Karen from the house fire, and has been investigating the Saeki murders and surrounding events. The two go to the house to retrieve Kayako’s diary, but Toshio drags Aubrey inside to curse her.

Eason takes the diary to an associate, who explains Kayako’s mother Mrs. Kawamata was an itako who exorcised evil spirits from visitors and fed them to her daughter. Aubrey and Eason plan to visit Mrs. Kawamata the next day, but at night, Eason develops photographs he took of the Saeki house, but Kayako emerges from a photo and murders him. Aubrey discovers his body in the morning and travels alone to Mrs. Kawamata’s remote rural home. Kayako’s mother warns her the curse is irreversible, and is suddenly killed by her daughter. Aubrey ventures to the house, following an image of Karen inside but encounters Takeo’s ghost who plays out the night he discovered his wife’s disloyalty, and snaps Aubrey’s neck.

Two years later, school girls Allison Flemming, Vanessa, and Miyuki, break into the house on a dare but Allison is locked in the closet and encounters Aubrey’s ghost but the girls escape. After Miyuki and Vanessa are consumed by the curse, Allison speaks with school counsellor Ms. Dale about the curse, but Dale denies its existence, revealing she went to the house and is actually a ghost herself. Allison is haunted by the ghosts of her friends, and she eventually flees back to Chicago, where she stays with her parents.

Several months on, the Kimbles move into an apartment block in Chicago. The young son Jake is disturbed by a strange presence in the building brought about by a hooded stranger who covers windows with newspaper. Jake’s father Bill and stepmother Trish are influenced by the curse, Bill accusing his wife of having an affair but she bludgeons him with a frying pan. Jake and his sister Lacey return from school, but Jake finds his family are all dead. He runs into the hooded person, revealed to be Allison, who explains the curse followed her. Kayako appears in Allison’s hood, finally taking her, and then emerges to attack Jake.

Takashi Shimizu did a great job directing this sequel, which grabs the audience’s attention with bone-chilling scenes and with moments that make you jump. Like the first movie, this sequel has disturbing and creepy images that will stick in your mind after the movie is over. The mysterious yet dramatic atmosphere of the movie created an eerie feeling of the ongoing horror and the built-up suspense, which are contributed by the cast members’ dramatic acting. Overall, this is a movie with the right balance of horror and drama, but doesn’t surpass its original.

REVIEW: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: THE HALLOWEEN EPISODES

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MAIN CAST

Nina Dobrev (Never Cry Werewolf)
Paul Wesley (8 Simple Rules)
Ian Somerhalder (Smallville)
Steven R. McQueen (Piranha 3D)
Kat Graham (Honey 2)
Candice King (Juno)
Zach Roerig (As The World Turns)
Kayla Ewell (Lucifer)
Michael Trevino (The Factory)
Sara Canning (Smallville)
Matthew Davis (Cult)
Michael Malarkey (The Selection)
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GUEST CAST

Jasmine Guy (Dead Like Me)
Robert Pralgo (Fast & Furious 7)
Susan Walters (The Flash)
Natashia Williams (She Spies)
Tiya Sircar (The Internship)
Maiara Walsh (The Starving Games)
Malese Jow (The Flash)
Taylor Kinney (Zero Dark Thirty)
Arielle Kebbel (The Uninvited)
Kelly Hu (X-Men 2)
Olga Fonda (Real Steel)
Janina Gavankar (True Blood)
Rick Cosnett (The Flash)
Shaun Sipos (Final Destination 2)
Colin Ferguson (A Town Eureka)
Penelope Mitchell (Hemlock Grove)
Jodi Lyn O’Keefe (Halloween: H20)
Emily Chang (Total Recall)
Chris Wood (Supergirl)
Annie Wersching (24)
Elizabeth Blackmore (Evil Dead 2013)
Scarlett Byrne (Harry Potter)
Teressa Liane (Neighbours)

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HAUNTED

Vicki attacks Tyler but Damon and Stefan stop her, and Damon compels Tyler to forget it all. Jeremy tells Elena that he will be joining the search party for Vicki. Vicki calls Matt and tells him she’s okay. Stefan tries to get Vicki to drink animal blood, but Damon convinces her that she needs human blood instead. Elena arrives and Stefan promises her that he will get through to Vicki.  Bonnie talks to her Grams about witchcraft before she leaves for school. Damon overhears Richard and Carol discussing the vampire in town. Caroline gives Bonnie Damon’s crystal and tells her she doesn’t care what she does with it, as long as its gone.
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Damon flirts with Carol to get information. He tries to compel her, but she’s wearing vervain. She tells him about the Founder’s Council and he offers to get vervain for her when he explains that Zach is out of town. She tells him that anybody who showed up during the day to the Founder’s Party and Heritage Display was eliminated as a suspect of being a vampire. At the party, Matt tells Elena that Vicki’s with him and she realizes that Jeremy’s gone. Stefan finds Vicki and confronts her. Elena and Matt find them and Vicki tells Matt that Stefan won’t leave her alone. Vicki escapes, and Stefan tells Matt that he’s trying to help Vicki. Vicki finds Jeremy and they kiss. Damon discovers Bonnie has his crystal, but when he tries to take it from her, it burns him. Elena finds Vicki and Jeremy kissing outside just as she loses control. Annoyed by Elena, Vicki bites her, and Stefan arrives and stakes her.  Grams tells Bonnie that the crystal belonged to her ancestor and a very powerful witch, Emily Bennett. Grams tells Bonnie that it is now hers and she has to protect it. Elena, blaming Damon, slaps him. Matt asks Elena if she’s seen Vicki, but she says she hasn’t, calls him a good brother, and then cries in her car.
Wen Elena gets home, she comforts Jeremy over Vicki’s death and he begs her to “make it stop”. Stefan arrives and Elena asks him if he can compel Jeremy to forget that Vicki died, but he says he isn’t strong enough. Damon then appears and volunteers to do it, asking Elena what she wants Jeremy to remember. She tells him to make Jeremy believe that Vicki left town, he’ll miss her, but knows its for the best. As Damon compels Jeremy, Elena explains her existing feelings for Stefan to him, but when Damon exits the house, she walks back inside alone.
In the earlier episodes, I wasn’t that into Vicki as a person, but when she became a vampire, I was looking forward to seeing her evolve, so to speak. Now I’m sad that they’ve killed her off. Not only that, but it was fun watching Stefan and Damon coach her on what it means to be a vampire, each in their own unique way.

MASQUERADE

The episode starts with Damon handing a stressed-looking Caroline a glass of blood to comfort her. Stefan arrives and asks them what happened. Caroline tells the Salvatore brothers that she was confronted by Katherine at the Mystic Grill. There is a flashback to when Caroline got to the Grill. She runs into the bathroom after an embarrassing encounter with Matt. In the bathroom, Katherine suddenly appears behind her. Caroline pretends to think it’s Elena, and Katherine pretends to be her at first and asks her if she is okay. Caroline plays along for a bit, until she runs to the door in vampire speed to escape, but Katherine anticipated it and is able to block her. She asks her to deliver a message to them and says: “Tell Damon and Stefan that I want the moonstone, or I will rip this town apart until it rains blood.” She then instructs her that the deal is to go down that evening at the Masquerade Ball. Damon assumes that she got scared, noting that what she did to Jenna in the previous episode was desperate. Stefan states that they can’t underestimate her. Caroline suggests giving Katherine the moonstone, but Damon says “No, Katherine isn’t getting dick!” and explains that he’s going to kill Katherine at the ball. Stefan interrupts, saying that Damon wouldn’t be killing Katherine because he is going to do it himself. Meanwhile, Matt, Elena and Jeremy are bringing Jenna home from the hospital. It is revealed that Jenna was told that she ran into a knife while making dinner, even though in reality, Katherine had compelled her to stab herself earlier. Jenna  is embarrassed about it, but they all soothe her by telling her it was a freaky accident. While Jenna is resting, Jeremy and Elena are alone together and he asks his sister what they are going to do about Katherine. Elena says they’re not going to do anything. She believes that Katherine hurt Jenna because she was still with Stefan and now that they’re broken up, they’re safe. Jeremy tells Elena she is being naive and walks away.
Katherine returns to her room at Mrs Flowers’ Bed and Breakfast, and she helps her get comfortable by bringing her shopping bags. When she leaves, Katherine starts to take a dress out of one of the bags when suddenly, a woman (a witch named Lucy) slinks into the room. Katherine hears her and runs to her in super speed and presses her against the wall, scolding her to not to sneak up on a vampire. Lucy replies: “Don’t attack a witch! .. It’s good to see you, girl.” They hug. Lucy says that she came because she asked her. “Like you had a choice,” says Katherine. She tells Lucy about the Masquerade Ball and asks her to come with her and she smiles. Caroline opens the door of the Salvatores’ house and Bonnie comes inside, holding the Grimoire in her hands. Alaric and Damon are seen in the background looking at weapons. Jeremy is also there and tells Bonnie: “We’re gonna kill Katherine”, when she asks what everyone is doing. Bonnie gives them a puzzled look, to which Stefan says “Let me explain…okay, we’re going to kill Katherine.”. Bonnie looks shocked. Stefan walks over to Damon and Alaric, the latter of whom is explaining how to use each weapon. Cut to Katherine straightening her hair and talking to Lucy in a snide tone: “I’m impersonating my dull-as-dishwater doppelgänger, Elena. She has the worst taste.” Katherine says she became quite good at pretending to be Elena. She says she wants the moonstone and that she wants Lucy to help her. When she asks her what she wants to do with it, Katherine doesn’t answer. “You want me to break the curse,” assumes Lucy. “Let’s just get it first,” Katherine says, “What I really need is backup. I can’t imagine that Damon and Stefan are just gonna hand it over without putting up a fight.”
Bonnie tells Stefan that their plan is risky. Stefan clarifies that it’s about more than wanting Elena back, that what Katherine did to Jenna crossed the line and that she needs to be stopped before it happens again. Bonnie is still not quite convinced, but reluctantly says she could do a spell to trap Katherine, similar to the tomb spell. Meanwhile, Elena is at her house with Matt. She tells him that Alaric will be coming over to spend time with Jenna. She invites Matt to join them, but he tells her that he’s going to the Masquerade Ball. Elena responds that she’s not going because of what’s going on between her and Stefan. Matt tells her that he’s going because there’s something he has to do, but won’t go into detail. She looks suspicious, but tells him to go and have fun. When Matt brings up Stefan, Elena says she doesn’t think they’re going to get back together: “There is so much about me and Stefan that will never work.” Matt says that he’s always there for her and they hug. At the Salvatores’ house, Alaric, Stefan, Damon, Jeremy, Caroline and Bonnie, get ready to go through with their plan. Alaric asks if they’re sure that they don’t need his help at the ball, but Stefan says: “No. I need you to stay with Elena, I don’t want her to know about this.” Alaric promises that he’ll look after her. When Stefan asks if anyone wants to back out, no one wants to. Caroline states that Katherine killed her and that fair is fair, but it takes Bonnie longer to reply; in the end, she says she is in as long as nobody gets hurt (except Katherine, anyway). At the Masquerade Ball at the Lockwood Mansion, artists are seen doing tricks with fire and people in masks are watching. Inside in the office, Tyler is getting ready. His mother, Carol, tells him it’s already packed outside. Mother and son compliment each other on their looks. Tyler apologizes for his past behavior and asks his mother about Mason. She says she hasn’t heard from him and doesn’t think she will. Carol mentions that the Masquerade theme was her late husband’s idea. She says that they both loved him and that “it’s natural to feel abandoned. I just don’t want you to feel alone.” They decide to go outside and pretend to have some fun.

Katherine and Lucy arrive in masks. She runs into Matt and he thinks it’s Elena. Katherine compliments him in his suit. She compels him, saying: “Do you know what you have to do?” Matt answers: “I’m going to get Tyler Lockwood really drunk. I’m going to start a fight with him and beat him until he snaps.” “And then?”, asks Katherine. “I won’t stop until he kills me,” says Matt. Katherine then asks him to leave. Stefan is outside looking around when Damon comes to him from inside the mansion. Neither brother has seen Katherine yet. They play mind games on each other about loving Katherine and whether one of them will or will not hesitate to kill her. Sarah and Aimee are inside the office dancing with each other, and Matt and Tyler are there too, drinking and talking. Tyler says he likes that for once, it’s Matt corrupting him and not the other way around. “Okay, let’s go party,” says Aimee and Sarah and the guys follow her. Jeremy is seen going upstairs with a bag in his hand, followed by Bonnie. They enter a room, which Bonnie exclaims is perfect for what they need to do. Jeremy opens the bag and they take out weapons and Emily Bennett’s Grimoire. Bonnie explains the spell to Jeremy. When he asks her about her magic, she explains that she doesn’t want to know too much, and that she’s only practiced spells that do good. She then admits that she doesn’t really like any of this supernatural drama and doesn’t really want to be a part of all of this. When Jeremy says being a witch must be cool, Bonnie says it’s anything but that because of what she knows about what happened to her witch ancestors: “It never ends well for people like me.” She says she only helps because she doesn’t want anyone else to get hurt and that she doesn’t know how to stay out of it. Jenna and Elena are at home eating pizza. Jenna says she feels like an invalid. When Elena asks her aunt where Jeremy went, she says that he went to the Lockwood party, which surprises Elena. Jenna says that she’s glad he’s having some fun. Elena, suspicious, pretends to go get napkins, but actually goes into the kitchen to talk to Alaric. She tells him that she feels like everyone is avoiding her and wants to know what’s going on. Alaric says that he can’t tell her anything, but when Elena suggests that maybe she should go to the ball after all, he clearly has a problem with it. He tries to deflect by telling her that he’s supposed to keep an eye on her in case Katherine shows up and tries to hurt her while everyone else is at the party, but she just gets more confused and upset, saying that Stefan would never go to any of the Mystic Falls events by himself, because he only attended them for her. Alaric tells her to drop it, and she appears to go along with it.
Jeremy and Bonnie go to tell Stefan that the room is ready, but on their way, Bonnie gets a strange feeling and walks over to Lucy to ask if they know each other. Lucy deflects by saying that she’s a plus one and knows no one and quickly takes her leave. “Are you okay?” asks Jeremy and Bonnie answers: “Just got a weird vibe. Let’s find Damon.” Outside, Stefan is seen, still looking around, until he finally eyes Katherine and walks towards her a little. Suddenly, she shows up behind him and asks him to dance with her. When Stefan refuses, Katherine asks him to choose someone at the party for her to kill instead. Stefan finally agrees to dance with her. Katherine tells Stefan she didn’t expect Jenna to survive, acting innocent, asking: “How does one stab oneself?” Stefan tells her he doesn’t want anyone to get hurt tonight. Katherine agrees and says: “Just give me the moonstone.” He tells her that he doesn’t have it on him, and tells him they would have to get it together. Katherine, who expected this, simply says “Or, you can go get it by yourself and bring it here, and I will try not to kill anyone while you’re gone.” Stefan then says: “My way or you don’t get it.” They are interrupted by Aimee Bradley, asking Stefan where Matt is. When she sees “Elena”, she compliments her and her dress. Katherine thanks her and tells her she loves her necklace. She says it’s twisted, pretends to go fix it, but instead cracks her spine, paralyzing her from the waist down, followed by another crack that kills her. Then she says: “The moonstone, Stefan. Tick tock!” and leaves, leaving dead Aimee in Stefan’s arms to deal with. Back at the Gilbert house, Elena tells Jenna and Alaric she’s going to bed, but she instead grabs a key and sneaks out the door to go to the Lockwoods’. Stefan tells Damon that he left the body in the trunk for now. Damon says they’ll dump it later and writes it off as collateral damage. Stefan says that this is why they just need to call the whole thing off, but Damon convinces him to change his mind again, saying: “What? Who’s hesitating now? Hey! Don’t do this to me. This woman ruined our lives, she destroyed us. Tonight it ends. We can do it together. I got your back. Alright?” Stefan reluctantly agrees. Jeremy and Bonnie are outside and Jeremy asks her random questions. “Can you do a hocus pocus to pass a math exam?” “I don’t know that spell.” “Huh. That would be the first one I’d learn. Or a sex spell or something, I don’t know.” He asks her to dance while they are waiting, and Bonnie says “No!”, like it is a crazy idea. Jeremy chuckles and plays it off well, and Bonnie says: “I mean… no, thank you.” Jeremy’s phone rings. He received a message from Damon, saying: “Now.” They look at each other and Jeremy stands up. Lucy catches up with Katherine, saying: “You didn’t tell me there was another witch here.” Katherine plays dumb, but Lucy says that no one was supposed to know that she was involved in this. Katherine says she owes her dear friend – meaning herself – a favor. Jeremy appears, pretending to think that Katherine is Elena. He asks Lucy to let him talk to his sister alone and she leaves. He drops the act and tells her that Stefan and Damon want to meet her at the edge of the lake by the woods and that they brought the moonstone. She asks him why he’s doing the Salvatores’ bidding, and he responds that he’s not afraid of her. She jokes that the Gilbert men are so courageous and reminds him how she cut off John Gilbert’s fingers. She finally leaves, and Jeremy is texting when suddenly Elena pulls him behind a bush. She asks him: “What the hell is going on?”
Caroline sees Matt laughing and drinking with Sarah. Tyler appears and wants Matt to go somewhere with him, when Matt sees Caroline. They smile at each other for a moment, but Matt leaves. She receives a message from Jeremy saying: “Your turn.” She goes into another room. Katherine appears and presses her to the wall, throttling her. She asks her what Stefan and Damon are up to, and Caroline purposely pretends not to know anything. She finally admits that they’re trying to kill her. When Katherine asks for the moonstone, Caroline tells her that Bonnie has it and also tells her – after another bit more throttling – that she’s upstairs. Elena is shocked to find out that they want to kill Katherine there. She tells Jeremy and Bonnie that they’re crazy and that they’ll get themselves killed, especially Jeremy, who she doesn’t want to be involved in this sort of thing in the first place. Bonnie says they know what they’re doing, and Jeremy explains that they saw an opportunity and had to take it; he also adds that Katherine went after Jenna and needs to be stopped, and that he’s involved regardless of whether he wants to be or not. Caroline is whining while Katherine pulls her upstairs with her. She tells her in which room Bonnie is, and Katherine walks into it, asking: “Where is she?” She turns around and sees Caroline smiling before saying: “I did it. I didn’t think I’d be able to fool… you, but… I did it.” Katherine tries to run towards her, but is being held back by the trapping spell Bonnie cast earlier. Stefan appears in the room, and Caroline leaves. She taunts Stefan, asking him if he really thinks that he can kill her with the stake in his hand, and he just smiles and says no before adding “But he can.” as Damon comes out of the closet and shoots a stake out of a crossbow into her back. As the stake impales Katherine, Elena is seen screaming outside, with a blooming red bloodstain on the back of her shirt. Damon stakes Katherine in the deltoids, and Elena screams in pain again, blood blossoming from the same spot in the same arm. Everywhere Katherine gets hurt, Elena feels the same pain and gets the same wounds. Bonnie finally realizes that the doppelgängers are linked to each other and yells at Jeremy to run and stop them before they kill Elena on accident. Katherine, Stefan and Damon continue fighting, and when Damon is just about to drive the stake through Katherine’s heart, Jeremy appears and yells: “Stop! You’re hurting Elena! Everything you’re doing to her is hurting Elena.” Damon looks confused and shocked at him, his arm frozen in mid-air. She gets up and says: “You think you two were the only ones with a witch on your side? Wrong. Something tells me that my witch is better than your witch.” Stefan tells Jeremy to check on Elena and he leaves. “Let’s all make sure poor Elena’s okay,” Katherine mocks, and starts to cut her palm with the stake just to hurt Elena even more. Katherine is about to stake herself in the stomach when Stefan stops her. Bonnie tells Elena that she can’t undo the linking spell, but that she can do a spell to take some of the pain away. Jeremy comes back to Bonnie and Elena and tells them Katherine has a witch on her side. Bonnie realizes it’s Lucy, the mystery woman she got the vibe from, and runs away to find her. Jeremy offers to give Elena his Gilbert Ring in case they try to kill Elena through Katherine, but Elena prefers to know that Jeremy is safe. Katherine reminisces about the old times in 1864 to the Salvatores, making snide comments about what a bore Damon was back then and how much of an inconvenience his obsession with her was. Stefan asks Katherine why she was working with a werewolf (Mason). Damon tells him not to waste his breath, mockingly apologizes about killing Mason and Katherine explains that Mason isn’t the only wolf in town.
Sarah asks Matt and Tyler what happened to Aimee, and the boys don’t know. Matt purposely spills alcohol all over the floor of the office and over a picture of his deceased father. Tyler asks Matt what’s wrong with him. He gets Tyler mad by saying mean things about his father and bringing up the times that his dad beat him, and breaks the frame of the picture. Even though Tyler says: “I’m not gonna fight you”, Matt makes the first move and they start fighting anyway, Matt because he is compelled to, and Tyler in order to defend himself. Caroline walks through a room, still smiling about her achievement, when she hears Tyler and Matt fighting in the office. She runs into the room, asking what’s going on. She pulls Matt far away from Tyler. When Matt still won’t stop, Caroline elbows him in the face and knocks him unconscious. Tyler looks at her, shocked about her strength. She immediately looks if Matt is okay. Meanwhile, Sarah grabs a knife, muttering: “If Matt fails, I can’t.” Caroline sees her coming and starts to warn Tyler, but it’s too late; Sara stabs him in the clavicular area with a knife, and he instinctively pushes her away. She falls backwards, and her head hits the edge of the desk and cracks her neck, dying immediately. Tyler is shocked and doesn’t know what to do when Sarah doesn’t wake up. Caroline checks her pulse and realizes she’s dead. Tyler freaks out, starts screaming in pain and his eyes change colors, signifying the werewolf curse being triggered. Damon, Stefan and Katherine are still waiting for Katherine’s witch, Lucy. Stefan realizes something. He remembers that she told him that she gave George Lockwood something that he needed to make him help her fake her death. He figures it’s the moonstone. He wants to know why she needs it back, but Katherine just changes the topic and says: “I love you in a suit. So dashing.” Meanwhile, Stefan figures the moonstone wasn’t hers to begin with and asks who she was running from in 1864 when she faked her death. She changes the topic again, saying that in 1987, while Stefan was in a concert with Lexi, she was there to see him. Stefan asks her again who she was running from and she just whispers: “I love you.” Bonnie finds Lucy. She walks away when she sees her, but Bonnie follows her. She tells her her first name and says: “I should’ve known I’d run into a Bennett.” Bonnie wants to know how she knows her. She says she doesn’t want to fight her and that she will stop the spell that links Elena to Katherine if she gives her the moonstone. Lucy finally tells her about Katherine: “The bitch saved my life. And now I owe her.” She’s about to leave, when Bonnie grabs her arm. Lucy senses that Bonnie has the moonstone on her. “Can you feel that?” she then says, “You can trust me. Give it to me. It’s okay.”
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Upstairs, Damon is about to kill Katherine with a stake, but Stefan holds him back. Damon says: “The second the spell’s lifted, I’m gonna drive a stake right through your heart.” Katherine isn’t scared, just says: “God, you’re hot.” Lucy appears and gets their attention. She has the moonstone in her hand and tells Katherine that the spell is broken and that she can leave. “When I hand this over, my dept to you is over,” says Lucy. “I owe you nothing.” Katherine agrees and she gives it to her. Then suddenly Katherine starts gasping and falls. “You should’ve told me another witch was involved,” says Lucy. She also says that Elena is fine and that the spell is broken and explains that with Bonnie with her, she will heal quickly. She apologizes for her involvement to the Salvatores and leaves. Caroline explains a different version of how Sarah died to Carol. After she leaves, she tells Tyler that Matt is in the car sleeping it off. Tyler asks her why she is covering for him. He says she doesn’t know what it means that Sarah’s dead. Caroline says she does, but Tyler shakes his head. She asks if his wound has healed and he asks: “How did you…?” Lucy is walking away from the house and Bonnie asks her to wait. She apologizes and makes it pretty clear that she is not more of a fan of vampires than Bonnie is. She asks Lucy how she could know she could trust her, and Lucy responds by asking her if she’s ever felt that feeling before. Bonnie says that she has felt it before around family and her Grams. Lucy says that they’re cousins. She says seeing her was a wake-up call, that she has to stop letting vampires control her. She thanks her and leaves. Bonnie asks her to wait again, saying she has so many questions and that she doesn’t want to be in the middle of all of this either and asks her how to stay out of it. Lucy says: “Unlike me, you’re one of the good ones, Bonnie. The middle of it is exactly where you need to be.” She tells her to take care and that they’ll see each other again and finally leaves. Bonnie looks after her. Jeremy walks over to her, saying he’s going home and offers her a ride. He sees her face and asks if she’s okay. She nods, giggles, and asks him when he got his driver’s license. Jeremy laughs and tells her he’s not a kid anymore. She says she’d love a ride home. Stefan sees Elena outside. She promises she will see a doctor about the wounds, but assures him that she’s okay. She asks if Katherine is really gone. Stefan nods. They smile at each other. Stefan says he was so worried and comes closer to her, but Elena moves him away. “Katherine being gone, it doesn’t change anything for you, does it?” he asks. “I wanna be with you, Stefan,” she says, “You know that. But first, I need to wake up and know that the people that I love are safe. I need to feel safe. Do you understand?” Stefan says he does, even though he looks sad. Elena slowly walks away. Katherine is seen waking up. She is in the tomb, but still has the moonstone. She wants to get out, but she is trapped in the tomb by a new trapping spell. Damon appears outside of the tomb. When she asks him where she is, he says: “Where you should have been all along.” She says he should have just killed her, but he retorts that death would have been too kind. Damon is almost done closing the heavy door to the tomb when Katherine pleads: “No. Damon, don’t. Damon. Don’t. You need me, Elena’s in danger.” Damon stops for a moment and furrows his brow. “From who?” he asks. Katherine refuses to answer. “You’re lying,” Damon says, “You’re always lying.” Damon closes the door further. “Why do you think I haven’t killed her?” asks Katherine. “Because she’s the doppelgänger! She needs to be protected.” “Then I’ll protect her,” says Damon, “While you rot in hell.” As he finally closes the door, Katherine starts screaming and begging desperately: “No. Damon, don’t. I’ll do anything, please, Damon, you need me. You need me. You need me!” She bangs her fist against the door and screams “You need me!” again, but Damon walks away, but not before swallowing hard.
Elena is in the driveway at the Lockwood’s and is on the phone with Jeremy. “Yeah, Jeremy, I’ve got my car. I told Bonnie, whatever she did, I’m starting to feel better. Yeah, you can drive her home. I’m just gonna go straight to bed. Okay.” She hangs up and suddenly, a masked man appears behind her. Elena realizes someone’s following her. She turns around and the man places his hand on her mouth so she can’t scream and carries her away. It is somewhat surprising that Katherine has been defeated this early in the season, but I am not complaining. The Vampire Diaries moves quickly, and it is better to move on before Katherine becomes one of those tiresome villains who can never be defeated. Although the show is wise to keep her alive; she hints that Elena is still in danger and that she has some information. I’m sure we will be getting back to Katherine and her information sooner or later.
GHOST WORLD
 Damon is seen tied to a chair with chains, and a poker in his chest. He notices his ring is on the ground, and tells Stefan that’s a low blow; Stefan comes in, telling him he didn’t do any of that. Stefan plucks the poker out, and rips off the binds on his hands, but leaves him chained. Mason, standing in the shadows, opens the curtains and lets Damon burn for a while. It is the Night of Illumination in Mystic Falls and everyone is helping out, hanging paper lanterns. Carol Lockwood introduces Tobias Fell, who gives a history lesson. Jeremy asks Alaric what they are doing there, where Alaric explains Tobias is the head of the history department, and why he’s there. Elena joins them and asks what she has missed, Anna (who is tethered to Jeremy still) gives a witty reply which Elena can’t hear, but Jeremy said she missed nothing. He laughs at something Anna says, which confuses Elena. Anna smiles, and takes Jeremy’s hand. Caroline asks Bonnie whether the spell she did would make Anna disappear too, which she replies no and explains Jeremy still has a direct line to the Other Side, and could see Anna whenever he wished. Bonnie says she took a risk bringing Jeremy back, and was now paying the consequences for it. Damon arrives in his car, and tells Bonnie that she messed up during her spell because Mason Lockwood is now after him for revenge.
At the Mystic Grill, Elena asks for Jeremy’s help with Stefan, wondering if he could contact Lexi—an old friend of Stefan’s that always had a way to bring him back from his ripper ways. Jeremy said he’s not sure if she’s even on The Other Side and he had no previous connection to her whatsoever. Bonnie asks Matt whether he’s contacted Vicki again, and he swears he hasn’t. Caroline asks why she thinks it’s Vicki and not Mason, to which she replies that if any other ghost has a foothold, something is very wrong. Bonnie grabs her bag, but her grimoire falls out, and it flips open to a Manifestation spell, used to reveal veil matter – ghosts. Alaric is not too comfortable with the idea of bringing back dead vampires, seeing as they already have enough vampires as it is. Anna silently tells Jeremy that not all ghosts go to the other side, that some find peace. Stefan joins them at the table, picking up his diaries, wondering how he could have cared so much. Stefan tells Elena it would be better if she moved on and let go of her feelings for him. At the place where the witches were burned, Bonnie and Caroline start setting up to do the Manifestation spell. Jeremy questions Anna why she didn’t want Elena to know that she was there, and Anna replies that she wouldn’t like it, seeing as Bonnie is Elena’s best friend. Jeremy is extremely confused with his feelings, tells Anna he always loved her, and kisses her.
Bonnie does the spell, and Grams appears to her, holding her hands – all over town, ghosts of previous vampires start to appear. Elena walks in on Jeremy and Anna kissing, finally being able to see her again. Lexi appears to Stefan who’s shocked. Mason appears to Damon and Alaric at the Grill, and knocks him over the head with a glass. Lexi tells Stefan he’s off the rails, and that while she’s materialized in the real world, she’ll help him out of his mess. Lexi knocks Stefan unconscious after he refuses her help. Bonnie is emotional at seeing her Grams. Sheila tells Bonnie that the Original Witch unleashed everyone who had unfinished business – she has to close the “door”, by destroying the talisman of the Original Witch. Anna overhears Caroline and Elena on the phone talking about the necklace, and she disappears. Elena walks out and bumps into Lexi, where she thanks her for thinking about her that day, bringing her back. Lexi tells Elena to come with her, as she could help Stefan. Mason tells Damon he’s not after revenge, but an apology. The truth is he’s there to help Tyler. Mason heard of a way to be able to kill an Original, and that the secrets are in the old Lockwood basement. In the City Jail, Lexi has tied Stefan to the torture chair. Lexi looks at Stefan in the eyes and gets inside his head, making him hallucinate. Damon goes to the basement where Mason is waiting for him, and they break through a wall, which reveals a tunnel, which they start to climb through.
Stefan is starting to struggle, screaming to get out and Lexi starts to count the total years he’s been without blood as he’s hallucinating. Caroline calls Elena and tells her the necklace isn’t where Damon said it would be. Elena says they should hold off on stopping the ghosts, and they need to help Stefan. Jeremy is shown to be searching for Anna. Frederick walks over to where Anna is standing in the celebrations, saying they have some unfinished business with the Founding Families. A scream erupts and Tobias Fell is shown, dangling from a tree, dead. Stefan is starting to beg Elena to release him, he’s sorry and that he loves her. Lexi warns her that he’d say anything to get out of there. She goes on to say that he’s now getting past the blood and he could feel things – she demonstrates this by stabbing him on the arm. Elena rushes off, not being able to handle it. Walking around the corner, she is greeted by ambulance lights and a body being taken away. Caroline and Bonnie are still searching for the necklace, but can’t find it anywhere in the Salvatore house. Caroline gets a suspicion that Anna could have perhaps taken it, and asks Jeremy about it. Anna tells him no. Back in the caves, Mason is leading Damon through the tunnel. Damon walks forward and is struck by stakes, puncturing him in the sides
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Elena confronts Jeremy about Anna being missing, and that she was the only one who knew about the necklace being needed to send the ghosts away. Jeremy fesses up and tells Elena he can touch Anna, and that he loves her and always will. Elena asks him whether he will love a ghost for the rest of his life. Anna reappears and Elena tells her she’s holding Jeremy back. Anna holds up the necklace for them to see, and Elena instructs Jeremy to call Bonnie with the news that they have the necklace and can send the ghosts away. Mason comes back to Damon and breaks off the stakes. Damon can’t believe that Mason isn’t after revenge, but redemption. Mason only wants to help Tyler. Bonnie and Caroline drive back to the Witch House, but see Carol Lockwood’s car and the tomb vampires approaching it. Caroline gets out and attacks. Jeremy tells Anna that they will still be able to see each other afterwards, and that they have nothing to worry about. Anna says that it should be the end, and that she is holding him back from his life. She is sorry she took the necklace, but hoped that with the tomb vampires out, maybe she would get to see her mother. Lexi repeatedly stabs Stefan with a stake – Elena enters and tells her they are running out of time, and the necklace will be destroyed. Lexi uses the necklace as determination, telling Stefan to focus on that as it once gave him hope. Damon cannot get into the small cavern, as it somehow looks like he has to be invited in. Mason goes on ahead of him to look at the cave walls. Bonnie starts to recite the spell, and her Grams joins her, resulting in the necklace being destroyed in the fire. Caroline is seen fighting off the tomb vampires. Frederick gets a hold on her neck, but he disappears, along with Mason in the cave and Lexi at the city jail. Anna sees her mother, Pearl, and they embrace, disappearing together, finally able to rest in peace. Grams is the last to disappear, telling Bonnie she is very proud of her. In the caves, Alaric arrives to help Damon out. Damon again gives the same apology he gave Mason Lockwood, but genuinely meaning it. In the city jail, Stefan asks Elena what she’s gonna do now and if she’s gonna wait till he dries out. Elena says that she’ll go home and be the support her friends need right now. She’s is headstrong and still has hope for him. Elena comes to stand right in front of Stefan, telling him to fight for it, to feel something, because if he doesn’t, he will lose her forever. “I won’t love a ghost for the rest of my life,” she says to him. Jeremy goes to Bonnie, telling her he is sorry. She sends him away, not being able to handle his betrayal. Noises and sparks erupt from the fireplace, and on closer examination, Bonnie sees the necklace’s quality is restored. In the cave, Alaric finds drawings on the wall, yet doesn’t know what they are.
All of the ghosts’ disappearances were handled well, from the heartfelt reunion of Anna and Pearl, or Mason, Grams and Lexie leaving after accomplishing what they needed to do, to the tomb vampires vanishing just in time before they overwhelmed Caroline.

MONSTERS BALL

After Professor Wes Maxfield (Rick Cosnett) killed Jesse (Kendrick Sampson) at the end of the last episode, this episode starts with him performing experiments on Jesse for unknown reasons and it seems that this is not the first one. Meanwhile, Elena (Nina Dobrev) attempts to deal with Bonnie’s (Kat Graham) death by distracting herself with her research about Megan’s death and why Professor Maxfield covered the reason she died. While she ponders how to get the information she needs, she sees someone at Megan’s grave. She approaches the stranger and asks him his name and if he knew Megan, but the man seems reluctant to answer her questions. It is later revealed that the man’s name is Aaron (Shaun Sipos) and Professor Wes is his guardian. Wes asks Aaron to stay away from Elena and then, on an encounter with Elena at the Whitmore Historical Ball, he tells her to leave college and go back to Mystic Falls with her friends as there are people at Whitmore who are watching her. Tyler (Michael Trevino) returns for Bonnie’s funeral and spends some time with Caroline (Candice Accola) who still tries to convince him to cease what he is doing and come to college. Tyler informs her that he cannot let Klaus get away with what he did to his mom, Carol, and that he will hunt him down and kill him. Caroline tries to change his mind with no such luck. The two part ways, ending their relationship.
Nadia (Olga Fonda) still has Katherine captured and Silas (Paul Wesley) commences to try to find them but is unable to without his mental power. Katherine consistently asks Nadia what she wants from her and Nadia reveals to her that she is her daughter whom she left behind in 1492 and the only reason she became a vampire was to find her. In the meantime, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) tells Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) his plan about how they can bring Bonnie back to life. Because someone has to die to bring another back, Damon says that they should take advantage of the fact that Silas wants to die to be with his true love, Amara, so that Bonnie comes back. They have to work with Silas to do so and Bonnie does not agree with the idea. Damon meets Silas to inform him about his plan and Silas agrees but own his terms; he wants Damon to “kill” his brother. By “killing” Stefan, the link between the two of them will be broken and Silas will have his mental power back. Damon just has to keep Stefan “dead” as long as Silas will be pretending to be Stefan so he can get the information he needs from Quetsiyah’s (Janina Gavankar) head.
The plan goes well until the moment Stefan escapes from Damon before he “kills” him again and lets Quetsiyah know that she is talking to Silas and not him. Quetsiyah becomes enraged, reaches into his heart and twists it whilst making a spell causing it to stop. The spell turns Silas cold and grey and unable to move or do anything, but not dead. Damon and Elena find him and take him back to the Salvatore house. Katherine arrives at the Salvatore home after Damon calls her and she is happy to see that Silas is gone, unbeknownst to the real reason Damon called her, to use her to bring Silas back. Silas starts to wake up after feeding on Katherine and while Katherine should be dead after this, she also wakes up with Elena and Damon not knowing why.
Though not the most surprising or action packed episode of The Vampire Diaries, “Monster’s Ball” was full of enough emotion to overshadow these minor missing elements.
THE WORLD HAS TURNED AND LEFTED ME HERE
Trip (Colin Ferguson) calls Stefan (Paul Wesley) to thank him for turning in Enzo (Michael Malarkey) and informs him that he is trying to get out of him all the information he knows about vampires. Enzo told him that there is a vampire in Savannah, where Stefan is, and that leads Stefan to get back to Mystic Falls with Ivy (Emily C. Chang) to avoid the vampire hunters. Stefan arrives at Caroline’s (Candice Accola) dorm and asks her help with Ivy. Caroline tries to keep Ivy in the dorm but Ivy snaps her neck and gets away. When Caroline wakes up, she tries to reach Stefan while she is out searching for Ivy, but he is not answering his phone.Ivy finds a guy and attacks him but she manages to stop feeding on him before she kills him. She tries to compel him but she does not know how to do it. To make sure that she will not kill him, she asks him to run away. In the meantime, Stefan listens Caroline’s messages and comes back. When Caroline asks him where he has been all day, he admits that he was on his way out of town. Caroline is shocked that he would leave town leaving Ivy with her. Angry, she asks him to leave and then Ivy calls for her help.
Elena (Nina Dobrev) invites Liam (Marco James) to the annual “Homecoming Corn Maze” party as her date. She also convinces Alaric (Matt Davis) and Jo (Jodi Lyn O’Keefe) to go since they both need it but they have no idea that Elena planned it this way to set them up. While everyone being in the corn maze, the guy that Ivy attacked jumps in front of Tyler’s (Michael Trevino) car and Tyler, on his attempt to avoid him, drives through the corn maze injuring many people, including the guy who jumped in front of him. Tyler is terrified and calls Elena to tell her that he was the one driving the car and she needed her to heal the person he injured. Elena tells him that there are many injured people and Tyler does not know what to do.
Jo and Alaric try to help those who got injured while Liam and Elena do the same. Liam finds a girl who is deadly injured and asks Elena’s help. Elena tells him that she can handle it and he should go to help others. When Liam leaves, she feeds the girl her blood healing her and then compels her to forget about it. On their way out, Liam sees the girl alive and well and gets suspicious of what happened. When he asks Elena about it, Elena denies to tell him the truth and kisses him as a distraction.  Meanwhile, Liv (Penelope Mitchell) finds Tyler and tries to help him. When they find out that there is nothing they can do to save him, Tyler is desperate since his curse will be activated again, but Liv decides to kill the guy before he bleeds to death, so she will be the one who killed him and not Tyler. Back at the hospital, Jo confess her feelings to Alaric but Alaric compels her to forget about him. The compulsion though does not work on her and Jo kisses him before she leaves. Caroline is on her way to find Ivy but Tripp gets to her before Caroline. He shots her with vervain and takes her away while Caroline watches from her car in shock.
Back in 1994, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) tries to convince Bonnie (Kat Graham) that it is fine to take Kai (Chris Wood) with them because they will kill him the moment they go back but Bonnie does not agree to free him. When she realizes that Kai does not know the spell, she kills him and tries to find the spell on her own in her grandmother’s Grimoire. Bonnie finds the spell and she and Damon get ready to get back home but Kai, who did not die, appears and shoots Bonnie with an arrow. Damon and Kai start to fight and when Bonnie realizes that she will not make it, she uses her magic to at least send Damon back leaving herself behind with Kai.
The episode ends with Stefan going to the Salvatore crypt and talking alone about his dead family and Damon. While he is there, Damon appears telling him he is alive and back and the two brothers reunite.
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The episode was pretty solid and took viewers on emotional journey filled with ups, downs and some shocking twists. Also it had a nice cliffhanger with the fate of several characters in question.

I CARRY YOU IN MY HEART WITH ME

Damon said goodbye for now to Elena during “I Carry Your Heart With Me,” and Alaric said hello again to Jo.That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. The Phoenix stone works! It’s unlikely that this resurrection spell is going to come with no consequences. Resurrection spells, messing around with the laws of life and death, never come without their issues in this world. But that’s okay. We’ll deal with that later. Thanks to the flash forward, we know that the Phoenix stone resurrected not just Jo but also their girls. Twin girls. The Gemini coven has been reborn. Maybe they’ll figure out a way to prevent that whole twin-absorption merging thing that caused a lot of family drama, but if not, my money’s on Josie being the stronger of the two.

The Vampire Diaries -- I’m still not buying that Enzo is in love with Lily and wants to be with her romantically. I think it’s a ploy of his to stay in Mystic Falls and keep whomever happens to wander into town safe. Sure, he brought home a body, but that was more of a peace offering for Valerie than anything, right?

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He’s smart to want to know about Julian and who he was, and he’s smart enough to know that Lily’s a lovestruck, idiotic idealist when it comes to her family. There is no part of me who believes he wants to keep Julian away so that he can have Lily to himself. Enzo just sort of understands that if Lily would fall for this guy, he cannot be a good man. Keeping Julian away is for the good of everyone. Speaking of Lily, she does have a type. Damon was right when he said she prefers the sons who can’t control their bloodlust, and Oscar definitely couldn’t once he was resurrected. Whether that bloodlust is just who Oscar is or whether it’s a weird side-effect of the Phoenix stone remains to be seen. So far, I’m leaning toward Oscar is a blood-thirsty maniac who just can’t stop. That explains the body count in Myrtle Beach and his ravenous feeding frenzy post-awakening.
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It’s time for Damon to let Elena’s body rest. If he’s going to live, move on, whatever, he cannot do it with Elena’s physical presence beside him. He can’t keep her safe, and he has no idea who he is without her. Holding on to her body is his way of holding on to her, and the only reason he’s doing that is because he doesn’t trust himself to be a good man without her. He’s already shown moments of it when he’s protected Matt. In fact, listing “keeping Matt Donovan” alive as one of the reasons he wants to move back to Mystic Falls is a huge sign that he’s already become someone Elena would be proud to know. He can do this. Letting go was the first step

REVIEW: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES -SEASON 1-6

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MAIN CAST

Nina Dobrev (Never Cry Werewolf)
Paul Wesley (Killer Movie)
Ian Somerhalder (Pulse)
Steven R. McQueen (Piranha 3d)
Sara Canning (Primeval: New World)
Kat Graham (Honey 2)
Candice King (Juno)
Zach Roerig (Rings)
Kayla Ewell (Impact Point)
Michael Trevino (The Riches)
Matthew Davis (Cult)
Joseph Morgan (Hex)
Michael Malarkey (The Selection)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Chris William Martin (Dollhouse)
Benjamin Ayres (Saving Hope)
Chris J. Johnson (Betrayal)
Marguerite MacIntyre (Red Dragon)
Robert Pralgo (Fast & Furious 7)
Susan Walters (The Flash)
Jasmine Guy (Dead Like Me)
Arielle Kebbel (Ballers)
Bianca Lawson (Beauty and The Beast)
Mia Kirshner (30 Days of Night: Dark Days)
Malese Jow (The Flash)
Gina Torres (Firefly)
Sean Faris (Never Back Down)
James Remar (The Shannara Chronicles)
Kelly Hu (Arrow)
Melinda Clarke (Spawn)
David Anders (Izombie)
Spencer Locke (Resident Evil: Afterlife)
Taylor Kinney (Zero Dark Thirty)
B.J. Britt (Agents of SHIELD)
Tiya Sircar (The Internship)
Maiara Walsh (The Starving Games)
Natashia Williams (Smiley Face)
Lauren Cohan (Chuck)
Trent Ford (Smallville)
Daniel Gillies (Young Hercules)
Dawn Olivieri (American Hustle)
Stephen Amell (Arrow)
Michaela McManus (Law & Order: SVU)
David Gallagher (Super 8)
Jack Coleman (Heroes)
Sebastian Roche (Odyssey 5)
Claire Holt (Mean Girls 2)
Anna Enger (Anchorman 2)
Alice Evans (Lost)
Torrey DeVitto (The Rite)
Robert Ri’chard (Veronica Mars)
Perisa White (Blood Dolls)
Nathaniel Buzolic (Out of The Blue)
Cassidy Freeman (Smallville)
Casper Zafer (Coffe Sex You)
Michael Reilly Burke (Mars Attacks)
Todd Williams (San Andreas)
Grace Phipps (Scream Queens)
Phoebe Tonkin (The Secret Circle)
David Alpay (Ararat)
Alyssa Diaz (Red Dawn)
Madeline Zima (Californication)
Rick Worthy (Collateral Damage)
Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Arrow)
Charles Michael Davis (Battle Scars)
Daniella Pineda (American Odyssey)
Leah Pipes (Fingerprints)
Callrd Harris (The Real St.Nick)
Eka Darvill (Spartacus)
Olga Fonda (Real Steel)
Hayley Kiyoko (Scooby-Doo 3 & 4)
Rick Cosnett (The Flash)
Janina Gavankar (The L Word)
Kendrick Sampson (Gracepoint)
Shaun Sipos (Texas Chainsaw 3d)
Caitlin McHugh (I Am Legdn)
Penelope Mitchell (Curve)
Chris Brochu (Soul Surfer)
Raffi Barsoumian (NCIS)
Colin Ferguson (Eureka)
Jodi Lyn O’Keefe (Halloween: H20)
Emily Chang (Total Recall)
Gabrielle Walsh  (The Hive)
Marco James Marquez  (The CLient List)
Chris Wood (Supergirl)
Tristin Mays (The Wedding Ringer)
Annie Wersching (Bosch)
Christopher Cousins (Wicker Park)

 


There are vampires, and there are indeed diaries. One of these diaries is being kept by Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev). Elena’s been writing down her thoughts for quite some time now, but in these dark days, her diary is her only outlet for the way she really feels. She’s still reeling from the deaths of both of her parents just a few short months ago, and while she tries to present a smiling face to the world at large, she’s emotionally ravaged inside. Elena has been keeping almost everyone around her at arm’s length, dumping one of her oldest friends who she’d only recently started to date and tearing just about every last page out of her social calendar. She’s dead inside.

Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley), meanwhile, is dead, period. He too keeps a journal, although having been alive…well, undead…for around 150 years, Stefan has had quite a bit more to write about than Elena. One of the first things Stefan did upon his return to his ancestral home of Mystic Falls, Virginia is re-enroll in high school. As an eternal 17 year old, he doesn’t run into any trouble looking the part. It certainly doesn’t hurt that as one of the few surviving vampires who doesn’t sizzle and smolder under the light of day, there’s little reason for anyone to suspect that Stefan is one of the undead. Stefan and Elena are inexorably drawn to one another, and the two of them are almost immediately established as a couple. Epic romance. Moony eyes. You know the drill.

Stefan can’t escape his blood. You can take that in the most literal sense: there’s the blood he must ingest in order to survive, although he’s long since sworn off feeding from humans, living instead off of small animals in the woods around his palatial family estate. This makes it easier to for Stefan to more seamlessly blend into mainstream society rather than feasting off it from the fringes, but it leaves him weaker than most other vampires as a result. It’s just not as potent as what’s coursing through our veins. There’s that sort of blood — the crimson, sticky kind — and then there’s the blood of his family. Stefan’s brother Damon (Ian Somerhalder) is also a creature of the night, and he long ago swore to make every last second of Stefan’s existence an eternal hell. Damon kills without hesitation…not only to feed, and not only to hide the existence of vampires from the world at large, but simply because he likes it. There’s more to Damon’s return to Mystic Falls than revenge, though. There’s a much greater — a much darker — motivation behind it all. At the same time, Mystic Falls isn’t being caught as unaware as Damon might like to think.

The Vampire Diaries finds its footing startlingly quickly. Take Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, for instance: as universally adored as those two series are, neither of them were really any good at all until the tail-end of their first seasons. Even with as strong as Supernatural quickly became in its first year, it got off to somewhat of a shaky start, and a fair number of the episodes from its first season are hit-or-miss. The Vampire Diaries, on the other hand, is just about perfect by the time the third episode rolls around. There really aren’t any weak episodes after that. There’s no filler dumped in just to pad out the rest of the season, and it doesn’t spin its wheels the way a lot of shows do when leading up to the big finale. It’s impressive enough that The Vampire Diaries hits such dizzying heights in its very first season, but to maintain that sort of consistency across virtually every episode…that’s exceptionally rare.


Admittedly, its pilot is kind of slow moving and sputters a bit, but the second episode is quite a bit stronger, and you’ll know from the end of “Friday Night Bites” if you’re in it for the long haul. Even with all of its genre underpinnings, at its core, The Vampire Diaries is a soap opera, complete with dead parents, drug abuse, adoption drama, alcoholism, and lots and lots of relationships. Don’t go in expecting it to be a Buffy clone or a Supernatural knockoff. The elements that make those series so brilliant are showcased here as well, but action, horror, and a snarky sense of humor don’t dominate. The great thing about The Vampire Diaries — and I write this from the perspective of someone who’s not the usual target demographic for this kind of show — is that the soapier elements are never overwhelming either. For instance, as the series opens, Elena’s younger brother Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) has turned to drugs in a failed attempt at trying to cope with the sudden deaths of his parents. In any other show, there’d be some sort of big, overwrought intervention…drenched in syrupy strings, a heartfelt monologue, and saucer-plate weepy eyes. That, or he’d bottom out in some sort of cartoonishly over-the-top way. Because The Vampire Diaries is so respectful to its characters and its audience, it doesn’t trot down either of those paths. People try to reach Jeremy and fail. He has to arrive at the decision to improve his lot in life himself, and he quickly does. Though Jeremy is certainly given a helpful nudge, his maturation is handled quietly and convincingly. The Vampire Diaries doesn’t have all that much interest in settling for the obvious, and it resists wringing out drama from the same plot points episode after episode.

Every episode has some sort of intensely action or horror driven sequence to unleash, and some sort of shock or surprise is always lurking around the next corner. I seriously found myself shouting at my TV — the good kind of shouting! — with the way The Vampire Diaries so deviously caught me off-guard over and over again. The twists are also well-thought-out and wholly earned, not just lazily yanking out the rug. Very few people here are safe, and characters I assumed would be a fixture for the entire run of the show are suddenly slaughtered after a few episodes. The cinematography can be impressively cinematic as well, and quite a few moments of “You’re Undead to Me” and “Haunted” in particular look as if they could’ve been culled from a big-budget Hollywood horror flick. Especially once the pilot has come and gone, the pace screams along at a very steady clip. There are never really any threads in the storyline that are left dangling for long. Plot points that look like they’d be dragged out over the course of the first season or two are instead revealed a third of the way through. Key moments that feel like they belong in the season finale swoop in closer to the halfway mark. I mean that as the highest compliment too. Nothing ever feels rushed or underplayed. It’s all presented quickly enough to keep The Vampire Diaries from stagnating but is still given enough time to have a meaningful impact…it’s a perfect balance. Also, every episode offers some sort of payoff to something established earlier, and there’s generally some kind of reveal as well. So much happens that part of me honestly wonders how they can keep up this manic pace in season two, although the writers have very much earned the benefit of the doubt after this exceptionally strong first outing. I’m having a hard time thinking of the last show I watched with cliffhangers this consistently addictive too. Especially now that it’s out on Blu-ray, The Vampire Diaries kind of demands to be devoured in marathon viewings.

The cast and characterization straight across the board are particularly great. There’s something magnetic about every last member of The Vampire Diaries’ ensemble, and no weak links leap out at me. There’s certainly an effort to keep them even-keeled. There’s something likeable or sympathetic about most everyone. Each character has some sort of glaring flaw as well, and that includes Elena and Stefan. Elena isn’t some sort of impossibly perfect Mary Sue character. She has her shortcomings, and her friends and family aren’t afraid to call her on them and take her down a peg either. In most any other show, everyone in the supporting cast would be boiled down to a three or four word description: “horny best friend” or “hyperaggressive jock”…that sort of thing. They’d be defined less by who they are and more by what the plot requires them to do that week. In The Vampire Diaries, just about everyone is infused with quite a bit more thought and dimension. This may not be at all apparent at first glance. Some of the folks who at first seem destined to be dead air are soon given some additional depth. Well, that, or they’re quickly mauled.

The body count this season is kinda stratospheric, and it doesn’t hurt that the werewolves hinted at last year have started snarling their way into the series. Season two is teeming with all sorts of unrepentant killers, and the standout early on is Katherine. Nina Dobrev pulls double duty as the wholesome, responsible Elena and as the centuries-old scheming murderess Katherine (several very different incarnations of her, actually), and she’s more than a little bit awesome in both roles. The series milks a few really great jolts from the uncertainty of who you’re looking at, exactly — if it’s Elena or if it’s Katherine playing dress-up — and Katherine’s sinister smirk after she’s had her fun never fails to make me cackle. Katherine also subscribes to the theory that people don’t amount to much more than Happy Meals on legs, and the swiftness, ferocity, and complete lack of remorse as she cripples and murders one random girl just to prove a point winds up being one of the season’s standout moments. I do have to admit that later in the season, The Vampire Diaries’ writers seem to run out of really compelling things for Katherine to do, and her appearances start to pack less and less of a wallop. There’s a point to it, exploring a facet of the character that she’d just as soon refuse to acknowledge even exists, but it does seem anticlimatic with as much of a sultry, destructive force of nature as Katherine is early on. The Vampire Diaries more than makes up for Katherine’s descent into shrugworthiness by introducing a couple of truly ancient vampires — Klaus and Elijah — who are charismatic, startlingly compelling, and also regal and adult…an appreciated change of pace from a show where the monsters are generally played by witty early-twentysomethings.

Ian Somerhalder still stands strong overall as the best thing about The Vampire Diaries, scoring all the snarkiest lines and clearly having a hell of a lot more fun than anyone else in front of the camera. Still, despite being so manipulative, exploitative, hot-tempered, and occasionally murderous, the show still finds a way to keep him completely likeable and sympathetic. Some of the shades of gray with Damon are erased this season, and he’s much more overtly a dependable hero-type. I chalk that up as character development, natch, and the fact that he frequently does seem to approach becoming the man Elena wants him to be makes his slips back into monster-dom that much more tragic.

The Vampire Diaries season 2  is just a hell of a lot of fun to watch, screaming ahead at a manic pace and never settling into any sort of comfortable routine. It’s shockingly well-acted, there’s hardly any filler or unnecessary distractions, and The Vampire Diaries probably gets the nod as the most infectious and consistently entertaining drama I’m watching these days. Even the soapier stuff and the over-the-top melodrama winds up being more engrossing than I ever would’ve thought possible.

 

he third season of The Vampire Diaries is about family…or, rather, trying to hold onto one. Elena’s is all but gone, limited to just her increasingly distant brother Jeremy. The two of them have a surrogate father in Alaric, but even he’s content to set up shop on the couch rather than settle into one of the house’s depressingly vacant rooms. A fractitious family at best seems as if it could collapse at any moment. Elena and Damon both are desperately hunting for Stefan. The previous season closed with Stefan unleashing the monster within, swearing allegiance to the millenium-old original vampire Klaus. ‘The Ripper’ has resurfaced. Though he obeys Klaus’ every command to murder and maim, Stefan isn’t some mindless, manipulated slave; he relishes in the kill.

 

In any other series, Stefan would be back to his righteous old self within two or three episodes, but…well, this is The Vampire Diaries. Things will never be the same again. Klaus has much of his true family within arm’s reach, though he prefers to keep the bulk of them skewered and subdued. His aim is to raise a new family, one that’s both more loyal and more like him: a hybrid of vampire and werewolf. The birthing of this army proves to be far more difficult than Klaus could ever have dreamt, and his torment grows that much greater when he finds the family tree of his birth to be more expansive and more vengeful than once believed. The dominance of family this season doesn’t stop there. Hell, we learn that the existence of vampires at all is predicated on the idea of protecting one’s own. No one in Mystic Falls escapes unscathed from all this, with the sorceress Bonnie, undead Caroline, and lycanthropic Tyler all struggling with parents who’ve either turned their backs on them or can’t accept their children for who they now are.

The Vampire Diaries does so much right, and approaching the top of that list is its disinterest in convention. Stefan and Elena form the core of the series in so many ways, and yet it’s quite a while before the two ever share the same frame this year. They’re kept physically apart for far more of the season than I would ever have thought possible, and even after that point, they’re hardly ‘together’. Stefan has changed profoundly. He may never return to the unwaveringly good guy he once was, and the journey back proves to be a whole hell of a lot more grueling As the third season of The Vampire Diaries came to a close, Elena died. This year follows her rebirth as a vampire, although if Stefan and Damon have their way, Elena will be re-reborn soon enough.You see, there’s a cure for vampirism, entombed for two thousand years with an immortal creature known only as Silas. Even with the crypt on the other end of the continent and before embarking on one epic quest after another to unlock it, they all start fantasizing about what they’ll do if they ever get their hands on the cure.

They could shove it down Klaus’ throat and at long last end his reign of terror, although who knows what kind of collateral damage would result from slaying an Original. Perhaps it’s the shot at redemption that Rebekah has been waiting for. Maybe it’s a chance for Stefan and Elena to enjoy a long but less than eternal life together as humans. It ought to go without saying that not everyone will be able to get what they want, especially since they’re not the only ones in search of the cure. Supernaturally-fueled vampire hunters have started to make their presence known for the first time in ages, and they aim to strip Silas of his immortality and end him once and for all. Anyone who gets in their way is expendable, and it kind of follows that Elena’s vampiric bodyguards don’t pose much of a threat to seasoned killers engineered to butcher the undead.

Season four is largely shaped by those three plot threads: Elena coming to grips with her vampirism, the search for the cure, and the resurrection of Silas. Most everything else that happens this year is fallout from one or more of the above. One of the people closest to Elena is saddled with the mantle of a Hunter, and the path to Silas’ tomb can only be unearthed by having him slaughter as many vampires as possible…a compulsion he’s all too eager to indulge. Cut off from the source of her mystical gifts, Bonnie begins to embrace darker magic. They imbue her with the power needed to unlock Silas’ tomb, but this raw, boundless energy may consume Bonnie before she’s given the opportunity.

Season 5 the doppelganger of Stefan or “shadow self” in the form of Silas certainly keeps things interesting. Silas is one of the more intense bad guys of the show and while Silas appears as if Stefan (as is performed by the same actor), the differences between characters is huge. The same can be said for the continuing story-line of the other double, the seemingly identical look-alike Katherine (who continues to look the same as Elena, but also is nothing like her). In Season 5, Katherine turns from a vampire to a human (as the sole recipient of the long-sought vampire cure), and things are complicated because of it. Seeing the way that actors Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley handle these scenes is part of the fun, and it’s an amazingly procifient example of the benefits of quality film editing to see the scenes where characters have interactions with one another as played by the same actor.

The production values of The Vampire Diaries are surprisingly strong for such a modest budget television production. The special effects are always minimally utilized so that when there are effects on the show they can count as something extra special. The efforts from the team that works on this show really impresses. The cinematography remains a constant things; always showcasing both the bright and dark elements of the storylines. The costumes fit with these performers well. The make-up department has their work cut out for them at times, and are capably bringing forth the supernatural elements to the show.

Considering relatively lower production costs compared to other network television series, it’s a very well produced creation that continues to impress with what the creator and producers have to work with.

In season six we get to find out what happened to Bonnie (Graham) and Damon (Somerhalder) after last season’s cliff-hanger, and what has become of the other side. There is also the introduction of a new coven of witches who have ties to some pre-existing characters. Last season’s new addition Enzo (Malarkey) also gets a much more beefed up role as well as back-story.

Amongst all of the new additions there are of course some exits, the most notable being that of leading lady. Audiences have spent the last six years investing in the life of Elena Gilbert, but now has come the time to say goodbye, and it isn’t easy. It’s not just Elena though as this year the show lost a total of four of its more long-standing cast members, and there isn’t going to be a dry eye in the house by the end of the season.

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What makes this box-set really special this season  is the extras. Thought has clearly been put into what to include, and it isn’t your standard deleted scenes and commentaries. Both of those elements are included, but the featurettes have been crafted with the true die-hard fans at the fore-front of their minds. Good Bit and Good Luck is an emotional documentary that gives the cast and crew a public forum to say goodbye to their co-stars. The second is a much more upbeat affair as the cast read out some of their favorite fan Twitter reactions to plot developments over the series. There’s never a dull moment in Mystic Falls and somehow, despite being over a hundred episodes old, the show manages to constantly reinvent itself and feel fresh. the cliffhanger leads into what is already starting to be an intriguing season 7.

 

 

 

REVIEW: BE COOL

CAST

John Travolta (The Punisher)
Uma Thurman (Kill Bill)
Vince Vaughn (Wedding Crashers)
Cedric The Entertainer (Ice Age)
André Benjamin (Revolver)
Christina Milian (Smallville)
Debi Mazar (Batman Forever)
Harvey Keitel (Reservoir Dogs)
Dwayne Johnson (The Scorpion King)
Danny DeVito (Batman Returns)
James Woods (Another Day In Paradise)
Anna Nicole Smith (To The Limit)
Minae Noji (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Arielle Kebbel (The Vampire Diaries)
Seth Green (Family Guy)

F. Gary Gray’s follow up to Barry Sonnenfeld’s excellent Get Shorty comes in the form of another Elmore Leonard adaptation, Be Cool. Continuing the story of Chili Palmer, Gray’s film lacks much of the black humor and slick charm of the first film but still manages to be good for a few laughs.  Picking up shortly after the events in Get Shorty we find Chili Palmer (John Travolta once again) getting tired of the Hollywood machine. After working at film production for a while now, he’s grown tired of it all and is looking for something new to try his hand at. Where do all successful Hollywood types go when they want a change? Just ask Don Johnson and Eddie Murphy, they’ll tell you what I’m telling you know – they head for the recording studio. Knowing his skills lay in the behind the scenes type of roles, Chili decides to head on into the music business as a producer. It seems his good friend Tommy Athens (James Woods) was mowed down and his widow, the sultry Edie Athens (Uma Thurman) needs some help with the family business. Chili steps in, hilarity ensues.Before Tommy died, he’d told Chili about a hot up and coming act named Linda Moon (Christina Milian) and Chili figures that getting her signed would be a nice way to start things off in his new profession. Unfortunately for Chili, an equally sleazy music executive named Raji (Vince Vaughn) has got his eyes on Ms. Moon too. Raji, along with his homosexual bodyguard Elliot (The Rock) and his business partner Nick Carr (Harvey Keitel) aren’t too keen on Chili getting to Ms. Moon before they do and a bit of a race ensues. To complicate things a little more for everyone’s favorite former goombah, it seems that before Tommy was killed he was a little mixed up in some dealings with the Russian mafia, who are now looking to Chili to get things handled. If that weren’t enough to deal with on its own, a prominent rap music producer named Sin LaSelle (Cedric The Entertainer) is out to cause Chili a few problems of his own, and his hip hop happening posse called the Dub MD’s, lead by Dabu (Andre 3000 a.k.a. Andre Benjamin from Outkast) are on hand to make sure he gets his way. Just when it looks like all is lost, Edie pulls a rabbit out of a hat when it turns out that she has some ties to Steven Tyler of Aerosmith (playing himself) who, after a chance run in at a Lakers game, decides to lend his considerable lip service to Chili and Edie’s cause and help out an old friend.There are some very funny moments in the film, most of which, oddly enough, come courtesy of The Rock,. Travolta is still good in the lead and his fans will enjoy seeing him reprise his dance moves from Pulp Fiction where he once again cuts a rug with Uma Thurman. Speaking of Uma, she looks great in this movie and is seductive enough and smart enough to be pretty sexy in spots yet she’s still able to remain believable in her role. She and Travolta do have a certain on screen chemistry that, while not as strong as it was in Tarantino’s Oscar winner, does rise Be Cool up a notch or two.