REVIEW: BLUE CRUSH 2

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Sasha Jackson (Jarhead 3: The Siege)
Elizabeth Mathis (Unstoppable)
Ben Milliken (Gigantic)
Sharni Vinson (Bait)
Chris Fisher (XVII)
Chris Fisher (Black Sails)
Gideon Emery (Teen Wolf)

Sasha Jackson as Dana in Blue Crush 2After looking through her dead mother’s diary filled with pictures of her time surfing in South Africa, Dana (Sasha Jackson) decides to leave California to travel there, surfing everywhere her mother did as well as Jeffreys Bay, where her mother always wanted to surf but never did. Dana leaves while her father (Gideon Emery) is away on a business trip taking a wooden carving with her. On her plane ride there, she meets Grant (Chris Fisher) and he tells her to look him up if she is in his area. After landing, Dana gets on a bus headed for the beach and is followed by a man that tries to take her backpack. When he tries to sit next to her, she calls to a girl around her age that just boarded the bus saying she saved her a seat. Pushy A.K.A. Dan Wigmore (Elizabeth Mathis) introduces herself and they go surfing together after Dana puts her backpack in a locker. On the water they meet Tara (Sharni Vinson), a stuck-up Roxy surfer. After some confrontation, Pushy leaves and Dana beats Tara for a wave. On the next wave Tara cuts in on Dana, causing her to break her board that was her mother’s and cannot be replaced.Surfing the wild coast of Sth Africa in Blue Crush 2Once back on the beach, Dana finds that her locker was broken into and her money and wooden carving (belonging to her mother) were stolen. Pushy takes a depressed Dana back to her place, a group of huts on the beach where she and other surfers live. Tara also lives there and continues to be mean to Dana. At the same time, policemen arrive and give the surfers one week to vacate the premises. Dana meets Tim (Ben Milliken) and he instantly takes a liking to her. After a nap there is a party that night and while Tim is trying to talk to Dana she spots Grant from the plane and dances with and kisses him. The next day she tells them about her mom and how she wants to take pictures of herself at all the same places her mom did. Tara bets her a hundred dollars that she won’t be able to do it and Pushy agrees to travel with Dana on her “odyssey”. Grant lets them borrow his truck in exchange for working at his restaurant. As they are about to leave, Tim gives Dana a Polaroid camera so that the pictures will be the same and her board that he repaired. After each surfing destination they return to the beach house and soon there is only Jeffreys Bay (J-Bay) left where Dana will fulfill her mother’s dream and Pushy will try out for the Roxy team.Elizabeth Mathis and Sasha Jackson in Blue Crush 2 (2011)While waiting for the right weather to leave for J-Bay, Dana works and one day she thinks she sees the man that stole her possessions. He is talking to Grant but Grant says he doesn’t know the man. That night Dana and Pushy travel to the part of town Pushy is from to go dancing. While there Dana is confronted by the man who stole her possessions and she and Pushy follow him and find Grant’s truck filled with elephant tusks. The men chase them and they barely get away. Pushy then gets mad at Dana and says she is dangerous and on her own for J-Bay. After their fight, Dana rips down all the odyssey pictures from the wall. The next morning the police come back, this time with bulldozers, to tear down the illegal beach hut where they live. After getting out, Dana and Pushy reconcile. Tim gets his bus working and they decide that everyone will drive to J-Bay. On the bus Tim has the odyssey pictures that he saved from the demolition and he and Dana grow closer. One night while everyone is gathered around a fire Dana and Tim go off and he sings her a song he wrote her and they fall in love.6a00e54ee7b6428833015432e900c5970c-500wiMeanwhile, Dana’s father finds her gone and comes to South Africa looking for her. He ends up at the torn-down beach hut and is told they went to J-Bay so he flies there to find her. Dana’s father then finds her and they get in a fight. While Tim and Pushy are consoling her they run into a beach party that Grant and Tara are at. Tim confronts Grant about the elephant tusks (Tim works with the elephants) and they get into a fist fight that Tim wins. The next day Pushy tries out for the Roxy surf team and wins using that 360 aerial move that Dana has been teaching her. Tara puts aside their differences and congratulates her. Tara also returns the wooden carving to Dana that she found among Grant’s things. That night Dana’s father comes back and after making up she shows him the pictures of her odyssey and gives him the wooden carving. They then go to the beach and drop her mother’s ashes out the carving (an urn). The next day Dana goes to surf J-Bay that has very big waves and is a boy’s club. Once out there Grant gets the guys to let her stay and after getting crushed on her first wave and has a great ride with Tim, Pushy, and her dad watching her. They then take a picture together and her dad says that he is proud of her and that her mother would be, too. The film ends with Dana and everybody back on the bus singing The Beach Boys’ “Surfin’ U.S.A.”.Blue Crush 2The acting isn’t the best and it get’s cheesy in some parts but overall this is a great film it’s worth a watch if you like surfer flicks and it’s something relaxing enough to watch on a lazy day.

REVIEW: FULLER HOUSE – SEASON 1

MAIN CAST
Candace Cameron Blue (Puppy Love)
Jodie Sweetin (Farce of The Penguins)
Andrea Barber (Days of Our Lives)
Michael Campion  (Finding Eden)
Elias Harper (Riviera)
Soni Bringas (Beautiful & Twisted)
Dashiel and Fox Messitt
RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST STARS
John Stamos (ER)
Bob Saget (How I Met Your Mother)
Dave Coulier (The Real Ghostbusters)
Lori Loughlin (Birds of Prey)
Juan Pablo Di Pace (Mamma Mia)
John Brotherton (The Conjuring)
Ashley Liao (Bad Teacher TV)
Isaak Presley (A History of Radness)
Scott Weinger (The Family Man)
Eva LaRue (Robocop 3)
Ryan McPartlin (Chuck)
Steve Talley (American Pie: The Naked Mile)
Stephen Tobolowsky (Groundhog Day)
Macy Gray (Domino)
Sasha Jackson (Blue Crush 2)
Patrick Gallagher (Sideways)

Before I started watching Fuller House, I read a bunch of reviews and was so disappointed that it was getting ripped to shreds that I almost didn’t give it a chance, but curiosity got the best of me and I started watching. To echo some of the other reviewers, yes, the first episode is incredibly cheesy and feels more like an homage to the old cast than an introduction to a new show, but after just the main cast of Fuller House is left, I found it actually quite fantastic.  Some say that it’s just rehashing the original show and in a lot of ways, they have taken an extremely similar storyline, but beyond that it is totally its own. But what I absolutely love about it is that it feels like a 90s sitcom. I grew up watching Full House, Fuller House can stand on its own two legs without their Full House background and I have been very pleasantly surprised.

Nowadays there really isn’t much family friendly material on TV; there are very few shows that aren’t filled with innuendo, language, sex, and so on. But Fuller House stays true to the Full House values and while it may be cheesy at times, each episode has a moral to the story where someone learned something and is better for having learned it. It teaches the audience what’s really important in life and how much families really matter. If you’re looking for a Modern Family type of show, you will not find that in Fuller House, but if you’re missing the sitcoms of the 90s that you could comfortably watch with your whole family, you will love Fuller House.