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What’s On Deck: OVERRIDE, Renovation, and Some Other Goodies

Posted in Uncategorized on November 12, 2009 by DTB

I had the privilege of working with a Mr. Randall Krongard in a recent production of Macbeth for Northeast Stage in Greenport.  The show itself went extraordinarily, and the cast was very closely-knit, a rarity not meant to be forgotten.  It was during conversations amongst the cast backstage (I played Malcom, Randall was Macbeth himself) that I found out Randall wrote, produced and starred in his own independent action thriller entitled Override.  I was very curious about watching this film, which Randall is trying hard to spread the word about, and have his permission to write a review right here in the LBR!  Additionally, I conducted a video interview with him last Sunday, which I hope to have posted as a supplement to the review.  Both will be posted shortly.

In the meantime, here’s a link to Override‘s website for your viewing pleasure:

Also, I’m hoping to renovate the “About” section soon.  Seeing as we don’t post as regularly as we claim, I should probably tweak a few things.

Last but not least, I have a few other drafts on deck that’ll be posted soon, such as a mass recap of films since Potter 6 I’ve seen, more Song of Ice and Fire casting, a full-fledged review of Dragon Age: Origins and a book review of Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood.


Temporary Hiatus

Posted in Uncategorized on September 16, 2009 by DTB

Hello All,

All of us here at the LBR are sorting through our lives right now, and are currently in a transitional period where regular LBR updates aren’t entirely possible.  Once things simmer down, expect more from us!  Seriously, patience can be a virtue.


The LBR Team

The Nine Most Pathetic Searches That Have Led to the Low Budget Review

Posted in Uncategorized on June 27, 2009 by DTB

A little known fact about the LBR is that we have the ability to see what searches have led our readers to our website.  We don’t get the ISP information or locations of said searches, but we do know how perverted, juvenile, or otherwise pathetic several of these searches are.  We also know what searches most commonly lead the curious to our site.  If someone were to ask me the best possible way to receive slosh-loads of website hits based on search engine results, I would simply state four names: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Zac Efron and Miley Cyrus.  While most are fairly innocent, such as “Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson happy” or “Miley Cyrus smiling,” a disturbing portion of searches are either too inanely composed (spelling errors are highly amusing), cruelly conceived or flat-out pedophilic.  We here at the LBR find massed amounts of humor (and nausea) from said subject matter, and as all searches are anonymous, we felt our readership may be able to find the same kind of gut-busting laughs that we do from the following.

 I must also point out that none of these searches leading to our site would have been possible without Nikki’s (Snickerdoodle85) “2009 MTV Movie Awards” article.  So you all should hit up her “about” page and make her feel special (we also have a competition to see whose “about” page gets the most hits each day…sorta…it’s usually mine and the others are jealous)!

 9. Kristen Stewart Foto Dark

I would imagine whoever searched this meant to look for a “photo” of Stewart’s newly darkened locks, unless they were of German, Spanish, or Portuguese origin, in which case “foto” would be the correct spelling.  However, such cultural speculation is most likely an exercise in futility as the translation of “dark” is not “dark” in German, Spanish or Portuguese.  My only conclusion is that whoever searched this was the product of the broken American educational system in severe need of a good English teacher.

 8. robert pattinson hand

Hand fetishes.  We all know they exist, but we never want to accept it.  Having googled this search myself (out of sheer curiosity, I assure you and with correct capitalized punctuation), there are no actual pictures of Mr. Pattinson’s hands without his pouty, dumbfounded, greasy-haired mug gazing blankly at the camera.  Further exploration of provided web pages leads to a speculative thread regarding an apparent mauling of the Twilight actor’s right hand by some sort of unknown beast or drainage system.  This speculative thread is dated two weeks old, and I’m assuming the cat scratches have healed since that time.  I wonder if Twilight vampire blood glows in the dark?

 7. How to Dress like Zac Efron

I can only see two reasons somebody would want to search for this and each is equally unsettling.  The first is more pathetic, as it involves a sad little junior highschool boy who has a massive crush on a girl far outside his league.  Said girl is materialistic and popular, never giving our friend (whose name could be Leonard or Sheldon…yes I watch Big Bang Theory) a second (or even first) thought.  However, our friend spots a magazine with Efron’s manic stare on the cover in said girl’s hands.  To impress, he wants to dress like Zac (who can’t even spell his nickname correctly I might add).  The second reason someone would search this (which is more frightening than sad) is that said popular girl has a jock-like boyfriend.  The boyfriend is possibly dumb as nails, but has a good heart and would do anything for the girl.  Anything? she asks.  ANYTHING he replies.  So, she searches for every ensemble Mr. Efron has appeared wearing and dresses her lovebird each and every day to act as a substitute for the man he can never be.

 6. taylor lautner girlfriend

Another Twilight heartthrob, Lautner isn’t really known for much save his beefiness.  I would bet that whoever searched this is in their late 20s (male or female, take your pick) and hopelessly wanting to go back to late high school/early college.  They want to know if Lautner has a girlfriend because if he’s single, maybe they’d stand a chance.  The searcher could also have been a tween pop culture junkie looking for the latest trendy gossip, but that’s too realistic and requires no creative thinking on my part.  Oh, by the way…strike two for capitalization slothfulness.

 5. robert pattinson naughty

Strike three you uneducated capitalization miscreants!  I’m truly ashamed that our site somehow shows up in the search results of such a perverse query.  Truly, nothing worse could lead to our site.

 4. taylor lautner topless

Strike FOUR!  This isn’t as bad as the “naughty” Pattinson pics, but twice as stupid.  Men aren’t “topless” when they remove their shirts.  They’re SHIRTLESS.  According to the searcher, Lautner possesses female anatomy and that’s a debate that I simply don’t want to start here.

 3. miley cyrus teeth falling out

Strike Five.  Leave MILEY ALOOOONE!  We can’t help it if she’s just started teething.  Just make sure that you keep LEGOs, dolls, model kits and other toys with small parts away from her.  (This was geared towards the moron who apparently finds amusement in celebrities with bloody mouths and missing teeth.  We here at the LBR find this sick, twisted, and outright moronic.  Ms. Cyrus, we only wish the rest of your teenage years to be free of public scrutiny.  Enjoy being a teenager.  Do teenager-esque things.  Have fun, live well, and don’t grow up too fast.)

 2. ben stillers mom photos

For your information, her name is Anne Meara.  We really don’t want to know why you wanted to find photos of her.  We won’t even speculate.  However, if I knew who made this search, I’d send the searcher’s location right to Ben Stiller himself.  I bet he’d sick longtime friend Tom Cruise on the searcher immediately.  Oh, strike six.  You’re out twice.

 1. Miley Cyrus Getting Naughty

Ok.  I’m sure this is an illegal search.  Miley’s only 16.  Seriously, man.  What’s wrong with you.  You should really get that taken care of.  And by taken care of, give yourself in to the authorities already.  Serve your time (time=life) in prison.  Away.  For good.  You make me want to vomit.  On the bright side, yay capitalization!  I can’t believe I just did that.  Honestly, if I had the address of whoever searched this…your butt would be in prison.  Or signs would at least be distributed around your neighborhood warning everyone of your warped, ill mind.


Posted in Uncategorized on June 25, 2009 by thelowbudgetreview

The staff here at the Low Budget Review would like to extend wishes to all the memebers of the three families struck by tragedies this week. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, and Michael Jackson.

Guilty Pleasures: Blink 182 – The Mark, Tom, and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back)

Posted in Uncategorized on June 24, 2009 by Scott

Looking at my library of music, one thing that may strik you is the variety that you will see. Folk, rock, alt-country, indie, punk…but what you wont see is pop. Apologies to anyone who finds pop pleasing to the ears, i think you need to be seriously concerned that you are not able to think clearly. (No offense, but pop is terrible). But here we are, talking about guilty pleasures, and what is a guilty pleasure if not something you shoudld be embarrassed about when your friends walk in on you listening to it?

Enter Blink 182. As a middle and high school student, they were hot. Enema of the State came out, and produced 3 major radio hits, catapulting a pretty well regarded So-Cal punk band to nation pop stardom. The next logical step is to of course release a live album of a show playing 3/4 of the material from said hit record, and play old stuff, you know, to get the new fans into the fanbase. And i’ll be god damned if it doesn’t work like a charm.

The Mark, Tom, and Travis Show is that live album. As a listener first to Enema of the State, and then Dude Ranch, i was familiar with the material on the record before hearing it, and one thing this band isn;t great at is changing the songs from the record to the live performance. What they are good at is creating fast, razor sharp hooks that catch you like a fish and don’t let go for the entire album. Their playing is furious and fast, especially Barker’s drumming, and the songs are as fun live as on record. Te banter between songs sounds like it comes from the mind of 14 year old boys, consisting of almost exclusively shit, fart, and dick jokes. Is this a complaint? No. Not by a mile. For whatever reason, i laugh everytime i hear them talk about eating poo or crooked wieners. The disc ends with upwards of 20 short tracks of nothing but talking and jokes, which admittedly are skipable after the first couple of listens, but they are funny the first time.

Call it immature, call it poor tatse, i don’t really care . I appreciate that a band can be as silly as they wanna be, and still produce power-chord loaded songs that induce a little bit of happy in me every listen. Singalong hooks, sometimes smart and emotionally charged lyrics, (and sometimes a string of curse words set to music), and singalong choruses make The Mark, Tom, and Travis Show worth a listen. Skip everything after it though, there is nothing worse than aging, jaded pop-punkers.



Posted in Uncategorized on June 21, 2009 by DTB

From everyone here at the Low Budget Review, a very happy Father’s Day to each and every Dad out there.  Enjoy your day!

Fifteen 2009 Movies

Posted in Uncategorized on June 20, 2009 by snickerdoodle85

A list of 15 movies from 2009 and where they stand with me as of right now.

1.) Watchmen- Loved it, loved the graphic novel more though.


2.) Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen– I could care less, the trailers made it look awful and to be honest I wasn’t impressed with the first one.


3.) Inglourious Basterds- Probably going to be a great movie, or well as great as a movie about group of Jewish soldiers to engage in targeted acts of retribution can be. It’s just not my kind of movie but please let me hear your thoughts about it when the time comes.


4.) X-men Origins: Wolverine– I saw most of it and it was pretty disappointing. I really think we could have done without it and been just fine. Lets hope the Deadpool movie is more promising.


5.) Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins– I’ve heard all around bad reviews about this movie but the trailer still haunts me, it looked really promising I’m going to have to find out for myself.


6.) Sherlock Holmes– I really want to see this movie. I love movies like this, not just because I love Robert Downey Jr. Mysteries are fun! Lets hope it is as fun as I anticipate it to be.


7.) GI JOE: Rise of Cobra– I know nothing about GI JOE but the movie looked pretty awesome to me. I know most people I’ve talked to said it looks cheesy and lame but it looks pretty entertaining to me. We’ll see!


8.) Bruno– I’m not against this movie by any means but I don’t think it is going to top Borat. It looks like it is going to put up a good fight but nothing usually tops the first.


9.) Star Trek– This was a hands down awesome movie. I’m not even a Trekkie nor have I watched more than 2 of the older movies and I’ve never laid my eyes on any of the TV shows but this movie certainly got me interested.


10.) Where the Wild Things Are– I’m very interesting in seeing how this movie turns out. I’m a fan of the book and of Maurice Sendak in general. *Fingers crossed*

11.)  UP– This movie looks like another pretty and promisingly fantastic flick.  I’ve wanted to see it for awhile now just haven’t gotten the chance. I’m almost positive it won’t disappoint.


12.) Public Enemies– I’ve missed Johnny Depp movies, this one looks pretty good.  Any movie that Depp gets to be a bad ass charming thief sounds good to me.


13.) Land of the Lost– Probably a renter for me. Not always a huge Will Ferrell fan. It’ll probably have its funny moments but I don’t think it is going to be worth the theater price.


14.) Observe and Report– I did not enjoy this movie. It isn’t what I expected, maybe it is the Psychology major in me but there were too many messed up issues going on that were supposed to be shrugged off and laughed at. It was kind of shocking.


15.) Funny People– Another renter for me. Although it does have a great cast and I usually do like Judd Apatow movies I just didn’t get the “LOL” feeling when I saw the previews for it.  The entertainment business keeps pooping out these types of movies, some are stellar and some are pretty much good for a couple laughs.