Love on the Slopes (2018)

Love on the Slopes
Director: Paul Ziller
Writer: Bruce D. Johnson, Kirsten Hansen
Cast: Katrina Bowden, Thomas Beaudoin, Elysia Rotaru, Anthony Konechny, Corey Woods, Chris Shields, Tony Giroux
Seen on: 23.12.2019

Alex (Katrina Bowden) really wants to be a travel writer, but so far her job at a magazine has only consisted of copy editing. When a contest is announced for a new writing gig, though, Alex jumps at the chance, suggesting an article on a reclusive sports photographer. Instead her boss suggests that she should write about trying out winter extreme sports instead. Used to a mostly pampered, comfortable existence with her fiancé Barton (Anthony Konechny), Alex is hesitant about that, but ultimately can’t pass up the chance. So she finds herself in Ridgeline looking for somebody who can show her the ropes (quite literally) and finds Cole (Thomas Beaudoin), the photographer she wanted to write about in the first place. As they start exploring the mountains together, they become ever closer.

Love on the Slopes is exactly what you’d expect and want it to be. There is not a single step that strays from the usual romance path, but formulaic as it may be, it’s also pretty charming.

The film poster showing a man (Thomas Beaudoin) and a woman (Katrina Bowden) standing on a snowy mountain with skis in their hands.
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Piranha 3DD (2012)

Piranha 3DD
Director: John Gulager
Writer: Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan, Joel Soisson
Sequel to: Piranha
Cast: Danielle Panabaker, Matt Bush, Katrina Bowden, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Chris Zylka, Paul James Jordan, Meagan Tandy, David Koechner, Christopher Lloyd, Ving Rhames, Gary Busey, David Hasselhoff
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After the death of her mother, Maddy (Danielle Panabaker) and her stepdad Chet (David Koechner) inherited the family’s waterpark. Unfortunately for Maddy, Chet owns 51% and has very specific plans for the park (they mostly include boobs and parties). But right before the opening, with star guest David Hasselhoff (David Hasselhoff), Maddy’s friend is attacked by piranhas in a nearby lake. Maddy worries that the fish will find their way into the park. But nobody takes her seriously.

By no means is Piranha 3DD a good film. But watching it during a film festival in a sold out cinema that greeted you with David Hasselhoff songs to get you in the mood and with a cup of vodka, graciously given by a fellow festival-goer, in hand, it was an absolutely glorious experience.

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Tucker & Dale vs Evil (2010)

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Tucker & Dale vs Evil is the first feature film by Eli Craig, starring Alan Tudyk, Tyler Labine and Katrina Bowden.

Tucker & Dale vs Evil starts as so many horror flicks start today: a group of college kids go camping and they happen upon two unkempt Hillbillies, Tucker (Alan Tudyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine). Dale thinks that Allison (Katrina Bowden) is really cute but when he tries to talk to her, he makes a fool of himself and scares Allison. So it comes to no surprise that the kids start to suspect bad things when Tucker and Dale – peacefully fishing – stumble upon them again while they’re skinny dipping. Allison trips, hits her head and knocks herself unconscious. When Tucker and Dale pull her out of the water, her friends run away screaming. When Tucker and Dale take Allison home, the rest of the kids hatch a plan to get her back.

I have one word for you: Hilarious. Tucker & Dale might just be the best comedy I’ve seen all year, but it’s definitely the best horror comedy since Shaun of the Dead (or maybe Homecoming). In short: a highlight.

[If that poster isn’t enough warning: there is a lot of gore and blood in this film and if you absolutely can not stand the sight of it, you might want to skip this film after all. But it would be your loss.]

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