Conclusion: Smiley is a by-the-numbers slasher with an interesting ending. This low-budget thriller from Director Michael Gallagher assumes college freshmen have nothing better to do than video chat online. Timid student Ashley hears about Internet urban legend Smiley, who kills people on a Chatroulette-esque program when one participant types "I did it for the lulz" three times. When Ashley decides to investigate the story, her life becomes a shambles.
Excerpt: Everyone loves the internet. It allows us to buy cheap goods and quantify our friends, so how could we not? There's another side to cyberspace, though, that most people don't access or consider. Hackers, whether in it for personal monetary gain or for more worldly concerns of "hacktivism," bring up the deep security issues of the technology and randomized chat rooms, whether populated by predators or pervs, reveal the dangers of supposed anonymity.
Conclusion: This is a fitting conclusion to the series and once again Alec Guinness is fantastic in it. This series has a different feel to it than the previous series but I liked the darker tone. Make sure you watch Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy first before you watch this series since they dovetail nicely together.
Excerpt: The esteemed novelist John Le Carre was generally displeased with the earliest cinematic adaptations of his work. He disliked Richard Burton's performance in The Spy Who Came In From the Cold , had mixed feelings about Sidney Lumet's The Deadly Affair and flat-out despised The Looking-Glass War . However, the 1977 television production of Le Carre's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was an enormous success in the eyes of critics, the public and the author himself.
Excerpt: A stoner film usually amounts to little more than an 80-minute in-joke. The best ones can boast sublimely ridiculous dialogue or preposterous plots, but they usually aim for nothing higher than to entertain blitzed college students. Yet even an unambitious movie done extremely well can still be a gem. The little-seen Smiley Face , an unusual entry into the stoner genre, is a cloudy gem, but a gem nonetheless.