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I Love You, Man

Sorry for a post-bomb, but I wanted to get a few reviews down while I have the time.

I Love You, Man is about an up-and-coming real estate broker, Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd) who is desperately trying to sell the house of Lou Ferrigno (played by Lou) in order to put a down payment on a piece of development land as well as get married to his newly rocked fiancé Zooey (Rashida Jones). As he tries vigorously to sell the icon’s house he meets Sidney Fife (Jason Segel) who helps him realize how fun it is to be a little less serious about everything. The two become fast friends and their friendship may even get in the way of his engagement to Zooey.

The movie is a fantastic film. I am a massive Jason Segel fan, and think this one of his best works so far.

 

 

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The Hunger Games

I just realized I never wrote a review for Hunger Games like forever ago! oops! My bad, so here it goes:

The Hunger Games is based on the best-selling series written by Suzanne Collins. This is the first movie released based on the series, and it detailed the events of the “Hunger Games” which is a country-wide competition that commemorates the sacrifices the citizens had to make after a war. Representatives from each “district” is chosen quite literally from a hat, and then has to compete in a life or death situation. The one who survives is the clear winner and is awarded with fame and fortune. In the Hunger Games we see Katniss Everdeen substitutes herself instead of her younger sister Primrose who was actually chosen.  We also witness the preparation that the reps from each district had to go through before the final conclusion of the competition. We see the obsession people in the Capitol (the fancy district of the country) and how they follow every move of the competitors on television through the Host, Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci), and the direction to the reps by Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks), and Seneca Crane (Wes Bentley). 

 

The movie is a good movie, however, does not explain the details of life in the country prior to the war, and certain things that were explained in the book. In my opinion, the translation from Book to movie was not smooth, but it was a lesson for future installments which could be fantastic. Once it comes out on Netflix, definitely watch it. If the next installment comes out relatively soon, you will need to see this one first. 

 

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Hesher

I caught this movie as it was showing on HBO, and always wanted to see it. The movie is about a young boy, TJ, who just lost his mother in a car accident, and is having severe emotional problems trying to piece back his life. His father (Rainn Wilson) has become addicted to pain killers and sleeps all day, his aging grandmother (Piper Laurie) is showing signs of dementia, and he is constantly being tormented at school by a braces-clad bully. During one of the many outings by himself, he accidentally runs into a squatter, Hesher (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who then moves into TJ’s house with the pill popping father and grandmother with no intentions of leaving. During his stay, Hesher shakes up the lives of the small, desperate for change family, even at a cost. While living with the family, Hesher almost coaches the TJ how to deal with grief, how to properly talk to girls (more specifically the supermarket cashier played by Natalie Portman), and how to start living life again. 

 

I am a huge fan of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, even as a kid in 3rd Rock from the Sun. He was also the awkward kid in 10 Things I Hate About You, and as recent as Inception and the highly anticipated The Dark Knight Rises. He’s definitely on the road to MAJOR STARDOM. If you are interested in seeing one of his best roles, Netflix “Brick.” Seriously, a great film, great acting by Josephy, and great writing (i’ll save the review of Brick for another time).

 

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The Amazing Spider-man

This most recent installment of a Spiderman movie released this past weekend. Fans of the franchise were very excited, and wondered who the reboot would be after 3 (mostly the 3rd) disappointing  films with Tobey Maguire. In this reboot we see the retold and slightly new story of Spiderman’s beginning as a Peter Parker, high school student (Andrew Garfield) and science genius and how he wants to solve the mystery of why his parents left him suddenly with his Aunt and Uncle and never returned. His quest leads to a, you guessed it, run in with a genetically altered Spider, and the rest is pretty simple: he fights a soon-emerged foe in a former coworker of his father, Dr. Conners.

This movie is pretty different compared to the first Spiderman. The graphics are amazing (I saw it in Real 3D) and the 3D is pretty impressive. I’m not a huge fan of 3D and will only watch it when its not available in 2D. However, the movie, in my opinion, is very slow moving. I’d like to  have seen more fights and less storytelling in his rise to become Spiderman. Also, there’s no direction in the path of resolution in regards to the sudden disappearance of Peter’s parents. It seems like it got lost in the editing room. There were numerous and over-played scenes in the trailers that made it sound like we were going to get a sense of what happened to Peter’s parents, but not even the trailer scenes were in the final movie. Very strange, and in a sense, disappointing. i do NOT like when the end of movies are revealed in trailers (Spiderman 2 or 3 had it when Mary Jane said “go get them Tiger”—which she would only say to Peter Parker if she found out he WAS Spiderman…which turned out to be the ending of the movie…SORRY THAT WAS A SPOILER FOR THOSE LIVING UNDER ROCKS AND DIDN’T SEE THE FIRST 3 SPIDERMAN MOVIES)

Also in the movie is Martin Sheen (Uncle Ben), Sally Field (Aunt May), and Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy).

I think its a great set-up movie for a sequel and hopefully the editors and director will learn from their mistakes on this movie, and fix any plot or editing holes.

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Magic Mike

It’s about time that us ladies got a movie that equaled the striptease of “Showgirls.” With all the “teases” of fantastic and athletically impressive stripteases on television, the hype was great. I went with a girl friend to see the movie, and sat down, expected to be wowed with, well, male strippers. 

The movie is about an entrepreneur, Mike (Channing Tatum) who pretty much does everything to save money to start his own business. On a roofing job, he meets a shy guy Adam (Alex Pettyfer) who he meets later that night and recruits him to his nighttime job, which is stripping. Mike’s stripping name is “Magic Mike” and Adam is dubbed “The Kid”. The strip club is owned by aged male stripper Dallas (Matthew McConaughey), who is planning to move the club’s performance from Tampa to Miami. After Adam is put on spotlight in the club, the movie takes a turn from Mike as being the focus, to Adam being the focus, and we see how he learns how to strip and make money.  

Also in the movie is Joe Manganiello (Alcide from True Blood) and Matt Bomer (Neal Caffrey from White Collar) but you barely even hear them speak. This is also a negative of the movie because there are a lot of True Blood or White Collar fans who want to see Joe or Matt in this film, but will be grossly disappointed in his maybe total of 10 minutes of screen time. 

The movie falls short of, well, everything. There are many holes to this story. First is the lack of depth into the characters, then the story line is choppy, and then there’s the massive lack of an ending, in addition to the non-existent final striptease. 

The movie had great potential to be the male-version of “Showgirls” and with a better script and better direction. 

My advice: if you REALLY want to see the stripteases (you don’t see anything below the belt) then wait for it to come to Netflix. Its not worth the $12-13. 

 

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Endure

During one of my insomniac nights, I put on HBO and saw this film. I was interested just because it was starring Judd Nelson and I have had a schoolgirl crush on his “Breakfast Club” character ever since I first saw it. The movie is about a seasoned detective (Judd Nelson) and his new partner (Devon Sawa) who set out to find a serial killer after pictures of a new victim are found in a car crash.

The film is a great thriller because it keeps the audience guessing who the killer is as well. We see the investigation “as it happens” in addition to a side story line of Judd Nelson’s character, Emory Lane, and his wife (Joey Lauren Adams) who is dying of cancer. We also see his new relationship with his partner, Zeth Arnold (played by the very gorgeous grown up Devon Sawa). The only complaint on the film is that it moves a bit slow for my liking. However, it is well acted, and the writing is pretty decent.

If you can catch it on HBO, I suggest giving it a look.

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That’s My Boy

For those who aren’t an Adam Sandler fan, then this is already off the bat, not for you. Sorry, but its true. Either you love his work, or you don’t. I am a fan. I think he’s made some massive comedic contributions to film. This film shows us Todd, a early 30s young man who is set to get married. However, what his fiancé and future in-laws don’t know is that he is the product of a highly-publicized inappropriate teacher-student relationship 30 years prior. His father, Donny, is strapped for cash and is trying to avoid a jail sentence for non-payment of taxes, and surfaces during his son’s wedding. What happens during the week before Todd’s wedding is hilarious. Adam Sandler took a small hiatus from his typical 90s comedies (Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, Waterboy, Big Daddy, Little Nicky, etc), however, with That’s My Boy Adam’s hiatus is over. Not only was the comedy totally raunchy and inappropriate, it was cleverly written and well acted. The only complaint I had was Adam Sandler’s accent in the movie. I couldn’t stand the accent and thought it could have worked just as well without the ridiculous accent. The movie also features Nick Swardson, Will Forte, Susan Sarandon, Ciara, Rachel Dratch, Leighton Meester, James Caan, and even Vanilla Ice. The movie has a laundry list of great actors and comedians, and no one overshadows anyone else. Overall, this is a great film. The jokes were so raunchy, but hilarious.

Also, just wanted to give props to the two older ladies sitting in front of me who sat through all the raunchy, nasty, jokes. They laughed and shook their heads in shame at the most horrific jokes. And also told the bratty teenage girls in front of them to stop using their phones to text during the movie. Go old ladies!!!