Monday, April 30, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
Jim and Michelle stay with Jim’s Dad (Eugene Levy) and this is important because one of the kids that Jim used to baby sit for has grown up to be a teenager. Kara (Ali Cobrin) has the ability to act on the crush she was harboring for Jim all those years ago. Perfect ingredient for awkward relationship moments.
Eugene Levy is a comedic genius. His performance is one of the two actors who pushed this red light movie up to a yellow. His sense of comedic timing is spot on and his grasp of the character are truly enjoyable to watch. Even the tired shtick of Jim and his dad having an uncomfortable conversation is made enjoyable by him. The connection between those two characters is genuine and makes it fun to watch even if it’s a bit time warn. His interaction with Stifler’s mom (Jennifer Coolidge) at the end of the movie was HI-larious. It was a great uncomfortable interaction and slow build up to the delivery of the line “Great movie”. The Popcorn tub’s motion had me laughing so hard I could not breathe.
The other person is Sean William Scott. His character is gross, rude, sexist, and shallow. But he is our gross, rude, sexist and shallow character. This may be because he was written this way but I liked how that is one character that has stayed the same through all of the films.
What do you think of this franchise? Has it run its course or do you think there are still stories to be told here?
Monday, April 16, 2012
In all of movies that look back on TV shows and decide this is a story that needs a movie, 21 Jump Street is the only one that is honest about what type of movie it is. It pokes fun at its own ridiculousness and does it with the all of the style and dignity of a self deprecating comic. It is refreshing to see a movie that delivers on its promises from the trailers. However, this one gave too much away. It shared all of the golden moments trying to get people in the door. This movie is a red light because it just rushes from one trailer moment to another.
We start out with the main characters in actual high school. Schmidt (Jonah Hill) is the typical nerdy kid who is a social outcast and looks like a Vegas Eminem. Jenko (Channing Tatum) is the complete opposite of Schmidt: tall, good looking, fit and popular. They do not get along in school and, like life, after time passes they find they have some things in common. They also learn that they can benefit from each other’s strengths. They become partners at the police academy: Jenko helps Schmidt get in shape and In turn Schmidt helps Jenko study. Together they make one mediocre cop. Their first assignment is park patrol, after botching that they go to a failed undercover unit to blend in with high school students.
Their new Captain is Dickson (Ice Cube) and he is everything that you expect from a stereotype. They handle the new assignment with all of the seriousness and professionalism of Jerry Lewis skit. But they learn that the new pecking order in school has changed. Geek is the new cool. So we have a bit of a role reversal Jenko has no clue how to live in this new universe where up is down and left is right. This film has great role reversals in its story and an interesting statement on how popularity corrupts.
The co-directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, only have a few movies to draw experience from, but from this attempt I have to say they have potential. I think they do a good buddy picture because they have collaborated on a number of films in the past and draw that companionship into their characters. The things that I liked form their work on this picture was the balance between camp and irreverence to the original material without going over the top with the carryover from the TV show. Other TV inspired movies have tried to overdo the campy nature of the dated premises. This movie had a good balance between those elements but was just not very good.
Spoiler Warning!!! You will get an atomic wedgie and stuffed in a locker if you click here!!!!!
Ok, I lied. I have no spoilers for this movie because the trailers have given everything away. There are a few plot points that are not given away but they are not really worth talking about. At best they are cute but not noteworthy.
The best line in the movie is from the first captain that talks about the 21 Jump Street program as something that is dug up because people have no originality and they try to pass of this old #@%& as something new and hope that no one notices. Yep. Sums up this movie and I respect them for not lying to us and themselves in thinking this movie was anything else.
What was the last TV based movie that was made that you liked and why?
Monday, April 9, 2012
Rue (Amandla Stenberg) dying made be cry and the revolt in her district made me want to join in tearing the capital apart. I was so emotionally involved I was drained at the end of it. I am still angry with the whole thing. I have to move on before I get my dander up again.
President Snow is played by Donald Sutherland, and he does evil bad guy well. His menacing comments with Seneca (Wes Bentley) were supremely creepy.
Elizabeth Banks did an excellent job of completely taking the role and becoming something different, I had no earthly idea it was her under the makeup as Effie, I had to look up who she was I could not recognize her at all. Stanley Tucci is the best, nuf said.
Monday, April 2, 2012
Movies have been missing stories that show that female characters can be just as strong as male characters. It is a deficit in our films that sadly still remains. Mirror, Mirror has a strong female lead and a great idea of empowerment but the poor story delivery ruins any hope of keeping the theme of female strength alive. This movie has a few bright spots and many good messages but smothers them in the flat images and limited scope of its settings. I really wanted this movie to be better but all it rates is a red light.
She only leads into the story and does little more than set the stage. Then it falls back into it being about Snow white. They could have done much more with this as Julia Roberts is a powerhouse that ended up in a supporting role.
The banter between the bandits was the best part of the movie, “who put you in charge of her lips?” “Guys we have a spare”, “I need you *smack* I mean we need you”. The only down side is that the stunt men used when they were on stilts had longer arms than the actors and it was painfully obvious. If I am noticing arm length instead of action, you are doing something wrong.
I loved how much potential that Snow white had as a character. I would enjoy seeing more of her fight against the queen’s forces. They could have lost the whole bird crap facial and bee sting lip botox treatment in favor of a montage of Snow White fighting.
Sean Bean makes an awesome King. He is really only in the movie for a few min but steals the scenes he is in. I can’t think of a movie that he did that I
You can never go wrong with a Bollywood Ending. I believe, I believe, I believe, I believe, I believe, I believe, I am entranced with the final dance number. Best part of the movie is right here Look I just saved you $7.50 and 106 min of your life watch it here.
What movie do you think has a great message of empowerment for women? AND was entertaining?