Monday, May 30, 2011

Bridesmaids Review


A girl version of The Hangover, Bridesmaids is one hilarious take on what it's like to be a girl planning a wedding. OK, maybe not every girl. Kristen Wiig has been the funniest female cast member on Saturday Night Live since she joined the cast in 2005. Wiig took a big first step in becoming the first female from the SNL family in a long, long time to succeed in movies. Not only did she star in this film, but she also co-wrote it with Annie Mumolo.

Annie (Kristen Wiig) is a fundamentally nice modern girl who just happens to be nearing the low point of her life when her best friend, since childhood, Lillian (Maya Rudolph - who I also love), unexpectedly announces that she's getting married. Annie tries to put on a good face and accept the role of maid of honor, however, the responsibilities of this task, which she can’t afford, and her jealousy over Lillian’s new best friend, Helen (Rose Byrne), who is rich and seemingly perfect, lead to an emotional meltdown, not to mention some gut-busting antics.

Beyond a doubt, there is room for improvement, but still, Bridesmaids is a fantastically fun and wildly hilarious summer flick. I was actually surprised at how endearing it was near the end too, bringing a little tear to my eye. And even though a few scenes went on a tad bit too long, you will not be disappointed. Got to love the Wilson Phillips scene!
RATING: A-




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The Hangover: Part II Review


The wolf pack is back, and they definitely deliver some outrageous laughs. The Hangover Part II is exactly what you’d expect. It follows the exact formula as the first, only this time around, instead of the high night life of Vegas we venture Bangkok, Thailand for Stu’s (Ed Helms) wedding. Instead of a tiger, we have a cute little drug dealing monkey, instead of a missing tooth, we have a Mike Tyson look-a-like tattoo and instead of losing their friend Doug, they lose Stu’s bride's younger brother, Teddy.

It has the same cast, the same dynamics and follows the same amazing success as its 2009 predecessor. With a movie of this caliber one would think a sequel would fail miserably, but for some reason it magically works. Everything is as good as the last, only maybe just a couple less laughs and a tad more serious. And there were a couple scenes I seriously could have done without, but that’s to be expected, I suppose.

After the rehearsal dinner, Stu agrees to having ONE beer with his buddy’s around the beachfront bonfire, and sure enough the next morning the wolf pack (Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Helms) wake up in some sleazy, run down, garbage dump of an apartment wondering what the heck just happened... again. After getting a handle on things, they throw themselves into the gritty hard streets of Bangkok. Phil, Stu and Alan are on the run from gangs and drug lords in search for Teddy. With the expected hilarious antics of strip clubs, obtaining extra baggage, and plenty of beatings along the way, will the wolf pack ever find Teddy, or will Bangkok claim him first?


I laughed a ton! And even though the first film is better, it was still thoroughly entertaining. You will not be disappointed. According to Box Office Mojo, for an R-rated movie, it delivered the top-grossing weekend ever ($86 million Friday-to-Sunday). And for 2011, it had the third-biggest weekend so far, edged out by Fast Five and On Stranger Tides. Impressive! It's no surprise that a follow-up to The Hangover Part II is already being planned. Personally I feel that's a bad idea, but who knows.
RATING: B-



Hilarious, or overdone?

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Reivew

Capt. Jack Sparrow is definitely one of the greatest movie character creations of the past decade, and he's played by one of the greatest actors (probably the greatest) of my generation. The real question, however, is do you want more of Johnny Depp as Capt. Jack Sparrow? If you do, I have no doubt you’ll be pleased with the 4th installment - Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. And if you don’t, why on Earth are you even reading this?

I always felt this series should've followed the same formula to that of Indiana Jones, i.e. same main characters throughout, but different side characters and adventures for each chapter. Getting rid of the Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley characters was definitely a good idea, as was bringing in Penélope Cruz’s Angelica - who may or may not be the daughter of the evil Pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane) - as a semi-love interest and a perfect rival for Sparrow. And is it me or does Sparrow’s eyeliner get darker and darker as the series continues? Weird.

The story, although entertaining, was a little too simple and predictable. At least it wasn’t convoluted with plot lines and characters though. It looks like nothing will ever top The Curse of the Black Pearl. This time around it’s all about a search for the Fountain of Youth. Everyone of importance is looking is looking for it. The Spanish are after it, King George II, via Capt. Barbosa (Geoffrey Rush) are after it, not to mention Blackbeard and Angelica. The adventures and fight scenes are a bit bleak in parts, leaving it all up to Sparrow to keep it light at fun - which is exactly what this movie is. My favorite part in the film was definitely the beautiful vampire mermaids. OUTSTANDING! That CGI was amazing!

All of this unfolds in 3D, by the way. It was actually filmed in 3D too, which is the only time you want to see a movie in 3D. But I have a feeling it would be just as fun in 2D. To keep with the same formula as the last three films, there is an extremely brief bonus scene at the end of the closing credits. If you miss it, call me and I'll tell you what happens. Anyway, bottom line, I enjoyed it and I'm glad I saw it. It’s considerably better than the last two installments, although that doesn’t say much.
RATING: C+



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A Jazzman's Jazzman: The Gerry Carruthers Story Trailer

Source: IMDb

The story of the greatest musician you've never heard of. A Jazzman's Jazzman: The Gerry Carruthers Story is a hilarious and unique blend of mockumentary and stop-motion animation. It's a story about a fictional jazz pianist, Gerry Carruthers, and his lifelong struggle for fame and recognition. Through interviews of the people that loved and hated him, the viewer is taken inside The Silver Nugget, the Sacramento jazz club where Carruthers became infamous. The film also features a fantastic original jazz score by local composers as well as one-of-a-kind handmade character puppets.



Cro-Magnon Pictures is a firm believer in low budget, environmentally friendly film making. This film was directed and written by up and coming filmmakers Ben Harris and Paul Maupoux. All the actors, musicians, animators, and designers donated their time and the puppets were made from recycled materials, i.e. cardboard, toilet paper rolls and dryer lint. For more shorts and info. visit their website at; www.cromagnonpictures.com. The film is an official selection of STIFF 2011 and will screen at the NW Film Forum on Friday, June 10th at 9:15pm. For ticket info. click here.


Worth seeing?

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Shark Night 3D Trailer

Source: Apple


If Friday the 13th had a baby with Deep Blue Sea they would name it Shark Night 3D. Relativity Media just debuted their first trailer for David R. Ellis' latest terrifying thrill ride. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to see this crazy, cheesy horror flick! And with a tag like “Terror Runs Deep,” you know you’re in for a good time. It’s right up there with last year’s gore fest, Piranha 3D – quality. The cast is obviously a big group of hotties: Chris Carmack, Sara Paxton, Chris Zylka, Christine Quinn, with Joel David Moore. And don’t worry, Bull sharks have been known to swim miles and miles upstream. That’s a fact. So this movie’s totally legit. Check it out.



A sexy summer weekend turns into a blood-soaked nightmare for a group of college students trapped on an island surrounded by underwater predators. Shark Night 3D was directed by David R. Ellis (Cellular, The Final Destination, Snakes on a Plane) and written by Will Hayes & Jesse Studenberg. Ellis shot this with actual 3D digital cameras, which makes me happy. I'll definitely be seeing this thrill ride adventure in 3D. Good times! This movies hits theaters on September 2, 2011. Oh, it's on!


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Monday, May 16, 2011

Summer Blockbuster Hotties - 2011

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And so it begins….


As summer blockbusters fall upon us, I can’t help but notice all the hotties with the naughty bodies. And this season proves to be hotter than ever before. (2009 & 2010) This fun annual post is just as superficial as Hollywood itself. However, we do have some awesome movies in store for us, and they just so happened to be headed by some of Hollywood’s sexiest mouth-watering bombshells and lip-smackin’ man-candy. WOW! Seriously, with this much eye candy, we should set record-breaking heat waves this summer. Find out below who will be scorching through theaters this summer...



Mouth-Watering Bombshells:

Olivia Wilde:
This irresistible sex-kitten has a lot going for her. She’s young, sassy and devastatingly beautiful. She knows how to push the envelope and drive the men-folk wild with her sultry good looks and charm. Be sure to check her out working the sexy western vibe in Cowboys & Aliens, out July 29th, and again in The Change-Up, out August 5th.

Next Up:
In Time is a sci-fi thriller about the absent of the aging gene. To avoid overpopulation, time has become the currency and the way people pay for luxuries and necessities. The rich can live forever, while the rest try to negotiate for their immortality. Out October 28, 2011.



Penélope Cruz:
This enchanting, Spanish beauty has it all - a gorgeous
husband, a good career, curves for days and full lip-smackin' scarlet red lips that just won't quit. Even when the sexy dame acts she takes home Academy Awards. Don’t miss her kick some zombie/pirate butt in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, alongside the gorgeous Johnny Depp, who also made the list, out May 20th.

Next Up:
Bop Decameron is a Woody Allen movie inspired by Giovanni Boccaccio's "The Decameron," the classic collection of 100 bawdy novellas written in the 1350s, and consists of four separate vignettes. Out sometime in 2012.




Rosie Huntington-Whiteley:

No secrets here. This sexy Angel shows off her mouth-dropping assets while battling those evil Deceptions in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, out July 1st. She definitely rivals Megan Fox’s sensual, lustrous looks. Not only is she pure sex, but her sexiness brought her all the way to the top spot in Maxim's annual Hot 100 list.


Next Up:
Something sexy, no doubt.






Paula Patton:


This flawless diamond is one classic beauty. After her summer smash hit, Jumping the Broom, released May 6th, it’s clear she is ready to jump out of her shell. While being super hot is surely an asset to her career, it's but a facet of her persona. She has this girl-next-door vibe to her, but can definitely vamp it up hot on the red carpet.


Next Up:
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, out December 16, 2011







January Jones:
This mouth-watering blond bombshell is for sure beyond the hotness. When she first started showbiz, Hollywood told her she was too pretty to be taken seriously. Not taking “no” for an answer, her perseverance paid off. Dedication is hot! And after seeing her in X-Men: First Class, out June 3rd, she is sure to have the all the fella’s “jonesin” for more.



Next Up:
The Hungry Rabbit Jumps is a story about a
husband who enlists in the services of a vigilante group to help him settle the score with his wife after she assaulted him. Out later this year.








Lip-Smackin’ Man-Candy




Chris Hemsworth:

What’s Norwegian for, “damn he’s fine!”? This Norse god of thunder is gonna be huge! His sexy, cocky performance in Thor, released May 6th, definitely put him on the map. The ladies will for sure be drooling over those breathtaking baby blues, that charming smile and that lip-smackin’ hard body that just won’t quit.

Next Up:
The Cabin in the Woods' tag line is "If you hear a strange sound outside... have sex." You know it's going to be a good movie now. It's a twisted and unusual take on the familiar "cabin in the woods" formula.




Johnny Depp:
For a
second time, our favorite pirate makes the list yet again. How can you not love Mr. Johnny Depp? He seems just as lovable and chill as he is sexy and beyond gorgeous. It blows minds how the chiseled actor doesn't get the fuss about his own allure. "I have no idea," he says. Don’t miss his latest plundering adventure in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, out May 20th.

Next Up:
The Rum Diary is a story about a freelance journalist who finds himself at a critical turning point in his life while writing for a run-down newspaper in the Caribbean. Out October 28, 2011.





Cam Gigandet:
This gorgeous rebel is one of the hottest actors Hollywood has to offer to its young female fan base. And with a scorching rock hard 8 pack and a sultry gaze that can render females helpless in a matter of seconds, it’s easy to see why. His latest project,
Priest, released May 13th, is a sci-fi thriller set in an alternate world. He can “alter” my world any day. Also, be sure to check him out in Trespass, out September 1st.



Next Up:
Making Change is based on a true story about a group of societies' dropouts who take up the fight against a government that wants to make criminals out of private citizens and churches who feed the hungry. Out later this year.



Ryan Reynolds:

The newly single heart-throb is for sure one delicious piece of lip-smacking man-candy and a nice addition to our summer hotties. He seems so guy-next-store too, which definitely adds to his sex appeal. Don’t miss this 8 pack sportin’ sexy stud suit up in a formfitting CGI uniform in Green Lantern, out June 17th, and later in The Change-Up, out August 5th, alongside Olivia Wilde, who also made the list.


Next Up:
R.I.P.D.
is a story about a recently slain cop who joins a team of undead police officers working for the Rest in Peace Department and tries to find the man who murdered him. Based on the comic by Peter M. Lenkov. Out sometime in 2012.


Josh Duhamel:

With a killer body and a charming persona it's near impossible to ignore this smokin’ hot, charismatic actor. Sorry ladies, he’s taken, as in married. Not that that means much (in Hollywood) these days, but still. You don't want to miss this sexy soldier kick some robot butt, all the while saving the world from mass destruction in this summer’s (bound to be) smash hit, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, out June 29th.

Next Up:
New Year's Eve is story about the lives of several couples and singles in New York intertwine over the course of New Year's Eve. Out December 9, 2011




Who are your Summer-Hottie favorites?!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Fright Night Trailer

Source: IGN

I do love a good vampire flick. And this one is an oldie but a goodie... remake that is. Fright Night is a modern take on the 1985 horror classic that thrusts Anton Yelchin, Christopher Miintz-Plasse, Toni Collette and Imogen Poots into a sticky situation as they found out Jerry (Colin Farrell), the new resident in their neighborhood is a vampire. This actually looks pretty good, and I'm assuming it will be a lot darker and more frightening than it's predecessor. This movie does not need to be viewed in 3D, but to one big surprise it actually is. What a joke! Anyway, check out the trailer below and let me know what you think.
Senior Charlie Brewster (Yelchin) finally has it all going on. He's running with the popular crowd and dating the most coveted girl in his high school. In fact, he's so cool he's even dissing his best friend. But trouble arrives when Jerry (Farrell) moves in next door. He seems like a great guy at first, but there's something not quite right—but everyone, including Charlie's mom (Collette), doesn't notice. After observing some very strange activity, Charlie comes to an unmistakable conclusion: Jerry is a vampire preying on the neighborhood. Unable to convince anyone, Charlie has to find a way to get rid of the monster himself in this Craig Gillespie-helmed revamp of the comedy-horror classic. Fright Night will hit theaters on August 19th, one day before MY birthday.

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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in Star Wars

Source: CollegeHumor


This had me cracking up! I love it when these Brits collaborate. I wish I could say the same when it comes to the overlord of the sci-fi classic Star Wars. Unfortunately, the space opera will be re-released in 3D early next year. Surprised? No. Annoyed? Yes. It's very typical of Georgie. Anyway, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have recreated some scenes from the first installment in the classic film series. As you'll see below, they take the roles of droid buddies C-3PO & R2-D2 as they wander through the deserts of Tatooine. Unfortunately, only one scene ended up getting completed, but it's hilarious. Enjoy!



Frost and Pegg never cease to amaze me with their humor. LOVE IT! Not only are they naturally hilarious, but they just feel like the kind of guys you could hang out with and just have an absolute blast. I never did see their latest movie, Paul though. I'll most likely rent it when it comes out on Blu-ray.


Who else finds these Brits funny?

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Chris Hemsworth Cast In Snow White and the Huntsman

Source: Showblitz



Thor's star Chris Hemsworth is rumored to take the lead male role in Universal's fairytale story, Snow White and the Huntsman. Apparently the studio has fallen on difficult times when casting this role - perhaps it has something to do with (horrible actress) Kristen Stewart taking the lead as Snow White? A huge casting failure if you ask me. Names like Viggo Mortensen, Hugh Jackman, Joel Edgerton have all been attached to the project, but nothing was made official. After Hemsworth led the box office to an impressive $66M this past weekend with Marvel's Thor, his addition to the cast could prove good things for this big budget fairytale.

The retelling of The Brothers Grimm fairytale actually makes the huntsman a more integral character who becomes Snow White's protector and mentor, in order to help her thwart the evil queen played by Charlize Theron (who's been superbly cast, btw). Meanwhile, the dashing young prince will be played by Sam Claflin who will be more recognizable after appearing in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides out later this month. I acutally like this bit of casting news. I think Hemsworth will do a great job. Don't think I'll see this movie in theaters though, due in huge part to wrongly cast Kristen Stewart, but we'll see.

Another Snow White film is also in the works as well - The Brothers Grimm: Snow White. However Lily Collins (The Blind Side) is playing the princess in that film. It'll be interesting to see which Snow White film will be the better of the two, as both will hit theaters next year around the same time.


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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Thor Review

I was a little apprehensive in seeing Marvel’s latest live action, superhero flick. It seemed they had a lot riding on its big screen version of Thor - the first of what I’m guessing is a planned franchise and later The Avengers. However, I’m glad I changed my mind. This summer blockbuster delivers with thunderous applause and dazzles the eye with stunning visuals. It’s easily one of the best looking Marvel movies to date. I was never a big Thor fan growing up, but this movie had me hooked. It was visually stunning, suspenseful in parts, exciting and full of action, not to mention the delicious assortment of eye candy to feast upon. At the very least, the Norse God of Thunder now has a better screen representation than his cameo in Adventures in Babysitting.

We go back and forth between lands throughout the movie. In the faraway realm of Asgard, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is about to ascend to the throne of his father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins) before his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston – who I now love btw). But an army of alien Frost Giants ruin the crowning, and the arrogant Thor breaks an old truce by enacting revenge. As his punishment, Odin takes away his hammer/power and banishes him out of Asgard and throws him down to Earth.

Meanwhile, on earth, we meet a dedicated scientist, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who is investigating meteorological anomalies – the kind that send sexy ripped blond dudes to earth via lightening. When the two meet, sparks fly, literally and figuratively. And so begins the back and forth between scenes on Asgard, where something shady is a foot, and earth, where Thor struggles to gather his bearings despite his powers. The love story between Thor and Jane seemed a bit hokey. That’s just because they didn’t take time to develop that storyline enough, which was OK with me.

Overall this movie shines thanks to Hemsworh and Hiddleston. While the special effects are spectacular and vivid with luminous color, especially on Asgard, this movie does not need to be viewed in 3D. It was filmed in 2D to begin with and later converted into 3D. When this happens, it’s sort of like seeing a black and white movie with sunglasses on - everything is muted and darkened. So if you’re going to see this movie, save your hard earned cash and see it in 2D only. And remember to stay through the ending credits as there is a little Thor morsel for you at the very end. Thor is a fantastically fun movie and a great way to kick off the summer season. You will definitely be entertained!
RATING: B+



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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Saoirse Ronan Cast in Stephanie Meyer's The Host

Source: Deadline


Well this comes as a surprise. I'm still on the fence when it comes to Saoirse Ronan. I seriously don't know how to feel about her. She's very odd to me. And it has to be said I was little taken back by their choice in casting her as the lead in Stephanie Meyer's novel, The Host. I don't hate their pick, and I'm sure she'll be fine, but if I had my way I'd definitely cast Camilla Belle, along with a few others, take a look.

It's been a while since we heard any news regarding this adaption. It was back in September of 2009 that we learned director Andrew Niccol would take the reigns. However, since then we haven't heard much about anything, and while Niccol (Gattaca and Lord of War) was said to be writing the script as well, his involvement as director has apparently been uncertain. Well, Deadline says he may still sit in the director's chair for the project after all. Now that we have our heroine, I'll be interested in seeing who else they cast. Just know it won't be nearly as bangin' as my cast.

The Plot:
These parasites invade human bodies, fuse to each person's consciousness and systematically erase their personalities. Melanie finds herself captured by the Souls and implanted by one called Wanderer, one of the more infamous of the species because she has attached herself to so many "hosts" before. Wanderer intends to use Melanie to give up the location of the remaining humans, but Melanie is relentless in her resistance to Wanderer and refuses to surrender her consciousness. In this struggle the alien apparently becomes overwhelmed by Melanie's memories and emotions and ends up reconnecting with the girl's old life and falling in love with it.

This will definitely be harder to translate on screen. I just hope they do a good job bringing this thriller to life. This could be one adaptation of Stephanie Meyer's writing that could turn out all right. We shall see.



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