It’s been around ten years since we’ve had a proper Muppet movie, and even longer since a great one. But luckily that didn’t stop this from happening. Right off the bat you had a good feeling, James Bobin was on for the director and Nicholas Stoller and Jason Segel wrote the movie. Right off the bat you can tell they’re doing something right. The movie stars (besides the Muppets) Jason Segel and Amy Adams, both who did a great job. I was especially happy to see Jason Segel in here; he’s the perfect choice for a movie like this. The man is great with adult humor and he’s still like a big kid so you’ve got your entire age of audience covered with just one casting choice. The plot cycles around an evil plot to buy and tear down the old Muppet studios. Gary (Jason Segel) and his brother Walter are Muppet super fans, they over hear the evil plans while touring the now run down Muppet studios. Turns out the Muppets have to raise ten million dollars in a very short amount of time; the only way to do that is to put on a show. The reason this proves difficult, not only has there not been a show in years, but the entire gang is estranged at this point. While watching the entire movie I had a big stupid smile on my face. It was funny, it was entertaining, and it warmed my old cynical heart and made me feel like a kid again for a little while. I can’t say enough how much I enjoyed this movie. It’s a must see for anyone who likes the Muppets even a little. And as a bonus if you saw this in theaters you also got to see a Toy Story short, Toy Story is always welcome in my book!
December 6, 2011
October 28, 2011
Comedy, Movies/Shows, Reviews 30 minutes or less, Aziz Ansari, comedy, Danny McBride, Dilshad Vadsaria, Fred Ward, Jesse Eisenberg, Michael Pena, movie, Nick Swardson, review, Reviews, Ruben Fleischer Leave a comment
First let’s look at the facts that should have made this movie great. You’ve got Ruben Fleischer, the guy that directed Zombieland directing four great people – Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride, Aziz Ansari and Nick Swardson. Not to mention the movie also has Dilshad Vadsaria, Michael Pena, and Fred Ward. If you look at what we’ve got already chances are you’re saying “I will see this movie”. I think that’s pretty much what happened with 30 Minutes or Less, because it had all the right crew but the movie just didn’t deliver (no pun intended). Jesse Eisenberg is a pizza delivery boy whose life isn’t all that great. He makes a delivery one day to the broke and somewhat dumb bad guys Danny McBride and Nick Swardson. Basically he’s got to rob a bank for them or they’ll blow him up with the bomb that’s strapped to him. As you can imagine it goes wrong somewhere along the way and hijinks ensue. The movie wasn’t bad it just wasn’t as good as it should have been with the tools it had. It was decent but far from hilarious. It’s a decent movie to watch if nothing else is on but I wouldn’t say you’d have to go out of your way to see this.
July 17, 2011
The simple way to describe this, or the way the movie seems to try to describe itself is the made up high school version of ‘The Scarlet Letter’. What we have here is the talented and delicious Emma Stone as Olive, a girl in school who believes she’s invisible to all boys. The whole thing starts out with an innocent but kind of shitty lie; she doesn’t want to hang out with her best friend for the weekend so she makes up a guy that she’s going out with. This rolls into she stayed the weekend with him, which her friend assumes she got laid. The rumor quickly spreads that she boned some collage guy (and other variations of this). From there she starts trading lies that she’s banging guys (to help the guys become less of losers) in exchange for gift cards, basically a fake prostitute. As you can imagine this gets out of control pretty quick, the fact that there’s a group of super Jesus freak students doesn’t help matters, or the guidance counselor who really turns out to be a whore. Soon enough everything reaches a breaking point where Olive has to do a webcast confessing everything. In the movie Olive admits she’d like her life to be more like a John Hughes movie, well Easy A sort of reminds me of a John Hughes flick, but not quite as good. It’s a pretty decent movie to watch for free, it has some legit laughs in it but it won’t have you rolling for an hour and a half. However anybody that’s obsessed with Emma Stone (I know you’re out there) might run out to buy this one to own, after all it does have her walking around in some kind of slutty clothes for half the movie.
June 28, 2011
Ok wow, now when I say this movie was bad I mean it was so bad it actually made me mad watching it. Let me first point out that I did not have high expectations of this movie, I’m not even sure why I watched it, I’m still not sure why I watched it, but I did. This movie sucked a lot of good names into its funnel of sucktidtude, Natalie Portman, Ivan Reitman, hell even Kevin Kline wasn’t free to escape it’s icy grasp. I expected this of Ashton Kutcher but not the rest. Director Ivan Reitman hasn’t had a flawless career, he’s had a few stinkers like Junior and Dave in there but nothing of this caliber and his hits far outweigh his misses including Kindergarten Cop, Ghostbusters II, Twins, Ghost Busters, Stripes, Meatballs and even My Super Ex-Girlfriend which I did surprisingly enjoy a bit. Oh well, I guess shit happens sometimes, onto the movie. The movie itself was pretty unwatchable; I’m not even sure how I made it through it (or why). Besides being a comedy with no jokes (except one from Miss Portman at the beginning of the movie) it had no redeemable values what so ever. The reason the movie made me so annoyed is it was basically about some rich people getting laid all the time. Sorry if I can’t have any sympathy for the characters if they pull up to their giant house in their nice car, behind a bunch of other cars they own, and their big problem is they haven’t gotten any in two days, fuck that. If you want a movie that can connect with most people I need to see these people living in a shitty apartment driving some old ass car who haven’t gotten any in months then they happen to fall into this ‘lets bone all the time’ scenario, then I MIGHT give a fuck about the movie. There’s really no reason to justify watching this movie. Say for argument sake you’re on a date with a girl and she wants to watch a movie, and this is the only movie there is to watch, recommend watching grass blow in the wind, or flies fucking or well basically anything.
June 10, 2011
Take Me Home Tonight is the story of one insane night set in the 80′s. We don’t have a lot of star power to this movie but you’ll probably recognize Topher Grace in the lead role, the loser kid who we’re going to be with for a long time here. It’s a pretty mundane story, Matt Franklin (Topher Grace) is out of collage and instead of having some nice job like he should he’s working at suncoast video. One day his high school crush comes in and he makes up a lie that he works at some band, she invites him to some party, which for some reason seems to be all the kids they went to high school with, and with that we’re off into our story. Throughout the night he is trying to win the girl and not forget that he’s a big liar, whatever I guess this is the guy for the move we should care about but personally I didn’t give a fuck about him. For me the center point of the movie was his best friend. This guy is having a hell of a night, the best/worst day of his life. He gets fired, so he starts to drinking, heavy. As he puts it, it’s the most he’s ever drank in this amount of time, and this continues throughout the night. On the way to the party they stop at the car dealership he was fired from and steal a car. In the car he finds a bag of cocaine. So through the night this dude is drunk, coked up, and partying hard. Getting into fights, dance offs, and trying to get laid, I don’t care what anyone says this guy is the heart and soul of the movie. As a whole the movie was a letdown to me, but it’s pretty decent. It’s something that’s pretty entertaining (just for best friend Barry) that you could watch to kill some time, but I wouldn’t say you should get your hopes super high.