March 29, 2012
Jason Segel is a pothead that seems to be obsessed with the movie Signs and his destiny in general. Ed Helms is his douche bag brother who thinks he has life together but actually has a pretty shitty and failing marriage. Going into this I figured it would be about 3/4 comedy and 1/4 drama, with these two in the lead rules who wouldn’t think that upon first glance. It turns out it was a total switch, the movie was about 3/4 drama and 1/4 comedy and both of these guys pull it off perfectly. Not to mention Susan Sarandon, the woman who plays their mother, she has a pretty decent sized roll and is great as well. Ed Helms and Jason Segel are primarily known for their comedy work. Ed Helms most notably from the Office. And Jason Segal, well I will see any comedy with Jason Segal, no questions asked. But after seeing this movie I think I’ll have to change that to, I’ll see anything with Jason Segal, no questions asked. He completely owns this movie. I really think Jason Segel is showing signs that he could be one of the best actors of his generation, the man is so underappreciated. I love him in comedy roles, he’s a funny dude, he hasn’t really gotten a chance to show that he can do more than that but I think this movie really proves it. He brings to full force just glances that we’ve gotten before. Behind the scenes Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass wrote and directed this movie, these are a couple of two guys where their careers basically consist of movies I’ve wanted to see but have never actually gotten around to watching. I think I’ll have to make it a point to change that. In closing here, you won’t be laughing the whole way through Jeff, Who Lives at Home, but you will see one hell of a movie. It’s one of the best I’ve seen this year.
March 26, 2012
Alright, let me get this out of the way first, I never really liked or watched much of the 21 Jump Street TV show. I watched it a bit when I was younger, didn’t care for it and haven’t revisited it. But that doesn’t matter much because they’ve pulled a Dragnet with the 21 Jump Street movie and made it into a total comedy. We’ve got Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in the lead roles. Everybody knows Jonah Hill from, well a ton of great comedies the past five years or so. The guy most people seemed to be down on is Channing Tatum, he’s not exactly known for comedies, or good movies in general, but I was willing to give him a shot without passing judgment. Both have top quality performances in this movie and they work great as a team. No question these guys together is what makes this movie work. Though they also have a great supporting cast. Brie Larson, Dave Franco, Rob Riggle, Chris Parnell, and my personal favorite of the supporting players, Ice Cube. All of these people just own this movie in their own way. Everything in here comes together to make this a great comedy. I know it’s only March but this is by far the funniest movie I’ve seen all year. Hell I went and saw it twice and it was till hilarious the second time around.
March 9, 2012
Project X, the big time party movie of 2012. It’s a movie that involved a lot of people that seem to be new to movies. The main three actors have only been in a couple things, the writers haven’t written much and the director Nima Nourizadeh, this was the first movie he’s directed. I pretty much expected to come back from this movie reporting ‘it’s pretty fun; exactly how you think it’s going to be’. And to an extent that is true, this is basically a movie that is a party for ninety percent of the time. It’s got some good laughs but I wasn’t laughing my head off the entire time. The reason I’d say to go see this movie though is just for the pure insanity of it. No doubt you’ve seen the trailer by now with the fires and the car and the many people, but even going in with that knowledge I was really truly shocked at the actual insanity of this party they had going. It’s not the greatest movie you’ll see but its fun for sure, much better than I had expected. It’s not all happy times though, there are some negatives, there’s some pretty lame relationship type stuff that goes on, it’s a very very small part of the movie but it’s really an eye roller. The biggest boo I give to the movie is the fact that it’s all handheld shot. I’m not a fan of this trend at all and really wish it would stop. Though this is the first time I’ve seen it in a comedy, and I thought it did work the best that I’ve seen it used in a very long time, but I’d still much rather just prefer a steadicam for my movies. Bearing that in mind, if you’re looking for something fun to watch that you won’t have to put a lot of effort into concentrating on a complicated plot you can’t go wrong with a party movie and Project X fills that need extremely well.
January 11, 2012
Young Adult, the new movie Written by Diablo Cody (writer of Juno) and directed by Jason Reitman (Director of Juno and Thank You For Smoking). With these credentials, and the fact that it has Patton Oswalt it was a sure thing that I was going to see this movie. Little did I know that would not be the best use of my time. The movie centers around Mavis Gary (played by Charlize Theron), a woman that writes Young Adult books. Her life is pretty much a wreck; her career isn’t going much better than that. She’s a mess of a person that’s pretty much still acting like a dumb teenager. Her old boyfriend has a baby so of course she decides to go back to her home state to try and break up his marriage and get with him. Ninety percent of this movie is pretty painful to watch, it’s filled with such awkward scenes you want to turn away from the screen. And not like in that uncomfortable funny awkward, just that ‘ugh why am I watching this’ awkward. Basically the only people in the movie I didn’t hate were Matt (Patton Oswalt) and his sister Sandra (Collette Wolfe), the rest of them, ugh they could fall into the ocean and the world would be better off. Sandra doesn’t have much screen time in the movie, in fact I think she’s only seen four times, and three of them being for less than a minute. Matt however has a decent amount of screen time, which is good because he’s really the only semi-saving grace of the film. Almost every scene with Matt is a great one, Patton Oswalt really is not only a great comedian but a great actor and it shows here. Plus on a nerd side of things every scene he’s in is like a nerdgasum of ‘spot the cool things in the background’. From the punk band shirts and stickers to the comic posters and figures I kind of feel like they told Patton to just show up in whatever he was wearing and they went and filmed in his real house. I know I felt a connection with this sad bitter nerdy drunken person. Let’s get a spinoff show of him and forget the rest of the movie.