REVIEW: 21 Jump Street

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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.

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REVIEW: Project X

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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.

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REVIEW: Young Adult

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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.

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REVIEW: The Slammin’ Salmon

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The new movie from the Broken Lizard guys, you know the group that brought you Beerfest, Club Dread, Super Troopers, and Puddle Cruiser. Well they’re back with the same group of faces that you’re use to seeing with the addition of Michael Clarke Duncan as an ex-boxer turned restaurant owner. The owner of the place lost a bet and now has to earn twenty thousand dollars in one night or lose his restaurant. It’s not Broken Lizard’s best work, but it’s not their worst either. I really enjoyed this, it’s got high rewatchability but it’s not hysterical funny. It’s more the type of comedy where you sit back and enjoy watching it, there are some things that are pretty damn funny but you won’t be in danger of a spit take.

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REVIEW: The Muppets

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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!

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REVIEW: 30 Minutes or Less

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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.

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REVIEW: Easy A

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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.

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