Me and My Nine Iron

June 8, 2010

Get Him to the Greek review


What a hit! Nicholas Stoller (writer, director) has solidified himself as a top-notch movie maker, and I’ll be looking forward to catching his future projects.

From the previews, I was afraid this movie wasn’t going to be all that they had talked it up to be, but boy, was I wrong. The first half of the movie has non-stop laughs, and Sean Combs is a huge surprise throughout the movie.

Those who didn’t like the movie criticized it for slowing down and getting serious at the end, but c’mon, some movies still want to present a morality tale like this film did. I thought the story’s progression was totally fine, and it’s sure to be one of the funnier comedies of the year.

Rating: 4 stars out of 4

Get used to the name. 21-year-old Bobby Ray’s debut album hit No. 1 last month.

B.o.B. – B.o.B. Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray

If I’m not mistaken, Bob’s from the dirty south, but don’t be mistaken. His music is nothing like the assumptive southern rap style; rather, you got some techno, funk tracks that make people challenge it from being a pure rap album. Rivers Cuomo featuring on a song (Magic) only solidifies this remark. That being said, you have a nice music album with catchy piano beats and refreshing lyrics not about guns and money. In fact, I think the most cussing on the album is from Eminem on one verse (Airplanes, Part II), but that’s Bob for you. If you’re looking for some new music in the form of light rap, give this album a spin.

Favorite tracks: Don’t Let Me Fall, Nothin’ on You, Airplanes, Part II

Rating: 4 stars out of 4

Reppin’ FM, from the guys who brought you Girls on the Dance Floor, Far East Movement’s official video to last year’s single, Like A G6.

BJ

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3 Comments »

  1. Chris’s bucket list: #47 Party with a celebrity.

    At that time, I’ll ask you for a re-grade of this movie. But you can’t party like you, you have to get all Jeffrey’d up.

    Comment by Bryan — June 10, 2010 @ 10:56 am | Reply

  2. “The Hangover” is how ridiculous should look.

    Comment by Chris Le — June 9, 2010 @ 10:51 pm | Reply

  3. I didn’t leave the theater as enthused.

    Diddy was a pleasant surprise though. In terms of acting, no one will mistake him for Denzel, but Puff displayed a good sense of what’s funny and decent comedic delivery – which can’t be taught. He might have a future in comedy, but only as eccentric side characters. It’s not like playing a hard-to-please studio head was a stretch, seeing how in real life he’s, well, a hard-to-please studio head.

    Also, I liked Aldous’ moment of redemption in the pool. I thought it was effective and a much needed break from the rock star antics.

    However, the story arc of a lovesick Aldous could’ve been developed further. One scene of him nostalgically watching old videos and one of him making a probing phone call wasn’t enough for me. Building this would’ve made the pool scene even more effective. Also, the last act dragged on a bit. Could’ve wrapped up Jonah Hill and his girlfriend’s situation quicker, and I could’ve done without the threesome scene. It was just bizarre. And Greek, I thought, more than any Apatow production, had more crude humor for the sake of crudity, and added nothing to the plot itself.

    And I grew tired of Russell Brand. His voice is grating and I don’t think is improvisational skills are on par with Jonah Hill, so their repartee wasn’t as witty as desired. I’m huge on dialogue, and not situational humor – Greek had a lot of the latter and needed more of the former. I don’t think Brand is fit to be a lead. He’s at his best in tertiary roles, like in Sarah Marshall.

    My main gripe, though, has nothing to do with the actors. Greek was about a rock star showing a normal guy the ‘time of his life.’ I couldn’t connect with that. I will probably never know what it would be like to party with a celebrity. And even then some of Jonah Hill’s reactions were far too ridiculous and unbelievable. What made Superbad, Sarah Marshall, Knocked Up, etc. so awesome was that they were relatable. They were down to earth characters under normal circumstances doing things we did/would do – or at least things people we know did/would do.

    Final verdict: 2 1/2 stars out of 4

    Comment by Chris Le — June 9, 2010 @ 10:29 pm | Reply


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