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June 28, 2012

Pics pt. 4

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Re-post from my Facebook friends:

Bonus points for it being my alma mater.

This can’t possibly be true. Every child looks like they have Down syndrome.

Dumbest acronym ever.

BJ

June 27, 2012

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World review

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Seen at a pre-release screening in Orange:

Lorene Scafaria‘s directorial debut and follow-up to Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist was another road trip of opposite-sex strangers, but it might’ve all been foiled with the characters this time. Steve Carell–who is one of my favorite actors–was one of the most passive, detached protagonists I’ve ever seen. And I know he’s depressed and all because the world is coming to an end, but it makes it very hard to care about his character because he’s already dead inside.

On the other hand, Keira Knightley is a chatty Brit who’s kind of annoying. And with their 15-year age difference, it’s set from the start that the two have more of a father-daughter relationship than anything else. It was as unlikely a pair as it sounds.

As for the story, there were a lot of talking scenes that made this apocalyptic movie seem more like a romantic comedy, and I still don’t believe that that many people would still be working when it’s announced that the world is coming to an end. The rioting? Amplify that tenfold, then get back to me.

A good concept turned into a very mellow movie and doesn’t do a whole lot of thinking in terms of the amazing proposition offered.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World opened in theaters Friday.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5

IMDb rating: 7.2
What it should be: 6.7

Consider

BJ

June 26, 2012

Prometheus review

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The fifth film in the Alien franchise, and the prequel to Alien (1979) opened to rave reviews, and much like The Avengers, everyone thought it was awesome. For me, just like The Avengers, I thought it was a decent big-budget flick that wasn’t anything special.

I will admit science fiction isn’t my most favorite genre, and the specific aliens in this franchise are highly unappealing to me. That and the plot holes/unanswered questions made this slow-moving movie barely of interest and had me falling asleep in the third act, when the most was going on.

I do hope Michael Fassbender gets recognition for his creepy portrayal of the android in both his mannerisms and speech. Truly impressive. On the other hand, Noomi Rapace (the original Millenium trilogy), who has been getting a lot of buzz, kept my interest as the protagonist but was hardly the standout star people had been talking her up to be.

An okay movie I would only recommend to fans of the Alien franchise or big budget blockbuster flicks. I would imagine the sequel to Prometheus would be in the works following the box-office success.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5

IMDb rating: 7.6
What it should be: 7.1

Consider

BJ

June 25, 2012

Ted review

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Seen at a pre-release screening in Los Angeles:

Yes, this was Family Guy, the movie – except a live-action, R-rated comedy with a Brian/Peter Griffin mix in Ted. A lot of jokes you would find on the show are present from writer/director/star Seth MacFarlane, but surprisingly, some jokes fall flat. That and a very basic story make this a good, not great comedy.

Joel McHale plays the douche involved with the female lead better than Jon Hamm from Bridesmaids, in my opinion, and Giovanni Ribisi plays the creepy teddy bear lover to a tee.

It’s not as funny as one of the better Family Guy episodes–and I thought it could’ve been funnier–but if you like Family Guy or are looking for a fun comedy, you’ll enjoy this movie.

Ted opens in theaters on June 29.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

IMDb rating: n/a
What it should be: 7.0

Consider

BJ

June 13, 2012

The new school

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So true. Love “my mom” and “What I really do” the best.

In ramping up for Anchorman 2.

Old video, but dope rap battle with Slug as an MTV spot.

BJ

June 12, 2012

Movie reviews

The Artist

The French black-and-white silent picture that took awards season by storm was all that it was cracked up to be. A family-friendly classic like the Best Picture before it (The King’s Speech), it was a warm film that moved me without uttering a single word. A brilliant score accompanied the silence.

Winner of 5 of 10 Oscars–including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Original Score–it was on numerous top 10 lists for critics, including No. 2 for Richard Roeper and Peter Travers and No. 10 for Roger Ebert. I have it as No. 2 for the year.

Go watch it if you already haven’t: it’s different, beautifully made and a real tribute to the silent era.

Rating: 5 stars out of 5

IMDb rating: 8.2
What it should be: 8.2

Recommend

The Grey

An entertaining movie with a lot of unlikable moments personally, from extended talking scenes to how the best scene of the movie–the end, and also shown in the trailer and TV spots–is not shown. While there are some bright spots and honest character traits with our protagonist (Liam Neeson), I just hated the idea that the main and only conflict to this group of plane crash survivors in the blistering Alaskan snow were grey wolves. With a little worse execution, it could’ve bordered on an animal slasher film.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5

IMDb rating: 7.0
What it should be: 7.0

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Project X

Yes, the ultimate party movie actually has a story. Todd Phillips‘ project starred mostly first-timers and was shot home video-style, showing crazy antics, hot girls and fun times. At times, it’s like you’re watching a music video (like to Eminem‘s W.T.P., but an entertaining 80 minutes throughout.

The sequel is in development after the original grossed just shy of $100 million.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

IMDb rating: 6.6
What it should be: 7.1

Recommend

The Secret World of Arrietty

I had high expectations for this animation after its high IMDb rating and concept, but I was immediately held back by the unlikable animation. Just to be clear, I don’t need Pixar-quality art, but it had that signature Japanese style that doesn’t translate well onto the big screen for me.

Just as bad for me was Arrietty’s voice in the English dub, which was that of Saoirse Ronan (Hanna); I found it annoying. And despite an intriguing story filled with some pretty neat missions, the end was largely unsatisfying. But it was critically and commercially successful and won Best Animation in Japan.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5

IMDb rating: 7.7
What it should be: 7.2

Consider

War Horse

I scoffed at the idea of a movie about a horse…until I saw it. Steven Spielberg‘s epic war film (no, not Saving Private Ryan) had a lot of sappy moments, but it still played well. That damn horse made me ball…twice.

The movie got six Oscar noms, including Best Picture, with Ebert calling it “surely some of the best footage Spielberg has ever directed.”

Spielberg’s next project: Lincoln starring Daniel Day-Lewis in December.

Rating: 5 stars out of 5

IMDb rating: 7.2
What it should be: 7.7

Recommend

Patrick Stump – Soul Punk

Fall Out Boy’s frontman made a transformation both physically and musically, shedding excess weight and providing dance music and uplifting lyrics, in his solo debut. Impressively, he wrote all the lyrics, played all the instruments and handled all the production in a pretty solid album – on top of possessing one of the most amazing voices.

Favorite tracks: Explode, Run Dry (X Heart X Fingers), Coast (It’s Gonna Get Better)

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Consider

The Pretty Reckless – Hit Me Like a Man

This 5-track EP has only three new songs (and two live songs from their album) and takes a heavy shift towards slower beats and more of their gender-conscious lyrics. A more soulful listen to the amazingly mature voice of 18-year-old Taylor Momsen.

Favorite track: Hit Me Like a Man

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Consider

BJ

June 4, 2012

Moonrise Kingdom review

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Seen at a screening in Irvine:

I know I said I wouldn’t give a 5-star rating to a movie under 90 minutes, but rules were made to be broken. My first live-action Wes Anderson movie (shame on me) has me seeing what all the buzz is about over Anderson’s distinct shooting and wonderfully offbeat films. This is actually currently the best of Anderson’s seven films per IMDb, with none worse than a 7.1.

With an incredible cast which includes Edward Norton, Bruce Willis and Bill Murray, the stars are actually two first-time child actors who capture the essence of teenage romance. An exciting journey and humorous throughout, this movie set the all-time record for theater average after raking in over half a million dollars from just four theaters opening weekend. No. 1 Men in Black 3 had a per theater average of $16,000 – just a whole zero less.

Moonrise Kingdom is playing in limited release.

Rating: 5 stars out of 5

IMDb rating: 8.2
What it should be: 8.2

Recommend

Mesmerizing song.

BJ

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