Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Internship poster and trailer

I am a HUGE fan of Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.  Wedding Crashers is still among the funniest movies of all time.  The two real life friends are back, in The Internship.  The two main characters get the most coveted internships in the world... at Google.  Check out the trailer and my thoughts after.  

I know I'm biased, but I feel like this is going to be an instant classic, much like Wedding Crashers.  The premise is terrific.  I mean, think about it, what are some of these working-class people going to do as the world changes, and more and more careers become obsolete.  In the world of digital movies and music, as well as online shopping at Amazon, interaction with real people is becoming less and less the norm.  I think the movie touches on that true to life fact, while throwing in a bunch of hilarious situational comedy.  I'll be in line to watch this, how about you?!

Monsters University poster and trailer

Monsters Inc. is one of my favorite Disney Pixar films.  The characters, the story, the animation was a huge step forward for Pixar.  They pretty much hit a home run.  When the sequel was announced a few years ago, we knew the franchise could go in a million different directions.  I'm glad it went this way... backwards.  The movie is a prequel and takes our favorite monsters, Mike & Sully, back to college.  Check out the trailer for Monsters University below, and my thoughts after.

Oh my goodness, I love it.  I can't wait to see this one.  I have been pretty nervous about this film since the sequel was announced.  Let's face it, Cars 2 wasn't exactly an Oscar darling.  But it appears as though Pixar has picked itself up from that sequel disgrace.  I love the creativity that goes into these movies.  They put a 'monster spin' on everything.  We know the animation is going to shine, let's just hope the story matches.  Anyone else skeptical?

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 poster and trailer

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs is a wonderful animated film.  If you've never seen it, it's a must watch.  The animation is among the best you'll ever see.  It has a cute and clever story with a terrific voice cast.  Today comes the first trailer to the sequel, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2.  Check out the trailer and my thoughts after.


Pretty clever huh?  It looks like the gang is all back, and they'll have to deal with mutated food animals.  That's what makes film so wonderful for me.  There is no other medium where the storytellers could have accomplished this kind of visual story.  The original book that started it all was only 30 some odd pages.  Crazy huh?  From 30 pages in a children's book, to a franchise that should keep kids happy for years to come.  I think I'll definitely be seeing this one, come September!

Quickie: Chris Cooper joins The Amazing Spider-Man 2, as Norman Osborn

The Hollywood Reporter announced that Academy Award winner, Chris Cooper, is joining The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  He will play the character made famous by Willem Defoe... Norman Osborn.  You will remember, Norman Osborn is only referenced in the first film, but never shown on screen.  Production on the film has already begun, so this was a bit of a surprise when I read it.

I'm happy with this news!  I love Cooper's acting and he totally delivers no matter what movie he's in.  He also delivers no matter how small the part.  This could turn out to be something very special.  We'll see if the movie is written like the previous trilogy, where Osborn becomes a father figure to our Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield).  And remember, Dane DeHaan has already been cast as Harry Osborn, Norman's son.  Can't wait to see the final product.

Quickie: Final Iron Man 3 movie poster revealed

Iron Man 3 will be released on May 3rd of this year, and it can't come any sooner!  Courtesy of Yahoo! Movies, the final movie poster has been released.  This is the last in a series of character posters that have been released over the past few weeks.  What do you think?  What's with all the Iron Man suits flying around Tony Stark?  Or the collapsing house in the background?  How does this tie into the mysterious character, The Mandarin?  All of these questions should be answered, May 3rd.  Can't wait!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Identity Thief review; a hilarious cast, a hideous script

If you're a movie fan, you know the three talented people involved in Identity Thief.  Seth Gordon, the director of Horrible Bosses is in charge of this road trip comedy.  Melissa McCarthy made us all fall over laughing in the 2011 blockbuster, Bridesmaids.  And we all know how great of a comedic actor Jason Bateman is.  Let's get right into it.

What I like about the film?
The actors
McCarthy and Bateman have an amazing chemistry together.  From their very first scene, you'd think the couple has made countless movies together.  The fact that they're so physically different from one another, only added to the comedy.  McCarthy also gets to flex her dramatic acting chops, believe it or not.  Her character has the biggest turn, and the best material to work with.  But what both actors do is, they elevate the film with a little bit of improve, a little bit of timing, and a lot of bit of physical comedy.  They were great.

Also, I would be wrong not to mention Eric Stonestreet ("Modern Family"). He plays a hilarious character named Big Chuck.  I don't want to give anything away, but there is a love scene that will have you rolling in pain from laughter.  I love his part in the film.

What I didn't like about the film?
The Plot
The plot is just.  Plain.  Dumb.  In case the trailer, or the movie title didn't give it away; McCarthy steals Bateman's identity, basically ruining his life.  So Bateman takes matters into his own hands, and goes to capture McCarthy.  Let's stop right there for a minute.  The police are so hopeless, the victim has to cross state lines to get his identity thief?  His best friend, and now boss, believes he has to fire him because someone stole his identity?  Seriously?  There's more...

The two main characters are being chased by a bounty hunter, played by Robert Patrick.  But now HE'S being chased by Genesis Rodriguez and T.I., the people who hired him.  Rodriguez and T.I. play drug dealers who have no godly business being in this movie.  And should we back up a moment; why would a very successful identity thief with a big heart (McCarthy), sell credit cards to the drug cartel to begin with!?  It's just so dumb, I couldn't take it half way through the film.  I blame it all on writer Craig Mazin.  Then again, what did we expect from a guy that wrote a couple of the Scary Movie films, as well as The Hangover II?

The Verdict:
There are way better road trip comedies
When Bridesmaids was released, in my review, I noted that McCarthy was the star of the show; and was being compared to Zach Galifianakis of The Hangover.  How ironic!  Galifianakis starred as an eccentric character, opposite an uptight stiff played by Robert Downey Jr., in the road trip comedy, Due Date.  Well what do you know?  McCarthy plays an eccentric character, opposite an uptight stiff played by Jason Bateman, in the road trip comedy, Identity Thief.  No wonder it was never sold as a road trip comedy; people would have noticed just how similar it is to Due Date.

If only the plot wasn't so dumb.  If only the characters' motivations were more realistic.  If only their character arcs were better.  If only the Rodriguez and T.I. characters weren't even in the film.  If only...  In the end, it was for not.  The actors did the best job possible.  The situational comedy is great, as is the physical comedy.  But ultimately, it wasn't enough to salvage a terrible script.  I'm ok with it though.  Gordon, Batmen and McCarthy will keep us laughing for years and years to come.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Chris Pratt cast as the leader of Guardians of the Galaxy for Marvel

Ok, so as much as I love comic book movies; I've neglected to talk about Guardians of the Galaxy, at all.  And 'why', you might ask?  Because there wasn't really anything to talk about.  Sure the movie was announced months ago, and a director was been hired (James Gunn); but no cast, no story, nothing else.  Until now.

Yesterday, it was announced that Chris Pratt (Zero Dark Thirty, "Parks and Recreation") will star in the Marvel Comics adaptation.  Pratt bulked up, big time, for Zero Dark Thirty; so I have no doubt he'll do the same for this film.  Plus, he is HILARIOUS!  His character is by far my favorite on NBC's "Parks and Recreation".  He's just a lovable, innocent guy who loves life.  And a huge part of Marvel movies' success has been the humor in them.

I am not going to pretend I know much about Guardians of the Galaxy, as far as the comics are concerned.  But here's what I found out after a Wikipedia browse:
Pratt will play Peter Quill, or Star-Lord.  He is half man, half alien and is a policeman that patrols multiple planets.  The character is an exceptional leader, and is very smart.

I think Pratt will nail this.  And it doesn't hurt that Marvel has basically nailed every one of its casting choices, when it comes to its movies.  Gunn is an interesting hire as well.  I loved what he did with Super, starring Rain Wilson.  It was dark, demented, and funny.  Oh, and it was about a man who dressed up as a superhero.  So, what do you think about Gunn directing Pratt in this Marvel adaptation?

Paul Walker to star in Hitman reboot

For those less familiar with video games, Agent 47 is the main character in the wildly popular series, Hitman. Back in 2007, Xavier Gens directed Timothy Olyphant in the aptly titled film, Hitman.  Today comes news that Paul Walker (Fast & Furious 6), is taking over as the famous assassin.  No news yet on a female lead, played by Olga Kurylenko in the 2007 film.

I really enjoy Paul Walker's films.  And I'm not just talking about the Fast & Furious franchise either.  He really doesn't need to act in those films, no offense to Mr. Walker.  I love his movies like Running Scared and The Lazarus Project. Those characters were intriguing and stood for something, or tried to protect something.

I enjoyed the Hitman film of '07, but look forward to a new look.  It would have been nice to have some continuity with Olyphant returning, but I'm more than ok with Walker's casting.  The first film made over 100 million dollars; I wonder how much this reboot will do.