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ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: Sausage Party

Howdy ladies and gents people, time for another single paragraph review and today I’ll be briefly talking about Sausage Party. Now I was always curious about the film from the time of its announcement to the start of the marketing, and while the trailers didn’t blow me away, as a fan of animation I had to give it a watch.

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The plot for the film can be summed up as the following: “The film is about one sausage leading a group of supermarket products on a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they become chosen to leave the grocery store.” The interesting thing about the story was that there was much more to it than the trailers let on (well done marketing team), there’s was a lot of inventive, smart and layered elements that went into the story and it was fairly captivating for the most part. Though I will admit the humour was a bit hit and miss for me and the overly sexual nature of the film was a bit much times, and there’s one moment towards the end that kind of ruined the immersion of the film (Those of you who have seen the latter half of the The Lego Movie should pick up on what I’m on about). But for all the stuff that I didn’t love, there was a lot of stuff to appreciate like the film references, and visual presentation which was incredible with the impressive and varied character design, animation and cinematography. Oh and the use of music and overall film score was good too. And finally the voice cast was pretty solid too with Seth Rogen and a lot of his familiar acting people surrounding him once again. Everyone did a good job in their roles but I’ll just highlight certain people: Seth Rogen as Frank was pretty cool, he was interesting and well-rounded character and I appreciated how Rogen was more of a character than his usual self. I also really liked Kristen Wiig as Brenda Bunson, she was sassy, direct and had some good lines too. Michael Cera surprised as Barry (because oft he voice), he was a character I didn’t think I’d like and ended up being one of my favourites.Jonah Hill who I recognised straight away was great as Carl, while Nick Kroll was also good as Douche, and Salma Hayek was another instantly recognisable voice as Teresa del Taco who was another memorable character with a lot of passion charisma. I also loved Edward Norton as the Woody Allen-esque bagel Sammy Bagel Jr., Norton really surprised with his voice work and Sammy was a really likeable dude. And David Krumholtz was also funny too as Kareem Abdul Lavash with his beef with Sammy Bagel. Other actors worth noting were Bill Hader, James Franco, Craig Robinson and Paul Rudd.The strange thing about Sausage Party is that it turned out being the exact film I thought it’d be with the over-the-top and crude humour full of your standard set of sex, drugs and violent-related humour that comes with a R/15 rated US comedy, but at the same time it was incredibly creative, fun, silly, stupid, well-thought out and entertaining. At the end of the day this is one of those films you’ll either love or hate, but I enjoyed it more than I expected and I’d say its worth a watch. ūüôā

So that was my review, have you seen Sausage Party and if so what did you think of it? Please leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2016 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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LATE ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: Bad Neighbours 2

Howdy ladies and gents people, time for another single paragraph review and today I’m finally, FINALLY getting around to talking about Bad Neighbours 2 (originally titled Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising in the US). Now I enjoyed the first film, and while I didn’t love it, I really enjoyed the carnage and humour that came from Zac Efron and Dave Franco especially. So when I heard there’d be sequel I knew I’d have to give it a shot.

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In a way Bad Neighbours 2 is essentially a retread of the last film with a few variations of the basic plot. In this film¬†Mac and Kelly end up living next door to a new sorority who prove to be more troublesome than their previous neighbours, so they team up with their former enemy, Teddy, to bring the girls down. And what I liked about this film was that besides the fact that the humour was order-the-top, silly and full of all sorts of ridiculous situations, there was some heart and emotional themes relating growing up, friendship and finding your place in the world, and as someone who has experienced some of these same issues/anxieties it was pretty effective. With all that being said, not all of the humour worked and some of the emotional moments weren’t as effective as they could have been. When it comes to the cast the returning members did well and some of the new cast were cool too. Firstly Zac Efron (who was my favourite dude from the last film) returned in full effect as Teddy Sanders, and Efron had the same charisma and likability that made him so fun in the last film. Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne also returned as Mac and Kelly Radner, and they were just as strange and good as they were last time. Ike Barinholtz was also as Jimmy Blevins and seeing Dave Franco again as Pete Regazolli was nice even if his role was much smaller. Chlo√ę Grace Moretz did really as Shelby, as she was not only fun and charming, however similar to Teddy, she had a pretty interesting and emotional character arc. And finally Kiersey Clemons as Beth and Beanie Feldstein as Nora had their decent individual moments, but weren’t as funny as some of the other cast members. In conclusion Bad Neighbours 2 was a good follow-up the original film and while not all of the humour and story elements worked, on the whole it was worth a watch in the cinema.

So that was my review, have you seen Bad Neighbours 2 and if so what did you think of it? Please leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Steve Jobs

Good day to you ladies and gents, time for another film review and today I’ll be talking about Steve Jobs. This film has had quite the interesting tale when it comes to the development stages of production with the changes in actors and directors, so after everything got confirmed and ironed out I just had to see how this film would turn out.

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The story can be described as the following:

“Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution, to paint a portrait of the man at its epicenter. The story unfolds backstage at three iconic product launches, ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac.”

The story was this film was pretty fascinating tale. The film chronicles three major points in the life of Steve Jobs; 1984, 88 and 98 giving us a look at the man behind the magic, showing his vision for Apple and his other business ventures, but also showing his complicated family life and the problematic relationships he had with his coworkers too. I really enjoyed the amount of drama, emotion and tension this film was able to produce from mainly just characters talking. Whether they were arguments or casual conversations, there were some really wonderfully written scenes and bits of dialogue, oh and I was not expecting the film to be as humourous as it was as well. Now with this being a biopic there is only so much of this that can be taken as truth and at several points I could see certain elements that were played up for the dramatization of film, but it wasn’t too bad that it bothered me. If I had any issues with the film it would be related to the fact this film only highlights the early days of Jobs’ career and didn’t highlight some of the significant contributions he brought to Apple later down the line or how some plot/character elements are never fully explored or concluded. That being said the film did have to focus on specific periods of time or this film would have gone on forever.

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When it comes to the performances all of the cast do such excellent jobs in their roles. Let’s start with Michael Fassbender who was just magnetic and intense as Steve Jobs. This film definitely paints Jobs in a specific light, he’s this visionary, dedicated and hard-working individual who strives for perfection, but he’s also a douchebag to anyone who does things to impede his progress. Jobs for the most part is strategic, mean, manipulative, selfish, overconfident and is the worst person to be on the wrong side of as he’s verbally abusive to everyone when shit hits he fan. But behind it all there is a man with a heart and long-term issues which few people know about and Fassbender did such a fantastic job at bringing the man to life. Just as impressive was Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman, this woman was Jobs’ number two, she did everything for him and had to deal with so much negativity from the man, and yet was the only one who could stand up to him and give him a reality check. Winslet was so good in this role and I thought she handled her accent well too.

Seth Rogen continues to surprise me as he did well as Steve Wozniak, this character had an interesting history with Jobs and it was great to see how that played out, and Rogen while I don’t care for him in his comedies seems to be far more engaging here. Jeff Daniels was also great as John Sculley, Michael Stuhlbarg was almost unrecognizable to me as Andy Hertzfeld and I loved his performance as he was so vulnerable and yet likeable as one of the core members of Apple who had quite the adventure with Jobs from the early days up until the end of this film. I also liked Katherine Waterston as Chrisann Brennan, the three actresses that played Lisa Brennen-Jobs (Perla Haney-Jardine, Ripley Sobo, and Makenzie Moss) and Sarah Snook as Andrea “Andy” Cunningham.

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So in conclusion Steve Jobs was an entertaining and dramatic film with terrific performances and really good dialogue. I enjoyed the film far more than I thought I would, but I am glad that I saw it and it was one of the better biopics I’ve seen in recent times. While there were a few things I would have changed or would like to have seen more of, in the end it was engaging where it needed to be.

Rating: 8/10

So have you seen Steve Jobs and if so what did you think of it? Please be sure to comment below and I’ll see you on the next film review, laters! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Month of Superhero Film Reviews 2: The Green Hornet

Howdy people of the north, south, east and west, and welcome to Day #8 of Month of Superhero Film Reviews 2! During this month I’ll be reviewing of some of the best, average and worst comic book adapted films. Today I review a film I had no intention of watching until now; The Green Hornet.

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I had originally wanted to see this film before it came out mainly because I wanted to see how the filmmakers would update this film from the¬† 1960’s TV series. But the trailers didn’t grab my interest and I saw that the critical reception wasn’t good so I gave it a pass. But now since I’m watching superhero films this month I thought I’d finally give it a watch.

The story can be summed up as the following:

“Following the death of his father, Britt Reid, heir to his father’s large company, teams up with his late dad’s assistant Kato to become a masked crime fighting team.”

The story in this film… Yeah, let’s just say that I don’t like it. I knew that turning The Green Hornet into a comedy was not going to be a good idea, but bloody hell this film is just a mess. It is primarily a comedy film with some superhero elements incorporated, and while I’m not against comedy in superhero films (I mean look at the good stuff we’ve gotten from Marvel Studios), but the story needs to be worth investing in and the jokes need to be funny, however neither of those things were good. The film is goofy, frustrating and has story arcs that don’t feel earned, plus the film goes on for too long. I was bored around halfway through.

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Now let’s talk about the cast. Seth Rogen as Britt Reid/The Green Hornet was not good. Britt is a selfish, cocky and narrow-minded individual who even in the face of danger does know when to shut up and use rational thinking. These days I don’t hate Seth Rogen that much, however this is one of those films where the character he plays just pisses me off and in turn just fuels the fire of hatred. Jay Chou fares better as Kato, he’s not a great actor and is far from being the next Jackie Chan, but he has a nice screen presence and kicks a lot of ass so that worked for me. Cameron Diaz is fine as Lenore “Casey” Case, her character was smart and resourceful and I’m glad she wasn’t just a typical love interest for Britt. Christoph Waltz as Benjamin Chudnofsky, he was okay, but ultimately really cheesy and I couldn’t take him seriously because of the dialogue he had. Edward James Olmos (who I know now from his appearance in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) was pretty good as Mike Axford, David Harbour was a little better as District Attorney Frank Scanlon and Tom Wilkinson was fine as James Reid.

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Now let’s talk about the presentation. Visually the film is interesting but not too good overall. This film tries to do some fancy things with the special effects to create these stylized action sequences and scene transitions and while it is a nice experimental kind of thing, overall I don’t think it added to the film and actually was more distracting and annoying then it was cool. As for the soundtrack, James Newton Howard steps in to score this film and while I usually like a lot of Howard’s material, that is not the case with this film. This score is lacklustre and totally forgettable with no spark, energy or memorable themes.

And lastly how does it compare to the comics? Well the thing about¬†The Green Hornet is that it has been part of many types media since the 1930’s, but move people know of the 1960’s TV show with Van Williams and Bruce Lee and clearly that’s where this film took a lot of inspiration from. In the end I haven’t read any of the comics or seen much of the old show to comment on how well its been adapted, but from what I’ve seen and researched this film only has very loose references to the old show.

So to conclude The Green Hornet is a pretty bad film, the people behind this film took a pretty cool franchise from decades ago, updated it and made it terrible. Besides some and I do mean SOME decent fight scenes and references to the old TV show, the rest of the film is incredibly silly, unfunny and is an endurance to watch. It is a such a waste because this property deserved a better modern interpretation than this.

Rating: 4.5/10

That’s 8 reviews done, only 22 more to go. So have you seen¬†The Green Hornet and if so what are your thoughts on it? Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts yo! Come back tomorrow and I‚Äôll have a new film review online, until then peace out!

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Bad Neighbours Review

Hello ladies and gentlemen, time for the first of two film reviews today and it is a COMEDY DOUBLE! OH! Now this is a big deal because anyone who reads this blog knows I’m not keen on comedies, but I’m open to comedy films if they look funny. So the first review comes in the form of Bad Neighbours, a film I wanted to watch because I heard good things from early reviews and the trailers looked good. So how does the film fare? Well read on and find out.

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Here’s the story summary:

Mac and Kelly Radner are a young couple, they are suffering from arrested development and have to care for their newborn baby and for the most part their lives stable if somewhat boring. Things change dramatically when the couple are forced to live next to a fraternity house lead by Teddy Sanders, a young, out-going and crazy student who is ready to party on a hardcore level. Obviously these two are from different worlds and they start to clash in various and funny ways.

The story was somewhat unique but also familiar. Basically you have two opposing forces that are forced into the same space, they are on totally different wavelengths, so obviously they are gonna clash and that’s where the fun lies in this film. While I understand and naturally want Mac and Kelly to get their way, I was way more invested and interested in Teddy and his fraternity because they were so crazy, obnoxious and silly. Plus being a university student I could relate to their party antics too haha. This film just has an incredible sense of modern times in there with the dialogue, pop culture references, partying and music, and that made the film incredibly easy to relate to. I also like how there is a bit of heart to this comedy, I mean most comedy films don’t rely on jokes alone and have to present something else which is normally some emotional component and in this case it is a subplot involving Teddy and I really liked that inclusion.

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As for the cast they were all pretty good. First there’s Seth Rogen as Mac Radner, now I make it no secret that I dislike this man with a passion, but in this film he was tolerable. Sure he’s still doing all of his Seth Rogen-based things but I think the material Rogen was working with is better than some of his previous films, his comedic timing is good and he was at times kind of funny. Rose Byrne as Kelly Radner is also good, I haven’t seen Byrne in a film since X-Men: First Class, but luckily she’s versatile as she is funny and has good chemistry with Rogen. She is also pretty hot in this film, however I don’t feel like all of her funny moments connected as well as Rogen’s.

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But the stand out person for me was Zac Efron as Teddy Sanders. Now I’ve been a fan of Efron since Me and Orson Wells and since then the guy has gone on to become so much more than that boy from High School Musical. In this film Efron is on fire, the dude is funny and has such a great screen presence, Teddy is a cool, handsome, brash and somewhat selfish guy who lives in the moment and whats to party hard while at university. Whether Teddy is butting heads with his neighbours or messing around with his boys he is a joy to watch and for the ladies they’ll probably love seeing him topless throughout the film. Dave Franco as Pete Regazolli is another one of my favourite people from this film, he’s Teddy’s second-in-command, he is just as crazy as Teddy but has some weirder qualities. Pete is really funny, but also pretty smart and the most logical of his frat boys. Franco and Efron have great t chemistry together and I loved their friendship, it was way more endearing than Mac and Kelly (probably because I’m a young person who loves a bit of bromance haha).

There were other good performances from Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Scoonie (even though he was very underused), Lisa Kudrow was funny as Carol Gladstone, Jerrod Carmichael was great as Garf, Hannibal Buress was a combination of being funny and weird as Officer Watkins and lastly Craig Roberts as Assjuice was delightful, Roberts has come such a long way since The Story of Tracy Beaker and he had a lovely part in this film.

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In conclusion Bad Neighbours is fun comedy that works mainly due to it’s really great work from the cast, good verbal and physical jokes and a story that has substance and reliability. Not all of the jokes work and a fair amount of them felt like I’d seen them before. Plus the film wasn’t nearly as funny as I had hoped and I probably won’t watch it again, but for what it was and considering how much I hate Seth Rogen, this was a good time.

Rating: 6.5/10

So what did you think of Bad Neighbours? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review which will be up straight after this one! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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This Is The End Review

Okay peeps, time for me to review a film that I’ve been hesitantly interested in for some time. Today I’m talking about¬†This Is The End, the comedy that loads of people have been going on about for weeks now. I saw the trailers and I thought the film looked good and then I saw them like 10+ times more and I kind of got sick of it. So then I wasn’t too interested in the film, but I decided to give in and watch the film yesterday and what follows is a film I wasn’t expecting.

Story in¬†This Is The End involves Jay Baruchel going over to meet Seth Rogen in Los¬†Angeles, the two hang out for a bit until Rogen suggested that they head over to James Franco’s for a massive house party. While initially apprehensive about it,¬†Baruchel agrees. The two go to Franco’s house and at this party there are celebrities left right and center who are drinking, doing drugs, singing and doing all sorts of other madness. It is during this party however that the world decides to bring on the apocalypse with the fire, earthquakes, cracks in the ground and so on. The initial event kills loads of people in the process, so then we are with¬†Seth Rogen,¬†Jay Baruchel,¬†James Franco,¬†Craig Robinson¬†and¬†Jonah Hill¬†who have barricaded themselves inside Franco’s house. Eventually¬†Danny McBride¬†shows up too and these guys all have to try and survive together with crazy results happening along the way.

The story in the film is alright, but not what I expected it to be. You have your standard abundance of drug and sexual references, swearing, crude humour and ‘what the fuck?’ kind of stuff too, all of which you’ll either be a fan of or won’t be. Oh and did I mention that all the good parts in the trailers ruined the those supposed funny points in the film? Darn marketing. I though the story was good at the beginning, but once you actually saw the direction in which the film was going I started to lose interest and its comedic tone really started to drop. Now in most comedies there’s always some kind of emotional subplot going on that’s meant to meant to have a little heart and meaning behind it, and while that’s the case with this film I don’t really feel like it works due to not only the drama that goes on between the characters, but also because of the religious aspects too. I also felt like the story went on for far too long, there were moments in the middle of the film that dragged like hell and I felt like 10-15 minutes could have been trimmed off of the runtime. The one saving grace about this film for me is a kind of spoiler but I have to say it anyway… The Backstreet Boys! They’re one of my favourite nostalgic boy bands and they make the film, I won’t say how or when, but that was my favourite moment hands down.

When it comes to the cast, they’re really hit or miss for me. They’re all playing exaggerated versions of themselves which kind of works but then kind of doesn’t in some regards. So let’s start with¬†Seth Rogen, he’s a person I actively hate just in general, but luckily he wasn’t as annoying as he was in his usual films.¬†Jay Baruchel, I have to ask who is this guy? I was asking myself that for ages, but other than that I didn’t care for him because all he did was wine, bitch and moan.¬†James Franco was my personal favourite, he acted like a douche, but that was okay because he was funny.¬†Craig Robinson was a bit over-the-top with his humour but he was definitely one of the funnier people in the group.¬†Jonah Hill was also funny and was just being the nicest person ever, though he has his moments of weirdness too. And as for¬†Danny McBride, I really don’t like him in general and in this film I just hated him, he was such annoying man.

The rest of the cast is all just smaller roles or cameos.¬†Emma Watson’s part in this film wasn’t nearly as funny or useful as I’d hoped.¬†Michael Cera was humorous but didn’t make me laugh that much. Then there was¬†Rihanna, dunno why she was in the film. The only other cameo that stood out was the appearance of¬†Channing Tatum, so bloody unexpected haha.

As for the presentation,¬†This Is The End is okay in both departments. The visual side of things has a decent use of practical effects and CGI though some of it is fairly crude and over-the-top. And the soundtrack by Henry Jackman is okay, but nothing memorable, the film fairs a lot better when there’s music taken from artists in the real world (example: the use of PSY and Backstreet Boys).

In conclusion¬†This Is The End is okay, but the film is not nearly as funny as I thought it’d be. It’s just typical american humour that just doesn’t do anything for me. I’m sure most people who have seen or are going to see the film are gonna find it hilarious, but for me it wasn’t THAT good. I had more fun and laughter with¬†Despicable¬†Me 2 and The World’s End, in the end the film has its moments but it wasn’t my kind of humour yo.

Rating: 6/10 (I was gonna rate it lower but the Backstreet Boys saved it)

So what did you think of¬†This Is The End? Was the film the hilarious masterpiece that you were expecting or was it overhyped? Whatever your thoughts are, drop them in the comments below and I’ll see you on the next review yo.

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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