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The Hangover Part II Film Review

This review will be short because my hands will fall off if I get on a complete rant. I will state this: The Hangover Part II may not only be the worst film I’ve seen halfway into 2011 but the worst film I’ve seen in the last five to ten years. The sequel that had no setup from the first one proves throughout it is merely a cash grab. Not only does it constantly show you the finger for paying for it, it does so in such a cynical and cruel manner I was actually angry when I left the theater.

The Hangover somehow has a place in a lot of people’s hearts. In truth, I’ve always fel the film was incredibly weak when compared to Todd Phillips’ first major breakthrough film Old School. Was The Hangover funny? Certainly. Yet I cannot consistently laugh at the film like I can with Old School. The first film didn’t do anything to warrant a sequel except earn income…

So here we are America, the movie apparently you all asked for. If you want to know exactly how the film plays out, watch the first film. There is nothing new here except the back drop of Thailand replete with obvious jokes about Bangkok and lady-boys. The film reduces Alan (Zach Galafanakis) to a mentally challenged man-child (the film goes so far as to show his “mind” as a fat child). It’s cruel, it’s stupid, and uninspired. For fuck’s sake the film pretty much ends the exact same damned way as the first.

So congratulations to Todd Phillips and all involved for taking your first film, flipping it over, fucking it, then giving it a middle finger. Yet of course this piece of trash made money so guess what? We get to have The Hangover Part III in a couple years. Fuck Hollywood…

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103 Days?!

Holy moly have I fallen behind on the whole “blogging” thing. I’m being told that it has been 103 days since my last film review. I’ve seen several films in that time and now it is sadly too late to give them full and detailed reviews. So I am going to have to just throw very generic, unprofessional, and poorly written reactions to many films I’ve seen over the past four months. Here goes nothing.

The Green Hornet

  • Entertaining
  • Seth Rogen didn’t ruin the film like so many Internet haters thought he would
  • Cameron Diaz is starting to age. That is a great but inevitable tragedy of us all
  • There were some genuine laughs and decent action scenes
  • Chrisoph Waltz is a good actor if you want a villian

Battle: Los Angeles

  • Awful, cheap, and loud
  • Aaron Eckhart should fire his agent as should Michelle Rodriguez
  • The alien design looked as though someone threw up in a junkyard. Terrible
  • Just because you are filming from the “perspective” of soldiers doesn’t mean your camera work has to be erratic and nausea-inducing. Show some damned restraint
  • I didn’t even hear half of the character’s names

Paul

  • Super funny. I will always love Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. They truly demonstrated a love of American Science Fiction films. There are so many geeky references in the film I will be watching it again on Blu Ray just to see what I missed
  • Seth Rogen did awesome voice work
  • The CGI wasn’t horrible
  • Aliens cursing and smoking may be low-brow, but it’s FUNNY
  • Sometimes, you just need a movie that isn’t trying to be anything more than what it is

Source Code

  • Astonishing and nearly masterful follow up for Duncan Jone’s after Moon.
  • Takes a silly premise but introduces and expands on it in an engaging way that  eases the viewer towards suspension of disbelief
  • Strong human story driven by character action and not plot points
  • Excellent performances from the cast
  • So far has a place in the top ten films of 2011. Best film I’ve personally seen so far this year
  • When given the right director and script, Jake Gyllenhaal can indeed act.
  • Michelle Monghanan is pretty

Your Highness

  • I laughed, a lot
  • Film critics need to get their heads out of their asses. Sometimes, a stoner comedy is just a stoner comedy. It doesn’t have to be an Oscar contender
  • You will be astonished at the mileage gotten out of a Minotaur’s penis
  • Natalie Portman is so beautiful it’s cruel to know she’s pregnant
  • If you come into the movie without pretension, you too shall laugh heartily.

Scream 4 (or Scre4m if you want to use the stupid marketing)

  • Paid decent enough homage to the original
  • Don’t think this is going to do well at the Box Office
  • Allison Brie is smoking hot and had incredible cleavage in the film. She is giving Scarlett Johanssen and Natalie Portman a run for their money in terms of most gorgeous Jewish actress in Hollywood.
  • Neve Campbell didn’t look too beat up
  • Courtney Cox almost appeared plastic, like they used CGI to cover up her age
  • Some of the kills were lame
  • The movie takes a trip to Absurdville as it winds down

That’s all I can say for now folks. I’ll try to do better in the future about keeping this blog up to date.

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Sunshine Review

Another film I skipped when it was released in theaters and never really gave much thought to is Sunshine, Danny Boyle’s second follow up to 28 Days Later. Now, I’m probably one of few individuals (at least in my horrendously small social circle) who did not really care for 28 Days Later (I like my undead slow and mysterious not fast and full of ‘Rage’). This was probably the main reason I dismissed Sunshine
aside from the fact that the trailer really didn’t explain anything
about the film other than it’s some mission to save the Sun. After The Core, I wasn’t really too thrilled with the concept.

I had all but written Danny Boyle off until he stunned me with the much ballyhooed Slumdog Millionaire. Suddenly, I felt I had to give this guy a chance. My step-brother mentioned Sunshine
being excellent so I decided to dig up information on it utilizing the
‘ol Intertubes. Sure enough, the critical reception did not match the
box office take. I said to myself, “self, you usually like movies that
aren’t big blockbusters, add this to the Netflix queue”.

And thus today, after a hearty turkey dog dinner, I proceeded to watch Sunshine,
only two or so years after its theatrical release. Yet again, I was
proven the fool for missing such a gem. Now, the movie is not the grand
slam I think Slumdog Millionaire was but Sunshine
definitely helps add some thought and humanity to the long dormant
sci-fi thriller genre. What starts out ponderous turns horrific as a
crew of eight battle against all odds to save mankind and keep their
humanity intact.

Off all the left field performances I’ve seen recently, Chris Evans’ role in Sunshine
as the computer techinican Mace through me for a loop. It took some
time to even recognize him after his terrible turn as Johnny Storm in The Fantastic Four.  Somehow Danny Boyle coaxed a believeable performance out of him so kudos Mr. Boyle.

Cillian
Murphy does a great job as the unlikely protaganist and the one
individual with the knowledge to carry out the mission of igniting a
new star within the dying sun. Perhaps the real star of the film
however is the visual and audio design. Haunting is a word I rarely use
but I find it appropriate for this film. From the way Boyle and
cinematographer
Alwin K├╝chler
create a heightened sense of claustrophobia and the way the camera pans
around the inspiring but deadly Sun is simply amazing. Kudos to the
visual effects people for their achievements in the film.

Audio is another stellar (see the space pun? did ya see it?!) aspect of
the film that kept me engaged beyond the character drama. From the
tightening of bolts to the sounds of airlocks ripping, the detail is
stunning. The score perfectly captures the mood and tension of a group
of people trying (and failing) to survive impossible odds. The film is
a winner for sure and it’s a shame it failed at the Box Office. I will
be keeping a close eye on Mr. Boyle’s future work and apologize for
writing off an individual with obvious talent even if his first “major”
film didn’t “do it” for me.

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