“Fired Up”

Tuesday, 9 June 09

firedupNicholas D’Agosto
Eric Christian Olsen
Sarah Roemer
Molly Sims
Danneel Harris
Adhir Kaylan
AnneLynne McCord
Philip Baker Hall
John Michael Higgins

Unrated         91min         2009

In this laugh-out-loud comedy, Ford High’s star football players Shawn Colfax and Nick Brady sheme to ditch football camp so they can spend the summer surrounded by beautiful girls… at cheer camp. The guys are having the time of their lives as they use their new reputations as “sensitive guys” to talk the hotties into skinny dipping, cheering naked and hooking up. But when Shawn falls for the gorgeous head cheerleader who’s suspicious of their motives, the players must change their game to prove Shawn’s intentions before the thrilling cheer competition finals. – back of box

“Fired Up” is the comedy of every male on the planet. The premise of this film is so simple. It makes them think: why didn’t I think of this. Once you start laughing you don’t ever stop until you see the menu again.

Every male on the planet can enjoy “Fired Up” but its a guilty pleasure. Filmmakers should have known from the start. You can take your girlfriend to this film and expect to get some later. That’s why it was a box office failure, but will be a home video classic. It’s a film that guys can get together, watch, and enjoy together sans women.

The premise is so simple but sexists to the max. That’s why they have not be done. But are an enjoy to watch. “Fired Up” does a great job of this. Horny males nabbing tale and lots of it. What makes this film works is that it knows its absurd and makes the jokes on themselves.

I give “Fired Up” 3 out of 5 Gs.


“Forgetting Sarah Marshall”

Tuesday, 30 September 08

Jason Segel
Kristen Bell
Mila Kunis
Russel Brand
Bill Hader
Liz Cackowaki
Jack McBrayer
Maria Thayer
Jonah Hill
Paul Rudd

R           112min           2008

Peter (Jason Segel) is a struggling musician who finds his world turned upside down when his TV celebrity girlfriend, Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell) dumps him for a tragically hip rock star. It’s the hysterically funny look low far one man will go to forget a girl and all the fun he finds along the way!.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall is another addition to the Apatow collection. It’s not as funny as Knocked Up or as clever as Superbad by it does the job. If you’re a fan of the previously mentioned then you will enjoy this one too

Written by Jason Segel it a good film but from the commentary its seems that its more autobiographic. It incorporate many of Jason’s own habit and experiences. As they mention in the commentary Jason’s life seems like it would be a funny sitcom or reality show. As he almost lives a surreal life camera following his every moments might be just as funny.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall as in life balance the romance and comedy excellently. He found the funny moments in life that we all have. You know its going to be funny but its the moments that are funny that are interesting.

The DVD has the standard deleted/extended scenes, gag reels, and the standard Apatow feature Line-O-Rama. There are also three other featurettes. The highlight of special features is the commentary. Trailers on the DVD are The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior, Leatherheads, Burn After Reading, The Incredible Hulk.

I give Forgetting Sarah Marshall out 4 of 5.


Tuesday, 1 July 08

Will Smith
Charlize Theron
Jason Bateman
Jae Head
Eddie Marsan

PG13           92min           2008

A hard-living superhero who has fallen out of favor with the public enters into a questionable relationship with the wife of the public relations professional who’s trying to repair his image.

I found that Hancock is an entertaining film. Most of the humor comes from the foul language used and some strong violence that takes place. It’s a big comic book movie without being a comic book movie. I think I must stress that this is not a kids film.

Hancock is a film for the thirteen and over crowd. There are several objectionable words used and one scene that had the entire film laugh but is arguably too violent for little kids… it involves two men, 1 behind and 1 head. The objectionable words are repeated as a constant running joke through the film.

Hancock is not based on any comic book hero but is portrayed has one. The difference is that Hancock brings out stereotypes of black males as a vehicle for redemption. The story of the hero is complex but if you pay attention is should be clear to you. Also, all the answer to Hancock are not given in this film.

I not going to say that there won’t be a sequel in today’s Hollywood. This film does tie up the story being told in this film nice. Hancock makes the sacrifice, finds the redemption and in the process is found to be loved by the world.

I give Hancock 3 out 5.

“Martian Child”

Tuesday, 12 February 08

martianchild.jpgJohn Cusack
Amanda Peet
Sophie Okonedo
Oliver Platt
Bobby Coleman
Joan Cusack
Anjelica Huston
Richard Schiff
Howard Hessman

PG           107min           2007

John Cusack stars as a lonely science-fiction writer who adopts a boy who claims to be from Mars. With the help of his quirky friend (Amanda Peet) and his sister (Joan Cusack), this new father discovers that being a parent means anything is possible. – from the back cover

This is a cute story based on the true-life actions on the adoption of the writer from the Star Trek episode Trouble with the Tribbles. It’s a nice emotional story and the viewer will instantly come to love this “kid from Mars”. John Cusack does a great job as a widower trying to adopt a child. Amanda Peet and Cusack have great screen chemistry and makes the screen light up with her bubbly present. The

“Martian Child” is a family film that everyone can love. It has a emotional love story that will resonant with any relationship but none more importantly as the father son relationship. It shows how powerful love can be.

John Cusack does a great job of balancing a man still grieving and a man trying to find a place to give his love. What is highlighted but never shown is that his wife died and before death, they discussed children. I thought it was admirable to want to adopted on his part and not until I wrote the previous sentence did it come to me why a widower would be at the bottom of the adoption totem poll.

Amanda Peet comes on screen and everything lights up. She displays chemistry with Cusack that developed during the feature “Identity”. Even as she comes and sometimes aides him the relationship in the movie progress at a “normal” pace. As it’s not the focus “Martian Child” leaves you wondering.

“Martian Child” has an outstanding supporting cast. Joan Cusack actually plays she sister in this film. Howard Hessman, Oliver Platt and Anjelica Huston make mostly cameos in the film. Bobby Coleman does a great job of being the quirky little Martian child.

There are a few special features. There are the deleted and alternate scenes. It has a film makers’ commentary. There is a featurette on the real Martian Child and the theatrical trailer. The movie previews are “Run Fatboy Run”, “The Last Mimzy”, “Gracie”, “Hairspray”, and “August Rush”.

I give it 4/5.

“No Reservations”

Tuesday, 12 February 08

noreservations.jpgCatherine Zeta-Jones
Aaron Eckhart
Abigail Breslin
Patricia Clarkson
Jenny Wade
Boe Balaban
Brian F. O’Byrne
Celia Weston
Stephanie Berry
Zoe Kravitz

PG           104min           2007

Want a perfectly prepared dish of tender quail in truffle sauce? Kate (Catherine Zeta-Jones), a workaholic, master chef, can do that. But don’t ask her what to do about the free-spirited, opera-loving sous chef (Aaron Eckhart) who joins the staff of her upscale Manhattan restaurant. Or what to do about the orphaned niece (Abigail Breslin), more partial to fish sticks that foie gras, who comes to live with her. – from the back cover

If you are a fan of Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart , and/or Abigail Breslin then “No Reservations” is for you. Individual their performances work. But together Echart and Zeta-Jones have not chemistry. Breslin’s portray of the niece is like an adult in a child’s body. It’s like death gave her a sense of world knowledge.

It’s a standard romantic comedy. The only thing special about it is that it is focused around food. The dishes may distract you from the film. They make some wonderful recipes and on the featurette by the Food network, they show you the people behind these wonderfully looking dishes.

As for the plot “No Reservations” is just average. Jones and Eckhart barely have chemistry and if not for the cuteness of Abigail Breslin, the would have never gotten together in a million years. They seem to have a sexual attraction but it seemed to me that in the end, they were together for the niece’s betterment and not their own.

There were no special features to speak of. There was a featurette from the Food Network’s Unwrapped.

I give it 3/5.

“Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married”

Tuesday, 12 February 08

whydidigetmarried.jpgTyler Perry
Janet Jackson
Jill Scott
Malik Yoba
Richard T. Jones
Michael Jai White
Sharon Leal
Tasha Smith
Denise Boutte
Lamman Rucker

PG13           118min           2007

On vacation at a secluded cabin in the snowcapped mountains of Colorado, eight married college friends have gathered fro their annual seven day reunion. But the cozy mood is altered when on of the husbands shows up with a sexy young temptress in tow. As dirty laundry is aired, each couple wonders about the strength of their own marriage. The husbands and wives take an intimate look at their lives while struggling with issues of temptation, infidelity, and forgiveness as they seek a way forward.

“Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?” is another one of Tyler Perry’s successful plays that has been converted into a successful motion picture. With bigger set and more location, this play converts into an amazing story on the subject of marriage. Perry gives a few examples of marriages that most people find themselves in or can relate too.

Tyler Perry brought Janet Jackson back to the screen and it is good to see her on the screen again. He also finds the most amazing and perfect actors for his conversions. If you have ever seen one of his plays then you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t it’s time for you to face the conversion.

“Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?” is relatable even to the unmarried. This is a film that gives us a glimpse in to the inter-workings of marriage and tries to show the viewer that through GOD, communication, and love can help to make a marriage work.

“Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?” has a few special features. There is a featurette on Jackson returning to the screen. There is a featurette on reflecting on getting married. There is also one highlighting the music. The movies previewed are “Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls”, “What’s Done in the Dark…”, and “House of Payne: Volume 1”.

I give it 5/5.

“The Jane Austen Book Club”

Tuesday, 5 February 08

janeaustenbookclub.jpgKathy Baker
Maria Bello
Marc Blucas
Emily Blunt
Amy Brennenan
Hugh Dancy
Maggie Grace
Jimmy Smits
Kevin Zegers
Lynn Redgrave

PG13           106min           2007

Six Months. Six novels. Six members. The Jane Austen Book Club takes reading the classics to new heights of passion in this romantic comedy featuring an all-star cast.

When five women and one man get together to discuss the English writer’s beloved novels, they realize the heartaches of Emma, Mr. Dancy and the Bennet sisters are not so different from their own. Finding comfort, wit and wisdom from the pages and each other, they discover that, in matters of love, all they need to ask is: What would Jane do?

“The Jane Austen Book Club” is a contempary look at her characters as they read six of Austen’s book and is based on the book of the same name by Katlen Joy Fowler. Some who say this is a “chick flick”, I found it more akin to a soap opera. The characters lives where suppose to resemble reality yet the drama is heighten for dramatic purposes, and you never really see anyone work.

Every character is a full realized person even if we do not understand their motivations, yet they also fit the characterization of one of Austen’s characters. The actor’s in the character do a great job of keeping me interested in their lives and the story. Even if most of the relationships end in a predictable fashion, it’s the journey not the destination with this film. This is a great date movie. Beware women may to want to read Austen with their boyfriends and husbands.

Having just discovered Emily Blunt, she stands out in this film of great performances. She is an unhappy high school French teacher, whio has nnever been to France, in a crumbling marriage on the verge of an affair with one of her students. That is a mouth full that tells her character but doesn’t do justice to her performance. Only recognizing her from her other work “The Devil Wears Prada”, she finds an amazing comedic timing in this film. I do not think the moments are supposed to be funny they are to me because they are moments that we all had in real life and her reaction are so real. From the wig to the clothes they all make this character memorable for me.

There are the standard featurette. There is a cast and crew commentary. It has a behind the scene featurette and deleted scenes. There are also three featurettes: 1. Life of Jane Austen, 2. The Book Club: Deconstructed, 3. The Los Angeles Premiere. The movie previews are “Persepolis”, “Across the Universe”, “My Kid Could Paint This”, “Jimmy Carter Man From Plains”, “Blonde Ambitions”, “Comanche Moon”, “Little Women”, “My Mom’s New Boyfriend”, and “Saawariya”.

I give it 4/5.