Noisy neighbors are the worst. They can ruin your weekend, disrupt your sleep, and making living where you live miserable. It’s good to try to make friends with them to give yourself more control, which is what Mac and Kelly Radner (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) try to do in “Neighbors.” They have a newborn baby, and are worried that Teddy (Zac Efron), Pete (Dave Franco), and the rest of his fraternity brothers who are moving in next door will make too much noise. Things go well with that plan…until they don’t.
What ensues is a battle of wits and wills with the frat boys and the young parents duking it out in a series of pranks and sophomoric payback. The funny bits themselves are hit or miss, but credit goes to writers Andrew Cohen and Brendan O'Brien for upping the ante and being original with a pretty funny scene that is essentially one big tit joke. Sure, the typical raunchy humor and dick jokes abound (including one that has me looking at 3D printers in a whole new light), but it is great to see more inclusiveness and variety. I also appreciate the fresh take on Kelly. Typically in these “boys will be boys” type movies, the wife/girlfriend character is a total stuck up shrew and complete buzzkill to every fun thing the guys want to do. Kelly is not like that at all. She gets down and pranky right there with the guys, and at one point even outright says that being a responsible adult is not her strong suit. Finally, a woman in a guy comedy that is not equal parts judgmental and bitchy, and who knows how to let loose and have some fun. It’s a welcome change and a big first step in more lively direction. Rent It.
Monday will mark the 10th anniversary of one of the most bizarre airplane crashes in television history. Oceanic flight 815 left Sydney bound for LAX. Somewhere along the way, the pilot diverted the course to head toward Fiji in order to address instrument issues. Along the way, 1,000 miles off course, an unknown force ripped the tail section off the airliner and the plane crashed on an unknown island. There, the survivors had to endure polar bears, buttons, time travel, nuclear warheads, murderous locals, and strong religious overtones. The survivors had to learn to live together, die alone and each one discovered that they had a tabula rasa, a blank slate on which to make up for past mistakes. (For those of you die hard “Lost” fans out there, I challenge you to pick out the ten episode titles hidden within this article.)
“Lost” aired September 22, 2004, on ABC with one of the most intense and successful pilot episodes in recent history. From the start, viewers knew they would be in for something special and as the first season progressed and mysteries compounded on top of mysteries, what was once the new “from the creator of ‘Alias’” show became a pop culture phenomenon. Through subsequent seasons, the mysteries became more and more bizarre and viewers started to question why they were watching. As the third season drew to a close, the series had lost around 5 million of its original 18.65 million viewers and through the subsequent seasons, nearly half of those season one viewers had deserted the island. But as a testament to the draw of the over-arching mysteries, viewership swelled back to 13.57 million viewers, almost more than any season of “24” and over 3 million more viewers than the highest point of J.J. Abrams’ previous show “Alias.”
"What If" begins with a series of shots of downtown Toronto. The camera then goes indoors, showing several individuals in their twenties enjoying an evening party. Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) is screwing around with a word puzzle on the refrigerator, when Chantry (Zoe Kazan, "Revolutionary Road" ), stumbles upon him.
Later, you find out Zoe has a boyfriend (Rafe Spall, "I Give It A Year" ), and Wallace is mismatched with his alpha male roommate (Adam Driver, "Frances Ha" ). Zoe and Wallace kind of like each other, but they each have to deal with the obnoxious others in their lives first. What if there's little else to this movie?
Irene Lorenzi (Margherita Buy, "The Caiman" ) works as an inspector or "mystery guest" who secretly, meticulously checks five-star hotels to ensure they continue to be worthy of the highest rating. She enjoys her work, but find it a little lonely.
"A Five Star Life" offers plenty of picturesque scenery through its fine photography and variety of worldwide destinations. Especially early on, sensitive editing brings supporting characters into Irene's life with clarity. There's a feeling of relief that the whole movie isn't going to be about how she uses her white gloves to check for dust settled above picture frames. But the feeling is short-lived.
Focus Features is positioning "The Theory Of Everything," their upcoming Stephen Hawking biopic, for maximum attention during awards season. Slated for November release, the film, directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh ("Man On Wire" ), already boasts a swanky trailer showcasing its heavy-hitting, A-list stars. In it, Felicity Jones looks ravishing in a new, raven-colored hairdo, and Eddie Redmayne ("Les Misérables" ) does in fact make a great-looking Hawking.
But, what's that noise? Computer speakers shorting out? This darn, mid-summer Miami weather! Oh... turns out it was only the sound of EARLY OSCAR BUZZ about this movie! Let's see, turn on the buzz filter, and... Ahhhh! Lovely British accents, strains of classical music, wonderful!
It was another one of those typical summer Florida days (raining, of course), when I embarked on a southbound trip from my Tampa home to a galaxy far away… better known as Miami. This was an amazing opportunity to finally meet a great alien warrior who’s Hell bent on revenge, and no, I didn’t drop acid and watch Star Wars. I actually enjoyed one of the first screenings of “Guardians of the Galaxy” and had the pleasure of interviewing Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) himself!
After settling into my posh hotel room at the Hard Rock (you have to go in style), I made my way to the local Cineplex for the press screening. While I can’t reveal anything about the movie yet (due to waivers and legal stuff), it was freakin’ awesome! This film was an excellent blend of Sci-fi and Comic Book movie mayhem. For more movie details, make sure you check out Dan Hudak’s review on Friday. It was because of him that I got to take this incredible adventure.
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