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Movie Review: Scenic Route – Haunting Survival Film That Will Leave You Surprised

If there’s one thing this movie did, website like this it was surprise me. My jaw kept on dropping moment after unexpected moment on this relationship film between two friends, more about that of Carter (Dan Fogler) and Mitchell (Josh Duhamel). If anyone said that Josh Duhamel couldn’t act after seeing this film, information pills I’d say they were crazy. The tension is high between Mitchell and Carter as they embark on their destination via the “scenic route” when their truck breaks down in the middle of the road, with no one around to help them and miles away from any sort of city. One might think that because Duhamel and Fogler are in this film, that Scenic Route might be a comedy, but in reality, it’s anything but. It’s really a story about survival and a friendship that reaches its limits, breaks down and asks some very real questions about what you might be thinking if you believed you were not going to survive. It was very despairing watching as Carter and Mitchell’s situation kept on getting worse as they continued to miss out on help that would arrive, but then leave because of where they were, the conditions […]

TED: A Teddy Bear for Adults

Director: Seth MacFarlane Screenplay: Seth MacFarlane, discount Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild Release Date: June 29, 2012 Actors: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth McFarlane Ever since the trailer first came out during commercials during Family Guy, I have wanted to see “TED”. It is THE comedy of the summer that I was looking forward to. For those who haven’t seen the trailer, TED is about the speaking, walking teddy bear that comes to life because a young boy named John wished he would come to life and be his best friend forever. Fast forward 25 (or so) years later. TED aka “Teddy” smokes pot, hits on girls and brings them home. It’s not only John that lives with Ted, but John’s long time girlfriend Lori (Mila Kunis) as well. She’s fed up with the lack of responsibility that John takes on and wants Ted to move out. So… the story begins. The idea will either seem stupid or hilarious to people. Seeing as I rather enjoy Family Guy and see Ted as a real life Brian/Peter of sorts in the form of a cute and cuddly bear, the concept really tickled my funny bone. Being Seth McFarlane’s first feature film, I […]

Source Code: Intelligent and captivating mind bend

Director: Duncan Jones Screenplay: Ben Ripley Release Date: April 1, sales 2011 Actors: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright When I first heard there was a movie called “Source Code” hitting the theatre, I was super excited. As a self acclaimed nerd, the title got me interested right away. Alas, there is no source code to be found in this at all, save a string of “1”s and “0”s scrolling on the screen for about a couple seconds. Once I got over that fact though, what remained was a fairly interesting science fiction thriller that captivated my attention. Going into the film, all that I knew was what the poster and what little I had read. Jake Gyllenhaal, who plays Colter Stevens, is running amidst a bunch of pictures and trying to stop a bomb from happening in order to save an interesting woman from dying. He only has 8 specific minutes to figure out who caused the bomb, and they are 8 minutes he lives over and over again. Stop reading if you want to be completely surprised by the film, because even when summarized can ruin the wonder of the film. The source code the title […]

Paul: A Road Trip Not Forgotten

Director: Greg Mottola Screenplay: Simon Pegg, order Nick Frost Release Date: March 18, 2011 Actors: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kristin Wiig, Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman, Signourey Weaver, Bill Hader, Joe Lo Truglio, Jane Lynch, David Koechner, Jesse Plemons, Jane Lynch, Blythe Danner Have you ever had a dream to befriend an alien? You haven’t? Okay, so maybe this dream is only for nerds, or perhaps it was sprouted from E.T.’s first appearance on the big screen, but was much too creepy for this chick. Paul would either be your new annoying pal or your new best friend. He will outdo you in everything though, including turning invisible and having the tiny gift for healing animals and human ailments. He however, can’t drive worth a lick. If this doesn’t give you a quick idea of what kind of comedy Paul is, here’s a quick summmary. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost play best buddies Graeme and Clive from London, England who have made the long flight over to San Diego to attend the Comic-Con convention. (And for this Comic-con goer, it was a lot of fun seeing these scenes of them at the Gaslamp Quarter, crossing the road to the convention center!) […]

Win Win: A Winning Combination

Director: Thomas McCarthy Screenplay: Thomas McCarthy Release Date: March 18, buy more about 2011 Actors: Paul Giamatti, malady Alex Shaffer, Amy Ryan, Melanie Lynskey, Bobby Canavale, Jeffrey Tambor As opposed to the earlier Fox Searchlight comedy “Cedar Rapids”, “Win Win” is a breath of fresh air. Starring Paul Giamatti, and newcomer Alex Shaffer, “Win Win” is a story about struggling attorney Mike Flaherty, who is trying to take care of his family who also coaches the high school wrestling team. Due to his inner struggle and stress as a result of his lack of clients and needing more financial help, he ends up appointing himself as his client Leo Poplar’s guardian, with less than moral decisions. Mike ends up running into Leo’s grandson, Kyle, who has left his mom and wants to get to know his grandfather. With bleached blond hair, a quiet straight faced demeanor, and a surprising interest in the people around him, Mike and the rest of his family quickly grow fond of Kyle, after allowing him to stay in their home. Complications arise when Kyle’s mom (Melanie Lynskey, “Two and a Half Men”) comes around looking for Kyle and her father. I was really impressed by […]