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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 […]

Snow White and the Huntsman: Lackluster but Darkly Beautiful

Director: Rupert Sanders Screenplay: Evan Daugherty, web John Lee Hancock, Hossein Amini Release Date: June 1, 2012 Actors: Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, Sam Claflin The trailers for “Snow White and the Huntsman” looked interesting, at least more than when the news first came out that Kristen Stewart had been chosen to play Snow White. Full disclosure: I am not a Twilight fan nor am I a Kristen Stewart fan. I’ve been able to find talent underneath Robert Pattinson’s sparkly skin in other films he has done, but Kristen Stewart has not managed to do much for me in other films she has been in. So, how did Kristen Stewart fare in this new retelling of the famous fairytale? Not well, in my opinion. In fact, she is clearly what brought down the quality of the film from what could have been great to simply “just okay”. Charlize Theron brings all her talent to the table as Ravenna, the evil Queen who has a strong hatred for men and has been somewhat cursed with a magical beauty at a price. Seeking to be the fairest one of them all due to a spell her mom cast on her when […]

The Tree of Life: Beautiful, Frustrating, Sad but Flawed

Director: Terrence Malick Screenplay: Terrence Malick Release Date: July 8, generic 2011 (Wide Release) Cinematographer: Emmanuel Lubezki Actors: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Hunter McCracken, Laramie Eppler, Tye Sheridan Quite honestly, I wanted to love this film. I love films that challenge my thinking, send me to self reflection and offer some deep meaning. However, despite all its abstract images and beautiful cinematography, I walked out hating it. Possibly Malick’s most personal piece, with similarities into his own childhood, “The Tree of Life” is a film that challenges the film industry and will be recognized for taking huge risks. I’ve allowed a few days after seeing the film before writing this review so my thoughts could sink in and I could give a more fair review than my initial reaction. “The Tree of Life” tries to ask questions that are bigger than itself, and is the depiction of Jack’s internal struggle with life and the meaning of his life, love and death. The overall theme of the film deals with living either the way of nature or the way of grace, and how despite taking either path, the lord will giveth and the lord will taketh away (aka “Why […]