Archive for April, 2012

27th April
2012
written by Adam

From Director Lee Hirsch comes the controversial documentary that follows the lives of five families in the South and Midwest affected by bullying behavior for a year. Spanning the gamut the film examines the lives of families that have already lost children to bullying, more about
those currently in the thick of things being bullied for various reasons, to those who’ve done something about being bullied—which in one case extends to an unlikely student bringing a loaded gun to school. With the intention of opening eyes and educating the public about the devastating impact bullying behaviour can have, Hirsch exposes the ignorance of a select group of school administrators and various law enforcement officers who would apparently choose to turn a blind eye rather than actually address the roots of the problem. Next comes the resolution and call to action for community involvement that looks to educate adults and youth alike. Carefully constructed to raise the viewer’s ire at the obvious injustice in a number of scenes, the documentary is spot on in delivering a potent whiff of smelling salts to anyone who doesn’t believe bullying is a serious problem. By all means an important film for all pre-teens, teens, and their parents to watch, my only major disappointment with the film comes from the final step—what can be done about the behaviour? All too often documentaries end with the almost textbook “What can be done? It all starts with you” copout answer, and sadly Bully is no different. For those looking for answers, there doesn’t really appear to be a clear guide here. I suppose the argument that the film’s intention is to “start the conversation or dialogue” could be made; personally, I just wish there might have been a bit more instruction or a citing of resources for those in need of help. Now with an appropriate PG-13 rating Bully is worth seeing, maybe a family matinee or rental.
Five college friends head out to a remote cabin in the woods for some rest and relaxation; but, here
unbeknownst to them, they’re actually set to be the entertainment in what appears to be some sort of reality TV-esque game of death. Now it’s up to Dana, Curt, Jules, Marty, and Holden (Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, and Jesse Williams) to survive the ordeal and outsmart two cocky producers (Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford). But, who’s really watching the ritual and who will pay the ultimate price if things don’t turn out as expected. Written as a love letter to the entire horror genre writers Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard effectively have created a gem for folks who love to be scared and manage to keep their sense of humor in tact at the same time. Acting from the ensemble is a direct hit to the archetypes of horror, at times predictable but also loved, laughable, and still leaving room for the unexpected. And, with winks, nods, and direct references to so many horror films, including a merman, the film works as practically a complete encyclopedia of who’s who and what’s what in the genre. If there’s one thing that can stop the Hunger Games this weekend it’s The Cabin In The Woods, which incidentally is rated R.
Having met at a New Year’s Eve party and detected instant chemistry with each other, cialis sale
Tom (Jason Segel) and Violet (Emily Blunt) initially made a great couple. Able to laugh at the difficulties of their relationship and carefully navigate each other’s rough patches the two seemed to be on the right track for marriage, advice kids, somnology
the whole lot. But, shortly after their engagement new curve balls are thrown their way. Violet is accepted into school in Michigan, Tom in turn quits his job as a Sous Chef at a wildly popular restaurant in San Francisco to follow her. It was only supposed to be a two year deal, she said. Now, two years in that deal could get extended indefinitely crushing Tom’s dreams of culinary excellence and still there’s no wedding. Watching his best friend Alex (Chris Pratt) and sister in-law to be Suzie (Alison Brie) soaring in their own marriage, Tom begins to feel trapped and broken; and now, the dashing and sophisticated Professor Childs (Rhys Ifans) appears to be making a move on Violet. Will Tom and Violet ever get married let alone even stay together, and what about each partner getting to follow their dreams? Written by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller and Directed by Stoller the comedy comes quickly and honestly in this otherwise conventional romantic comedy—and I liked it. Segel and Blunt fit together perfectly, but I’m also beginning to believe that either actor could probably be paired with any other actor alive and still make a believable couple, together they’re even better. The rest of the cast rounds things out nicely including the comedic stylings of Lauren Weedman, Kevin Hart, Mindy Kaling, Randall Park, Jim Piddock and Brian Posehn. Again though, with the combination of the writing and the afore mentioned actors, you’ve got a winning combination. Drawing heavily on the belief of truth in comedy, not consistently going for the cheap easy laugh, and comedic actors that know how to elevate each other great things are destined to happen. Another date night winner where men can keep their dignity. The Five-Year Engagement is rated R.

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20th April
2012
written by Adam

Deep in the jungles of Tanzania a crew of documentary film makers set on watching the behaviors and social structure of Chimpanzees make an almost unheard of discovery in one group chimps. Whilst learning valuable social and survival skills a three year old chimp named Oscar is separated from his mother, help
the situation looks bleak. Without the assistance of others in the group Oscar faces almost certain death; that is, therapy
until an unlikely foster parent takes Oscar under his wing— Freddy, the alpha male of the whole group. But the challenges of the jungle don’t stop with adoption, rival chimp leader Scar and his warriors are poised for a jungle takeover and now that Freddy is pre-occupied with Oscar, the table is set for war, but who will win dominance of the jungle? Narrated by actor/comedian Tim Allen children and parents will find the overall storyline interesting and entertaining without overstaying its welcome albeit it’s a little light on scientific exploration of the species as the cutesy narration at times was a little much. Yet, in several instances there were a few ah-ha moments that were truly surprising and revealing as to how closely related we humans are to chimps, an interesting mirror to be looking into or lens to be looking through as the case may have it. Aside from the narration issues, comes the next question, why is it that Disney films tend to so often deal with matricide, loss of mother figures, absent mothers, or evil stepmothers? What’s the deal Disney? Not that this makes the film any less watchable or enjoyable, I’m just curious about the trend. Interesting. Still, a fun matinee for parents and the little ones, Chimpanzee is rated G.
Based loosely on the contents of Steve Harvey’s book Act Like a Lady, abortion
Think Like a Man, cialis several friends, cost
Dominic, Jeremy, Zeke, Michael, and Alex (Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Terrence Jenkins, Romany Malco, and Chris Brown) realize their girlfriends are following Harvey’s teachings to control the dating game and get the men to “behave.” Upon this discovery, the men decide to fight fire with fire and turn the odds back in their favour, but this comes with a price. Finally, when the gloves come off and the hand to hand combat of love and dating gets down and dirty, who will stick it out and who will cut loose, and what will the women, Mya, Candace, Lauren, and Kristen (Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Taraji P. Henson, and Gabrielle Union) learn? Sounds kinda hokey and potential for plenty of pitfalls right? Surprisingly, up until the last quarter, the film somehow manages to navigate between entertainment and utter destruction. With splashes of racially driven humor, the majority of the film’s comedic engine actually runs on purely situational and honest observation on men and women. And, with the subtext of Harvey’s teachings in the mix, a decent blend of comedy and infotainment seems to have been met. The last quarter of the film feels a little too convenient for my tastes, and still, I do wish the overall film came to a conclusion maybe 20 minutes earlier, so it goes. Overall consensus, decent acting for the material, Chris Brown’s comedy shines without outshining the rest of the cast, and the overall film would make a good matinee/date movie where guy’s can keep their dignity in tact. Think Like a Man is rated PG-13.

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20th April
2012
written by Adam

All set with their own reasons for leaving England, price
an unlikely group of retirees converge in India to what they have been told is a newly restored retirement hotel. Upon arrival fast talking but well meaning hotel manager Sonny (Dev Patel) is quickly set into action to appease his new guests; but, discount
charming this group will take every ounce of energy and to what end? Of the group, Evelyn (Judi Dench), Graham (Tom Wilkinson), Douglas (Bill Nighy), Jean (Penelope Wilton), Muriel (Maggie Smith), and Norman (Ronald Pickup) who will stay, and what of the pending and untold foreclosure of the hotel? Romantic comedy for a slightly older demographic, yes, but that’s not to write this one off to other audiences either. Good acting is still good acting and when you’ve got the above names involved, you’re bound to get something good no matter what. And, where the cinematography isn’t what we might hope for now that we’ve seen successful films that truly catch the frenetic nature of India, Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire comes to mind, the general spirit of the culture is still present. Overall, there are some genuinely touching and emotional moments and interesting story arcs. Still worthy of a matinee or perhaps a rental later, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is rated PG-13. On a side note, I’m still convinced Bill Nighy can do no wrong, too damn cool.

Deep in the jungles of Tanzania a crew of documentary film makers set on watching the behaviors and social structure of Chimpanzees make an almost unheard of discovery in one group chimps. Whilst learning valuable social and survival skills a three year old chimp named Oscar is separated from his mother, meningitis
the situation looks bleak. Without the assistance of others in the group Oscar faces almost certain death; that is, read
until an unlikely foster parent takes Oscar under his wing— Freddy, the alpha male of the whole group. But the challenges of the jungle don’t stop with adoption, rival chimp leader Scar and his warriors are poised for a jungle takeover and now that Freddy is pre-occupied with Oscar, the table is set for war, but who will win dominance of the jungle? Narrated by actor/comedian Tim Allen children and parents will find the overall storyline interesting and entertaining without overstaying its welcome albeit it’s a little light on scientific exploration of the species as the cutesy narration at times was a little much. Yet, in several instances there were a few ah-ha moments that were truly surprising and revealing as to how closely related we humans are to chimps, an interesting mirror to be looking into or lens to be looking through as the case may have it. Aside from the narration issues, comes the next question, why is it that Disney films tend to so often deal with matricide, loss of mother figures, absent mothers, or evil stepmothers? What’s the deal Disney? Not that this makes the film any less watchable or enjoyable, I’m just curious about the trend. Interesting. Still, a fun matinee for parents and the little ones, Chimpanzee is rated G.

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