Archive for June 20th, 2014

20th June
2014
written by Adam

Growing up on the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey, the future for Frankie, Tommy, Nick, and Bob (John Lloyd Young, Vincent Piazza, Johnny Cannizzaro, Erich Bergen) alone didn’t look so bright; but, when the four joined forces to become the Four Seasons their stock value would rise to meteoric heights. Creating hits such as Sherry, Walk Like A Man, and Big Girls Don’t Cry the sky was the limit, until even that wasn’t enough. Money, women, and fame, would all have their impact on the band, but Jersey loyalty would carry them to the rock and roll hall of fame, still, it would be a tough road to hoe, this is their story.fourseasons Directed by Clint Eastwood and based on the Broadway musical, Jersey Boys presents the polished and classic tale of the underdog making it in the big time and the growing pains associated. Interesting but rather tame in comparison to legends of rock stars who would follow in their footsteps, audiences will still appreciate the story behind the iconic music, although a sluggish start does weigh things down and it’s apparent some judicious trimming could tighten things up. Regardless, an otherwise well crafted work makes for fine matinee material or hey, grab your dame and make it a date night, burgers and milkshakes from the local diner to suit. Jersey Boys is rated R.

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20th June
2014
written by Adam

Living a rather Bohemian lifestyle as a comedienne, Donna (Jenny Slate) often speaks from the heart in her standup routine– occasionally a wince inducing behaviour. So, when Donna’s boyfriend leaves her for another woman, her spiral into depression could be fodder for great art, or it could destroy her all together. Fortunately, good friends and gentle Max (Jake Lacy) are there to lend support, but it’s Donna’s unwanted pregnancy with Max that seems to be at the head of her problems. Will Donna’s soul have the resilience to spring back, and will her heart ever open again?ObviousChild Turning lemons into lemonade, writer director Gillian Robespierre has created a comedic gem of fully rounded individuals, flawed and honest, sarcastic and painful all the while hilarious. Nailing the romantic comedy genre and then turning it promptly on it’s ear, while the content isn’t always pleasant, Robespierre shows us that “real” can indeed be funny, even when that means we’re watching our heroes suffer. Standout acting from Slate and Lacy sells the drama even further and at 84 minutes of runtime, there’s still room for just a little more, and that’s just right. Obvious Child is rated R.

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