Jun 26 2009

Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen

Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf), bound for college, is exposed to a shard of the All Spark, a device that gives Transformer robots their life force. Now with the secrets of the Transformer’s history and technology embedded into his brain Sam is a wanted man by the evil Decepticons. Meanwhile, the good and moral Autobots must mount a counter attack to save Sam and planet Earth. And, who will survive when The Fallen (a Decepticon Transformer) returns to earth?trans1 A second attempt at a Transformers film by director Michael Bay; unfortunately, many of the same complaints critics had of the first film remain un-addressed; and, in many cases amplified. Stale plot and script, boring exposition, an on screen romance with serious lack of chemistry, racial stereotypes, and weak attempts at humor just begin the list. To the Bay’s credit, the action sequences were addressed much more effectively and given room to breathe. And, fans of Megan Fox will appreciate that every slow motion shot features her chest bouncing. Bottom line, America will probably flock to the film in droves, and if you’re one of the many, might I suggest you see this as a matinee? Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen is rated PG-13.

Jun 26 2009

Whatever Works

Suicidal, cynical, and fed up with the world, Boris Yellnikoff (Larry David), a retired physics professor is ready to make his final exit when the young and impressionable Melodie St. Ann Celestine (Evan Rachel Wood) worms her way into his heart. Regardless of the age difference, the two eventually hit it off and get married. But, as Melodie’s estranged parents make their way back into her life, what comedies await? whatever-worksWritten and Directed by Woody Allen this snarky and cynical comedy provides for plenty of snickers and a few good belly laughs. With wit and words artfully delivered by David, one would almost swear that Larry David is a taller incarnation of Woody Allen himself, this is a good thing. And, with a wordy script that only someone like Allen could write, this semi high brow comedy feels ready to succeed where the author’s other recent attempts have fallen a little short. Worthy of your time as at least a matinee. Whatever Works is rated PG-13.

Jun 19 2009

Year One

When hunter gatherers Zed (Jack Black) and Oh (Michael Cera) are chased out of their village the two embark on a journey that takes them through biblical times and scenes. Running into Adam (Harold Ramis) and his sons Cain (Davis Cross) and Abel (Paul Rudd) and eventually meeting up with Abraham (Hank Azaria) the two witness and take part in biblical lore all whilst trying to free their romantic interests from slavery in the town of Sodom. But will Zed and Oh make it out of Sodom alive or be burned or stoned to death first?Year One Albeit, this is not a film to take seriously but it’s also not one to just pass off as garbage either. Playing to their strengths Black and Cera make a most unusual but workable comedy duo balancing each other nicely. Sometimes dim witted but clever none the less tongue in cheek  humor coaxes a few laughs. And, cameo appearances from plenty of Hollywood comedic royalty makes the film a fun who’s who watch. Maybe a matinee for mindless entertainment but more likely a DVD rental. Year One is rated PG-13.