Top 5: Movie Review

Top Five.

Full castDirector: Chris Rock. Writer: Chris Rock. Run Time: 102 mins

So I will come right out and say I have no idea where top five, as a thing, fits into this movie. As far as raw black movies go, this is probably the best one out (editor’s note *I haven’t seen Dear White People). Now this isn’t  your typical black (comedy) movie. It’s not about somoking weed every day and doing hood shit. This is a, dare I say, romantic comedy that is smart and something that transcends race. If you took away the black jokes, this could easily fit anyone (or race). It is simple that way, which I argue is what makes it so brilliant.

Chris Rock and Rosario Dawson are the headlining talents of the film and that was enough for me to go to the movies. The pair make for an interesting dynamic, I found, on screen. Rock, comes from a comedic background which is exactly his character on screen. His character is grounded in numerous ways. One being abuse of alcohol. Its a easy way to make a character relatable and when rock delves into that side of things, his acting seems more real than another aspect. Rosario is a flawed, mysterious journalist. Personally, I feel like this is one of her better roles and I hope she does more like this, or more with Rock. She came off veey much like that girl you could kick it with and seemed very wholesome in her personal life. Her flaws are on the surface but do not define her. She was tremendously written to give off enough visually and to have the viewer assume correctly the type of person she was.

An aspect of movies I don’t usually go into is costume and character looks, but if done for the movie and not just a look she had for product placement, her entire wardrobe and her house and everything she was, were all so well thought out. Yes she not make it on a hot list in say “People Magazine” but for her character, I was captured by her and everything about her.

Chris, Rosario

The story isn’t anything new. Well maybe till the end but since I’ve  probably already said that like 7 times, I will give my opinion on what bothers me. Most of the scenes are funny and well thought out but the first complaint I did have was from the Houston sex scene. The lead up to it was great. But then the brief four play was just so random and seemed out the blue, out of context of the story till that point. Granted, I’ve seen worse things. Hell, I’ve heard of worst stories like a girl giving a bj inside of an apartment garbage room. But that scene totally  made me believe I was watching a movie (at that a very tacky one)versus watching a screenplay or a story that was real; which is what I feel each movie is charged with doing. The other comes from my opening line. Top five. In most socially acceptable scenario’s, it means that you have to give someone your top five of any given subject. Being this is a black/urban movie, hip-hop is the subject. But by the end of this thing, it just left you really lost as to how it relates to the overall, overarching theme/story. The last thing I will say as a form of a complaint is that Chris rock tends to write stories centered around jokes, versus stories that contain jokes. This movie has that, but probably not as much as his earlier work(s) like Down to Earth.

My favorite moments of the film are the urban moments where he gets back with his “roots” and family. There’s a moment with his father who you don’t know is so, until the conclusion of the scene. It was well crafted. When he reaches his old apartment, the feel of those seemed so authentic, satirical, and made the entire story seem believable. They were well acted, shot written, everything.

Bottom line: For what society says is urban culture and cinema, this is tremendous story telling and not your typical “black” film. For film students, This is great story to screen. For everyone else, this is a great holiday movie and a great anytime film.

  • Overall rating of the movie: 7.9 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 7 out of 10,
  • Editing: 8 out of 10,
  • Audio: 10 out of 10,
  • Acting: 8 out of 10,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Definitely worthy of picking up on blu-ray. great modern classic, but it probably won’t be.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: the “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

This Is The End: Movie Review

Danny McBride: For all we know the f****** Lakers could have just won and that’s the reason all this is happening.

So this movie happened. I laughed but, I’m not sure it’s funny.

Director: Seth Rogen Evan Goldberg Screenplay: Seth Rogen Evan Goldberg Runtime: 106 minutes

Cast:

Sporting a cast that’s beyond crazy in as far as comedic actors go even with the cameos. But I couldn’t take this as more than a high comedy
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I felt like this could have been way funnier than it was but for what it is, it does make you laugh. It has a lot of homosexual comedy which is really only funny in moderation. It’s not ‘Borat bad’ but it catches its coat tails, they just went really into it as far as I’m concerned. It was a bit off putting but for the target audience I’m sure that was a normal thing.

Most comedies suffer from having a very strong focus on the “Moral” of the story come movie’s end, but due to the nature of actors “playing themselves” it doesn’t come off as such a total drag. The highlight with this movie was being that the jokes were still evident with whatever new challenge the gang faced. This isn’t a spoiler but having it set on friendship is a given and it works out nicely to show that most, if not all of these guys really do act like this (to some degree I’m sure). It comes off as believable from their performances.

Craig Robinson and Jonah Hill stole the show for me. Jay and Seth are the stars however. The best cameo was probably Michael Cera who has been M.I.A. from movies in the last little while, now that I think about it. All his scenes were unexpected. If you were however looking for Oscar worthy performances you have come to the wrong movie.

The feel is much akin to “Cabin in the Woods” where it’s a horror movie but makes you laugh. It’s not as witty and well designed as “Cabin” but for what it is, you get scared and you might shed a tear or two. The use of audio for added suspicion, fright and effects was tremendous. I just wish the theatre of choice were better.

Bottom Line: This movie as I said is a high comedy (Think Pineapple Express), I don’t think one would laugh as much while sober versus being intoxicated. With all the homosexual jokes, and randomness I even caught myself asking when is this going to finish. I heard a lot of positive buzz about this movie. Not to say it’s not deserved… but I saw this movie on a Tuesday and it was only $5 bucks.

Stixxclusive Review

Ratings for all movies will now be out of ten

  • Overall rating of the movie: 4.5 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 5 out of 10,
  • Editing: 5.5 out of 10,
  • Audio: 6 out of 10,
  • Acting: 7 out of 10,

A high comedy is as it sounds… you have to smoke some weed in order to REALLLLLLLLLLY enjoy this movie… NOTE I DO NOT ENDORSE SMOKING WEED FOR ANYONE WHO ISN’T OF THE RIGHT MIND TO MAKE THAT PERSONAL CHOICE SOLELY ON THEIR OWN. Everything is cool in moderation & responsibly.
THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

21 and Over Movie Review

What happens when you combine Project X, The Hangover, and Old School? You get a young adult Hangover/Project X/Old School movie.

Directors: Jon LucasScott Moore  (also wrote the film.) Runtime: 93mins

Cast:

I didn’t know a thing about this movie, other than it sounded boring, and for the most part it is. Largely because it was unrelated to me, nor did I have any reason to really care about these characters. These movies are so typical. I believe that this film is made by the same people who brought you The Hangover and Old School, which if so, they’re becoming like the writer of Training Day, and Tyler Perry. Very one dimensional with what they’re producing.

Maybe it’s the stage of my life right now, but I’m not really into these movies anymore. But, I still gave it a chance, which I shouldn’t have. I may have laughed maybe 10 times. That may seem like a lot, but for a movie that runs just under two hours, it’s not.

This movie has poor acting that I thought I would only see in an American Pie “direct to dvd”. Miles Teller was basically acting like Vince Vaughan, so unless that’s a certain acting skill, then by all means. Skip a few oddly funny/typical pranks and scenarios, you get a slightly forced moral of the story at the end, and then you get something very similar to the last Lord of the Rings movie. It just doesn’t want to end.

Bottom line, it’s funny but, I don’t encourage anyone to watch to watch it. Unless however you’re a wacky tabacy smoker or in the same age group as the title implies, otherwise this just isn’t for you.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the movie: 2 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 0 out of 5,
  • Editing: 3 out of 5,
  • Audio: 3 out of 5,
  • Acting: 1.5 out of 5,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray?  SKIP IT ENTIRELY.

For your viewing pleasure Hangover III

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Who is Miles Morales???

Brian Michael Bendis had tweeted this the other day, i clicked on it and wondered what the hey lets give it a go and see what happens. i was madly impressed. so for your viewing pleasure

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

The Avengers Movie Review

WOW… UM SIMPLY WOW. This movie rocks on all cylinders, Joss Whedon, PLEASE for the love of God stay on to make this movie’s future sequels. I WILL TRY NOT TO SPOIL TOO MUCH!!

Robert Downey Jr. Robert Downey Jr.
Chris Evans Chris Evans
Mark Ruffalo Mark Ruffalo
Chris Hemsworth Chris Hemsworth
Scarlett Johansson Scarlett Johansson
Jeremy Renner Jeremy Renner
Tom Hiddleston Tom Hiddleston
Clark Gregg Clark Gregg
Cobie Smulders Cobie Smulders
Stellan Skarsgård Stellan Skarsgård
Samuel L. Jackson Samuel L. Jackson
Gwyneth Paltrow Gwyneth Paltrow
Paul Bettany Paul Bettany
Jarvis (voice)
Alexis Denisof Alexis Denisof
Tina Benko Tina Benko
NASA Scientist

Director: Joss Whedon

Writer: Zak Penn and Joss Whedon (story) Joss Whedon (screenplay)

Every penny that was put in to this movie, which according to IMDB, is estimated at  $220,000,000–YEA THAT MUCH.

Joss Whedon directed this movie as well as wrote it (along with Zak Penn) and, as I’ve said previously with Cabin In the Woods, he really knows how to write. His expertise in character dialogue is second to none. He uses a lot of quick wit & exciting banter between all the cast, and not one character overshadows another. He’s a writer who has written for Marvel before in various comics, so he understands and respects the material and for the most part–thanks in part to the acting, all the characters are spot on with their delivery. “I’m not big on inside jokes…. I like people who’ve never seen the Avengers, to have as much fun as people who have been waiting for this movie their whole lives.”-Joss Whedon. That statement is so true about this movie. There’s a rule at Marvel Comics: Treat every issue as if it were someone’s first ever issue. The writers there all have to abide by that, and if you are a writer, I bet you can imagine how much of a challenge it is to do that on a monthly or even sometimes a weekly basis.

HULK: New actor, Mark Ruffalo portrays both Bruce Banner and the hulk in this movie. His take on it was more witty and determined, as Bruce, like he knew his role from the start. He is MY favourite hero for his brute strength and I’ll have you know, there isn’t much left out to show how strong he is. I WILL SAY however, I don’t like the new hulk design because in the Ed Norton film, he had more of a realistic body build. Instead of just muscle he had RIPPED, DEFINED muscle, and this one reminded me of the bad Ang Lee hulk movie. Basically, Ed Norton is a better Bruce on looks alone, Mark… well not so much. I didn’t like how they made him a bit more barbaric at times either, but we are yet again in a “reboot” phase for this character in a way. This though, is by far the best hulk we have ever seen, and I know I’ve contradicted myself a few times, but it’s a love hate thing.

Iron Man: If you ever felt he was just a dude in s suit, who early on [*SPOILER*] Captain America, thinks just the same thing, then you are SURELY MISTAKEN. He is used probably the most, but in recent comic history, this is about right since he is basically the brains of missions. Tony Stark is EVERYWHERE in this movie, and his witty banter with EVERY hero in this movie is dead on to his arrogance. Spider-Man is like that in a way, constantly making jokes, this is the kind of  Spider-Man I’d like to see one day. Basically, his role was improved upon to be more of a hero, but otherwise still the same old Stark

Thor: SORRY LADIES…no shirt off here, but he probably has the best entrance to this story, outside of Hulk where it was being constantly teased to the audience. He had a lot of the charm that he has in the comics in this film. His origin movie focused a lot more of the moral, but this time he is all action.

Captain America: THIS IS BY FAR HIS BEST SHOWING. I thought Chris did an amazing job in “Captain America: The First Avenger” but they got his role down pat in this movie. He was a leader, a tactician, a soldier, brave, out of touch with the times and very American (p.s. stay after the credits… just look at cap and think about it while keeping in mind where Bush sent troops). Chris Evans is an under rated actor, and even though most (critics) don’t take comic book movies serious, watching this should make you see all, if not  just the “Big Three” (Iron Man, Thor & Captain America) as good an actor as any.

Nick Fury:  Sam has done this role a total of 4 times previously (of course we aren’t counting his face being used to revamp Nick Fury in the Ultimate Marvel Universe where most of these films have been based on), but this is the first time we see him as a man who knows what must be done sees what’s he’s being told, but says that isn’t the smarter way of doing things. Basically we see why he’s the head of  S.H.I.E.L.D. and why Sam Jackson is still the most bad ass of all actors.

Black widow: Scarlett has never been more than a pretty face to me. She has both good and bad moments in this film, but more so good than bad. Her best scenes come from the first half of the movie, I’m not a fan of Black Widow so moving on.

Hawkeye: The archer was introduced during the “Thor” film, and I’m sure to many, was a highlight to the film. He has a “secondary” role, but was much like the bad ass that was seen in the”Ultimates”  (you really need to read these two volumes, it’s by far the best “Avengers” story you will ever read in your entire life). When the second half of the movie rolls out, you will know what I’m talking about.

Loki: Tom Hiddleston really understands how to use his face to drive a scene. I thought he had the best skill outside of Anthony Hopkins in the Thor movie. He may not have been the single best actor in this movie, but he definitely isn’t overshadowed by anyone else’s performance (this is, I’m sure, in part to great direction). He was on the verge of being a villain in Thor, but here he is CLEARLY someone that has lost his way, holds a jealous grudge towards his adoptive brother, and, just like in the comics, a very evil villain who likes to show off for sport.

In many recent years Marvel comics has had many brand cross over books from: Civil War, Secret Invasion & most recently, Fear Itself.  Seeing this movie reminded me of a lot of those movies and given a few tweaks here and there, I think its very possible to see the crossover stories on the big screen. I sure as hell hope if any story gets made, Civil War and World War Hulk gets done.

LASTLY, the camera work for this film is amazing, the use of the depth 3-D helps the movie in so many ways. I know many don’t like 3-D, but that’s in part to many not understanding it.Don Cheadle said it best, “Look, it’s me. I’m here. Deal with it. Let’s move on.” – Iron Man 2 – Rhodes. Many need to adapt those words to the use of 3-D. There is minimal shaky camera work in the movie, it mostly pretty clear minus maybe two fight scenes, though one is due to lighting which is why it’s not as great. I don’t know if this is my favourite thing about this movie, but I love  the fact that it is a full circle movie, everything brought up is then somehow mentioned again in a fresh new way. There are two “after credits scenes”, so be sure to stay and watch.

  • Overall rating of the movie: 4.8 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 4.5 out of 5,
  • Editing: 4.5 out of 5,
  • Audio: 4 out of 5,
  • Acting: 4 out of 5,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Theatre in the best way you can (like Imax or something). Then blu ray, save up for a 3-D t.v. then buy the blu-ray 3-D version.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Ted Trailer

I happened to stumble upon these two trailers for the up coming movie,”Ted” (simple title, I know). The first one is more for adult viewing (It’s a “Red Band Restricted trailer) the second is a green band, which is more suitable for everyone. (Though I don’t think this movie is for everyone, who isn’t of age I mean.)

“This summer, the “Family Guy” creator brings his boundary-pushing brand of humor to the big screen for the first time as writer, director and voice star of Ted. In the live action/CG-animated comedy, he tells the story of John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), a grown man who must deal with the cherished teddy bear who came to life as the result of a childhood wish… and has refused to leave his side ever since.” (via coming soon.net)

starring Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Giovanni Ribisi, MacFarlane, Joel McHale, Patrick Warburton, Jessica Stroup and Laura Vandervoort.

 

Below is the official movie poster to the film.

The Anchorman is back… In a sequel that is

Paramount Pictures has finally given the green light to a sequel to 2004’s Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Will Ferrell, who made the announcement himself in-character on “Conan”, will return to the title role with supporting cast members Steve Carell and Paul Rudd said to be involved as well.

Ferrell, whose latest, Casa de mi Padre is in theaters now, will again script alongside Adam McKay, who will be back in the director’s chair.

The original film also starred Christina Applegate, David Koechner, Fred Willard, Fred Armisen, Chris Parnell and many more. Though none of those members of the supporting cast have yet been confirmed. I’m sure before the spring season is done, more cast members will be confirmed from the original Anchorman movie.

 

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW