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.

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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

The Sitter Throwback Review

Todays entry is “The Sitter”. I wanted to see this movie for some time but never got around to doing it.  Directed by the same guy who brought us “Pineapple Express”, David Gordon Green It recently came out on Blu Ray and dvd, so I’ll be reviewing the Blu Ray copy.

The cover/case for “The Sitter” on Blu-Ray

Staring:

Going into this movie, I didn’t know much about it in terms of plot, and who was in it out side of Jonah Hill, which for some reason added to the lustre of me wanting to see the movie. The plot without giving away too much is:

(Possible *SPOILER ALERT*)

Noah is saddled with three kids, each of whom is dealing with his/her own growing pains. The night starts out badly enough, but when his dirtbag girlfriend calls with a request for cocaine and the promise of sex, he loads the brood up and heads out for an extended bout of child endangerment involving guns, bombs, fists and multiple thefts. But along the way, sitter and sittees mature in ways that no one expected.

Now I did my research and found out this movie is a “remake” of the 1987’s Adventures in Babysitting, though mind you, this movie differs greatly. Since this movie is a comedy I can’t really rate it as well as I would a “dramatic” movie or something in terms of acting. But Jonah Hill plays the same kind of character that we have seen him do basically since “Superbad”. Thats not so much a bad thing, let’s you know what to expect and I felt it fit perfectly to the movie. The kids though were the highlight of the film easily. The ones to watch is the daughter (Blithe Pedulla) and Rodrigo. Also WHY ISN’T Kylie Bunbury (as Roxanne) in more movies. EVEN IF YOU FEEL SHE CAN’T ACT, she is gorgeous, which is most of hollywood’s talent when it comes to acting (appearance versus actual skill)

The cinematography isn’t anything to rave about, nor was the editing. it was actually pretty disappointing. it makes up for it thought with great song selections most of which is hip-hop from the 80’s.

I was happy that even though there was a lot of jokes they were able to include a “moral” of the story without ruining the movie like so many comedic movies suffer from. The reason may be cause it wasn’t all done in the end like many others are, but spread throughout.

This was the last film before the weight loss Jonah Hill went through that can be seen in his newer movies like “21 Jump Street”.

The quality of the disc was pretty decent.

The Extra’s: The ten deleted (and/or alternate, otherwise extended) scenes run 26 minutes total, these in addition to a section entitled “Sits-n-Giggles” (three minutes), comprised of alternative takes and lines of dialogue tried on-set. The two-and-a-half-minute gag reel is for adults only, “The Making of The Sitter” is a fun a 15 minutes, complemented by the tongue-in-cheek “Jonah the Producer” (five minutes), and the brief “For Your Consideration” needs to be seen to be properly understood. All of these extras are in HD, and the Blu-ray also supports BD-Live.

Disc Two is a DVD-ROM with the movie in standard definition as well as a Digital Copy of the Unrated edition for iTunes, Windows Media or Android.


Product Details

  • Director: David Gordon Green
  • Audio Format/Languages: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (English). Dolby Digital 5.1 (French, Spanish, English Descriptive Audio)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rating: R/Unrated
  • Studio: Fox
  • Release Date: March 20, 2012
  • Run Time: 81/87 minutes
  • List Price: $39.99
  • Extras:
    • Deleted/Alternate/Extended Scenes
    • Gag Reel
    • “Sits-n-Giggles”
    • “For Your Consideration”
    • “The Making of The Sitter
    • “Jonah the Producer”
    • BD-Live
    • DVD
    • Digital Copy
 Overall rating of the movie: 3 out of 5, Cinematography: 2 outta 5, Editing: 2.8 out of 5, Audio: 4 out of 5, Acting: 4 out of 5. Comedy 3.5 out of 5

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

– Xavier