Joe’s Review: Role Models

November 21, 2008 by Joe · Leave a Comment 

One of my friends told me that this “was the best movie he ever saw”.  I was skeptical, but I decided to go check this out because I thought it did look funny.  That and you can’t really go wrong with a movie with McLovin in it, right?

Well.. almost right.  While this wasn’t one of the best movies that I’ve ever seen, I thought it was pretty funny and enjoyable.  The characters fit their roles well, and it had the same kind of feel as The 40 Year Old Virgin, which I also didn’t think was as good as everyone else did.  Both Role Models and Virgin fit in the “Good, but not Great” category to me.

So what’s it all about?  Well, Danny and Wheeler are employees for an energy drink company, Minotaur.  Danny becomes extremely frustrated with his job, and on an energy drink bender, ends up trashing the company truck.  His former girlfriend, Beth, manages to wrangle them a deal to get out of jail.  All they need to do is volunteer their time mentoring kids at the Sturdy Wings program.  Of course, things aren’t as easy as they expect, as their littles turn out to be more than a handful.

The two end up getting themselves into all different sorts of situations, and like you’d expect in this type of movie, they alienate their littles.  Things do end up getting better, but you’ll have to check out the movie to see how!  I do recommend this movie if you’re looking for some good laughs.  Sean William Scott and Paul Rudd are two pretty funny fellas.

I also have to say that Ken Jeong does a great job in all his roles…surprised to find out he’s also a doctor.. guess you have to have a backup huh?

Rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

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Joe’s Review: Saw V

November 20, 2008 by Joe · Leave a Comment 

Yep, I saw this movie a couple weeks ago and am just now getting to review it.  I admit that I am not usually a fan of horror movies, but I have enjoyed the Saw films that I’ve seen.  I still cringe when I think of some of the traps, as the movies have just gotten bloodier and bloodier, but I appreciate the fact that Saw is not your typical slasher film.  As a guest said this weekend after seeing it: “I like that it makes you think.  It’s not a regular halloween movie.”

The latest incarnation of Saw takes a look at the history behind Jigsaw, and how all the people who have helped him with hs traps have come together.  It starts with a Jigsaw like trap, where a man is bound in a room.  Jigsaw’s tape begins to play, letting us know that this trapped man is responsible for taking a life, but got out of jail on a technicality.  Now, this man is forced to crush his own hands, which he used to take a life, in order to save his own.  If he does not, then he will be sliced in two by the blade that is swinging on top of him.  He proceeds to crush his hands, but the blade does not stop, and he is sliced in two.  Before he dies, he takes a look to his right, and sees someone watching him…..

The story then shifts back to the events of the second and third film.  We see Detective Hoffman enter the room where Jigsaw died, and shoots Jeff Reinhart in self defense.  There is a tape waiting for him, which tells him that his curiousity will be the end of him, that he should find solace in the room where he is now trapped.  Not one to listen to Jigsaw, Hoffman finds his way out of the room, but is attacked by a man in a pig mask.  When he awakens, he finds himself trapped with a glass box over his head, which begins to fill with water….

And that all happens within the first 20 minutes.  It’s definitely a thinking movie, and if you’re kind of turned off by that, there is a back story with plenty of traps and Jigsaw puzzles that the people who are trapped must solve.  The movie also follows Hoffman as he tries to figure out who is taking over for Jigsaw.

Personally, I enjoyed this movie.  Like the guest said, it really did make you think, and it had all the traps to go with it as well.  Seeing as its the 5th movie in the series, I wasn’t expecting too much, and so I wasn’t disappointed.  The pace of the movie was good, and the traps remind you of why the movie is called Saw.  After you read this review, it’s likely that your local theatre won’t have this film anymore, but if you have a chance and you want to see a bloody interesting film, go check it out!  They’ve already been greenlighted for 6 and 7 as well, so we can expect more to come next Halloween!

Like the tag line says: You Won’t Believe How it Ends!

Rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

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Movies This Weekend! 11/21/08

November 20, 2008 by Joe · Leave a Comment 

Been slacking again as usual.. but when you’ve got so many good movies out (or popular, rather), and you work at a theatre, you end up being busy.  I’ve actually tried to get some stuff out, have quite a few reviews to write, but I am getting old and can’t force myself to stay up late anymore.  This week will definitely be more of the same, but I’m going to write a whole bunch of stuff tonight and time it out so that I’ll have at least a post a day… I hope.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know exactly what movies come out this week.  This post is for those of you who have been living under a rock! :-D

Bolt, Directed by Chris Williams, Rated PG

No day is ever normal for Super dog Bolt… that is until the cameras stop rolling.  When Bolt is accidentally shipped to New York City from his hollywood stage, he must begin an adventure to make his way back home to his co-star and owner, Penny.  Armed with just stories and delusions that his powers are real, Bolt discovers that he doesn’t need superpowers to be a hero.  Two companions join him on his journey, a jaded housecat named Mittens, and the TV-Obsessed hampster, Rhino.

Twilight, Directed by Catherine Hardwicke, Rated PG-13

A modern day love story between a vampire and a teenage girl. Bella Swan has always been a bit different, and has never tried to fit in at her trendy high school.  When her mom remarries, Bella is sent to live with her father in Washington.  At her new school, she meets Edward Cullen, who is unlike anyone she has ever met.  He is a vampire, but his family chooses to drink no human blood.  What Edward sees in Bella is someone he has waited 90 years for: a soul mate.  However, their plans may all change when a new clan of vampires moves into town.

Joe’s Weekend Outlook

Busy Busy Busy!!! As I already wrote over at Film School Rejects, the crowds are already beginning to line up to catch the Twilight this weekend.  I’m guessing that by now, there are probably about 450 shows that are already sold out nationwide.  If you want to check out Twilight or Bolt this weekend, I’d suggest buying tickets in advance, and be prepared to deal with the plenty of teenage girls and kids that are going to be there along with you.  It’s gonna be crazy.  Like.. Harry Potter crazy, except with all 13-14 year old girls.  Maybe Sex and the City crazy, with much younger girls.

By the way, the “A” key on my keyboard keeps getting stuck.  I should plug in my other one.

I’m going to be checking out a movie on Thursday night… what will it be that I see?!?!! Are you planning on braving the crowds this weekend?

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Last Weekend Wrap Up: Going 2 Africa

November 13, 2008 by Joe · Leave a Comment 

Looks like the down economy didn’t deter people from flocking to theatres this weekend.  With the holiday on Tuesday, people took advantage of the extra time off and headed to the movies.  While I wasn’t surprised at the film that ended up on top, the #2 did surprise me, especially being rated R.  Here’s how the weekend box office numbers looked: Read more

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Movies This Weekend! 11/14/08

November 12, 2008 by Joe · Leave a Comment 

This past weekend was definitely a busy one, and it looks like the cinemas will be making strong steps towards the holiday season.  It even feels a bit like the summer blockbuster season, with only one major release this week.  It’s that “I don’t really want to compete with that movie” week I think.  Let’s take a look:

Quantum of Solace PosterJames Bond: Quantum of Solace, Directed by Marc Foster, Rated PG-13

Taking place just hours after Casino Royale, Bond looks to avenge the death of Vesper, the woman he loved, and also the woman who betrayed him.  Fighting the urge to make his next mission not personal, Bond learns from the captured Mr. White that the organization that plotted to steal Bond’s winnings is much more dangerous and expansive than they could have imagined.  Tracking intelligence throughout the globe, Bond must try to prevent an environmental group and “The Quantum” from achieving their goal, and avenge the death of Vesper.

Joe’s Weekend Outlook

I’m imagining that it’s going to be very busy this weekend.  Will the down economy prevent Quantum from bringing in $100 million?  I’m going to say yes… however that’s not to say that it won’t be busy this weekend… you’re going to want to buy tickets in advance and show up early in order to get good seats.  From what I can see over at Rotten Tomatoes, Quantum has had pretty good reviews… which is great!

I must say that this is a short movie… less than two hours with previews, which is disappointing.  I will be sure to let you know what I think of it as soon as I see it… which should be tomorrow!

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Movies This Weekend! 11/7/08

November 5, 2008 by Joe · Leave a Comment 

The Feature Returns!! After a couple week hiatus (in which I actually wrote this post but never actually published it), we’re back to take a look at the movies coming out this weekend in wide release, and to see what the weekend is shaping up to be like.  I’m still in movie catch up mode, and this week does help a little bit.  We’ve got one film that I think will rock the box office, but the other two are hit or miss.  Let’s take a look, shall we?

Madagascar PosterMadagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Directed by Eric Darnell & Tom McGrath, Rated PG

After escaping from New York City, the pack is back for more as they head off the Island and try to find their way to Africa.  Returning are the voices that made the first feature, Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, and Andy Richter.  Hilarity is guaranteed as they embark on a new adventure.

Role Models, Directed by David Wain, Rated R

Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott play a couple of guys who are not even close to what one would consider a role model.  However, their antics put them in trouble with the law, and now they are forced to be mentors to some children as part of their punishment.  Watch what happens when these guys try to guide children in the right direction.  Unfortunately for them, the kids are a little less than cooperative….

Soul Men, Directed by Malcolm D. Lee, Rated RRole Models Poster

Bernie Mac and Samuel L. Jackson star as former backup singers Louis and Floyd.  They travel throughout the country, performing at tribute concerts to their late former band leader.  The two, however, have not spoken to each other in years but reluctantly agree to travel together.  Will the two be able to make it through the tour?

Joe’s Weekend Outlook

I think this will be a pretty busy weekend.  It’s been a few weeks since there’s been a true kids movie that came out, and Madagascar 2 fits the bill perfectly.  I think parents will be out with their kids in droves, so this might not be a great weekend to go to the movies if you’re looking for it to be quiet.  Soul Men will probably draw a crowd as well, as I believe this is the first on-screen appearance for Bernie Mac since his unfortunate passing.  What’s going to hurt the latter two films this weekend (Soul Men and Role Models) is the R rating.  It’s quite the killer nowadays.. with kids not bothering with their parents and just buying tickets to other movies then trying to sneak in.

I think that I’ll try to make it to a movie this weekend… I really need to.

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How to tell if you’re the problem at the Movies

November 4, 2008 by Joe · Leave a Comment 

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that most people don’t realize that they’re the one that’s causing a problem in a movie theatre.  You could always go by the saying “If everyone else around you is normal, then you’re the weird neighbor.”  Well, in the best interest of you and the people around you, here are some quick ways you can tell if you’re the problem: Read more

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Weekend Wrap Up: Return to High School

November 2, 2008 by Joe · Leave a Comment 

I think it can safely be said that this Halloween wasn’t one for the movies.  Despite a few good horror selections (Saw V, Changeling, The Haunting of Marley Hartley), many opted for other forms of entertainment.  I really think that theatres should be able to get a nice digital copy of Rocky Horror Picture Show, and be allowed to do something special for it every year.  I think that staff and guests would be able to have a lot of fun with it!  Instead, I just got to deal with kids sneaking into Saw V, pissing off other guests and subsequently having to kick them out.  Oh well.  Did have a few interesting costumes from the staff… wish I got some pictures.  Anyway, here’s how the weekend turned out: Read more

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