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Trailer for All is Bright (2013)


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All is Bright (2013)

 

In recent years, there have been more and more unhappy Christmas related movies.  The holidays bring out the best and the worst in people and sometimes it helps to watch a not so happy holiday movie.  This year’s option is All is Bright.

The film is a dark comedy about a recently paroled man named Dennis (Paul Giamatti) who has a lot of trouble trying to find a job because of the poor economy and the fact that he just got out of jail.  Dennis takes a job selling Christmas trees with his old friend Rene (Paul Rudd) and the Christmas season proves to not be so bright.

The film is directed by Phil Morrison and the rest of the noteworthy cast includes Sally Hawkins, Amy Landecker, Tatyana Richaud, Colman Domingo, Nikki M. James, and Morgan Spector.

Giamatti usually does not disappoint, but Rudd can be questionable.  Regardless, this film looks like it will have some good moments of laughter.  It definitely doesn’t look like your average Christmas movie.

The movie was released in select theatres on 10/4/13 and has been on demand since 9/10/13.

So, why am I telling you about this movie now?  I am telling you about this now because I have a feeling that this will be one film that slips through the cracks.  Most people who actually see this movie will probably be watching it on DVD.  It seems to me like it was released too early.  I think that it might have done okay in theatres if they had released it in November and done a better job marketing it.

I have noticed a lot more movies this year that have had trouble making it to wide release.  Is direct to DVD or on demand the way of the future?  I hope not.  It would be nice to have a lot of options of movies to see in theatres, instead of simply the films that should make money for production companies.  There were so many big blockbuster films that flopped this year and that is hurting the movie business more than people realize.  I blame the lack of originality and sequel overdose for this problem.

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Admission (2013)


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Admission (2013)

 

Paul Rudd has been typecast in the same roles for the majority of his career.  When Tina Fey is not on television, she is acting in cheesy romantic comedies.  With this in mind, I figured that this movie would be very average, but I thought that I would give it a chance anyway.

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The film is about an admissions officer at Princeton (Tina Fey) who is not very fond of children.  After finding out that an applicant just might be her son that she gave up for adoption a number of years before, she puts her job in jeopardy trying to help him get accepted.

The movie was directed by Paul Weitz and the rest of the noteworthy cast includes Paul Rudd, Gloria Reuben, Wallace Shawn, Lily Tomlin, Michael Sheen, Nat Wolff, and Travaris Spears.

I would hardly classify Admission as a comedy.  It is not even really a dramedy.  It is a romantic drama, but mainly just a drama.

Admission Fey Rudd Wolff

It seems like more and more movies these days have been released classified as comedy/romance/drama.  It is deceiving because often times these movies are just not very funny or any good at all, i.e. The Guilt Trip (2012) and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012).

These types of movies take actors that are mainly known for their comedy and they try to stretch the parameters of their acting ability by making them do comedy, drama, and romance.  The end result is usually a light hearted, dysfunctional concoction of cheesy and cheap humor, a formulaic story, and characters that seem out of place because they are out of their element and in over their heads.  Admission is exactly this kind of movie.

I chuckled a few times, I was bored a little bit, and when the movie was over I knew that I would never have to see it again.

Rudd and Fey keep making the same movies and therefore will continue to make the same movies.

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Tomlin was charming.  Given that she has mainly been acting in television lately, it was nice to see her in a movie again.

This is not even a good “chick flick.”  Don’t waste your time on this below average movie.

I rate this movie a 4 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Run.

This is the End (2013)


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This is the End (2013)

When you get a cast together that includes James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson, you just know that you are in for a raunchfest.  The rest of the cast were basically all cameo appearances and they included Channing Tatum, Emma Watson, Paul Rudd, Michael Cera, Mindy Kaling, Aziz Ansari, Kevin Hart, David Krumholtz, Chritopher Mintz-Plasse, Jason Segel, Rihanna and The Backstreet Boys.

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The movie is written and directed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, but based on the short film “Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse” by Rogen, Goldberg, and Jason Stone.

Seth Rogen basically took a page from Adam Sandler’s book and got all of his buddies together and decided to make a comedy about the end of the world.  Arguably Sandler has been doing this at least once a year, but his movies lately have been making you wish that it was the end of the world.

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Each actor plays themselves in This Is the End.  They all go over to James Franco’s house for a party.  The rapture crashes their shindig and they are forced to stay holed up in Franco’s house trying to survive.

The film started out a little stale and immediately I was worried that it was going to be a complete disappointment.  Eventually the god of laughter smiled upon me and I found myself convulsing with amusement.  However, it seemed like I was simply having laughing spells.  The movie would be really funny and then it would get too cheesy and stupid and then funny again.  The Comedy seemed to cycle through all types of humor.  Sometimes it was hilarious and other times, not so much.  It was crude, crass, vulgar, stupid, tasteless, and just plain dumb.  Sometimes these things worked and sometimes they didn’t.

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Overall the movie was too inconsistent.  After a while, the inconsistency caused the film to drag on.  The humor dissolved and all that remained was tacky stupidity.  I did have a good time laughing while it lasted.

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I rate this movie a 6 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Rent.

Teaser Trailer for Anchorman: The Legend Continues (2013)


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Anchorman: The Legend Continues (2013)

Will Ferrell’s raunchy Ron Burgundy will be back on the big screen for what is bound to be more insanely amusing reporting.

As far as I know, the film has not been completed yet, so some details of what I write could end up being false if the filmmakers decide to make any changes before the final product.  As of right now, it appears that the majority of the cast that was in the first film Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) will return for the sequel.  With all the sequels floating around in Hollywood, it surprises me that it took them 9 years before they actually made this sequel.  But, I am glad that they didn’t go with the title Anchorman 2.

The teaser trailer does not reveal much, but with Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Christina Applegate, David Koechner, and Luke Wilson (rumored) all back again for more, and also with the rumored additions of Harrison Ford, John C. Reilly, James Marsden, Kristen Wiig, and Meagan Good, the film is bound to be a hit.

Will Farrell once again writes and Adam McKay is in the director’s chair for another go round.

When the film releases, you can expect me to be in a theatre seat not long after.  Even though I’m annoyed with sequels, you just can’t go wrong with certain sequels.

The movie is rumored to release on 12/20/13.

Top 13 Current Redbox Movies


Top 13 Current Redbox Movies

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Having trouble deciding which movie to rent at the Redbox?  This list just might help you make a good decision on what to rent.  Hopefully it will save you from wasting your money renting a bad movie.

Along with my list, I have given my rating and a “Quickie” review.

Quickie review = A film review in 13 words or less.  If a title does not have a quickie review then you may click on it for my full review.

I cannot say that I have seen all of the movies that are currently available at the Redbox, but I have seen 62 of them.  Of those 62 titles, here are my top 13 favorite movies that are currently available at the Redbox:

Rank                           Title                             13movies Rating

 

 

1.         What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? (1993)          10         

            Quickie: Johnny Depp excellent!  Young Leonardo DiCaprio maybe even better.  Fun, touching, drama.  Great!

2.         The Machinist (2004)                                       10         

3.         Ted (2012)                                                      9         

 

4.         The Dark Knight Rises (2012)                      9         

            Quickie: A grand final chapter in the Christopher Nolan directed Batman Trilogy.  Epic film.

5.         The Raid: Redemption (2011)                       9          

         

6.         Looper (2012)                                                 8.5      

            Quickie: Joseph Gordon-Levitt + = Bruce Willis in a time travel thriller puzzle.

7.         Titanic (1997)                                                            8.5      

            Quickie: Who hasn’t seen this?  Ship sink.  Dreadful historical event.  Well made recreation.  Iceberg.

8.         Frankenweenie (2012)                                   8.5      

           

9.         Flight (2012)                                                  8         

 

10.       Moneyball (2011)                                           8         

            Quickie: Brad Pitt spectacular performance!  Jonah Hill proves acting capable.  Interesting, solid baseball story.

11.       Men in Black 3 (2012)                                   8         

            Quickie: As good as 1.  Josh Brolin as Tommy Lee Jones.  Will Smith reloaded.

12.       Total Recall (2012)                                        8         

            Quickie: Colin Farell in updated Schwarzenegger role.  More fun than original.  Kate Beckinsale badass!

13.       Lawless (2012)                                               8         

            Quickie: Shia LaBeouf gets big.  Tom Hardy tough.  Jessica Chastain shows, proves herself.  Bootleggers.

 

Those are in my opinion the best movies that are currently at the Redbox.

If you would like to read Top 13 Current Redbox Movies Vol. 2, click on this link. from 3/14/13

Click on this link for Vol. 3. from 4/21/13

Click on this link for Vol. 4. from 5/9/13

Now that you have seen my recommended Redbox movies, check out my list of movies to stay away from.  Click on the link below:

Top 13 Disappointing Current Redbox Movies

Here is how the rest of the movies currently at the Redbox that I have seen rate:

 

 

21 Jump Street (2012)                                                8         

            Quickie: Hilarious Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill buddy cop comedy.  One of funniest movies 2012.

The Grey (2011)                                                         8         

            Quickie: Liam Neeson fighting wolves bare-handed after a plane crash in Alaska.  Period.

Dark Shadows (2012)                                                            8         

            Quickie: Johnny Depp as a vampire in a comedy.  Rarely does he disappoint.

The Dictator (2012)                                                   8         

            Quickie: Sacha Baron Cohen’s funniest movie ever.  All levels of humor and raunch.  Absurdity.

War of the Worlds (2005)                                          8         

            Quickie: Tom Cruise fighting aliens to try to save the world.  Steven Spielberg directs.

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The Bourne Identity (2002)                                       7.5      

            Quickie: Matt Damon gets amnesia.  He gets chased not knowing why.  He fights back.

           

Seven Psychopaths (2012)                                         7.5                  

            Quickie: Sam Rockwell steals the show.  Witty, dark comedy.  Clever characters.  Great dialogue!

                                  

Trouble with the Curve (2012)                                  7.5      

            Quickie: Amy Adams helps aging father Clint Eastwood try to keep baseball scout job.

The Bourne Legacy (2012)                                        7         

Quickie: Jeremy Renner replaces Matt Damon in the series and is more qualified.

Safe House (2012)                                                      7         

            Quickie: Ryan Reynolds tries to take fugitive Denzel Washington down.  Good action.  Good twists.

Paranorman (2012)                                                    7         

            Quickie: PG Suggested.  Delightful animated story about a kid who sees the dead.  Amusing.

The Watch (2012)                                                      7         

            Quickie: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, hysterical buddy comedy about aliens at Costco.

A Christmas Carol (2009)                                         7         

            Quickie: Amazing animation retelling of a classic story and voiced by Jim Carrey.

 

Alex Cross (2012)                                                       7         

            Quickie: Tyler Perry plays a game of cat and mouse with Matthew Fox.

Arthur Christmas (2011)                                           7         

            Quickie: Family friendly animated Christmas movie.  Fun to watch around the holidays.  Unique.

Seeking Justice (2011)                                               7         

            Quickie: Nicolas Cage wife assaulted.  Guy Pierce help.  Rift after favor not returned.  Solid.

Brake (2012)                                                               7         

            Quickie: Stephen Dorff kidnapped for information about the president.  Won’t give up.  Tense.  Exciting.

Stolen (2012)                                                              7         

Dredd (2012)                                                              6.5      

 

The Words (2012)                                                       6.5      

            Quickie: Bradley Cooper plagiarizes a story and it comes back to haunt him.

The Campaign (2012)                                                6.5      

            Quickie: Will Farrell runs against Zach Galifianakis.  Dirty politics and humor ensue.

The Expendables 2 (2012)                                         6.5      

            Quickie: Sylvester Stallone brings action hero friends back together for round 2 of battle.

Premium Rush (2012)                                                6.5      

            Quickie: Joseph Gordon-Levitt freestyle fast and furious bicycle messenger hide and seek

Wanderlust (2012)                                                     6.5      

            Quickie: Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd turn into tree hugging hippies.  Funny moments.  Tacky moments.

The Raven (2012)                                                       6.5      

            Quickie: John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe investigating crimes that he wrote.  Good enough.

The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)                         6.5      

            Quickie: Michael Douglas and Val Kilmer try to slay lions while lions slay others.

Why Stop Now (2012)                                                6.5                  

            Quickie: Jesse Eisenberg tries to drug free mother and get into music school.  Laughs.

 

People like us (2012)                                                 6.5      

            Quickie: Dysfunctional drama.  Lost siblings try to find each other after father’s death.

Red Lights (2012)                                          6.5                  

            Quickie: Robert De Niro has mind powers.  Cillian Murphy Disagrees.  Their minds tango.

                                               

American Reunion (2012)                             6.5      

            Quickie: One sequel too many.  Funny parts.  Same old story.  Slight variation.  Decent enough.

A Thousand Words (2012)                             6.5      

            Quickie: Eddie Murphy shares life with tree.  He speaks, leaves fall.  Comical and stupid.

Being Flynn (2012)                                       6.5      

            Quickie: Robert De Niro, Paul Dano bad father son relationship.  They both write.

Spider-Man (2002)                                         6.5      

            Quickie: Tobey McGuire and Kirsten Dunst are unpleasant.  Spiderman is okay.  Other cast helps.

The Avengers (2012)                                      6.5      

            Quickie: Cool Special effects technology.  Robert Downey Jr. carries the movie on his back.

The Expendables (2010)                                6         

            Quickie: Too many action heroes take away from plot.  Fun to watch though.

Officer Down (2013)                                      6         

            Quickie: Stephen Dorff tries to repair his life after being a dirty cop.  Mediocre.

The Three Stooges (2012)                              6         

            Quickie: Great impressions of original stooges.  Especially Curly.  Humorous at times.

Get the Gringo (2012)                                   6         

            Quickie: Mel Gibson goes to Mexican prison.  Trying getting out is the fun part.

Savages (2012)                                               6         

            Quickie: Benicio Del Toro and John Travolta make movie better.

The Liability (2012)                                       5.5      

            Quickie: Tim Roth is fun as a hit man.  Film dwindles halfway through.

That’s My Boy (2012)                                    5         

            Quickie: Bad movie that gets better towards the end.

All about Steve (2009)                                   5         

            Quickie: Sandra Bullock is funny at times.

Tropic Thunder (2008)                                  4.5      

            Quickie: Robert Downey Jr. is a riot as a black guy.

The Possession (2012)                                   4         

Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011)                    4         

            Quickie: The title says it all and that’s about it.

Fire with Fire (2012)                                     3         

In Bruges (2008)                                            2         

            Quickie: The only thing worse are the 2 movies below this one.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)              2         

 

The Paperboy (2012)                                      2         

Netflix Clouds

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