After watching many of their skits through the years, I was very anticipated to see "Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie," but I must say, that even though I had a blast watching this movie, it is nothing compared to the hilarity of their show. This film gives them an actual plot which takes you out a bit, because their shows has all been about randomness. To be honest, I do not even think a feature film was necessary, but it was inevitable I guess. The writing in this film almost seem absent at times, which is fine, because that is pretty much what their show is, but the jokes are very hit and miss. Since everything in this film was intentional, I will give them major props in pulling it all off. I am not a huge fan of this film, but I really enjoy these guys!
Spoof movies come and go, and there will always be the ones that are great, but as time goes on, this genre of film is what really makes this industry hurt inside and out. The fact that these films continue to make money blows my mind. I just have to accept the fact that these films are not going anywhere. This time around, the plot of "The Hangover" meets "The Hunger Games" and while there are a few jokes that did genuinely make me laugh, they got repetitive and tiring and the film spiralled out of control just like all of these films do. As it begins, you feel hopefully, but the slaps in the face come very rapidly. I do not know why I made myself suffer through this film, but for every bad film, there will always be a good one to look forward to. "The Hungover Games" is exactly what you think it is, nothing more, nothing less.
1, 2, 3... Okay tears go ahead. "Short Term 12" is the kind of film that you do not get very often and is so genuine in it's story that you feel compelled to applaud when the credits role, even if you are sitting alone for the viewing. The story follows a group of young adults as they take care of a facility for abused adolescents and do their best to correct what their parents have done throughout their lives. Once you get to know these characters, every story, and almost every line of dialogue that these kids deliver will have you tearing up. These young actors were chosen perfectly and I really believed I was watching these lives evolve before my eyes. I cannot complain about any aspect of this film, because everything, down to the editing and sound, was done very well. I have no reason not to say this is one of my favourite films of 2013. It's a must see, but have a strong heart ready.
"The Lone Ranger" takes it's source material (somewhat) from the classic television series, and for the most part, this film fails miserably on all levels. Sure it's action sequences may be fun to watch, but the writers honestly had too much material to work with and it seems like too much is going on all at once, while still feeling very slow. Johnny Depp plays the same persona as always, and Armie Hammer just feels miscast in every way. This film has been bashed by critics and normally I would give sympathy to the filmmakers, who in this case have done a technically good job, but it is just one mistake after another and one cliche after the next. "The Lone Ranger," with better direction, better casting, and a much better script, could have been fun, but it's one of the most forgettable films in recent years.
"Omar" surprised me. With such a short running time, I did not expect the film to have such emotional depth to it, but it really took advantage of it's 98 minute run time, which I really admired. The lead actor steals the show with his very gentle and kind performance, but when his character needs to be reckless he really let's loose. As Omar grows up hanging around his friends, all they do is terrorize the town at night, and when one of his friends commit murder, they are on the run, and Omar's love, family, and friends are all at risk. This is an emotionally satisfying film with a perfectly executed conclusion. Such a great picture!