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Scott Pilgrim is a 23 year old who is long out of school, "between jobs", his main past time is jamming with his band, Sex Bob-Omb. After a lengthy depression from breaking up with his previous girlfriend, Scott is now going out with a Japanese girl by the name of Knives, a senior in high school. They bond over music and video games, but one night Scott has a dream about a purple haired beauty who literally skates in and out of his consciousness. From that point onwards he is captivated by her . . . when he sees her in full reality at a party soon after, his mind is blown and he must have her. Eventually Scott gains her fancy and they start hanging out, her name is Romona Flowers, an American who has come to Canada to escape her past. But soon Romona's past catches up with Scott. During a gig at the Battle of the Bands, Romona and Knives meet each other for the first time, which is troubling for Scott as he hasn't been able to break up with Knives just yet. Making his night even more troubling though, is when a dude named Matthew Patel shows up, initiating a fight with Scott. He is one of Romona's seven ex-boyfriends, to be with Romona Scott has to fight and defeat all of them . . . which is news to him. He accepts the challenge and takes Patel down in a very video game themed duel. Afterwards it is then official . . . he and Romona are a couple. But Scott's work isn't even close to done, it only gets harder from this point onwards. He has to defeat a pro skateboarder/actor, a rock star, evil twin DJs, among others, before him and Romona can finally date in peace. With the help of Knives and his fellow band mates Scott literally has to fight to hold on to Romona . . . but does he have what it takes? I loved this movie, it reminded me of Sucker Punch not in terms of the actual content, but how crazy the story is and how wild and crazy the audio/visual aspect of it was. This film is amazing to behold, especially if you are a fan of sci-fi/video games/music, etc. I love the video game themed fights, how when Scott defeats an enemy he or she turns in to a pile of coins like it's Mario Bros. or something. So funny and amazing! The actors were all great too, some Canadian content, I've always liked Michael Cera. The females present are impressive too, the actress who plays Romona is super-hot, as is the one who plays Scott's ex, Envy (she was also in 21 Jump Street).
A young kid named Joe is the central character in the story, which takes place around 1979. Joe has just lost his mother due to a tragic accident at the factory where she worked, now Joe is alone with his father Jackson, the town's deputy. Joe's relationship has never been great with his father, so now there is even more strain on it. Jackson wants Joe to spend his summer at a baseball camp, but Joe just wants to help his friend Charles finish a zombie movie he's working on. Joe wants this even more when he finds out Charles has cast a girl named Alice to star in his film, a girl Joe secretly likes. However, as the two get to know each other during the filming of Charles' movie, their life is turned upside down when they witness and accidentally record a massive train derailment near where they were shooting. This is no ordinary derailment however, for this was a military train and it was transporting a secret . . . a secret of the extra-terrestrial variety. Soon the town is turned upside down, the Air Force has moved in, and there is a giant creature on the loose abducting the townspeople and all of their electronics. Throughout this action Joe and Alice deal with some deeper issues when she reveals to Joe that her dad is a bit of a drunk and it was Joe's mom who was covering his shift at the factory the day of her accident. The pair don't have long to get in to the details though as Alice is soon captured by the mysterious alien, meaning Joe has an important choice to make . . . get the hell out of dodge, or save his woman? You done best watch to find out which choice he makes! This is a pretty cool flick, I love the J.J. Abrams style where the story's main antagonist is held in mystery for most of the movie and you have to try and piece together exactly what is happening. The cast was excellent, especially Joe and his young companions, they were hilarious! Of course the effects were great too. There weren't a lot of them as the film is pretty low key (yet intense) for the most part, but they were there when they had to be. Another great film!!
The story focuses on two guys, Morton Schmidt and Greg Jenko, a couple of dudes who were at opposite ends of the food chain in high school. Jenko was the prototypical jock while Schmidt was a nerdy Eminem wannabe. However, years later, after both of them enlist to become police officers, their paths cross once again. During cop training the pair form a special bond and help each other to graduate. Despite graduating they are still considered a couple of screw ups by their bosses at the department, so they are relegated to being bike cops (no, not motorbikes ). When one day Schmidt and Jenko decide to bust some bikers smoking dope in the park they end up messing things up by not reading their captives their rights. This is the last straw, their superiors decide to send them both to the Jump Street program, where underachieving and immature cops are inserted in to high schools to help bust drug rings. Taking the monikers of Brad and Doug McQuaid, the duo begin their mission. Things go all too well for the pair though, they get some leads right away and fall in to high school life quite easily, only this time around it's Schmidt who's playing the cool guy while Jenko hangs out with the nerds. Complicating matters further is that Schmidt has fallen for a high school senior named Molly. When the situation eventually gets out of control, Schmidt and Jenko have a falling out . . . one that takes place on stage during Schmidt's high school play, earning them both suspensions and effectively ending their undercover mission! But getting so close to discovering who was behind the drug ring, the pair decide to reunite and solve the case all by themselves . . . how will it all end? This movie is literally laugh your dick off funny! You'll have to watch it to get that little joke. Anyways, the pairing of Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum is amazing, it works way better than I ever imagined it would. And the humour is that semi-stupid kind of humour, which I really like. During the film there were parts where I was laughing like crazy and I didn't think it could get any funnier, but then it did. This movie is awesome, such a pleasant surprise!!
This movie follows the experiences of a number of couples on their own personal journey of bringing their first child(ren) in to the world. There is celebrity fitness trainer Jules who has a secret relationship with her mock Dancing with the Stars dance partner, Evan. Then there is the control freak Wendy, owner of a baby merchandise store, who is married to Gary, a nice but insecure guy who lives in the shadow of his famous race car driving father. To compound Gary's problems his Dad, Ramsey, also announces his new wife's (Skyler) pregnancy . . . and they're having twins! Rosie and Marco, who compete with each other in their rival food trucks and went to high school together, become pregnant after just one night of finally hooking up, then having to deal with the fact that they are going to be parents without ever having had an official first date. And finally you have Holly and Alex, who haven't been able to get pregnant and so decide to adopt a child from Ethiopia. Alex even joins a Dad's group at Holly's urging, led by Vic (Chris Rock), who teaches him the ropes of being a father. As the movie unfolds you get to see how each of these couples' experiences unfold, the many differences and similarities between them. What's also cool is that each couples' paths at some point intersect along the way. With our son only being 4 years old the experience of my wife's pregnancy is still fresh in our minds, so we laughed out loud quite a bit during this film!
This is one of the older style Scooby-Doo movies, released in 1998, that featured a different type of animation and a cast of voice actors that varies greatly from the more recent lineup that we all know and love. The story is an interesting one, actually, as in the beginning of the film Mystery, Inc. have gone their separate ways. Daphne is now a reporter and has a popular TV show produced by Fred, Velma is working in a book store, while Shaggy and Scooby are working customs at the airport. But when Daphne's next series of shows see her set out across America in search of real life ghosts stories, not just bad guys wearing masks, Fred gets the brilliant idea to reunite the entire team for the adventure! Their first stop is Louisiana . . . and there they find their story. A local girl by the name of Lena tells the gang of a haunted area called Moonscar Island. Offering to take them to said island the gang agrees to go with Lena, once ferried over to Moonscar Island they meet Lena's employer, a rich woman named Simone. Simone offers the gang lodging at her estate and explains that the island is haunted thanks to the pirate Morgan Moonscar, who raided the island approximately 300 years ago. Not long after, Mystery, Inc. starts to see evidence of the hauntings Lena and Simone talked about, but all is not exactly as it seems. As the mystery unfolds the gang finds out that the hauntings are indeed genuine, there are no crooks wearing masks on this island, but the true nature of their enemy is what will surprise them most. This film was yet another solid entry in the vast Scooby-Doo library of movies. Although I do prefer the newer style over the slightly older style, these older films are great in their own right. A couple of things I really liked about this installment was the fact that Mystery, Inc. was broken up at the beginning of it, and I also liked how the theme of the movie was that they were looking for real monsters, not fake monsters, which they indeed found. This was a very different direction for an animated Scooby-Doo movie, I really enjoyed it! I also love how Mark Hamill was one of the voice actors . . .
This story focuses on a young woman named Baby Doll. After her mother passes away and leaves everything to her and her sister, her stepfather takes exception . . . violent exception. In an attempt to defend herself Baby Doll ends up shooting and killing her sister instead of her stepfather, he uses the situation to his advantage and checks Baby Doll in to an insane asylum asap. At this strange asylum they perform bizarre experiments such as lobotomies and what not. To escape the reality of her situation Baby Doll retreats to the innermost recesses of her mind, creating an alternate reality. Along with four of the other women she meets in the asylum, including Sweet Pea, Rocket, Blondie and Amber, the lot of them hatch a plan to break out of the asylum and escape their misery. What follows are a number of fantastic, imagined adventures that see the girls battling giant stone samurais, Nazi soldiers, dragons, even robots, as their daring plan unfolds. But just as many of the adventures the girls partake in are full of surprises, so is the ending for Baby Doll. I really, really enjoyed this flick! It's received terrible reviews, and granted I did have a hard time following the plot a lot of the time, that doesn't change the fact that this is one hell of a creative film! The blitz of visual and audio deliciousness is way more than enough to make up for any faults this movie contains. The action is fast and furious, the look and sound of the movie are both amazing (really top drawer), and watching five hot chicks walk around in skimpy outfits the entire time is just the icing on the cake. Awesome movie!
Narrated by Michael Douglas, this former IMAX entry focuses on some researchers doing recent work in areas of both the Gobi Desert and New Mexico. What they've found has led to new discoveries and changed even further the way in which we should look at dinosaurs. For instance, some of their evidence suggests that instead of Velociraptors' hide being a pebbly reptilian like substance, they were instead heavily feathered like modern day birds are. The video explores the evolution of dinosaurs and their close relationship with modern day birds, as well as their relationship with modern day reptiles such as crocodiles. A brief history of an early archaeologist named Roy Chapman Andrews is also given (said to be the inspiration for Indiana Jones ), as he had led expeditions in to both of these areas many, many years ago, back in the 1920s or so. Interspersed between all of the live action documentary segments are snippets of some great CGI dinosaur action, helping explain what Michael Douglas is talking about throughout the film. But, as can happen with library DVDs this one was heavily scratched, so the second half of the documentary was chopped up quite a bit. Overall I got the gist and enjoyed the DVD a lot. Man I love dinosaurs!!
The year is 1837 and Queen Victoria has the British Navy set on ruling the high seas. The only thing standing in her way are . . . pirates. Cue the Pirate Captain and his crew full of bumbling but good hearted plunderers. In the pirating world the Pirate Captain and his crew are a bit of a laughing stock, but that doesn't stop him from entering the Pirate of the Year contest yet again. When all the other pirate captains outdo him though, he rethinks his entry and considers giving up the pirating life. But on one last raid they happen to plunder a ship belonging to Charles Darwin, who informs the Pirate Captain that his lovable parrot "Polly" is indeed anything but a parrot, she is in fact a long thought to be extinct Dodo Bird! Sensing an alternative way to fame and fortune the Pirate Captain uses this discovery of Polly's true nature to gain many riches and re-enter the Pirate of the Year contest . . . but will the sacrifices he made in order to do so be worth it? This was a really good movie, simply because it was so much different, both in terms of style and content, than what's been out recently. The animation was really cool, I loved the loads of dry humour, and the action sequences were pretty cool too, especially at the end aboard the Queen's ship. I love that Martin Freeman (the voice of Tim in the original, British, The Office) voiced a main character, that guy is awesome! Great flick.
The plot centers around a young lady name Thea (Lohan), who is responsible for looking after her younger sister as their parents have recently perished. Thea works at a publishing company, as a secretary to the head of the company, Jerry. She has dreams of moving up and becoming an editor, but all she ends up doing is consistently get in trouble for being late and end up having to wash Jerry's precious dog. When he overhears Thea and her friend Lisa talking about how much of a prick he is, Jerry tries to fire Thea. At the last minute Thea comes up with a doozy of a lie that she is pregnant, forcing Jerry to rethink his actions. However, the craziness has only just begun as now Thea has to keep up the lie for as long as she can, making sure nobody second guesses her! When Jerry's younger brother Nick has to take the company over for a short spell while Jerry attends to an injury his dog suffers, he comes up with the radical idea of opening up a family division and making Thea it's editor . . . first job on the list is to publish a book on pregnancy!! Once over the hysterics of getting used to living with her lie, Thea eventually settles in nicely to the idea of being an editor, and also gets used to all the preferential treatment that comes with being a pregnant lady. But at some point the lie has to come to an end and when it does so suddenly, at the worst possible moment, Thea has a lot of relationships to rebuild as well as a major work crisis to solve. I don't remember this movie being in theatres, and it looks like it's been universally slagged . . . but I actually quite liked it! That should come as no surprise at this point though, as it is the way I roll. I must say that Lindsay Lohan is a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine. She's so hot, and that voice . . . hurt me, hurt me, hurt me!!! It's too bad she's become a bit of a cracky, it's quite a waste, but I still gotta say I love her and I hope she turns things around because I really enjoy watching her. I loved Chris Parnell too, SNL rules!!
This story revolves around Roddy, a domesticated rat living the high life in an upscale neighbourhood of Kensington, England. However, one day his owners leave on vacation and soon after a boorish rat named Sid pops out of the drain. Roddy's life is immediately turned upside down and he ends up being flushed down the toilet . . . or flushed away, if you will. Not long after arriving in the sewers he is astonished to discover a colony of rats living in a city they've fashioned out of all the garbage humankind has cast away. Seeking a way back to his home on the surface Roddy runs in to a headstrong rat named Rita, who is at odds with the local crime boss of the sewers over ownership of a prized jewel, a rotund toad who goes by the name of . . . The Toad. But there is more to it than that, for The Toad's secret master plan is to open up the sewer floodgates and rid the sewers of all vermin. Although Roddy and Rita don't get on all that well at first, when the reality of the situation sets in they must work together to try and stop The Toad, in the process ending up great friends . . . and maybe more. This movie took me quite by surprise, actually. I remember hearing about it when it came out, but not much afterwards. I think because it had more of a British production behind it and wasn't one of the big American blockbusters it was kind of passed over. But this film is just as good as any of the other animated features out there these days, it has a great story and cast of characters, and the action is virtually non-stop. I love all the clever set pieces and other environmental items they created for the rat characters out of various bits of trash, my favourite was Rita's boat, The Jammy Dodger. I love the heart this movie had too, you really become attached to the characters. One of the best aspects of the film though was the voice talent involved, it was tremendous, including Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Bill Nighy and Jean Reno. A very pleasant surprise, to say the least!
The main character in this film is Ted, a young boy who lives in a town called Thneedville, which is a place without nature, composed entirely of plastic and other man made substances. However, Ted has a crush on a girl named Audrey, an artistic young soul who's only dream is to see a real live tree. So naturally Ted is determined to make this happen!! When he asks about trees his mother spurns his questions but his Grammy gives him some information . . . if he wants to find a real tree, seek out the Once-ler. And so that is what Ted does, riding his trusty scooter he finds a way to exit the city walls, eventually finding the Once-ler in an abandoned old house off in the desolate countryside. The Once-ler tells Ted his story, how his invention (the Thneed) was the ultimate downfall of all the trees in the land, despite the Lorax's (a small magical being who speaks for the trees, a protector of nature) best attempts to stop him. The Once-ler tries to make up for his huge mistake by giving Ted the sole remaining tree seed in existence, but Ted's mission to plant this seed and grow a tree are blocked by Mr. O'Hare, the local millionaire who sells "bottled air" to the city's inhabitants . . . seeing as there are no trees to produce fresh oxygen. Will Ted beat the odds and save nature, as well as win the girl of his dreams? I must admit that Dr. Seuss stories are hit and miss with me, I sometimes find the look of his characters and contraptions a little over the top . . . but this one is bang on the money! Thneedville is a very cool and unique place and the environments and characters are all so vibrant and colourful. I find you get attached to the main characters in this film too, and the message they are trying to put across, a very pro nature stance. The voice talent was great, including Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Taylor Swift, Zac Efron and Betty White. A very solid flick, I was pleasantly surprised!
In this adventure the gang are at the Coolsville Halloween carnival and Shaggy and Scooby are loving it, the one night when there are no real monsters out and about, it's all just kids dressed up in costumes!But their fortunes turn when the two slackers ruin a show put on by The Amazing Krudsky, a "magician" who had some choice words for Scooby on the boardwalk before the show. Afterwards Krudsky curses his fate, but soon he is laughing. A tiny creatures known as the magical fairy princess Willow shows up at his tend and plays some tricks on him but Krudsky ends up catching her, performing a spell to steal her power for his own. Krudsky's first thoughts are to get back at Scooby and Shaggy, but he decides he needs to increase his power first and foremost . . . by stealing the magical sceptre of the Goblin King!In the meantime Scooby and Shaggy have decided to go out trick or treating, while Fred, Daphne and Velma go to collect the Mystery Machine. When the duo reach a haunted looking place called Mr. Gibbles Magical Emporium they almost turn back, but the thought of free candy spurs them on.Along the way they receive a vision of the Great Krudsky turning their friends in to creatures of the night, explaining this problem to Mr. Gibbles when they eventually meet him. The two then embark on a desperate mission to the castle of the Goblin King in an attempt to stop Krudsky from gaining the sceptre and fulfilling his devious plans. This film is a prime example of yet another great, original Scooby-Doo feature length adventure! The animation was consistent, the story was solid, and of course the usual Scooby-Doo action and humour abounded. I also really liked the voice talent in this one. On top of the regulars who voice the Mystery, Inc. crew it featured Wayne Knight, Wallace Shawn, Tim Curry, Hayden Panettiere, James Belushi, Larry Joe Campbell, and Jay Leno. Another solid watch!
I taped this movie off cable when I was a kid and used to watch it obsessively. The whole thing is based on a comic book and was produced by George Lucas, released way back in 1986. The story revolves around a walking, talking duck named Howard, who is pulled from his home planet to Earth, thanks to a space research device drummed up by some human scientists. Howard is stranded and all alone on an alien world, where nobody will give him a break, they just point and laugh at the poor guy, thinking it's just a guy in a suit. The only person who gives him a break is Beverly, a hard rocking chick who has her own band and is waiting to hit the big time. She takes Howard in and gives him shelter, then asks her scientist friend Phil to try and help out. Convening with the other scientists who accidentally brought Howard to Earth, they come up with a plan to send him back by reversing the original process. However, before the procedure begins the device malfunctions and accidentally brings another being to Earth . . . a Dark Overlord that eons ago had been banished to a far reaching sector of space!! This being takes control of the lead scientist, Dr. Jenning's body, who then takes Beverly captive, planning to bring more of his Dark Overlord cohorts to Earth and using her body as a vessel. It's up to the alien duck Howard and the nerdy scientist Phil to save the day . . . but just how will they counter the might of a Dark Overlord? It was so awesome seeing this movie again all these years later! It is every bit as good as I remember it. I love the gritty tones of the movie, drinking beer, a bit of sex, hanging out in the back alleys of Cleveland, then battling a monster alien in the confines of a scientific research facility, this is all right up my alley! Although the effects are a bit dated it doesn't take anything away from the movie, it actually helps to enhance it and make it more memorable. And that Lea Thompson back in the day, she sure made the Beverly character a sexy one . . . meow. Why did it take me all these years to watch this movie again!?
This story takes place some time back in the 1800s and focuses on a young 14 year old girl named Mattie Ross. Her father has been murdered by a scoundrel named Tom Chaney and she's hell bent on vengeance. Using her sharp mind and even sharper wit, Mattie eventually coerces one of the most lethal U.S. Marshalls in the land, "Rooster" Cogburn, in to tracking her man down. Mattie finagles it so that she is able to accompany him on the journey, wanting to witness Tom Chaney's death for her own peace of mind. Complicating things though is a man named LaBoeuf, a Texas Ranger who has been after Chaney for a while already, for a murder he had previously committed in Texas. LaBoeuf and Cogburn don't get along right off the bat, leading to many instances of fireworks between the pair. But as the trio get closer and closer to the gang that is harbouring Chaney, the two must come together if they are to survive and instigate the downfall of this band of hoodlums. This Western was a bit different than most as it was directed by the Coen brothers, so it had a real comedic edge to it. Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn was excellent, his voice and the general demeanour he used fit the character perfectly! And the young girl, Hailee Steinfeld, who played Mattie Ross was excellent too. Very sharp. All the killing certainly helped to make this movie great, too!! Needless to say I was very pleasantly surprised . . .
This film picks up right where Fast & Furious left off, with Brian and Mia busting Dom out of jail while he was being transported on the prison bus. Once the rescue was affected they all head to Brazil, where they planned to lay low for a while. However, when a job comes up that they can't refuse the trio is back at it, attempting to rob a train of three very valuable cars. A monkey wrench is thrown in to the plans though when they have a disagreement with the guys they are pulling the job with, men who belong to local drug lord Hernan Reyes, who pretty much runs the town and has most of the police force under his foot. During the fracas on the train three American agents are killed, meaning that not only do Dom, Brian and Mia soon have Reyes and this thugs coming down on them, but also a select American task force, sent to bring the trio in after the deaths of their agents. This gives Dom an idea though, he assembles a team consisting of quite a few faces from the past in an effort to pull a heist that would rob Reyes of over a hundred million dollars, ruining him and at the same time gaining freedom for Dom and the rest of his team. When the final target for the heist ends up being the local police station, it only serves to harden Dom's resolve. This movie was awesome, my favourite of the bunch!! And it's kind of funny because it really didn't feature that much racing, it was more violent and focused on the fighting and the big heist. But there were some awesome chase scenes, especially the one at the very end. I also loved that they brought back a lot of characters from the previous movies, including Roman Pearce and Tej Parker (Brian O'Conner's buds from 2 Fast 2 Furious), Vince (Dom Toretto's bud from the original The Fast and the Furious), Han Lue (Dom's bud from Fast & Furious and also a key member of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift cast), Gisele Harabo (Dom's frenemy from Fast & Furious), as well as Tego Leo and Rico Santos (Dom's buds and partners in Fast & Furious). On top of this they added two new characters who were also amazing. First, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson starred as Luke Hobbs, leader of the elite American task force!! And second, Elsa Pataky starred as Elena Neves, a local Brazilian cop who sympathized with Dom's plight. The massive cast in this movie along with the insane action sequences involved really make it a spectacle to behold.
This fourth installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise brings the entire original cast back together, which is awesome. To begin the movie Dom Toretto is running vehicle based heists in the Dominican Republic, this time stealing the fuel off tanker trucks while they are still in the process of rolling down the highways! However, he eventually brings too much heat down on himself and in an effort to keep Letty safe he leaves the D.R. in the middle of the night, heading for Panama City. Months later Toretto returns to Los Angeles, after being informed by his sister Mia that Letty was murdered. Little does Toretto realize that the reason Letty was murdered is because she got tangled up with a Mexican drug runner named Arturo Braga. She had called Brian O'Conner, Toretto's nemesis, and arranged for a deal that would see Toretto's record wiped and allow him to come home safely, if and only if she could help the LAPD bust Braga. But things didn't go smoothly and Letty paid the price . . . with her life. Needless to say when Toretto returns to the states he is hell-bent on revenge!! He does some sleuthing and eventually figures out that it was through Braga that Letty somehow perished. Toretto then auditions to be a driver for Braga and to his surprise, so does O'Conner, attempting to work the inside angle in bringing Braga down. After some initial fireworks between the two, Toretto and O'Conner soon find themselves working together to take down a mutual target, and it's a mission that O'Conner may never be the same after. To me this was another home run for The Fast and the Furious crew, all of these movies have had great stories so far and are chock full of action, this chapter was no exception!! I love how Toretto and O'Conner come together in the end and it appears as though the franchise is going to head in a bit of a different direction with their teaming. I also liked how a main character like Letty was killed off, not that I liked that she was the one who died, I just appreciated how it gave the main characters a bit of accountability and a reality check. One of my favourite parts in this film, even though it was just a brief cameo, was how they tied Han's character in to the Tokyo Drift movie which was filmed before this one, but in the Fast and the Furious timeline actually takes place after it. Keep 'em coming!!
In this fourth installment of the popular slasher series Sidney Prescott is back in Woodsboro on the tenth anniversary of the original murders, to promote the new book she's written on her survival throughout the whole ordeal. The town is celebrating the anniversary like it's a special holiday or something, putting up costumed ghost face dolls around the town and having a "Stab" movie marathon. But when Sidney's cousin Jill and her close friends begin receiving phone calls with that certain voice on the other end of the line, history once again begins to repeat itself. The teenagers of Woodsboro soon learn that the killings aren't something to be celebrated but something to be feared. Even Dewey and a retired Gale Weathers are having a hard time cracking the case this time around though, as the killer always seems to be one step ahead of them. Maybe it's because the "killer" is two of the people everybody least expects it to be . . . . I wasn't sure what to expect of a revisit to this series after such a long time, but I've got to say I was pleasantly surprised!! The film followed the same format and contained the same fun spirit that the original movies did, but they still manage to keep you guessing. I must say I didn't see the ending coming, maybe I should have, but I didn't. I also enjoy how the producers love to make fun of themselves in this series, the continuous Stab references that open up this film are hilarious!! I'm guessing this is going to be the last Scream movie, although you just never know, but if it is they sure went out with a bang!
In this film Dave Seville decides to take all six Chipmunks on a cruise vacation before they are supposed to make an appearance at the International Music Awards. However, the sailing does not go smoothly, and as usual it's Alvin who's behind all of the shenanigans!! There are a few incidents that occur during the first days of the cruise that has Dave appealing to the ship's captain to go easy on him and his charges. It doesn't help that Ian, the Chipmunks' previous promoter who mistreated them, is also on the cruise and causing Dave headaches. All this is moot though, when one day Alvin decides to literally go fly a kite and the Chipmunks and Chipettes go overboard, eventually washing up on a deserted island. However, the island is not as deserted as it first appeared. Soon after their arrival the furry singers meet a crazy lady named Zoe who "crash landed" on the island quite a few years ago. Little do the Chipmunks know is that Zoe is hiding a secret, one that could turn deadly for them. Further complicating matters is that the island features a live volcano!! With the situation quickly deteriorating it comes time for Alvin to play the reverse of his normal role, to take on the responsibility of getting his brothers and sisters out of their current predicament safely, until they can find rescue. We all liked this movie a lot, of course it's got a lot of cheesy parts in it, it's a movie about singing chipmunks for the love of god!! But that only makes it better in my opinion, it's not a movie to be taken seriously, it's a fun kids movie. It's based on a cartoon series that I really loved as a youngster, so I have a bit of a soft spot for it to boot. And with Jason Lee in it I couldn't help but want to see it, I've loved that guy ever since I first saw him in Mallrats!!!
The story of this film revolves around buddies Miles and Cleaver, who are at college together in their graduating year. Miles is a real player, nailing broads left, right and center. One afternoon Cleaver gets to thinking about all the girls Miles has been with and comes up with a scheme, for Miles to have had sex with enough girls so that their last names span the entire alphabet!! They do their research and figure that Miles has had sex with sixteen qualifying women, leaving him with only ten to go. At first the duo encounters smooth sailing, but as they are nearing the end of the school year Miles gets stuck on three last letters, including the N, U and X. Eventually Miles "nails" down the N and the U, but the oh so rare X is a different story. When finally Miles finds an X, a Greek girl named Gabrielle with a last name I can't spell, things get complicated. Gabby is a girl Miles has met before and who he actually likes . . . but his nerdy roommate Ben also has a crush on her and will go to any length to prevent Miles from completing the contest with her as his last conquest. What ensues is the wackiest finish to a sex bet that you'll ever see, and I must say the ending is quite a surprise, I in no way saw it coming!! I really loved this movie, at $3.99 I knew it was suspect, but I was happy to find out that it's pretty bloody funny!! It's a B film of course, which you've probably already figured out, and there are no well-known actors in it at all. But the premise is just so funny, and the way in which the actors make the action all seem so genuine, you can't help but get caught up in it. But I guess a bunch of guys making a movie where they are obsessed with sex and make a contest out of nailing chicks isn't that much of a stretch, it just comes natural!! What is quite impressive about Pigs also is that they made such a great sex movie without actually having any nudity in it. There were crude jokes and lots of sex related content, but not really any nudity . . . I found this both highly impressive and mildly disappointing! The setting of the film piqued my sense of nostalgia, all the guys hanging out in residence, getting drunk, listening to rock n' roll . . . it brought back some wicked memories. I identified most with the Cleaver character, he reminded me a lot of myself in some ways. Goofy and sex crazed, yet 99 times out of 100 unable to seal the deal. Great movie!
Arthur is the son of Malcolm, the world's current Santa Claus. Arthur's brother Steve is the heir apparent to take over the role of Santa Claus as he has streamlined the whole operation. By building the S-1, a massive, cloaked spaceship that contains a compliment of thousands of special ops trained elves, delivering presents worldwide on Christmas Eve has never been easier. But when after flying his 70th Ã¢missionÃ¢Â Malcolm announces that he's doing it again next year and not retiring, Steve is more than a little peeved. Arthur isn't though. As klutzy and goofy as he is, being forced to work in the letters department responding to youngsters' requests to Santa worldwide, he loves watching his Dad bring so much joy to children on the most special day of the year. However, Arthur's faith is shaken when an undelivered present is found aboard the S-1, a bike that was supposed to be given to a young girl named Gwen in England! The missing present isn't the problem, it's Malcolm and Steve's reaction to it that troubles Arthur. They see it as no big deal, only one present missing in all the millions they delivered still counts as a big success . . . but Arthur doesn't see it that way. He tells Grand (his Grandpa and the Santa before Malcolm) about the undelivered present and the two of them set out on a mission to get the bike to Gwen before the sun comes up over England. Grand has a surprise for Arthur, he's hidden away the old sleigh as well as the descendants of the reindeer team that originally pulled said sleigh! What follows isn't smooth sailing though, it's an adventure Arthur, Grand, and a stow away elf named Bryony will never forget. But they never give up, and by taking on such a quest they may just teach even Malcolm and Steve a thing or two about the Christmas spirit, as well as change their attitudes about who really should be the next Santa Claus. I wasn't sure how much I'd like this movie as the trailers didn't really make it clear on just what the movie was about, but it was bloody amazing! Such a cool idea and such a different take on Santa and Christmas, but also kind of traditional in a way at the same time. You can't help but love Arthur and want him to succeed. This was just a really well done film and I'm sure we are going to have to add it to our Christmas library when it becomes available.