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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 . . .