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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A young man falls in love with a seemly unattainable girl and must defeat her 7 evil "Ex's" in a retro-video game style.

I'll have to admit that I wasn't sure what I was expecting from this film before I saw it, I hadnt read the published story that preceded it and still havent. But what I got was very enjoyable. I think it had a lot to do with my experiences growing up with the birth of game consoles. The look and feel of this movie really took me back to spending all those hours sitting way-to-close to the TV playing Contra, Zelda or Mortal Kombat.

Most likely those who have read the material that the movie is based will have more to be critical about, but for me this movie was refreshing. I enjoyed the way they combined the sounds and visuals of my old game favorites, from the "1up" when Scott and his band defeated the "evil" musicians to the "pee" bar that told us he was done using the toilet. This film is an all around good time and refuses to take itself seriously.

I will give "Scott Pilgrim vs The World" 4 out of 5 stars, Its worth the rent!

Jeremy

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Megamind
Megamind (2010)
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A unique good humored animated film about a super hero battling his arch nemesis.

I've seen quite a few super-hero movies in my day,and they all seem to have the same old formula. They all include cities terrorized by crime that seem to stem from one evil rival whom is consistently defeated by the "hero" character. Well "Megamind" pokes fun at this over-used story line and then takes another less often used trail that surprised me.

The characters are well developed and likable and the all star cast of voices does a superb job bringing them to life. Will Ferrell does what he does best voicing the lead "Megamind" the "evil" villain who is obviously trying very hard to be evil and is perfectly happy to lose every battle to fit in. The hero "Metroman" (Brad Pitt) is the ideal hero, kissing babies and keeping the streets crime free. Johna Hill also dials in his contibution by playing an over wieght geek, quite a stretch from most of his other roles :)

The film is peppered with jokes and references to super-hero movies. The beginning starts with a spoof of the very familiar origin of superman story where his parents shoot him in a shuttle to Earth. Another great reference was a scene when Megamind introduces his "Black Momba" mechanized suit of armor you hear the familiar "Back in Black" intro to reference the Iron man movie series.

The movie has some light-hearted messages about fitting in and peoples ability to change for the better or worse. This would be a good movie to see with your children on a Sunday afternoon, and a must for the family collection. I give Megamind 4 out of 5

Jeremy

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The Kids Are All Right
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

So I watched "The Kids are All Right" staring Annette Bening, Julianne Moore & Mark Ruffalo. I'll have to admit my first thoughts before I watched this were that this was going to be about the trials and tribuations of a lesbian couple dealing with their children's interest in thier biological father. But I found it to be much more than that. This movie pays homage to all families and how they react to elements that aim to undermind them.

The relationship between Nic (Bening) and Jules (Moore) was a very familiar one. Nic was the smart and driven one as well as the provider and Jules was the "under appreciated" homemaker. One thing that became apparent quickly in thier relationship was Nics obsession to be in control, it was obvious she was the disciplinarian. Like most control fanatics she has the most difficult time dealing with Paul (Ruffalo) as it seems he has laid claim to the children and Jules.

One of the biggest surprises was Mia Wasikowska"s performance. She did such a terrific job as the eldest child dealing with her feelings about sex and relationships. The emotions that she was able to betray seemed very real and complex, I will keep an eye on her as her skill improves. Btw she also did a wonderful job in "Alice in wonderland (2010)" as Alice, if you havent seen it you should think twice.

Now to me the biggest draw to this film was Julianna Moore, she is so flexible as an actress and once again she does not disappoint. Her flawed character learns some big lessons about child-rearing, marriage and loyalty. I was afraid that this movie might rely on the lesbian alternative lifestyle to drive the story and plot, it does take advantage in designing a unique situation, although it feels natural and flows well with it instead of making a point to exploit it in every scene.

In summary, I would like to congratulate the makers of this movie for producing a film that takes a unique family unit and manages to tell a story that reflects how any family would/should handle an outside threat. I found myself very engaged while watching and not being able to guess how it would end.

I give "The Kids are All Right" a 3.5/5.0

Jeremy

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The Informant!
8 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Informant! is about an employee at a large firm, Mark Whitacre, who works with the FBI to take down his place of business for illegal activities. Many unexpected events occur as well as an interesting twist that changes the focus of the movie to Mark Whitacre himself.

I was unsure of how to feel about this movie before I saw it in the theatre, lately I have been disappointed in the way movies are protrayed in the trailers. The last few "comedies" I went to see (Funny People, Taking Woodstock) ended up not falling comfortably into the comedy genre to say the least. I also did not see the first take of this movie or knew much about the real life events on which it is based. So I was ready for anything.

I would have to say that I was solidly entertained by the film. Much of the humor, besides the silly choices and lies by the main character, came from "Scrubs-style" thought narratives. Mark Whitacre (Matt Damon), the main character, through out the movie has random thoughts that end up being funny by "coming out of left field" and have almost no relation to what is going on at that moment.

I thought it was terriffic that way the director made you respect Mark Whitacre as an honorable whistle blower, and then slowly lose that respect as the events unfold and the character becomes more seemly neurotic. In the beginning you suspect that there is something "not right" about Mark, but you give him the "benefit of the doubt" and can relate to him as an honorable character. You would have to be so selfless to be making an income of $350,000 with many benefits and at the same time be an insider for the FBI because your employer is doing something immoral. Later you learn that Mark is a very complex guy and far from honorable.

It was interesting that many well-known stand-up comedians made cameos as the dozens of lawyers, (Patton Oswalt & Paul F. Thompkins)

My notable dislikes were, at times the movie seemed to develop a bit slow and ending for the last hour of the film. The score gave you the feeling of a 1970's secret-spy feel, even though the movies time period of was 1992 - 1995ish, I imagine that this was a planned mechanism and part of the comedy-silliness.

Epic Level: I applaud this movie for being funny and cleaver. Matt Damon did a fine job and I enjoyed the casting, It seemed a bit long but I still give it a solid 3 out of 5.

Jeremy,
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Sorority Row
Sorority Row (2009)
8 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

If you love horror films (80?s slasher movies specifically) you need to see Sorority Row. I must admit I?ve never seen the original so I can?t compare the two but from what I?ve read this seems to be the better of the two which is rare for a remake.

This movie follows all the horror clichés to a "T" but they seem to work pretty well in this case. The nerd, drunk, slut, bitch and good girl horror stereotypes are all on display amongst the Theta Pi sisters and in the film they actually work with all the girls giving believable performances that never feel unnatural. The pacing of the movie is spot on with the setup prank happening in the first 5-10 minutes and then the killing starting shortly after. Fortunately we are given just enough time for some character development to the point that we root for the characters we?re supposed to root for and we root against the others to die terrible deaths. The kill sequences set this movie above a lot of other recent horror movie remakes. The kills are all good bloody fun with quite a bit of creativity thrown in that will make any slasher fan happy. There?s plenty of blood and violence (as the movie definitely earns its R rating) but there?s never any excessive brutality that plagued a lot of the kills in the recently released Halloween 2. Every time a character is offed I couldn?t help but smile and wish more modern horror movies were like this. The body count is reasonable with every kill essentially serving a purpose and not just a bunch of random deaths to pad the body count. Now with any good slasher film there are many red herrings thrown in to try and throw you off to who the killer is and then in the end you?re expected to be shocked by the big reveal. I feel that this was really the only part of the film that misses its mark, as the reveal, at least for me, wasn?t truly shocking even though it was the last person I expected, although their motives were good.

Overall, Sorority Row is a fun, fast paced slasher film, with creative kills, that will make any horror fan feel at home.

Epic Level: Go see this movie so we can get more major studio releases like this. I had a great time watching this movie and give it 4 out of 5.


Pat, Epic Ego Sorority Sister and contributor
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