Dads, a review
Dads, a review
Hey, kids! Did you know Asians have small penises? Or that Puerto Ricans are prone to violence? Or that Hispanics are a lot of the time maids? What, you already knew this? Those jokes are unfunny and became old when you came out of middle school? Good. Then you have no reason to see "Dads".
Trying to dismiss "Dads" for being offensive is redundant. That's the point: it's supposed to be 'shocking' and offensive so that the parental and ethnic groups can get very upset, create free publicity and Fox can bank on the material get ratings from the target demographic i.e. rebellious and edgy teenagers and college students to tune in. It's created by Seth MacFarlane for crying out loud! The guy who made lots of sex, vomit and violence jokes on his animated sitcoms.
No, "Dads" criminal sin isn't being offensive; it's being boring. It's not quite the train wreck "Brickleberry" or anything by Friedburg and Seltzer (who are now doing a Fast and the
THG: Catching Fire, a review
THG Catching Fire a review
It's September, kids. Almost nothing, if anything, is coming out worth reviewing. Thus, I've got all this free time on my hands and nothing to review. Or I could just review whatever audiobook I put into my ears.
The Hunger Games never really clicked with me. I'm not saying it's bad, it's certainly better than Twilight (Then again, almost anything is better than Twilight). And it's protagonist has a good set of skills on her, including a brain that goes beyond the thoughts of "Hey, that guy's cute". It's just that I always felt that Katniss' motivation in book 1 was entirely too easy. "Oh no. My innocent 12 year old sister can't possibly compete, so I shall take her place." You might as well replace Prim with a newborn puppy or a baby duck, all which has the same role.
So, anyway, we go back to Catfish Jellybean- I mean, Katniss Everdeen (Sorry. I've been watching too much Moviebob), now victor living in a big house with lots of food, hot wat
The Butler, a review
Lee Daniels' The Butler, a review
This is going to be a short review because I just want to put this out there and I don't think this film is particularly good.
This is an important historical fiction made to get Oscars. Err- I mean 'to show the struggle and oppression while fighting for Civil Rights of African Americans everywhere'. But, also to get Oscars.
Forest Whitaker plays Cecil Gaines, a freed slave who eventually ends up becoming a Butler to several presidential administrations. The film depicts his and his son's dual perspectives through the Civil Rights movement from Cecil's perspective on listening in to various presidential administrations discussing black rights and Louis' (David Oyelowo) perspective from open-eyed college student turned Freedom Rider turned Black Panther turned civil rights activist.
So, yeah. It's Forest Whitaker's Forrest Gump. They go through the beats of social situation, family in-fighting, rinse and repeat. Some scenes are pretty g
The World's End, a review
The World's End, a review
Simon Pegg. Nick Frost. Edgar Wright.
Now this is a movie I'm excited for. Ever since the hilarious "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz", I have been a total convert when it comes to these film's sense of humor. Dark, dirty and damn funny, the trio of friends have successfully targeted the market for humor and have done so quite successfully, what with Edgar Wright penning several successful screenplays and Simon Pegg being a big name star.
Will they get three for three in this film? Let's find out in "The World's End".
Gary King (Simon Pegg), a hedonistic alcoholic, resolves to track down his estranged friends and complete the Golden Mile, an infamous pub crawl encompassing 12 pubs in their hometown of Newton Haven. The group attempted the crawl as teenagers, but failed to reach the final pub, the World's End.
God bless you, Edgar Wright. You managed to make summer fun again.
In the Cross Hands, Gary gets into a fight with a local teenager. To
City of Bones, a film review
The Mortal Instruments City of Bones a film review
Oh. This series.
To be perfectly honest, in a summer of the awesome "Pacific Rim", the flawed but still enjoyable "Elysium", the slick "Iron Man 3", the charming "Despicable Me 2", and the DBZ-like "Man of Steel", I wasn't exactly looking forward to another young adult romance novel being adapted to, most likely, less than stellar films. You can rail and scream that "The City of Bones" is just fanfiction made into actual fiction and… you'd be right. The Mortal Instruments series was originally Harry Potter fanfiction made popular before being sold into actual bait for young women.
I don't hate the Mortal Instruments; it's just not for me. It's certainly better than Twilight (though that may seem like a back-handed compliment), but it doesn't really do anything to elevate the genre. Heck, I even liked "Beautiful Creatures" and sometimes "The Hunger Games". But, those series were about something rather than being