War Dogs – A Movie Review

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May 172017

War Dogs Movie PosterTwo friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military – a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government. Based on true events.

Director: Todd Phillips
Writer: Stephen Chin (screenplay), Todd Phillips (screenplay), Jason Smilovic (screenplay), Guy Lawson (Rolling Stone article “Arms and the Dudes”)
Stars: Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Steve Lantz, Gregg Weiner, David Packouz, Bradley Cooper
Runtime: 114 min; Rated: R; Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama; Released: 19 Aug 2016

Man, am I way behind on getting movie reviews published. Sorry about that…it’s just been a general lack of enthusiasm for writing. I’m going to try to get caught up, and do better. Continue reading »

Wolf of Wall Street-A Movie Review

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Feb 122014

wolfofwallstreetThis is the true story of the outlandish rise and non-stop pleasure-hunting descent of Jordan Belfort, the New York stockbroker who, along with his merry band of brokers, makes a gargantuan fortune by defrauding investors out of millions. Belfort transforms from a righteous young Wall Street newcomer to a thoroughly corrupted stock-pumper and IPO cowboy. Having quickly amassed an absurd fortune, Jordan pumps it back into an endless array of aphrodisiacs: women, Quaaludes, coke, cars, his supermodel wife and a legendary life of aspiration and acquisition without limits. But even as Belfort’s company, Stratton Oakmont, soars sky-high into extremes of hedonistic gratification, the SEC and the FBI are zeroing in on his empire of excess.

In Theaters: December 25, 2013; MPAA Rating: R (for sequences of strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and language throughout, and for some violence); Genres: Drama, Crime, Biopic, Adaptation; Run Time: 2 hours and 59 minutes

Director: Martin Scorsese
Writing Credits: Terence Winter (screenplay), Jordan Belfort (book)

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Jean Dujardin, Rob Reiner, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Jon Favreau, Margot Robbie, Jon Bernthal, Cristin Milioti, P.J. Byrne, Ethan Suplee, Kenneth Choi, Jake Hoffman, Christine Ebersole, Shea Whigham, Barry Rothbart, Danny Abeckaser

Me and Lay watched this movie at the AMC Regency 20 in Brandon. The theater was less than half full, yet amazingly a couple had to sit in our row, and talk through the entire movie, and the woman had to fire up her cell phone screen from time to time. (And these were adults.) Continue reading »

Get Him to the Greek-A Movie Review

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Dec 122010

Aaron Green gets things done. The ambitious 24-year-old has been given a career-making assignment. His mission: Fly to London and escort a rock god to L.A.’s world famous Greek Theatre for the first-stop on a huge comeback tour. His record mogul boss, Sergio Roma, gives him one warning: “The artist is the worst person on Earth. Turn your back on him at your own peril.” British rocker Aldous Snow is a brilliant musician, but due to a bad break up and nose-diving career, has fallen off the wagon and is now a drunken disaster. Weary of “yes men” and scared he’s entered the “greatest hits” moment in his career, Snow’s in the midst of a nihilistic downward spiral. When he learns his true love, model/pop star Jackie Q, is in Los Angeles, Aldous makes it his quest to win her back–right before kick-starting his world domination. As the countdown to the concert begins, one innocent young man must navigate a minefield of London drug smuggles, New York City brawls and Vegas lap dances to deliver his charge safe and, sort of, sound–all while trying to remain faithful to his med student girlfriend. He may have to coax, lie to, enable and party with Aldous, but Aaron will get him to the Greek.

Genres: Comedy; Running Time: 1 hr. 49 min.; Release Date: June 4th, 2010 (wide); MPAA Rating: R for strong sexual content and drug use throughout, and pervasive language.

Starring: Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Elisabeth Moss, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Rose Byrne

Directed by: Nicholas Stoller

Me and Lay watched this via download several weeks ago. I’m just not getting around to reviewing it.

I will admit the previews just did not cause me to want to see this movie. It liked a lot sophomoric potty humor, and the concept seemed pointless and contrived. I have seen Jonah Hill in a some of supporting roles and found him amusing, was not very familiar with Russell Brand, and saw Sean Coombs (or Diddy, P. Diddy, whatever he calls himself these days) and though…another rapper who thinks he can act? But my Lay wanted to see this.

I was pleasantly surprised at how funny this film was. Hill plays mild-mannered record company employee Aaron Green, who, when put on the spot by his boss for a fresh idea, says he’d like to see his musical idol, rocker Aldous Snow (Brand) do a special concert at the Greek Theatre in L.A. The ensuing three-day trip to London to bring  Aldous “to the Greek” throws Aaron’s life, including his silly-sweet relationship with his doctor girlfriend (Elisabeth Moss), into turmoil. Aaron gets thrust headfirst into a world of sex, drugs, and (of course) rock ‘n roll, with the expected results. I could have done without some of the bodily fluids that were shown, but thankfully it was nowhere near as prevalent as it appeared to be in the previews (actually, I think all the big “gross-out” moments  in the trailer, which just doesn’t do the movie justice).

Of course, the highlight of the film is Aldous himself. Again, I’ve not seen that much of Brand, but this seems to be his role. He manages to make the sex-crazed, drug-addicted party boy Snow into a character that is (a little) sympathetic, if not likable. Hill is delightfully uncomfortable in his role as Aaron – when he’s not squirming and cringing at Snow’s antics, he’s being thrown into a world he is woefully unprepared for – with hilarious results. Coombs manages to hold his own among the more seasoned comedians as record company exec Sergio – the funniest scene of the film involves Sergio getting into a battle of fists, bottles, and whatever else is within reach with Aldous’ father, played by Star Trek TNG/Deep Space Nine alum Colm Meaney.

While there are a few uncomfortable moments (you’ll know them when you see them), Get Him to the Greek has a few laugh-out-loud moments, and  manages to surprise with just a twinge of heart. I’d say watch this movie.

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Jan 062008

Superbad Movie PosterTwo co-dependent high school guys want to hook up with girls before they graduate and go off to different colleges, but, after a calamitous night just trying to buy alcohol for a school party, overcoming their separation anxiety becomes a greater challenge than getting the girls.

Director: Greg Mottola

Genre: Comedy

Other: Running Time: 1 hr. 54 min. ; Release Date: August 17th, 2007 (wide); MPAA Rating: R for pervasive crude and sexual content, strong language, drinking, some drug use and a fantasy/comic violent image.

Starring: Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bill Hader

With Lay not feeling well the past several weeks, we rented a bunch of movies. This was one he wanted to watch. I wasn’t so sure about it, but really liked it after watching.

It has the element of transporting you back to your high school days that the original American Pie had. Michael Cera does great as the awkward teenage kid, but it is Jonah Hill who absolutely rules this movie! He had me laughing from the beginning to the end. His “silly fat-kid” character is the only one in the history of movies that shows what it truly feels like to be the funny fat kid in high school. I should know, I was one! Gosh, I just can’t believe how well he portrayed the unmitigated hell that was P.E.! Emma Stone and Martha Maclsaac also give very realistic depictions of teenage girls. None of that fake, over the top nonsense. The most over-the-top character was “McLovin” himself, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, who did a great job of having us laugh with him as much as we did at him.

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