Monday, November 3, 2008

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)


9/10

What a funny film! "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" had me in stitches from beginning to end. We have seen the plot line before, guy gets dumped by a girl he idolized and goes through hell until he meet that special girl, who opens his mind and sets his heart free, causing him to realize how imperfect his former love truly was. One example of this is "Along came Polly". But what really got me with this film was how believable and yet totally parodied the character were. There are some classic scenes through out this film, keep an eye out for the Dracula Rock Ballad in particular! The cast is awesome in every role, the comic timing is super fine tuned and the film ties it all up with a whole lot of heart! "Finding Sarah Marshall" is a film I think almost anyone will enjoy!

The Plot:

Peter is a composer and a likable sad sack who's devastated when his girlfriend of five years, Sarah Marshall, the star of a cheesy CSI-style crime show, dumps him. He weeps, he rails, he mopes. Finally, his step-brother Brian suggests Hawaii, so Peter heads for a resort on Oahu where, as he's checking in, he sees Sarah and her new beau, Aldous, a polymorphous perverse English rocker. The weeping and moping starts again, until Peter is rescued by Rachel, a thoughtful hotel clerk who invites him to a luau and to hang out. Although he constantly runs into Sarah and Aldous, Peter starts to come alive again. Will Sarah realize what she's lost, and what about Rachel?


The Cast:


Jason Segel ... Peter Bretter

Kristen Bell ... Sarah Marshall

Mila Kunis ... Rachel Jensen

Russell Brand ... Aldous Snow

Bill Hader ... Brian Bretter

Liz Cackowski ... Liz Bretter

Maria Thayer ... Wyoma

Jack McBrayer ... Darald

Taylor Wily ... Kemo

Davon McDonald ... Dwayne the Bartender (as Da'Vone McDonald)

Steve Landesberg ... Dr. Rosenbaum

Jonah Hill ... Matthew the Waiter

Paul Rudd ... Chuck

Kala Alexander ... Greg

Kalani Robb ... Helpful Hawaiian Waiter

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The Movie:

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Burn After Reading (2008)



5/10

This film tried so very hard to be awesome and it almost was. They had the cast, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, John Malkovich to name just a few. They had the quirky storyline and they had some classic situations throughout the film. So what happened? They tried too hard!

This film was pushing so hard to hit so many characters that even some great performances from the all-star cast couldn't cover the fact that every character was far and away too cliche to keep me interested! Brad Pitt's dumb gym jock was just too dumb, George Clooney's Needy playboy was just too cool and then too desperate, and Malkovich was just there to get pissed off and look beaten down! I can't wait til this film gets remade, by a director with a little more sense of subtlety! (Sorry I do like the Bros other work)

The Plot:

Burn After Reading, is a new comedy thriller from Academy Award winners, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, Fargo, The Big Lebowski).

At the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency in Arlington, Virginia, analyst Osborne Cox (John Malkovich) arrives for a top-secret meeting. Unfortunately for Cox, the secret is soon out: he is being ousted. Cox does not take the news particularly well and returns to his Georgetown home to work on his memoirs and his drinking, not necessarily in that order. His wife Katie (Tilda Swinton) is dismayed, though not particularly surprised; she is already well into an illicit affair with Harry Pfarrer (George Clooney), a married federal marshal, and sets about making plans to leave Cox for Harry.

Elsewhere in the Washington, D.C. suburbs, and seemingly worlds apart, Hardbodies Fitness Centers employee Linda Litzke (Frances McDormand) can barely concentrate on her work. She is consumed with her life plan for extensive cosmetic surgery, and confides her mission to can-do colleague Chad Feldheimer (Brad Pitt). Linda is all but oblivious to the fact that the gym's manager Ted Treffon (Richard Jenkins) pines for her even as she arranges dates via the Internet with other men.

When a computer disc containing material for the CIA analyst's memoirs accidentally falls into the hands of Linda and Chad, the duo are intent on exploiting their find. As Ted frets, "No good can come of this," events spiral out of everyone's and anyone's control, in a cascading series of darkly hilarious encounters.


The Cast:


George Clooney ... Harry Pfarrer

Frances McDormand ... Linda Litzke

John Malkovich ... Osbourne Cox

Tilda Swinton ... Katie Cox

Brad Pitt ... Chad Fieldhiemer

Richard Jenkins ... Ted Teffron

Elizabeth Marvel ... Sandy Pfarrer

David Rasche ... C.I.A Officer

J.K. Simmons ... C.I.A Superior

Olek Krupa ... Krapotkin

Michael Countryman ... Alan

Kevin Sussman ... Divorce Lawyer #1

J.R. Horne ... Divorce Lawyer #2

Hamilton Clancy ... Peck

Armand Schultz ... Olson

The Trailer

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Goodfellas (1990)

9/10

One of the greatest gangster films of all time! I think it is the combination of characters, the full blooded Italians, half blooded wise guys, that gives this film that little something more than many of the other greats. I also love the way the film rolls from the golden years of the Mafia to the more recent shadier dealings and the loss of glamor etc. Now throw in the all star cast (Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci and a whole lot more!) and there is nothing more that needs to be said to hype this film up any more. Oh did I also mention that this is a Martin Scorsese film? nuff' said watch it if you have een under a rock the last 18 years, watch it again if you haven't!

The Plot:

The lowly, blue-collar side of New York's Italian mafia is explored in this crime biopic of wiseguy Henry Hill. As he makes his way from strapping young petty criminal, to big-time thief, to middle-aged cocaine addict and dealer, the film explores in detail the rules and traditions of organized crime. Watching the rise and fall of Hill and his two counterparts, the slick jack-of-all-trades criminal Jimmy Conway and the brutish, intimidating Tommy DeVito, this true story realistically explores the core, blue-collar part of the mob.


The Cast:


Robert De Niro ... James 'Jimmy' Conway

Ray Liotta ... Henry Hill

Joe Pesci ... Tommy DeVito

Lorraine Bracco ... Karen Hill

Paul Sorvino ... Paul Cicero

Frank Sivero ... Frankie Carbone

Tony Darrow ... Sonny Bunz

Mike Starr ... Frenchy

Frank Vincent ... Billy Batts

Chuck Low ... Morris 'Morrie' Kessler

Frank DiLeo ... Tuddy Cicero

Henny Youngman ... Himself

Gina Mastrogiacomo ... Janice Rossi

Catherine Scorsese ... Tommy's Mother

Charles Scorsese ... Vinny


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The Movie:

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Iron Man (2008)


8/10

Great film, great cast! Iron man has it all! Here is a film that combines the good nature of the super hero, the arrogence of a super rich kid/genius all packed into one awesome action bonanza. Robert Downey Jr is brilliant in this film, showing the world that he is back and better then ever before, mix in Jeff Bridges and Gwyneth Paltrow and you have a cast that delivers well. Though it is really Downey that pulls this film off. Anyway forget my ramblings, just scroll down and watch the film!

The Plot:

Tony Stark is the complete playboy who also happens to be an engineering genius. While in Afghanistan demonstrating a new missile he's captured and wounded. His captors want him to assemble a missile for them but instead he creates an armored suit and a means to prevent his death from the shrapnel left in his chest by the attack. He uses the armored suit to escape. Back in the U.S. he announces his company will cease making weapons and he begins work on an updated armored suit only to find that Obadiah Stane, his second in command at Stark industries has been selling Stark weapons to the insurgents. He uses his new suit to return to Afghanistan to destroy the arms and then to stop Stane from misusing his research.


The Cast:


Robert Downey Jr. ... Tony Stark

Terrence Howard ... Rhodey

Jeff Bridges ... Obadiah Stane

Gwyneth Paltrow ... Pepper Pots

Leslie Bibb ... Christine Everhart

Shaun Toub ... Yinsen

Faran Tahir ... Raza

Clark Gregg ... Agent Coulsen

Bill Smitrovich ... General Gabriel

Sayed Badreya ... Abu Bakaar

Paul Bettany ... Jarvis (voice)

Jon Favreau ... Hogan

Peter Billingsley ... William Ginter Riva

Tim Guinee ... Major Allen

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The Movie:

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Casino Royale (2006)

9/10

This is easily my favorite Bond installment of the past few decades! It seems that the people over at the Bond factory finally realized that it's target audience has evolved, has learned a little about technology and required a more plausible film to suspend their disbelief. In Casino Royale, they have down sized the crazy gadgets, up sized the action and finally given us a Bond that we can believe is a tough guy. Daniel Craig has the right stuff fr this character, he is rugged, tough, a smart ass, with enough arrogance to make those moments of charm play well. The one gripe I had was the car (A Bond tradition) was given almost no screen time. Overall I am a fan again after they flat out lost me with the Pierce Brosnan era.

The Plot:

James Bond goes on his first ever mission as a 00. Le Chiffre is a banker to the world's terrorists. He is participating in a poker game at Montenegro, where he must win back his money, in order to stay safe among the terrorist market. The boss of MI6, known simply as M sends Bond, along with Vesper Lynd to attend this game and prevent Le Chiffre from winning. Bond, using help from Felix Leiter, Mathis and having Vesper pose as his wife, enters the most important poker game in his already dangerous career. But if Bond defeats Le Chiffre, will he and Vesper Lynd remain safe?



The Cast:


Daniel Craig ... James Bond

Eva Green ... Vesper Lynd

Mads Mikkelsen ... Le Chiffre

Judi Dench ... M

Jeffrey Wright ... Felix Leiter

Giancarlo Giannini ... Mathis

Caterina Murino ... Solange

Simon Abkarian ... Alex Dimitrios

Isaach De Bankolé ... Steven Obanno (as Isaach De Bankole)

Jesper Christensen ... Mr.White

Ivana Milicevic ... Valenka

Tobias Menzies ... Villiers

Claudio Santamaria ... Carlos

Sebastien Foucan ... Mollaka (as Sébastien Foucan)

Malcolm Sinclair ... Dryden

Trailer:


The Movie:

The Promotion (2008)


7/10

Okay nothing new here, 2 guys battling it out to get noticed at work. They both have alot riding on this promotion which is what it takes to push good guys to do bad things. This is just a much better version of 'Employee of the Month'. Crazy funny at times, drags on a bit at others but overall it is a good film for a lazy night in.

The Plot:

At 33, Doug Stauber is ready for a promotion. He's married, wants to buy a house, and is assistant manager at a Chicago supermarket that's building a new store in his neighborhood. His boss tells him he's a shoe in to manage the new store, then, a rival appears - Richard Wehlner, transferred from Canada. Richard has a deeper resume than Doug, is really nice, has a wife and daughter, and wants the promotion to manager, too. How should Doug behave toward Richard - as a friend, a colleague, a competitor, or an enemy? Richard, it seems, has demons and a past, but with the help of motivational tapes, he's resolved to succeed. Corporate and personal tests await the two men.


The Cast:


Seann William Scott ... Doug Stauber

John C. Reilly ... Richard Wehlner

Rick Gonzalez ... Ernesto

Adrian Martinez ... Octavio

Maestro Harrell ... First Kid in Parking Lot

Kristopher Lofton ... Second Kid in Parking Lot

Jarreau Brown ... Third Kid in Parking Lot

Edwin M. Walker ... Fourth Kid in Parking Lot

Jamaal C. Adams ... Fifth Kid in Parking Lot

Mario Larraza ... Edgar

Tory O. Davis ... Keith

Fred Armisen ... Scott Fargas

Bobby Cannavale ... Dr. Timms

Jenna Fischer ... Jen Stauber

Richard Henzel ... Motivational Speaker

The Trailer:



The Movie:

Monday, October 13, 2008

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)


7/10

Over all a very enjoyable film, if you have been or are married then you will get a whole lot more out of this film then those who have yet to take the plunge. This film is like spy version of "War of the Roses". Except for all they try, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie fail to create that stage chemistry like Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner did nearly every film, they still have some great chemistry, but it is forgettable. There are some classic moments in this film, especially the dance/frisk scene, but they are over shadowed by a pretty large amount of cliche moments which is what takes this film from what could have potentially been a classic film to just a good watch!

The Plot:

John and Jane Smith are a normal married couple, living a normal life in a normal suburb and working normal jobs, too. However, in reality, John and Jane are both skilled assassins working for different firms, both the best in their field, each concealing their true profession from the other. When both are assigned to kill a man named Benjamin Danz, nicknamed "The Tank", they encounter each other on the job and discover the truth. Both employers task one Smith to eliminate the other, and each must choose between their personal and professional lives.


The Cast:


Brad Pitt ... John Smith

Angelina Jolie ... Jane Smith

Vince Vaughn ... Eddie

Adam Brody ... Benjamin Danz

Kerry Washington ... Jasmine

Keith David ... Father

Chris Weitz ... Martin Coleman

Rachael Huntley ... Suzy Coleman

Michelle Monaghan ... Gwen

Trailer:

Sunday, October 12, 2008

50 First Dates (2004)


8.5/10

What an awesome film,The chemistry between Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore is amazing. The idea behind this film is great, the guy that is afraid of commitment, meets the one girl he cant get out of his head,but she cant keep him in hers! Rob Schnieder is brilliant as the whacked out weed toking Hawaiian surfer. Throw in Sean Astin as the steroid taking brother, Blake Clark as the old sea dog father and Dan Aykroyd as the wise cracking Doc and you have the perfect combination of laughs mixed in with a very sweet and original love story!

The Plot:

Henry Roth lives in a Hawaiian paradise with the company of endless women with no strings attached. This is until he meets Lucy Whitmore. Both Henry and Lucy enjoy the company of each other and feels the start of a serious relationship occurring. Approaching Lucy the next day, Henry is confused when Lucy fails to recognise him. This is the moment Henry discovers that Lucy actually suffers from short term memory loss and can't remember each individual day. Henry won't let this stop him and is prepared to make her fall in love with him all over again, each and every day.


The Cast:


Adam Sandler ... Henry Roth

Drew Barrymore ... Lucy Whitmore

Rob Schneider ... Ula

Sean Astin ... Doug Whitmore

Lusia Strus ... Alexa

Dan Aykroyd ... Dr.Keats

Amy Hill ... Sue

Allen Covert ... Ten Second Tom

Blake Clark ... Marlin Whitmore

Maya Rudolph ... Stacy

Pomaika'i Brown ... Nick (as Nephi Pomaikai Brown)

Joe Nakashima ... Old Hawaiian Man

Jonathan Loughran ... Jennifer

Trailer:



The Movie:

Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)


6/10 (8.5/10 for Disney fans)

Entertaining, very,very Disney. Imagine, Indiana Jones,crank up the family Disney levels, and you will have a real good idea what to expect from this film. Full of corny tongue in check humor, a crazy amount of crazy close calls, and a ton of Jurassic park effects and themes! The characters are put through more bone crushing thrills and spills, explosions that would sear the flesh from bones, falls that would make a large splat stain on the ground than in any other film I have seen recently. Yet they come out with a few smudges of dirt and no apparent loss of motor function. All in all the film is a goof and the fact that it isn't a film that is trying to be serious is the only reason it manages to stay entertaining despite it's ridiculousness. I think my opinion would have been higher if I had sen the 3d version though.

The Plot:

A science professor whose radical theories have completely tarnished his reputation. While backpacking across Iceland with his nephew Sean, the two explorers find a cave that leads them deep down into the bowels of the planet. And so they go on a quest to find out what has happened to the scientist's missing brother, a scientist, his nephew and their mountain guide discovers a fantastic and dangerous lost world in the center of the earth. There they discover a bizarre landscape filled with terrifying creatures.


The Cast:


Brendan Fraser ... Prof. Trevor Anderson

Josh Hutcherson ... Sean Anderson

Anita Briem ... Hannah Ásgeirsson

Seth Meyers ... Professor Alan Kitzens

Jean Michel Paré ... Max Anderson

Jane Wheeler ... Elizabeth Anderson

Frank Fontaine ... Old Man

Giancarlo Caltabiano ... Leonard

Kaniehtiio Horn ... Gum-Chewing Girl

Garth Gilker ... Sigurbjörn Ásgeirsson

Trailer:

Human Traffic (1999)


7/10

Great film that takes a good look at the evolution of the club drug scene in the U.K. What I liked most about this film is it shows the plus's to using recreation drugs, while also showing the downside. The film also focuses on the early generation of Ecstasy users and follows them as they become the old school crew in a new kind of scene.

The Plot:

The Cardiff club scene in the 90's: five best friends deal with their relationships and their personal demons during a weekend. Jip calls himself a sexual paranoid, afraid he's impotent. Lulu, Jip's mate, doesn't find much to fancy in men. Nina hates her job at a fast food joint, and her man, Koop, who dreams of being a great hip-hop d.j., is prone to fits of un-provoked jealousy. The fifth is Moff, whose family is down on his behavior. Starting Friday afternoon, with preparations for clubbing, we follow the five from Ecstacy-induced fun through a booze-laden come-down early Saturday morning followed by the weekend's aftermath. It's breakthrough time for at least three of them.



The Cast:


John Simm ... Jip

Lorraine Pilkington ... Lulu

Shaun Parkes ... Koop

Nicola Reynolds ... Nina

Danny Dyer ... Moff

Dean Davies ... Lee

Peter Albert ... Lulu's Uncle Eric

Jan Anderson ... Karen Benson

Terence Beesley ... Moff's Father

Sarah Blackburn ... Jip's Ex #2

Anne Bowen ... Moff's Grandmother

Neil Bowens ... Asylum Doorman

Peter Bramhill ... Matt

Jo Brand ... Reality (voice)

Stephanie Brooks ... Fleur

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The Movie:

Saturday, October 11, 2008

I Am Legend (2007)


8.5/10

I held off on watching this film for a long time, I don't get into the zombie/horror genre that much. It's all a question of suspension of disbelief and entertainment, and these films tend to be very far removed from anything plausible and more concerned with quantity of blood and gore rather than entertainment. "I am Legend" was a huge shock for me, this film was all about story and characters, even the zombies that were given very little screen time were given a personality. What really made this film for me were the following

1. They gave the zombie story some believability but having a back story of a super virus.
2. Will Smith was amazing in what was basically a 1 man show
3. The film had a message that wasn't told in buckets of blood but rather with some very dramatic scenes.

The Plot:

Robert Neville is a scientist who was unable to stop the spread of the terrible virus that was incurable and man-made. Immune, Neville is now the last human survivor in what is left of New York City and perhaps the world. For three years, Neville has faithfully sent out daily radio messages, desperate to find any other survivors who might be out there. But he is not alone. Mutant victims of the plague -- The Infected -- lurk in the shadows... watching Neville's every move... waiting for him to make a fatal mistake. Perhaps mankind's last, best hope, Neville is driven by only one remaining mission: to find a way to reverse the effects of the virus using his own immune blood. But he knows he is outnumbered... and quickly running out of time.


The Cast:


Will Smith ... Robert Neville

Alice Braga ... Anna

Charlie Tahan ... Ethan

Salli Richardson ... Zoe

Willow Smith ... Marley

Darrell Foster ... Mike - Military Escort

April Grace ... TV Personality

Dash Mihok ... Alpha Male

Joanna Numata ... Alpha Female

Abbey ... Sam

Kona ... Sam

Samuel Glen ... Military Driver - Jay

James Michael McCauley ... Male Evacuee (as James McCauley)

Marin Ireland ... Woman Evacuee

Pedro Mojica ... Sergeant

Trailer:



The Movie:

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Hancock (2008)


8.5/10

A great idea for a superhero film! I liked this film for what it was and what it tried to do, within a genre that has been bombarded by Hollywood for the last few years. Hancock take the idea of being possessed with the powers to do great things, having the black mark on your character which usually pushes our heroes to shine and then saying what if the world still got that hero down? What if the hero didn't rise above his own turmoil for the greater good of others? It also adds a very important element to making the hero more human, by putting in the idea that all people great or small are only at their best with the support of others. A great theme and a great message. Hancock also has a very nice plot twist thrown in to help it stand further apart from so many other films of the genre.
Will Smith is really good in this role, I was never a fan of the independence day Smith, but his last several roles he has grown into an actor that I can depend on to deliver the character with alot of style and finese.

The Plot:

John Hancock (Will Smith) is an unhappy and reluctant superhero who is living in his own world. For some unknown reason, Hancock is depressed and has started drinking very heavily. He has saved many lives in Los Angeles over the years, but in doing so, he has no regards for damaging buildings, trains, roads, cars, or anything that gets in his way of getting the job done. The last time he captured several criminals, it cost the city $9 million to fix the damages. The public has had enough of Hancock, and they want him to stop or go to another city. Then one day, Hancock saves the life of Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman) from being run over by a train. Ray is a public relations executive who now can go home to his wife and child, because Hancock was there. Ray owes Hancock his life, and he makes it his mission to change his superhero's image and have the public cheering him. Ray's wife, Mary (Charlize Theron), believes Hancock cannot be fixed, and she doesn't want Ray to be hurt.

The Cast:


Will Smith ... John Hancock

Charlize Theron ... MAry Embrey

Jason Bateman ... Ray Embrey

Jae Head ... Aaron Kimberly

Eddie Marsan ... Kenneth 'Red' Parker Jr.

David Mattey ... Man Mountain

Maetrix Fitten ... Matrix

Thomas Lennon ... Mike

Johnny Galecki ... Jeremy

Hayley Marie Norman ... Hottie

Dorothy Cecchi ... Woman in Dive Bar

Michelle Lemon ... Girl at Bus Bench

Akiva Goldsman ... Executive #1

Michael Mann ... Executive #2

Brad Leland ... Executive #3

The Trailer:


The Movie:

The Rocker (2008)


6/10

A very generic yet entertaining film. It has some great comedic moments all of which are offset by the disneyesque rise of the dysfunctional suburban teen rock band. This film in many ways is like a cheap rip off of 'School of rock' yet like I say it has it's moments and overall works well as a light hearted comedy, perfect for a rainy day, but I wouldn't rush out to see it if I were you.

I was far from impressed with the teen rock band born of stereotype city, The poetic artist in need of a father figure, the punk rebel/yet shy and sweet angst girl and last but not least the over weight smart geek kid playing the keyboards in the band in hopes of getting a girl to talk to him. BLAH!

I was really into the idea of Christina Applegate, I like her and not only because she is some serious eye candy that every male from the married with children era is somewhat addicted too. Mainly because she is a brilliant comedic actor, especially in a support role, unfortunately the role never gave her that much to work with and although she did well, fell short of her potential.

The films saving grace came in the form of Rainn Wilson as Fish the naked drummer. In this role he was every bit as good as Jack Black in 'School of Rock' in some ways I think he far exceeds Blacks depiction of the past his prime rocker who never made it. For Rainn's performance alone I gave this film 4 of it's 6point rating!

The Plot:

The Rocker tells the story of a failed drummer who is given a second chance at fame. Robert "Fish" Fishman is the extremely dedicated and astoundingly passionate drummer for the eighties hair band Vesuvius, who is living the rock n' roll dream until he is unceremoniously kicked out of the band. Twenty years after his rock star fantasies are destroyed, just when Fish has finally given up all hope, he hears that his nephew's high school rock band A.D.D. is looking for a new drummer. They reluctantly make him the newest member of the band, giving him a chance to reclaim the rock God throne he's always thought he deserved, and taking the young band along for the ride of their lives.

The Cast:


Rainn Wilson ... Robert 'Fish' Fishman

Christina Applegate ... Kim

Teddy Geiger ... Curtis

Josh Gad ... Matt Gadman

Emma Stone ... Amelia

Jeff Garlin ... Stan

Jane Lynch ... Lisa

Jason Sudeikis ... David Marshall

Will Arnett ... Lex

Howard Hesseman ... Gator

Fred Armisen ... Kerr

Bradley Cooper ... Trash

Lonny Ross ... Sticks

Jon Glaser ... Billy

Jane Krakowski ... Carol

Trailer:


The Movie:

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Step Brothers (2008)



7/10


They are back at it again! Will Ferrell and John C Reilly are back in a new comedy, that will not disappoint any of their fans. As usual they look like they are just having fun making a wacky movie together again. A bunch of dick, gay and fart jokes in this one, and it goes without saying, these 2 guys do their best to show us just how cool they are not!

The Plot:

Brennan Huff (Will Ferrell) is a thirty-nine-year-old who has never left home and lives with his divorced mother, Nancy Huff (Mary Steenburgen). Dale Doback (John C. Reilly) is a forty-year-old who also has never left home and lives with his widower father, Dr. Robert Doback (Richard Jenkins). Both of them are unemployed and have been living off the goodness of their parents their whole lives. Nancy meets Robert; they fall in love, marry, and move into Robert's home. The two sons are forced to live together in the same room as step brothers. Brennan and Dale initially hate each other, but find out that they are not too different. They are like 12-year-olds trapped in adult bodies who haven't grown up and live in their own little worlds. They become best friends, and then their parents decide to kick them out, because they are getting a divorce. They set up job interviews, but to no avail. Their lives are about to change, and they must grow up.

The Cast:

Will Ferrell ... Brennan Huff
John C. Reilly ... Dale Dobak
Mary Steenburgen ... Nancy Huff
Richard Jenkins ... Dr. Robert Dobak
Jason Davis ... TJ
Wayne Federman ... Blind Man
Kyle Felts ... Wine Mixer Heckler
Travis T. Flory ... Redheaded Kid (as Travis Flory)
Kathryn Hahn ... Alice Huff
Chris Henchy ... First Homebuyer Husband
Bryce Hurless ... 9-Year-Old Brennan
Brian Huskey ... Interviewer
Ken Jeong ... Employment Agent
Paula Killen ... Rental Agent
Breaunna Lake ... Student
Phil LaMarr ... Second Homebuyer Husband
Logan Manus ... Chris Gardoski

Trailer:



The Movie:

Eagle Eye (2008)


8/10

Eagle Eye is a fast paced Big Brother meets 2001: space odyssee kinda film. We have seen this film before many times over; some cloaked figure is using the good guys as human lab rats, putting them through all kinds of near death moments, never revealing the real reason. But our brave protagonist has more than meets the eye and searches for the meaning of it all trying to save their skin and that of their new found loved ones before it is too late...blah,blah,blah! Actually I am a fan of these kinds of films, they do their job, they entertain the hell out of me!
Eagle Eye has just a little bit more though; Firstly they have Shia Labeouf heading up the main role as the anti-hero, this kid has more screen presence than just about anyone in his demographic. Second they take a stance against something real that we are all effected by at this crazy time in the world: The Patriot Act. I tend to find that most big budget action films throw hints at being topical, but Eagle Eye, is almost completely topical!

The Plot:

Jerry Shaw (Shia LaBeouf) returns home after the mysterious death of his successful twin brother. He and a single mother, Rachel Holloman (Michelle Monaghan), find out that they have been framed as terrorists, and they are threatened into becoming members of a cell tasked to assassinate a politician.

Cast:


Shia LaBeouf ... Jerry Shaw

Michelle Monaghan ... Rachel Holloman

Rosario Dawson ... Zoe Perez

Michael Chiklis ... Defense Secretary

Anthony Mackie ... Major William Bowman

Ethan Embry ... Agent Toby Grant

Billy Bob Thornton ... Agent Thomas Morgan

Anthony Azizi ... Ranim Khalid

Cameron Boyce ... Sam Holloman

Lynn Cohen ... Mrs. Wierzbowski

Bill Smitrovich ... Admiral Thompson

Charles Carroll ... Mr. Miller

William Sadler ... William Shaw

Deborah Strang ... Jerry's Mom

Dariush Kashani ... Sgt. Rourke (Translator)

Trailer:



The Movie:

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