Review: Ice Age: Continental Drift 3D (2012)

Ice Age 4 walks that fine line between taking it too far with the franchise and showing us why it lasted this long in the first place and still the best parts of the movie were Scrat’s scenes.

It all starts with him, of course. In an effort to retrieve his acorn, Scrat somehow falls down to the center of the earth and jump-starts the division of the previously singular land into continents. As the land starts to split away, Many, Diego and Sid get separated from their friends and family. Sailing on an iceberg, they try to get back to Many’s family, as promised, all the while trying to escape greedy pirates and vicious sea creatures.  Continue reading

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LOL (2012)

As a new year at school begins, Lola’s heart is broken by her boyfriend, though soon she’s surprised by her best friend, promising musician Kyle, who reveals his feelings for her.

I’ve got no excuses. I think I got possessed by a demon who loves bad movies and that’s the only reason I watched this. Really, you have to believe me!

I swear I thought I saw my share of bad movies after watching Blacksheep but how wrong  was I? This is basically a movie with no plot whatsoever.

No redeeming qualities, no rough gems hidden in plain sight, nada.

I mean when you’ve got scenes like a teen f**king a frozen chicken with a webcam, a supposedly responsable mother riding a motorcycle side-saddle, a granddaughter letting one of her friends drug her grandmother so they can “party”, you know there’s no way it can get worse. Continue reading

Review: A Thousand Words (2012)

Whatever happened to the actor who played in Beverly Hills Cops or Trading Places or, hell, even Coming to America? It appears, over the years, Eddie Murphy has become another dime-a-dozen actor and is content with it. Just like Nicholas Cage or Adam Sandler. Shame. Money trumps quality, I s’ppose.

A thousand words are 998 too many for what I have to say about this movie: not funny. The movie is about a literary agent, Jack McCall (Eddie Murphy) who lies his way through closing a book deal with a guru, Dr. Sinja (Cliff Curtis). The next day, a bodhi tree grows on his patio and it seems every time Jack says something, leafs fall off the tree; one word, one leaf. When the last leaf falls, Jack will die.

A typical one-man’s-journey movie, really: from the busy, never home, hotshot agent to family man. Continue reading

Review: Bunheads (2012)

This is a new Amy Sherman-Palladino series that premiered on ABC Family yesterday.  Being a huge fan of Palladino and her work as director/producer/writer on GG (i.e. Gilmore Girls) I decided to watch the pilot as soon as I heard about the project being in the works.

Having said that, I’m not sure this one is going to last. I have already read quite a handful of reviews saying it’s too much like GG, but will never be as good as the first show was and so far, I got to say I agree.

Bunheads is about Michelle (Sutton Foster), dance extraordinaire and current showgirl in Las Vegas who marries a man she barely knows, Hubbel, (her own personal stalker – Alan Ruck) and moves to his hometown to live with him.  Continue reading

Review: Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012)

This movie is a so-called sequel for Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008). Hitting the screens in 3D, the movie’s based on yet another Verne story: The Mysterious Island.

I say so-called because the story is completely different and the only character from the first film to appear in this one is Sean Anderson, played by Josh Hutcherson. You don’t have to watch the 2008 film to understand this one.

Brendan Fraser didn’t reprise his role as Trevor Anderson, but got replaced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, as Sean’s stepfather. Jane Wheeler was also replaced, by Kristin Davis ( SAtC’s Charlotte) playing Sean’s mother, Liz.

The story is at times, if not all of the time, predictable. Sean gets a coded message from his grandfather (Michael Caine), telling him that “the island is real” and providing him with clues to find it. With the help of his stepfather, Hank, he sets out to find the Mysterious Island. They hire two guides to fly them to the island, Gabato (Luiz Guzman) and his daughter Kailani (Vanessa Hudgens). Continue reading

Review: Mirror Mirror (2012)

Warning: spoilers ahead!

Mirror Mirror is the retelling of the fairy tale of Snow White, directed by Tarsem Singh (Immortals).

I’ve been dying to see this movie since I’ve first seen the trailer for it and let me just tell you..it was such a disappointment.

Just like the original fairy tale, the story is about Snow White, who after losing her father, is left with an evil stepmother. After The Queen tries to kill her and Snow is banished to the woods, she meets the seven dwarfs who eventually help her take back the kingdom. And those are pretty much the only similarities between the actual fairy tale and this movie. Oh, those and of course the charming prince (Armie Hammer). Continue reading

Girls (2012) – Part Two

I stuck with this show, as promised, for a couple more episodes. Not to say I was expecting anything else, but it really doesn’t get any better.

If anything, the jokes are worse, the dialogue is even more pointless and idiotic. As far the characters go, they are so unlikable it’s amazing anyone watches this show.

To be fair, I suppose it’s a matter of perception. If you would do and say the things they do and say, in your day-to-day life, then I guess you’ll like this show, to a point. Otherwise, no way! I seriously doubt there is anyone out there identifying with the characters, anyway.

Even the nude and sex scenes lost they’re shock value and that’s about as much as this show had going for it.

Review: This Means War (2012)

This Means War is an action/rom-com film directed by McG or Joseph McGinty Nichol. You probably ( or not) know him as being the executive producer of Supernatural, Nikita, Chuck and so on. 

The plot of this movie is easy and not something we haven’t seen before : two guys fight to try to win over a girl.  FDR Foster (Chris Pine) and Tuck (Tom Hardy) are two CIA agents who happen to start dating the same woman, Lauren (Reese Witherspoon).  The moment they realize that they’re both dating Lauren, they turn everything into a best man wins wager.

First twenty minutes or so of the movie, we get to see their relationship as partners and best friends and their covert mission. I have to say Pine and Hardy do have good on-screen chemistry and make their friendship very believable. Continue reading

Review: 21 Jump Street (2012)

21 Jump Street is an action/comedy movie based on the tv series of the same name from back in 1987. Two failed cops are sent back to high-school, in an undercover mission, to try to bring down a drug ring.  A far cry from the original series, this was one entertaining movie!

Schmidt and Jenko, former classmates, meet again at the police academy and despite them never being friends, they end up just that, helping each other to graduation. After a failed arrest attempt and a disgraceful mistake, they end up being reassigned to a new division on 21 Jump Street. And this is where the fun starts.

The two main characters, Schmidt and Jenko, are played by Jonah Hill ( Superbad) and Channing Tatum (Dear John, Step Up). I have to say, despite my belief that the latter is well..a bad actor, this was one Tatum movie that I really enjoyed.  Continue reading

Review: Girls (2012)

I just finished watching the pilot for the new tv-show Girls, a series that premiered on HBO on April 15. I should’ve known after watching the teaser trailer that I’ll be disappointed.

It’s a comedy focused on a group of 4 friends ( ring any bells?) in their twenties, their day-to-day lives in NYC.  One of the actors playing a main character, Lena Dunham is also the series creator, in collaborating with Jude Apatow.

Performance wise, nothing struck me, except maybe how much I disliked all of the characters but that’s maybe because they were written to be obnoxious and unlikable ( I reckon that’s not the case though).

I see nothing new, nothing original. Well except maybe for the uncomfortable, weird sex scene that happens in the pilot and the annoying, mindless dialogue. Also..4 friends, New York City, daily insight into their lives? Yeah, we’ve seen that before in the form of Sex and The City. With the tiny difference that SaTC was funny, smart, likeable and about powerful women in their mid 30’s/40’s and not whiny twenty year olds. Continue reading