Dax Shepard Weekend – Idiocracy (2006)

idiocracyDirector: Mike Judge

Writer: Mike Judge, Etan Cohen (Screenplay) Mike Judge (Story)

Starring: Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard, Terry Crews, Anthony Campos, David Herman, Justin Long

 

Plot: Private Joe Bauers, the definition of “average American”, is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakes five centuries in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed down that he’s easily the most intelligent person alive.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Future Film

 

Story: Idiocracy starts by showing how the dumber population is overrunning the world while the educated people are struggling to reproduce. We meet the average Private Joe Bauers (Wilson) who gets reassigned from the military library to be part of the human hibernation program along with prostitute Rita (Rudolph). When the program gets shut down Joe and Rita get forgotten, the world descends into stupidity.

Joe wakes in the year 2505 where everyone thinks he is different, because they have been overcome with stupidity, he is treated like a criminal before he decides to use his own intelligence to outsmart the locals while working with Frito (Shepard). When the IQ results come back to prove Joe is the smartest person alive President Camacho (Crews) brings him into his cabinet, but now Joe must save the future while trying to find a way home.

Idiocracy is a film unlike most we have seen, we have all seen film after film that looked at the future of humans with a person from the past not understanding the new look world. This time we get that but instead of everything being all modernised we get to see how the world has no brains anymore. This is a huge plus because it shows how it could be another future for the Earth to face. I do think this is too much of a level of stupidity though. I do think this has good comedy used throughout to shows how certain ideas could cause problems in the future.

 

Actor Review

 

Luke Wilson: Joe Bauers is the typical average soldier who has been getting through the days easily, he gets selected for a secret project he ends up stuck in the future where he is the smartest person alive, but no one wants to believe anything he has to say even after they turn to team him to solve the world’s problems. Luke gives us a good performance in this role where he clearly looks lost like his character is meant to be.

 

Maya Rudolph: Rita is a prostitute that gets assigned to the experiment and stuck in the future too, she has to work with Joe to prove they can save the world. Maya gives us a good performance in the supporting role.

 

Dax Shepard: Frito is the idiot lawyer that has to represent Joe, he helps Joe after getting the promise of billions of dollars. Dax gives us a good performance showing a different style of comedy than we are used to seeing.

 

Terry Crews: President Camacho runs the country like a giant party and turns to Joe to solve all the problems, the country loves him and for once America isn’t against each other for once. Terry gives a good comical performance but doesn’t get the screen time I would have liked.

 

Support Cast: Idiocracy has a good comical supporting cast that each have a few laughs when needed.

 

Director Review: Mike JudgeMike brings us a good look at a different future that has a good comical level being used.

 

Adventure: Idiocracy has good adventure which is more of a reluctant adventure than a planned one.

Comedy: Idiocracy has good comedy moments being used throughout the film to show how bad the intelligence levels have ended up going.

Sci-Fi: Idiocracy shows a bleak future where people are happy enough but they are flat out stupid.

Settings: Idiocracy creates a future that is built for laughs rather than realism.
Special Effects
: Idiocracy does have a weak point and that is the computer effects added to the world.

Suggestion: Idiocracy is one to try, I do think if you want a comedy slightly outside the box this will work for you. (Try It)

 

Best Part: The future.

Worst Part: Bit short.

Funniest Scene: Doctor

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: Yes

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 24 Minutes

Tagline: In the future, intelligence is extinct.

 

Overall: Fun look at a worrying future

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Wishing for a Dream (2016)

wishingDirector: Jared Cohn

Writer: Jared Cohn (Screenplay)

Starring: Sara Malakul Lane, Nicole Alexandra Shipley, Jared Cohn, Richard Switzer, David Gere

 

Plot: Actress Mika Andrews and her filmmaker boyfriend Louis Digman struggle through the trenches of the entertainment industry to succeed in “Hollywood.” Told in raw documentary style, the camera chronicles Mika’s journey through Los Angeles, going to auditions and trying to make her mark in front of the camera. Louis’s story shows his struggles behind the scenes as an up-and-coming writer-director. The film also follows their ups and downs as a young couple, supporting each other through the stresses, hopes, desires, disappointments and Mika’s crippling insomnia, as they try to make ends meet and pursue their dreams in an often heart-breaking industry.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Great Look at Reality of Hollywood

 

Story: Wishing for a Dream starts with Mika Andrews (Lane) an aspiring actress trying to find her latest job only to get dumped by her agent. Mika along with her film making boyfriend Louis (Cohn) are determined to complete their dreams when an unexpected pilot comes Mika’s way. We see how the couple continue to just take small jobs to make ends meet even though they have no interest in doing them while they wait for their chance.

Mika is struggling with her sleeping making every day difficult as the stress continue to grow as she is feeling the pressure to succeed in Hollywood. Mika’s best friend Lily (Shipley) tries to help Mika feel better about herself as we see the couple deal with the harsh reality Hollywood gives the dreamers.

Wishing for a Dream shows how difficult it is for both actors and directors in the Hollywood industry. It shows how even if things look like they are going well they can crash down but if you keep plugging away things will come your way. The relationship between the two feels natural as they are supporting through the difficulties they are going through. This is a film that should be checked out by all.

 

Actor Review

 

Sara Malakul Lane: Mika Andrews is the actress struggling to find work in Hollywood and any work she gets a chance at she stresses out causing her to become an insomniac. Sara is great in this role showing the difficulties involved with making it.mika

Nicole Alexandra Shipley: Lily is Mika’s best friend in Hollywood, she is also an actress but also gets a chance to make help Mika relax from all the troubles she is having. Nicole is good in the supporting role but I would have to have seen more.

Jared Cohn: Louis Digman is the film making boyfriend of Mika who supports her while trying to get his chance in the business to, his story of trying to get his latest project made is the second half of the film. Jared gives us a good natural performance as the struggling filmmaker.

Support Cast: Wishing for a Dream really only has a few supporting performances from producer playing themselves.

Director Review: Jared CohnJared gives us a great look at the Hollywood struggles.

 

Romance: Wishing for a Dream shows a natural relationship rather than just a romantic film which helps the characters.

Settings: Wishing for a Dream uses the settings to show the couple trying to make themselves getting a chance.
Suggestion
: Wishing for a Dream is one to try but I do think some people will find it hard it hard to watch. (Try It)

 

Best Part: The ups and downs.

Worst Part: Slightly to much of a happy ending.

 

Believability: Could be a struggle real actors and directors face.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: Shows scenes from the movie in the credits.

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $350,000

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

Tagline: This industry is like a drug… And I’m addicted.

 

Overall: Good story about the harsh realities in the business of Hollywood

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2015 Awards – Best Action Film

Through the month of January, I will be looking back on 2015, I will be looking at a range of subjects where I will be picking my best or worst in separate posts.

Today I will be look at Best Action film and this year we have had an exceptional year for action films, I am going to have a long list of honourable mentions because there are too many I can’t leave off.

Mentions that could have been number one;

·         John Wick john wick When this film came out not too many people were sure what to think before hand but what we got was one of the most brutal assassin films of recent years with Keanu Reeves being one of the most believable hit man in recent years as he always makes sure he finishes off his victims with a shot to the head.

·         Skin Trade logo This is my wild entry on this list as it will be the one least amount of people will have heard off, the cast includes the brilliant Tony Jaa and Dolph Lundgren. I went in not expecting too much but with hard hitting fight scenes this one easily became of my favourites of the year.

·         Kingsman kingsman When I first saw this I thought I already had a winner of best action film of the year but this ends up taking this role of closest to being the winner. The all out action style of this film will leave you breathless and isn’t afraid to show a dark side to the final outcome of the film.

·         Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation mission Ethan Hunt is back for his most non-stop mission to date, with two brilliant action scenes with the car chase through Morocco and the plane scene. Easily a great addition to the Mission Impossible franchise.

My favourite

·         Mad Max Fury Road mad max What can I say about this film that hasn’t already been said, the action never lets up and from the opening scene we end up in one constant race across the wasteland finishing off with an all-out vehicle chase that will leave your jaw dropped.

Ones I liked that couldn’t quite make the list.

·         Furious 7

·         San Andreas

·         Run All Night

2015 Watched List – Part 50

Over the past year I have seen an incredible amount of films and I have decided to share with you all which ones I have seen in what order. I am going to be doing these in groups of ten, where I will pick my favourite of the bunch and the worst of the bunch.

 

So without further ramblings here we go 501 – 510:

 

1.      In the Heart of the Sea in the heat The story of how the story of Moby Dick comes about, this looks great but lacks the real character development required.

2.      How to Save Us save us A horror gem which follows two brothers as they look to survive and unlock the mystery surrounding the evacuation of Tasmanian.

3.      The Perfect Guy perfect guy The fatal attraction story told one more time, better than some but not the original.

4.      Blackhat blackhat Cyber-crime thriller that lacks that punch needed to pull us completely in.

5.      Public Enemies public John Dillinger and his men have to avoid the Bureau of investigation in the true crime story with a mega cast.

6.      Collateral collertal Hitman catches a cab for one night to complete his mission in what turns out to be an epic game of cat and mouse between the two.

7.      Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse Fun zombie comedy that mixes the fun behind Superbad and Dance of the Dead.

8.      Room room I will keep this one short, the best film this year.

9.      Anger of the Dead anger A very disappoint zombie film with bad acting, decision making and storyline.

10.  Crying Wolfcrying A quirky British horror comedy that has laughs throughout

 

The Best – Roomroom

 

The Worst – Anger of the Deadanger