A-Z Bonus Review Month – S – Search Party (2014)

Director: Scot Armstrong

Writer: Mike Gagerman, Andrew Waller, Scot Armstrong (Screenplay) Mike Gagerman, Andrew Waller (Story)

Starring: Adam Pally, T.J. Miller, Thomas Middleditch, Shannon Woodward, Alison Brie, J.B, Smoove

 

Plot: A pair of friends embark on a mission to reunite their pal with the woman he was going to marry.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Comedy Adventure

 

Story: Search Party starts when Nardo (Middleditch) is about to get married to Tracy (Woodward), a stoned stag party leads Nardo telling his best friends Evan (Pally) and Jason (Miller) he is having second thoughts. Come the wedding day Jason interrupts the wedding leading to Tracy storming and Nardo going after her.

With Evan about to get a promotion he must put his career on at risk to travel to Mexico with Jason to rescue him and reunite the couple. What follows is a serious of comical events through the next through days.

 

Thoughts on Search Party

 

Characters/PerformanceEvan is the friend about to get his career on path but his friendship with Jason finds himself in trouble. Nardo is the friend who is about to get married but ends ups stranded in Mexico trying to win his girlfriend back. Jason is the screw up of the friends who always puts his friends in problems, he needs to look at his own situation and learn to grow up with this adventure.

Performance wise, Adam, TJ and Thomas all give good performances showing their comedy abilities throughout.

StoryThe story shows how three best friends all going on different paths will stay there for each other no matter what happens even if their personal lives are going in different direction. The adventure across Mexico is fun throughout and the madness the characters go through make for to get back together.

Adventure/ComedyThe adventure side is all fun as we get to see how far the friends would go to help each other with the comedy all coming off in the right places.

SettingsThe settings add to the comedy adventure the characters find themselves on.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good comedy that does have plenty of laughs even if the laughs are slightly more risky in places.

 

Overall: Sit back and enjoy the comedy.

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The Post (2017)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writer: Liz Hannah, Josh Singer (Screenplay)

Starring: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Bruce Greenwood, Matthew Rhys, Alison Brie

 

Plot: A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.


Runtime: 1 Hour 56 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Great Historical Thriller

 

Story: The Post starts as we learn how the Presidents have been involved in Vietnam war, either trying to control the country or sending troops there. With one man Daniel Ellberg (Rhys) taking the top secret pages to expose the truth. When the New York Times start publishing these secrets the President starts to panic.

In Washington the Post owner Kay Graham (Streep) is about to turn her paper over to the stock exchange, her editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks) is always up for taking a risk and when he learns of the papers he will stop at nothing to get the story to the people even if the government halts the publishing of the story.

 

Thoughts on The Post

 

Characters – Kay Graham inherits the role of owner of the paper, she takes over after her husband’s death with her position being questioned by the male board as she tries to turn the paper public as the biggest story unfolds. This is a perfect example of a person needing to take a role they are not prepared for. Ben Bradlee is the editor of the Post, he will push to get any story out believing the press should be able to report a story. He was also friends with the Kennedy’s putting him the elite of society. We do meet plenty of other members of the paper and the families of the people involved.

PerformancesMeryl Streep and Tom Hanks in the leading roles, do we need to talk about the performances anymore, we know they are two of the greatest actors in history and they show us just how good they are. The rest of the cast are fantastic too showing that Spielberg can get performances out of any actor.

StoryThe story follows the days before the Watergate scandal which shock America to its knees when it came learning the truth about Vietnam. We focus on just one paper as they were deciding if they should expose the truth which could find them going to jail. We get to see the balance between which is the right or the wrong side of the story which makes this a captivating story to see unfold.

Biopic/History/ThrillerThe people we follow took a massive risk to expose the truth because they new it was the right thing to do as they helped show a moment of history which people will never forget. We are kept on edge of our seat as we see how the story could bring down parts of American history.

SettingsThe film does use the settings well making us feel like we are in the time the movie takes place, we see the different classes involved in the story.


Scene of the Movie –
Deciding whether to publish is not.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Moments of the camerawork feel unnecessarily shaky.

Final ThoughtsThis is a brilliant thriller that helps expose the biggest scandal that hit America and how the press were trying to find a way to expose the truth.

 

Overall: Thriller that brings us in to a biggest secret.

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The Disaster Artist (2017)

Director: James Franco

Writer: Scott Neustadter, Michael H Weber (Screenplay) Greg Sestero, Tom Bissell (Book)

Starring: James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Lizzy Caplan, Zac Efron, Ari Graynor

 

Plot: When Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 43 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fantastically Hilarious

 

Story: The Disaster Artist starts as we meet young aspiring actor Greg (Dave Franco) who meets the mysterious fellow actor Tommy Wiseau (James Franco) in San Francisco, learning Tommy has money to support him Greg agrees to head to LA with him to try and make an impact in the acting world.

Finding themselves struggling to find a job they decide to make their own movie, ‘The Room’. They get their own crew with script advisor Sandy (Rogen) trying to keep things under control during the shot. As Greg starts his own relationship with Amber (Brie) he starts to become distant from Tommy who starts to become a dictator on set putting the production into turmoil as we learn how the most notoriously bad movie The Room is made.

 

Thoughts on The Disaster Artist

 

Characters – Greg is an aspiring actor who at a young age heads to Hollywood with a stranger Tommy Wiseau as he looks to make an impact in the industry. He is filled with the enthusiasm any young actor must make it in the business. Tommy Wiseau is the mysterious man that offers Greg a chance to move to Hollywood, he has an accent no one seems to be able to figure out, has money to support this dream, he ends up writing, directing and starring in the movie, that has bigger meaning to him that anyone could imagine. Sandy helps with the script and shoot, knowing just how strange the film seems and working with Tommy is strange experience for him. We do get to meet the rest of the people who are involved in movie and the lives of Greg and Tommy during this time.

PerformancesJames Franco is fantastic in this role, this is easily the best of his career to date and the chemistry he shows with his real-life brother Dave comes through on screen too. Dave Franco continues to improve, movie to movie and steps up to plate here. Seth Rogen is great in this role with his restrained role that never goes into full Rogen mode. The rest of the cast are great and we do get big names appearing in different moments of the film.

StoryThe story follows the making of the film branded the worst ever ‘The Room’ and how the unlikely friendship help build this movie to become the cult sensation people still talk about today. It does show chasing dreams can get what you want even if it isn’t the best quality, it shows that if you want to be able to say you did something, then this shows you how to achieve this.

Biopic/Comedy/HistoryThe biopic side of the film only covers the meeting of the two till the premier, which is good, but as the film implies Tommy is a man of mystery we would like to learn more about. The comedy hits every time in this film, we have laugh out loud moments that are genuine reaction to what is being shot and this history side of the film shows how one of the most famously worst movies was made.

SettingsThe settings fit the film perfectly showing us just where the film would have taken place and how weird set choice were too.


Scene of the Movie –
The Screening.

That Moment That Annoyed Me That I haven’t seen ‘The Room’, you don’t need to see it but now I want to.

Final ThoughtsThis could easily be one of the funniest films I have ever seen, while I have never seen The Room this movie opened my eyes to follow dreams however farfetched they seem and now I want to see it. This is one of the best movies of 2017 without a doubt.

 

Overall: Funniest film of the year.

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Get Hard (2015)

get hardDirector: Etan Cohen

Writer: Jay Martel, Ian Roberts, Etan Cohen (Screenplay) Adam McKay, Jay Martel, Ian Roberts (Story)

Starring: Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Craig T Nelson, Alison Brie, Edwina Findley Dickerson, Ariana Neal

 

Plot: When millionaire James King is jailed for fraud and bound for San Quentin, he turns to Darnell Lewis to prep him to go behind bars.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Good Odd Couple Comedy

 

Story: Get Hard starts as we meet the rich James King (Ferrell) and his demanded fiancée Alissa (Brie) and struggling to make ends meet Darnell (Hart) who works a professional job running his own business where he wants to make enough money give his family a good life with house and his daughter having a good education. We see the complete clash between James who has been handed everything in his life and Darnell who has worked every day just to get enough money.

Once James gets arrested and sentenced to 10 years in a maximum security prison his life starts to fall apart he turns to Darnell to teach him how he will survive in prison for the $30,000 needed to purchase the house. The problem comes as Darnell is a good man with no knowledge of surviving in prison.

Get Hard is a comedy that really works in the odd ball comedy as we see a rich man having to learn how to make it in prison rather than spending his time clearing his name. this is something I didn’t understand, because he knows he is innocent but doesn’t even bother to find a way to prove it.  Knowing this we do wonder why we only focus on the training when we know other things are going on. For a comedy the story is fine but otherwise this feels slightly flat.

 

Actor Review

 

Will Ferrell: James King is an investment banker who gets framed for fraud, he is sent to prison for 10 years but has 30 days to put everything together. He hired his car cleaner Darnell to teach him how to survive prison. James is your typical rich man who doesn’t understand who he steps on getting to the top. Will uses his comedy skills to make this work.james

Kevin Hart: Darnell is a hard working manager at a car cleaning business, he works every day to make ends meet for his family as he struggles to move his family to a better neighbourhood. When James King turns to him to train him about prison he has to pretend his has been in prison to get the money that will pay for his family’s future. Kevin continues to help his comedy reputation in films giving a good performance in this role.darnell

Craig T Nelson: Martin is the soon to be father-in-law to James who also happens to be his boss at the company. His offers to help find out the truth about who caused the fraud. Craig is solid in this role but we don’t see him enough.

Alison Brie: Alissa is the fiancée of James who dumps his pretty quickly after he gets arrested and we barely see her again in the film. Alison really doesn’t get the screen time need in the role.

Support Cast: Get Hard has a supporting cast that all work with the final story helping the moments get extra comedy throughout.

Director Review: Etan CohenEtan gives us a good comedy even if the story comes off strange when you think about it.

 

Comedy: Get Hard has good comedy moments throughout even if there are a lot of racial jokes.

Crime: Get Hard has had a fraud crime going on but that is the only crime side to the story.

Chemistry: Get Hard gives Ferrell and Hart a chance to show their chemistry really well.

Settings: Get Hard uses the settings to show the different classes between the two characters.
Suggestion
: Get Hard is one for the comedy fans to try out if you love Ferrell and Hart this is for you. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Ferrell and Hart work really well together.

Worst Part: Not enough of the actual crime committed.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $90 Million

Budget: $40 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

Tagline: Sometimes you need a hand to get hard.

Trivia: This movie is filmed in New Orleans at a golf course, a mansion in Metairie, a prison, and the Ninth Ward.

 

Overall: Solid comedy that shows a new comedy partnership to take seriously.

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Scream 4 (2011)

Director: Wes Craven
Starring: Lucy Hale, Anna Paquin, Kristen Bell, Brittany Robertson, Neve Campbell, Alison Brie, David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Aimie Teegarden, Hayden Panettiere, Emma Roberts, Marielle Jaffe, Marley Shelton, Erik Knudsen, Rory Culkin, Nico Tortorella, Anthony Anderson, Adam Brody

Ten years has pasted since Sidney (Neve Campbell) survived the last murders. Sidney has since written a book about her experience. Sidney returns to Woodsboro for a book signing with her PR lady Rebecca (Alison Brie). Deputy Dewey is now Sheriff Dewey (David Arquette) he is also married to Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox).

Upon Sidney return two students are killed by Ghost Face. Sidney cousin Jill Roberts (Emma Roberts) with her two best friends Kirby (Hayden Panettiere) and Olivia (Marielle Jaffe) get the news along with Jill’s ex boyfriend Trevor (Nico Tororella). Video blogger Robbie (Erik Knudsen) and his partner Charlie (Rory Culkin) complete the school group line up.

With Sheriff Dewey in charge he has a new squad of deputies including his new partner Judy Hicks (Marley Shelton) an old school friend of Sidney. The other two we meet are Deputy Perkins (Anthony Anderson) and Deputy Hoss (Adam Brody).

Using the ‘Stab’ movies as their reference points to how to make it out the situation the Jill, Kirby, Sidney all stay at Kate Roberts Jill mother and Sidney Aunt. Having a squad car with Perkins and Hoss in are they going to be safe?

The list of suspects is good and will keep you guessing all the way.

  • Is it the reporter who can’t write anymore
  • The Deputy who was ignored at school
  • The mysterious boyfriend
  • The film geeks who film their lives
  • The one who wants to be center of attention

Anyone could be the villain and every corner pushes a different prime suspect before pulling that name straight back off the table.

This movie keeps in the same trend of the original trilogy never taking itself too serious and having little pops at all over remakes. Even giving us the updated rules of the ‘Remake’. Add in the clever opening sequences puts you on the edge of your seat from start to brilliant revelation on the Ghost Face is. If you like the original movies you will like this fourth as it is same sense of tension through out. Even if your new to the franchise this isn’t a bad place to start up from as the back story isn’t important and what is needed to be filled in gets done in the short filled conversations.

My Rating 82%