Friday, April 6, 2012

21 Jump Street (2012)

Written by Phil Lord, Chris Miller
Directed by Michael Bacall
Starring Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum

I don’t like Jonah Hill & I don’t understand who does. Having said that I do like Channing Tatum so where does that leave us?

This film was ok. It’s recycled, obvious and unnecessary but if you don’t care about what your paying for you should go see it. I’m sure you will laugh more then once. It is a funny movie.

Basically this is a film about a couple underachiever cops who get sent back to high school as undercover students looking for a big drug bust. Of course they have trouble fitting in and locating the drugs.

Tatum and Jonah are not very believable as friends in the movie or in real life. Jonah is awful. Just awful! Tatum as I have said before shows real potential and is a rising star. He does a good job of expressing believable emotion through out this film. He made the film watch-able in-between all the jokes.

Bottom 5 rating: This film is just way to plain and packaged for any consideration of being art. This is what they call a tent poll project. It's purpose is to keep the money machine going. This movie is what makes film goes disappointed with Hollywood. 

Monday, April 2, 2012

Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2012)

Written by Jay Duplass, Mark Duplas
Directed by Jay & Mark Duplass
Starring Jason Segel, Judy Greer, & Ed Helms

Have you seen the movie signs? I’m talking about the M. Night Shyamalan’s blockbuster hit starring Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix… yeah, that one. Well, if you have seen that movie and liked it then you will most likely enjoy this one.

The plot is a little on the depressing side to start but it builds on itself. Segel plays Jeff, the vision quest fool who holds the key to the story. The rest of the cast, including Susan Sarandon as Jeff’s mom, Ed holms and Judy Greer all look to Jeff to find meaning in their lives. Jeff has an eerie point-of-view of the world as if there is a sign or force pointing him toward his destiny. And that all things are connected.

The film style is realistic and simple with very little noticeable camera moves or technique. But that almost is a style in itself as you hold on to every second as if it was truly happening in the moment. The film has a artistic and independent feel to it that adds a sense of surrealism. The film has a great ending that adds to this mood…

Top 5. This film was not a earth shatter’er but it had a truth to it that you don’t get to see enough in Hollywood movies these days. I loved this film. Not while I was watching it but I loved it the next day and the day after that. This film will grow on you after you see it and that is something you should see and experience!!!