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InAPPropriate Comedy

Posted in Comedy, Movie Reviews, Spoofs & Satire with tags , , , , on October 27, 2013 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

A tablet computer loaded with offensive applications creates cultural mayhem.

Psychology World

A psychologist (Rob Schneider) has a session with a sex-obsessed young woman (Noelle Kenney) who wants to change. She shows him the pills that make her wild. He takes them and passes out on the floor.

Flirty Harry

Flirty Harry (Adrien Brody) is a cop who, with a repertoire of double entendres, watches the streets of New York.

Blackass

Vondell (Da’Vone McDonald), Murphay (Calvin Sykes), Swade (Thai Edwards), Darnell (Chalant Phifer), and Acquon (Ashton Jordaan Ruiz) are five African American guys who go about their days causing trouble.

The Porno Review

J.D. (Rob Schneider), Harriet (Michelle Rodriguez), and Bob (Jonathan Spencer) (who spends most of the time masturbating) host an At the Movies-style film review series that showcases pornographic films, including a parody of Swan Lake known as Sperm Lake (which features several gay ballet dancers in place of the girls).

Things You’ll Never See

A one-off sketch showing a beautiful young woman (Kiersten Hal) dating an old poor man (Anthony Russell).

Above the Grate

Lindsay Lohan stands on an air vent much like Marilyn Monroe’s famous scene from The Seven Year Itch while a man watches from underneath (Under the Grate).

The Amazing Racist

Ari Shaffer and his cameraman go around the city showcasing extremely racist and offensive stereotypes against Asians, African Americans, and Jews. It is heavily implied that all of Shaffer’s doings were not rehearsed and done to random people on the street.

REVIEW:

I don’t think there is a more appropriate title for this waste of 83 minutes than InAPPropriate Comedy. Needless to say, I’m not going to waste too much of your time with this review, because it just doesn’t warrant that respect.

What is this about?

An all-star cast aims to leave no one unoffended with these gleefully outrageous comedy sketches directed by TV pitchman Vince Offer. The collection includes cop “Flirty Harry,” “The Amazing Racist” and other politically incorrect gags.

What did I like?

Lindsay. One of my favorite Marilyn Monroe films is The Seven Year Itch. Ever since Marilyn did that sewer grate scene, actresses have been trying to re-create it. Lohan throws her hat in the lot here. While it makes no damn sense (as if anything in this film does), it is actually the one thing that seems like it had some care put into it.

What didn’t I like?

Offensive. This is one of those films that is offensive just for the sake of being offensive. How do films like this keep getting made?!? Even worse, this made it into theaters, and I believe it was in the top 5 for a few weeks, which means there is actually an audience for this crap. I’m just not in that number, I suppose.

Cast. For the most part, this cast is largely unknown and Rob Schneider, who is no stranger to bad films. However, Michelle Rodriguez ad Adrien Brody show up in this and for what reason? I really can’t tell you, especially Rodriguez who just sits in a cheer to look pretty.

Racist. There is never an excise for racial jokes. Yes, they can be funny in small doses, but when you just beat the audience over the head with them, it goes from being racial to racist, and that is a huge problem this film has in my eyes. There was no reason to go as far as they did and they should have quit while they were ahead.

Let’s not beat around the bush, shall we? InAPPropriate Comedy is only meant for the handful of people who felt Movie 43 was a  tour de force. The rest of us should avoid this piece of @$~!@!~^ like it is the plague!

1/4 out of 5 stars

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High School

Posted in Comedy, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 2, 2013 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

High school valedictorian-to-be Henry Burke takes his first hit of pot with his ex-best friend Travis, only to learn that, due to a spelling bee champion’s recent use of marijuana, their high school is conducting a drug test where anyone caught under the influence of anything will be expelled. Travis knows of a psychotic drug dealer, known as Psycho Ed, who carries an exclusive kind of pot called “kief”, and the two boys steal the stash and intend on getting the whole school high in order to save Henry’s future. But Psycho Ed is right on their trail and so is Dr. Gordon, the school dean.

REVIEW:

Let’s be honest, stoner comedies can rub some people the wrong way. For others, like myself, they can be rather funny. Take for instance, High School. This is a random flick that I took a chance on this weekend and ended up actually enjoying.

What is this about?

After getting stoned with a school pothead (Sean Marquette) for the first time, a high school valedictorian (Matt Bush) unexpectedly faces a drug test that threatens his scholarship. Now the two concoct a scheme to get the entire student body high so everyone will fail.

What did I like?

Thing. Michael Chiklis is unrecognizable in his role as the dean who is on a mission to eradicate his school of all drugs after the star Spelling Bee student melts down and admits she was using at the National Spelling Bee. Chiklis totally changes himself, and I’m not just talking about the bad wig they put on him. He really is one of the funnier characters.

Psycho. Adrien Brody is another guy that is nearly unrecognizable. I know what you’re gonna say. How is it that he can be unrecognizable with that nose. Trust me, with his mannerisms, tattoos, and hairstyle, you barely can tell it is him. Aside from his transformation, Psycho Ed lives up to his name. We’ve all seen these whacked out drug dealer types, but this guy takes the cake, mainly because of the way they build him up, and then there is the twist to his character at the end. You’ll have to watch and see what I’m talking about.

Focus. For a film about getting high, it really does stay focused on the main plot of getting the whole school high so they can fail a urine test and it not make a difference. There are all kind of secondary plot points that many other films would have gone into deeper into, but this flick just touches on and moves on. For me, that is the way to do it, but I know that there are people out there that would have liked for there to be more depth to the love story, more character development along the way, a better build up of the rivalry between Henry and Sebastian, etc.

What didn’t I like?

Telegraph. It seems that in movies, television, or what have you, whenever a random event, device, etc is introduced, you know it is going to have some kind of impact later on. This film does that, but it forget the device until what is basically the zero hour. I wouldn’t have a problem with this, but this invention is so great, albeit rough, that is deserved a bit more.

Harassment. Chiklis’ character is obviously a low-life, slime ball but, as we find out later in the film, he is also one that engages in sexual harassment. There is never a good time to have this, but this just seemed like the writers were sitting around thinking of an idea for a characteristic to give the guy, wrote the ideas on a dartboard and randomly threw for what character flaw he would ultimately have.

High School is a film that isn’t for everyone, but if you’re in the mood for a couple of good laughs, then this is for you. Sure, this is going to rub some people the wrong way, but that is to be expected when you have a film that has to do with getting an entire high school high. Sure, ti could have deal more with friendship and academics, but this wouldn’t have been such an enjoyable comedy if they went that route. Maybe some point in your future, you should check it out.

3 3/4 out of 5 stars

Splice

Posted in Horror, Movie Reviews, Sci-Fi/Fantasy with tags , , , , on November 20, 2010 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Genetic engineers Clive Nicoli (Adrien Brody) and Elsa Kast (Sarah Polley) achieve fame by successfully splicing together the DNA of different animals to create incredible new hybrid animals. Now they want to use human DNA in a hybrid that could revolutionize science and medicine. But the pharmaceutical company that funds their research, N.E.R.D. (Nucleic Exchange Research and Development), forbids it, instead mandating that their department be reorganized to focus on finding and extracting certain proteins from the creatures they have already created. Not wishing to spend all their time engaged in what they consider mundane research for the next 5-10 years, Clive and Elsa secretly conduct their own experiments, blending human DNA with that of other animals.

Though they disagree about actually bringing the hybrid to term, Elsa pushes the issue and she persuades Clive to go along with it, in continued secrecy. They name their creature Dren (nerd backwards), who exceeds their wildest dreams; she begins to grow and learn at an accelerated rate. As their lab becomes exceedingly crowded, and the risk of Dren being discovered increases, they move Dren to Elsa’s late mother’s farm.

Their work at the company suffers as their attention is focused on Dren. One of the original hybrid animals that they had created, which was originally female, had changed sex unbeknownst to Clive and Elsa since they were distracted. This led to a disastrous presentation during a company shareholders’ meeting, when the two original hybrids, previously one male and one female very much in love with each other, became both male, killed each other in front of shareholders and potential investors. Following this meeting, N.E.R.D., found itself in danger of going out of business unless they could find a profitable discovery.

Meanwhile, Dren has become amphibious and omnivorous with a toxic sting and retractable wings coming out of parts of her arm and back. Elsa, who had formed a maternal bond with Dren, changes her mind after Dren shows violent behavior, killing her own pet cat out of spite and assaulting her. She cuts off her stinger and uses organic tissue from it to finally isolate and synthesize a protein they had been searching for.

Soon after, Clive is seduced by Dren and has sex with her, much to Elsa’s disgust; during her sexual encounter with Clive, Dren reveals that she had regenerated her stinger. Elsa and Clive have a heated argument about Clive having cheated, when he confronts her, having figured out that she used samples of her own DNA in the creation of Dren. Deciding to deal with Dren, they go back to the farm, only to discover her body in the water tank, apparently sick. Within a short amount of time Dren seems to die.

They bury Dren near the farmhouse but before they leave, their boss from the pharmaceutical company arrives, having figured out that there was some sort of human hybrid because of the DNA present in the protein they had finally synthesized. Elsa tells her boss he can dig up Dren’s body if he really wants to see it. Suddenly, they are attacked by Dren, who was not dead, but apparently in some sort of coma as her body underwent changes that turned her into a male. After killing her boss and Clive’s brother, Dren drags Clive into a freezing pond. Elsa pulls him out, but he is unconscious, so Elsa flees. Dren finds her and rapes her. As Dren is raping Elsa, Clive comes to the rescue, impaling Dren with a large sharp branch. Dren kills Clive with a toxic sting, but is dealt a fatal blow by Elsa when she smashes his head with a rock.

Later on, Elsa is seen in the office of the pharmaceutical company’s head and is given a massive amount of money in exchange for her silence and taking the experiment to the “next stage”. The head of the company then thanks Elsa for the personal risk that she is undergoing. Elsa stands up and is revealed to be pregnant, but it is left ambiguous to whether it is Dren or Clive’s child, presumably Dren’s

REVIEW:

I’ve been asked by more than a few people to check this flick out. When I first saw the trailers for it, it reminded me a little bit of Species. However, after watching it this afternoon, there really aren’t too many similarities, but at the same time, there are.

Splice can best be appreciated by those in the science community. The reason I say that is they use a lot of scientific terminology which can easily fly over the heads of us non-scientific folks. Having said that, I do appreciate the fact they didn’t try to dumb it down.

The drama aspect of the story works, but I kind of felt as if they were trying to force the whole couple issues between Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley’s characters down out throats a bit. Maybe that was just me, though.

The special effects throughout here are ok, but I wasn’t impressed. They seem to be very run of the mill. Nothing impressive about them…to me anyway.

The action scenes that are in here are fairly pedestrian, but the climactic battle at the end is pretty good. I guess they did save the best for last.

The acting here was very humdrum. Adrien Brody seemed a bit more wooded and lifeless than he normally does in his films, while Sarha Polley appeared lost in most of her scenes.

Splice isn’t a bad film, it just isn’t that great. I think this could have been a much better, more enjoyable film, but that didn’t happen. Do I recommend this to you? Eh…sure, but don’t expect too much from it. I mean, this was an ok flick to watch on a whim, but if you have something better you want to watch, go with that.

3 out of 5 stars

Cadillac Records

Posted in Drama, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 11, 2009 by Mystery Man

 

PLOT:

This movie is based on the true story of how a small music recording studio, Chess Records, located on the south side of Chicago, began recording blues music with Muddy Waters (Jeffrey Wright) and Little Walter (Columbus Short) in 1947, and eventually gave birth to rock and roll in 1955 with Chuck Berry (Mos Def). Record producer, Leonard Chess (Adrien Brody) has an ear for this different type of music, and believes he can cash in by signing up new talent such as songwriter, Willie Dixon (Cedric the Entertainer), Howlin’ Wolf (Eamonn Walker), and Etta James (Beyonce Knowles). Leonard Chess makes all of his artist part of his family and takes care of them. This is not an easy job for him, because they spend a small fortune on booze, drugs, and the high life. When Chuck Berry goes to jail, Leonard is able to find another talented performer, Etta James, to take his place. In the late sixties, as their music goes out of favor, Leonard Chess gets out of the record business. Douglas Young (the-movie-guy) .

REVIEW:

As a music (and Beyonce) lover, I couldn’t help but be curious as to how good or bad this film was. After watching it this afternoon, I was pleasantly surprised.

Adrien Brody flexes his acting chops and reminds us all why he won that Oscar not too long ago. He really brings depth and believability to Leonard Chess.

Jeffrey Wright is best known to me as Peoples Hernandez from Shaft. I had no idea he was capable of handling such a taxing role as Muddy Waters. It seems as if he is familiar with Waters and may even have been a fan.

I’ve heard that Etta James was not happy with Beyonce playing her in this film. I’m a fan of Beyonce, but I can see Etta’s point. Beyonce just didn’t seem right for this role. For me, it seemed as though she was trying to channel her character from Dreamgirls. The only difference seems to be that Etta has meat on her bones and is grittier. Make no mistake about Beyonce’s talent, this just wasn’t the role for her, no matter what she thinks.

Mos Def, Cedric the Entertainer, Gabrielle Union, and Emmanuelle Chriqui round out this outstanding cast. Each steps up their game a notch and delivers arguably the best performances of their career.

You can’t have a film about musicians without a killer soundtrack, and this film is no exception, but I could have done without the rap version of a Muddy Waters song that played as the film ended. I know many think work such as that is genius, but I find it offensive and lazy. They’re just using someone else’s work as a part of their own because they are too lazy to come up with something on their own…just like Hollywood with all the reboots and remakes.

This film is obvioulsy about all the artists at Chess Records, but it seems to foucs almost exclusively on Muddy Waters. Now, I would have no issue with this, if the film was a Muddy Waters biopic, but it isn’t, so more screentime shouldh ave been given to the other acts, especially Howln’ Wolf and Etta James.

As far as biopics go, this is one of the more entertaining films in recent memory. It kept my attention from beginning to end, which is no easy task, let me tell you. The performances were top notch, as was the music. I think anyone that wants to watch this is more than likely going to be interested in it for the subject matter (not counting those who would watch just for Beyonce) and will enjoy it.

4 out of 5 stars