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Sausage Party

by on Mar.26, 2017, under Movie Reviews

sausage partySausage Party is not your typical Pixar-inspired feel good animation love fest. No, this one is rated R for very good reasons and is NOT for the family. That aside, the film is as brilliant as it is crude, and believe me, it’s plenty of both…

The story is set mostly in a grocery store, where at night the products of said store come to life and have their own aspirations and adventures. The goal of these items including food, soap, paper towels, basically anything you can buy, is to get picked up by one of the “gods” (humans) and taken away to the promised land beyond the doors of the supermarket to live happily ever after. Only the truth of it is, these poor sundries have no idea that they’re being set up for consumption, a fact that is revealed to them later to great dismay.

The humor in this film is both low-brow and high-brow at the same time. Many cultural references are placed throughout the film, like how bagel and falafel don’t get along so well in the beginning and how this is creating tension between these different types of food. Now, you might not understand what I mean at first, but if you place bagel within the Jewish cultural landscape compared to falafel from the Middle East, you’ll see what I’m getting at. There’s a lot of subtle nods like that permeating the film in a way that I know I’ll have to go back and watch again to pick up on all the references I missed the first time around.

And I will watch this film again as it is super funny and had me laughing nearly throughout the whole thing. The humor is truly brilliant, at moments tongue-in-cheek while at others totally overt and just bashing you over the head with absurdity. A good example is the orgy at the end, which is of course the “climax” if you will, of the film which was so over-the-top ridiculous you can’t help but get lost in it, laughing out loud all the way.

The actors must’ve had a blast making this one; they’re a lot of fun to listen to and watch through their characters. The crazy ass lineup in this one includes Seth Rogan, Jonah Hill (both of which helped to write the film as well), Kristin Wiig, Michael Cera, James Franco, Bill Hader, Salma Hayek, Anders Holm, Nick Kroll (who is brilliant as “Douche”), Danny McBride, Paul Rudd, Lauren Miller and believe-it-or-not, Edward Norton.

This movie is a blast to watch, I can’t remember the last time a film that made me laugh so much. Definitely check out Sausage Party, but not with the kids!

reviewed by Sean McKnight

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The Interview

by on Feb.01, 2015, under Movie Reviews

the interviewSo the set up here goes like this: James Franco plays Dave Skylark, the host of a celebrity tabloid show called Skylark Tonight. Seth Rogen plays the show’s producer Aaron Rapoport. Upon reaching episode 1,000, Rapoport starts to question his professional integrity based on episodes of his show showcasing Rob Lowe’s baldness or whether or not Eminem is gay. In order to validate himself professionally he decides to move the show in a different direction and takes a swing at serious journalism when the show gets the opportunity to interview Kim Jong-un, supreme leader of North Korea.

What starts as political satire quickly (d)evolves into a cheesy, action comedy which was disappointing. The film might have worked here but it went from something you could escape into to something that became pretty outrageous and barely watchable. The film becomes suspect when the CIA gets involved and wants to turn Skylark and Rapoport into assassins with the intent of killing Kim Jong-un. That was where my eyebrows went up. From there, the film goes downhill much faster…

As far as the writing goes, there are some clever and funny moments, but they’re few and far in-between in favor of more slapstick, poop jokes, and stupidity-based humor. Oh, and somehow both characters (who have never done anything action-oriented in their lives supposedly) seem to know how to fight, shoot guns and drive tanks. SPOILER: The real treat in the action comes during the fight sequence featuring fingers being bitten off (no, I’m not kidding, this happens multiple times).

The acting is ok but a little forced at spots. Franco’s character starts off somewhat fun but keeps getting bigger and more annoying as the film progresses. Eventually he becomes cartoony and a bit hard to watch. Rogen’s character is typical of the characters he usually plays – uptight but likes to party, clumsy but can shoot a gun, etc. Rogen seems to be a caricature of himself in each film he does nowadays without any kind of growth. The role he plays here could easily be switched with Pineapple Express or The Green Hornet (and that includes the slow-mo party segments). Is he even really trying anymore?

You may remember hearing of the hype surrounding the film when it was first released due to the threats from North Korea following the Sony hack. Well, preliminary reviews for the film weren’t great, just before the threats. The film was only delayed a very short time before it was released anyway, ignoring the threats and capitalizing on the hype. Hmmm, kind of begs the question if there was ever a threat in the first place…Either way, I wasn’t impressed.

reviewed by Sean McKnight

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes

by on Aug.26, 2011, under Movie Reviews

If you

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes (a worthy franchise player)

by on Aug.26, 2011, under Movie Reviews

Coming in at an estimated budget of 93 million dollars, (nearly as much the Tea Party congressional delegates should have spent psychotherapy on last year), I should think that 20th Century Fox could construct a story that would keep us in our seats, and they do. From the opening shots at the GeneSys lab, to the ending where history has taken a rather abrupt turn for the worse, I was riveted by this allegorical tale.

And let us be clear here, this is an allegory, just as the original movie, Planet of the Apes, was an allegory. It is a story told about a reality that does not exist in order to get us to speculate about the reality that is. Like Br

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