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Office Christmas Party

by on Jan.09, 2017, under Movie Reviews

office christmas partyThis is one of those movies that you go to just for the fun of seeing a movie like this. Your expectations go down, which can be nice, and you just sit back and let the entertainment wash over you. It’s also the kind of fun film you can go to family with during the holidays…

The premise is formulaic as one would expect with competing siblings who inherit a company from their father bump heads as to how the family business should be run. TJ Miller runs a failing branch of the company and wants to set up an office Christmas party to both rally the disgruntled employees who might be losing their jobs as well as win over the salesman of a major company with which a major contract could be scored that would save the day. His sister, played by Jennifer Aniston, is the uptight president of the company that wants to trim the fat by eliminating jobs and closing branches.

As you can imagine, the main event is the party and once it gets going, it gets really, really going. Every time you think they can’t take it much further, well, then the jousting with shopping carts and flaming christmas trees happens. Suffice it to say, things get pretty outrageous, the main characters learn lessons and everything turns out mostly ok for everyone. Overall it’s a enjoyable throwaway kind of film you can enjoy but will probably think viewing it once is enough.

The actors all hit their marks well playing their roles effectively. Noone is redefining the wheel here but they fit the typical characters they portray well. The lineup consists of many familiar faces including some from SNL with Kate McKinnon, Rob Corddry, Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, Courtney Vance, and Vanessa Bayer.

If you go into this film with no expectations other than just having a good time without a ton of substance, you’ll probably enjoy Office Christmas Party.

reviewed by Sean McKnight

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Jedi Junkies

by on Mar.16, 2014, under Movie Reviews

This documentary explores the cultural movement of Star Wars fans and how the movies have effected their lives. It’s a fan’s documentary about the fans that take fandom to a different level.

Some of the level of collecting that is done I found is interesting to discover. Entire houses are filled in some cases of some of the most extensive and obscure items purchased through the Star Wars universe.

Then there’s the prop building and costume construction – much of it is extremely well done and created with intense focus and dedication. One particular fan built a quarter scale Millennium Falcon in his back yard that could accommodate several people climbing into it.

It could be said that some of these people’s obsessions might be a bit over-the-top where the lifestyle impedes on people financially or keeps them from interacting with others and building relationships. Everyone has obsessions of some sort, but there can be too much of a good thing.

Olivia Munn and Peter Mayhew (the actor who played Chewbacca) are interviewed. Munn is enjoyable and funny and is also a big Star Wars enthusiast. Ray Park (Darth Maul) is featured as well.

The production quality is ok but nothing to write home about it. It was shot in 2010 but looks low definition.

This is a documentary by fans for fans providing an interesting look into the subculture spawned by Star Wars.

reviewed by Sean McKnight

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