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Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

Posted in Pretty Good with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 10, 2016 by Des

Hello everyone and welcome to my podcast,
I reviewed the comedy sequel, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. The neighbors are about to finalize the sale of their house when sorority girls move in next door. They must stop the girls in order to successfully sell their house!
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The Good Dinosaur

Posted in Pretty Good with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 26, 2016 by Des

Hello everyone and welcome to my podcast,
I reviewed the animated film, The Good Dinosaur. Arlo is lost from his home and finds a best friend. Can they find their way home together?
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The Rewrite

Posted in Pretty Good with tags , , , , , , , on February 9, 2015 by Des

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Release: February, 2015.

Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Plot: An Oscar-Winning writer is in a rut. He can’t get any work in Hollywood. He is resorted to taking a teaching job at Binghamton University. 

I was lucky enough to attend an advanced screening of The Rewrite as well as a Q & A held afterward with star of the film, Hugh Grant and the writer/director, Marc Lawrence. This was a special experience for me because I am a Binghamton University Alum. Watching this film filled me with Binghamton pride!

The film itself was cute, much like Marc Lawrence’s other films. He writes romantic comedies and he writes them well. There was the protagonist, the man that’s in a rut. Said protagonist used to be on top, he longs for the good ole’ days, he longs for his former glory. It seems to be all down hill from here. He hits rock bottom, which for Keith (Hugh Grant) is a teaching job at Binghamton University until he becomes inspired by a hard working woman that just gets him. 

This is a typical story line but it’s one that works in any situation with any character of any age or ethnicity. This is a love story that is extremely likable because it is relate-able. 

The Rewrite has many laugh out loud moments but it had even more heart warming “aww” out loud moments. This is a sweet, adorable, heart warming film. I even teared up a few times. The Rewrite is definitely worth checking out, especially if you love romantic comedies. 

Go Bearcats! 

The Last Days

Posted in Pretty Good with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2014 by Des

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Release Date: July, 2013

Plot Outline: A deadly form of agoraphobia mysteriously takes over the world.

Rating: 3.5/5

Heads up, this film has subtitles. It is in Spanish.

The Last Days was nothing short of fascinating. I very much enjoyed watching this film. I thought the metaphors and symbolism throughout the film were extremely clever and well utilized. While watching the film I was amazed and my mind was racing. Not only was The Last Days entertaining and emotional, but it also held a lot of meaning and successfully delivered its many messages to the audience.

Online, I have seen many people asking why this illness occurred, asking to get to the root of it and see if there is a cure but this is not like other epidemic/illness type films. Asking these questions is not the purpose of the film. It is not important to know how or why this happened. The important aspect of this film is the consequences. Hearing the messages being delivered are the purpose of this film.

Great film! Entertaining, emotional, will keep you on the edge of your seat at times, and full of meaning. It’s the whole package.

If you liked this see: Blindness

Walk of Shame

Posted in Pretty Good with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 19, 2014 by Des

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Plot Outline: A reporter’s dream of becoming a news anchor is compromised after a one-night stand leaves her stranded in downtown L.A. without a phone, car, ID or money – and only 8 hours to make it to the most important job interview of her life. (IMDB.com)

Rating: 2.5/5

While Walk of Shame was not the best movie I have seen lately, it was largely entertaining. With its over the top and exaggerated conflicts, I was laughing and giggling with without shame! I know this movie is dumb but Walk of Shame knows it’s dumb and a guilty watch though, that’s why it is ridiculous without apology. Walk of Shame knows what it is and it is not ashamed. It is ridiculous!

Elizabeth Banks is adorable and funny. She is mistaken for a prostitute throughout the film because she is wearing a little yellow dress from clubbing the night before. She finds herself in the ghetto, a crack house, and trying to steal her car from an impound lot.

This movie is by no means deep or emotional or winning any awards any time soon but I recommend it if you are in the mood for a dumb, mindless comedy. I laughed and you might too.

Odd Thomas

Posted in Pretty Good with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 15, 2014 by Des

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Release Date: February 28th, 2014

Plot Outline: A guy that can see dead people is faced with a dangerous mystery he only has one day to solve.

Rating: 3/5

 

Odd Thomas was an interesting movie. It was quirky and fun to watch and all the while kept me on the edge of my seat. What I liked most about this film was that it was completely unpredictable. Many films follow the same script over and over again and become completely predictable and boring to watch. Not Odd Thomas! Though there are many movies that involve an odd boy being able to see dead people, this was a twist on an old tale.

I did really like Odd Thomas and recommend it but there were a few downsides to the flick. The acting throughout the movie was pretty awful. It felt like the actors were forcing the words to come out of their mouths. The dialogues throughout the movie were awkward and forced, especially between the main couple of the film. While their relationship was cute, their over the top love for one another was nothing short of vomit worthy. Another downfall of the film was that there were minor plot holes. The plot holes weren’t huge or anything that will keep you up at night but I did notice a few.

My one major complaint about Odd Thomas was that instead of certain actions being taken to portray a point, the point was stated over and over and over again.

Two examples of this. 1: The two main characters, Odd and Stormy are in love. They constantly tell each other how in love with each other they are or that they are each other’s soul mates instead of just acting like they are in love. 2: Odd Thomas is supposedly a “weird” person. I would never once have thought he was strange or different if every 5 minutes someone didn’t state that he is odd or weird or different. His character seemed to be to be an average guy but the movie tries to drill in your head that he is strange by repeating it constantly.

Though the acting was bad, the characters were lovable. The film kept me on the edge of my seat and anxious throughout!

Overall I really liked Odd Thomas. I thought it was cute and fun to watch and it definitely kept my attention. It left me wanting more!

If you liked this see: Zombieland

About Time

Posted in Pretty Good with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 8, 2014 by Des

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Release Date: November 1st, 2013

Plot Outline: A guy learns he can travel back in time.

Rating: 3/5

I hated About Time for approximately the first 30 minutes. I couldn’t stand the main character, Tim and his whining. Wah, wah, wah, I want a girlfriend, wah wah I want to be in love.  So obnoxious. Learn how to live your life and be independent, Tim!

I think I would have been less annoyed had Tim liked a particular girl but no, he just wanted a girlfriend, any girl would do. Doesn’t matter her personality or anything, any girl would do to fill his empty life with some meaning, cause ya know, what else are girlfriends for?

So, after Tim gets a girlfriend the movie got better because he whined less. About Time was marketed as a love story, about a whiny pathetic guy obsessed with finding love. That is what the movie was about for the first half hour but after that it became more charming. About Time was filled with life lessons and Tim learning to appreciate what he has. Granted, Tim’s life was pretty damn perfect. I did appreciate the moral of the story and the acting was great and the story line was sweet and each relationship and character in the movie was absolutely lovable but Tim’s life was maybe a tad less than perfect. Tim found the love of his life and they had absolutely no issues in their relationship, Tim had an amazing relationship with his parents, he found a great job, and he has adorable children. One of his issues was picking a best man because he has so many people in his life he loves so much. Poor you Tim, poor you.

Tim learns through his travels that he needs to appreciate each and every moment. Well that is easy to do when your life is so easy and perfect. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy About Time. It was sweet and charming but it would have been nice to see the main character go through some character development and overcome challenges. The movie attempted to add more depth when his adorable, lovable sister has a life issues…for about two minutes.

I really loved the relationship with Tim and his father. In my opinion, it was the sweetest relationship in the film.

About Time is worth a watch if you are in the mood for a lighthearted, sweet, charming film. Aren’t we all once in a while?