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[Review] – This Is 40

6 Jan

This Is 40

Title: This Is 40
Year: 2012
Director: Judd Apatow
Writer: Judd Apatow, based on characters by himself
Starring: Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, John Lithgow, Megan Fox, Albert Brooks, Maude Apatow, Iris Apatow, Jason Segel, Charlyne Yi, Tim Bagley, Melissa McCarthy, Lena Dunham, Chris O’Dowd, Rob Smigel, Annie Mumolo
MPAA Rating: R, sexual content, crude humor, pervasive language and some drug material
Runtime: 134 min
IMDb Rating: 6.4
Rotten Tomatoes: 50%
Metacritic: 58

I am, like so many others, a devout member of the church of Judd Apatow. What the man has done to change the comedic landscape of our time during the last decade or so really is amazing. From having his hand in some of the most adored cult TV shows in recent memory, from The Ben Stiller Show to The Larry Sanders Show to, of course, the short-lived masterpiece that was Freaks and Geeks, to revolutionizing comedy in the mid 00’s with films like The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up and Superbad.

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[Trailer] – This Is 40

7 Aug

A few months ago we got the first trailer for This is 40, the new film directed by Judd Apatow, the “sort-of” sequel to his Knocked Up. Now, a second trailer for the film is out, which you can watch after the cut.

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[Trailer] – The Dictator

7 May

Next week Sacha Baron Cohen‘s The Dictator finally hits theaters, and if kidnapping Martin Scorsese on Saturday Night Live this past weekend wasn’t enough, we’ve now gotten a brand new red-band trailer for the film which you can watch after the cut.

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[Trailer] – This Is 40

27 Apr

Judd Apatow is back in the director’s chair this year for the first time since 2009’s Funny People (which was a bit of a flop, though I personally liked it). But anyway’s, the film he has lined up for this year, This Is 40, is a “sort-of” sequel to his great Knocked Up, and the first trailer for it has just been released, and you can watch it after the cut.

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[Review] – Friends With Kids

9 Apr

Title: Friends with Kids
Year: 2012
Director: Jennifer Westfeldt
Writer: Jennifer Westfeldt
Starring: Adam Scott, Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O’Dowd, Megan Fox, Edward Burns
MPAA Rating: R, sexual content and language
Runtime: 107 min
IMDb Rating: 6.3
Rotten Tomatoes: 63%
Metacritic: 55

No, Friends with Kids is not a Bridesmaids sequel or spin-off of any kind, though you wouldn’t be blamed for thinking that from looking at the promotional materials for this one. After all, this film features Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Chris O’Dowd in supporting roles, all of whom appeared in last year’s hilarious comedy (which I gave an A- t0 and was my 39th favorite film of the year). But no, this isn’t connected to Bridesmaids in any other way than having those great people appear in it, which is due to the fact that they’re all good friends in real life and love to work with each other.

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[Trailer] – The Dictator

28 Mar

 

A brand new trailer for Sacha Baron Cohen‘s new film, The Dictator, has just been released, and this one’s actually succeeded in getting me excited for the film.

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon

12 Jul

Title: Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Year: 
2011
Director: 
Michael Bay
Writer: Ehren Kruger
Starring: 
Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Tyrese Gibson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Patrick Dempsey, Kevin Dunn, Julie White, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand
MPAA Rating: 
PG-13, intense prolonged sequences of sci-fi action violence, mayhem and destruction, and for language, some sexuality and innuendo
Runtime: 
157 min
Major Awards: –

IMDb Rating: 
6.7
Rotten Tomatoes: 
36%

 

This third Transformers movie is the last one, right? If it is, then that’s just about the only good thing I can say about Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Michael Bay’s latest attempt at reducing our IQ’s with two hours and a half full of battling car-robots and a sexy love interest for Shia LaBeouf, who I really don’t like even though he was in Disturbia which I did like. The only other good thing I have to say about this third film is that at least now the sexy love interest is actually sexy. Not to say that Megan Fox is ugly, because she obviously isn’t, but I just really really don’t like her at all, not even physically, I think she’s way overrated and that probably has something to do that her abilities as an actress are so deplorable that that downgrades even her looks. But yeah, one of the few good decisions Michael Bay made about this film was to kick her out and get a new actress who’s actually supremely sexy, who is of course the gorgeous Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who you might know from your local Victoria’s Secret. Now, this is one of those cases in which having a super model act isn’t a bad idea at all, because every single role in these Transformers films, especially the love interest one, doesn’t require an ounce of credible acting. Ms. Huntington-Whiteley only needed to look pretty while screaming at huge robots, and at least she did that.

But then again, a lot of people watch these films no matter what. The first film is the 24th highest-grossing film domestically and 43rd worldwide, the second one is 11th and 25th, and this one has been out for only two weeks and is already 51st and 47th. So yeah, when you have a franchise that’s made to date $2.2 billion with this one still rolling in the cash for weeks to come then you can’t blame people for making them because they’re financially awesome decisions. And people watch these films because its great escapist entertainment, but I mean, these are two and a half hour movies that really get tedious, I don’t care how great escapism watching robots beat up each other may be. As for the 3D aspect of this one, well the added dimension was actually nicely handled, and the only reason why I don’t think I’ll fail this movie is because at least they made 3D that was semi-decent, but the thing is that the story it told was so dumb and thinly written you just couldn’t care about any of it after you get over how sexy Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is, which happens at around the twenty-minute mark.

The first Transformers I actually liked, I would have given it a B grade had I been grading films back then, I thought it was a really fun movie because the script was actually pretty decent for a summer blockbuster, it had fun introducing the characters and having Sam be super surprised when he saw his car was a robot. The second film, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, is sensationally crappy, and I would have no doubt failed that film. And even though this one is marginally better, it’s still so stupid because you get the gist that Michael Bay, the master of stale acting and loud explosions, is just trying to get from action sequence 1 from action sequence 2 without caring even a little bit about the stuff in between them.

Thing is, hard as it may be to believe, I actually think that Michael Bay actually listened to his many critics when he made this one, at least a bit. Not to say that he finally made a truly good film, and not to say that the guy won’t keep looking like the most arrogant and douchey sort of director alive, but when you compare this one to the second film, you’ll see that there are much less racial stereotypes, no slapsticky comedy one horribly wrong. Yes, it’s not as though he improved the bad things, but at least he scrapped off entirely the really bad ones, and that’s a step in the right direction, no matter how much longer the road may still be for him. So yeah, as much as you’ll hate a lot of things about Transformers: Dark of the Moon, at least appreciate the fact that Tyrese Gibson’s character is now more of a leader and not just a comic-relief African-American guy, appreciate the fact that Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s character is a female that while still acting as the bimbo-in-peril at least isn’t over-sexualized to the point of getting you to uncomfortably cringe.

But, you know what, my point is: please do avoid Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Yes, it’s easier to follow the action sequences now that it was in the second film, but these scenes are still ridiculously long and have little to none connective tissues between them, having seemingly been edited by a fifteen year-old with a severe case of ADD. And that’s why I haven’t listed the plot so far here, because it doesn’t matter, this is mindless entertainment at its most basic, and that’s another reason for why I won’t fail this movie, because it is what it is, and even though Michael Bay may get a bit pretentious when talking about how good it is, you know what it really is and you’ll still pay big bucks to watch it. Also, the biggest reason as for why I won’t fail this film is that I keep hoping that once the film gets its blu-ray release there’ll be a cue for you to put the movie on mute, press play on Pink Floyd’s legendary The Dark Side of the Moon album and then it’ll all make more sense. Fingers crossed.

Grade: C-