Wednesday, November 30, 2011
In the tradition of raunchy holiday films such as "Bad Santa" and "A Christmas Story," Harold and Kumar have joined the list. The pot-smoking duo have grown up, well sort of, and are now leading different lives away from each other. Harold is a top business man who is married and ready to start a family. Kumar dropped out of medical school and has a pregnant ex-girlfriend. Faith brings the old friends back together as they journey through New York City in search of the perfect Christmas tree. It would not be a Harold and Kumar film without trouble and Neil Patrick Harris. The 3D effects are fun, but not visually amazing. Overall, "A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas" is the perfect film to escape to while the kids and relatives are shopping during the holiday season.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
What an interesting take on the Snow White fairy tale. The all star cast includes Kristen Stewart as Snow White, Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen and Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman. The film is slated to come out during the 2012 summer season.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
"Puss in Boots" finally shines light upon the cat. Over the years, I found myself wondering if cats would ever be viewed as heroes in the world of film. They are always portrayed as evil, cunning creatures who work for the villain. Dogs are the ones who are loyal, respectful and never do anything wrong. Well, Hollywood should invest in cats because they can surprise people.
"Puss in Boots" is a 3D visual treat. There are times when you may find yourself reaching for the screen trying to pet Puss. In the latest adventure, the audience learns how Puss (Antonio Banderas) received his famous boots. Puss leads the life of a fugitive until he meets Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek). She convinces Puss to help her and his old friend Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis) find the magic beans which will lead them to the Golden Goose. The only problem is they have to get past Jack (Billy Bob Thornton) and Jill (Amy Sedaris).
This is the perfect film for cat lovers as it pokes fun of common cat behaviors. Hopefully the cat will continue to gain respect in Hollywood and move away the evil, lazy and manipulative stereotypes.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Johnny Depp is the king of odd roles. "The Rum Diary" is based off of the novel by Hunter S. Thompson, which is about Paul Kemp (Depp) who moves to San Juan, Puerto Rico during the 1950's to work for a daily newspaper. At first, the newspaper is just another job to Paul until the rum gets in the way. Kemp eventually learns that the newspaper and Sanderson (Aaron Eckhart) want to continue to Americanize Puerto Rico instead of discussing the real issues at hand.
The film is extremely awkward from Depp walking around in his boxers after a rough night to his attempt to seduce Chenault (Amber Heard). Now, maybe that's how Depp wanted Paul to be, but his acting was off. Depp is one of the most amazing actors of this generation, but when his other characters pop out into different roles it doesn't make the character believable.
"The Rum Diary" isn't a complete lost. Paul has tons of drunken escapades and learns about cock fighting. Those parts will keep the audience engaged.
Overall, once the end credits roll there will be someone who will say- "That film was awkward."