21 November 2013

The To Do List

And the Bill Hader week continues with "The To-do list". I again absolutely love everything Hader.

Set in the mid 90's the To-Do List follows the life of a socially awkward and super genius Aubrey Plaza, who is on a mission. On a mission to de-virginize herself in all ways possible. She goes on this mission after being heckled at her during her valedictorian speech at her high school graduation. She then goes to her first high school party and meets imaginatively named Rusty Waters, a college guy with so very many muscles. 
Her sister Rachel Bilson who is marrying my all time favorite comedian Adam Pally and her parents seem to always be conflicted with the amount of information they want to provide their daughter with the world of the 'sex'.   
She joins a public swimming pool as a lifeguard and guess who her boss is? Rusty Waters, who seems to be weirdly interested in Plaza.
Oh, and his boss is Bill Hader. Who despite being a pool manager can not swim. She is joined by Cameron, her lab partner from high school, who is co-incidentally in love with her. 
Thus, begins a love triangle between Plaza, Cameron and Rusty Waters. 
It starts with Plaza using Cameron as her little play thing in order to complete her list of sexual ting-tings, but continues to flirt and hope for the final shebang with Rusty Waters.
All of the teenage hormones boils down to Aubrey Plaza making Andy Samberg, who is a stoner band dude. They get caught by Bill Hader and that's when you realise that he is infact super awesome indeed. 
The movie ends rather abruptly, and has many dips in the middle of the movie.
It does feature several of my favorite actors, Andy Samberg, Don Glover, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Clark Gregg are only some of them.
The story is a great one, and I have always loved Aubrey Plaza's deadpan delivery, however, just this once, I would need a little more reaction to be a bit more happy with the movie.
All in all, it's a great example of a coming to age movie but I guess that once that you cross the age mark of being young enough to giggle at the word pe**s, you probably won't enjoy it as much.
The Good: It's like the Pokemon of movies, it's got them all.
The Bad: It's just the tiniest bit shy of being awesome.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

You know how there are movies that make you go aww and feel all warm inside? And then there are some movies which are just so cute that it physically hurts to turn away. And some movies that make you feel like there is a litter of fluffy puppies prancing all over you.
Well, this movie is a combination of all of them. 
Filled to the brim with Adorableness.

We flash back to Swallow Falls at the end of the last movie, the Magic Food Making Machine with an Elaborate Abbreviation has been disabled and people are all happy again. Flint Lockwood along with Sam Sparks and all the team decide to create a team and go on an invention spree.
However, they are interrupted by Lockwood's childhood hero Chester V, who arrives to invite Flint to his company to design The-Next-Best-Thing, and offer to clean up Swallow Falls. But, wait! There's a catch! The people of Swallow falls must leave to make sure that they don't interfere with the clean up process.
Cut to a building/office space that looks eerily similar to a Google office. He spends the next six months creating it. Meanwhile his friends are trying to adjust to a life that not on an island.
Suddenly Flint is invited to the Office of Chester where he explains that the the food of the Magic Food Machine has melded with the ecosystem and has created an amalgamation of food-animals who are running rampant in Swallow Falls.
It is now the job of Flint Lockwood and Co. to go back to Swallow Falls and get rid of the food-animals.
It is a beautifully animated and charming movie. You just know that the makers of the movie had some cray-cray imagination going on in there.
It's filled to the brim with adorableness and has a great essence to it. And it has Anna Faris, neil Patrick Harris AND Bill Hader.
Watch it!
Watch it, now!
No, seriously, stop reading this, silly-billy, go and watchy-watchy.

The Good: Have I not said enough?
The Bad: It's just the tiniest bit childish in some places. But ignore that. And it's still super cute.

2 November 2013

Lone Ranger

Despite the miserable reviews that it got, I liked it. Something to do with Armie Hammer's delectable voice and the fact that I am in love with everything Depp.
But despite that, I still enjoyed the essence of the movie.

This movie was a quintessential Wild Wild West movie. Except for the fact that it had great action and a delightful script.
It's made as a narration of the life of Tonto and Johnny, told by Tonto to a child in a museum.
It perfectly combined the quirky style of Depp and the humor you come to expect of his movies.
I had to watch about 70 minutes worth the movie in order to realize that the main love interest was Jane from Jane Eyre. Such a shame that she's been typecast this way. However, she did do justice to the role, portraying a beautiful damsel in distress. She is married to Hammer's older brother and has a son with him, and somehow has all the time in the world to have sexual tension with her brother-in-law. In an unfortunate incident the brother dies, leaving Hammer to swoop in and console the grieving widow with his Body of a Wonderland.
Hammer portrays a law loving naive lawyer who in a freak accident bonds with Tonto (Depp), and then becomes a ranger out to free the desert of the Indians. He eventually realizes that the life that he lives is that of a lie, gets attacked, dies, is saved by Tonto spiritually, becomes like a weird immortal thing-a-ma-bob which can't be harmed in war, and in a Robin Hood twist goes rouge with Tonto. They are also helped by a Madame of a brothel, played by Helena Bonham Carter, who instills the faith that even the weird girls can be appreciated.
This movie combines two of my favorite things, the wonderful concept and raw magnetism of Zorro and the mystery of the Pirates of the Caribbean.
The cinematography of the movie was something that I enjoyed immensely. Due to me being a massive nerd, I do enjoy the lens flares that the Star Trek movies have become famous for, which is there plentiful in this movie as well.
There never was a movie that Gore Verbinski made that I didn't like. And it is true for this as well. I am a huge believer that half of the movie resides in the brain of the director, and Gore is one of the few who manage to make it come to life.
I am also a huge sucker for a good background score, and Lone Ranger does not disappoint in anyway. 
The problem that I faced with this movie was that, if I wasn't such a fan of almost everyone who worked in the movie, I would have stopped watching halfway through. The story just didn't seem gripping enough and the buildup to the same was a little too long.
The movie struggled with severe highs and lows, when the action was going on there was nothing I could do but stop blinking but then there would be a long period of Johnny Depp being and looking mysterious.
Maybe because I never heard The Lone Ranger on radio before so I was under no illusions as to what I should expect from the same. 
It was like a regular buddy cop film, where they take two people with opposing personalities with the same agenda. And then their travels together bring out the best in the other and wheee, they become best friends. But still, you could almost definitely watch this movie and walk away with absolutely no regrets.

The Good: Need I say more?
The Bad: The scene where the brother dies stretched out a bit too much for my liking. Though I did like him in the beginning, I was sorta happy to watch him die.