From the people who brought you “Juno” and “Little Miss Sunshine“, comes this laugh out loud and heartwarming irreverent romantic comedy. While most films in the genre are from the female point of view, “The Switch” is narrated from the male point. You might say it’s a roMANtic comedy. The film stars Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston, who was one of the executive producers.
Kassie Singleton (Jennifer Aniston) decides she wants to have a baby. Despite the objections of her neurotic best friend Wally (Jason Bateman), she chooses to do it alone, with the services of handsome and charming sperm donor Roland (Patrick Wilson). Wally has always had feelings for Kassie, but as his friend (Jeff Goldblum) points out, he missed his chance and she put him in the “friend zone”. But things don’t go to plan, as Wally gets so drunk at Kassie’s “insemination party” that he accidentally spills Roland’s semen and replaces it with his own.
At first you might think and groan that it’s another cookie-cutter Jennifer Aniston rom-com. But to dismiss it like that would be an injustice to yourself. Sure “The Switch” follows certain conventions regarding the leads, but it’s well written and inserts a few obstacles you wouldn’t expect. Instead of relying on cliche gags, the comedy works due to the pitch-perfect performance from Jason Bateman. Even though Aniston shares the marquee, I would almost say her role is a supporting one instead of lead. Because it’s all about Bateman.
Let me preface this movie review by saying I’ve never read the book the movie is based on, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE Julia Roberts. “Eat, Pray, Love” is a 2006 memoir written by American writer Elizabeth Gilbert. It chronicles Gilbert’s trip around the world after a divorce. The book resonated with so many women it was featured on two episodes of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and remained on the New York Times Best Seller list for 158 weeks.
For the film adaptation, “Pretty Woman” herself, Julia Roberts, steps into Gilbert’s shoes. Not having read the book but watched an interview with Gilbert, in my opinion, Roberts is the perfect actress to play the role. Unhappy in her marriage, Gilbert often spent many nights crying on her bathroom floor. After another failed relationship, she decided to shake up her life and find herself.
Gilbert financed her year-long adventure using an advance she received on a book she planned to write. She spent four months in Italy eating and enjoying life (EAT), then practiced a life in ashram in India (PRAY), before ending her journey in Bali studying with a seventh-generation medicine man and fell in love with a Brazilian factory owner (LOVE).
Ryan Murphy (Glee, Nip/Tuck) directed and co-wrote the film. Joining Roberts in the chick flick are Billy Crudup, James Franco, Javier Bardem and Viola Davis. Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B produced the film.
Immediately after attending an advanced screening of “The Expendables“, I was asked to write one sentence describing what I thought of the movie. Without hesitation, I knew immediately what to write. “A throwback to 80s vigilante movies starring washed up 80s action stars with a vintage plot to match”. Now that might sound like a bad thing, but surprisingly I sorta enjoyed the movie, partly because a sense of nostalgia came over me watching the movie.
The movie was co-written, directed by and starring Sylvester Stallone who leads a team of elite mercenaries known as The Expendables, ergo the title of the flick. The highly-trained group are sent to a South American country to overthrow a corrupt cold-blooded dictator. Pretty much, a good portion of the flick is spent blowing up things and showing gruesome militant death scenes. I couldn’t help but feeling like a young child watching “Commando” or “Rambo” with my friends.
Tonight was a night FULL of amazing dance as I was able to check out the preview screening of the upcoming third installment in the Step Up franchise; Step Up 3D. Our boy Jonny was on hand prior to the show starting to announce a few of the sponsors of the evening and give away a few prizes including the Step Up 3D soundtrack. Now before I go ranting about the movie (believe me it will be a rant) I want to give a shout out to the soundtrack peeps. Nice work! Alicia Keys and Jay Z’s Empire State of Mind made the cut as did the new Flo-rida ft. David Guetta jam, Club Can’t Handle Me.
I LOVE this song, and ran home post-flick to download it. Check it out:
So on to the review. As mentioned, this film was the third installment of the Step Up franchise, directed by Jon Chu and was written by Amy Andelson and Emily Meyer. The storyline took a unique twist this time around and decided to follow a male character through his journey from the previous Step Up 2 the Streets plot; Moose, played by Adam G. Sevani. Accompanying him in this all-star dance troop were Homorazzi’s previous hottie of the week (thanks to Donovan), Rick Malambri and rising starlette, Sharni Vinson. Equally important was the numerous So You Think You Can Dance alumni that managed epic big screen break-out performances, including; Stephen ‘Twitch’[ Boss (currently an all-star on season seven of SYTYCD); Jonathan ‘Legacy’ Perez and season four winner, Joshua Allen.
Who is SALT?
Salt is poised to become the biggest summer blockbuster, and I’m happy to say DESERVEDLY SO! Originally written for Tom Cruise, SALT was re-written to star the brilliant Angelina Jolie as the title character of Evelyn Salt who, as you know from the previews, is said to be a Russian sleeper agent poised on taking down the US government. The scenes in the trailer pretty much all happen in the first 20 minutes of the movie.
But before that happens, we get a little back story on Salt. 2 years prior to present day, she was captured by North Korea, and her then boyfriend nos husband made sure that she got out. Salt falls in love with Michael.
In present day, it’s Salt’s anniversary, and on that day a defecto Russian spy calls her out in questioning, but not before giving the story of the sleeper agents. A man recruits young Russian children and trains them in everything American. Their goal, to set forth a plan to take over America. We learn that the man who shot JFK was one of those children, and so this Russian mastermind got funding from the Russian government to go ahead with his plan.
One of the most anticipated summer blockbusters this year, Inception, is the latest creation from genius filmmaker Chris Nolan. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon Levitt and a few others (who aren’t as famous) the previews for this movie had me guessing…what the heck was it about?
Inception is about movie about putting an idea into someone’s head while they are sleeping. Oh yeah, my paranoid mind was SO ready for this movie.
Going into someone’s mind while they are sleeping, you need a few key players. The Extractor (Leonardo DiCaprio) is pretty much the leader. He is a master at extraction information from people’s minds. The architect (Ellen Page) who is the one responsible for building the dream, every tiny detail this person is responsible for to make it as real as possible for the Mark (Cillian Murphy). The Pointman (Joseph Gordon Levitt) who is in charge of researching everything. Those are the three main members, then you’ve got the Forger who impersonates major people in the Mark’s life to gain trust, the Chemist who makes the sedative to put them into a deep enough sleep. All these people get hooked up together by a machine, all tapped into someones mind and poof you’re in.
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is the latest modern day magic movie brought to us by the amazing people at Disney. It stars Nicholas Cage, Jay Baruchel and Alfred Molina, all three actors who I liked before this movie, and now LOVE even more. The movie is loosely based on the segment of the same name in Fantasia…fun right?
The story starts us off back in the 700′s with the story of Merlin, and how sorcerer’s had apprentices. Merlin had three apprentices: Balthazar, Veronica and Maxim whom he taught all he knew. But an evil was afoot named Morgana who wanted to create an army of dead magician’s to take over the world. One of the three apprentice went over to Morgana’s side (Maxim), and aided in killing Merlin. Balthazar managed to trap Morgana and Veronica who had taken Morgana’s soul into her body. Merlin gave Balthazar his ring and said that only the Prime Merlinian could stop Morgana, and that the ring would show him who that was. After thousands of years of searching, and trapping other Morgana’s in the magic doll, he finally found Dave, a 9 year old boy.
Despicable Me is the first “Super Villain as Hero” animated movie to come out in a what I’m sure is going to be a hot new trend. I saw first because I know MegaMind is coming out in November…same kind of deal.
Ok so Despicable Me stars Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand and Julie Andrews, although you’d never know it. I’ll get to that later. It’s about Gru, and evil master criminal who has being doing the stealing of major artifacts for years. He has done some cool things (stolen the Times Square jumbo-tron) and some lame things (stolen the Statue of Liberty & the Eiffel Tower…from Vegas). But it isn’t until some major thief has stolen a Pyramid that he feels it’s time to up his game. He hatches a plan to steal the Moon. With his hundreds of little yellow minions (who are a BIG miss in the cute cartoon character world) and his sidekick (voice by Russell Brand) they need to steal a shrink ray to get the moon. So they do…but Vector (Jason Segel) the bad guy to the bad guy (or good guy in this movie) steals it away from Gru because HE wants to steal the moon.
So Vector has the shrink ray, and Gru needs to get it back but cannot get into Vector’s lair. That is until he sees three orphan girls selling cookies getting in no problem. So what does he do? Well adopts them of course. I’m pretty sure you can figure out what happens with this lovely storyline, it’s not hard to figure out. They get the shrink ray, and Gru ends up loving these kids.