Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Tag: Seth Rogen

Disaster Artist, The (2017)*

Title: The Disaster Artist
Rating: RatingGoesHere
Directed by: James Franco
Written by: Scott Neustadter, and Michael H. Weber
Based on the book by: Greg Sestero, and Tom Bissell
Starring: James Franco, Dave Franco, and Seth Rogen
Release Date: 12/8/2017
Running Time: 103 minutes

Official Site
IMDb

What did you think of this film?
With The Disaster Artist, James Franco transforms the tragicomic true-story of aspiring filmmaker and infamous Hollywood outsider Tommy Wiseau—an artist whose passion was as sincere as his methods were questionable—into a celebration of friendship, artistic expression, and dreams pursued against insurmountable odds. Based on Greg Sestero’s best-selling tell-all about the making of Tommy’s cult-classic disasterpiece The Room (“The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made”), The Disaster Artist is a hilarious and welcome reminder that there is more than one way to become a legend—and no limit to what you can achieve when you have absolutely no idea what you’re doing.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? Yes

Click to see whats: after the credits

Is this stinger worth waiting around for? Vote DownVote Up (+53 rating, 67 votes)

Note: Before the credits roll, we see several extra scenes/clips in side-by-side split screen from the movie “The Room” (2003) and the near perfect recreations of those scenes with the actors of this film.

Special thanks to Maximiliano and Frank for this submission


Sausage Party (2016)

SausagePartyPoster

Title: Sausage Party
Rating: R
Directed by: Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon
Written by: Kyle Hunter, Ariel Shaffir, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Jonah Hill
Starring: Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Michael Cera, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Edward Norton and Salma Hayek
Release Date: 6/3/2016
Running Time: 89 minutes

Official Site
IMDb

Sausage Party, the first R-rated CG animated movie, is about one sausage leading a group of supermarket products on a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they become chosen to leave the grocery store.


What did you think of this film?

During Credits? No

After Credits? No


Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)

Neighbors2SororityRisingPoster

Title: Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
Rating: R
Directed by: Nicholas Stoller
Written by: Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O’Brien, Nicholas Stoller, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg
Starring: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron and Chloë Grace Moretz
Release Date: 5/20/2016
Running Time: 92 minutes

Official Site
IMDb

Returning stars Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne are joined by Chloë Grace Moretz for Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, the follow-up to 2014’s most popular original comedy. Nicholas Stoller again directs in a film that follows what happens when the will of parenthood goes against the bonds of sisterhood.

Now that Mac (Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Byrne) have a second baby on the way, they are ready to make the final move into adulthood: the suburbs. But just as they thought they’d reclaimed the neighborhood and were safe to sell, they learn that the new occupants next door are a sorority even more out of control than Teddy (Efron) and his brothers ever dreamed of being.Tired of their school’s sexist, restrictive system, the unorthodox ladies of Kappa Nu have decided to start a house where they can do whatever the hell they want. When Shelby (Moretz) and her sisters, Beth (Kiersey Clemons) and Nora (Beanie Feldstein), find the perfect place just off campus, they won’t let the fact that it’s located on a quiet street stand in their way of parties as epic as the guys throw.

Forced to turn to the one ex-neighbor with the skills to bring down the new Greeks next door, the Radners—alongside best friends Jimmy (Ike Barinholtz) and Paula (Carla Gallo)—bring in charismatic Teddy as their secret weapon. If he can infiltrate the sorority and charm his way through it, the thirtysomethings will shutter the Kappas’ home. But if they think that their neighbors are going down without a fight, they have severely underestimated the power of youthful ingenuity and straight-up crazy.


What did you think of this film?

During Credits? No

After Credits? No


Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)*

KungFuPanda3Poster

Title: Kung Fu Panda 3 (aka. Kung Fu Panda 3 3D)
Rating: PG
Directed by: Alessandro Carloni and Jennifer Yuh
Written by: Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger
Starring: Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, J.K. Simmons, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross and Kate Hudson
Release Date: 1/29/2016
Running Time: 95 minutes

Official Site
IMDb

Continuing his “legendary adventures of awesomeness”, Po must face two hugely epic, but different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to his home.


What did you think of this film?

During Credits? Yes

Click to see whats: during the credits

 

After Credits? No

Is this stinger worth waiting around for? Vote DownVote Up (+4 rating, 50 votes)

Memoriam: In Memory of Nancy Bernstein

Was seeing In the Kung Fu Panda 3 in 3D worth the cost?

Night Before, The (2015)

TheNightBeforePoster

Title: The Night Before
Rating: R
Directed by: Jonathan Levine
Written by: Jonathan Levine, Kyle Hunter, Ariel Shaffir and Evan Goldberg
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie and Jillian Bell
Release Date: 11/20/2015
Running Time: 101 minutes

Official Facebook
IMDb

On Christmas eve, three lifelong friends, two of whom are Jewish, spend the night in New York City looking for the Holy Grail of Christmas parties.


What did you think of this film?

During Credits? No

After Credits? No


Steve Jobs Review – 4.5 out of 5 Stars

SteveJobsPoster
From the minute it begins to the minute it ends, Steve Jobs is alive. The world it creates is a sloppy, beautiful machine constantly on the verge of collapse, kept breathing by the arguments, confessions, jokes and triumphs of a variety of flawed yet fascinating people. With an outstanding cast, riveting dialogue and sharp filmmaking, Steve Jobs is not just a complex look into the life of its title character, it’s also an endlessly entertaining symbol for the way we view our own lives.

At this point, most people should at least be familiar with Apple founder Steve Jobs. He’s a modern icon and multiple documentaries and films have already been made about his life. Instead of repeating the by the book synopsis most of us already know, writer Aaron Sorkin and director Danny Boyle show Jobs through three different yet similar moments in his career.

SteveJobsReviewStill1

Every part of the movie takes place before Jobs is about to do a speech announcing one of his products. In the first act set in 1984, Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender) is preparing with the help of his friend and confidant Joanna Hoffman (Kate Winslet) for a big speech to announce the Apple Macintosh. 40 minutes or so from going on stage, he faces difficulties including a glitch in his computer, requests from frustrated Apple co-creator Steve Wozniak (Seth Rogen), financial troubles involving his ex-girlfriend Chrisann (Katherine Waterston) and a young girl named Lisa who may or may not be his daughter. In the second act in 1988, Jobs is about to make a speech announcing his eventually disastrous NeXT computer. During this time, he deals with continuous fights with Wozniak and Chrisann as well as anger from being fired from Apple by his friend John Scully (Jeff Daniels). In the third and final act in 1998, a much older Jobs has returned to Apple and become the CEO. He confronts friends and foes one final time before his announcement of the game changing iMac computer.

Because of how the story is told, there isn’t a single moment of the movie that’s slow or giving you time to rest. From the first few seconds, people are talking and from then on there isn’t a scene that goes by where characters aren’t having conversations over a variety of subjects. Jobs and Hoffman will start talking in one room and then they’ll continue the conversation in the elevator and then by the time the conversation is over, they’ll be in a completely different room than when they started and then Jobs will begin talking to someone different. The movie is three streams of consciousness taking place from the point of view of the main character at these different points in his life.

This method could be obnoxious or unsatisfying in the hands of lesser writers, directors and actors but in the hands of such a talented crew, the way they set this up becomes rather brilliant. As I said at the start of the review, every moment in this world feels like it’s constantly on the verge of collapse. Each moment of the film is leading up to something that could significantly change the lives of the characters on screen. Steve Jobs and everyone around him are working down to the wire and they all seem like they’re on functioning on the edge. Watching these people unravel and fight under pressure can be chaotic and overwhelming, but it’s from its madness where the beauty of the movie comes from.

In the third act, Steve Jobs tells Hoffman that it seems like everyone waits until the last second to express their true feelings. This is a truthful line because to Sorkin, the chaos of this situation is us at our most human. Life can sometimes feel like we’re constantly waiting behind the scenes before a big show happens. It’s sloppy, unfiltered and its bits and pieces of anger, rage and arrogance mixed in with bits and pieces of love, humor and forgiveness. It’s never perfectly designed and oftentimes it can be hard to follow along with. One minute Jobs will be threatening to destroy Scully and the next second he’ll be wishing that they had kept their friendship alive. In one scene Jobs is the apple of his daughter’s eye and in the next she’s grown up to resent him. Everything in Steve Job’s life is temporary and there’s nothing around him that remains a certainty in the three points where we’re seeing him. There’s birth and death, and the in-between are these jumbled, imperfect cries for intimacy in a world that’s an unstoppable flood of data and information for you to pick up on and analyze. In Steve Jobs, the 40 minutes before the big event takes the absurdity and the uncertainty of life and shows it at its most bare and grandiose. The slow parts are cut out and what were left with is a pure rush of only the most horrifying and tragic and inspiring things that make us alive.

This storytelling also makes for an amazing interpretation of the type of person Steve Jobs was. At the end of the story, you’re not supposed to love or hate the guy. There are some times in this movie where you can make the argument that he was a terrible person. The relationship he had with Steve Wozniak is especially difficult to watch as Jobs refuses to respect and give credit to the person who arguably built most of the things that made him famous. Elements of the relationship he has with his ex-girlfriend and his daughter are disgusting as again, he has trouble treating them like they’re human beings. Still, there are also plenty of times where he tries to show sympathy and generosity with these very people. What makes this movie different from all the other biopics about flawed historical figures is that it doesn’t attempt to show Steve Job’s character arc as being some perfect, straightforward line that went up or down. The presentation of his life here is less like a summary and more like a series of photographs that aren’t in any real order.

You get to see moments of him being awful but you also get to see moments of him where he was trying to love and show respect to the people around him even when he couldn’t show it in the same way others did. It doesn’t try to make you judge him in any way; it only tries to show him as sincerely as possible. Amidst the tension of the events, we see a glimpse of a man who lived for that edge and never seemed to be able to understand a simple life. In the quest for immortality, he couldn’t become a good person on the inside and he could never live up to the hopes of the people around him for long periods of time. In the loud yells and arguments he built himself from, we see a lost soul who knows what he has become and tries at times to act like a good person even though knows he can’t sustain that behavior forever. He shares a hug with his daughter at the end of the 2nd act but you can tell in his eyes that he knows that the peace he feels in that moment won’t be around for long. The film version of Steve Jobs is a passionate, lively mess that was as successful as he was a failure.

Beyond the greatness of its story, the movie also has an ensemble for the books. Michael Fassbender kills it as Steve Jobs, he performs his accent perfectly and he does an astounding job delivering Sorkin’s dialogue at an energetic pace. It’s wasn’t so much a great Steve Jobs impersonation as it was an excellent portrayal of a conflicted person. After multiple failed projects, it’s also good to see Kate Winslet in another good movie giving an excellent performance. In the film, she has to carry a Polish accent and she manages to deliver the part with authenticity even though a lesser actor would’ve made it seem goofy or awkward. After Labor Day, Insurgent and Movie 43, Winslet was owed a movie of this level of quality. Though many adored her for her role in Inherent Vice (don’t get me wrong, I love that movie to death), I think it’s this movie that has finally made me realize what a talented actress Katherine Waterston is. In the first two acts, she is wonderful as the almost equally damaged mother of Jobs’ daughter. It’s usually a thankless role but she gives the part a lot of weight.

Lastly, I want to mention the two equally impressive supporting actor performances from Jeff Daniels and Seth Rogen. Both parts are great but for different reasons, one of them is playing the best version of a performance that they usually give and the other is doing something completely different than the other performances that they usually give. Seth Rogen is a man usually known for being the loud stoner but as Wozniak he plays against character and becomes the outspoken, humble “Ringo” to Jobs’ “John” as the movie puts it. He seems like one of the few people in the movie who is decent so when he finally erupts and fights Jobs about who really created Apple, it feels heavy and it gives Rogen room to deliver the best performance he has given in his career so far.

SteveJobsReviewStill2

Jeff Daniels is beginning to get type casted into playing the tough but fair boss in many of the shows and movie he’s in. Unlike Rogen, he plays the same part in Steve Jobs that he usually does but I think this part gives him much more to work with even though it’s not a part that’s seemingly unique for him. The fight scene he shares with Fassbender is topnotch acting from the both of them and a conversation he shares with Jobs at the end of the film was a pretty tragic testament to the inability to change the mistakes that were made in the past. When Daniels says something along the lines of “god I wish we worked together”, I’ll admit my eyes got a little bit misty.

Finally, I think Boyle and Sorkin deserve some credit for making something incredible even though there careers have been mostly hit and miss for me. I think both of them can make a good movie when they’re given good material to work off of. But when you leave both of them just to their own devices, you end up with something like The Newsroom or Trance. In the case of Steve Jobs, both of them seem to be balancing each other out so that their styles are present but never grating. Though it is very witty, Sorkin’s dialogue feels much less flashy than it has looked in the past. Boyle’s direction is still larger than life but it’s also a lot more restrained here than it was for his clearly manipulative work for Slumdog Millionaire. I thought one of them would screw this whole movie up for me but luckily it turned out to be a near close to perfect match.

In a rooftop scene near the end with Jobs and Lisa, he has a heartbreaking line where he tells his daughter that he was poorly made. This candid moment brings together the true message behind the entire film. Through all the eccentricities, Steve Jobs was just one of billions of people looking for purpose in a world without any.

Though it isn’t the all-time masterpiece The Social Network was, Steve Jobs is still spectacular. There is so much about the movie to love and from start to finish it’s this emotional ride that at times even took me away from the fact that I was in a crowded theater. In three briefs glimpses into another world, Sorkin and Boyle take us into the heart of a flawed yet beautiful individual.

Rating:(4.5/5)

Review by: Ryan M.

Release Date: 10/23/2015

Rating: R

Cast: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg, Katherine Waterston , and Perla Haney-Jardine

Directed by: Danny Boyle

Screenplay by: Aaron Sorkin

Based on the Book by: Walter Isaacson

Steve Jobs (2015)

SteveJobsPoster

Title: Steve Jobs
Rating: R
Directed by: Danny Boyle
Written by: Aaron Sorkin
Based on the book by: Walter Isaacson
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen and Jeff Daniels
Release Date: 10/23/2015
Running Time: 122 minutes

Official Site
IMDb

Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint a portrait of the man at its epicenter.


What did you think of this film?

During Credits? No

After Credits? No


Interview, The (2014)

TheInterviewPoster1

TITLE: The Interview

RELEASE DATE: 12/25/2014

RATING: R

Dave Skylark and producer Aaron Rapoport run the celebrity tabloid show “Skylark Tonight.” When they land an interview with a surprise fan, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, they are recruited by the CIA to turn their trip to Pyongyang into an assassination mission.

What did you think of this film?


Official Site

IMDb


During Credits? No

After Credits? No

Dedication: After the credits we see a picture and dedication to Digby the dog.

TheInterviewSS1

Special thanks to Frank S. for this submission

The Interview Mega Post!

TheInterviewPoster1

TITLE: The Interview
RELEASE DATE: 12/25/2014
RATING: R

Are you looking forward to seeing this film? Vote DownVote Up (+30 rating, 38 votes)


Official Site
IMDb


During Credits? No

After Credits? No

Dedication: After the credits we see a picture and dedication to Digby the dog. “Digby – In Dedication”


SYNOPSIS

Cast: James Franco, Seth Rogen, Randall Park, Lizzy Caplan, Diana Bang, Timothy Simons, Reese Alexander, Eminem, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rob Lowe

Director: Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen

Screenplay by: Dan Sterling

Story by: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Dan Sterling

Producer: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, James Weaver and Alex McAtee

Executive Producers: James Franco, Kyle Hunter, Miles Levy, Ariel Shaffir, Ben Waisbren and Shawn Williamson

In the action-comedy The Interview, Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show Skylark Tonight. When they discover that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the most unlikely candidates, to take out Kim Jong-un.


POSTERS


STILLS


TRAILERS


BONUS FOOTAGE

Clip: Frodo Baggins

Clip: Sneeze

Clip: Take Him Out

Featurette: Meet Aaron

Featurette: Meet Dave Skylark

Featurette: Meet Agent Lacey

Featurette: Meet Sook

Interview: Seth Rogen – Director/Writer/Producer/Aaron Rapaport

Interview: James Franco – Executive Producer/Dave Skylark

Interview: Lizzy Caplan – Agent Lacey

Interview: Randall Park – President Kim

Interview: Diana Bang – Sook

Interview: Dan Sterling – Writer

Interview: Evan Goldberg – Writer/Director/Producer

Interview: James Weaver – Producer

Interview: Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir – Executive Producers

B-Roll: Part 1

B-Roll: Part 2


Neighbors Review – 3 out of 5 Stars

NeighborsPoster
There’s not a lot that can be said about the new, hard R comedy Neighbors. There are problems with the film certainly whether it is in some of the screenplay or in the editing but the film is very funny at points and features great performances from Rose Byrne, Zac Efron and Seth Rogen. Overall, I would recommend the film as an entertaining and lighthearted time the theater.

The Radners (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) have just settled into a cozy suburb when a wild frat house moves in. In trying to get to get the fraternity to leave the neighborhood, the two groups start fighting.

NeighborsReviewStill

I’m getting really tired as of late of accusing movies of biting off more than they can chew. I said this for The Lego Movie, I said this for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and I said this for The Winter Soldier. But I apologize; this is something I have to say for Neighbors too.

The film tries to throw in social commentary about growing up. There is a certain level of criticism for both the family and for the frat which is something I think worked for the films advantage. The family is pranking the frat as a way to escape the fact that they are getting older and the frat is attacking the family because they are afraid that they will end up living like the family. With a higher level of competence, these themes could’ve worked in the films advantage. But the film through and through is still trying to be a Seth Rogen hybrid and an excuse for zany comedy. Not that a film can’t succeed at being both, National Lampoon’s Vacation manages to be a story about the craziness of family and a hilarious comedy at the same time. Most recently even, This is the End was extremely successful at being a heavy comedy and a criticism of celebrity culture at the same time. But this film lacks the competence or structure for the film to be able to make themes that they highlight throughout the film look not half assed. The film relies a bit too much on just being a solid, low budget comedy for anything that the film dramatically throws at you to be impactful.

The film is also extremely predictable. Usually in comedies of this style there is at least one jaw dropping moment that you did not see coming. Going back to the two previously mentioned comedies, Clark Griswold going insane with a gun in Family Vacation or Danny McBride kidnapping Channing Tatum in This is the End. I think the moments where I did not see something coming were few and far between for Neighbors. Mostly the film keeps all the actors working in their usual boundaries. I think this helped in making whatever message the film was going for even less important.

NeighborsReviewStill1

That being said, I still think there is a certain charm in the film in its laid back attitude even if it resulted in something that is probably unmemorable and lacking in any big themes. The improvising that is done by many of the actors is hilarious and made its way to the best points of the film. Speaking of which, all of the performances are great. Seth Rogen is still a very funny lead and Zac Efron and Rose Byrne add a layer of intensity and excitement to the story in how energetic there performances were. With a lesser cast, this movie most certainly would’ve failed but because it has such a creative and fun cast, I think the film ultimately works as a fun popcorn film. Many of the scenes of the film also do work like the Robert De Niro party or the visit to the doctor.

This is one of the shortest and weakest movie reviews I’ve ever written for a movie. Is Neighbors poorly structured? Yes. Is it forgettable? Yes. It is mildly enjoyable? Yes. Neighbors is the perfect Redbox viewing with funny scenes and great performances. The film has problems but it is also fun and charming in the most kicked back way possible. Leave your brain at the door.

Rating:(3/5)

Review by: Ryan M.

Release Date: 4/4/2014

Rating: R

Cast: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, Brian Huskey, Ike Barinholtz and Carla Gallo

Directed by: Nicholas Stoller

Written by: Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien

Follow Us!

1,861FansLike
68FollowersFollow
112FollowersFollow
748FollowersFollow
32SubscribersSubscribe