Aliens, hip-hop and romance
Jul 27, 2012 / 2:00 pm
Greetings movie lovers, it's time to take a look at what the cinema has to offer us this weekend.
Four everyday suburban guys come together as an excuse to escape their humdrum lives one night a week. But when they accidentally discover that their town has become overrun with aliens posing as ordinary suburbanites, they have no choice but to save their neighbourhood - and the world - from total extermination.
Based on what little I've seen of this picture, it looks to be another rude, crude comedy filled to the brim with sophomoric humour courtesy of a script co-written by Seth Rogen, who doesn't seem to have the ability to utter a single sentence without the multiple use of F-bombs in it, not to mention the continuous references to male genitalia.
The film was originally supposed to be titled "Neighbourhood Watch" but in another example of a studio's knee-jerk reaction to current events they decided to change the title in order to disassociate themselves from the Trayvon Martin shooting which happened back in February, even though this film wasn't being released for another five months. Overreact much?
There is some potential for good laughs here though as the cast featuring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade is pretty solid. Unfortunately it's directed by Akiva Schaffer, who's only track record is some Saturday Night Live skits and the dreadful movie Hot Rod. I don't think it really matters all that much how funny this thing turns out to be since it's inevitably going to get trounced at the box office by The Dark Knight Rises and probably fade from people's memory very quickly. Good luck though!
Step Up Revolution 3D
Emily (Kathryn McCormick) arrives in Miami with aspirations of becoming a professional dancer and soon falls in love with Sean (Ryan Guzman), a young man who leads a dance crew in elaborate, cutting-edge flash mobs, called "The Mob." When a wealthy business man threatens to develop The Mob's historic neighbourhood and displace thousands of people, Emily must band together with Sean and The Mob to turn their performance art into protest art, and risk losing their dreams to fight for a greater cause.
You mean to tell me that there is actually a plot to this trifle of a flick? I wouldn't know, since I've never seen any of the preceding 3 films in this franchise. It simply doesn't interest me at all. But if the idea of watching a bunch of hardbodied youths, who wear pants two sizes too big for them, jump around and dance on top of cars and in the streets to over choreographed hippitty hoppitty music excites you then this is clearly the film for you.
I, on the other hand will be in Vancouver rocking out to the awesomeness that is Iron Maiden. I win!
To Rome with Love
Set in the romantic city of Rome, this is the latest comedy from Woody Allen. It tells the intertwining stories of a worker who wakes up to find himself a celebrity, an architect who takes a trip back to the street he lived on as a student, a young couple on their honeymoon, and a frustrated opera director who has a penchant for discovering talented singers.
I know that he is not everybody's cup of tea, but I am a huge fan of Woody Allen. I think he is a brilliant writer and having made a remarkable 44 films in the past 46 years, he is one of the most prolific directors of all time. Once again he has assembled a stellar cast that includes Alec Baldwin, Penelope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, Roberto Benigni, Judy Davis and Alison Pill.
Woody has been on quite a role lately with a number of films set in Europe that are amongst his best work. Films like Match Point, Cassandra's Dream, Vicky Christina Barcelona and last year's magical Midnight in Paris. However they all had one thing in common and that was the fact that Woody stayed in the directors chair and away from the screen. To Rome with Love sees the return of the 76-year-old as an actor as well and I have my reservations whether that will work. His nebbish, neurotic personality worked fine in the 70's and 80's but now I think he would be best suited to stay behind the camera.
Hopefully my concerns are unwarranted and this will be a fun and frothy diversion from life's trials and tribulations. We certainly could use a little levity nowadays.
Six Degrees of Chuck Norris
Ben Stiller from The Watch was in Meet the Parents (2000) with Robert De Niro, who was in Jackie Brown (1997) with Robert Forster, who was in The Delta Force (1986) with Chuck Norris.
Peter Gallagher from Step Up Revolution was in The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997) with Bill Murray, who was in Mad Dog and Glory (1993) with Uma Thurman, who was in Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) with David Carradine, who was in Lone Wolf McQuade (1983) with Chuck Norris.
Woody Allen from To Rome with Love was in Anything Else (2003) with Christina Ricci, who was in Sleepy Hollow (1999) with Christopher Lee, who was in An Eye for an Eye (1981) with Chuck Norris.
Chuck Norris Fun Fact:
NASA beams episodes of Walker, Texas Ranger into outer space as a warning for Aliens of what will happen if they invade Earth.
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