This Is the End (2013)

This Is the End
Director: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
Writer: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
Based on: the short film “Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse
Cast: Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Michael Cera, Emma Watson, Mindy Kaling, David Krumholtz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Rihanna, Martin Starr, Paul Rudd, Channing Tatum, Kevin Hart, Aziz Ansari, Jason Segel, Brandon Trost, Jason Trost

Jay Baruchel comes to LA to visit Seth Rogen. He had planned to have a weekend full of movies, video games and weed at Seth’s place, but Seth gets him to go to James Franco’s housewarming party. While they’re there, the apocalypse happens – literally. None of them ascends into heaven, but at least Jay, Seth, James, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson and Danny McBride also don’t fall into the hell pit that opened just outside the door. But what should they do now?

I was afraid that I wouldn’t like This Is the End and I was right. Apart from a few moments of actual fun, there was nothing that I could enjoy about it.


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The FP (2011)

The FP
Director: Brandon Trost, Jason Trost
Writer: Brandon Trost, Jason Trost
Cast: Jason Trost, Art Hsu, Lee Valmassy, Caitlyn Folley, Nick Principe, Brandon Barrera, James DeBello
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

The FP, that’s Frazier Park. In the FP, two rival gangs – one headed by BTRO (Brandon Barrera) and the other by L Dubba E (Lee Valmassy) – battle each other by Dance Dance Revolution Beat Beat Revelation. But then BTRO dies in one of these battles and L Dubba E shackles the town by taking over the alcohol supply. BTRO’s brother JTRO (Jason Trost) who had left the FP after BTRO’s death, gets hauled back by his best friend KCDC (Art Hsu) to set things right.

I loved the premise of this film. And about half of the movie works perfectly, but then it grows a little thin. Plus it falls apart basically anytime a woman is on screen.

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