Knights of Badassdom (2013)

Knights of Badassdom
Director: Joe Lynch
Writer: Matt WallKevin Dreyfuss
Cast: Ryan KwantenSteve Zahn, Peter DinklageJimmi Simpson, Summer GlauTom HopperJoshua MalinaMargarita Levieva, Danny Pudi
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[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard Morrissey.]

Joe (Ryan Kwanten) was just dumped by his girlfriend Beth (Margarita Levieva) which is why his geeky friends Eric (Steve Zahn) and Hung (Peter Dinklage) drag him off to a LARP. Joe enjoyed playing Dungeons and Dragons a while ago, but he is hesitant about LARPing. It doesn’t help either when it turns out that Eric actually summoned a very real and very murderous demon – and it’s up to them to stop it.

I expected this film to be an ode to LARPing with maybe a bit of friendly ribbing at the idiosyncracies of that particular subculture. But unfortunately Knigths of Badassdom doesn’t laugh with LARPers, it laughs at them – and it isn’t actually very funny.


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The First Time (2012)

The First Time
Director: Jon Kasdan
Writer: Jon Kasdan
Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Britt Robertson, Craig Roberts, Lamarcus Tinker, Victoria Justice, James Frecheville, Joshua Malina, Christine Taylor, Molly C. Quinn

Dave (Dylan O’Brien) and Aubrey (Britt Robertson) meet at a party. Even though Aubrey has a boyfriend and Dave is desperately trying to let Jane (Britt Robertson) know that he’s been in love with her for years, the two of them have an instant connection. A connection that will quickly change things for both of them in the course of a single weekend.

The First Time was really sweet. It wasn’t a great masterpiece of cinema, but it was fun, enjoyable and despite a couple of clichés, it did give us a different perspective on teenagers in love than we usually get.


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