London (2005)

London
Director: Hunter Richards
Writer: Hunter Richards
Cast: Chris Evans, Jessica Biel, Joy Bryant, Jason Statham, Kelli Garner, Isla Fisher, Louis C.K., Jeff Wolfe, Dane Cook, Lina Esco, Paula Patton, Kat Dennings
Seen on: 22.1.2017

Plot:
London (Jessica Biel) broke up with Syd (Chris Evans) six months ago, but Syd can’t let her go. When he hears that friends are throwing a going-away party for London, he decides to go there uninvited to speak to her one more time. On the way there, he meets banker Bateman (Jason Statham) and brings him alone. But when he reaches the party, he loses his courage and locks himself in the bathroom where he consumes copious amounts of cocain and alcohol and tries to talk it through – with himself, with Bateman, with the various bathroom visitors, just not with London.

London is a film made by men for men who are convinced that every word that falls out of their mouths is interesting and very smart. Newsflash: it’s not. In fact, the entire film is proof that a lot of men are absolutely unbearable.

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Suburban Gothic (2014)

Suburban Gothic
Director: Richard Bates Jr.
Writer: Richard Bates Jr., Mark Bruner
Cast: Matthew Gray GublerKat DenningsRay WiseBarbara NivenMuse WatsonSally KirklandMel RodriguezJeffrey CombsJohn WatersJack Plotnick
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard Morrissey.]

Plot:
Raymond (Matthew Gray Gubler) has a business degree, but he can’t find a job. His situation is so dire that he has to move back in with his parents. Trapped in Suburbia with a father (Ray Wise) who hates him (and vice versa) and a mother (Barbara Niven) who still treats him like a child, is not really his dream situation. When he starts to see ghosts again, like he used to do when he was a kid, at least he has something to drink about with bartender Becca (Kat Dennings).

Suburban Gothic is a weird animal with a very strange sense of humor that borders on the surreal but doesn’t quite go there. If you find your way into that humor zone, you’ll love the film. But if you expect to see a film like Excision, you’ll be disappointed.

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Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Thor: The Dark World
Director: Alan Taylor
Writer: Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Based on: Stan Lee‘s, Larry Lieber‘s and Jack Kirby‘s comic character
Sequel to: Thor
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgard, Kat Dennings, Idris Elba, Rene Russo, Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Eccleston, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, Zachary Levi , Jaimie Alexander, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jonathan Howard, Chris O’Dowd, [SPOILERS] Benicio Del Toro, Chris Evans
Part of: Marvel movies

Plot:
Ever since the events in Avengers, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) has done his best to ensure the peace across the realms, while Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is locked up on Asgard. Which means that Thor doesn’t have time for Jane (Natalie Portman) who is still waiting for him. But when Jane stumbles on the Aether, an ancient weapon, Thor comes to her aid, just as Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) comes for the Aether, planning to destroy the universe with it.

As much as I love the first Thor movie – and I do – I have to admit that it doesn’t quite reach the heights that Thor: The Dark World reaches. I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard in a movie, especially an action movie. It does almost everything completely right and it’s just plain great.

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Re-Watch: Thor (2011)

Thor
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Writer: Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz, Don Payne
Based on: Stan Lee‘s, Larry Lieber‘s and Jack Kirby‘s comic character
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgard, Kat Dennings, Idris Elba, Rene Russo, Anthony Hopkins, Clark Gregg, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, Josh Dallas, Jaimie Alexander, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner
Part of: Marvel movies
[Here’s my first review.]

Plot:
After yet another attack by the Frost Giants on Asgard, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) loses his cool and together with his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) pays them a rather violent visit. Their father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) is less than happy about this and decides to ban Thor to Earth until he’s learned his lesson and is less rash. On Earth, scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) stumbles upon Thor and doesn’t really know what to do with him. And if it wasn’t challenging enough for Thor to try and return to Asgard, a shitload of trouble is brewing with Loki.

Even on re-watching, Thor is an absolutely entertaining and fun-filled film with a great cast and really good pacing. I enjoyed the hell out of it again.

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Thor (2011)

Thor is Kenneth Branagh‘s newest film, starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgard, Kat Dennings, Idris Elba, Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins.

Plot:
After yet another attack by the Frost Giants on Asgard, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) loses his cool and together with his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) pays them a rather violent visit. Their father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) is less than happy about this and decides to ban Thor to Earth until he’s learned his lesson and is less rash. On Earth, scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) stumbles upon Thor and doesn’t really know what to do with him. And if it wasn’t challenging enough for Thor to try and return to Asgard, a shitload of trouble is brewing with Loki.

Thor is brilliant. THE END.

Alright, alright. I’ll write more, though the general message will stay the same: The movie is funny, it looks wonderful, the casting is excellent and did I mention Kenneth Branagh’s impeccable comedic timing? In short, this movie is serious fun.

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Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008)

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist is Peter Sollett‘s adaptation of Rachel Cohn‘s and David Levithan‘s novel, starring Michael Cera, Kat Dennings, Aaron Yoo, Rafi Gavron, Ari Graynor, Alexis Dziena and Jay Baruchel (and a mini-role for John Cho).

Plot:
Nick (Michael Cera) plays in a Queer Core band “The Jerk-Offs” with his friends Thom (Aaron Yoo) and Dev (Rafi Gavron), but he happens to be straight. In fact, his girlfriend Tris (Alexis Dziena) just broke up with him and he’s pretty heart-broken, spending most of his times making break-up mix-CDs for her, which Tris throws away, only so that they be rescued by Norah (Kat Dennings).
Then one night it’s announced that famous publicity-shy band “Where’s Fluffy?” will put on a surprise performance, which gets Nick out of his stupor and into a show with his own band, where he meets Norah, who asks him to pretend to be her boyfriend for a minute. But that’s only the start of a crazy night.

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist is a sweet film that doesn’t do anything wrong. And yet, it remains kinda bloodless. I never really got into the story or Nick and Norah as a couple.

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Teenage Angst (in a good way)

Charlie Bartlett is a film about growing up, about finding your own way and ultimately, about finding yourself. Oh, and it’s really, really funny.

Charlie (Anton Yelchin) is a rich kid, who is obsessed with being popular. His prior attempts to achieve popularity unfortunately always ended with him being expelled from school, so he ends up in public [in the American sense] school. At this new school, he becomes the psychiatrist for his fellow students, setting up his “office” in the boys’ room, where he listens to their problems and prescribes meds. And he falls in love with the principal’s (Robert Downey Jr.) daughter (Kat Dennings).

I can’t stress enough how great Anton Yelchin was. He completely overshadowed every other actor in this movie, although Dennings’ and Downey Jr.’s performances were great. Yelchin can switch from being an insecure teenager to doing a (great) Ray Charles impersonation to playing a teenage girl, who talks about her first period, and we believe it all, without a second hesitation.

The script was really, really good and really, really, really funny. [“Oh trust me doc, bringing psychiatric drugs and teenagers together is like opening a lemonade stand in the desert.”] Charlie and Ritalin make for instant fun.

So, go on and see it right now. It’s worth it!

[On a completely different note: Why does google send people to my blog, who search for “go go dancer designer costumes”? I hate to disappoint people, really…]