The Disaster Artist (2017)

The Disaster Artist
Director: James Franco
Writer: Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber
Based on: Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell‘s book of the same name
Cast: James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Ari Graynor, Alison Brie, Jacki Weaver, Paul Scheer, Zac Efron, Josh Hutcherson, June Diane Raphael, Megan Mullally, Jason Mantzoukas, Sharon Stone, Melanie Griffith, Hannibal Buress, Bob Odenkirk, Randall Park, Dree Hemingway, Zoey Deutch, Ike Barinholtz, Kevin Smith, Keegan-Michael Key, Adam Scott, Danny McBride, Kristen Bell, J.J. Abrams, Lizzy Caplan, Judd Apatow, Zach Braff, Bryan Cranston, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Greg Sestero, Tommy Wiseau
Seen on: 26.1.2017
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Plot:
Greg Sestero (Dave Franco) dreams of being an actor and making it big. In one of his acting classes, he meets Tommy Wiseau (James Franco). Tommy is a strange guy, but Greg is struck by his mysterious charisma and generall weirdness. They become unlikely friends. And since Tommy seems to have a lot of money, he can offer Greg a chance that he wouldn’t otherwise get: they should go to Hollywood together, stardom is sure to follow. But when it doesn’t, Tommy makes a new plan: he will make a film himself for them and then their film is going to make them famous.

The Disaster Artist is fun to watch, at least if you can take a huge James Franco ego project, because that’s what it is, too. Mostly it’s a good story that kept me glued to the screen.

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Le complexe de Frankenstein [Creature Designers – The Frankenstein Complex] (2015)

Le complexe de Frankenstein
Director: Gilles PensoAlexandre Poncet
Writer: Gilles Penso, Alexandre Poncet
Part of: Viennale
Seen on: 30.10.2016

“Plot”:
The documentary traces the development of creature special effects in film by interviewing various experts like Rick BakerJoe DanteGuillermo del ToroMick GarrisAlec GillisSteve JohnsonJohn LandisGreg NicoteroKevin SmithPhil TippettChris WalasMatt Winston and Tom Woodruff Jr.

Le complexe de Frankenstein is an interesting documentary that gives a lot of background information on a part of filmmaking that is usually only noticed when it’s badly done, giving spotlight to the many enthusiastic people working on those effects.

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Yoga Hosers (2016)

Yoga Hosers
Director: Kevin Smith
Writer: Kevin Smith
Cast: Lily-Rose Depp, Harley Quinn Smith, Adam BrodyHarley Morenstein, Ashley Greene, Jennifer Schwalbach Smith, Justin LongTony Hale, Natasha Lyonne, Genesis Rodriguez, Vanessa Paradis, Haley Joel Osment, Johnny Depp, Stan Lee, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 1.10.2016
[Review by cornholio.]

Plot:
Colleen Collette (Lily-Rose Depp) and Colleen McKenzie (Harley Quinn Smith) have always been best friends. Now they share a passion for yoga, a boring job in a convenience store and a band with which they hope to become famous. But first: get through high school and maybe find a hot boyfriend like Hunter (Austin Butler), Colleen M’s crush, and his best friend Gordon (Tyler Posey). When the two of them invite the Colleens to a party, they are overjoyed. But things go very differently than expected – in a sudden Nazis, evil plot and satanism kind of way. It’s up to the Colleens to save the world.

Yoga Hosers wasn’t perfect, but it was entertaining, sweet and funny. I enjoyed most of it – especially after the clusterfuck that was Tusk.

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Tusk (2014)

Tusk
Director: Kevin Smith
Writer: Kevin Smith
Cast: Michael Parks, Justin Long, Genesis Rodriguez, Haley Joel Osment, Johnny Depp
Part of: /slash Filmfestival Christmas Special

Plot:
Wallace (Justin Long) and Teddy (Haley Joel Osment) have a podcast together in which they deride people in embarassing videos. Wallace goes out into the world to find those people and then tells Teddy about it. This time, Wallace is going to Canada to interview a young man who accidentally sliced his own leg off. Unfortunately when Wallace arrives, the young man has committed suicide which leaves Wallace short a story for their program. When he finds a handwritten advertisement in a men’s room for a free place to stay, including a lifetime of interesting stories, he thinks that he has hit the jackpot. But Howard Howe (Michael Parks), the man with the interesting stories, has more plans for Wallace than he could have ever imagined.

Tusk starts off well enough and with a wonderfully absurd sense of humor, but after the set-up, it loses all the good things and becomes a rambling, unfunny film with a seriously misguided Johnny Depp cameo.

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Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

Live Free or Die Hard
Director: Len Wiseman
Writer: Mark Bomback
Based on: John Carlin‘s article A Farewell to Arms
Sequel to: Die Hard, Die Hard 2, Die Hard: With a Vengeance
Cast: Bruce Willis, Timothy Olyphant, Justin Long, Maggie Q, Cliff Curtis, Kevin Smith, Zeljko Ivanek, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Plot:
After the FBI has been hacked, John McClane (Bruce Willis) is supposed to bring in Matthew (Justin Long), a suspected hacker. What should be a routine pick-up and drop-off, ends up in a full-blown shoot-out. And suddenly McClane finds himself right in the middle of the biggest hack of the century, trying to avoid the complete dismantling of the financial system.

After I actually liked the third Die Hard movie, I thought that I had finally hit my stride with these films. Unfortunately McClane is totally unhinged in this film, and they liberally peppered the script with misogyny and racism. That is not cool.

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Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope (2011)

Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope
Director: Morgan Spurlock
Writer: Joss Whedon, Morgan Spurlock, Jeremy Chilnick
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Plot:
In Comic-Con Episode IV, Spurlock follows a few people during their Comic-Con experience: two guys looking to break into the comic industry as artists, a comic vendor trying to break even, a costume designer team, two attendants who fell in love at the last Comic-Con and an action figure collector. And interspersed are interviews with famous (and also not so famous) geeks and attendants like Kevin Smith, Joss Whedon, Seth Rogen, Seth Green, Eli Roth and with a special appearance by Stan Lee.

The movie was fun and very nice, but I did have some issues with it. Though those at least didn’t take away much from my enjoyment, because during the film I was very well entertained.

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Red State (2011)

Red State
Director: Kevin Smith
Writer: Kevin Smith
Cast: Michael Parks, John Goodman, Michael Angarano, Nicholas Braun, Kyle Gallner, Melissa Leo (and for all you TV people: Kevin Alejandro and Marc Blucas)
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Plot:
The teenagers Travis (Michael Angarano), Billy-Ray (Nicholas Braun) and Jarod (Kyle Gallner) answer an online posting from a woman looking for group sex. She agrees to sleep with the three of them. What they don’t know is that the woman – Sara (Melissa Leo) – is bait from the local fundamentalist crazy church. The church kidnaps the three boys to judge them for their sins. But while the church – headed by Abin Cooper (Michael Parks) – enjoys their business a usual, the shit is hitting the fan and a police team is preparing to storm the church.

The movie has some very strong moments and a great second half. But I can’t help but feeling that the movie could have been better.

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4.3.2.1 (2010)

4.3.2.1 is Noel Clarke‘s and Mark Davis‘ first film together, starring Emma Roberts, Ophelia Lovibond, Tamsin Egerton, Shanika Warren-Markland and has cameos from Kevin Smith, Mandy Patinkin, Michelle Ryan, Eve and Noel Clarke.

Plot:
4 girls, 3 days, 2 cities, 1 chance – that’s the title spelled out. What it means is we get a look at life of four friends for a weekend – and how their life gets entangled with a jewellery heist.
Shannon (Ophelia Lovibond) is struggling with her life, that seems to fall apart around her. Cassandra (Tamsin Egerton) flies to New York where she wants to lose her virginity with a guy she met and fell in love with online and audition for a spot at a music school. Kerrys (Shanika Warren-Markland) would like to spend a nice weekend with her girlfriend. Unfortunately her family keeps interfering. Joanne (Emma Roberts) gets pushed around by her family. On this particular weekend, she’s supposed to cover for her sister at work.
At first glance, it seems all rather normal. But said jewellery heist affects them more than they think.

4.3.2.1 is a very cheeky movie with a fresh sense of humour. It’s got a B-Movie feel to it with a British twist, good performances and a really good structure. It’s not without fault, but it’s good entertainment.

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Cop Out (2010)

Cop Out is Kevin Smith‘s newest movie, starring Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Seann William Scott and in supporting roles, Jason Lee, Michelle Trachtenberg and Adam Brody.

Plot:
Jimmy (Bruce Willis) and Paul (Tracy Morgan) have been police men and partners for quite  a while now and things have been working fine. Now, Jimmy’s daughter (Michelle Trachtenberg) is getting married and the only way Jimmy can pay for the wedding is by selling a rare baseball card. Unfortunately, that card is stolen and bought by a latino gangster (Guillermo Díaz). Now Paul and Jimmy get drawn into a series of events neither would have expected.

Cop Out feels like the sequel to an average buddy cop movie: The whole team-building phase is already over, the jokes are a little tired, it’s completely repetitive and you are convinced that you’ve seen it all before. And it might have put me off 30 Rock forever.

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