Cooties (2014)

Director: Jonathan Milott, Cary Murnion
Writer: Leigh Whannell, Ian Brennan
Cast: Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannell, Nasim Pedrad, Ian Brennan, Jorge Garcia, Matt Jones, Peter Kwong
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 19.9.2015
[Review by cornholio.]

Clint (Elijah Wood) has reached a low point in his life. He had to move back in with his mother and instead of working on his novel, he has to start earning money working as a teacher. Things seem to be looking up when he realizes that Lucy (Alison Pill) is working with him. But that hope is quickly squashed: Lucy has a boyfriend, Coach Wade (Rainn Wilson). Oh, and the children in the school are turning into bloodthirsty zombies, which is also not really great.

Cooties was a thoroughly entertaining film, pretty much the epitome of a horror comedy. It has excellent pacing, a suitingly black sense of humor and an infectious energy (no pun intended) (or maybe I did?).

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Home (2015)

Director: Tim Johnson
Writer: Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember
Based on: Adam Rex‘ book The True Meaning of Smekday
Cast: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Matt Jones, Brian Stepanek
Seen on: 10.4.2015

Oh (Jim Parsons) is excited: led by Captain Smek (Steve Martin), he and his people, the Boov, are about to land on a new planet, taking over to make everything better for its inhabitants and especially for the Boov. But Oh has a reputation for screwing up and it’s not enitrely unfounded. When he does so once more, he has to go on the run. That’s when he meets Tip (Rihanna). When all the humans were relocated to Australia, she managed to stay behind in New York, fending for herself alone, if you don’t count her cat Pig, until she will be able to find and reunite with her mother. Oh offers to help her locate her mother if Tip helps him escape and so the two of them have to take on all of the Boov – and the Gorg who the Boov are running from in the first place.

Home was sweet. It tackles big topics in a manner perfectly suited for children and it is entertaining while it does so. Despite many jokes made for adults, it might be geared a little too much toward children to really appeal to me, but that is no fault at all.

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High Road (2011)

High Road
Director: Matt Walsh
Writer: Matt Walsh, Josh Weiner
Cast: James Pumphrey, Dylan O’BrienAbby ElliottRob Riggle, Joe Lo Truglio, Matt Jones, Lizzy Caplan, Rich Fulcher, Ed Helms

After his band splits up, Fitz (James Pumphrey) turns to selling pot full-time, without the knowledge of his girlfriend Monica (Abby Elliott). He spends his days pretty aimlessly otherwise, spending most of his time with Jimmy (Dylan O’Brien), a boy from the neighborhood. When his drug business is  in danger of being discovered, Fitz takes off, taking Jimmy with him.

High Road was bad. Really bad. The acting was incredibly awkward, the story was boring and there was nobody you could actually care about among the characters. It just didn’t work.


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