Even though things are apparently so easy a caveman to can do it, everything leading up to The Croods left me skeptical that animated movies were something they could tackle. With expectations set low, The Croods could only go up from there. [Read more...]
The Amazing Spider-Man is the beginning of another take on one of the world’s most popular comic book heroes (arguably Marvel’s most recognizable) and will be one of the first of many in the coming years. We will soon get a new Batman, we are getting a new Superman, X-Men has arguably already done this, but all eyes are on Peter Parker and his alter-ego to see if they can do repeat business as Sam Raimi’s original trilogy is one of the most profitable of all-time. So how did (500) Days of Summer’s director Marc Webb (Lauren: eh heh, Webb) fare in his superhero debut? [Read more...]
For those of you not keeping track we are about to enter the second half of the year, full of just as many exciting things as the first half. So far some entries have disappointed, some have surprised, and some have lived up to and surpassed expectations so far, so lets keep our fingers crossed that there will be more of the latter options in the months to come. So what are you excited for? Let’s give you some options to consider with this list of what the writers of HST can’t wait for. [Read more...]
With giant food babies resting nicely in your stomach following Thanksgiving, renting some movies to help the lounging around become a little more entertaining sounds like a pretty good idea, right? Well, here are some ideas on what to get. (Batman: Year One; Crazy, Stupid, Love; and [Rec]2 for those too impatient to wait until after the break) [Read more...]
There is a short list of movie topics that have a tendency to make me a little hesitant to see them, including zero to hero sports movies, revolutionary apes (sorry Rise of the Planet of the Apes), bible huggers, and racism. Ok, only the religious and racial tension films (or a combo of racism and sports) really put me on edge, but this is just because of the potential to become overly preachy. If done right then they can be great films, and if you have a soul (unlike Zac based on his review) it will be hard not to enjoy The Help. [Read more...]
Stone stars as Olive, an apparent outcast and “un-cool” high school kid that ups her status accidentally by faking having sex with her gay friend so he doesn’t get beat up anymore. An innocent act of friendship quickly turns to an act of scandal when rumor spreads that she is the new school slut but instead of running from the act and defending herself she embraces it and begins to help other virgin boys up their status. But as her slut rating goes through the roof things begin to get more complicated as she tries to stay sane while she is vilified by everyone at her school over a lie.
The idea that high school is something teenagers have to survive is not new to the screen. Buffy the Vampire Slayer literally set the school on top of a gateway to Hell just to make sure the audience didn’t miss this idea. In its own way Easy A keeps this same idea in mind, just going the route of Mean Girls. Comparisons have already been made linking these two films in many ways, but there is no need to worry because Easy A is hardly a rip off of this fan favorite, and if everything goes as it should, it will most likely become one itself.
Easy A follows an invisible high school girl who gets a taste for the spotlight when she agrees to fake sexy time with a friend to prevent him from further getting beat up for being gay. Once they “do the deed” he is cheered for becoming a man while she is quickly cast in a darker spotlight for being a promiscuous harlot; yet in Olive’s mind any light is better than no light. To further her newfound fame due to the schools overworking rumor mill she agrees to do the same thing for other boys, but as these things do everything quickly gets out of hand. [Read more...]
In the near future, the majority of the population of the United States has turned into a flesh-feeding mass due to a freakish incident that I would not dare to give away. We first meet the neurotic Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), who up till now has only survived thanks to his long list of rules that often find themselves strategically placed on screen as they come into play, such as the use of seatbelts, cardio, and the better safe than sorry double-tap. [Read more...]
Ruben Fleischer’s feature debut is an extremely fun zombie comedy that is definitely more comedy than any of the many other genres on display here, which isn’t a bad thing since it is frequently hilarious.
The zombie apocalypse is well under way in the United States and the living dead vastly outnumber the living. We follow the path of Columbus, as in his destination is Columbus, Ohio, in which he hopes to find his family still intact. Columbus lives by a set of rules to keep from becoming the living dead, many of which we will get a lesson in over the course of the film. Columbus is a former college student who has now hit the road and he ends up running into and pairing up with a man known as Tallahassee, a bit reckless but a hell of a zombie killer, the two form an unlikely team that is both effective and beneficial to their survival. The pair eventually runs into another couple on the run, this time a pair of sisters, Wichita and Little Rock are their call signs with Wichita being the older and Little Rock a 12 year old on the run. The foursome eventually team up, though not very smoothly and they decide to watch each others backs with the hope of finding a little peace if not what they are looking for. [Read more...]
Matthew McConaughey’s latest romantic comedy is neither anything special, nor a terribly horrible experience with a couple of good laughs mixed in for good measure.
Connor Mead is a successful fashion photographer that jumps from woman to woman with no remorse at all as he shatters there heart. When Connor’s brother is set to get married, Connor heads up to their Uncle Wayne’s mansion where the two grew up after their parents were killed in an unfortunate auto accident. Uncle Wayne carried himself as Connor does in the present and was long Connor’s mentor until his eventual passing. Attending as the maid of honor at wedding is Connor’s old flame and possibly the only women he ever loved, Jenny, but those times are long in the rearview mirror for the “great Connor Mead”. Jenny and Connor quickly bounce back and forth against each other, butting heads, as Connor immediately reminds his brother it isn’t too late yet, while Jenny tries to shut him up and keep things on track for her friend the bride. As the rehearsal ends and a wedding eve party of some sorts kicks off, Connor encounters the ghost of his Uncle Wayne in the bathroom and warns him that he will be visited by the ghosts of his girlfriends past and that they will hopefully show him the way off the path he is heading and not ultimately end up like his good ole Uncle Wayne; who after countless women was ultimately alone. Without fail, Connor is visited by his first ever girlfriend and begins on a path to possible peace and redemption or a life being alone and leaving a sad existence behind. [Read more...]
The most recent Apatow produced comedy continues the run of pretty good comedies by the fore mentioned comedy mastermind. Superbad revolves around the story of two seniors Evan and Seth who find the opportunity to possibly get laid at the last big high school party they will ever get to go to. Outcasts of the high school party scene, Seth and Evan are still no strangers to the cruder aspects of being a high school guy, drinking, porn, and pining over girls are all everyday traits for these two, who are sometimes joined by Fogell (or to later be known as McLovin). [Read more...]