As I go through the movies of 2012 that I didn’t manage to see while in theaters, I’m starting to realize that there’s probably a reason that I chose to skip out on some. Because once they’re seen, things like Dark Shadows and Rock of Ages can’t be unseen. [Read more...]
The story follows Arthur, a bajillionaire who was born into money and now has no inclination to make his own. Living large as a playboy and partier, he has become an embarrassment to his mother as he frivolously tosses around her riches, forcing her to the point that she must give Arthur an ultimatum to get him into shape. The choice is this: either Arthur can marry the more responsible Susan, who will give the stockholders a feeling of stability that cannot be provided with Arthur in charge of the company, or he can lose his ties to the family fortune, leaving him with nothing. What seems to be an easy decision for a character such as this is made slightly more problematic when he meets the possible girl of his dreams. [Read more...]
Arthur is a fine little romantic comedy that is fairly paint by numbers and doesn’t bring much new to the genre, but the cast makes it an entertaining enough affair that is worth watching if a fan of them.
The film is a remake of the 1981 film of the same name, which stared Dudley Moore, but I have never seen it so we won’t be comparing that here. This film stars Russell Brand in the title role as Arthur, who is a rich and perpetually functional drunk that is undereducated and has nothing to do but find ways to blow his family’s money. After his latest stunt causes faith in the family’s company’s future to drop, causing negative financial ripples, his mother arranges his marriage to a well-to-do heiress, Susan, whom will take over the company along with Arthur when the time comes. Arthur unfortunately has just met the potential love of his life, Naomi, and he is forced to juggle the two women as he will be cut off from his wealth if he does not marry Susan.
So I have already been excited for the upcoming film adaptation of The Tempest for a while now for more than a decent amount of reasons. Let’s just go down the list. 1 – Say what you will about Shakespeare re-appropriating stories and using crazy language that needs Sparknotes’ No Fear Shakespeare section to understand, that man is ridiculously awesome. Not relevant enough for you though? 2 – Julie Taymor is directing. Most probably know her for Across the Universe, but this isn’t her first time with Shakespeare based films. Oh, but you care about actors? Fine: 3 – This film stars Alfred Molina, Djimon Hounsou, Alan Cumming, Russell Brand, and Helen Mirren as magic man (or woman, as the case may be) Prospera. HELEN MIRREN! (Sorry, but after seeing RED I am having trouble not getting overly excited for her). So that compilation of facts was enough to get me on the bandwagon, and today things got even better when I saw the poster. So awesome!
The film follows Gru, a villain of the world who hasn’t had a note worthy diabolical scheme in some time. Added to this he has been recently upstaged by a young and upcoming villain, Vector, who has stolen one of the great pyramids and the two begin to battle it out over the next great heist using a top secret shrink ray that has just been produced. The two go back and forth over the ownership of the shrink ray and in the plot to take the ray from Vector; Gru adopts and forces his new young daughters into the mix of his dastardly plans.
2008’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall introduced the scene-stealing character of Aldous Snow, who quite deservingly got a spin-off of his own with Get Him to the Greek. Though it was not exactly what I hoped for, it had enough hilarious bits to tip the scales in a favorable direction.
Following the events of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Aldous Snow’s life has become something that would be the perfect source material for an episode of the E! True Hollywood Story series. His sexual prowess is as strong as ever, but his sobriety has gone out the window, along with his career as a relevant rock star. Luckily enough for him there are people like Aaron Green out there who remember the better times of Snow’s musicality. During a staff meeting at the record company he works for, Aaron throws out the idea that they should have a 10-year anniversary concert at L.A.’s Greek Theater in a few days. Now he just needs to get Aldous there. [Read more...]
Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller have set an early benchmark for comedies this year with the winner that is Forgetting Sarah Marshall!
Peter just got dumped by “sexpot” TV star Sarah Marshall and decides, after a few weeks of promiscuity and wallowing in the remains of his relationship, that he should go to Hawaii to get away from it all. Little does he know that his ex-Sarah Marshall is there as well and she isn’t alone. Marshall’s fling is British pop star Aldous Snow who sings about being “inside of you” and asks his fans to sodomize intolerance. Peter finds a romantic interest [Read more...]