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Curmudgeons (2016) dir. Danny DeVito

I’m nearly a year late on watching this but I still wanted to share it! Curmudgeons is an incredibly endearing comedic short film starring DeVito and the late David Margulies. Its the story of two elderly men who fall in love in a nursing home. It’s only 16 minutes and I really recommend it!!

As a companion to my list of college-set movies written by women, I now bring a list of high school oriented movies written by women, for those who have just begun, returned to, or are nostalgic for high school. 

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When I was in college, I used to get wicked hammered.

My nickname was “Puke.” I would chug a fifth of soco, sneak into a frat party, polish off a few people’s empties, some brewskis, some Jell-O shots, do some body shots off myself…. Pass out, wake up the next morning, boot, rally, more soco, head to class. Probably would’ve gotten expelled if I’d let it affect my grades, but I aced all my courses. They called me “Ace.” It was totally awesome. Got straight B’s. They called me “Buzz.” 

Andy Bernard, The Office

My review of Almost Adults

I really wanted to like this movie. I did. I was a backer after all! For all its faults I enjoyed the Carmilla series and the chemistry between Elise Bauman and Natasha Negovanlis, so I was excited to see what they could do together in a feature film setting. But after finishing Almost Adults, I come away feeling a bit empty.
Let’s start with the good;

• The acting is decent, at least that of the leads (more on that later). Not GREAT but I think we all know that Elise and Natasha were never very strong actors. The film plays to their strengths, giving them lots of opportunities for witty back and forth and playful squabbling.

• The comedic moments in the film are for the most part enjoyable, particularly the light banter between Mackenzie and Cassie. These characters are the most believable in these interactions, their friendship feels genuine and unforced.

• Elise Bauman smooches some ladies through the course of the film, can’t complain about that.

Unfortunately there’s a lot more bad then good. Let’s unpack that.

• The leads are unlikeable. Their characters are both incredibly self involved, which really seems to be the central conflict of them film; They’re so wrapped up in themselves and their own issues that they’re completely oblivious to what’s going on with their apparent best friend. Mackenzie is the worse of the two; she complains to her gay best friend when her parents are supportive of her coming out, complaining that they should have been more upset.  “My parents told me I was an abomination and that I was going to burn in hell for all eternity” says the gay best friend. “Rub it in my face” replies Mackenzie. It’s played for laughs, but Mackenzie just comes across as a petulant child. She’s also completely unaware of how having a Tumblr girlfriend would come across to her actual girlfriend. I know she’s new to lesbianning and everything but I just don’t buy that level of ignorance. Come on dude.

• On the note of Mackenzie’s ignorance; you put your finger in her vagina and just…left it there? Really? Have you ever masturbated? There is no way a human person would think that would work. Jesus.

•  Has a really weak supporting cast. Levi in particular isn’t so much a character as he is a walking gay best friend stereotype. He’s camp and bitchy. He exists to dole out advice and insult the lead characters fashion choices. I literally don’t know anything else about him. The other supporting characters aren’t any better, the scene with Cassie and Mackenzie’s parents made me cringe. Not sure if the acting or the script but wow.

• I said i enjoyed the comedic moments for the most part. The other parts though? There was some definite cringe happening at points, and not in a good way. See ‘finger in vagina’ point above.

• The plot is predictable. It’s all very paint by numbers, there’s no real surprise as to where the story is going. It’s all very bland and inoffensive, I mean if they were going for a ‘mainstream rom-com film’ vibe then…congrats? Those movies are terrible though. It’s like a ninety minute yogurt commercial.

• The film cannot pull off its dramatic moments. I said earlier that Bauman and Negovanlis aren’t strong actors and this comes through most glaringly during the dramatic scenes. I just don’t believe them. There’s no real sense of emotional stakes, no genuine tension. I can forgive predictable plot if a film makes me FEEL something. Simply put, this film does not give me the feelz™.

•  The end was kind of…anti-climactic, and felt rushed? It was cute, don’t get me wrong but, a film shouldn’t leave me saying “Oh. Well okay then”.

It wasn’t a terrible film. But it wasn’t a good film in the worst way, in that it was utterly forgettable. There’s no one point that’s especially bad, but nothing really sticks out in a good way either. It’s basically a movie that shrugs it’s shoulders and says ‘meh, good enough’. 

I really wanted to like this film, but I don’t. 1/5 (fingers in vaginas).

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Perhaps what most stands out is his way of speaking. When the first trailers came out, fans immediately noticed and celebrated that Luna spoke with his natural accent. It’s also significant to him, who’s fully aware of what it means to take part in the massive franchise. “My presence in this movie shows that they’ve heard us,” he told El Pais. “Each time that we buy a movie ticket, we are saying that we want to see an industry that reflects who we are. It gives me hope. That said, I am the luckiest Mexican in all of the galaxy.”
It’s refreshing, especially when a Spanish accent is still used largely for comedic effect across film and television in the US. A humorous tone wouldn’t exactly work with this entry into the series, and yet the film doesn’t make a big deal about his accent. And no one struggles to understand him.
(Quote form story about Diego’s accent in Rouge One on remezcla.com)

I get why you don’t want anyone to know about Duke Silver.

And you don’t have to worry. Your secret is safe with me. To even it out, I”m going to tell you all of my secrets. I once forgot to brush my teeth for five weeks. I didn’t actually sell my last car, I just forgot where I parked it. I don’t know who Al Gore is, and at this point, I’m too afraid to ask. When they say 2 percent milk, I don’t know what the other 98 percent is. When I was a baby, my head was so big, scientists did experiments on me. I once threw beer at a swan and then it attacked my niece Rebecca. You don’t have to play the Unity concert. But don’t quit music. Please.

Andy Dwyer, Parks and Recreation

Mrs. Voor -- Jacqueline, I need to tell you something.

I’m a mole woman. No, listen to me! My name is not Kimmy Smith! I’m Kimmy Schmidt from Indiana. As in, the Indiana Mole Women? I was kept in a bunker for fifteen years by an insane preacher. I thought the world had ended. I thought I would die there. But I survived. Because that’s what women do. We eat a bag of dirt, pass it in a kiddie pool and move on. That’s not a metaphor. We needed the iron. I came to New York with nothing, but I found Titus, and Lillian, and you. I got a room and  job and a temporary tattoo that says “you’re grape!” And tonight I’m going to dinner with a guy who wears hats with brims that go all the way around. I do understand the world, Mrs. Voorhees. It’s tough. But so are we.

Kimmy Schmidt, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Scooby Doo Films you should watch.

Because yes.

For the last like week all I’ve done is watched Scooby Doo, and I’ve decided to make a list of my favourite films, because I feel they are underrated and you should watch them. 

Ok without further ado…

  • Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy - Why? Because the editing is amazing. Its not done in a conventional Scooby Doo film style. There is a lot of fast passed sequencing that just add to the comedic value of the film. Plus the story line is bizarre, evil Velma, brave Scooby and Shaggy, Daphne with bad hair and no van.
  • Scooby-Doo! and the Witch’s Ghost - This one is a classic, the first appearance of the Hex Girls with their really catchy song ‘I will put a spell on you.’ This film is one that most people remember from the Scooby films, and its obvious to see why. Following the gang solving the mystery of the ghost of witch haunting the town of a famous writer.
  •  Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur - BRAVE SHAGGY…again. Plus he defies gravity on a motorbike at one point. But really its funny, and Velma goes on a date with what I can only describe as a male version of her self. Oh and ghost Dino’s. 

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Gabriel: The world’s largest book of puns. No wait, A History of Candy Brands. No no no, A Critique on Comedic Film Through the Ages, or-

Raphael: This could go on for hours. I would likely want to write a review of medical practices throughout the 20th Century. I find it quite fascinating and worth writing about.

Michael: Perhaps a book on Military Strategy.

Lucifer: “Daddy Damned Me” It’d be an Autobiography.  

This is what John Cena would look like as Shazam [x]

With The Rock’s Shazam movie getting closer and closer, the hunt is still on for the film’s protagonist. That’s where Comicbook.com comes in. When you think about it, there’s really only a few choices who have the physique and charisma that one would expect from Captain Mar…err…Shazam. And Comicbook.com believes one of those choices should be none other than the 15x WWE World Heavyweight Champion, JOHN CENA

Acting is not entirely out of Cena’s wheelhouse. With a few movies under his belt and some TV appearances, Cena has shown versatility outside of the squared circle. He can play the tough action star, as seen in The Marine. He also has shown his comedic timing in films like Trainwreck (with Amy Schumer) and the upcoming Sisters film (with Tina Fey and Amy Pohler). So they called their good friend Bosslogic up and asked him to help them visualize what they think the Master of Thuganomics would look like as Billy Batson’s alter ego. I, for one, have literally no idea of what to think of this, but what about you? Do you think JOHN CENA would make a good fit for the role?

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Happy 50th Anniversary, Dark Shadows!

1966-1971: The original Dark Shadows gothic soap opera captivates monster and suspense lovers.

2012: Long-time fans Tim Burton, Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer celebrated their love of the franchise with a new imagining of the Barnabas Collins storyline. This big-budget Hollywood adaption, the third film to be based on the TV series (the first two starred original series cast members in 1970 and 1971), emphasized the fish-out-of-water elements of the 18th century vampire who was freed into the 1970s. 

While polarizing to many fans who were unhappy with the comedic direction of the film, the production was lavish and included a wonderful retro soundtrack. Tim Burton’s unique visual style created a creepy look and Danny Elfman’s nods to the original soap’s score created a wonderful dark mood to balance the humorous scenes.

anonymous asked:

Just read the lead article in last week's EW magazine about Thor: Ragnarok. Apparently, the new director thought it'd be fun to add a more comedic element in this film to shake things up a bit. Not sure how changing the tone of the Thor action movies will play out, esp. when you have the Norse apocalypse in your title. If this movie tanks, I wonder if TH will be secretly relieved to be free of the Loki chain around his neck. --Faceanon

Oh boy. Not sure how well this will go over. However I did see a photo of Cate Blanchett as Hela( I think that’s her character??) and she looked pretty badass.