Day 315: Mean Girls (2004)

meangirls11I know what you’re thinking, how in the hell has someone never seen the film Mean Girls and it’s 2016? I couldn’t give you an answer to that question, but nevertheless It’s today’s film. Everyone in the US knows that high school can be absolute hell where one wrong move can mean social suicide and Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) is about to find that out. You see Cady isn’t from around here as she was home schooled for so many years. After becoming friends with an outcast in Janis Ian (Lizzy Caplan) and the two come up with a plan to infiltrate a group known as The Plastics (the most popular girls in school). All of it works until Cady falls in love with Aaron Samuels (Jonathan Bennett), the ex-boyfriend of Alpha leader Regina George (Rachel McAdams). Now it’s just all out war as everything starts to unravel. The film also stars Tina Fey (Sisters) as Ms. Norbury, Tim Meadows (Grown Ups 2) as Mr. Duvall, Lacey Chabert (Party Of Five) as Gretchen Wieners, Amanda Seyfried (Ted 2) as Karen Smith, Daniel Franzese (I Spit On Your Grave) as Damian, Neil Flynn (The Middle) as Mr. Heron, Ana Gasteyer (Suburgatory) as Mrs. Heron, Amy Poehler (Sisters) as Mrs. George, and the film was directed by Mark Waters (Freaky Friday). 

mean-girls-03One of the decisions I made in why I watched this film was the fact that I love Rachel McAdams and her work and the other was Lindsay Lohan. She seemed so innocent at this time and she was so beautiful. This was all before the problems broke out in her life and I guess some just can’t handle the fame. This is a film that has probably gone down as a classic because it looks as if it accurately describes high school life for young women. Everyone has gone to high school and they’ve had the same similar kind of people in your school which is why this film is easily relateable. The acting in the film is great especially from Rachel who portrays the alpha female with a fury and Amanda does a great job playing the dumb one. The film explores all of the issues most kids either still face or at least faced at the time of the release. So that means that Tina Fey who wrote the screenplay for the film definitely deserve some kudos for her work. The film had it’s hook in the beginning, it had it’s turning points both in the first half of the film and in the last half of the film when the main character is faced with the final dilemma. So, she definitely did her homework and she pulled it off. This film is definitely worth a watch especially if you are a fan of high school comedies. I am going to give the film an A- for a final grade.

Day 162: Now You See Me 2 (2016)

now-you-see-me-2-e1458141262573There are films that come out that when you see them, you are absolutely blown away by it. You like the movie so much that when you hear that there is a sequel coming out, you really don’t mind seeing it. That was definitely the case with today’s film in Now You See Me 2. Since the events of the first film the horseman J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson), and Jack Wilder (Dave Franco) have gone into hiding awaiting the chance that they can work again. When the horseman are pulled out of retirement with the addition of a new female magician in Lulu (Lizzy Caplan) by their and FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo), they learn that they are part of a plan by an evil tech genius to pull off their most impossible heist ever. Can the team do it or with they finally correct the wrongs? The film also stars Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemption) as Thaddeus Bradley, Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire) as Walter Mabry, Michael Caine (The Dark Knight) as Arthur Tressler, Jay Chou (The Green Hornet) as Li, Sanaa Lathan (Blade) as Deputy Director Natalie Austin, Henry Lloyd-Hughes (Anna Karenina) as Allen Scott-Frank, and the film was directed by Jon M. Chu (Jem And The Holograms).

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One of the biggest reasons to see these films is because you want to see what kind of magic are they going to do and see how clever they really were. You also go to see these films for all the sleek stunts and the technology they incorporate with the tricks even though a big part of them is fighting technology and all the evil it can create. The film starts off by reminding us of who they are and what they’ve done in the past to build up these ragtag magicians up. The movie also really focuses on what happened to Mark Ruffalo’s character’s father and why he is on this revenge kick. We also see our crew evolve and become a solid team right before our very eyes as they battle the evil technology crazed world. I thought I was going to be disappointed that Isla Fisher wasn’t in the film, but I have to give credit to Lizzy Caplan for fitting right in with the crew. She added a certain wittiness to the tea by being there. The magic tricks of course are pretty cool, but my favorite thing is when they break down how they accomplished them in the first place. That is what I loved about the first film and that is what I loved in this film. Daniel Radcliffe is awesome as a really douchy guy with crap tons of money while Freeman and Caine were brilliant as always. Is it better than the first film, I don’t really think so, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have it’s moments. I enjoyed the film enough to give it a grade that is somewhere between the B+/A- range. It’s somewhere in there.

Day 70: The Night Before (2015)

The-Night-Before-Poster-Christmas-sliceThere is nothing I love more in this world than Seth Rogen (Pineapple Express) and comedies that he is involved in. So, naturally when I saw that The Night Before was available to rent, I definitely jumped on the opportunity to watch it. Issac (Rogen) and Chris (Anthony Mackie) have been spending the last ten Christmases with their friend Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) ever since his parents passed away. The only problem is that things change and people grow up, but Ethan hasn’t it while the other two have moved on. Now, it’s the last Christmas the three friends are ever going to spend together and they’re going to be spending it at a ball that they’ve been trying to get into for the last ten years, but will they make it in one piece? The film also stars Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street) as Betsy, Lizzy Caplan (Hot Tub Time Machine) as Diana, Heléne Yorke (Masters Of Sex) as Cindy, Mindy Kaling (Inside Out) as Sarah, Michael Shannon (Man Of Steel) as Mr. Green, Ilana Glazer (Broad City) as Rebecca Grinch, James Franco (Pineapple Express) as James Franco, Tracy Morgan (Cop Out) as the Narrator, and the film was written and directed by Jonathan Levine (50/50).

The-Night-Before-Seth-RogenI want to start this paragraph out by saying that this film reminds me of why I loved Seth Rogen movies in the first place. Seth Rogen on drugs equals some of the funniest moments of a film because he plays it so well. When he is freaking out on shrooms in the film is some of the funniest material and his interaction with James Franco is priceless. This film could seriously be the new Christmas classic that we have all been looking for since Home Alone or Die Hard, and Big which are both mentioned in the film (almost like an homage). The film even manages to fit in some Scrooge kind of stuff with Michael Shannon playing essentially the ghost of Christmas past, present, and future all in the form of a drug dealing Great Gatsby. Believe me, it will all make sense to you once you watch the film for yourself. One of the funniest scenes in the whole film is the church scene with Seth Rogen,  couldn’t stop laughing it was so funny and what a great choice to play his wife in the film in Jillian Bell who is pretty funny in the film. Listen, you know exactly what you are getting from a Seth Rogen comedy, there is nothing smart about it other than that it’s just funny. You have to naturally have a sense of humor to love comedies like this and I have to say that this should’ve been a hit at the box office. The addition of Mackie and Levitt were icing on the cake ad the chemistry between the three was there and it just felt natural. The film is available online and in Redbox so check it out if you need some good laughs. I am going to give the film an A- for a final grade.