Day 330: How To Be Single (2016)

howFirst off, I understand that I might have chosen a chick flick for today, but it is a comedy and it features Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect). The other thing is that the film also features the very beautiful Dakota Johnson and with that being said How To Be Single is today’s film. Alice (Johnson) has been dating Josh (Nicholas Braun) all throughout college and she just wants some time apart from him to make sure that he is the right guy for her. So, with the help of her new friend and co-worker, the wild and voluptuous Robin (Wilson), she throw herself on the dating scene. After figuring out that maybe it isn’t for her, she tries to go back to Josh, but discovers that it’s too late cause he has moved on. Now she has to figure out what to do before she stays single for too long. The film also stars Leslie Mann (The Other Woman) as Meg, Damon Wayans Jr. (Let’s Be Cops) as David, Anders Holm (The Intern) as Tom, Alison Brie (The Lego Movie) as Lucy, Jason Mantzoukas (Dirty Grandpa) as George, Jake Lacy (Balls Out) as Ken, Colin Jost (Staten Island Summer) as Paul, Brent Morin (Undateable) as Lucy’s Date, and the film was directed by Christian Ditter (Love, Rosie).

giphyWhile this film is definitely a chick flick, it has some redeeming qualities to it. It may seem like it bashes guys because it’s all about how their relationships aren’t working or you the fact that you don’t want to get caught as Rebel puts it in the “Dicksand”(dick quicksand). There are some moments when they look absolutely crazy or when the bartender argues that you can’t find chemistry from an online dating app. I love Rebel Wilson because she plays the drunk, crazy, Aussie or Brit very well in every film that she is in and she does have some hilarious moments in the film. The thing I really liked about the film is the fact that it doesn’t just focus on Dakota Johnson’s character, but also on Leslie Mann’s who is trying to deal with the fact that she has put work ahead of her personal life and Alison Brie who believes in using dating apps. The film is kind of like six degrees of the bartender Tom because he is connected to all of them somehow a she tries to figure out his life after a girl wakes him up. So, there is plenty of subplots to drive the story forward and it moves pretty well. It’s just that I am not completely into chick flicks so women may enjoy the film more than me. Having Jason Mantzoukas in the film was definitely clutch by me because his character was hilarious. I am going to go ahead and give the film an B+ for a final grade only because it’s one I probably wouldn’t watch again.

Day 75: Hot Bot (2016)

hot botWhen it came to choosing today’s film, it was one of those whose concept grabbed my attention right when I saw it on Netflix. The film is called Hot Bot and it stars Zack Pearlman (Staten Island Summer) as Leonard and Doug Haley (Hansel & Gretel Get Baked) as Limus, are two best friends who are sexually deprived teenagers and virtually unnoticeable at their school. One day it all changes as the two of them stumble upon a sex robot named Bardot (Cynthia Kirchner) that will change their lives. The only problem is that this very expensive robot belongs to Senator Biter (Larry Miller) and he wants her back. Now the boys will try everything they can to make sure that the Senator doesn’t get his hands on her. The film also stars David Shackelford (There’s Something About Mary) as Benny, Anthony Anderson (Me, Myself, and Irene) as Agent Frazier, Danny Masterson (That 70’s Show) as Agent Koontz, Donald Faison (Clueless) as Mr. Huffington, Angela Kinsey (The Office) as Mrs. Huffington, Kirby Bliss Blanton (The Green Inferno) as Kassidy, John Robinson (Transformers) as Rodney, Chasty Ballesteros (Final Destination 5) as Sophia, and the film was directed by Michael Polish (90 Minutes In Heaven).

hot bot 2I read a quote on IMDB.com that read like this, “If Return of the Living Dead (1985) had been directed by Dan Aykroyd and the premise was a mash-up of One Crazy Summer (1986), Weird Science (1985), and Cherry 2000 (1987) in a world where Superbad (2007) had never been made, that film would be Hot Bot (2016), a surprisingly genuine sex-comedy without any sex.” I couldn’t agree more with the quote as that is exactly how I felt about the film. The film in it’s style reminds me of a lot of those great comedies he listed in his quote and that is what I loved about it. At fist glance jut from reading the name of the film, you may think that this could be a really stupid film, but it’s quite the contrary. It’s actually smart and it just seems very natural. What I mean by that is that the actors and their lines seemed so natural and unforced almost as if they were making it up as they went. Some after viewing this film may complain that besides the one part with the breasts, there really isn’t a whole lot of sex in the film. That is certainly fine by me because the film didn’t really need it. There were a lot of hilarious scenes in this film, but there was one scene that was just downright awkward. Larry Miller visits Limus in his room and it just gets really weird at one point. Larry Miller never really gets enough credit, but he has always played a really good antagonist no matter what the role. There was a study I read about some time ago about how there are humans that love having sex with robots and that the robots almost fully replace the idea of another human in the relationship role. This film doesn’t really talk about it, but it touches upon it a little in the comedic sense. I am going to give the film an B for a final grade.

Day Four: CBGB (2013)

CBGBI had heard about this film for a long time and I have been waiting since 2013 to watch this film. So, when I saw that Netflix had the title available< I jumped on the opportunity to watch the film CBGB. The film explores the origins of the legendary New York club and how one man named Hilly Kristal (Alan Rickman) had the vision to pioneer a musical revolution with his club called CBGB. You’ll see all of the triumphs and the struggles that came with owning the club or just working with Hilly period. We’ll also see the birth of bands like Blondie, The Ramones, The Dead Boys, The Talking Heads, and so many more as they share a part with the club’s story. The film also stars Malin Akerman (The Watchmen) as Debbie Harry, Justin Bartha (The Hangover) as Stiv Bator, Richard de Klerk (Repeators) as Taxi, Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory) as Terry Ork, Kyle Gallner (American Sniper) as Lou Reed, Ashley Greene (Staten Island Summer) as Lisa Kristal, Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters) as Iggy Pop, Ryan Hurst (Sons Of Anarchy) as Mad Mountain, Joel David Moore (Dodgeball) as Joey Ramone, Mickey Sumner (The End Of The Tour) as Patti Smith, Bradley Whitford (Billy Madison) as Nicky Gant, Rupert Grint (Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets) as Cheetah Chrome, and the film was directed by Randall Miller.

hillyThe story of CBGB is quite fascinating because it was a club that was functioning on almost no money. They were spending more than they were making according to the film. It is a legendary club however that I wish I had the opportunity of entering, but I never did. So many legendary bands payed n the stage and the film of course focuses on the pioneers of Punk Rock music and I love the band that closes out the film. Alan Rickman to me is a brilliant actor as I enjoy quite a lot of his films. He does a good job playing a guy with literally the worst business sense as the film makes it clear that he had failed many times before CBGB. The acting was phenomenal and I think anyone wanting to learn the history of Punk Rock should watch this and stick around for the credits which has some goodies in it too. Now as far as what is true about the film and what is not I do not know right now other than I don’t think Conway Twitty ever played there. One thing according to one article is that there are posters and stickers  on the wall of the club before any bands actually have played there which can be counted as a goof. To see more of what they got right vs wrong, check out this article here. Otherwise, I am going to give the film an A- for a final grade because I enjoyed it thoroughly as I am a music fan first.