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 One: Aloha (2015)

aloha-imagesI have been wanting to see this film for quite some time as I am a big fan of Bradley Cooper (American Sniper), Rachel McAdams (About Time), and of course the legendary Bill Murray (Stripes). The film is called Aloha and it stars Cooper as a star military contractor named Brian Gilcrest who returns home to Hawaii which is the home of his greatest truimphs to strike a deal with the locals for his billionaire boss (Murray). Along the way, he runs into his old flame (McAdams), starts a relationship with a gung ho Air Force pilot (Emma Stone) who was sent to watch him, and learns a thing or two about himself along the way. The film was directed by Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous) and it also stars John Krasinski (The Office) as Woody, Alec Baldwin (Outside Providence) as General Dixon, Danny McBride (Pineapple Express) as Fingers, Bill Camp (Birdman) as Bob Largent, Jaeden Lieberher (St. Vincent) as Mitchell, and Danielle Rose Russell (A Walk Among The Tombstones).

aloha-movie-love-letterCameron Crowe may have called this his love letter to the isles once in an interview, but I wonder if this type of sentiment really exists in Hawaii. One man who plays the king has the same shirt in the whole film that just reads “American By Force” on one side and “Hawaiian By Birth” on the other. The film is definitely an interesting one as it raises some social issues along inside the love story. The idea of billionaires with lots of money to spend working with the military to develop satellites in lieu of the absence of NASA. Then of course, there is the love story that is attached to this film as we see a man with a lot of issues of holding on finally starting to fall in love with a girl while letting go of the one from his past. One of the things that I will say about the film is that I loved John Krasinski’s character, he’s this tough macho, military guy who has a hard time with expressing himself. He’s too caught up being the man that he just isn’t sensitive enough for his wife until things starting coming into question. I loved the overall cinematography of the film with the beautiful shots of the mountain and beautiful Hawaii, but the 360 degree axis line shot when Rachel first speaks with Cooper’s character was a little sloppy and annoying to me. It was this constant shot of going around in a circle that was done to maintain consistency and fluidity in the shot. The film was definitely interesting at times even though for a while I was trying to figure out what the plot was. I didn’t read what the film was about before I watched it and I kind of forget what it was about anyways. So, I am going to give the film an B for a final grade. It’s airing on Starz as we speak and you can find online or at Redbox (most likely).