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Jennie’s Review: The Bling Ring

Letter Grade:
(?)

C+
The Good:

The acting is good
The cinematography fits the subject matter perfectly


The Bad:

Slow
Narrow Audiance

Cast & Crew:

Directed by Sofia Coppola
Screenplay Written by Sofia Coppola, base on the Vanity Fair article by Nancy Jo Sales
Starring: Emma Watson, Israel Broussard, Katie Chang, Claire Julien, Taissa Farmiga, Leslie Mann

Rated R for teen drug and alcohol use, and for language including some brief sexual references

The film opens with a lot of fast cuts of celebrities being photographed by paparazzi and intercut with scenes of Marc (Israel Broussard) giving an interview about his involvement in the “Bling Ring” and Nicki (Emma Watson) responding to reporters outside of the courtroom.  Cut to before everyone was arrested, and we see Marc starting his first day at a new high school.  He meets Rebecca (Katie Chang), a popular affluent girl who befriends him immediately.  Not too far in, we discover that Rebecca has an affinity for high-end petty theft (mainly checking to see if the cars in her wealthy neighborhood are unlocked and stealing some of the contents when they are).  She invites Marc into her (not very well kept) secret and the two of them start on a path that very quickly lands them in the homes of the rich and famous (Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, Lindsay Lohan, etc), and subsequently, jail. (more…)








Rob’s Review: This Is The End

This Is The End on Cinedraft.com
Letter Grade:
(?)

B+
The Good:

Good performances from actors, including a standout appearance by Michael Cera
Excellent satire
Very funny if this is your type of comedy


The Bad:

Quite campy and cheesy.
Special effects aren't great.
Dirty subject matter will turn many off.

Cast & Crew:

Writer: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
Director: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
Stars: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Michael Cera, Emma Watson

Rated R for crude and sexual content throughout, brief graphic nudity, pervasive language, drug use and some violence

Fair warning, don’t pay too much attention to the letter grade on this one, your enjoyment of This Is The End is going to vary greatly depending on your taste. It’s ridiculous, cheesy, and over-the-top, but it works a lot better than I expected it to.

This Is The End on Cinedraft.com

Photo courtesy Columbia Pictures

The actors play versions of themselves here.  and  are best friends who have drifted apart after Rogen moved to Hollywood and Baruchel stayed behind in Canada. Rogen has made friends with , and  (to the extent that anyone can be friends with McBride) and Baruchel is threatened by this.  Rogen tries to bring them all together at a party at Franco’s house while Baruchel is in town. Things at the party don’t go well, and THEN the apocalypse happens.  The worthy are raptured up into Heaven, which leaves the unworthy (including everybody at the party) to be tormented on Earth. The group holes up in Franco’s house to avoid the raging fires, giant sinkholes, and marauding demons. (more…)








New Trailer: This Is The End

New International trailer for This Is The End, now with more Emma Watson. From the writers of Superbad and Pineapple Express: Hollywood celebrities play “themselves” facing the end of the world in LA, and they are utterly unprepared for it. Starring James Franco, Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson, with cameos from many more stars.








Summer Movie Preview: June

It’s time for the next installment of our summer movie preview, this time we look all the way into June, 2013. “Zombies”, and Monsters, and Shakespeare, oh my!

The Internship

Release Date: June 7th

Synopsis: Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson get laid off and enter an internship program at Google where they must compete with younger, smarter interns for a job with the search giant. Also features Rose Byrne, B.J. Novak, Josh Gad, and Aasif Mandvi. Directed by Shawn Levy (Real Steel, Date Night, and the Night at the Museum franchise).

Our Thoughts:

Rob: I have a feeling that, for better or worse, you’re going to get exactly what you expect out of this one.

Jennie: I hope this movie is funnier than the trailer suggests. Also, am I the only one who thinks it’s strange that the old guy in the wheelchair knows who Charles Xavier is but they don’t have any clue?

Dave: I got to imagine if you’re an old, bald, professor in a wheelchair, you hear the reference from time to time.

Dave: I think the trailer looks funny enough. I generally enjoy the combination of Vaughn and Wilson, but I foresee waiting to see this one on on DVD. Looks like it may be the type of movie that shows you the funniest stuff in the trailer…but i guess you never know.

Nicki: I love this team. They could read the phone book and make me laugh. Just the scene of “What? What?!” alone, makes me want to see it.

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Trailer: The Bling Ring

The Bling Ring

 directs , and  in this “inspired by actual events” story of a group of celebrity-obsessed teens who track celebrities and rob their houses. Opens in limited release on June 14th.