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This is the End

This is the End (2013)

Directed by Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg

Starring Seth Rogan, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson and Danny McBride



Jay B is visiting Seth Rogan in California and they decide to go to James Franco’s newly built house for a massive party. While popping out to a shop to get some cigarettes everything goes to shit and it appears that they may be witnessing the end of the world.


The film is as silly as the trailers made out but is great fun, silly and in parts quite gory. All the actors play exaggerated versions of themselves in the film and don’t mind sending themselves up for laughs. As well as the 6 main characters, Seth Rogan, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson and Danny McBride there are a host of other cameos in the film including a very weird Michael Cera and a take no crap Emma Watson.

There are some hilarious scenes involving conversations on cumming and rape which are so stupid you probably wouldn’t get away with them in any other film.

The film is originally based on a short comedy film called Jay and Seth verses the Apocalypse, starring Jay Baruchel and Seth Rogan, which was made straight after production of Knocked Up finished. The trailer got such a popular response that it was put into full feature film production.



If you are a fan of this bunch of actors then you will definitely appreciate the dark humour and stupidity that is running throughout the film. It was great seeing it at the cinema but you won’t be missing out on anything watching it when it comes out to buy or rent.

TheFriedGold rating – 7/10 – This isn’t the end for any of these guys



Film Fact

Initially Michael Cera wasn’t really slapping Rihanna’s butt, but rather making the motion and stopping right before touching her. As a result, the scene wasn’t working on camera because it looked too fake. Eventually Cera asked Rihanna if he could really slap her butt, she said yes but on the condition that she be allowed to really smack him across the face each time. Cera agreed.

A trailer for Oz: The Great and Powerful


Would you like to know what made the wizard of Oz so great and powerful? Well here we have the story of a young magician who gets transported to another world and comes across witches and flying monkeys.

I love the way the trailer starts in black and white and then changing to colour and going full screen once he has been transported giving the viewer that sense of familiarity with the story when being compared to The Wizard of Oz.

A couple of things that grab me about this is we have 3 sexy witches in Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz and the film is directed by Sam Raimi.




Oz: The Great and Powerful is out 8th March 2013

127 Hours (2010)

127 Hours (2010)

Directed by Danny Boyle

Starring James Franco



127 Hours shows the true life story of a man whose arm gets trapped by a boulder while exploring some canyons and is stuck and the only way out is to take some extreme measures. James Franco plays the real life Aron Ralston in the film and comes across quite well. I prefer him to be in some stupid comedy where he doesn’t need to try but in this he fairs well.

The thing with the film is that everyone is waiting for that scene when he gets free and when it arrives it is pretty gruesome. People who are not a fan of blood might want to stay away from this film.

There are a few things that really make this film for me though. The hallucinations that occur while Aron is stuck are fantastic. He starts going through all the main moments in his life that meant a lot to him from being with his girlfriend to remembering watching the sunset with his dad. The morning talk show routine that he does to his camera is brilliant and adds some light humour to a horrible situation. Also when he is running out of liquid and the thirst really kicks in the montage of all the soft drinks is a nice little sequence and makes you feel what he is feeling. The real Aron Ralston has said that he did record a video diary while trapped.

What also really makes this film is the stunning scenery, thanks to the camera work, of the Moab National Parks and the films soundtrack. The stunning colours and rock formations give you a differing sense of feelings. On the outside everything is fantastic looking with bright colours however on the inside it is a different story.

I really enjoyed this film and I would recommend anyone who is not worried about a bit of blood to see this. You really get brought into the situation due to the documentary feel behind it. Danny Boyle is one of those directors who make visually great looking films, like 28 Days Later and 127 Hours does not disappoint on that front. 


Film Fact

Aron Ralston filmed a daily video diary while he was stuck in the canyon; the footage has only been shown to close friends and family and is kept in a bank vault for safety. Before shooting began both James Franco and director Danny Boyle were allowed to view the footage in order to accurately portray the events in the movie.


Your Highness


A comedy that mocks medieval times as much as it can by using dick and fart jokes. From the same director as Pineapple Express, David Gordon Green has made another stupid yet fun and weird film again. The reason the film is likeable is because it doesn’t take itself seriously at all and nor do the actors. You have an Oscar winner in the beautiful Natalie Portman and Mr, i seem to be in everything and everywhere right now, James Franco along with Danny McBride who all seem to be just having a lot of fun and messing around. (if you watch the gag reel you will see what i mean)

Story-wise there isn’t much to go on. Two royal brothers go on a quest to rescue a fair maiden so that James Franco’s character can marry her. But to do so they must defeat the evil wizard Leezar. You do have some laugh out loud moments but really it’s just some well-known actors acting as dumb as they can, having fun and not really caring.

The film is all about fun and possibly set up for a sequel. If you are a fan of boobs, swearing, sword fights, arse kicking, good looking women and very stupid humour then I would watch this. (If you’re not doing anything else)


Notible reference to Zooey Deschanel for her very stupid yet sexy performance.


Film Fact

Director David Gordon Green said there was never a script used on-set. Only the plot outline and written notes were used and the dialogue is heavily improvised.



Rise of The Planet of the Apes

So everyone knows the story of Planet of the Apes. Astronauts land on a planet, they are captured by monkeys, finds out they are on earth, God damn you all to hell! …. (Sorry for the spoiler) But how did this happen?

Based in the present day a scientist called Will Rodman, played by James Franco, is trying to find a cure for his sick dad by testing on Apes. As you can imagine things end up going a bit wrong and Will has to take a new born Ape, called Caesar, home.

The film is mainly a man and a monkey buddy movie until the last third of the film which is like one long extended battle scene between Apes and the world. The film looks at the relationships between James Franco’s character and his father, an outcast in Caesar and the thugary of other humans and the other monkeys. The film makes you take the side of Caesar as you feel sorry for him even though you know how it is going to end.

The film as a whole is a good watch even though you already know how it ends and it was nice to see how the Planet of the Apes came about. It shows that in the end there is not much difference between Ape and man and we are all greedy for power.

The CGI was fantastic and during the film it doesn’t even cross your mind that all the monkeys and Apes aren’t real. Also loved the little easter eggs that popped up throughout the film in relation to Planet of the Apes. My only issue i had is that the trailer shows so much of the film it basically tells the story of the whole film

Post Credit scene

After the initial parts of the credits there is an extra scene so don’t get up out of your seat straight away.

Film Fact

James Franco will be staring in another film prequel ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ in 2013 which is currently filming.