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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

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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.

 

Recommend

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.

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21 Jump Street

21 Jump Street (2012)

Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller

Starring Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Ice Cube

 

 

A couple of underachieving cops are sent undercover at a high school to find out about and stop a new drug craze that has already killed one student.

This is one of those films that use to be a TV show, that starred Johnny Depp, and has been converted into a film for the present day audience like The A-Team and Starsky and Hutch. The film shows how culture has changed over the generations and not only is there even more diversity in high school, thanks Glee, but also how the geeks are now cool within social groups and the jocks are finding it harder to be liked.

Channing Tatum is one of those actors that I have never really enjoyed watching and think he looks a little bit funny. However having him with Jonah Hill actually makes him bearable to watch and even like. The film has some pretty funny moments and keeps you entertained throughout especially with the car chases and explosions. The film itself isn’t supposed to be taken too seriously as at times they play on the fact that it used to be a TV show and that’s what makes the film good fun to watch. The scenes where it explains what the drugs do to you are brilliant and add this extra dimension to a straight forward film.

 

Recommend

Jonah Hill is one of those actors that add humour and fun to any film, see Moneyball. His partnership with Tatum comes off really natural and the action scenes and humour are there throughout the film.  The fact that the film takes the piss out of itself makes this very enjoyable and I would recommend this film to anyone who wants to sit down and watch a good comedy.

TheFriedGold rating – 7/10 – Time to revisit high school

 

 

Film Fact

In one scene the bad guys are actually watching the TV series 21 Jump Street on TV.

The Watch

The Watch (2012)

Directed by Akiva Schaffer

Starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade

 

 

In a reasonably small town when a local man is killed four men decide to start a neighbourhood watch group. While on one of their watches they come across an alien and end up having to try and save the Earth from an alien invasion.

 

Yes this is an alien invasion film with some high profile comedy actors having to save the world and there are some funny moments which you would expect given the actors however it is not the best film that Stiller, Vaughn and Hill have been in. There is action, guns, explosions, deaths but the film just kind of trickles along.

Recommend

The film was enjoyable but never really got going. A lot of the funniest scenes were shown in the trailers with them being extended just a tad. There is no real need to see this in the cinema so just wait for it to come out on DVD/Bluray/TV.

 

TheFriedGold rating – 2.5/5

 

Film Fact

Will Ferrell was due to play the Ben Stiller role but he and then Director David Dobkin had a falling out

Moneyball

Moneyball (2011)

Directed by Bennett Miller

Starring Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman

An ex baseball player is now the general manager of the Oakland A’s and to be able to compete with the money of the big team he hires a computer whiz who helps train the players by using computer analysis.

Pitt and Hill were both up for Oscars for this film and after watching it I can see why. Now I usually avoid the big Oscar films but this one did take my fancy. The relationship between Pitt and Hill is one of the main aspects of the film as well as Pitt trying to make up for his past and not wanting to be a failure again. The film as a whole is very heavily related to baseball, a subject I’m not really aware of, and can get a bit complicated at times if you know nothing of the sport. Also the film was quite long and at times a bit boring (that’s Oscar films for you), although there were some funny moments as you would expect from Hill.

 

Recommend

I did enjoy the film but it’s probably not one I would watch again. I would say watch this but fans of baseball may find this film more interesting than most.

TheFriedGold rating – 2.5/5

 

 

Film Fact

First baseball movie to be nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award (Oscar) since Field of Dreams twenty-two years earlier.

 

Megamind (2010)

Megamind (2010)

Directed by Tom McGrath

Starring Will Farrell, Jonah Hill, Tina Fey and Brad Pitt

 

 

Another animated film where the main character is the bad guy. Megamind and Metroman both travelled to earth at the same time, both ended up at the same school and both wanted to be popular with the special powers they possess. However Metroman was just too good and nice so Megamind decided he had to be the villain of the piece. They became legendary rivals, battling each other over the years with Metroman always just winning, as the superhero always does. Until one day the fight doesn’t go to plan and Megamind is left all by himself. Bored of having no one to battle with it is up to Megamind to fix this.

 

The film has some very funny moments and quite iconic adaptations of other superhero films such as the home planets destruction and the parents sending their baby off to earth. With a massive A-list cast this film delivers in the alternate way, much like Despicable Me, because it has you viewing things from the villain’s side and rooting for them throughout the film. This is another film that people of all ages will enjoy watching and the animation looks fantastic.

 

Film Fact

 

Megamind lands in a prison, where he is raised to be a criminal. This alludes to ‘Superman: Red Son’, a graphic novel which demonstrates what could happen if the infant Superman had crash-landed and was raised in a location other than a Kansas farm (in the story it was the Soviet Union). Both also have similar denouements: the hero retires, goes into hiding and leaves his work in the hands of his former nemesis.