REVIEW: JOJO RABBIT

 

Starring

Roman Griffin Davis (Silent Night)
Thomasin McKenzie (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies)
Taika Waititi (Thor Ragnarok)
Rebel Wilson (How To be Single)
Stephen Merchant (Logan)
Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones)
Sam Rockwell (Iron Man 2)
Scarlett Johansson (Ghost In The Shell)

Sam Rockwell, Taika Waititi, and Roman Griffin Davis in Jojo Rabbit (2019)In the later stages of World War II, ten-year-old Johannes “Jojo” Betzler joins the Deutsches Jungvolk. Jojo is an innocent boy but heavily indoctrinated with the Nazi ideals (manifested in his imaginary friend, Adolf, a supportive and buffoonish version of Adolf Hitler). On the day of his first Hitler Youth training camp run by Captain Klenzendorf, he is given the derisive nickname “Jojo Rabbit” by the other children after refusing to kill a rabbit to prove his killer instinct. Pepped up by Adolf, he returns to prove his bravery, stealing a Stielhandgranate and throwing it without supervision. The grenade explodes at his feet, leaving him scarred and limping. Jojo’s mother Rosie coerces Klenzendorf into ensuring that Jojo is included and given responsibilities. Jojo is given small tasks such as spreading propaganda leaflets throughout the town, and collecting scrap for the war effort.Taika Waititi, Scarlett Johansson, and Roman Griffin Davis in Jojo Rabbit (2019)Alone at home one day, Jojo discovers Elsa Korr, a teenage Jewish girl and his late sister’s former classmate, hiding upstairs. Jojo is both terrified and aggressive towards Elsa, who easily outwits and overpowers the young boy’s attempts at guile and aggression. The two are left in a stalemate as the revelation that Rosie is hiding Elsa would lead to Rosie’s and Jojo’s executions, and neither is willing to tell Rosie that they know for fear of what would happen next. Jojo continues to speak to Elsa, doing his best to uncover her “Jew secrets” so he can write a book about Jews for Klenzendorf. Elsa is both saddened and amused by the doctrine that Jojo believes. When she tells Jojo about her fiancé Nathan, Jojo forges a letter from Nathan claiming to have found someone else. When he sees her hurt by this, he quickly puts together a retraction.Taika Waititi and Roman Griffin Davis in Jojo Rabbit (2019)Jojo begins acting out with his mother, angry at her seeming lack of patriotism. Rosie opposes the war and the Nazi doctrine, openly mourns the public hangings of those who resist the Nazis, and she espouses her belief that positivity and optimism are the best ways to be free of oppression. Rosie also tells Elsa that Jojo is still innocent and laments the doctrine that he believes, which makes it impossible for her to reveal Elsa to him. Meanwhile, Jojo, who is warming up to Elsa, argues with an increasingly hostile Adolf about his patriotism. Jojo spots his mother leaving a “free Germany” message in town.Roman Griffin Davis in Jojo Rabbit (2019)Jojo and Elsa are alone in the house when the Gestapo stop by for a surprise inspection with Klenzendorf in tow. The Gestapo are suspicious when Elsa poses as Jojo’s late sister and produces Inge’s papers. Klenzendorf inspects them and quizzes Elsa on her birthday, confirming its authenticity. After the Gestapo leave, a shaken Elsa reveals that she got the date wrong and that Klenzendorf had covered for her. Elsa is convinced that the Gestapo are aware of the deception. Later on, Jojo finds Rosie hanged in the public square. He returns home and tries to stab Elsa, but breaks down in tears.Taika Waititi and Roman Griffin Davis in Jojo Rabbit (2019)With the Allies closing in, the civilian population (including the Hitler Youth) are armed to defend the city. Jojo runs into his friend Yorki, who tells him Hitler has committed suicide. Despondent, Jojo hides until the battle is won, with the Americans and Soviets occupying the city. As he wanders the city, he is seized by soldiers alongside a wounded Klenzendorf. Klenzendorf tells Jojo to look after his sister, then tears off Jojo’s Hitler Youth coat and denounces him as a Jew. The soldiers expel Jojo as they drag Klenzendorf towards a firing squad.Thomasin McKenzie and Roman Griffin Davis in Jojo Rabbit (2019)Jojo runs home and, to stop Elsa from leaving, tells her Germany won the war. Recognising her despair, he recites a new letter from Nathan, claiming that he and Jojo have figured out a way to smuggle her to Paris. Elsa confesses that Nathan died of tuberculosis the previous year. Jojo tells her he loves her, and she tells him she loves him like a “younger brother”. A disheveled Adolf angrily confronts Jojo for siding with Elsa, and Jojo kicks him out the window. Outside, Elsa sees American soldiers and realizes the Allies have won the war. She slaps Jojo in the face for lying, and then they dance in the street.This film was exceptional and one of the best I’ve seen this year. Watiti has great comedic vision and the cast is phenomenal. Jojo Rabbit was wierd , funny , heartwarming and heartbreaking and I think its definitely worth the watch.

REVIEW: NEVER SURRENDER: A GALAXY QUEST DOCUMENTARY

Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary (2019)

Featuring

Tim Allen (The Santa Claus)
Patrick Breen (Men In Black)
Enrico Colantoni (Veronica Mars)
Justin Long (Jeepers Creepers)
Missi Pyle (Gone Girl)
Jed Rees (Deadpool)
Sam Rockwell (Iron Man 2)
Tony Shalhoub (Monk)
Brent Spiner (Star Trek: TNG)
Sigourney Weaver (Alien)
Wil Wheaton (The Big Bang Theory)
Rainn Wilson (Super)

Tim Allen in Galaxy Quest (1999)All film documentaries traffic in colorful behind-the-scenes details, and Never Surrender is chock-full of them—some new, some well-known to longtime fans. For instance, Enrico Colantoni reveals that his audition for Mathesar nearly bombed—until he whipped out a bizarre voice he’d been working on that became the model for the Thermians’ unusual vocal inflections. Sigourney Weaver famously drops an F-bomb when Gwen and Jason encounter “the chompers” in the bowels of the Protector II. It was dubbed—badly, on purpose, so you can still read her lips—to be “Screw that!” in the theatrical release, in order to earn a more family-friendly PG rating.Jason, Gwen & AlexanderNever Surrender truly shines at revealing the complicated, often contentious process of filmmaking; honestly, it’s a miracle any films get made at all, never mind truly great ones that go on to become widespread beloved cultural touchstones like Galaxy Quest. Harold Ramis was originally hired to direct the film for Dreamworks but left the project due to creative differences (his vision was considerably more cheesy); Dean Parisot replaced him. The studio considered Robin Williams and Kevin Kline for the role of Jason/Taggart, since at the time Tim Allen was mostly known as a comedian and star of the just-cancelled Home Improvement sitcom. Dreamworks co-founder Steven Spielberg hated the octopus-like designs for the Thermians’ true native form, preferring a more classic “grey alien”—but it was too late to change it.  Any one of these would have resulted in a very different—and I would say, lesser—film. Apparently Dreamworks was shooting Gladiator at the same time and was too distracted to interfere much with Galaxy Quest.The crew gets a beryllium sphereSeveral Star Trek actors count themselves among the longstanding fans of Galaxy Quest, including Shatner, Patrick Stewart (Captain Jean-Luc Picard, ST: TNG)—who pronounced it “brilliant”—Jonathan Frakes (Riker, ST: TNG), Tim Russ (Tuvok, ST: Voyager), and George Takei (Sulu on TOS). Two from Star Trek: The Next Generation offer their insights in Never Surrender: Brent Spiner, who played Data, and Wil Wheaton, who played Wesley Crusher. The film has also inspired an entire generation of filmmakers, as Damon Lindelof (Lost, Watchmen, the Star Trek 2009 film) points out. And it’s sweetly gratifying to watch Arrow and The Flash creator Greg Berlanti geek out over his favorite moments, pretty much proving Lindelof’s point.The Protector crewBest of all, the documentary celebrates the culture of fandom—specifically the positive, uplifting aspects, rather than the toxic cesspool of entitlement that online fandom can sometimes be today. The film devotes a significant amount of screen time to Galaxy Quest fans and cosplayers Harold and Roxanne Weir, who speak at length about what the film has meant to them and why they find their cosplay so fulfilling. In one of the most moving scenes, Harold—dressed as Mathesar—gets to meet his hero, Colantoni, who leans into the moment and poses with the entire group of Thermian cosplayers. Truly, as Spiner says, “The nerds have inherited the Earth.

 

REVIEW: GALAXY QUEST

CAST

Tim Allen (The Santa Clause)
Sigourney Weaver (Alien)
Alan Rickman (Alice Through The Looking Glass)
Tony Shalhoub (The Siege)
Sam Rockwell (Iron Man 2)
Daryl Mitchell (House Party)
Enrico Colantoni (Veronica Mars)
Robin Sachs (Buffy)
Jed Rees (News Movie)
Justin Long (New Girl)
Missi Pyle (Two and a Half Men)
Rainn Wilson (Super)
Dian Bachar (Orgazmo)
Gregg Binkley (My Name Is Earl)
Kevin McDonald (That 70s Show)
Jeremy Howard (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Corbin Bleu (Mystery Men)
Wayne Pére (Cloak & Dagger)
Morgan Rusler(Easy A)
J.P. Manoux (Veep)
Heidi Swedberg (Hot Shots)

The former cast of the once-popular television space-adventure series Galaxy Quest spend most of their days attending fan conventions and promotional stunts. Though Jason Nesmith (Allen), who played the commander of the NSEA Protector, thrives with the attention, the other cast members—Alexander Dane (Rickman) as the ship’s alien science officer, Fred Kwan (Shalhoub) as the chief engineer, Gwen DeMarco (Weaver) as the computer officer, and Tommy Webber (Mitchell) as a precocious child pilot—all resent these events.

During one event, Nesmith is approached by Mathesar (Colantoni) and others calling themselves “Thermians” and request his assistance, which he agrees to, thinking this is a planned and paying fan event. Later at that same convention, Nesmith becomes despondent after overhearing attendees speaking of him as a laughing stock by fans and his fellow actors, and he loses his temper with an avid fan, Brandon (Long). After Nesmith spends the night drinking heavily, the Thermians arrive to pick up a hungover Nesmith in the limo he had requested. Unaware that they are truly octopoidal aliens, using technology to appear human, the barely conscious Nesmith is oblivious to his limo being beamed aboard the Thermian’s spaceship. Aboard their ship in deep space, Nesmith goes through the motions of commanding the ship and asks to be returned home. When they send him back to Earth via a transporter, Nesmith realizes that it is all real. He races to meet his cast, accidentally bumping into Brandon and misplacing a Thermian communicator Mathasar gave him with Brandon’s fan-made replica. Nesmith eagerly relates his experience to the crew, who think he is drunk again. When another Thermian appears and request the entire crew’s help, Nesmith manages to convince them, along with their handler Guy Fleegman (Rockwell), an actor who played a unnamed security officer on one episode before being killed off, to come along. They are all transported to a perfect reproduction of the NSEA Protector in deep space, and are shocked by the reality of the situation.

Mathesar begs the crew to command the Protector, as Nesmith’s previous actions (namely, blowing up the opposing ship) have enraged Sarris (Sachs), a reptilian humanoid that seeks to wipe out the Thermians. While they were able to recreate the ship from the broadcast episodes, the Thermians have no idea how to pilot it. The crew hesitantly take the controls, and despite their ineptitude, the Thermians cheer them on. After the second encounter with Sarris’ ship, they barely evade his attack by flying through a minefield, severely damaging the ship. The humans take a shuttle to a nearby planet to find a replacement beryllium sphere as a new power source. They manage to secure the sphere after a run-in with the hostile alien species on the planet. Once back aboard the Protector, they find that Sarris and his soldiers have captured the ship.

Sarris interrogates the humans, discovering they are only actors, and recognizes that the Thermians have no concept of fiction, believing the show to have been real. Sarris sets the Protector to self-destruct and departs, leaving a few sacrificial soldiers to guard the humans. Nesmith and Dane use a gambit from the show to engineer their escape, and then Nesmith orders his fellow cast members to help rescue the other Thermians, finish repairs to the Protector, and prepare to engage Sarris in combat. Nesmith and DeMarco then set off into the bowels of the ship to stop the self-destruct sequence, using help from Brandon and his group of friends via the swapped communication device. Along the way, they encounter Omega 13, a plot device introduced in the final episode but never used; Brandon notes it could either destroy all matter in the universe or rewind time by 13 seconds, “enough time to undo one mistake”.

Having finally accepted their roles on the ship and gained confidence in themselves, Nesmith and his crew use the minefield as a weapon against Sarris’ ship, destroying it. They prepare to head to Earth when Sarris, who has transported over at the last moment, starts killing the crew. A desperate Nesmith activates the Omega 13, which reverses time far enough for him to knock out Sarris. They near a wormhole to return the humans home via the command module, and Nesmith assures Mathesar he has the ability to command the Protector along with the other Thermians. The humans, along with Laliari (Pyle), a Thermian that has fallen in love with Kwan, return home. The command module crashes into Earth near a fan convention and comes to a stop after crashing through one wall, which the audience takes as part of the show. As the crew exits the module, Sarris wakes up and tries to fire on them, but Nesmith reacts faster, and disintegrates Sarris with a phaser-like weapon. The crowd erupts into cheers. Some time later, Galaxy Quest is revived as a new series, starring the same cast along with Fleegman and Laliari.Great film, so very well written. A homage/parody to Star Trek, it’s also very well acted by those within it. And very, very funny.

REVIEW: CHARLIE’S ANGELS (2000)

CAST

Cameron Diaz (Bad Teacher)
Drew Barrymore (Poison Ivy)
Lucy Liu (Kill BIll)
Bill Murray (Groundhog Day)
Sam Rockwell (Iron Man 2)
Kelly Lynch (Road House)
Tim Curry (IT)
Crispin Glover (Alice In Wonderland)
Matt LeBlanc (Friends)
LL Cool J (Deep Blue Sea)
Tom Green (Road Trip)
Luke Wilson (That 70s Show)
Sean Whalen (Twister)
Melissa McCarthy (Spy)
Ned Bellamy (Terminator: TSCC)
John Forsythe (Scrooged)
Kevin Grevioux (Underworld)
Michael Papajohn (Spider-Man)

Drew Barrymore in Charlie's Angels (2000)Natalie Cook (Cameron Diaz) Dylan Sanders (Drew Barrymore) and Alex Munday (Lucy Liu) are the “Angels”, three talented, tough, attractive women who work as private investigators together for an unseen millionaire named Charlie (voiced by John Forsythe) Charlie uses a speaker in his offices to communicate with the Angels, and his assistant Bosley (Bill Murray) works with them directly when needed.Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu in Charlie's Angels (2000)Charlie assigns the Angels to find Eric Knox (Sam Rockwell), a software genius who created a revolutionary voice-recognition system and heads his own company, Knox Enterprises. Knox is believed to have been kidnapped by Roger Corwin (Tim Curry), who runs a communications-satellite company called Redstar. The Angels infiltrate a party held by Corwin and spot a suspicious-looking man that they had previously seen from surveillance videos of Knox’s kidnapping. Dubbing him the “Thin Man” (Crispin Glover), the Angels chase him down and fight him; he gets away but the Angels find Knox, safely held nearby.Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu in Charlie's Angels (2000)After the Angels reunite Knox with his business partner Vivian Wood (Kelly Lynch) Charlie explains that they must determine whether the Thin Man has stolen Knox’s voice-recognition software. The Angels infiltrate Redstar headquarters, fool the security system, and plant a device in the central computer that will enable them to explore it remotely. They retire for the night after giving Bosley the laptop computer that communicates with the Redstar computer. Dylan takes up Knox’s offer to spend the night with him, and they end up having sex. Afterwards, Knox betrays her; simultaneously, attacks are made on Natalie and Alex, Bosley is captured by Vivian, and Corwin is murdered by the Thin Man. Knox tells Dylan his kidnapping was all faked to get the Angels to help him access the Redstar satellite network. He plans to use it along with his voice recognition software to find and kill Charlie, who Knox asserts killed his father in the Vietnam War.The Angels are back on the chain gangDylan escapes and reunites with Natalie and Alex, all who survived their attacks. They approach Charlie’s offices just as the building explodes. They find a radio transmitter that Bosley is able to communicate through via a radio transmitter implanted in a tooth. Bosley provides enough information of his place of captive to allow Natalie to deduce its location, an abandoned lighthouse. With help from Dylan’s current boyfriend Chad (Tom Green) the Angels stealthily approach the lighthouse. They are too late from stopping Knox from determining Charlie’s location, but they rescue Bosley and defeat Vivian, the Thin Man, and some henchmen before Knox blows up the lighthouse. Knox flies an attack helicopter towards Charlie’s house, while Bosley helps the Angels board it. Alex reprograms the missile to have it shoot backwards, which blows up the helicopter and kills Knox while all of the Angels land safely together on the beach.The Angels get ready to rumble...Seeing the opportunity to finally meet Charlie in person, they enter the beach house that Knox had targeted the missile at, but Charlie has already left. He remotely congratulates the Angels on a job well done through another speaker, and treats them and Bosley to a vacation. Charlie tells them that Knox’s father was undercover; however, he was discovered and he was killed by someone else but not Charlie. When he speaks to the Angels unseen again by telephone on the beach, they ask if they could ever meet him in person. Dylan then suspects that she might be seeing him nearby talking into a cell phone, but she doesn’t tell the group.Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, and Bob Stephenson in Charlie's Angels (2000)There’s no intellectual challenges made in this movie’s plot, and that’s how it should be; the characters are only slightly more fleshed-out than any of the ones from the TV show, and that’s also not a bad thing – if you put too much seriousness into this kind of film, you wind up killing the roaring-good times to be had. What really makes the film work is the charisma ( & physical charms )of the 3 leading ladies, combined with well-choreographed action sequences and the tongue-in-cheek script. If you enjoy Diaz, Barrymore & Liu ( not to mention Bill Murray )when they’re on the screen, you’ll love this flick.

 

REVIEW: COWBOYS & ALIENS

 

CAST

Harrison Ford (Blade Runner)
Daniel Craig (Tomb Raider)
Olivia Wilde (Tron: Legacy)
Clancy Brown (Highlander)
Paul Dano (Looper)
Abigail Spencer (Oz The Great and Powerful)
Buck Taylor (The Mist)
Keith Carradine (The Duelists)
Chris Browning (Agent Carter)
Adam Beach (Suicide Squad)
Ana de la Reguera (Nacho Libre)
Sam Rockwell (Iron Man 2)
Toby Huss (Dickinson)
Walton Goggins (Tomb Raider)
Raoul Max Trujillo (Highlander 3)

 

MV5BMTM2MjEzMjA3MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMDg2MTU5NQ@@._V1_SX1500_CR0,0,1500,999_AL_In 1873 New Mexico Territory, an unnamed loner awakens injured in the desert with no memory and with a strange metal object on his wrist. He wanders into the town of Absolution, where preacher Meacham treats his wound. Sheriff Taggart recognizes the stranger as wanted outlaw Jake Lonergan and attempts to arrest him. Jake beats up the posse sent to take him in and nearly escapes, but a woman named Ella Swenson knocks him out. Taggart prepares to transport both Jake and volatile drunk Percy Dolarhyde to Santa Fe for trial.
MV5BMTQ3MzE3MTQ0M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDc3MTU5NQ@@._V1_SX1500_CR0,0,1500,999_AL_Percy’s father, Colonel Woodrow Dolarhyde, a ruthless cattle baron, demands Percy be released. He also demands Jake be released to him, since Jake had stolen gold from him. During the standoff, alien spacecraft begin attacking the town. Percy, the sheriff and other townsfolk are abducted by long, whip-like feelers hanging from the bottom of the ships. Jake’s shackle unfolds and becomes a weapon; he shoots down a ship, ending the attack.
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Dolarhyde, Ella, and other townsfolk form a posse to track an injured alien that escaped from the downed ship. Meanwhile, Jake travels to an abandoned cabin and, in a flashback, recalls returning to it with stolen gold and then being abducted, along with a woman named Alice, by the aliens. His memories returning, Jake joins up with the posse. During the evening, the group comes upon a capsized paddle wheel steamboat that the aliens apparently dumped miles from any water. They camp in it, and during the night the alien they were tracking kills Meacham, who sacrifices himself to save Emmett, Taggart’s grandson.
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By morning, most of the posse has deserted, and those remaining are attacked by Jake’s former gang. Jake, who had stolen the gang’s loot after their last heist, attempts to retake control but it is foiled. The aliens begin attacking them again and Ella is captured. Jake jumps aboard the ship and attacks the alien pilot, causing the ship to crash fatally wounding Ella. The remaining posse is captured by Chiricahua Apache Native Americans, who blame them for the alien attacks. After Ella’s corpse is dumped on a fire by a Chiricahua warrior, she is resurrected and emerges from the fire. Ella reveals herself to be from another alien race, who had travelled to Earth to help resist the invaders after they destroyed her home world. The aliens, who are mining gold and abducting people to conduct experiments to find humans’ weaknesses, are far stronger and more durable than humans, and have superior weaponry, but are not invulnerable. They can be stabbed and shot to death, but only Jake’s gauntlet weapon or a well-aimed shot with a rifle can kill them with a single blast. Ella says the aliens that previously attacked them are just scouts.
MV5BOTQ0YTY3YWItNjc5NS00OTA4LWIxMzItZTBhYWRkYzMxZGQ3XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNjczMDkzOTA@._V1_She also claims Jake holds the secret to the aliens’ whereabouts and argues they must defeat the aliens before the invaders exterminate all life on earth. After taking medicine offered by the Apaches’ medicine man, Jake recalls that Alice was euthanized after she was used in an alien experiment, but he had escaped, inadvertently stealing the gauntlet-like alien weapon encasing his wrist. He then also remembers the location of the aliens’ base of operations. Armed with this knowledge, the group, now led by Dolarhyde, prepares to attack the aliens’ grounded mother ship. Meanwhile, Jake returns to his old gang and persuades them to join the fight. After the humans maneuver the aliens into a ground battle, Jake and Ella board the ship and free the captives, but Jake is captured. Dolarhyde rescues him and both men escape the ship after killing the alien responsible for Alice’s death. As the remaining aliens are taking off in their damaged craft, Ella sacrifices herself by entering the ship’s core and destroying it by using Jake’s wrist gauntlet as a bomb, obliterating the alien ship.
Olivia Wilde in Cowboys & Aliens (2011)With the aliens gone the abducted townsfolk begin to remember their pasts. Still a wanted man, Jake decides to leave, though the sheriff and Dolarhyde say they will claim he was killed in the invasion. The citizens intend to reconstruct their town.https://kevinfoyle.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/75bf3-cowboys2526aliens-danielcraig-harrisonford.jpgAfter a somewhat slow start, Cowboys And Aliens turns into a fun scifi western. It’s a surprisingly dark and gritty film, playing like a straight western at first. Imagine you’re watching an old John Wayne movie. You’re enjoying it, and suddenly alien spaceships come out of nowhere blasting everything in sight and kidnapping the locals. Very good fx and good action scenes make this a fun movie.

REVIEW: THE SITTER

Starring

Jonah Hill (Cyrus)
Max Records (Where The Wild Things Are)
Landry Bender (Fuller House)
Kevin Hernandez (Surviving Jack)
Ari Graynor (For A Good Time Call)
Sam Rockwell (Iron Man 2)
J. B. Smoove (Spider-Man: Far From Home)
Kylie Bunbury (Brave New World)
Samira Wiley (Being Flynn)
Alex Wolff (Hereditary)
Method Man (Jay & Silent Bob Reboot)
Erin Daniels (The Bling Ring)
D. W. Moffett (Traffic)
Jessica Hecht (Breaking Bad)
Bruce Altman (Delivery Man)
Nicky Katt (School of Rock)
Dreamer Walker (Compliance)
James Franco (The Interview)

Jonah Hill, Max Records, Kevin Balmore, and Landry Bender in The Sitter (2011)The film opens with Noah Griffith (Jonah Hill) giving oral sex to his sex buddy Marisa (Ari Graynor). Noah is a suspended college student who lives with his divorced mother and can’t even keep a job. One day when Noah is returning home from Marisa’s house, his mother is about to leave to a party with a friend of hers. His mother then receives a phone call from her friend who informs her that her children’s babysitter canceled last minute. Noah then takes over as babysitter so his mother can go to the party.Jonah Hill, Max Records, Kevin Balmore, and Landry Bender in The Sitter (2011)When Noah arrives at the house, he meets all of the kids immediately. The oldest son Slater (Max Records) is a kid with a severe anxiety disorder, their second oldest son Rodrigo (Kevin Hernandez) is a pyromaniac who was adopted from El Salvador. The youngest child is their daughter Blithe (Landry Bender) who is obsessed with pop culture and loves to wear makeup. As soon as the parents leave, the children start to act obnoxiously (smashing vases, making fart noises, and attempting to grab the TV remote from Noah). While in the middle of babysitting, Marisa calls Noah and she asks him to bring cocaine for a party that she’s at, saying that she’ll repay him with sex afterwards. Noah immediately accepts, and he and the children leave to go get the drugs from Marisa’s friend. When they finally arrive, Noah meets drug dealer Karl (Sam Rockwell) and his assistant Julio (JB Smoove). As soon as Karl gives the drugs to Noah, Rodrigo bursts in claiming that he has to go to the bathroom. When Noah leaves, he sees that Rodrigo has stolen a baby dinosaur egg filled with cocaine from Karl’s house. While attempting to get the egg back from Rodrigo, the egg smashes pouring cocaine all over Noah’s face. Karl then calls Noah about the stolen eggs, and tells him that if he doesn’t bring the egg back or the $10,000 he owes for the egg, he will kill him.Max Records, Kevin Balmore, and Landry Bender in The Sitter (2011)Not wanting to be a part of this, Slater asks Noah to take the three of them to the party where their parents are. When Noah sees his mother actually having a good time at the party he can’t bring himself to interfere and decides to bring the kids with him. Slater then tells Noah that a bunch of girls are texting him asking him to attend a bat mitzvah for Wendy Sapperstein (a girl that goes to his school). He tells Noah that the bat mitzvah is being held at the Grand Prospect Hall. Noah then comes up with the idea that they can steal the money Wendy gets.Jonah Hill, Max Records, Kevin Balmore, and Landry Bender in The Sitter (2011)At the bat mitzvah, Noah manages to only steal $3,000 because he had to leave due to Rodrigo urinating on the floor. When they leave, they find out that Tina (Samira Wiley), who went to high school with Noah, has stolen the car to get revenge on Noah who went to a party at her house, and threw up on her grandmother’s ashes due to him being drunk. Noah gives the $3,000 to Karl and also brings $7,000 worth of checks. Karl refuses the checks and gives Noah one more chance at getting the $7,000. He tells Noah to meet him at the party Marisa is at with the money and if he doesn’t, he will kill him. Noah then goes to his dad (Bruce Altman) for help, but he refuses because he now hates Noah due to him dropping out of college and just being a loser in general. An angry Noah steals his father’s car keys and drives to a jewelry store his dad owns. Noah then steals enough jewelry to pay back Karl, but then Rodrigo blows the store up after placing a cherry bomb in the bathroom. Rodrigo then throws a temper tantrum, and tosses Slater’s fanny pack containing pills out the window. Noah stops the car so Slater can get the pills. Noah tells Slater that he’s not going to find them, and it is then revealed that Slater is homosexual, and the pills were the only thing that kept him “normal.” Noah then makes Slater accept the fact that he’s gay, and that there is nothing wrong with it.The group then sees their original car drive by them, and they track it down to a club where Noah confronts Tina about stealing the car. Tina finally lets go of her anger towards Noah by punching him in the face. After Noah leaves, they head out to get the money to Karl but Noah gets pulled over by the police, who steal the jewelry and the cocaine that Karl originally gave him. Noah’s only plan now is to get Marisa out of the party and escape Karl, but Karl’s gang tracks him down and attempts to kill Noah and the kids, although Noah manages to get away. Noah then engages in a car chase with Karl and Julio. They make Karl’s car crash by Rodrigo throwing a cherry bomb in their van, but this causes Noah to spin out, and Karl holds him at gunpoint. Noah manages to run away and Karl wastes all his ammo on shooting at Noah. Then, Blithe calls Tina’s gang, and they beat Karl up so they can escape.Before Noah drops Marisa off at her house, the two break up. Noah then manages to get the kids home on time, and they see that everything that went on that night is on the news. The parents arrive home, and they pay Noah for the night. During the end credits, what happens to all the main characters is revealed: Noah got a new girlfriend, Slater grew up and got a job at the entertainment industry, Blithe gave up her pop culture obsession and started inventing perfumes as an adult, Rodrigo gave up being a pyromaniac, Karl was hospitalized after being beat up by Tina’s gang, and Julio died due to burning to death.Jonah Hill, Max Records, Kevin Balmore, and Landry Bender in The Sitter (2011)Basically this movie is not trying to bag an Oscar and it is not high- art melodrama stuff and it’s not even close to being one of my favourite films. So watch it if you like a good,rowdy comedy.

REVIEW: SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS

CAST

Colin Farrell (Fright Night)
Sam Rockwell (Iron Man 2)
Woody Harrelson (Rampart)
Christopher Walken (True Romance)
Tom Waits (Bram Stoker’s Dracula)
Abbie Cornish (Robcop)
Olga Kurylenko (Momentum)
Željko Ivanek (Heroes)
Linda Bright Clay (Before The Border)
Harry Dean Stanton (Avengers Assemble)
Amanda Warren (Mother!)
James Hébert (Westworld)
Kevin Corrigan (The Departed)
Gabourey Sidibe (Grimsby)
Michael Pitt (Ghost In The Shell)
Michael Stuhlbarg (The Post)
Helena Mattsson (Guns, Girls and Gambling)

Christopher Walken and Bonny in Seven Psychopaths (2012)Marty is a struggling writer who dreams of finishing his screenplay, Seven Psychopaths. Marty’s best friend, Billy, makes a living by kidnapping dogs and collecting the owners’ rewards for their safe return. Billy’s partner-in-crime is Hans, a religious man with a cancer-stricken wife, Myra.Marty writes a story for another psychopath, the “Quaker”, who stalks his daughter’s killer for decades, driving the killer to suicide. Billy suggests Marty use the “Jack of Diamonds” killer, perpetrator of a recent double murder, as one of the psychopaths. Billy places an advertisement in the newspaper inviting psychopaths to call and share their stories for Marty to use in his script. A man named Zachariah Rigby approaches Marty and shares his story, with the condition that the movie include a message to his partner in crime.Woody Harrelson and Olga Kurylenko in Seven Psychopaths (2012)Billy and Hans steal a Shih Tzu named Bonny, unaware that it is the beloved pet of Charlie Costello, an unpredictable and violent gangster. Charlie’s thugs, led by Paulo, discover Hans’ connection to the kidnapping. They threaten to kill Marty and Hans, but the Jack of Diamonds killer arrives and kills the thugs. Charlie traces Myra to the cancer ward and kills her after she refuses to tell him anything. Billy goes to Costello’s house to meet his girlfriend, Angela, who is also Charlie’s girlfriend. After Billy reveals to her that he kidnapped Bonny, she calls Charlie to tell him. Billy, after finding out that Charlie killed Myra, shoots Angela in retaliation. Charlie arrives at Billy’s address and discovers many packs of playing cards with the jack of diamonds missing, and realizes Billy is the “Jack of Diamonds” killer. Marty, Billy, and Hans leave the city with Bonny. Hans reveals that he was the Quaker. Marty wrote his story after hearing it from a drunken Billy. The trio drive into the desert and set up camp. Billy suggests Seven Psychopaths end with a shootout between the psychopaths and Charlie’s forces.Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, and Colin Farrell in Seven Psychopaths (2012)Marty and Hans see a headline saying that Billy is wanted in connection with the Jack of Diamonds killings. Marty confronts Billy, who reveals that he assumed the Jack of Diamonds persona to give Marty inspiration. Marty tells Billy they must go home. Meanwhile, Hans has a vision of Myra in which she is in a “grey place,” leading Hans to question his belief in the afterlife. He ignores Marty’s reassurances that his vision was a peyote-induced hallucination. Billy sets the car on fire, stranding the trio, and calls Charlie, telling him their location. Billy claims he impersonated Myra, causing Hans to leave. Billy, with Bonny in tow, anxiously waits for Charlie to arrive, intending to have a climactic shootout. Charlie arrives alone, without a weapon apart from a flare gun. An enraged Billy shoots Charlie, feeling cheated out of a shootout. Marty drives away with Charlie, intending to take him to a hospital, while Billy realizes the flare gun’s purpose and fires it. Hans finds Charlie’s thugs awaiting the flare signal. The large group catches the attention of the police, who draw closer. Hans pretends to draw a weapon, causing Paulo to shoot him in front of the police. Before dying, Hans says “It isn’t grey at all”.Woody Harrelson in Seven Psychopaths (2012)The thugs head towards the signal, with police in pursuit, and encounter Marty and Charlie, who reveals that he only suffered a flesh wound. With backup, Charlie returns to Billy’s location. After a shootout, Charlie and Billy have a stand-off, respectively holding Marty and Bonny hostage. Charlie releases Marty and shoots Billy just as the police arrive. Charlie and Paulo are arrested, but Bonny stays at the dying Billy’s side. Marty visits the scene of Hans’s death, and finds a tape recorder with suggestions for Seven Psychopaths. Marty, having adopted Bonny, finishes the screenplay. Some time later, after the Seven Psychopaths movie is shown in theater, Marty receives a call from Zachariah, who intends to kill him for forgetting to leave a message as promised. On hearing Marty’s weary and resigned acceptance, Zachariah realizes that Marty’s experiences have left him a changed man, and decides to spare him.Woody Harrelson and Christopher Walken in Seven Psychopaths (2012)If you see this movie you need to see it for the acting and a fun way to spend 110 minutes. If you are looking for a movie that makes some kind of a statement or makes you really think about your life, then don’t see this movie, you will be disappointed.