REVIEW: SPARK

Starring

Jace Norman (Henry Danger)
Jessica Biel (Hitchcock)
Hilary Swank (Logan Lcuky)
Susan Sarandon (Tammy)
Patrick Stewart (X-Men)
Rob deLeeuw (Spotlight)
Alan C. Peterson (Molly’s Game)
Athena Karkanis (Saw VI)

Jessica Biel, Rob deLeeuw, and Jace Norman in Spark: A Space Tail (2016)Thirteen years ago, the evil primate General Zhong overthrew his noble brother to seize the throne of the planet Bana, using a spacetime anomaly known as a “slick”, which has the ability to create black holes; slicks were made by a wild creature known as a space kraken. The black hole created from the slick partially destroyed Bana, and swallowed up many subjects. Among the few survivors were a baby monkey named Spark, a warrior fox named Vix, and a pig mechanic named Chunk.Jace Norman in Spark: A Space Tail (2016)In the present, Spark, Vix, Chunk and Spark’s forgetful nanny bot, Bananny, secretly live on a shard used as a garbage dump, with Vix and Chunk leading insurgency missions against Zhong, although they constantly forbid Spark from coming along. One day, Spark intercepts an e-mail sent to Vix about a new mission, and decides to take the mission himself without her knowing. The e-mail leads to the Queen of Bana, whom Zhong still permits to live in the palace. After Spark infiltrates the palace and meets the Queen, she hands him a kraken-finder, which Zhong wants to use to find and recapture the space kraken in order to destroy another planet. Spark decides to use it to find the kraken himself; he tames the creature and brings it back to the garbage shard. But he then finds his home raided by Zhong’s forces, who then capture both him and the kraken. Zhong forces the kraken to make a new slick into which he hurls Spark, Vix, Chunk and the entire garbage shard.Patrick Stewart in Spark: A Space Tail (2016)The trio discover that the slick is actually a wormhole that leads to a desert planet. Vix and Chunk get upset at Spark for causing Zhong to obtain the kraken, and then split up. Spark finds survivors of the first slick, living in the King’s old flagship battle cruiser. The Captain of the flagship reveals that Spark is in fact the son of the King and Queen, who entrusted Vix and Chunk to hide and protect him. He also reveals that the King had actually died in an accident some years ago, but Spark has a vision of the King when he visits a memorial to him, and finds a special weapon made for the royal family. Spark then learns from the deceased King that his friends have been captured by giant mutated roaches. Spark, with the help of his father’s spirit and his roach friend, Floyd, defeats the mutated roaches and rescues Vix and Chunk. Spark rallies Vix, Chunk, the Captain and his survivors to mount an attack on Zhong, and Chunk figures out a way to use technology to make a slick of their own. In the meantime, Zhong uses the space kraken to intimidate the rest of the galaxy.Hilary Swank and Jace Norman in Spark: A Space Tail (2016)The flagship and survivors return to Bana through their own slick, and ultimately defeat Zhong’s forces after a prolonged battle. Spark personally rescues the queen from Zhong’s own flagship, which gets critically damaged during the battle. Spark decides to rescue his “Uncle” Zhong as well, but the annoyed Queen then punches Zhong into the slick after he “begs” for forgiveness. The film ends with Spark’s friends and allies celebrating him becoming the new Prince of Bana.Hilary Swank, A.C. Peterson, and Athena Karkanis in Spark: A Space Tail (2016)A mishmash of space romp combined with half-ish references, unfunny one-liners and an unremittingly charmless all-star cast which fails to achieve liftoff.

REVIEW: MIKE & MOLLY – SEASON 4

MAIN CAST

Billy Gardell (Young Sheldon)
Melissa McCarthy (Spy)
Reno Wilson (Transformers)
Katy Mixon (American Housewife)
Nyambi Nyambi (The Good Fight)
Rondi Reed (The Astronaught’s Wife)
Louis Mustillo (One For The Money)
Swoosie Kurtz (Pushing Daisies)
David Anthony Higgins (Big Time Rush)

Melissa McCarthy and Brian Baumgartner in Mike & Molly (2010)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Susan Sarandon (Tammy)
Kathy Bates (Misery)
Cleo King (The Hangover)
Brian Baumgartner (Ghostbusters)
Diane Delano (Popular)
Christian Clemenson (Lois & Clark)
Mo Gaffney (That 70s Show)
Brendan Patrick Connor (Spider-Man 2)
John Michael Higgins (Bad Teacher)
Gary Anthony Williams (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns)
Mather Zickel (Bones)

43479463After three seasons of watching the loveable Chicago couple find each other, find love and find a comfortable life for themselves, the fourth season finds Mike and Molly further exploring their relationship, their family and friends, and the crazy world around them. In the season premiere episode, “Molly Unleashed,” Molly abruptly gives up her job teaching elementary school to follow her dreams of becoming a writer. With the ever-present support of her beat-cop husband Mike and her family, Molly sets out to become the woman she was always meant to be. The fourth season of Mike & Molly is filled with surprises. From Molly tagging along with Mike in the squad car for “research” to her adventures in a funeral home under the influence with her sister Victoria, this is the season in which Mike and the rest of the world are given the chance to see what Molly unleashed can really do!Molly Unleashed

Season 4 Highlights

Melissa McCarthy in Mike & Molly (2010)

The First and Last Ride-Along

Molly decides writing a crime novel will be her new career, so she goes on a ride-along with Mike and Carl to research a book she wants to pen.Susan Sarandon in Mike & Molly (2010)

Careful What You Dig For

Molly meets her literary idol, J.C. Small (Susan Sarandon), a cynic who advises her to write about things in her life that she wouldn’t want people to know. Meanwhile, Mike invites his mother to dinner for Thanksgiving in an effort to cheer her up.Swoosie Kurtz, Melissa McCarthy, and Katy Mixon in Mike & Molly (2010)

Poker in the Front, Looker in the Back

Molly believes her suspicious next-door neighbor, Mr. O’Donnell (Christian Clemenson), is up to no good and recruits Joyce to help her spy on him. Meanwhile, the guys get together for a poker game and end up sharing their dreams and aspirations.Melissa McCarthy and Katy Mixon in Mike & Molly (2010)

Shoeless Molly Flynn

Molly needs to adjust her spending habits if she wants to maintain harmony in her marriage. But she can’t resist buying a pair of shoes on credit and it leads to a fight with Mike, making her decide to look for a job.Melissa McCarthy, Rondi Reed, and Billy Gardell in Mike & Molly (2010)

They Shoot Asses, Don’t They?

Mike decides he needs to live every day like it’s his last after being shot while thwarting a robbery. As a result, he tells Carl it’s time for him to quit the police force.Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell in Mike & Molly (2010)

Mike & Molly’s Excellent Adventure

Molly is determined to get Mike out of his routine and tells him to embrace doing anything they want in life.Three Girls And an Urn

Weekend at Peggy’s

Following a dramatic argument with Joyce over money, Mike and Molly move into Mike’s childhood room at Peggy’s.Melissa McCarthy, Reno Wilson, and Stephen Mark Murphy in Mike & Molly (2010)

Dips & Salsa

Molly wants to get Mike out of the house and suggests a salsa dance class. When Mike isn’t thrilled with the activity, he asks Carl to replace him as Molly’s dance partner, but gets jealous when he realizes they’re having way too much fun.Mike & Molly

Three Girls and an Urn

Molly meets the best buddy of her dreams when Peggy’s childhood friend, Kay McKinnon (Kathy Bates), comes to town, but Peggy is not keen on sharing.Who's Afraid of J.C. Small?

Who’s Afraid of J.C. Small?

Mike and Carl arrest Molly’s literary hero, J.C. Small, for a DUI. After Molly repeatedly prevents J.C.’s self-destruction, the writer offers to pay Molly to be her assistant and help her complete her latest novel.Mike and Molly - Episode 4.19 - Who's Afraid of J.C. Small - Promotional Photos (4)_FULLSeason 4 brought Molly more to the forefront of the show with Melissa McCarthy now a worldwide star, each character still had there moments to shine too. Another great season of the hit show. A good cliffhanger too wetting your appetite for season 5.

 

REVIEW: WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS

CAST

Michael Douglas (Traffic)
Shia LaBeouf (Eagle Eye)
Carey Mulligan (Drive)
Josh Brolin (Planet Terror)
Frank Langella (Masters of The Universe)
Jason Clarke (Terminator Genisys)
Charlie Sheen (Rated X)
Eli Wallach (The Godfather- Part III)
Susan Sarandon (Tammy)
Natalie Morales (Santa Clarita Diet)

Shia LaBeouf in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)In 2001, Gordon Gekko is released from prison after serving time for insider trading and securities fraud. In 2008, Gekko is promoting his new book Is Greed Good?, warning about a coming economic downturn. His estranged daughter, Winnie, runs a small, non-profit news website and is dating Jacob Moore, a top trader at Keller Zabel Investments (KZI). Jacob, a protégé of KZI managing director Louis Zabel, has been raising money for Dr. Masters and his fusion research project, which might create abundant clean energy. Jake is also financially assisting his mother, Sylvia, who has quit nursing to speculate in residential real estate.Michael Douglas and Shia LaBeouf in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)In the early stages of the downturn predicted by Gekko, KZI’s stock loses more than 50% of its value. Louis Zabel tries to arrange a bailout for KZI from other Wall Street banks but is blocked by Bretton James, head of rival firm Churchill Schwartz (Church), which KZI had refused to help during the dot-com bubble years earlier. Despondent, Zabel commits suicide by jumping in front of a subway train. A distraught Jacob proposes marriage to Winnie, who accepts. Jacob attends a lecture given by Gekko and introduces himself. Gekko tells him that KZI’s collapse started when Bretton spread rumors of KZI having toxic debt. Jacob and Gekko arrange a trade: Jacob will try to reconcile Winnie’s and Gekko’s relationship, and Gekko will gather information to destroy Bretton for his actions against KZI and for providing evidence against Gekko years ago. In revenge, Jake illegally manipulates the market by spreading rumors about the nationalization of a foreign oil field which Church has invested in. The company loses $120 million, but Bretton gives Jake a job, impressed by his initiative. Jake further impresses Bretton when he convinces Chinese investors to invest in the fusion project through Church.Michael Douglas, Josh Brolin, and Shia LaBeouf in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)Jake attends a $10,000-a-seat fundraiser with Winnie, buying a seat for Gekko to facilitate a “chance” meeting. Gekko confronts Bretton about what he did to him and to KZI. Bretton replies that no one cares what Gekko thinks anymore. Gekko also bumps into Bud Fox, and they discuss their shared experience going to jail. Gekko follows Winnie outside, where she explains why she blames him for everything that went wrong, stemming from his affairs and her brother Rudy’s suicide. Gekko claims he worked, from prison, to get the best therapists and even paid off a drug dealer to stop selling to Rudy, who died from an overdose. Winnie forgives him.Shia LaBeouf and Carey Mulligan in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)As the financial crisis accelerates, Bretton and business mentor Julius Steinhardt advise federal regulators to buy their multibillion-dollar subprime loans. As real estate collapses, Jake helps out Sylvia with his own money. Shortly after Winnie informs Jake that she is expecting their first child, Jake learns that Bretton is diverting the Chinese investment into underperforming solar panels, which are not a threat to his large position in fossil fuels. Gekko soon informs Jake that Bretton had secretly made huge profits betting against subprime loans yet still accepted the feds massive bailout. Gekko proposes using a $100 million trust fund account, which he hid in Switzerland for Winnie in the 1980s, to fund the fusion research. She signs the money over to Jake, not knowing he would entrust it to Gekko to complete the investment. When Gekko betrays them by leaving the country with the money, Winnie breaks up with Jake. Gekko sets up a hugely successful investment company in London, capitalized by the $100 million. Jake visits him to propose a new trade: Winnie gets her money back, and Gekko can participate in his grandchild’s life. Gekko refuses.Shia LaBeouf in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)Jake pieces together all the details of Bretton’s dealings, from KZI’s collapse through to his unnecessary government bailout of Bretton’s company. He gives the information to Winnie, telling her that revealing it will bring her website publicity and credibility. When Winnie runs the story, Bretton finds himself under intense government scrutiny while his company’s investors move all their money to Gekko’s firm, which recently posted a $1.1 billion return on investment. Jake has successfully reunited with Winnie in New York, when late one night Gekko appears, apologizes and tells them that he has anonymously deposited $100 million into the fusion research account. One year later, Gekko, Sylvia and other family and friends attend the first birthday party of Louis, Jacob and Winnie’s son.29825-001Not quite as good as the first Wall Street, but good enough in presenting a quintessential villain as an expository mouthpiece for the many failings of Western capitalism.

 

REVIEW: ELIZABETHTOWN

 

CAST

Orlando Bloom (Lord of The Rings)
Kirsten Dunst (All Good Things)
Susan Sarandon (Tammy)
Alec Baldwin (MIssion Impossible 5)
Bruce McGill (Lincoln)
Judy Greer (Jurassic World)
Jessica Biel (The A-Team)
Allison Munn (That 70s Show)
Jed Rees (Deadpool)

Drew Baylor (Bloom) is an intelligent young man and designer for a shoe company. When his latest design, hyped to be a great accomplishment in his life, has a flaw that will cost the company $972 million to correct, Drew is shamed by his boss (Baldwin) and his coworkers before he is dismissed. Disappointed in his failure, and the subsequent breakup with his girlfriend Ellen (Jessica Biel), he plans an elaborate suicide by taping a butcher knife to an exercise bike, only to be stopped at the last moment by a tearful call from his sister Heather (Judy Greer) that his father died of a heart attack while visiting family in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Drew volunteers to retrieve the body, following a memorial service when his mother Hollie (Sarandon) refuses to go, following a dispute between her and the rest of the Kentucky Baylors, who consider them “Californian” despite the fact they were in California for a little over a year 27 years before, and instead live in Oregon.On the flight to Kentucky, Drew meets Claire (Dunst), an optimistic, enthusiastic and kind flight attendant who gives him a seat in first class, due to the plane being empty, so she does not have to travel all the way back to coach. She proves helpful and happy to an otherwise despondent Drew, giving him directions, instructions and tips on getting to his destination before they part ways. When he gets to Elizabethtown, Drew is met with the love of the family, though he is somewhat goaded by being a “California Boy” and he makes the arrangements for a cremation at Hollie’s request despite the family’s objections. While staying at a hotel, where a wedding reception is being held for the weekend, Drew calls his mother and sister, then his ex-girlfriend as he continues to struggle with his suicidal thoughts. Finally, he calls Claire, who relieves his anxiety and the two of them talk for hours. She impulsively suggests they drive out to meet before she has to depart on a flight to Hawaii that morning and they meet and talk.Drew comes to grips with his father’s death, and while he is visiting his Aunt Dora, his uncle Bill remarks on how his father would look in the suit. Drew realizes that he hadn’t given the suit to the mortuary to be cremated, and has second thoughts on the procedure. He rushes out to stop the cremation but is too late and is given his father’s ashes. Claire returns from her flight and unexpectedly meets him at the hotel where they become friends with Chuck and Cindy, whose reception is the one being held there. Drew and Claire sleep together, but when she tells him she loves him, he responds with regret that he failed his company and failed at his life, admitting he was contemplating suicide. Claire shrugs it off, saying that it’s only money and leaves upset when Drew does not respond.Hollie and Heather arrive for the service, and Hollie gives an amusing anecdote with her eulogy, likening herself as a comedian, before dancing to their song. Claire arrives, and during a band’s presentation of the song Freebird a prop lights on fire, setting off the sprinkler system. Claire tells Drew to take one final trip with his father, giving him a map and marking special stops to make along the way. Drew follows the map home, spreading his father’s ashes at memorable sites until the map gives him a choice; to either follow the map home, or follow new directions. He chooses the latter, which leads him to a small town fair, where he encounters Claire waiting for him. The two kiss and Drew finally realizes what Claire has been telling him all along: life is going to be filled with fierce battles, but through the battles, redemption is found and results in a glorious life.Brilliant from start to finish.  Kirsten Dunst lights up the screen and gives a excellent performance. Also there is a good supporting performance form Susan Sarandon. I recommend this film to anyone, watch it!

REVIEW: TAMMY

 

CAST

Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly)
Susan Sarandon (Children of Dune)
Kathy Bates (Misery)
Allison Janney (Mom)
Dan Aykroyd (Ghostbusters)
Mark Duplass (The One I Love)
Gary Cole (Crusade)
Nat Faxon (Married)
Toni Collette (Changing Lanes)
Sandra Oh (Defendor)
Ben Falcone (New Girl)
Sarah Baker (Big Little Lies)

A road trip comedy starring Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon and co-written by McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone, who makes his directorial debut. Tammy (McCarthy) finds her life in a mess after she loses her job at fast-food chain Toppy Jacks and discovers her husband Greg (Nat Faxon) cheating on her with neighbour Missi (Toni Collette). Deciding to leave town and head to Niagara Falls, Tammy, who is in need of money and a vehicle for the trip, has no choice but to bring along her grandmother Pearl (Sarandon). As their journey progresses it becomes clear that Pearl is an alcoholic and while trying to look after her, Tammy gets involved in various misadventures including the robbery of a Toppy Jacks. The film also stars Kathy Bates, Dan Aykroyd and Allison Janney.

Tammy is a road trip movie, with the unlikely pairing of a train wreck of a woman (Tammy, played by Melissa McCarthy) and her alcoholic grandmother (Pearl, played by Susan Sarandon). The two are sick of their lives and set out to go to Niagara Falls with no real plans or solid ideas. Along the way, Pearl’s drinking is at first funny, but eventually reveals itself as dangerous and ugly. Her treatment of Tammy is by turns loving and hurtful, and contributes to the maturing process that Tammy goes through during the movie. All good road movies should have characters who are somehow changed by their experiences, and this one does. Pearl learns to control her drinking (and the casual sex, reckless driving, insults, and breast-baring incidents it causes). Tammy learns that she must actively pursue the life she wants and not just wait, complaining, for it to happen to her.

The movie is both funny and dramatic. The scene in which Tammy sobs because she thinks her grandmother is dead was heart-wrenching. As well, the scene in which Pearl calls Tammy a fat loser was bitter. Both McCarthy and Sarandon played their parts well.I first thought the movie was going to be pure comedy, mostly because of the marketing, but I came to realize that it was actually a road trip/romantic comedy.

REVIEW: THE LOVELY BONES

CAST

Mark Wahlberg (Ted 1 & 2)
Rachel Weisz (The Mummy)
Susan Sarandon (Tammy)
Stanley Tucci (The Terminal)
Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos)
Saorise Ronan (The Host)
Rose Mciver (Izombie)
Nikki SooHoo (Bring It On 5)
Jake Abel (I Am Number Four)
AJ Michalka (Super 8)
Bruce Phillips (Power Rangers RPM)
Robyn Malcolm (The Outpost)

Saoirse Ronan and Nikki SooHoo in The Lovely Bones (2009)

The Lovely Bones is Peter Jackson’s adaptation of the book written by Alice Sebold. I have never read the novel so I had no previous knowledge of what the plot was, other than the general overview of what my friends had told me.

The film focuses on the traumatic disappearance of a teenage girl, Suzy Salmon, during the 1970’s. She is a typical young, happy-go-lucky girl, who wouldn’t hurt a fly. Right from the start you are caught up in a series of events that change her family’s life forever. Personally, I found this film very disturbing. It causes audience members to think about who lives next door to them and the potential for them to be an extremely dangerous person. The era in which the film is set also plays an important part, as it is safe to say that we no longer live in a world where it is ok to leave your door unlocked. The film provides quite an in depth representation of the persona of a paedophile; acting all sweet and caring in front of parents when really he is a horrible, murderous man who wishes to trap their daughter. Although this section was very unnerving, I found that it helped the story evolve as you got to see just how sick and twisted he is. Also, I like how the film takes on a variety of perspectives: the family’s struggle to accept the loss of their daughter; the murderer’s fear of being discovered; the police’s anger at the lack of evidence; and of course Suzy’s torment at being taken away from her family.

Peter Jackson’s interpretation of `limbo’ is a perfect use of CGI and is easy to understand by everyone, whether they are religious or not. The idea that you were seeing the majority of events through the daughter’s eyes makes the whole experience more personal, allowing you to really identify with Suzy and how hard she is finding it to detach herself from her family. You go on a journey with her as she tries to come to terms with what has happened. Overall, I really enjoyed this film. I think the storyline is really interesting and very cleverly put together.