Tag Archives: James Franco

This Is The End

12 Jun

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Seth Rogen and his writing partner Evan Goldberg have created a comedy/horror that is over the top hilarity from beginning to end. The film features James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson trapped in Franco’s house after Los Angeles experiences a series of devastating events. In the end, the group must face the true meaning of friendship when things become dire.

While the story isn’t the greatest, it works because all of the actors and star cameos look like they are having the time of their lives playing fictional versions of themselves. Rogen and Goldberg do a fine job at mixing in the horror with the comedy, and while not every joke lands, they will still have you laughing until it hurts. There a couple slow moments which justifies the A minus rating, but This Is The End is the funniest movie of the year.

WORD COUNT: 151

Adam’s Grade: A-

Chuck’s Grade: N/A

OZ the Great and Powerful is missing more than ruby slippers

11 Mar

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OZ the Great and Powerful is missing more than the iconic ruby slippers from the MGM’s 1939 film. Disney ends up producing this movie with one arm tied behind its back because Warner Brothers would not release the rights to Dorthy shoes and most of the noteworthy character likenesses, as well as not being able to cast their original choices. Sam Raimi does his best with a script that keeps repeating itself and a lead actor (James Franco) that won’t stop smiling. The wicked witches (Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz) are the most interesting part of OZ, but they will fall trap to a one-note performance in the end when the film attempts to connect the story to the original. I’m sure children will like the film and it will lead to their parents introducing them to the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion, which a good thing because then they will realize the difference between a movie and a masterpiece.

WORD COUNT: 160

Chuck’s Grade: C

Adam’s Grade: C

Get Milk!

7 Jan

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Gus Van Sant’s biographical film about Harvey Milk is a statement about courage, determination, and sacrifice.  Based on the true story of how Milk (Sean Penn) was elected as San Francisco’s first openly gay city councilor in 1978. The film mixes archival footage from the 1970s into the drama as it shows Harvey and his partner (James Franco) leave New York to open a small camera shop on Castro Street. From there, audiences learn about Harvey’s life and his eventual attempts for political office, as well as the his interactions with fellow supervisor board member Dan White (Josh Brolin).

Dustin Lance Black’s award winning script provides a strong foundation for these talented actors to embody Milk’s spirit. He avoids Hollywood’s insensitive stereotypes of gay men and demonstrates the humanity of a man driven to do something important with his life. Penn reaches mainstream audiences like no other actor before him and he deservedly wins a second Oscar his performance. Get Milk!

WORD COUNT: 160

Adam’s Grade: A

Chuck’s Grade: A-