Archive for August, 2008

Young People F*cking Movie Review – 29 August 2008

Posted in Movies with tags , on August 27, 2008 by funofmovie

Starring: Diora Baird, Carly Pope, Callum Blue, Sonja Bennett, Aaron Abrams
Directed by: Martin Gero
Produced by: Aaron Abrams, Michael Baker (V), Glenn Cockburn
Genres: Art/Foreign and Comedy
Running Time: 1 hr. 30 min.
Release Date: August 29th, 2008 (limited)
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Blowtorch Entertainment, Blowtorch Entertainment

Featuring clever and natural dialogue that is anchored by uniformly impressive performances from the young (mostly) Canadian cast, Young People F*cking is a refreshingly real sex comedy sure to be a cult favourite with many. What makes YPF stand out from the endless parade of soulless sex romps are the embarrassingly accurate observations and organically derived laughs. It struggles only in maintaining its tone as the slice of life insights are unable to carry to weight of an entire narrative.

The film follows the sexual pursuits of five separate pairings (and triplicate) as defined by non-diegetic on screen titles: the friends, the couple, the exes, the first date and the roommates. Each story is unraveled on its own without need to intermingle characters for purpose of connectivity; they are connected thematically, defining an overall dramatic arc and observation about modern relationships.

Best friends Matt and Kris (Aaron Abrams & Carly Pope) decide to take their platonic friendship to f*ckbuddy status. Kris is more comfortable with the arrangement, needing to urge on her friend with booze as he struggles to sexualize his longtime female companion. Amusement is derived from the friendly discussions that arise and honest revelations about how it feels to watch a buddy provide oral sex.

Abby (Kristin Booth) & Andrew (Josh Dean) play the couple, who find themselves in a sexual rut, going through the motions without any real desire. It’s a painfully relatable depiction of long term relationships and the discussion of fantasy screws while Andrew goes down on Abby is absolutely hilarious. Who knew that anything involving Ian Ziering could be laugh-out-loud funny?

The most complex and dramatic story comes from exes Mia & Eric (Sonja Bennett & Josh Cooke). The pair comes together for one last meeting and attempt to revisit a sexual encounter without strings and emotional entanglement. Unsurprisingly, it inspires memories, both fond and unhappy, which make the simple shag that much more complicated and difficult.

The first date segment is an amusing look at male/female manipulation and power struggles as Ken (Callum Blue) tries to get into Jamie’s (Diora Baird) pants by convincing her that he’s not interested in a one night stand. The mismatched dynamic and unique neuroses demonstrated give a needed sense of unfamiliarity to the overall text of the film.

Unsurprisingly, the most overtly comedic storyline involves a sexually liberal couple, Gord & Inez (Ennis Esmer & Natalie Lisinska), who invite Gord’s reserved roommate Dave (Peter Oldring) into the bedroom for a threesome. Dave is initially keen on the idea, until he notices that Gord intends only to observe and narrate the sex act while eating cookie dough. The needed chemistry and awkwardness between the three is what makes this sequence as bizarre and memorable as it proves to be.

If there is one indie comedy to see in the summer of 2008, it is Young People F*cking. Giving the genre a much-needed kick in the formulaic arse, it proves to be one of the most genuine and true comedies in some time. One would be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t find charm and amusement in this movie.

Disaster Movie August 29 2008

Posted in Movies with tags , on August 26, 2008 by funofmovie

Starring: Matt Lanter, Vanessa Minnillo, Carmen Electra, Kim Kardashian, G-Thang

Directed by: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer

Produced by: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer, Peter Safran

Genre(s): Comedy, Romance

In DISASTER MOVIE, the filmmaking team behind the hits “Scary Movie,” “Date Movie,” “Epic Movie” and “Meet The Spartans” this time puts its unique, inimitable stamp on one of the biggest and most bloated movie genres of all time — the disaster film. DISASTER MOVIE follows the comic misadventures of a group of ridiculously attractive twenty-somethings during one fateful night as they try to make their way to safety while every known natural disaster and catastrophic event — asteroids, twisters, earthquakes, the works — hits the city and their path as they try to solve a series of mysteries to end the rampant destruction. Taking aim at everything and everyone, from “Indiana Jones” and “Iron Man” to Amy Winehouse and “High School Musical,” DISASTER MOVIE lampoons the blockbuster movie, pop culture icons and public figures along the way as Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer satirize everything as only they can.

Movie releases – August 27 2008

Posted in Movie releases, Movies with tags on August 26, 2008 by funofmovie

– Traitor

When straight-arrow agent Roy Clayton (Guy Pearce) assumes command of a special FBI task force, he becomes entangled in a web of covert operations. All the clues in Clayton’s investigation point to Samir Horn (Don Cheadle), a former Special Ops soldier who now aids terrorists. But as Clayton digs deeper and contradictory evidence begins to emerge, he begins to question Horn’s motives.

Cast: Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Jeff Daniels, Neal McDonough

Director: Jeffrey Nachmanoff

Genres: Action Thriller, Unglamorized Spy Film, Thriller

College Movie Datye release 29 August 2008

Posted in Movies with tags on August 25, 2008 by funofmovie

college movie

Genres: Comedy and Teen

Release Date:August 29th, 2008 (wide)

Distributors: Lionsgate, MGM Distribution Company

Starring:Andrew Caldwell, Drake Bell, Kevin Covais, Alona Tal, Ryan Pinkston

Directed by: Deb Hagan

Produced by: Sam Nazarian, J. Malcolm Petal, Marc Schaberg

A new outrageous comedy, COLLEGE is the story of three high school seniors (Drake Bell, Andrew Caldwell and Kevin Covais) who visit a local college campus as prospective freshman anticipating the best weekend of their lives. Once there, the rowdiest fraternity on campus (featuring Nick Zano, Gary Owen and Zach Cregger) decides to recruit the boys as pledges, subjecting them to endless humiliations, in return for granting them access to the no-holds-barred college party scene. But once the boys catch the eye of some of the older sorority girls (Haley Bennett, Camille Mana and Natalie Walker), the threatened Frat-boys increase the pre-frosh humiliation and blackmail them by threatening to expose their age. The boys decide to fight back, retaliating with a major revenge scheme that lands them on top.

Babylon A.D. (2008) movie release 29 august

Posted in Movie releases, Movies with tags , , , on August 24, 2008 by funofmovie

Also Known As: Babylon Babies

Genres: Drama, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Thriller and Adaptation

Release Date: August 29th, 2008 (wide)

Distributors: 20th Century Fox Distribution

Production Co.: Legende, Dune Entertainment, MNP Enterprises, Nord Ouest Productions
Filming Locations: Canada Prague

Produced in: France

Running time: 90 minutes

Cast: Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh, Melanie Thierry, Gerard Depardieu, Charlotte Rampling

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz

Producer: Ilan Goldman

Writer: Mathieu Kassovitz, Eric Besnard

Distributor: 20th Century Fox

It is the not-too-distant future. Thousands of satellites scan, observe and monitor our every move. Much of the planet is a war zone; the rest, a collection of wretched way stations, teeming megalopolises, and vast wastelands punctuated by areas left radioactive from nuclear meltdowns. It is a world made for hardened warriors, one of whom, a mercenary known only as Toorop, lives by a simple survivor’s code: kill or be killed. His latest assignment has him smuggling a young woman named Aurora from a convent in Kazakhstan to New York City. Toorop, his new young charge Aurora and Aurora’s guardian Sister Rebeka embark on a 6,000-mile journey that takes them from Eastern Europe, through a refugee camp in “New Russia,” across the Bering Straight in a pilfered submarine, then through the frozen tundra of Alaska and Canada, and finally to New York. Facing obstacles at every turn, Toorop, the killer for hire, is tested like never before, in ways he could never have imagined–as he comes to understand that he is the custodian of the only hope for the future of mankind. For the first time in his life, Toorop has to make a choice: to make a difference or walk away and save himself. Too bad it came on the day he died.

Movie releases August 29 2008

Posted in Movie releases with tags on August 24, 2008 by funofmovie

– Babylon A.D.

– College

– Disaster Movie

– Goal II: Living the Dream (limited)

– My Mexican Shivah (Morirse está en Hebreo) (NY)

– Sukiyaki Western Django (NY; LA Release: Sept. 12)

– Year of the Fish (NY)

– Young People F*cking (NY; LA release: Sept. 12)

Fly Me to the Moon 3-D (2008)

Posted in Cartoon news with tags on August 22, 2008 by funofmovie

Also Known As: Fly Me to the Moon 3-D
Production Status: Released
Genres: Art/Foreign, Comedy, Kids/Family and Animation
Running Time: 1 hr. 25 min.
Release Date: August 15th, 2008 (wide)
Distributors: Summit Entertainment, LLC
Production Co.: nWave Pictures, Illuminata Pictures
Produced in: Belgium
Three young flies set off on a courageous mission to become the first insects on the moon by hitching a ride on the historic Apollo 11 space flight. The year is 1969 and like everyone else in the world, Nat and his pals IQ and Scooter are abuzz over the upcoming launch of the first manned mission to the moon. Inspired by his Grandpaâs oft-told tale of hiding aboard Amelia Earhartâs plane during her famed solo cross-Atlantic flight, Nat hatches a secret plan for the three young flies to stow away on the Apollo 11 rocket. The hard part is keeping the plan secret from his mom, Mrs. McFly! When a N.A.S.A. Ground Control official catches sight of the three winged stowaways, he instructs the astronauts to store them in a test tube for later study. But after an electrical short causes the shipâs engine to malfunction, the three intrepid insects manage to escape from their glass mini-brig just in time to discover the wiring problem and fix it. After a difficult lunar landing, Nat tags along with Neil Armstrong on his legendary moon walk. Although the flies face a few more close calls, the mission appears to be a success. At least until Grandpaâs old flame Nadia arrives from Russia to warn him that her government, angry over losing the space race, has dispatched fly-spy Yegor to Cape Canaveral to sabotage the computer flight plans. With the Apollo hurtling toward Earth, it falls to Natâs family to save the mission–and the trio of brave flies–from disaster.