Let's get popping indy style with Mottola's latest film Adventureland. Adventureland feels like a worthy sequel to Apatow's Freaks and Geeks tv show which is also about being a teenager in the eighties. Adventureland focuses on a college grad with wanderlust trapped in ana amusement park job over the summer when he should be backpacking through Europe with his college friends. The film is most definitely a dramedy. Like most dramedy the cast is very much the star of the film. Hader and Wiig steal the movie as the odd amusement park owners and managers. They are strict but oh so understanding and seemingly the perfect bosses. Martin Starr gives an amazing performance as Joel the pipe smoking awkward literature nerd at the park. Kristen Stewart who I despised in Twillight truly delivers a complex and seductive performance as the love interest. She makes the audience fall in love with her. Her insecurity, naivete, music taste, and general 80's rocker chick style really sell her as a special girl. Eisenberg carries the film well and delivers a good standard coming of age film performance balancing comedy and real emotional pain. Ryan Reynolds also plays a park maintenance man with a alot more grace and coolness than you'd expect from the man who starred in Waiting. All around I love this film it is all heart with enough style to make it hollywood. I'm a big fan of Adventureland and I highly recommend it.
-Can we officially shut the fuck up about Jake Locker now? I don't care if he was playing the Pittsburgh Steelers, 4-20 for 71 yards, a TD, and 2 INTs is unacceptable. If you take away a 45 yard TD strike to Jermaine Kearse, he was 3-19 for 26 yards and 2 INTs. He's got lots of talent and I'm sure he's a perfectly decent kid but the idea that Locker is the ultimate prospect in this year's NFL Draft is inexplicable. His Heisman campaign is obviously deader than dead at this point and I see no reason that he won't be the next Tim Couch. -Here's a random one: Kansas is down 31-10 to Southern Miss...they score a touchdown with 5:17 left in the game...and go for two?! Uh...what? Who did the math on that one? What possible scenario are they planning for? Are they planning cut the deficit to 13 instead of 14 in hopes that, in the event that they have to settle for two field goals at some point, they can still tie the game (with the addition of another touch
Pineapple Express did not deliver for me. I was very hyped for this move. I loved Superbad and I am a big Apatow fan. I thought this movie was going to blow Step Brothers away but it didn't at all. The wierd thing is that i hated this move and Ebert liked it , and I loved Step Brothers and Ebert ripped it . PINEAPPLE EXPRESS!!! 6. Poor Plotting - A film that mixes genres successfully is From Dusk Till Dawn the first half is action the second horror. The style changes halfway through and there's never any foreshadowing or tease that the characters can expect to run into vampires it just happens. Like it would in real life. This film doesn't do that. Going from stoner comedy to buddy action isn't smooth at all. They just begin flailing about punching and shooting each other out of nowhere. The action or tension never rises. In action movies things usually escalate in this movie things only fizzle out. 5. 4o minutes too long -The film is 15 minutes too long but it fee