REVIEW: RED starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malcovich and Weeds

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Last week we ran a preview of the fall movie RED starring Bruce Willis. If you had actually read that primer, you may have wondered, “Why are you writing a primer for a movie that doesn’t come out for over two months?” Well as it turns out, the real question is “Why is Summit screening the film two months early?” Because on Friday I got to be part of “one of the first audiences in the country” to see RED.

The movie stars Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, and Helen Mirren as retired government assassins. The chick from Weeds plays a potential love interest for Willis and the dude from Nip/Tuck plays the Vice President of the United States.

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REVIEW: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

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In a freak occurrence, Pete and I got to see Scott Pilgrim vs The World last week. Go sneak previews! Not only did we think we wouldn’t have any chance of getting into the 7PM (assumed time) screening, we had reserved seating for the 7:30PM (actual time) screening. It pays to know the right people! Thank you, Steve D!

The best part for me about going to screenings, besides the cost, is the lack of previews. We hung out in the theater for a bit, the lights dimmed, and we were immediately in love with the movie. Tiny spoiler here, but we’ll try to not ruin much else. Universal logo on the screen. Pixelated. 8-bit MIDI music. Awesome. We both agree on that point, and here’s what else we have to say.

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A Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World Primer

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For whatever reason this summer there are only two movies due out that really have me excited: Christopher Nolan’s Inception and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. With Edgar (Shaun of the Dead) Wright’s film version of Scott Pilgrim just a little over a month away from hitting theaters, it occurred to me that many of the regular visitors of this site may not be particularly familiar with the character. I worry that people will think it is just another Michael Cera playing Michael Cera movie. To prepare you for the film and really just as an excuse to post the awesome trailer below, I’ve put together this little primer on Bryan Lee O’Malley’s deliriously fun series.

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REVIEW: Youth in Revolt

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Youth in Revolt is basically Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist crossed with Fight Club. Michael Cera once again plays a nerdy virgin (again named Nick). It’s a role he’s played time and again and seems very comfortable in.

Nick finds himself temporarily staying in a trailer park with his almost fifty year old mother and her boyfriend, Jerry, played by Zach Galifianakis. Jerry has brought the family to the park to avoid some trouble he’s created back in the family’s hometown.

Shortly after arriving in the park, Nick meets Sheeni Saunders played by Portia Doubleday. Sheeni is a the daughter of religious fanatics who dream of escaping the park for a cultured life in France. A romance develops between the two but is cut short by Nick’s family moving back home.

Nick, longing to return to the park and Sheeni, goes all Tyler Durden and invents a new moustached personality for himself named Francois Dillinger. With the help of Francois, Nick dreams up a plan to move to the park that involves a series of felonies that spiral out of control and hilarity ensues.

Justin Long and Fred Willard make notable appearances in the film, pretty much stealing their scenes.

This movie definitely has some laugh out loud funny moments and is pretty enjoyable overall. I wouldn’t argue, however, that it’s a must see in a theater type of film.

I do worry that Michael Cera needs to stretch as an actor if he wants his career to last beyond the next few years. Hopefully, Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World will represent such an opportunity.