Archive for April, 2010

Trailer Watch: Happiness Runs

April 26, 2010

This new trailer for Happiness Runs was just released a few days ago and states that it is based on a true story. The trailer begins by showing that the movie takes place in 1970 when  cults and communes with utopian ideals were springing up all over the country. The trailer is full of teen angst; those teenagers forced to grow up in their parents ideal “perfect world”, one full of drugs and sex. The main teenager, Victor seem to be realizing that the utopian hippie world that he is living in has many shortcomings. He, and many others, are becoming a “generation lost” amongst the times.

Not that much information about this movie is out yet. Release date is set for May 7, 2010 and is directed by Adam Sherman.

Watch the trailer below. WARNING: drugs and sex are shown or alluded to in the trailer.

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Kick-Ass

April 19, 2010

A movie that truly lives up to its name. Kick-Ass is about Dave Lizewski, an average high school nerd who aspires to be something more than he is. He wonders why no one has tried to become a super hero and fight the crime that goes unnoticed. He wants to be better than the people who see someone getting mugged and just turn a shoulder; acting like nothing is happening. While trying to fight crime, Kick-Ass stumbles upon some true “superheroes”, Big Daddy and Hit Girl, and gets dragged into their scheme to take down Frank D’Amico.

Kick-Ass stars Aaron Johnson as Dave Lizewski. Johnson is a real unknown actor in the States (most people do not even know that he is British) and that might be what really made this work. A highly recognizable actor might have taken away from this persona. Johnson does get overshadowed in the movie though; the other characters just tend to take over the attention when they are on screen. Christopher Mintz-Plasse plays the hilarious Red Mist and the son of Frank D’Amico. Nicolas Cage plays Big Daddy, a gun loving father who dresses like Bat Man to fit crime along with his 12-or-so year old daughter Hit Girl, played by Chloe Moretz. Moretz truly steals the movie as the foul mouthed ass- kicker who tends to save the day and, well,  is a bit crazy.

One warning about this movie is that it is quite graphic. The trailers for this movie make it seem just like a fun, almost kiddie, movie. But it is borderline Tarantino film with its graphic content. But once prepared for the blood this movie is a fun-filled movie that has some amazing cinematography. A great watch for any movie-lover or super hero junkie!

Also, be prepared for a sequel.

Trailer Watch: Dinner For Schmucks

April 14, 2010

This July a new comedy will be hitting the silver screen just in time for the summer flicks. Dinner for Schmucks includes an all-star comedy cast including Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and Zach Galifianakis. The movie shows Paul Rudd’s character being asked to his boss’s dinner, in hopes of a promotion, in which they bring the most pathetic guests they can find. Barry, played by Steve Carell, is introduced in the trailer when Tim, played by Paul Rudd runs into him (literally) in the street as Barry was trying to pick up a dead mouse to complete his Last Supper model.

This looks like it will be a fun and laughter-filled movie. Out in theaters July 23,2010

Broadway Buzz: American Idiot

April 5, 2010

American Idiot the Broadway Musical has already begun its previews on its new Broadway stage, the St.James Theatre. The musical opened September 2009 at Berkeley Rep to sold-out shows, which allowed them to extend the run of the show  two times. This broke box office records!

The musical is about a generation of young Americans in a post 9-11 world as they try to find meaning in their lives. This is a rock opera that uses all of Green Days music, all of the CD American Idiot and also a few from their new CD 21st Century Breakdown.

The cast is led  by Tony Award-winning  John Gallagher, Jr.(Spring Awakening) and is directed by Tony Award-winning director of Spring Awakening Michael Mayer. A high energy show is promised full of rock music and teen angst!

American Idiot opens on Broadway April 20, 2010. Don’t miss it.