Month: June 2015

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Road to Ted 2

Let me start by warning you, I love Family Guy. I do. I watch it ever single night. Fall asleep to it on Netflix. Does that make me bias when reviewing Ted or Ted 2? Maybe. But the same guy that created Family Guy and the Ted films also created A Million Ways to Die in the West. And that was garbage. So maybe I’m bias, maybe I’m not, all I can say, is I just laughed hysterically for the entire duration of that film!

So Ted 2 is the sequel to 2012s smash hit Ted. Once again directed by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, the film brings back Mark Wahlberg and Macfarlane in the lead roles. This go around to save his marriage to Tami-Lynn, played by Jessica Barth, Ted (MacFarlane) must go to court to prove that he is in fact a person, and deserving of Human Rights. Amanda Seyfried joins the cast as Ted’s lawyer on her first case looking to save Ted from being branded as property.

Look folks, you should know what you’re getting when you go into a film like this. No it’s not that crap hole A Million Ways to Die in the West, but it relies on weed humor, fart jokes, and nut shots. The same jokes you’ve always seen, told in a different manner, and honestly, still funny. But they are nothing new. Ted was such an instant classic, it had something special. Ted 2 does hit all the same beats but with certain twists on them. Not in a Hangover Part II way, but in the way you would expect a Family Guy episode too. Cause that is what this is an extra-long Family Guy episode. It even has a few cut away gags, and celebrity cameos.

It may sound like I’m talking down on this, but I’m not. I really enjoyed it. But it is what it is, a parody in and of it. The only legit negatives I think tare the fact that final act, the big showdown, is insanely Deja Vu-ish, a fact that they point out to you. A few jokes hit flat, but the ones that do, mostly are because you already saw them in the trailer. And as much as to me it is a positive, I can see that being a live action Family Guy episode could be viewed as a negative if you are not a die-hard fan of the series. There is even one joke that is a parody of Planes, Trains, & Automobiles, that have already used in an Episode of Family Guy.

To be honest though, Ted 2 is a fun time! I had a blast. But I wasn’t going into it expecting the next big thing to come out of comedy. I went to it expecting to laugh, and I did. Hard. To the point that my face kind of hurts. I will also warn you now; stick around until after the credits, there is a post credit scene. All in all I’m giving Ted 2 a 4.0, with a .5 bonus for Family Guy like cut aways, and the grocery store cameo that I will not spoil here because it is way too good. Trix are for kids though. Anyway, that brings us to Jeebus Score of 4.5. How about you Jackass Nation? Are you excited for Ted 2? Did you like the first? Are you a fan of Family Guy? Let me know in the comments below, and remember, keep on nerding!

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.

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Inside Out

Let me start off by saying I love Pixar! Toy Story is probably one of my favorite trilogies of all time. People have said that Pixar has fallen off, and honestly, other than Cars 2 and Brave, I don’t see it. I cried in the first 2 minutes of Up. True Story. So I could’ve not seen a single bit of promotion for Inside Out and I would have still been excited for it. And believe you me, maybe I’m bias, but it did not disappoint. I would not be surprised to see this one on the list for best film at the Oscars. Best Animated? That’s in the bag; I’m talking nominated, best film of the year.

So Inside Out stars Amy Poehler, Phillis Smith, Lewis Black, Bill Hader, Richard Kind, and Mindy Kaling. It is written and directed by Pete Doctor, and the film is set inside the head of a young girl named Riley. Inside her head live the emotions that run our lives, Joy (Poehler), Anger (Black), Disgust (Kaling), Fear (Hader), and Sadness (Smith). We follow a tale of these 5 emotions as they try to lead her through a new tough time in her life. When Joy and Sadness are pulled away on an adventure through her subconscious, Anger, Fear, and Disgust are left to run the ship. Can Joy make it back in time before Riley is lost forever?

This movie is incredible. It is by far one the smartest films I have ever seen. It is so deep, and intelligent that it will literally pull on every heart string and emotion that you have. Inside Out will certainly be regarded as an instant classic. The story is so deep, and has so many levels that you are completely drawn into this world and no part are ever really taken out of the film. A movie that you will want to watch, with the family, over and over again. This will go down in the books on the level of Toy Story, Up, Finding Nemo. Pixar shows why they are top dog in the animation game.

That’s not to say this isn’t a kids movie. Children will love it. A lot of the jokes will go over their heads yes, but it’s something that they can enjoy, and not with stupid jokes that some kids movies force on you. This is a film that will grow up with them as they view it multiple times. It’s will serve as a learning point, something that helps them understand all the different thoughts they get as they grow up. And as they grow up, they will learn to appreciate it more and more

I had one issue, while it was beautifully shot, and the animation is perfect, I wasn’t a fan of a little bit of pixilation they chose to have resonate off the emotions. Nitpicky right? Yes I know! There aren’t really any downfalls to Inside Out. The casting was perfect, aside from Lewis Black, you don’t really notice the voices at all, and you identify each actor as that character. Black is just so associated with anger, with such a distinct voce that you always hear him. But that not a negative. HE IS ANGER! When I’m angry, I already hear Lewis Black in my head, so that kind of works, perfectly.

Another thing I will have to mention is the Short before the film. Pixar has always been on par with their shorts that run before their movies. And this one is no different. It is not Disney’s Feast by any means, but it is very clever and fun. It is called Lava and is more or less a music video about two volcanoes. Unlike when I cried in Feast, I did not cry during this one. I did almost tear up though…..

So that’s Inside Out. A film you need to go see. I’m giving it two bonuses. A .2 for Lewis Black as Anger, and a .3 for making me cry, MULTIPLE TIMES! That’s right. I cried, on more than one occasion during this film. It’s touching. It has also sparked me to write an editorial which I hope to get done this weekend about why I love film. Back to the score, that’s a .5 bonus that when added to the films 5.0 rating, we get a Jeebus Score of 5.5! So what say you Jackass Nation? Are you excited for Inside Out? What is you’re favorite Pixar film? Let me know in the comments below! And keep on Nerding!

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.

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Jurassic World: The Park is Open

So I have been a Jurassic Park fan my entire life nearly. One of my earliest memories going to the theater was going to see Jurassic Park. And I think of that memory every time I watch it. I was so scared when the T-Rex first broke loose; my dad had to take me out of the theater for a few minutes to collect myself. I can’t even imagine how many times I have watched it. I even really enjoyed The Lost World Jurassic Park. Not a big fan of 3, but I do own it, on Blu-ray. This is how big of a fan of Jurassic Park I am. So needless to say, I was super excited for Jurassic World. I hoped and prayed that this wasn’t just another rip off sequel like 3, and it got back to the heart of the series. And well, I’ll say this, I was not disappointed.

Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, BD Wong, Ty Simpkins, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jake Johnson, and Irrfan Khan, and directed by Collin Trevorrow, Jurassic World picks up 2 decades after the original. The Park is now open and operating to full extent of John Hammond’s dreams. However people are beginning to become stale to the fact that these Dinosaurs are alive and kicking. They want bigger, badder, and meaner. So the Scientists behind the creation of these Dinosaurs create a brand new species born from crossing many different DNA codes from many different animals. When this new creation, the Indominus Rex, escapes, the powers that be must go on a hunt to stop this creature from reaching the guests.

Let me tell you, this film is really good. It is a lot of fun, but there are a lot of problems. But before I get into those let’s talk about what I loved. Chris Pratt has proven once again he is a freaking movie star. There was a lot of worry that he was just going to be “Chris Pratt” again and that he would become a Vince Vaughn like actor, only playing himself in films. But he really branches out and tones down the Prattness. He’s funny, he’s a believable badass, and he’s a fun character. Likewise I really liked Jake Johnsons supporting role as a park technician. It was great to see BD Wong back, as well as all the other Easter eggs and throw backs to the original series. This film gives you the dinosaurs like you wished Godzilla would have given you Godzilla. The CGI is crisp; I only really noticed green screening in maybe one shot.

But that’s not say this movie doesn’t have its problems. Bryce Dallas Howard is awful for about 80% of this film. She is stale, has no chemistry Pratt, and like the rest of the characters, other than former 2 mentioned, is completely overdone. She turns it around in the later act of the film and isn’t so bad, until the final shot. Vincent D’Onofro’s character is a one note cartoon villain. Complete waste of story and plot goes to the back story of the two kids. It didn’t need to be there. Every time they are dealing with what is meant to be a heartfelt story, it comes off as cheesy. Khan is the most over the top of any of the characters, and needed to tone down. Speaking of tone it is all over the place. Force feeding you comedic relief. It does not have the charm that Ian Malcolm had in that original film. The dialog is also some of the worst I have ever heard. In the original you cared about what each person was talking about whether dinosaurs were on screen or not. This go around you kind of just want them to get back to Dinosaurs. There is also never really that tension you felt in the first. The fear. Like the in the Kitchen with the Raptors and Lex and Tim. There is no deeper intense scenes, just, cool dino action.

All that said, I still really enjoyed the movie. It is a lot of fun, even though it kind of takes that approach of monster movie from that third film tried to be, rather being a film about not just dinosaurs, but the repercussions of messing with the genetics of these extinct creatures. The first film had a scene where they sit around and discuss the problems with the scientific research behind the creation of the creatures, and you cared, you bought into it. This one is kind of like, they are here, and they are scary and badass! Cool! So it doesn’t have the story and characters that grip you into the film, but it have the fun.

All in all Jurassic World was a great monster movie, and an ok sequel to Jurassic Park. Definitely better then 3, not as good as 1, and probably on par with 2. It did however get a complete .5 bonus from me, for a scene that I can’t tell you about because it is kind of a spoiler in final showdown. So with that .5 Jurassic World rounds out to a Jeebus Score of 3.9! So what do you think Jackass Nation? Are you excited for Jurassic World? Have you seen it already, or are you planning to see it? What did you think? Let me hear from you in the comments below.

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.

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Entourage

LET’S HUG IT OUT BITCH! Because Vinnie Chase and the boys are back in town! Entourage is back and this time we are taking it to the big screen ladies and gentlemen. For those that don’t know, Entourage was a series on HBO that revolved around an actor who made me big and brought his friends from New York with him out to Hollywood. Loosely based on Mark Wahlberg’s adventures and life in Hollywood, It ran for 8 seasons, some say 2 seasons 2 long, and was kind of defined as Sex in the City for men. John Campea, formally of AMC Movie Talk, called it Lifestyle porn which I think is a very accurate explanation of what we love about this franchise. Yes I said franchise, because I hope that we get Entourage 2, because this one is that good.

Entourage pretty much picks up a week or two after the series’ ends. Now I won’t spoil anything, but it follows the efforts of Ari Gold, played by Jeremy Piven, as he tries to secure more money for star client Vinnie Chase, played by Adrian Grenier, for his over budgeted directorial debut film. The entire cast returns from the show including Kevin Dillon, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Perrey Reeves, Rex Lee, Debi Mazar, Constance Zimmer, and Emmanuelle Chriqui. Among them new comers include Billy Bob Thornton, Haley Joel Osment, Kid Cudi, Emily Ratajkowski, Ronda Rousey, and Mark Cuban (Cuban is just a brief cameo, but it’s Cuban, I’m mentioning him.) Among them, you also get numerous cameos that I will not spoil here, but believe me, there are too many to count.

The film is a lot of fun. It really goes back to the basics of the show, and just puts you in the lives of these characters. I’ve recently been rewatching the series’ in anticipation for the film, and it really reminded me of the first and second season, which I think was best. The cameos, the party’s, the one liners. They are all there, and all fun. It also does a really good job of both hinting at minor details from the show, while also giving you a lot of through backs. It even takes the time to use small but effective dialog to tie up all loose ends and questions a true fan of the show would have while watching

That said, you don’t have to be someone who watched the show to enjoy this film. It definitely helps, but it isn’t a complete necessity. Through clever dialog and plot devices they catch up and give you everything you need to know, and it helps in making the film very enjoyable, even for the casual movie going audience.

As far as negatives go, I can honestly say I do not have too many. And the ones I do have are a little nitpicky. There is not a real underlining threat in the film. Throughout the show Vinnie is always faced with a good amount of drama that he must overcome and deal with, I never felt worried for him throughout this. There is a minor storyline with E that really gets invested and into it, but is wrapped up very quickly. The film is rated R, as should be, but the show had its use of language. However, I didn’t feel we lived up to the vulgarity of the show. As far as naked girls go though, they definitely lived up. There is also one minor continuity issue that being a crazy fan that I am I picked up on, but it’s not that big of a deal. I won’t tell you, I’ll let you see if you picked it up.

Other than that, Entourage is a great freaking movie. It was so much fun. I was literally smiling from ear to ear the entire film. I got to see it early for a press screening, and I enjoyed it so much that I will be going back to give the film my hard earned cash to support it. And I suggest you do to. You will not be disappointed. I’m giving Entourage and full .5 bonus for doing such a wonderful job taking me back into that world. With a score of 4.2 plus its bonus, that is going to be a 4.7 on the Jeebus Scale. So what say you Jackass Nation? Are you excited for Entourage? Where you a fan of the show? Who is your favorite character? Mine is of course, Ari Gold.

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.