Jeremy Piven

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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.

Sin City A Dame to Kill For

Sin City! A Dame to Kill For! The much anticipated sequel to 2005’s Sin City. After years in developmental hell, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller have finally brought us the follow up. What has now developed a cult classic following, Sin City was most of the most visually stunning films put out of all time, A Dame to Kill For had a lot to live up. The anticipation has built for 9 years, nearly a decade. The film reunites us with stars from the original including Mickey Rouke, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis, Powers Boothe, and Jaime King. Michael Clarke Duncan, Clive Owen, and Devon Aoki are replaced this go around by Dennis Haysbert, Josh Brolin, and Jaime Chung respectively. Rounding out the ensemble cast they are joined by Joesph Gordon-Levitt, Marton Csokas, Christopher Lloyd, Julia Garner, Juno Temple, Ray Liotta, Stacy Keach, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Lady Gaga, and Crystal McCahill.

A Dame to kill for follows three stories, the premier story is the title story, which follows Dwight (Brolin), as he is twisted and manipulated by Eva (Green). It is very heavy on Marv (Rouke) as he and Dwight team together to protect Eva while end up being roused into her twisted plot. This sequence in the film serves as a prequel to Sin City, explaining why it is that Dwight is played by Brolin, as opposed to Clive Owen. The other stories are sort of intertwining stories that take place after Sin City, making this part of the film a true sequel. They include “Just another Saturday night” that follows Marv after Sin City as he deals with Nancy(Alba) reuniting with Hartigan(Willis), “The Long Bad Night” that follows Johnny(JGL) as he gambles his way to the top of Sin City, and must deal with Consequences. And finally “Nancys Last Dance” that follows Nancy as she breaks down after the loss of Hartigan and joins Marv in a hunt to take down the man responsible, Senator Roark.

The film is very fun. It you were a fan of the first film, you are definitely going to be a fan of this installment. The visuals are epic and absolutely beautiful. It makes sense that they have taken their time to get this film out. The action sequences are beautifully shot and literally look like they are taken from the graphic novel pages. Frank Miller who we know thanks to The Spirit is a terrible director on his own, but when he teams with Rodriguez, these two can truly bring the fans what it is they want. These films are the best adaptations of graphic novels or comic books out there. Are the actors over acting? Yes, but it works for the film. Is the dialog cheesy? Yes but it feels like it was ripped from the graphic novel. It is what makes this film so much fun.

It’s not all perfect though. There are a few times as the story goes, mostly during A Dame to Kill For, that the film can drag. As well it is truly missing Michael Clark Duncan and Devon Aoki. Understandably having to recast Manute after the passing of Michael Clark Duncan, but Haysbert is just not the fit. And I don’t know why Aoki was recast with Chung, and all though she gives us more action, she doesn’t have the Look that Aoki had. Aki had that stone cold look to her that gave you a respect and fear for her character.

All in all it’s a great film. I scored it a Jeebus Score of 4.1, but then added a .4 bonus for a naked Eva Green, rounding us out to 4.5, a Good time at the theater.