Bad Moms (2016) Movie Review

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It would be great to have Kathryn Hahn’s character attend any social function I have to go to. Weddings would be 100x more exciting and erotic.

Bad Moms tells the story of one mom, Amy Mitchell played by the way too gorgeous Mila Kunis, who has had enough of doing absolutely everything for her incredibly stupid family including a gourmet breakfast every morning, taking the little shits to school AND doing the homework for one, working at a Facebook for Coffee-esque office, picking the little shits up from school, going grocery shopping and cooking for her literal worthless husband + children. She decides her and two other moms (well one, really… Hahn’s character is technically the spokesperson of the title of the movie and Kristen Bell‘s character is just there) are going to go balls out and Mitchell’s family may actually have to pour some cereal for breakfast for once!

This R-rated comedy (14A here in Canada) is the very definition of a conventional comedy, with the story being virtually predictable from the get go. A few characters are complete caricatures and the plot follows the beat by beat story arc of the redemption of the down-on-her-luck protagonist to a very tee. What I will say about Bad Moms is the performances are fantastic; some may find Hahn’s character obnoxious at times but I indulged in every scene she was in because she was very funny. She and Annie Mumolo‘s characters were by far the superstars of this movie, every time they were on screen they had something hilarious to say and I loved that. Mila Kunis played her role well and I actually really liked the chemistry her, Bell & Hahn had together, you could tell these women enjoyed filming together and that really exudes on screen. Kristen Bell had her moments, a rather funny one involved a sweater, and Christina Applegate as Gwendolyn played the role of the antagonist with some of the funniest lines in the movie pretty well. Really the only problem with characters I had were Jada Pinkett-Smith who was delegated to a “GURRRRRRRRRRL!” role which grew tiresome incredibly quickly and the love interest played by Jay Hernandez, his character literally had nothing to work with except a) look pretty (which he truly nailed) and b) say things that would make women swoon.

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There were a few moments that made me have those belly laughs you crave for in a comedy, particularly a Mom Party that genuinely made me laugh and almost any time it was just the three women together.
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highlight of the movie

Again, Annie Mumolo’s character only had a few minutes of screen time but oh man, the lines she was given and her delivery were spectacular! The soundtrack was also one of my favourites in recent memory, they had a great mix of the fun contemporary stuff you hear on the radio and the ’80s jams you listen to disgustingly loud in your car (I want to know what love is too, Foreigner!) There were occasional moments that made you feel like you were watching a music video and a utilization of slow mo I wasn’t prepared for but it was an interesting tactic to use. There was also a ton of colour in this movie, many shots had a sense of vibrancy to them and it certainly looked nice to watch.

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As I mentioned the plot is thoroughly predictable which isn’t always a bad thing as long as the performances are lively and the story is interesting… My biggest issue I had with this movie is its ending. The final ten minutes or so made me roll my eyes so far in the back of my head you’d have called me Regan MacNeil. There were a few awkward moments in the movie I could forgive because they made me laugh but oh my god I really could’ve done without that ending that tied everything together with an obnoxiously perfect bow tie. It’s perfectly fine if some things are left for ambiguity and the audience must conjure up what will happen next in their lives. Having said all that, I would certainly watch it again on a Saturday afternoon when it pops up on the W network (basically a Canadian Lifetime channel) except I may end up going on my phone for those last few minutes.


If you want to see a comedy that will make you laugh at certain parts and have an hour and a half to kill, check out Bad Moms.

Bad Moms receives 3.5/5 Matt Damon heads.

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Whiplash (2014)

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Terence Fletcher: Neiman, you earned the part. Alternates, will you clean the blood off my drum set?

Director Damien Chazelle directed an 18-minute short entitled Whiplash in 2013 and the short went on to receive critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival. The original short featured Johnny Simmons as the Drummer (later portrayed by Miles Teller as Andrew Neiman) and J.K. Simmons appeared in both the short and the film as Fletcher.
Bold Films financed the full-length adaptation for $3.3 Million and Whiplash went on to enter the hearts of many critics and anxiety-ridden audience members alike, garnering three Academy Award wins including Simmons for Best Supporting Actor.

The following clip syncs up the short with arguably the most famous scene in the movie. Something to do with tempo… and how it’s not quite up to Fletcher’s standards…


Starring: Miles Teller as Andrew Neiman, J.K. Simmons as Terence Fletcher and Paul Resier as Jim Neiman, dir. Damien Chazelle.

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Cinematographer: Sharone Meir (Coach Carter, Peaceful Warrior, Pay the Ghost)

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) Movie Review

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I would not mind spending an afternoon with Mike and Dave Stangle… Clothing is optional, of course.

This addition to the raunchy comedy genre is complete with the occasional boob shot, immature jokes and an incredibly inappropriate scene with a masseuse. And it was actually quite enjoyable!

Raunchy comedies, when executed correctly, have the ability to make you literally hold onto your stomach from laughing so hard. There are the Greats (There’s Something About Mary, Superbad) and the not so Greats (Bad Dirty Grandpa, funnily enough starring Zac Efron). Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates tells the story of the two well-meaning Stangle Brothers who must find dates in order to attend their sister’s wedding. The movie falls into that better than your average category on the raunch-com spectrum and it is an incredibly enjoyable summer picture. I will say, it did have a couple moments that made me experience that glorious feeling of my 8-pack summer bod developing.

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Let me say, Adam Devine and Efron work incredibly well together. Resounding golf clap to whoever thought to cast them as brothers because their chemistry was fantastic and I truly loved seeing how close their characters were with their sister..

side note: And for all you Torontonians out there, REMEMBER SUGAR FROM THE ZONE? SHE PLAYS THE SISTER!! The second she and her voice came on screen, my friend turned to me and said “… Is that Sugar?!” And I thought she did a great job playing the Stangle sister.

I didn’t feel as much of a connection between the Brothers and their parents (Stephen Root was funny but ooh boy, I love Stephanie Faracy but I think she slept through certain scenes), however there were sporadic moments where I felt that family dynamic. Anna Kendrick played her role as a hilariously sullen yet wild gal fairly well and I liked the words coming out of Aubrey Plaza‘s character… but she had this indistinguishable accent that I don’t think anyone knows wtf it was. I found moments where the dialogue was hysterical and the emotions the actors were conveying hit the nail on the head in terms of delivery; Plaza had those moments, however that accent… It became distracting at times particularly as the movie progressed because I kept wondering “WHAT IS THIS?” In terms of secondary characters, Sam Richardson played Eric brilliantly and his character is one of my favourites in terms of development because he really came into his own by the end of the movie.

The first half of this movie was fantastically hilarious and solid, I thoroughly enjoyed it way more than I thought. They set it up brilliantly AND QUICKLY. Within the first 15 minutes or so the major conflict was set up and we were on our journey of comedy. Complete with all the references to twitter, reddit, facebook and Wendy Williams your heart may desire. I feel like the first half of this movie will be outdated in like three years but I digress. The trailer unfortunately like many gave away one of the major gags/reveals that I wish they wouldn’t have shown. The fast-pacedness of the movie kind of meandered a bit following the climax but the final few acts made up for that slowness because I was laughing and enjoying everything on screen during the final scenes.

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They don’t get riled up, guys

A nitpick though that I cannot forgive this movie for is the blatantly obvious audio/visual dubs. Like holy shit, man. One or two times I can forgive but there were so many instances when the camera would cut behind Dave (Zac Efron) and a random piece of dialogue would just spew out that you know was not what he said at all. IIRC, during a scene between Plaza/Devine’s respective characters, the camera lingered on Tatianna (Plaza)’s face as Mike (Devine) said something and his mouth movements were not matching up at all with what we were hearing.

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If you’re looking for a fun and silly raunchy summer picture and want a sprinkle of attractiveness to go with your comedy, check out Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates receives 3.5/5 Matt Damon heads.

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Ex Machina (2015)

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Nathan: Caleb, what’s your type?
Caleb: Of girl?
Nathan: No, salad dressing!

Starring: Oscar Isaac as Nathan Bateman, Domhnall Gleeson as Caleb Smith, Sonoya Mizuno as Kyoko and Alicia Vikander as Ava, dir. Alex Garland.

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Cinematographer: Rob Hardy (The Invisible Woman, Testament of Youth)

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Poltergeist (1982)

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Carol Anne: They’re heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere.

Starring: Heather O’Rourke as Carol Anne, JoBeth Williams as Diane Freeling, Craig T. Nelson as Steve Freeling and Zelda Rubinstein as Tangina Barrons, dir. Tobe Hooper

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Cinematographer: Matthew F. Leonetti (Fast Times, Commando, Dawn of the Dead)

The Liebster Award Q&A #2, 3 & 4 with ghezalplusmovies!

First off, let me say how much I appreciate all you beautiful beauties here at wordpress. This is my first year focusing on my wordpress and it’s just been so nice seeing how friendly and fantastic this community is so without further ado, let’s get down to the lovelies who I paid off to nominate me! 😉
Apologies for how long I’ve waited to do this, we just finished fasting the other day and throughout the month I was totally out of it and naps became my best friend.
Thank you to the wonderful Plain, Simple Tom, the beautiful Flower Child, and the spectacular filmsCine for your nominations. I don’t give a shit what Tyler Durden says, you all ARE special snowflakes and he’s just jealous his abs of steels impair his brain matter.

Tom asks

  1. Favourite Disney Villain?
    Anna & Elsa’s parents from Frozen.
  2. If you could put one film in a space capsule to be sent off to an alien planet, which would it be and why?
    Mars Attacks! The aliens would probably think “THAT’S what they think we look like?!”
  3. Name a film that too few people have seen, but deserves to be watched.
    What is regarded as the female version of Stand By Me.. a movie called Now & Then that far too many people haven’t seen. It makes me laugh, cry disgustingly and cringe– perfect combination of emotions, really.
  4. Will there ever be a truly great videogame-to-film adaptation? Has there been one already?
    Absolutely. I have no doubt Assassin’s Creed with Michael Fassbender and Cotillard will be outstanding.
  5. Which film deserves to be wiped off the face of the earth?
    Mother.. effing.. Pixels dude.
  6. Who was your first, or biggest, film/tv crush?
    Jason Bourne in film and Zack Morris in TV.
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I mean…

7. Which film character’s job would you most want?
Haha this is a nice question. Jeremy Piven’s character in Serendipity worked as the obituary writer in the New York Times.. I mean, if that isn’t a great occupation, I have no idea what is.

8. Would you rather watch paint dry or watch grass grow?
Paint dry. I hate bugs and having to sit there watching the grass grow would have bugs crawling over me.

9. If it was Groundhog Day and you were able to choose a day to endlessly relive, which would it be and what song would be playing at 6:00 every morning?
Tom… This is a brilliant question! Hmmmm… I have no idea about which day to relive but the song will definitely either be the theme songs of Beverly Hills 90210, the Golden Girls or Saved By The Bell… Whichever the Groundhog Day God deems fair is fine with me.

10. Hanks, Hardy or Hiddleston? (A big shout out to all the Toms out there!)
(After Plain Simple Tom, of course) .. HARDY! That guy is amazing.

11. And finally, a favourite: which 5 actors/actresses would you have at a dinner party?
– Matt Damon
– Tom Hardy
– Fassbender
– Alicia Vikander
– Charlotte Riley
… It’s like a couples dinner and we’ll all laugh and play board games until the wee hours of the night.


Flower Child asks…

  1. Favorite movie based on a book?
    Probably The Godfather or the adaption of A Series of Unfortunate Events... The former made me feel for Italian gangsters and the latter made me fall platonically in love with Emily Browning 🙂
  2. Favorite snack for a movie?
    POPCORN & SODA, MY FRIENDS.
  3. Book you wish there was a movie adaptation? or book you wish there wasn’t a movie adaptation?
    I don’t really have an answer for the first part but I was not a fan of the recent Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland adaptation.. I really could’ve lived without that.
  4. What is going to be your costume for this Halloween? or if you don’t have plans because it’s kinda early who/what would you want to dress as?
    We want to get orange prison jumpsuits from some costume store and go as the inmates on Orange is the New Black.
  5. Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean or Marvel movies?
    Jurassic Park.. uh… will always find a way into my heart.
  6. If you were in a movie/book what character would you be? (protagonist, best friend, love interest, etc…)
    Definitely love interest. Dude, the protagonists in these stories fall in love HARD for their respective love interests. All I want is a scene where Matt Damon’s character swoons over his love for me.
  7. When a movie based on a book comes out you are usually the person who already read the book or the person who is going to read the book after seeing the movie?
    Great question! I’m guilty of doing both actually. For the former, I read Gone Girl before its movie adaptations and I’m planning on reading Girl on the Train after its film release.
  8. A TV movie you liked?
    Hm, I don’t know many TV movies except for the ones on Lifetime and those truly suck.
  9. Think of your favorite character from a book, which actor/actress would you choose to portray them?
    Atticus Finch – Fassbender. He is one of my favourites and I think he could pull off Finch beautifully.
  10. Would you rather be the director of the movie the book is being adapted to or the writer of the book the movie is being adapted to?
    Definitely the writer of the book the movie is being adapted to. The former is way too much pressure for me and I don’t do so well under pressure!
  11. Pick a favorite character from a book, which movie character do you think they would have a great chemistry with?
    Another great one! I have no doubt Atticus Finch and Miss Honey from Matilda would make the greatest fictional couple in the universe… This is also a cheating answer because the Roald Dahl book but ftp.

filmsCine asks…

  1. Snog, Marry, Avoid, Send to another planet: Jim Carrey, Sally Field, Dustin Hoffman, Cate Blanchett
    First off: “Snog”, my new favourite term. This question is more difficult to answer than most questions I find on my exams.
    Snog
    : Cate Blanchett
    Marry: Jim Carrey
    Avoid: Sally Field (I love you, Sally Field! Please don’t take this personally!)
    Another planet: Dustin Hoffman
  2. What’s your favourite film genre and why?
    Love me some contained thrillers! I really love the crazy tension and immense suspense a truly great contained thriller can have. Shit can be set in a period of 12 hours and feel like eternity because of all the stuff the characters must endure.
  3. What’s the key ingredient to a truly fantastic film?
    That script and screenplay, man. Even if the acting’s off and the direction could be better, if the story is what I’m invested in, I can forgive any (little) discrepancies.
  4. Which remake do you wish never happened?
    I like to forget sometimes that The Clash of the Titans and Karate Kid have remakes. They made me physically feel ill… Apparently there’s also an Adventures in Babysitting Disney remake too. Now that movie is racist and sexist af *it’s a beautiful look at a downtown in the 1980’s though, highly recommended 🙂 and I like to reserve my judgement for after I watch a movie… But why would they Disney-fy such a baller movie to begin with? Just make another R-rated one except less homophobia and more “Don’t Fuck With the Babysitter.” Also, good god have you seen the trailers for the new Ben-Hur? What the fuck is that.
  5. What do you do when you’re not blogging?
    I also write various reviews for MovieRehab.com (hello there, shameless plug!) and I’m also a professional video game playing couch potato. The latter is a dying art, really.
  6. Would you rather have a coffee with Donald Trump or Kris Kardashian?
    God I’d rather have a coffee with the people who made the coffee… I’d also ask Kris if she could be my manager because she’s fantastic at peddling people with no given talents.
  7. Gary Oldman’s best role?
    I had to google him to try to narrow down my thoughts because he’s in virtually everything… I’d say his role as “EEEEEEEVERYYYYONEEEEEEE!” in Leon. He also makes a small appearance in one of my personal favourite & underappreciated movies, Lawless.

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8. Quentin Tarantino’s worst film?
Oh man, I have to veto this one, I like all his work!

9. If you could transport one character from one movie into another movie, who and what would it be?
Ooh, this is an interesting question! I’d like to see Christian Bale’s Batman in the We Are Your Friends universe.

10. What do you rate the movie Grease out of 10?
First off, I now have “You’re The One That I Want” stuck in my head so thank you for that 😉 And 11.

11. Do you think the moon landing happened or do you think the moon landing did not happen?
100% happened… Not even Kubrick is that great of a filmmaker.


I nominate:

movierob
filmsCine, just because I loved their Liebster answers.
bigpicturereviews
filmcentralmusic
iseemovies
motionpictureblog
lazysundaymovies, just because Diego 🙂


My Questions

  1. If you could have dinner with any movie character, who would you pick and why? (this is one of my favourite questions to ask anyone)
  2. What song(s) get you the most pumped when you’re driving/alone?
  3. Are you a fan of any romantical movies? Could be pure a romance drama, comedy, whatever you please.
  4. What movie universe from the 1980’s would you most like to be a part of?
  5. When you think of the term “Bennifer”, do you picture Affleck + Garner or Lopez?
  6. Are there any movies that make you cry no matter how many times you watch it?
  7. Favourite movie quote?
  8. You’re on a deserted island for some reason and can only watch three movies for the next year, which movies do you choose and why?
  9. Chicken or steak?
  10. Are there any TV shows you’re currently binging on or loving at the moment?
  11. How much wood WOULD a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood???????

Thank you for reading!
Oh and in case I don’t see you, good afternoon, good evening and good night.

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