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Do you have “googliness”?

  • The Internship
  • Comedy
  • Synopsis: Two salesmen, Billy (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Owen Wilson), whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital age find their way into a coveted internship at Google, where they must compete with a group of young, tech-savvy geniuses for a shot at employment.

“Googliness: an intra-office term encompassing the perceived fun and innovative nature of employees or aspect of the Company”

Well done to the winning duo Vaughn and Wilson for this successful comedy.  Although it sounds all technical and dreary, the experience that these interns have working at Google makes you wish that that was your job.  Light and funny for the perfect family movie-night.

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“Well, hey, these things just snap right off”

  • Cult
  • Season 1
  • Mystery / Thriller / Horror
  • Synopsis: The series follows Jeff (Matthew Davis), a journalist blogger, and Skye (Jessica Lucas), a production researcher on a popular television crime series called Cult, as they investigate the fans of the series, who could be re-creating the crimes committed on the series.

Definitely something different. I enjoyed the whole idea of people going nuts over an actual tv show and then recreating the events in real life. Most probably because in today’s day and age anything is possible and people do seem to take things on tv way too seriously.

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“I wish…I wish I was fast”

  • Turbo
  • Animation
  • Synopsis: The film features an ordinary garden snail whose dream to become the fastest snail in the world comes true.  Along with Ryan Reynolds, who stars as the eponymous character, the film also features Snoop Dogg, Michelle Rodriquez and Samuel L. Jackson.   Theo, a.k.a Turbo, is a garden snail who dreams of being the greatest racer in the world.  Theo wanders onto a freeway to admire the traffic and wishes on the very first star (which is actually an airplane light), “I wish…I wish I was fast”. Suddenly, he gets into a freak accident when he gets sucked into the supercharger of a drag racer, fusing his DNA with nitrous oxide on a street race. 

My love for animation just grows and grows every time a watch one of these wonderful movies by Pixar or DreamWorks.  There is no possible way that you can watch this movie without falling completely in-love with these little mini drag-racer snails.  The ideas, designs and even the soundtrack all come together making this one of the best DreamWorks productions to date.  All I want to know is when do we get to see Turbo 2?

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Monsters vs Jeagers

  • Pacific Rim
  • Sci-fi
  • Synopsis: As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot, Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse.

Although most people were disappointed with this movie, I am the exact opposite.  My thoughts are awesome! I think because I got exactly what I was expecting….huge monsters and robots fighting till the end.  These huge robots, Jeagers as they call them, are amazing.  Unlike the robots we’ve seen in movies such as transformers these look very realistic and could very well be man-made and not computer generated.  Do yourself a favour and watch it without pre-judgement, you might just enjoy it.  …and ladies, if the sci-fi action movie is not your thing, Charlie Hunnam makes this more than bearable.

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Time to Grow Up now

  • Grown Ups 2
  • Comedy
  • Synopsis:  After moving his family back to his hometown to be with his friends and their kids, Lenny (Adam Sandler) finds out that between old bullies, new bullies, schizo bus drivers, drunk cops on skis, and 400 costumed party crashers sometimes crazy follows you.

So the story might not be great, but funny is funny no matter the script.  If you enjoyed Grown Ups the first time around, you will not be disappointed.  I would however hope that this is the final installment in the series as this is not a movie that I would watch again.

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From Next Big Thing to Last Year’s News

  • Girl most likely
  • Comedy
  • Synopsis:  Kristen Wiig stars as Imogene, a failed New York playwright awkwardly navigating the transition from Next Big Thing to Last Year’s News. After both her career and relationship hit the skids, she’s forced to make the humiliating move back home to New Jersey with her eccentric mother and younger brother (Annette Bening and Christopher Fitzgerald). Adding further insult to injury, there’s a strange man sleeping in her old bedroom (Darren Criss) and an even stranger man sleeping in her mother’s bed (Matt Dillon). Through it all, Imogene eventually realizes that as part of her rebuilding process she must finally come to love and accept both her family and her Jersey roots if she’s ever going to be stable enough to get the hell away from them.

Not horribly, but not great either.  The film has a sitcom feel to it and never actually makes you laugh out loud.  Definitely not a ‘must-see’, but okay if you want to pass the time and have nothing else to watch.

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User your senses

  • Perception
  • Season 1
  • Crime / Drama
  • Synopsis:  Dr. Daniel Pierce (Eric McCormack), a talented but eccentric neuro-psychiatrist, is enlisted by the FBI to assist in solving some of its most complex cases in Chicago. Dr. Pierce works closely with Special Agent Kate Moretti (Rachel Lee Cook), a former student who recruited him to work with the FBI. Also on the team are Max Lewicki, Dr. Pierce’s teaching assistant and Natalie Vincent, a delusion manifested as a result of his schizophrenia who also serves as his best friend.  Episodes typically begin with a scene of Pierce giving a lecture to his students about an aspect of the human brain; one that becomes significant within the plot of the episode. They also typically end with observations to students about the paradoxes of human perception.

Now we all loved Eric McCormack in Will & Grace, but I think everyone will agree when I say that this is his best role ever as Dr. Daniel Pierce.  The way the mind is explained in each episode makes the whole storyline so believable that you start to question the way you think about things and wonder how other people perceive you.  Anyone who loves watching Elementary or Mentalist will thoroughly enjoy this brainy tv series.

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Undercover

  • The East
  • Thriller
  • Synopsis: Sarah Moss (Brit Marling) is a former FBI agent who now works as an operative for the private intelligence firm Hiller Brood, headed by Sharon (Patricia Clarkson). Under the pretext of going to Dubai, Sarah is dropped off at Dulles Airport. Instead of going through security Sarah descends to Arrivals where she takes a cab to a motel. At the motel she begins the process of going undercover to become a traveler. Disguised, she hits the road in search of The East (an underground activist group) with the mission to locate their headquarters and feed information about the group to Hiller Brood in order for Sharon to protect her corporate clients. One East member, Izzy (Ellen Page), is the daughter of a petrochemical CEO. The group therefore uses the father/daughter connection to gain access to the CEO and forces him to bathe in the waterway he has been using as a toxic dumping ground. Sarah finds data and personally contacts her former coworkers and attempting to change their minds about their undercover activities and instead join her in ecological activism.

Not the typical movie I would pick to watch, but what a pleasant surprise.  It was really good.  I think because the story hits close to home with the state of our environment today you get entwined in the drama.  It was also nice to see some actors like Ellen Page play a more serious role.  Keep an eye out for newbie Brit Marling, she is sure to dazzle our screens again in the near future.

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Epic Fail

  • Empire State
  • Action / Drama
  • Synopsis:  After failing to get into the police academy, Chris Potamitis (Liam Hemsworth), settles for a security guard job with the EMPIRE STATE Armoured Truck Company. Chris makes the mistake of mentioning the company’s lax security to his best friend, Eddie (Michael Angarano), and is soon unwittingly drawn into an elaborate scheme to rob the abundant amounts of cash being stored there – resulting in the largest cash heist in U.S. History. As the stakes continue to rise, Chris and Eddie must outwit James Ransone (Dwayne Johnson), the veteran NYPD Detective that is hot on their trail, as well as the local crime bosses that want to know who pulled a job on their turf, or suffer the consequences.

My comments are as short as the plot in this movie.  I am not the kind of person who switches off a movie half way, but this was one of those who actually made me want to wish the electricity would go out so I am forced to stop watching.  It was very disappointing to watch a movie with the Rock and Liam Hemsworth that was this bad…the story was incomplete and the characters flawed.  If you haven’t seen it, don’t bother.

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No Objection

  • Franklin and Bash
  • Season 1 & 2
  • Comedy / Drama
  • Synopsis:  Jared Franklin and Peter Bash are two streetwise plaintiffs’ attorneys. After defeating Damien Karp of the prestigious law firm Infeld & Daniels, they are recruited by co-founder and managing partner Stanton Infeld to breathe new life into the ailing firm with the duo reminding In agreeing to work for Infeld Daniels, Franklin and Bash were guaranteed that they would still be taking on the same kind of cases as before, only with the backing of a major law firm. Over the course of their cases Franklin and Bash, through their courtroom antics, prove to be effective advocates for their clients, much to the chagrin of Damien Karp and his ex-girlfriend fellow attorney Hanna Linden.

Refreshing, funny and witty…Franklin and Bash are what you want as best friends, but not exactly what you would expect as your attorneys.  This light-hearted courtroom comedy/drama is the perfect way to spend an evening when all you want is to relax and laugh a little.  Just 2 words – Love It!

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