Archive for July, 2011

Grantland
July 5, 2011

Occasionally we will be putting links to other blogs and posts from around the InterWebs. Bill Simmons just started a new website based completely on his background as a sports writer and entertainment enthusiast. Not to mention he’s got a number of great writers on the staff who basically do what we want to do but they get paid doing it coughdonationscough. Anyways check this recent blog out about Hollywood’s lead actors. Does a great job of explaining how mindless we are and Will Smith’s Winning Formula which I have been preaching for years.

 

http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/6716942/the-movie-star

 

 

-chubbsandshooter

Bridesmaids
July 5, 2011

For those critics who said that Bridesmaids was the female wedding version of The Hangover, take a big step back…This is a great flick and it had me laughing pretty much from start to finish but it isn’t the anomaly that birthed Zach Galifianakis. But there are elements to this movie that we haven’t seen before, like basically an all female cast.  That and a woman shitting in the street which I’m proud to say was a first for me.

Unfortunately there are some predictable plot lines that go on in this movie, like all other “my best friend is getting married” movies. Really, just think about it for a minute. I am about to describe almost all of those types of movies in the next 4 sentences. Best friend of the bride/groom is so happy for their friend and the movie starts off with how great the pair is as friends. Antagonist is introduced creating a wedge between both characters. Characters grow apart, leaving the single friend to self analyze and eventually have a breakthrough from a third party i.e. a relative or single person from the opposite sex they meet along the way. Single friend (now with significant other) comes to the rescue of the marrying friend and saves the day (mentally or physically) while the movie wraps up with a nice bow, having all parties met the person of their dreams etc etc etc. Apply this outline to any future script ever written for the class of movie and the only thing separating one from another is the comedic or dramatic filler in between. Bridesmaids just happens to go the extremely comedic route.

I have to say Kristen Wiig really shows up in this movie along with her friend Ricky Gervais…I mean Melissa McCarthy. Seriously people, they are replicas of one another. Give McCarthy a buzz cut and a British accent and cloning has officially arrived. Nevertheless she is hilarious and somewhat steals the show, or at least helps you forget that Maya Rudolph is in the movie in the first place.

Seriously, same person.

There are some amazingly awkward and hilarious scenes in this one and it really does the job, just not sure if it’s one of those classic requotables like the Hangover was/is. It won’t stand up in the test of time in the comedy realm but it certainly is one of the best shows of 2011 with all the shit and garbage that’s been floating around the past few months.

Chubbsandshooter rating = 8.1

Transformers 3
July 5, 2011

Well here we go again Mr. Bay. For a 2 hour 37 min run time, you managed to cram as much Scraaaaw and Craaaw (explosions everyone) into it as humanly possible (no pun intended). Again this proves that if there is ever an explosion in a movie in some way, shape, or form, Michael Bay had his hands on it. He found ways of blowing up buildings, cars, THE MOON, and probably caused enough damage to fictitiously bankrupt our already crippled economy. In my honest estimation, outside of basically blowing up half the moon, there must’ve been a trillion dollars in damage in this movie. No big. Oh yea and there had to have been a few dozen million civilian casualties. All the while tying to major events, the 1972 moon landing and the meltdown at Chernobyl together. Bravo M. Bay, Bravo. Sounds like the Green Lantern should grab a fraction of what is going on in Bay’s head and he would be able to mind fuck any bad guy that came his way.

But in all seriousness, the movie was a quality flick if what you’re looking for is of the explosive, conspiraracy theory, tits, corny jokes, TYRESE, and concept car variety. There is plenty of that to go around. Plus I must say the substitution of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for Megan Fox is a trade up but still almost negligible. Not that it has any sort of effect on the caliber of acting, Shia is again over dramatic. I mean does anyone else see the total lack of talent he possesses? ChubbsandShooter sure do. If you disagree feel free to take a look at this cinematic piece of art, Shia practically tees it up for us. Oh and did we forget to mention the number of scenes where Shia should literally be torn apart by alien mechanical robots the size of buildings yet he is able to land on his feet like a fucking cat every time. Seriously, count the number of times where Sam Witwicky should have been blown to bits by any number of explosions yet is left unscathed.  We had around a half dozen. He’s not Arnold people.

When it is all said and done this Transformers is arguably as solid as the first installment, if not more and the whole cast is able to rebound from the upperdecker that was Transformers 2. Hope to see more of the new Megan Fox and we are sure she will have a deep and highly versatile career because she definitely has more to offer than just being something to look at and keep your mind off the impending doom that exists throughout the entire movie…

 

ChubbsandShooter rating = 7.4