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2016 Movie Countdown: The Mediocre (#49-30)

Welcome to the (new and improved) 2016 Movie Countdown. This is my third annual countdown where I run through every film I saw the previous year, giving my brief thoughts on each as we go from worst to best. There are 44 films being covered throughout this miniseries, with Part 1 covering my 5 least favorite films of the year. With the worst behind us, it’s my honor in Part 2 to move up a peg.

Apologies for the big gap in installments. I’ll try my best to provide the remaining parts much quicker. For those who haven’t seen Part 1, I’m separating the Countdown into 5 categories, each varying in quality and number of movies. Today we will be covering 10 films that make up the Mediocre category. These movies are far from the worst 2016 had to offer, but are simply okay. What keeps them from being in the upcoming Good category is a general sense of forgetability or perhaps one glaring flaw that holds it back from being something special. The following films are enjoyable, but not that good. Continue reading 2016 Movie Countdown: The Mediocre (#49-30)

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Update: Back to School Schedule

Greetings peeps!

I should’ve made this post earlier, but I wanted to make this announcement before I forgot to do so again.

For those of you who may have guessed otherwise, I’m 18 years old. I’ve recently graduated high school and have been on summer break since May 6th. I’m currently enrolled full-time to a university. I’ll be studying for a bachelor’s degree in computer science and my first day will be Monday, August 24th.

For those who have been following me for a while, you’ll know that this means I will be slowing down the amount of content posted on this blog until such time as a break occurs. And yeah, that is what’s happening for now, but seeing as this is college now, there are some factors I wish to discuss with you. I just might be able to keep the regular flow after all.

I have received my schedule for the first semester months ago. While it’s not the most desirable schedule in the world, it’s decent. I have noticed that I’ll have a lot of time on my hands still. I won’t reveal my whole schedule, but I will give you time-frames.

  • Mondays I have classes from 8 AM to 1 PM. I have a two hour gap between my first class and my second class.
  • Tuesdays I have classes from 2PM to 6PM. I have a two hour gap between the two classes.
  • Thursdays I have a similar class schedule to Tuesday, but no gap between classes (or at least not as much of a gap).
  • Wednesdays and Fridays I have one class from 8 AM to 9 AM.
  • I have one online class with no specific timing.

I’m mentioning gaps because that is potential blogging time for me. At least it gives me enough time to start a draft and finish it when I get home. I’m not promising this will be what I’ll do in that time, but it’s a start.

The major obstacle will be schoolwork and homework. As I’ve been told, college is a lot more intensive than high school. So, I may use that time to work on assignments, do school activities, or satisfy community service hours (because I have those still). More importantly, I may use that time to do my online class. In fact, I see myself trying to complete the class as soon as possible so it’s out of the way.

School will of course be my first priority, since I want to pass and learn. So, whether I’ll have the time or not is something to be seen.

For now, I’ll say this: From August 24th to December 14th, their will be approximately 1 post per two weeks. I’m placing it a little slower this year just to be safe and because I’ve currently been posting once per week this summer. So, just a heads up.

This leaves us with a week and a half to play with and finish anything I wanted to. Currently I have 4 posts I want to do before school starts. They include prediction posts for the new season of Big Bang Theory and Supernatural. I’ve been waiting to post a First Impressions post for the new FX show Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. The last one is a random post I started a week ago. I have other ideas like finishing the 2014 Movie Countdown, but I’ll save those for later. I’ll try to get the ones I mentioned up as soon as I can.

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!

My 2014 Movies: 22 Jump Street (#6)

I’ve been discussing comedies for several slots now. But it appears that this is the last dedicated comedy on the list. Ladies and gentlemen, my comedy of the year goes to 22 Jumpstreet.

22 Jump Street is the sequel to the 2012 reimagining of popular 80s show 21 Jumpstreet. Our two favorite cops, Morton Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Greg Jenko (Channing Tatum), return to the Jumpstreet division in order to bust another drug operation. This time, it’s at a college where a new drug called WHYPHY killed a student of the university. With this new case come new obstacles, new situations, and a whole bunch of new jokes with the duo plus Captain Dickson (Ice Cube). Continue reading My 2014 Movies: 22 Jump Street (#6)

My 2014 Movies: Neighbors (#11)

May was a pretty great month for me in terms of the movies. One of three of the films I saw that month was a comedy with two unlikely main stars. One is a famous comedic actor known for such movies like This Is The End, and the other is a famous teen icon known for such movies like High School Musical. My hopes were probably not the highest with this film, but my mother wanted to see this for Mothers’ Day. So ready or not, there I went. The result: this film is one of my favorite comedies of the year.

Neighbors has a very simple plot. A couple played by Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne live quietly and contently in a nice suburban neighborhood. One day, they find out that a college fraternity is moving into the house next door. They interact with the frat’s head, played by Zac Efron, and make a good friendship…at first. One night after trying to get the frat to turn their music down, Rogen and Byrne call the police on them for disturbing the peace against Efron and Rogen’s agreement. The frat responds by terrorizing and annoying the couple as revenge, which causes a war between the two households.

Again, comedies are often not the poster-children for complex storytelling, and they don’t need to be. But as far as concepts for comedies go, this is a pretty solid plot. Now had this been just any film, the story wouldn’t extend too much outside the initial concept. But there’s something much smarter about how this story is written.

What I think is the smartest aspect of the movie is the ages of both parties. The couple, Mac and Kelly, are somewhere in their late thirties and early forties. The frat consists of college students (no duh), with the leader, Teddy, being in his early twenties. What makes this set-up so clever is that both parties are at transitional points of their lives.

You find that Mac and Kelly are on the brink and are practically at their midlife crisis- a time where trying to be young is becoming difficult and where you begin to form more adult mindsets. Meanwhile, the two leaders of the frat are at a point where they’re facing adulthood and are trying to shed adolescence. Teddy addresses it through oblivion and denial, while Pete (played by Dave Franco) addresses it in a more head-on and prepared manner.

This makes the comradery particularly between Mac and Teddy more interesting. Both characters are reaching the next phase of their lives but don’t know how to handle it. So they do what many of us do and retreat into the youngest, most familiar age bracket. They are incredibly alike in their desperate immaturity. This is what makes this comedic duo work so well and makes the story that much more fun.

Speaking of which, the film is a riot. I watched this film in a packed theater and there were many periods of nonstop laughter all throughout the film. The jokes are very well-written, hitting a nice balance between slapstick and observational comedy. If I had to think of a favorite joke, I distinctly remember a scene toward the end involving a men’s clothing store which I won’t spoil. I also thought the climax of the film was especially funny.

Of course, the humor of any film is reliant on the acting. I dropped four big names in this review: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron and Dave Franco. All of them are known to be excellent actors and they further that fact here. I was especially impressed by Byrne and Efron, both of whom you don’t immediately associate with comedy but have certainly proven themselves here. You have Seth Rogen who we all know is a freaking rockstar at modern-day comedy, and he doesn’t hold back here. Then there’s Dave Franco who makes what may be the funniest performance of his career. All the background characters are also funny in their own right. I especially love the cameo role by Lisa Kudrow.

The music choice is definitely very fitting for the events of the film. A lot of it is licensed songs that are notably popular at high school/college parties. The special effects for one joke in particular (you may already know from the trailers) are seamless and hilarious. And the film is shot very well, with some impressive lighting considering how many late night scenes there are. Overall, all typical production values are well-executed here.

This is indeed one of the best comedies of 2014. I feel the perfect demograophic for the movie are college and high school kids. Adults can totally get a kick from this movie as well. This is a tad racy, though, so have the talk with your kids sometime before the very middle of the movie.

Other than that implicit exception, you should definitely catch the film whenever you get a chance. It’s a safe rental, but don’t be afraid to go for the DVD if that’s what’s available to you. You’re going to need it, trust me.

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