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Happy Feet Two (2011)

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Happy Feet Two (2011)


Elijah Wood
Robin Williams
Ava Acres
Sofía Vergara
Brad Pitt
Matt Damon
Hugo Weaving

Directed by George Miller

Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures

Watching a movie that you just can’t wait till it ends and when it does you wonder…what you just watched, that’s the feeling I got watching Happy Feet two.

Not saying Happy Feet two didn’t have its fun moments just saying that the plot and the screenplay was not enough to go ahead to make this movie. The movie starts with one note and holds that note till it ends, it was just plain flat.

In 2006, Happy Feet was a cool addition to a list of 3D cartoons that are fun to watch; tap dancing penguins add singing, with Robin Williams’ voice doing the deed of making you stay glued to the screen till the end. But here in 2011 it just seems like am watching Happy Feet one all over again.

Happy Feet two is directed, produced and written by George Miller (Mad Max series(1, 2 & 3))who did Happy Feet one 5 years ago and did nothing else in between, wasted what should have been a master piece on dancing, singing and introduction of new casts that makes you want to exit the cinema.

The movie has a lot of old school Hip-Hop and funk songs played all around given the older audience a nostalgic feeling.

To be honest the movie starts with penguin dancing and singing and that was a turn off, the introduction of the pair of Matt Damon and Brad Pitt as they play Bill and Will the Krill, was a fun part of the movie for me as we listen to the pair try to climb up the food chain.

The plot has Mumble and his new bride having problems with their son Erik who is reluctant to dance. Erik runs away and encounters The Mighty Sven-a penguin who can fly! (yeah! right).

Mumble is unable to compete with this charismatic new role model who claims he can fly. But things took a turn for the worse when the world is shaken by powerful forces, trapping some of the penguins in a valley.

From here on go watch the movie as we see our “heroes” Mumble, Erik and two of his friends meet new creatures in this ICY ANTARCTICA and try all they can to reunite with the penguins.

This movie has all the takings to be a good movie, but it just lacks the story and the screenplay to get you there, I won’t be watching this movie again.

Let's Do It Again (1975)

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Let’s Do It Again (1975)


Sidney Poitier
Bill Cosby

Directed by: Todd Sidney Poitier

Distributed by: Warner Bros.

It doesn’t get any better than the 70’s with Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier, this movie has not much of stunts all it has is plain old acting with comic dialogues and impossible events made possible by characters that seem to be a mash up of Einstein and dumber and dumber.
"Let’s do it again" is the second pairing between Cosby and Poitier and it was directed by Poitier himself.

The movie has all it needs to keep you laughing all through, with the wise cracks by Bill Cosby.
The Plot is about the two characters Clyde Williams (Sidney Poitier) and Billy Foster (Bill Cosby) desire to raise money for their fraternal lodge by rigging a boxing match.

How did they do that?

Poitier was a hypnotist and he just worked his magic on the boxer that was set to lose and it all turned around for them, their lodge and their lives.
But the pair on their way to the huge financial success stepped on toes, the toes of two bookies that want to get their money back and tracked the pair to their home.

What makes movies done in 70's so cool was that you can hardly give the director much credit because most of the work was done by the artist themselves.
Not saying that Poitier didn’t do a good work directing this movie, because the scenes were so nicely crafted that you have to be a powerful director and a good enough actor to pull it off.

110 minutes is a long time to keep you interested in a movie with no special effects, no green background technology or robots. May I add no cursing, but the length of the movie just plays out as you are glued to watching this two try to be smarter than everyone else.

Facts about this movie that you may not know is that, one of the antagonists in the movie was named Biggie Smalls a name The Notorious B.I.G took as his alias.

This movie also has John Amos as one of the “bad guy” he took the role of one of the bookies that Cosby and Poitier crossed.

If you are a fan of the oldies or a fan of a good laugh, go watch this movie it is a guaranty good laugh, with masterful acting by the First Black Man to win an Academy Award Sidney Poitier.

If you are a fan of the oldies or a fan of a good laugh, go watch this movie it is a guaranty good laugh, with masterful acting by the First Black Man to win an Academy Award Sidney Poitier.

50/50 (2011)

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50/50 (2011)


Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Seth Rogen
Anna Kendrick
Bryce Dallas Howard
Anjelica Huston

Directed by: Jonathan Levine

Distributed by: Summit Entertainment (US)
Lionsgate (UK)

A feel good movie about trust, reliability, family and friendship, from Will Reiser and has been in numerous notably Top Ten lists (MTV, boxoffice, New York Post etc) of movies released in 2011.

Loosely based on the life of the screenwriter Will Reiser, this comedy drama was set to star James McAvoy, who turned down the role and was replaced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception 2011 and Dark Knight Rising 2012), who put in a marvelous performance and made sure this movie had the power it needed to drive the message across.

Directed by Jonathan Levine, who made sure the comedy aspect of the movie is not missed in this Dramatic movie, the inclusion of Seth Rogen added the desired comic relief needed to keep you smiling 9/10 of the time.

Who said cancer can be the worst thing that could happen to you?

If you watch this movie you’ll learn, that the worst that could happen is not having someone to care for, or care about you.

Kudos to the editing of this movie as the fact that we keep going through different ins and outs, you are never lost, which is a plus to the director for continuity. When watching, the movie scenes change ever so often that I was worried at a time I was going to miss out on something but it was just smooth.

The story is simple enough, Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is diagnoses with cancer a deadly one in his spine. His then girlfriend promises to stay with him through it as Adam lives a life isolated from his mother and father. But his girl didn’t keep to her promise and Adam learns to fall back on his family.

To see him through the problem he had his sharp loud mouth buddy Kyle (Seth Rogen), who you doubt is really a good friend. Adam is also seeing a therapist, to help see him through the rough times, a therapist who he then takes a fond of.
50/50 was nominated for two awards at the 69th Golden Globe Awards. One of which was for Gordon-Levitt who got a nomination for Best Actor (Musical or Comedy) and the film itself was nominated for Best Picture (Musical or Comedy) both were lost to Jean Dujardin from the movie The Artist and Best Picture also went to The Artist.

I guarantee that you’ll enjoy this movie when you do go see it.

A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011)

A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas



John Cho
Kal Penn
Neil Patrick Harris
Danneel Harris
Paula Garcés

Directed by: Todd Strauss-Schulson

If you don’t mind the crude humor and some blasphemy, you will like this movie. Imagine a high baby running around, a “not gay” gay Neil Patrick Harris.

This movie is dialed down a little from the former prequels when it comes to idiot-i-city, with both Harold and Kumar acting more matured and responsible. This movie comes in second best in the trilogy after Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle (2004).

How often do we get a Christmas movie just for the adults and not have to sit through a lame PG-13 Christmas Vacation gone wrong? This movie is made for 18 and above and it was made to thrill and not to impress.

Other than getting to White Castle or Escaping From Guantanamo Bay, this time Harold Lee (John Cho) and Kumar Patel (Kal Penn), are on an adventure that has to deal with them saving Christmas. Their adventure started after they burnt down the 12 feet Christmas tree given to Harold by his father-in-law, Mr Perez (Danny Trejo). These two reunite and we see that Harold has matured into a family man quit smoking weed and is a committed 9 to 5 man. Kumar on the other hand was still smoking weed and living the regular Kumar life.

The movie has so much trash talk, and the emphasis on weed and Cocaine has never been so funny. If you have not seen any of the former movies, you might not be used to the alternate universe of Neil Patrick Harris as himself only dumber than the previous time.

Director Todd Strauss-Schulson and writers of the franchise Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg use all form of Christmas cliché’s in what you may call art.
The movie also introduces something we have not seen in the previous movies, a Clay Motion sequence, which comes in well-timed and gives good laughs as we watch the duo run amok from a Snowman.
Brace yourself for an also fun action sequence that involves rotten eggs been thrown at someone. The duos more matured view of adult life is what carried them through to the end without once making you feel like you are watching the old Harold and Kumar.

In the end, for me even though the movie is all rusty and all muddled up and it will never be a Christmas classic for many, it will always be one awesome movie for me, to watch again at any time of the year, it also includes a Christmas miracle.

And before I forget Harold shot Santa…