Monthly Archives: January 2014

Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa DVD Review: Johnny Knoxville Kills It

Johnny Knoxville has the rarest of talents that is being able to slip into a character with a hidden camera rolling and produce hysterical laughs from his audience. Nowhere is that more prevalent than with his latest blockbuster, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa… out now on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Bad Grandpa Blu-Ray

The Bad Grandpa trailer shows us the story, but can’t even come close to showing the massive amount of hilarity that comes from Knoxville’s latest.

Knoxville is Irving, an eighty-something man who has just “lost” his wife. His “daughter” shows up and says she needs to leave town and grandpa has to take care of his grandson, Billy. Irving wants to get rid of Billy so that he can sow some wild oats now that his wife has passed — so, the two hit the road in search of Billy’s father.

Hidden cameras follow them everywhere and their hijinx to unsuspecting souls results in some incredible hilarity.

The greatness of the Bad Grandpa DVD and Blu-Ray is on its bonus features that fully compliment an already awesome movie. Many already hilarious scenes are given a few extra minutes and alternative takes that only add to the hysterics. And yes, there are dozens of fall out of your chair laughing moments in the movie itself, and especially the bonus features. We adore the deleted scenes… simply because in this case, there is no such thing as too much Bad Grandpa!

Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa Star Johnny Knoxville

We adore the behind-the-scenes features with director Jeff Tremaine that take you behind the wizardry to show you how they pulled off some of these hysterical moments — all without the general public every figuring out that the man behind the makeup is Knoxville. On that note… congrats to Bad Grandpa for that Oscar nomination for Best Makeup!

Some of our favorite behind-the-scenes moments follow how they achieved The Funeral, Estate Sale, Shipping Billy, Wedding Crashers and Irving Hits on Women scenes.

Can’t wait to se this instant comedy classic? Why not watch Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa online and see why we feel this is a uproarious movie for the ages. 

Weekend Movie Preview: January 31, 2014

The weekend movie preview for the final weekend in January is all about the love. But, as that emotion can be… it’s complicated. 

Labor Day finds Kate Winslet falling for Josh Brolin’s escaped convict who has taken her hostage. And That Awkward Moment has Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan and Zack Efron finding love when they absolutely did not want to. 

That Awkward Moment: Imagine a rom-com told from the point of view of the guys. That is the premise of That Awkward Moment ?and for the most part, it’s pretty entertaining. Efron, Jordan and Teller have great chemistry together and are quite charismatic. But overall, for a film that is trying to forge new ground, they sure fall into a slew of classic romantic comedy and chick flick stereotypes. Our That Awkward Moment review reports that the film’s heart is in the right place, even if it doesn’t quite hit all the right notes. 

Labor Day: Jason Reitman follows up his Up in the Air with the most unlikely of love stories. Brolin is an escaped convict who is serving 18 years for murder. He “kidnaps” Winslet and her son and over the course of Labor Day weekend, Winslet and Brolin fall in love. It’s a difficult task to have an audience pull for an imprisoned murderer to fall for a single mom, but as our Labor Day review states, Reitman, Winslet and Brolin pull it off. In fact, we find that Winslet has not lost a single beat in terms of anchoring a romance… just watch Titanic online and see what we mean! 

Non-Stop Trailer: Liam Neeson Saves the Day (Again!)

Liam Neeson has become the most unlikely of action heroes in the last several years and that is clear from the newly arrived extended TV trailer for his thriller Non-Stop. And judging by that full Non-Stop trailer, this one should have audiences a little concerned the next time they get on a plane.

Neeson stars as an U.S. Air Marshall who settles in to his seat as the flight takes off. Almost immediately he gets a text saying that if he doesn’t get this unidentified person get $150 million into an off-shore account in 20 minutes, a person on the flight will perish. In fact, every 20 minutes that the money is not deposited… people will die. Check out Non-Stop in theaters February 28.

After seeing the above trailer, you’re surely in the mood to see the film that got Neeson into the action mode: Watch Taken online

Oscar Watch: Who Will Win Best Supporting Actress?

This week, Oscar Watch takes our weekly look at the first of the five main categories of those who received Oscar nominations. We begin with the five outstanding women who scored a Best Supporting Actress nod and by the end of our look… we will predict the winner.

Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lawrence, a winner last year for David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, looks like she could go two-for-two, albeit in the Best Supporting Actress category this year. She is nominated for her work in another Russell film, American Hustle.

American Hustle Jennifer Lawrence

From the moment Lawrence appears on screen, teased in the American Hustle trailer, she tears it up. It’s hard to watch anything else when she is in a scene. And that is saying something for a cast that includes Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner. The race is likely to come down to between her and…

Lupita Nyong’O, 12 Years a Slave
After picking up the Best Supporting Actress awards at the Golden Globes, Critics Choice Movie Awards and SAG Awards, Nyong’O is most likely your front-runner. 12 Years a Slave earned some serious nods, including Best Director, Best Supporting actor and Best Picture, but its best chance for Oscar gold has to be in the Best Supporting Actress category. Nyong’O took a role that had to be almost impossible to film and made it approachable as it was awfully painful to watch.

Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
With Cate Blanchett looking to win Best Actress, one might think her acting partner in Blue Jasmine, Sally Hawkins, would have a good shot at victory for Best Supporting Actress. But Hawkins has to be satisfied with the “happy to be nominated” prize this year in this particular category.

Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
Roberts held her own opposite Meryl Streep and anyone who considers themselves a movie fanatic has to know that is one impressive feat. Roberts could win her second award, after winning Best Actress for Erin Brockovich.

August Osage County Julia Roberts Meryl Street

She turns in the most powerful of performances as the daughter of Streep, who is sick and tired of her mother’s manipulation and seeming life mission to make her children utterly miserable. The film was not the best, as we stated in our August: Osage County review, but this is one to see for the performances of Roberts and Streep.

June Squibb, Nebraska
Squibb could be a surprise winner as the Academy loves a story like hers. Nebraska is her second Alexander Payne movie after her work on About Schmidt and she steals every scene she is in, which is not an easy task given her co-star is fellow Oscar nominee Bruce Dern. She is a firecracker who says whatever is on her mind and after years of working as a stage actress in New York, this could be her year to hoist an Academy Award.

Best Supporting Actress Prediction: Lupita Nyong’O, 12 Years a Slave

Speaking of Oscar, be sure to click through our slideshow below of Best Picture Oscar winners who have stood the test of time.

The Academy is not always the best at picking the movie that years later we think is still the best picture of that year. But these films, are some of the best… of all time!

Some think Forrest Gump is a simple pop culture celebration. Oscar was right to award it Best Picture as few films capture evolving American culture as Forrest Gump did.

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Forrest Gump

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Forrest Gump

Some think Forrest Gump is a simple pop culture celebration. Oscar was right to award it Best Picture as few films capture evolving American culture as Forrest Gump did.


Casablanca

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Casablanca

What is not to love about Casablanca? It is still one of the best movies of all time — and we’ll play it again and again, Sam.


Shakespeare in Love

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Shakespeare in Love

Sure, at the time we wanted another movie to win. But, time has shown that Shakespeare in Love is simply super.


Braveheart

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Braveheart

When Braveheart swept its Oscar year, it was one of those rare moments where everyone agreed the right movie won. And time has shown that the Scottish story is still sensational.


Schindler's List

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Schindler’s List

Steven Spielberg finally won his long-deserved Oscar for Best Director and Best Picture for this tear-jerking true story. To this day, it is one of the more difficult films to watch, but a must see nonetheless.


Rocky

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Rocky

People forget that Sylvester Stallone has an Oscar not only for Best Picture, but also for Best Screenplay! This underdog story set the standard for believing-in-yourself movies and we still can’t get enough.


Gone with the Wind

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Gone with the Wind

Gone with the Wind may have won its Oscar back in the 1930s, but fan craziness for the film has only expanded in the decades since. And frankly, we do give a damn after all these years.


The Godfather

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The Godfather

Do us a favor and watch The Godfather again. Not only was it worthy of its Best Picture, but it belongs in the top 10 movies of all time… period!


The Departed

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The Departed

Some have said that giving Martin Scorsese the Oscar for The Departed was a career award. But after witnessing it a dozen times since it won Best Picture, it is absolutely the best picture of 2006.


13 Teen Movies That Break Stereotypes: From Breakfast Club to Mean Girls

Teen movies can be so predictable, on so many levels. It is the rare movie that features teenagers and their struggles that goes beyond sex and partying to present characters as fully drawn as any adult drama or comedy.

We present 13 teen movies that break stereotypes, cross over into the realm of great movies and are not merely great teen movies. 

Sure, these movies can have teens partying, hooking up and generally looking for a good time. But, the characters in these 13 films also go deeper and are searching for much more than immediate self satisfaction. 

Click through these 13 teen movies that break the mold and we wouldn’t be surprised if by the end, you think to yourself, “I’d better go and watch Breakfast Club online!”

Besides having one of the most iconic musical scenes of all time (thank you, Peter Gabriel), Say Anything is a teen romance that treats its leads like mature individuals. And… it has John Cusack at his best.

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Say Anything

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Say Anything

Besides having one of the most iconic musical scenes of all time (thank you, Peter Gabriel), Say Anything is a teen romance that treats its leads like mature individuals. And… it has John Cusack at his best.


Election

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Election

Reese Witherspoon truly announced herself to the world in Election opposite Matthew Broderick. It stands out because it’s from the brilliant mind of Alexander Payne (who went on to make Sideways and The Descendants).


Dazed and Confused

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Dazed and Confused

Sure, Dazed and Confused was in many ways a party movie about the last day of school in 1976. But, it truly captured so much more about life’s journey.


Heathers

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Heathers

Heathers took the teen movie stereotype and basically added a bad boy who was truly lethal to the mix. With Christian Slater and Winona Ryder falling in love with explosive results, it couldn’t lose.


Easy A

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Easy A

Easy A gave us the joy that is Emma Stone. That, and a sardonic wit about the perils of being a teenager in modern America.


Fast Times at Ridgemont High

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Fast Times at Ridgemont High

You may sense a theme here, great directors getting their start making teen movies. Cameron Crowe wrote Fast Times at Ridgemont High and that could explain why it’s so smart, savvy… and absolutely entertaining.


Juno

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Juno

Few films have tackled teenage pregnancy as perfectly as Juno. There are laughs, tears, joy and love… like life itself.


Clueless

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Clueless

Clueless is anything but, and few teen movies have had a title so innocently ironic. Alicia Silverstone is Cher and even to this day, she is one of the best teen movie characters ever.


Mean Girls

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Mean Girls

Mean Girls was way ahead of its time. Not only did it give us a breakout star in Rachel McAdams, it came from the wickedly smart mind of Tina Fey.


The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is another example of how the teen movie genre can be powerful if it gives its characters something real to feel. In fact, few movies give their characters the emotional power of this film.


10 Things I Hate About You

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10 Things I Hate About You

10 Things I Hate About You broke stereotypes left and right with its portrayal of high schoolers and their emotional rollercoasters. Perhaps because it was based on Shakespeare it could avoid teen movie potholes?!


Ferris Bueller's Day Off

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

John Hughes was a master at capturing the reality of being a teen, without ever talking down to his audience. Ferris Bueller Day’s Off was good fun, but it also delved deeper into what it means to be a teen.


The Breakfast Club

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The Breakfast Club

There is a reason that The Breakfast Club is the king of all teen movies. Sure, there are the archetypes, but that’s what John Hughes wants you to see… Diving deeper, these characters are as real as movies can portray.