Pitch Perfect (2012)

pitchperfect_7Starring Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Ben Platt, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Rebel Wilson, Alexis Knapp, Ester Dean, Hana Mae Lee, Kelley Jakle, Wanetah Walmsley, Shelley Regner, Caroline Fourmy, Nicole Lovince, Adam DeVine, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Elizabeth Banks, John Michael Higgins, John Benjamin Hickey

Directed by Jason Moore

Expectations: Low.

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Pitch Perfect is a film that I have a hard time knowing if I actually liked it or not. I definitely didn’t think it was ultra-awful, and to be honest I don’t even know if I thought it was kinda bad. It is kinda bad, but I enjoyed it for what it was: a piece of dumb, mainstream fluff with a lot of singing. To say that I liked it would technically be right, but it also feels so wrong.

This would be a good time for someone to tell me that I felt guilty about liking it, and all that nonsense above is really just smoke and mirrors around the fact that I liked it, but I don’t want to come right out and say it because I’m embarrassed. I assure you that this is not the case, I actively liked and disliked it at the same time. It’s like a B-Movie in that way; I liked it despite the numerous reasons and negative aspects that should have made me dislike it.

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ParaNorman (2012)

ParaNorman_1Starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin, Elaine Stritch, Bernard Hill, Jodelle Ferland, Tempestt Bledsoe, Alex Borstein, John Goodman

Directed by Chris Butler & Sam Fell

Expectations: Fairly low. I’m only watching this because my girlfriend talked me into it.

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The older I get the more I don’t understand adults who like kids’ movies. Well, let me rephrase that. I don’t understand adults who like modern kids’ movies. If you have kids you get a pass because you’re going to see them anyway, so you might as well grow a taste for them. But I don’t have kids, so enjoying or even bothering with modern kids’ movies makes no sense to me. They’re clearly not for me, they’re for kids. So good riddance, and thanks but no thanks. But every once in a while, one comes around that even I can’t ignore, and ParaNorman is one of those films. And it’s a whole lot of fun no matter your age, especially if you enjoy horror films.

ParaNorman is about a kid named Norman (who woulda thought?) who can see ghosts. He’s labeled a freak by his classmates, and even his own father berates him on a regular basis. Norman, on the other hand, enjoys his gift, it’s just how everyone else reacts to it that gets him down. Funnily enough, Norman’s town has a history of persecuting those with a supernatural gift. There was once a witch who lived there, but the townspeople took care of her in the way that everyone took care of witches in the 18th century. And because this is a horror movie, the witch cursed the town and tonight’s the night that everything comes together for the curse’s realization.

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Mini-Review: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

Starring Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ellen Wong, Alison Pill, Mark Webber, Johnny Simmons, Anna Kendrick, Brie Larson

Directed by Edgar Wright

Expectations: Super low. Virtually non-existent. I am curious though.


Scott Pilgrim vs. the World has a lot going for it if you’re a nerd that enjoys references to stuff you like. Some of the more noticeable of these are video game 1ups, DDR and the Smashing Pumpkins, but your mileage may vary depending on what nerdalicious things you enjoy yourself. Anyway, the film is a barrage of cool FX that were designed to give the movie a distinctly comic book feel (or a distinctly graphic novel feel for the snobs). The FX succeed marvelously in this department and deliver what is easily the most accurate representation in motion of what the panels in a comic portray. However, this isn’t necessarily ideal for a film.

The medium is key. I’ve never read the Scott Pilgrim comics, but I’m sure this is a fair representation of them. The fact remains that what works in one medium doesn’t necessarily carry over to another, so despite all the flash (and man, there’s a SHITLOAD) the film is rather tedious, devoid of real character & substance and just plain boring. On a positive note, technically the movie is pretty sound and it is shot much more interestingly than your standard Hollywood fare, but this point is moot when everything else is a bore. I’m not within the target demographic either, so if you’re between the ages of 13-19, you’ll likely have a much different opinion. In the end, I just wanted it to be over.

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