28 June 2008

Get Smart

Spanks - 4

Director - Peter Segal

Writers - Tom J. Astle, and Matt Ember

Starring - Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, Alan Arkin, and Terence Stamp

Release Date - 20 June 08

MPAA Rating - PG-13

Get Smart
is the adaptation of the 60's television show created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry. I have not seen the show in many years so I can say if the film stays true to the show. They do use equipment from the show in the film, some updated others are the same. KAOS infiltrates CONTROL and gets the names of its agents and begins killing them all. This makes analyst Maxwell Smart the newest field agent who must find the location of KAOS while the field agents must work as the analyst.

Steve Carell plays Maxwell Smart who continues to be hysterical. Anne Hathaway is Smart's partner Agent 99, who I think should stop playing the romantic roles she has been playing and be in more action movies. I could watch her kick some ass any day. Dwayne Johnson is Agent 23 who is Smart's idol, who I never would have thought he could be a good actor. Get Smart has some big name cameos, James Caan as the president, Bill Murray as Agent 13, and Patrick Warburton.

Before seeing the film I was scared that it might be to much like Johnny English. I am happy to say that it wasn't. Johnny English is more slap stick humor and parody then Get Smart. Get Smart keeps you laughing the entire film, and there hasn't been a movie this summer to really do that and I don't know of any that are coming out that will. Which makes me predict it as the funniest movie of the summer.

A straight to DVD spin-off comes out on July 1st starring Nate Torrence and Masi Oka who are the two guys who create all the spy gadgets for CONTROL.

24 June 2008

The Happening

Spanks - 1.5 or 3

Director - M. Night Shyamalan

Writer - M. Night Shyamalan

Starring - Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo, and Ashlyn Sanchez

Release Date - 13 June 08

MPAA Rating - R

When you see an M. Night Shyamalan film you are expecting a unexpected ending. This movie continues to have that. In my opinion, his movies have not had the same greatness as his first three films. This movie is a little different then all his others because it has more comedy.

The film starts off in Central Park on a regular sunny morning. Then all of a sudden people are stabbing themselves and jumping off buildings. The news of a terrorist attack gets to Philadelphia where Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo reside and they decide to leave the city and because it will be safer in the county. The film is then their journey to stay alive from this attack. I won't give say anything else to aviod giving anything away if you choose to see The Happening.

The reason I have the film 2 ratings is for how you look at it. If you look at it as a serious M. Night Shyamalan then its terrible, which is the 1.5. If you look at it as a comedy then it has some funny parts (the 3 rating). I don't know if he was going for laugh out loud funny, but I did. After I saw the movie I read an article on SciFi Weekly where he said he said to the cast and crew at the begining of production 'This is a B movie. Let's get ourselves straight here. This is just a great B movie. We're making the best B movie we can here. That's our job. We're making a B movie. If the themes of the movie have something that stick with you, great. Great. But we're not going to put that in front of the movie. We're going to have a lot of fun. It's a paranoia movie. We just need to pound away. That's our job." I can agree that it could be a B movie...just a well made, high budget B movie. Did anything stick with me? Maybe the guy with the lions or the guy with the lawnmower.

One thing I like about M. Night Shyamalan is that he always shoots his films in and around Philadelpia where they are set and not in Vancover or California where most things are shot and say that it is in Philadelpia.

23 June 2008

You Don't Mess with the Zohan

Spanks - 2.5

Director - Dennis Dugan

Writers - Adam Sandler, Robert Smigel, Judd Apatow

Starring - Adam Sandler, John Turturro, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Nick Swardson, Rob Schneider

Release Date - 6 June 08

MPAA Rating - PG-13

Even though this film is a comedy, it is also shows talks of racism, and how messed up things are in Israel with the Arabs and Israelis. The film does not live up to previous Adam Sandler movies made back in the 90s in laughs. This is, however, his first film I have seen since Mr. Deeds. It was stupid, but funny, but not as funny as Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay.

You Don't Mess with the Zohan follows Zohan Dvir (played by Adam Sandler trying to sound like Borat) who leaves the Israeli Special Forces to move to New York City to work as a hair stylist for Paul Mitchell. He gets thrown out of Paul Mitchell's and goes to work for Dhalia Hakbarah (played by the super hot Emmanuelle Chriqui), the palestinian who owns the salon across the street from his cousins electronics store. Meanwhile Salim Husaamdiyaa (Rob Schneider) has moved to New York and finds out Zohan is there and he calls Zohan's nemesis The Phantom to tell him Zohan is in New York. Then there is Mr. Walbridge, the rich developer who wants to turn the Isreali/Arab community of New York into the first mall with its own roller coaster.

The funniest character in the movie is The Phantom. John Turturro is a great actor who is always plays a secondary character. The film has cameos by Chris Rock, Kevin Nealon, George Takei, Mariah Carey, and John McEnroe to name a few. The films message is peace. Will it come down in history as the movie that united Israel and Palestine? Most likely not, but it will shed some light on the problem in the Middle East to the young followers of Adam Sandler.

16 June 2008

The Incredible Hulk

Spanks - 4

Director - Louis Leterrier

Writer - Zac Penn

Starring - Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt

Release Date - 13 June 08

MPAA Rating - PG-13

The Incredible Hulk
goes above and beyond the 2003 Ang Lee version. There is no neon green hulk, no fights with mutant dogs, and there is an actual villain in this movie. This one doesn't pretend the Ang Lee version never happened, but it also does not continue exactly where that one ended. The Lee film was an origin story and in the Louis Leterrier film the only mention to how Bruce Banner became The Hulk's is during the opening credits.

This film opens with Banner (Ed Norton) on the run from General Ross (William Hurt) in hiding in Brazil trying to find a cure for himself. General Ross wants Banner to test him to create an army of super soldiers. He enlist Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth), a decorated member of the United Kingdom Special Forces, to capture Banner.

The Incredible Hulk is influenced by the television show starring Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno, as Leterrier and Norton are big fans of the show. The film has a similar tone as the show. Ferrigno even does the voice of The Hulk and Marvel got the rights to "The Lonely Man Theme" which is used over the closing credits.

The effects used to create Hulk are a million times better then the last film. Hulk and Abomination look more real. They are given colors that are more natural that would fit in nature. They did not over due the special effects and use all green screens during the fight sequences, they were shot on location. During production 4 blocks of Toronto were shut down and made to look like New York City for the confrontation between Abomination and The Hulk.

The film, like Iron Man, has many references to other characters in the Marvel universe and to future planned movies. Tony Stark even has a cameo!

You can take your girlfriend too because it is also a love story between Banner and Betty Ross (Liv Tyler). Now you don't have a reason not to go see The Incredible Hulk.

There is nothing at the end of the credits like in Iron Man. You don't have to watch them if you don't want to.

01 June 2008

Sex and the City

This review was written by The Future Mrs. Spanky. All opinions and thoughts are from her and not Spanky.
Spanks – 5

Director – Michael Patrick King

Writer – Michael Patrick King

Starring – Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, Jennifer Hudson, and Chris North

Release Date – May 30, 2008

MPAA Rating - R

As a fan of the HBO show I would say if you like the show, you'll definitely like the movie. Even if you've never seen the show before, it's a great movie to put on your heals and take your girlfriends to see for a fun night out!
It picks up three years after the series ended. I don't want to give anything away but a lot happens in the movie. I felt like I watched a whole season in 2 1/2 hours. There were some really sad parts in it but it also had some really funny parts just like the show always did. And it was really sweet to see that they were all still good friends that stuck together no matter what. I'm sure you heard about the new girlfriend in the movie, Jennifer Hudson. I loved her character. She was really sweet and she fit right in with Carrie.
I wouldn't suggest taking your mom to see it because there's a lot of sex scenes (more than I expected at least). I also wouldn't make my boyfriend see this one. But go see it! I promise you'll love it and feel really good when it ends!