March 21, 2013

Spring Breakers - AMC Empire 25

 How ridiculous does Franco look in this movie?!

Erica: This movie was just awful. Sure I like James Franco but this movie was just unbearably bad. It was only 94 minutes but it was a long 94 minutes. I laughed once during the entire movie and just felt kind of uncomfortable during the rest. This movie has a lot of cringeworthy moments but I can see it finding it's audience......just not me...I can't really recommend this movie to anybody...I'm sorry...I just can't. I wish I could...

Mike: I actually loved Spring Breakers. Despite some parts that drag and might test your patience, I thought it was hilarious and biting, although I think that the film will also appeal - for the wrong reasons - to the brain dead partying/college/spring break culture it makes fun of. James Franco is the highlight of the film, providing several memorable scenes with a Nicolas Cage-like full-on crazy performance. 

March 14, 2013

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone - AMC Lincoln Square 13/Oz The Great and Powerful UA Court Street 12

Erica: Sorry it has been so long since we last posted a review. We have been extremely busy....I will try and update more frequently....I may include multiple reviews in one as well. Last night we saw an advanced screening of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and for the first time in a while, I liked a movie Mike didn't! I don't know why he didn't but he will have to tell you about that. First thing you need to know about this's silly. Know that going in and you will enjoy it a lot. It's magical and funny. I am not a huge fan of Steve Carrell but he did a good job in this movie but Jim Carrey and Alan Arkin stole the show. A magician never reveals their secrets so I do not want to give too much away but I highly recommend this movie. I may be biased because it was written by John Francis Daley and I seem to see every movie that Steve Buscemi is in but it is still a good, fun, magical movie. 

Now all of that being said, it is NOT as good as that other 'magical' movie out now Oz the Great and Powerful. Franco does a great job as a con-man/wizard who is trying to get away from his current situation and lands in Oz only to be transported in a magical land. I highly recommend this movie as well. 

As much as I enjoyed Wonderstone if budget only allows for one magical film this month, follow the yellow brick road....

Mike: Aside from a few sporadic laughs, I absolutely hated Burt Wonderstone. To me it seemed like a bad Will Ferrell movie, with Steve Carell doing a bad Ferrell imitation. It also seemed incredibly dated - I felt like I was watching something made 8 or 10 years ago.

Oz the Great and Powerful is a severely flawed but ultimately fun movie. A great opening and a satisfying finale made up for the meandering middle, where I couldn't help but wonder where the hell it was going.