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Two young cops(Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill) fail on the field and are assigned to the 21 Jump Street unit, an under cover mission to send the young man back to high school, in order to take down a suspected drug ring. For the two men, roles are reversed as the times have changed for high schoolers. Most reboots or TV movies usually suck(Looking at you Mod Squad) but this film is so over the top and so different it stands out. The comedy here is straight perfect and amazingly it’s Tatum who shines here where Hill constantly seems out of place. Hill and Tatum play former high school enemies and of course once they return under cover, roles are reversed and Hill becomes the cool kid and Tatum an outsider. This shouldn’t work, but it does.

This movie is very basic, they try and track down who is pumping the school with a new powerful drug. We’ve seen stuff like this before, yet everything comes off fresh. The jokes are very well done not only poking fun of the action genre, but to the movie itself. Over and over again do Tatum and Hill get called out for the fact they look too old to be in high school.

What is even funnier is most of the high school students are played by people in their twenties. The supporting cast is strong. We get Dave Franco as a young drug pusher. Brie Larson plays a girl that Hill’s character has sort of always wanted to be with. We also get familiar NBC faces with Nick Offerman and Ellie Kemper showing up here and there.

The comedy based around the action works really well here, which is a surprise. Most action comedies fail to make the action work. Here though they poke fun of things that we’re used to, slow motion gun fight, exploding buildings. I really found myself laughing throughout the film and enjoying it’s off the wall comedy bits. It’s also nice to see a film that is not afraid of its R-rating and willing to do whatever they want to get the laughs.

Rating: 7/10

Hollywood sure loves the 1980’s since they want to remake everything that came out during that time period. 21 Jump Street though added it up a bit by mixing in some strange but very funny comedy and it looks like it was a winning formula. The comedy raked in $35 million over the weekend which is pretty impressive. What this also does is cement Channing Tatum as a true super star, with The Vow sitting around $121 million and now this movie opening really well, I won’t be surprised seeing him attached to a lot of other projects.

The Lorax has hit a chord with families though and I’m sure the 3D bonus on top of that helps. It added another $22.4 million to its total. Sitting at $158 million the film could easily break the $200 million mark. In sad news John Carter only added another $13.5 million. People need to go out and see that film as I see it as a science fiction classic. The good news is though the film is doing rather well over seas, which one should question do people living outside of the United States have better taste? That’s a debate I’ll save for later.

Strangely A Thousand Words and Project X are sticking around and hanging out in the middle of the pack. Both films are doing alright but neither could really be considered hits either. Journey 2 actually moved up a couple spots and is creeping closer to the $100 million mark domestically, though maybe that doesn’t matter since over seas it has made $200 million already.

A lot of other films opened in limited theaters and are doing very well, Will Ferrell’s Spanish comedy Casa De Mi Padre made $2.2 million on just a little over 300 screens. Jeff Who Lives At Home and Salmon Fishing on the Yemen are doing strong on limited screens as well. Hope all these films get a little expansion. I don’t fully believe in the limited screen idea either. People around the country should be able to decide what movies they want to see in theaters.

Anyway most of the films simply plan to survive as next week brings The Hunger Games. Here is the list…

1. 21 Jump Street $35 million

2. The Lorax $22.8 million

3. John Carter $13.5 million

4. Project X $4 million

5. A Thousand Words $3.6 million

6. Act of Valor $3.6 million

7. Safe House $2.8 million

8. Journey 2… $2.4 million

9. Casa De Mi Padre $2.2 million

10. This Means War $2.1 million

I didn’t really respond or post much about the Golden Globes(Thought they were “alright”). I’ve decided to not stay silent about the Academy Awards though. I’ll be going over the larger categories, listing the nominations and giving thoughts. This is my first year doing this hopefully you’ll be coming here for years and commenting on how wrong I am.

BEST PICTURE: The Artist, The Descendants, The Help, The Tree of Life, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, War Horse, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

I’m actually rather surprised by this list and delighted all at the same time. Hugo is really gaining a lot of steam this awards season. I personally loved The Artist and Moneyball, War Horse deserves to be there. The Tree of Life making it is a surprise along with ELAIC which hasn’t really been making any headlines recently. If I had to guess though this is between the Artist and The Descendants, don’t be surprised if Hugo wins though.

BEST ACTOR: George Clooney(The Descendants), Brad Pitt(Moneyball), Jean Dujardin(The Artist), Damien Bachir(A Better Life), Gary Oldman(Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy).

Wow! Now this is full of surprises. No Leo, no Fassbender(which is a Shame… Get it? The movie he was in was called Shame… I’ll move on) but Damien Bachir and Gary Oldman are in there, they both really deserve it. I really dug Brad Pitt in Moneyball but I don’t think he stands a chance. I think it’s a race between Dujardin and Clooney. I hope Dujardin wins, but I think Clooney is bringing it in.

BEST ACTRESS: Glenn Close(Albert Nobbs), Viola Davis(The Help), Rooney Mara(Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Meryl Streep(The Iron Lady), Michelle Williams(My Week with Marilyn).

This is rather interesting because how close this will be. The Globes copped out by placing Michelle Williams in the “Musical or Comedy” actress role but they couldn’t do that here. All Streep does is win so you have that. Viola Davis made a huge impression in The Help. Glenn Close played a chick who is so ugly she can pull off being a man. Any other year and that wins the award for you. Michelle Williams deserves this one but Mara is going to get over looked which is a real shame. That was such a hard and daring role. I just hope the Academy members realize that Streep has won before, like a lot, so let someone else get a trophy.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Kenneth Branagh(My Week With Marilyn), Nick Nolte(Warrior), Jonah Hill(Moneyball), Max von Sydow(Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close), Christopher Plummer(Beginners).

Well to start off it will probably be Plummer. Love that Nick Nolte got the nomination for a role most over looked, hell the movie “Warrior” got over looked by most of America(Check it out you won’t be let down). I don’t get why Jonah Hill keeps getting nominations, he didn’t really bring anything to that role. I just feel like this is people trying to push him as a real actor, hard to do that when your upcoming movie is the “21 Jump Street” remake. For me Branagh should win, but I don’t think he will.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Berenice Bejo(The Artist), Melissa McCarthy(Bridesmaids), Janet McTeer(Albert Nobbs), Octavia Spencer(The Help), Jessica Chastain(The Help).

Octavia Spencer is getting this even though it should be Berenice Bejo(Who should be in the “Best Actress” category). Sad to see Melissa McCarthy here though. Mainly because she doesn’t belong and it’s obvious this was done as a ratings booster. Try and get people who love this movie to check out if she wins. She won’t but come on really? She was funny but… Come on!

BEST ANIMATED FILM: Rango, Chico and Rita, A Cat in Paris, Kung Fu Panda 2, Puss in Boots.

Doesn’t this list seem fake? It just is weird first off not seeing a Pixar movie here. Seeing anything with a “2” in it is weird. One of the films is called Puss in Boots. I loved Rango so I hope it wins but for the comedy of it I hope Boots takes home the trophy.

BEST DIRECTOR: Michel Hazanavicius(The Artist), Alexander Payne(The Descendants), Martin Scorsese(Hugo), Woody Allen(Midnight in Paris), Terrence Malick(The Tree of Life).

Well there is a lot of talent there. The list is simply perfect. To me it should be Hazanavicius. Will probably be Payne. Glad Woody Allen got on there and especially Terrence Malick. Wouldn’t be too surprised though if Scorsese came out on top here.

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Nat Faxon, Alexander Payne(The Descendants), Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian(Moneyball), John Logan(Hugo), George Clooney and Grant Heslov(Ides of March), Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan(Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy).

Yes I’m doing the scripts… Because I write scripts as a hobby. Anyway this is going to the Descendants but I think Moneyball should get it. Ides of March was also a very well done script but I think with the political tone going on right now it won’t get a lot of votes.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Woody Allen(Midnight in Paris), Michel Hazanavicius(The Artist), Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumulo(Bridesmaids), JC Chandor(Margin Call), Asghar Farhadi(A Separation).

Saved the best for last! This is a stacked category. The Artist of course should get it but I really believe this will be the place where Bridesmaids gets one as a “see we’re cool” item for the Academy. It’s nice to see Chandor and Farhadi make the list but I don’t think they stand much of a chance.

Well there it is… Some of the nominees and my responses. I look forward to the show it’s like the Super Bowl for movies and I love every second of it.

Movie Review: Moneyball

We very rarely get sports movies coming to theaters these days. Moneyball is a treat that really everyone should see even if they’ve never gone to a baseball game. The plot which is based on the true story of Oakland A’s GM Billy Beane is important and very much a story of all under dogs just set in the world of baseball. Based on the award winning book with the same name, we open on the 2001 playoffs where the A’s are defeated by the New York Yankees. After the season they A’s loose three of their top players to free agency as big money spending teams like the Red Sox and Yanks sweep them up. Billy Beane(Brad Pitt) must put together a team for a fraction of the cost most other teams can. After meeting a financial whiz kid Peter Brand(Jonah Hill), who helps him put together a formula of using pure stats to pick up players most teams would look over.

The film flows very well, this is due to Brad Pitt’s fantastic performance. You become very connected with him because you get what he’s going through. Most Americans these days are pinching pennies, can’t exactly buy everything they want. That is what Billy had to do. Every team could outspend him so he had to innovate. The story of how he does this is easy to follow even though the film is filled with recent baseball history. What gives the film a little more pull is that we get Billy Beane’s back ground, as a young player, he was told by a scout to not go to college, to sign and go to the minors young. He took the pay check and went into the system. Things didn’t really pan out. This story helps Billy’s arc as we watch him change as General Manager.

The film never really gets bogged down, we flow through what is longest season in sports. A solid balance of baseball and comedy really made this movie fly by for me. Once it was over I really wanted to see it again, in a way I was so taken in by Brad Pitt’s performance I felt like I missed a lot. I can not stress enough that even though this film has a lot of baseball references, if you’re new to the game or don’t know the game at all, you won’t really be lost. Because the game of baseball is a minor player here, the real story is Beane and his arc from being a young ball player, to running a major league club. The film is good on multiple levels, it works as a drama, a comedy and as a sports movie. You’d really be losing out if you miss this one.

Rating: 10/10