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Liked it, didn’t love it. Spoiler free thoughts as usual. First what I dug…

  • The celeb who makes fun of themselves is ‘kinda’ played out at this point, but Ed Sheeran hit the perfect balance. He never really goes into over the top mode, whenever Jack one ups him, he falls back into ‘I mean, man, that’s one of the best songs I’ve ever heard’ mode, which is a nice in joke for this story.
  • Kate McKinnon. She still hasn’t really had her solo breakout yet (as a movie star), but man when she is put in the right part, so much fun to watch.
  • There’s a line early on where Lily Allen’s character says (I’m paraphrasing), ‘How do I get out of the friend zone and become the woman who inspired ‘And I Love Her’ and ‘Something’? And I audibly said ‘DAMNNNNNNN’ in the theatre and I really wish the whole movie would have focused on that and not kept going back into fantasy world.

Also in the ‘ehhh’ file…

  • You probably know the premise here: ‘the Beatles’ never existed so the main character writes their songs and takes credit for it. Some other things apparently didn’t happen in this alternate universe, and it’s REALLY random and some of it predates the Beatles and the ‘joke’ of it takes you out of the story when it happens.
  • To clarify, the Beatles don’t exist as the most iconic pop band of their generation, but the lads from Liverpool do exist, just as completely anonymous people living ‘normal’ lives. They never see the perks of fame, they never see the dark side of fame. You can probably take an educated guess where this goes. I won’t spell it out other than to say, it’s cute and idealistic, but still a little off putting.
  • I will spoil this since it has no real effect on the story: Lily Allen’s character dates a guy, when the A romance comes together, her live in boyfriend LITERALLY steps to the side with a smile and says something like ‘well those are the breaks mate.’ WHAT IS IT WITH DUDES IN RICHARD CURTIS MOVIES?!? Or is it English guys in general who are like this? Either you think love is this rare but magical thing that, if you’re lucky, happens a handful of times in your life (and thus you will deal with some type of devastation/heartbreak when it doesn’t work out), or you’re just ‘well maybe next time’ all the time which is not freaking love?!? I need answers.

With all my complaints, I still have to recommend this. The kid does a credible job covering most (not all) of the songs. Especially one of my all time favorites by any artist. Worth seeing (or getting the soundtrack).

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My buddy Dio sent this trailer to me this morning, and…

Let me get this straight…

A character, surnamed Malik, is transported to an alternate universe where the Beatles didn’t exist, and HE becomes the Beatles?!?

I’m not exaggerating; I’ve been so white hot with envy I’ve been walking around most of today looking like Danny Boyle just asked me what did the five fingers say to the face…

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Enjoy. I guess…

127 Hours

While not the crowd pleaser that Slumdog Millionaire was (and let’s be honest, few films are), 127 Hours has all the makings of another Oscar-caliber film for Danny Boyle.  Based on the true story of a young man who got trapped in a Utah canyon and had to cut off his own arm to survive, James Franco gives possibly his best overall performance in this film (and that’s saying something in what already has been one hell of an acting career).

I was at a screening where Danny Boyle and the writer (fellow Oscar winner Simon Beaufoy) acknowledged that the pitch (a man is stuck in a canyon for five days and cuts his arm off) is…not the most cinematic idea you will hear.  It’s a testament to the script, direction, and acting that they found ‘the human element’ in the story and kept the film engaging throughout.  When we get to the inevitable gruesome part, even though everyone in the theatre is completely aware that James Franco has both arms and is simply acting, you still get squeamish when he does what he has to do to get out of his situation.  (And I’m personally thankful the guy sitting next to me went out like a complete sissy; he made me clenching my teeth seem normal by comparison).

Hosting duties aside, I’m sure I’ll be talking about Franco and this performance again in the next couple months.