Hi, I'm Siobhan. I love hot dogs, long walks on the beach, picnics... Sorry this isn't my EHarmony account... I'm originally from New Jersey, but I've lived in Texas for 6 years. Reading, writing, listening to music, acting and stand up comedy are just some of my hobbies. Like all fat kids, cake is my love, but I've been having an ongoing affair with ice cream.
I'm so grateful to be the new movie critic for The Edge because it's my favorite radio station and I'm glad to be apart of something this amazing.
Some of my favorites movies are Pulp Fiction, Inglorious Basterds, Atonement, Pride and Prejudice, Little Miss Sunshine and Hamlet
Only a man who has sick, twisted demons crawling around in his mind can destroy the innocence of a teddy bear. And I love him for that. I remember being in the theater and watching the trailer for this film and knowing that I wanted to watch this movie out of pure delight for Ted, the raunchy bear who can offend you with one whip of his poly-fibered tongue. Seth Macfarlane, creator of Family Guy, has brought to the table a filthy, almost unwatchable piece of cinema that will suit the man-child in all of us. Just be sure not to bring any PC people or you will get bitched at for thinking that this crass, grotesque movie would be appropriate for your 64 year old conservative aunt from Alabama.
Young John Bennett craves one thing in life and that is to have a best friend. All the other boys in the neighborhood won't give him the time of day (not even the poor Jewish kid who gets the crap kicked out of him for not celebrating Christmas) and so he stays at home, longing for a special someone who will stay by his side. Christmas morning arrives and John's wide eyes glow with wonder at his new teddy bear which he dubs "Teddy". At the very end of his first day with his new best friend, John whispers how if only Teddy were real so they could be best friends forever. Somehow the miracle came true: Teddy lives and speaks to John, promising to be best friends with him forever. After being mistaken for a creature brought to earth by Satan, Teddy is accepted by John's parents and soon the talk of the entire country. However that eventually dies down and Ted lives a quiet life with John, watching Flash Gordon and singing the "Thunder Buddies" song whenever there's a storm. Of course the boys grow up and we then meet John at 35, a slacker with a heart of gold who just hasn't grown up yet. Ted has very much changed: most of his fur is filthy and worn with age, women are as disposable to him as razors and he partakes in burning the herb in a lot of the movie. They do everything together: watch Cheers, drink, smoke and just have a good time, however there's always going to be trouble in paradise. Lori, John's smoking hot girlfriend of four years, loves John and Ted, however she wants more than just a beer and a party. And she feels like she can never have that if John doesn't get his act together and ask Ted to leave the apartment. What's a guy to do? Pick his buddy or his girl?
Isn't that the theme throughout our lives, to make a choice between child and adulthood? I think that's why this movie is so relate-able, because everyone has to let go of childhood idles at some point. Granted they don't always come in the form of a bear who can curse me out with such conviction as Ted can.
Now, for those of you who don't know, I'm a big old musical theater geek. And as such, I already knew what Rock of Ages was. But because theater tickets are so expensive, I thought, "Why not just see the movie?". I'm so glad I did! There isn't anything better than 80's high hair and Rock of Ages totally proves it.
The story begins with a girl named Sherrie (Julianne Hough) leaving her small town in Oklahoma to pursue a career of singing in LA. Though the flashy lights and the even flashier people put her under a spell, the minute she heads to her favorite heavy metal club, The Bourbon Room, she gets mugged. But here comes her knight in ripped jeans Drew (Diego Boneta), a kid who works at The Bourbon Room, but hopes his band, Wolfgang Von Cult, will launch out of their garage. The minute these two kids look into each other's eyes, you know it's love. So Drew gets Sherrie a job as a waitress, and all is wonderful in a happy montage of them fooling around on the boardwalk, on the beach, in his room, etc. But then real life hits them: Arsenal, the biggest heavy metal band of all time, is playing at the club for one last show before the ultimate rock god Stacey Jaxx (Tom Cruise) goes solo. The manager of the club, Dennis Dupree (Alec Baldwin) is nervous as hell, worrying that a) Stacey is not gonna make it to the show, b) he's not gonna make enough to keep the club going and c) that those damn Mothers against Metal (with Catherine Zeta-Jones, as Patricia Whitmore, leading the way) are going to shut him down for good. But with his right hand man, Lonny (Russell Brand), he keeps his cool for the most part. It's the night of the big show and then all of a sudden, the opening act drops out when Sherrie suggests that Drew goes on to play. As this is going on, Stacey Jaxx has arrived for his "drink til he passes out and sleeps with groupies" routine, but is interrupted when a journalist from Rolling Stone magazine wants to interview him. At first, you believe Constance Sack (Malin Akerman) is just a hot nerd, but when she takes off those thick rimmed glasses, Stacey knew he wanted to be with her. But of course, things aren't that simple. Constance leaves before Stacey can really get to her, Drew thinks Sherrie cheated him when she walked out of Stacey's dressing room (while pulling up her shirt!) and Stacey's sleezy manager Paul Gill (Paul Giamatti) takes the entire cut of Dupree's earnings, meaning that he still can't save the club from being repossessed. What's a kid with Aqua Net and black eyeliner to do?
What I loved most about this movie was the fact that I knew almost every song. I found myself singing along to favorites like "Hit Me with Your Best Shot", "Dead or Alive" and of course, "Don't Stop Believing". In fact, my best friend kept shooting me looks to hush up. And what was even better was that there were actual rock stars in it! I saw Debbie Gibson (though not a heavy metal artist, I still respect her) and Sebastian Bach! And that was pretty damn cool. Now I know I can't fight this feeling anymore so I'm just gonna say it: see this movie. It's one hell of a ride.
Who doesn't love a good stripper movie? Well, Show Girls doesn't count. But seriously, this movie seems to me like something you'd watch with all your girlfriends and just think of Channing Tatum's abs. For those of you who haven't ever heard of this movie, it's called Magic Mike. Mike is very talented in his line of work, his stacks of money are obvious proof. He enjoys what he does, however he wants to do more than basically sell his body to horny women. Enter his cheesy dream with the cheesy "I like you for you, not your smoking hot body" girl and you have yourself a story. Now personally, I don't think it's going to be all that great. The story is very played out. This is one of those films that are good for a girls night in with some ice cream, but other than that, I don't see any magic in this film.
I'm a huge Kevin Hart fan but to be perfectly honest, I thought this movie was gonna suck. Only, me being a lover of all black films, I just had to go and see for myself. I'm so glad I was wrong. If you are having problems in your relationship, I don't recommend taking your boyfriend to see this movie because you would literally give away your game plan and you'd have to abort the mission of making your significant other "the best he can be". No this is a movie where all the women will watch it and then all the men will secretly watch, just to find out what people are whispering about. However I'm just in it for the laughs because I've already seen Two Can Play That Game (which is awesome, watch it) and not to lie, it's basically the same thing. Only people are reading this time. I mean, come on, mind games don't call for something super original, nonetheless the jokes in this movie kept things from being stagnant and stale.
This movie is about a group of guy friends who are about to have their worlds rocked by one little book. Appearing on an Opera-like talk show was Steve Harvey, discussing his new book: "Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man". He explains that men and women have changed in many ways expect in the game of love. Harvey emphases that in order to get a man/ keep a man/ to get him to do whatever the heck you want, you have to get into his head. He divides the book into classes of men: "The Dreamer" (Michael Ealy), "The Player" (Romany Malco), "The Non-Commitment" (Jerry Ferrara), and "The Mama's Boy" (Terrence Jenkins). The women soon realize that they have the power in the relationship and when they start to take that power, they think everything is great. Until it's not. When the men discover that their women have been tricking them into changing their ways, they decide to retaliate by using Steve's words against them. But like all cliche movies, soon one by one the men get caught and their women get pissed off. In the war of love, will there ever be a peaceful moment?!
I liked that it was compared to a war the whole time because it's true, love is a battlefield. The fact that Kevin Hart was narrating the whole time was funny too because he just had this, "I'm newly divorced, I want to see some ass!" attitude about his friends' romantic dilemmas. Hands down, he was my favorite, especially when it came to the part of who is his ex-wife (which you'll have to see for yourself because I'm keeping my lips sealed). For the most part, it's cliche, but cute. Definitely try for an earlier time so you can get a cheaper ticket.
Ahh the final slice of pie and was it a delicious one at that. Between all the references to the first film to making newer and funnier jokes, I have to say I'm glad the saga ended on a good note. Everyone in North America knows of the famous Pie and it's MANY straight to DVD counterparts (and if you don't, slap yourself. Where have you been? Under a rock?) so I can understand the hesitation to go to the movies. However I believe this movie will keep you laughing from beginning to end.
The plot is what really drives the film because it's going to be about the same thing time and time again: sex. Even though the guys have long since lost their virginity, they're still the same horny schoolboys that we've come to know and love. Jim (Jason Biggs) has been married to the lovable sexpot Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) for quite some time and they're... happy. Oz (Chris Klein) has it all: the great career as a sportscaster, the lush home, and the smoking hot girl and he's... happy. Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas) has long since moved on from Vicky: getting married to a beautiful woman, becoming an architect and he's... happy. Stifler (Seann William Scott) still parties like it's the Class of '99 plus he has an awesome job so he's... happy. Get the picture? They're all dissatisfied in their lives. Jim and Michelle, like a lot of married couples, have hit a rut when it comes to the bedroom. Oz has no connection to his Hollywood life. Kevin feels totally emasculated by his wife because he works from home, cooks her dinner and watches Desperate Housewives with her. Stifler basically gets butt raped by his overbearing boss (and I mean that verbally, not actually). Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) is the only happy one: he travels the world, and meets and beds beautiful women. But things change once they come back to Great East Falls.
As the date of the Reunion gets closer and closer, events start to happen. Jim's neighbor, the lovely sex-on-legs Kara, soon finds herself wanting to lose her virginity to him, making things between Michelle and rekindling the passion even harder. She so desperate to give to him that she goes to Stifler's party in order to bed him. Oz and Kevin are in a similar predicament: they both run into their first loves. With Kevin, he's confused about his feelings with Vicky (Tara Reid). Everything feels so familiar and easy with her, as if they're still together in high school. But he loves his wife. And when he wakes up in bed with her, everything hits the roof. And with Oz, him and Heather (Mena Suvari) didn't part on mutual terms: she chose med school and he chose Hollywood. But he knows in his heart that he still loves her. The only hitch is that they're both attached: him to a size 00 super slut and her to Dr. Douche Bag. Stifler wants to "make this weekend his bitch" by throwing massive parties, having sex with everything that walks and feeling like no time has changed. But the thing is, they've all grown up and he's having a hard time adjusted to a quite adult life. Finch bumps into the now beautiful Selena (Dania Ramriez) and automatically, things click. But is he being honest with her?
Obviously, this is not a movie that should be taken seriously. The acting is mediocre at best. There's nothing special about any of the shots. But what I did like about the soundtrack was when Oz and Heather were at the reunion and the Dj played "Sway" by Big Runga. That was the song that was played when they were having sex in the first film. It was really cute because they were admitting their feelings (sorry, my girl moment is over now). But other than that, nothing was serious enough to really critique. And that's what I liked about it because sometimes you just need a good laugh. And that's what I'd guarantee when you watch this film.