Here are a few other films that I have seen and rated. For some of the films I will write a brief sentence or so on what I thought.
Reviewer: Pat Brennan
Director: Seth MacFarlane
Writers: Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane, Joel McHale, Giovanni Ribisi, Patrick Waterburn, Jessica Barth
- Ted tells the story of a childhood teddy bear that comes to life through the wish of a little boy. As they grow up together, John Bennett (Wahlberg) and Ted (MacFarlane) have their friendship tested when Lori (Kunis) wants more from John in their relationship, instead of him hanging out with Ted all the time and smoking weed. Now I particularly like MacFarlane's type of humor from "Family Guy", so I think this film is pretty funny (though I haven't seen A Million Ways to Die in the West). MacFarlane does a good job at creating a strong dynamic between both himself and Wahlberg through his humor. The writing makes the relationship between the two believable, even though you still take a step back and think "I am watching a film about a teddy bear who comes to life and ends up smoking weed all day". The concept in itself is pretty damn funny. If you haven't seen this film, or don't particularly like MacFarlane's type of humor, I would still recommend giving this a shot because overall it is one of the better comedies I have seen in quite sometime.
Happy Valley (2014)
Director: Amir Bar-Lev
Writer: Amir Bar-Lev
The Duff (2015)
Director: Ari Sandel
Writer: Josh A. Cagan
Cast: Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Bianca A. Santos, Skyler Samuels, Romany Malco, Nick Eversman, Ken Jeong, Allison Janney
- The Duff tells the story of Bianca (Whitman), a high school senior who is seen around the school as the "Designated Ugly Fat Friend" (aka. The Duff). Throughout the course of the film, Bianca tries to separate herself from the label put on her and makes herself standout amongst the school. I kind of went into this film seeing at as sort of a tribute to Mean Girls, and it is in a way. That is what must have been the problem for me. It was hard to separate this from Mean Girls because it was trying so hard to be on the same level. The Duff is something that we have witnessed time and time again, so it is hard to see it as being rememberable. The acting isn't at fault but I think with a weak script and cliche and predictable moments, it is easy to see where this film falls flat.
Casting By (2012)
Director: Tom Donahue
Cast: Marion Dougherty, Woody Allen, Jeff Bridges, Glenn Close, Ned Beatty, Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, Danny Glover, Robert Duvall, Mel Gibson, Diane Lane, John Lithgow, Ellen Lewis