Movie Review: ‘Tammy’ Starring Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney
Jul 2014 02

tammy movieIt seems like you either love or hate Melissa McCarthy. Her latest film, Tammy, will do nothing to change that. Tammy is a movie that looks like it is nothing special, just more of McCarthy’s raunchy act that she has been cashing in on since Bridesmaids. In reality, Tammy is a heartfelt, feel good comedy, mixed with some raunchiness.

Tammy is directed by McCarthy’s husband, Ben Falcone. Falcone and McCarthy co-wrote the film together. Falcone has a lot to learn about directing, as the films pacing leave a lot to be desired, but this film is all about girl power. We get McCarthy doing her usual schtick, as well as Susan Sarandon playing her alcoholic, free-spirited grandmother. Throw in Kathy Bates playing a lesbian, and what you get is a almost charming film when it’s all said and done.

The film picks up with Tammy, played by Mccarthy, having a rough day. First she hits a deer, then gets fired, and finally, returns home to her husband having dinner with another woman. After having her fill of the misfortunes of the day, she embarks upon a road with her grandmother to Niagra Falls.

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Review: WWE Payback 2014
Jun 2014 04

WWE Payback was just what the doctor ordered for the WWE: an entertaining pay per view.

It’s just a shame that the company has done a lousy job of promoting the last two pay per view’s. Both have featured some great wrestling and wonderful story telling. Sunday’s event kicked off with Cesaro vs. Sheamus. Paul Heyman shut the crowd up with their CM Punk chants right off the bat, saying that he was over at the United Center watching the Blackhawks. payback 1He isn’t the best manager in the business for nothing folks. Both men worked a stiff match, which was welcomed by the fans in attendance, as well as myself at home. There were several near falls, as both men took some hard bumps. I really thought Cesaro would win this match, and it looked like he had it as he went for the Neutralizer. Sheamus surprised everyone as he countered the move with a small package to retain the title. It was a great opening match. These two are nowhere near done with each other. I could see atleast another pay per view battle between Cesaro and Sheamus.

The next match up was the Rhodes Brothers and Rybaxel. Besides the Diva’s match, this may have been the weakest match of the night, but it still told a compelling story. Rybaxel got the win, but the main story happened after the match. Cody left Goldust alone in the ring, telling him he needed to find a better partner. And the split of the Rhodes Brothers begins. I look for them two to battle at Summerslam.

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Movie Review: ‘Chef’ Starring Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara, Robert Downey, Jr.
May 2014 23

Jon Favreau is used to putting out huge, summer action flicks, like Iron Man 1 and 2, as well as the dud Cowboys and Aliens, but this summer he’s not blowing up anything, he’s cooking. Chef is Favreau’s latest project, and a welcomed departure from summer action flicks.

Favreau directed, wrote, and stars in this low-budget comedy about a Los Angeles celebrity chef named Carl Casper. Casper is living large, running the kitchen of his boss’ upscale restaurant. Casper’s boss, played by Dustin Hoffman, fires the head of his restaurant after Casper goes on a viral tirade after receiving less than stellar reviews from a well-known food critic. Out of a job, Casper heads on a cross-country journey in a food truck along with his 10-year old son. Once on the journey, the real cooking occurs, as Casper finds the ingredients that really matter in life.

Make no mistake about it, Chef may boast a cast of John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Sofia Vergara, Hoffman, and a small role for Robert Downey Jr., but this feast is all about Favreau, who in a sense goes back to his roots with Chef.

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Movie Review: ‘Neighbors’ Starring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne
May 2014 09

We’ve all had neighbors we didn’t like at one time or another. Hell, I went to war with a few of my neighbors when I used to live in my wife’s condo. In Seth Rogen’s new film, Neighbors, he and Zac Efron are perfectly cast as next-door neighbors who go all out in a battle for neighborhood supremacy.

Rogen sums it up best in the film, which ranges from funny to hysterical, when he tells his wife, played by Rose Byrne, “Haven’t you seen any Kevin James movies?!?! I’m Kevin James!”

Kevin James he isn’t, as Rogen is way funnier in this comedy, which sometimes pushes the line in comedic taste. While much of the comedic humor revolves around partying, pot smoking, and sexual humor, we get a rape joke that is so funny you won’t be able to stop laughing, as well as a couple racial slurs that will evoke laughter.

While Neighbors may not break any new ground in the comedy genre, it is smart, well cast, and has a good message in the end. Rogen and Byrne are quite believable as new, first-time parents. They work well together, and Byrne is quite funny in her own right. If Efron is still trying to break away from his Disney ties, this film will do it. It’s arguably his best performance to date, as he is very believable as a college student who has partied his academic career away and fears what the future will hold. Dave Franco is also great as Efron’s frat-brother who has a special talent that is as funny as it is disturbing. In fact, he belts out one of the best lines in the film. “It’s a blessing and a curse,” he howls out in one scene stealing moment.

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Review: WWE Extreme Rules PPV (5/3)
May 2014 07

To say the WWE’s booking of Extreme Rules was poor would be an understatement. It seemed like no one cared to watch this pay per view, but in the end I’m pretty sure most wrestling fans were pleasantly surprised.

rvd extreme rulesThe show kicked off with a triple threat match between RVD, Jack Swagger, and Cesaro. This was a fun match to watch, as all three men worked well together. Cesaro, deservedly came out with the win, but the crowd was hot for RVD, chanting “ECW” throughout the match. I think it’s time to get Cesaro into the title hunt, whether it be the United States, Intercontinental, or Heavyweight title picture, he’s ready.

The Big E and Wade Barrett match was quite fun to watch as well. Both men worked their asses off in the ring, and I think it was pretty suspenseful for a while. Big E looks like he could be a legit mid-card guy. I once had my doubts about him. One thing there is no doubt about is Barrett is way over with the fans. I know that WWE is pushing him as a heel, but it’s not working. The WWE Universe loves his “I have some bad news…” announcements. I think it was a smart move to put the belt on him. I can see him feuding with Big E for another pay per view or two.

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