The To Do List (2013)

The To Do List is a very raunchy comedy and overall one of the better comedies I have seen this year. It reminded me of a mash-up of The Way Way Back and For A Good Time, Call. In comparison I liked The Way Way Back the most of the three, with The To Do List and For A Good Time, Call following in that order.

The movie follows the teenage virgin Brandy Klark, played by Parks and Recreation cast member Aubrey Plaza, as she begins a sexual conquest to literally do it all. She decides she would like to go to college with a little experience rather than hold on to her “V” card. She starts working at a local pool and the sexual shenanigans begin.

The cast is terrific and mixed with some well-known cast members as well as some up and coming comedic actors. To name a few…. Bill Hader (SNL), Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development), Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad), Andy Samberg (SNL), Donald Glover (Community), and Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights) just to name a few. Just a great well assembled cast and everyone was well used.

This is could end up being one of the better comedies of the year and it’s worth a watch. Very raunchy so let the kids go to bed first.

Rating –  7/10


This Is The End (2013)

Occasionally, because of my busy schedule, I become victim to movies being overhyped or spoiled. All I kept hearing about this movie was that it’s the best comedy of the year. Over and over I heard this and when I looked at the writers and cast, it was hard to argue that it might not be. Well after seeing it, I must disagree and say it’s not the best comedy of the year.

The entire cast portrays exaggerated or false versions of themselves which was a fantastic idea. It starts with Seth Rogan and Jay Baruchel going to James Franco’s house for a celebrity filled party. During the party, an apocalypse type event begins and world-wide chaos takes over.

Maybe it’s because I have absolutely no interest in the Scary Movies or high school parody comedies and This Is The End reminded me of those the entire time. It was a well done version of that style but it still didn’t hit with me. I did laugh at some parts and I would like to watch it again someday and see if my opinion changes or stays the same but for now, it’s an average movie.

Comedies are hard to do and they won’t always appeal to everyone, which was the case here. People need to see this movie and make their own judgements. I know a lot of people will and have enjoyed it, I wasn’t necessarily one of them.

Rating – 6/10


Gravity (2013)

My most anticipated movie of the Fall lived up to every expectation I had and then some. Alfonso Cuarón delivered the most exquisite film about space I have ever seen. The movie is absolutely beautiful from beginning to end. Odds are I will never get to go to space and this is probably the closest 3D adventure I will ever get and it was amazing. Though some critics have had issues with the script being poorly written, I whole heartedly disagree with them. It didn’t need the perfect script because it said so much with the surroundings the characters were placed in. What kind of dialogue did they expect to go on when at part of the film characters are by themselves. In my opinion, that’s nitpicking a modern day masterpiece.

The plot is fairly simple and typical of a space film, which is not necessarily a bad thing. There are many ways to tell a story, especially when it involves space. Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) and crew are on a mission in space to work on a satellite, which seems to be a fairly routine, until disaster strikes. The chaos begins and in the end Dr. Stone and Kowalski are left without a shuttle and floating alone in space with no radio connection. The movie really takes off from that point and is a thrilling and suspenseful ride set in the most visually appealing movie background I have ever seen.

3D or no 3D? I do not support 3D most of the time, but in this case I encourage everyone to see it in 3D. This movie was made for 3D and rather than having the 3D added to “enhance” the viewers experience after the fact, which often comes off as a gimmick that it is, this movie embraced it and showed off how good 3D can be. Please go see this film someway or another. You need to get to space.

Rating – 10/10