“This is the End,” written and directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, is a farce of the apocalypse as experienced by an assortment of relatively well-known Hollywood actors.
When the rapture arrives, it’s no surprise that a Hollywood house party remains unaffected. That is, until the hell fires being to rain down on the hills of Hollywood. When the carnage ends (for the moment) Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride find themselves trapped in Franco’s not-so-humble dwelling wondering what in the world is going on.
Yes, that is the plot of this insane, off-the-wall comedy. It is crude, violent, completely inappropriate, irreverent, unnecessarily gory, and downright insulting at moments, and against all odds it totally works.
Then Emma Watson shows up and it gets even better. If the end times ever land you in a confrontation with Hermione, back away slowly.
Don’t worry guys, this is every bit the stupid comedy you’ve dreamt of and more, but it takes itself very seriously. This movie takes on some serious issues, such as, religion, fame, vanity, and common decency. It also answers the age-old question: Just how many times can you drop an F-bomb in a movie but still be entertaining? Spoiler alert: it’s a lot.
So…it’s a miracle that I didn’t throw a thesaurus at the screen, but somehow this movie managed to find a balance somewhere between stupid humor and clever banter. It treads the line beautifully and in the end I even found myself tearing up a little bit.
Perhaps it’s because they’re making fun of themselves or perhaps it’s the absurdity of the situation or perhaps it’s the amazing cameo at the end of the film (no spoilers), but I really enjoyed this movie crude moments and all.
Finally, it’s no secret that 2WC has a strict no spoiler policy, so it bemoans me to do this, but it is necessary—everyone dies in this movie…well, it’s safe to assume that everyone dies in this movie.
Spoiler, that wasn’t the actual spoiler. I can’t do it. How about this?
Allusive spoiler alert: If you were a screaming teenage girl in the mid to late 90′s/early 2000′s you will probably have a screaming girl relapse by the end of this movie, or die laughing while repressing said relapse (KTBSPA…if you know what that means you fit the preceding description).
With less than one day to go until decision time, some of you undecided voters out there might be getting a little nervous, as you should be.
After all, your vote (combined with your fellow indecisive voters) could be the determining vote in this election (possibly).
At this point, let’s face it, if the issues haven’t swayed you one way or the other they’re probably not going to. So what are your options?
Well, you could go the traditional route of voting for the candidate whose billboard, bumper sticker or attack ad you see last before entering the polling location. But that seems a bit unreliable.
You could also base it on the fairly accurate “Halloween masks” statistic or the incredibly accurate “cookie tasting contest” statistics (Obama should win according to both). But those both seem almost too reliable.
If you’re looking to mix it up you could go with the “last laugh” approach.
A study of the presidential race recently revealed that Mitt Romney has been the butt of the joke more than twice as often as President Obama.
Whether that is a good thing or a bad thing depends on which way you lean. Which I guess if you’re undecided you probably don’t know which way that is?
Well, if all else fails you can always draw names out of a hat. Now you’ll just have to decide which hat…it never ends._________________________________________
More on the Story: LA Times
…just for fun:
The research conducted by a film subscription, the study used a laughs-a-minute scale to judge the humor levels of each of the films shown.
The victor came out with a score of 3 laughs a minute.
Other films coming in the top 10 include “The Hangover”(2.4), “Anchorman”(1.6), and “Bridesmaids”(1.4).
You’ll notice quite a few movies missing from the list, not to mention the absence of any sort of scientific method to how this study was conducted.
Were age and gender taken into account when choosing participants? How was a laugh defined? Was the duration of each laugh taken into account? Or did a chortle count the same as a minute long belly laugh?
Or more importantly, where are “Caddyshack”, “Office Space” and “Young Frankenstein”?
This study may be less than scientific, but I demand a recount.
More on the Story: The Telegraph
…just for fun:
Actors, actresses, directors, producers and other assorted celebrities (still not sure why some of you are “famous”) watch out. It’s the eve of the Golden Globes, and if you haven’t figured it out already, you’re all fair game.
Yes, despite the hullabaloo raised every year during the weeks after the awards, Mr. Ricky Gervais has been invited back as this year’s master of ceremonies.
That means those of us at home get to watch as those who can’t take a joke, squirm anxiously in their seats. While those who really can’t take a joke abuse their microphone privileges.
After all the outrage and strong language following the 2010 and 2011 awards, it may be hard to believe that the Golden Globes would be welcoming this fearless comedian back to the mic. They were after all supremely sorry for any offense that Mr. Gervais might have caused.
However, in this his third year as host, it’s hard to believe that they actually think that he will, or even want him to change his style.
It should be an awesome time. Of course, if you find yourself wondering why in the world Gervais would be asked back not once, but twice. Well, you probably can’t take a joke either.
…just for fun:
In the grand scheme of things it’s often hard to say who played the biggest role in any given undertaking.
Does any one person really matter more than the rest?
Is there any way to really be certain?
In the world of television…yes, yes there is.
I’m not talking about the money; although, who doesn’t love (or want to be) a producer?
Yes, the act of creative work is a collaborative process and no one player is more important than the others, etc…
But in the world of entertainment there is no world without writers.
You can hire all the actors and crew and other creatives (who we love) as you want, but there’s going to be a lot of standing around until you get yourself a writer…or some pen and paper for your crew and actors.
Remember the writers’ strike? Remember those months of no new television shows? What a nightmare.
A lot of good shows paid the ultimate price (RIP Pushing Daisies)…and I believe I’ve made my point.
Writers are the backbone of the entertainment industry. They may not be the most glamorous or recognized, but without them no one would have anything to produce.
You may argue that a good concept is more important. You would be wrong, and clearly missed No Ordinary Family…such a good idea…such a boring show.
Some shows may try to blind you with fun songs and dance numbers… and it hurts me to say this but…what happened to your plot line Glee?
And a horrible actor can kill even the strongest of writing…it happens.
However, at the end of the day the strength of your witty banter and the structural integrity of your plot will define the quality of your show.
Which is why it’s recognized in the following categories:
Outstanding Writing for a…
- Comedy Series
- Drama Series
- Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
- Variety, Music or Comedy Series
- Variety, Music or Comedy Special
- Nonfiction Programming
We may be a little biased towards the writers and their level of importance, but it’s an occupational hazard (the false pomposity et al).
Of course we recognize that it truly takes a lot of people to make a show happen. You remove any one piece and it just doesn’t work as well.
So as we head into the day of reckoning (and some final predictions) let us just say thank you. Our weekday evenings wouldn’t be the same without all of you.
…and our apologies to all of the categories not covered this week, including but not limited to:
It’s not that we don’t appreciate you…it’s just that there are only seven days in a week…so give us a break…we still love you. There’s always next year.