Film Review : Prince Avalanche (2013)

IMDB Score – 6.5
RT Score – 84%
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I’m calling it right now. Paul Rudd is going to break through with an amazing acting performance in the next year or two because he was pretty fantastic in this. David Gordon Green directs this after having two monumental bombs in The Sitter and Your Highness. I haven’t seen his previous films but I enjoyed Pineapple Express enough to give this a watch and was pleasantly surprised. The film revolves around Rudd and Emile Hersch as two road workers painting lines and pasting reflectors on a stretch on roads leading in and out of the Texas wilderness. The film doesn’t really give us more than that story wise but the magic is in the visuals, music, and conversations that the two of them have. Both give very low key but enigmatic performances. Rudd plays a loner out to make money for his family at home. I understand that sentence didn’t make sense but that’s his character. Hersch plays the brother of Rudd’s girlfriend and is basically an idiot with a heart. The two play off each other very well and both deserve credit for their performances.

The film is a bit of a mystery though. It’s very odd in the way the two of them interact with the only other characters in the movie. Green usues some interesting techniques to film some of the conversations and you never really know if the two are meeting some off people during their job or if they’ve gone crazy from isolation and inhaling fumes. Green directs with a great sense of nature and incorporates a GREAT score by Explosions in the Sky. Overall the film worked for me and is a great subtle film to enjoy and kind of lose yourself in the wilderness with two very good actors.

3.5/5

Film Review : This is the End (2013)

IMDB Score : 8.0
RT Score : 83%

When I first saw the trailer for this one I was anxious to see it but also skeptical. I’m always skeptical when it comes to comedies. I have favorites but most were made in the 70s and 80s such as Airplane! and basically anything Bill Murray touched. Today there have been a few I liked such as Anchorman, Step Brothers, Superbad, and Pineapple Express, but there have been some horrible ones such as anything with Vince Vaughn or Adam Sandler. This is the End is joining the former group. I loved it. It’s so off the walls batshit insane that it’s hard to believe that some of the scenes actually made it into the film instead of being deemed too ridiculous. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg make their directorial debut and also pen the film. It centers around a party at James Franco’s house and that’s all you should know. Watching the trailer isn’t a bad thing but man does it help not knowing much. Every funny person under the age of 35 is in this film and it really helps that they’re all playing themselves. This is a movie where the actors can actually joke about their own careers and the careers of others. They know what people say about them and now it can all come out. It was a great experience to see a bunch of real life friends make a crazy ass hysterical movie like this. Michael Cera is the only one who doesn’t play himself, at least I hope it’s not himself. The end might be the funniest part of all. It’s a cameo you did not see coming. Hysterical. It’s one of the funniest movies to come out this decade. I mean that. See it with a bunch of people. Oh god Michael Cera…what have you become?

4.5/5