Film Review: Ted 2

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(PCM) I went and saw the movie Ted 2 and I don’t want to say that it was better than the original, but yeah it was definitely funnier than the original, at least I thought so anyway. Don’t get me wrong Ted was an awesome movie. But being able to follow this character into a sequel was definitely a treat.

Ted 2 follows up where the original movie from 2012 left off. Only a couple years later. Ted and his wife Tami-Lynn want to have a baby but have many hurdles to go through. Because of Tami-Lynn’s past she is unable to have kids which leads the couple to try and adopt. But the state has a problem they deem Ted as property and not a person. Which sets up the whole movie’s plot and the exploits that follow.

Mark Wahlberg is back as Ted’s best friend John and does an awesome job. Mark Wahlberg is a hell of an actor and is yet again a perfect fit for the character of John. John is recently divorced from his wife. Who was played by Mila Kunis in the first movie, but her absence is only missed for a little while in the movie. The very beautiful and talented Amanda Seyfried plays a stoner hippie lawyer who helps Ted and John on their travels. She does an amazing job filling in the role of the woman that is missing out of John’s life.

This movie definitely  had a bigger budget than the first one. The opening dance number was awesome and shows Seth MacFarlane’s love of show tunes. (MacFarlane is the voice of the raunchy Ted just so you know.) A lot of the original cast is back for the sequel including Giovanni Ribisi who plays Donny. And of course Donny tries to kidnap Ted again. Jessica Barth plays Ted’s now wife Tami-Lynn and does a great job. She defiantly can play a better wife than Michelle Rodriguez did in Furious Seven. Sam Jones is back and funny and coked up as ever. My favorite scene in the movie involves him trying to talk the duo into doing a line with him and they look over and comedy gold happens on-screen. Patrick Warburton is back as Guy and is hilarious. Morgan Freeman plays a lawyer and is just Morgan Freeman. Enough said. Liam Neeson makes a funny cameo as well.

If you liked the first movie. You will love the second. Seth MacFarlane is a true comedic genius!

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The Best Movies to Watch This Fourth of July

3686613741_3aa70644ba_z(PCM) Grills are firing up across the country and fireworks are being arranged today as America’s United States gear up to celebrate the Fourth of July, despite some impending showers and cloudy skies.

In case the weather doesn’t clear up, we here at PCM wanted to provide you with a list of the best films to celebrate USA’s Independence Day inside, so pop some popcorn, grab the pigs-in-a-blanket, and hunker down for some of cinema’s greatest celebrations of and homages to the USA.

Let us know if we failed to include your favorite patriotic film!

Independence Day

What’s more American than Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum saving America and the rest of the planet from world-dominating aliens on Independence Day? This 1996 Best Visual Effects Oscar-winner is a classic and includes one of the best and cheesiest shots of the White House being blasted into a million little pieces. Catch Independence Day on AMC, where it’ll be showing all day long.

The Patriot

Mel Gibson stars in this 2000 Academy Award-nominated historical drama as peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin, a reluctant leader of the Colonial Militia fighting to defend his land and country during the American Revolution after a British officer murders his son.

National Treasure

A much bigger hit with audiences than with critics, 2004’s National Treasure is an action/adventure starring Nicolas Cage as Benjamin Franklin Gates, a third generation treasure hunter on the hunt for a fabled treasure hidden by America’s Founding Fathers. In order to crack a centuries old mystery and find the treasure, Gates has to steal the Declaration of Independence. Chock full of fun conspiracy theories based on the founding of our country, National Treasure is a great PG way to celebrate with the whole family.

Forrest Gump

An American classic, Forrest Gump won six Oscars in 1995 for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Writing, Best Film Editing, and Best Visual Effects. Take a nostalgic trip through America’s 20th Century as Forrest fights in Vietnam, meets several Presidents, becomes a shrimping tycoon, inspires the nation with his running, and searches for his childhood sweetheart, Jenny.

1776

A musical retelling of the American Revolution’s political struggle in the Continental Congress to declare independence. One of the lesser-known entries on this list, 1776 earned an Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography in 1972.

Born on the Fourth of July

Writer-Director Oliver Stone won an Oscar for 1989’s Born on the Fourth of July, a biographical account of the true story of Ron Kovic, an idealistic small-town athlete whose decision to enlist in the Marines and fight in Vietnam changes his life irreparably. After a horrible turn of events leaves Kovic distraught and paralyzed from the waist down, he returns home and becomes incredibly disillusioned and depressed. Eventually tuning his life around, Kovic becomes an outspoken anti-war activist. Long and sad but most definitely worth a watch, Born on the Fourth of July is often considered Tom Cruise’s best performance.

Lincoln

Another Oscar-winner on the list, Lincoln stars Daniel Day-Lewis as the most convincing Abraham Lincoln ever as he presides over a warring nation struggling with the ideas of freedom and independence. Lincoln details the USA’s 16th President’s time in office navigating the Civil War and struggling to pass the Emancipation Proclamation. On a day when we celebrate our Founding Fathers’ establishment of their own freedom and independence from British Rule, it’s good to reflect on a time when the citizens of our own country had to pick up arms and fight each other for the freedom and independence of slaves.

Miracle

One of the most patriotism-inducing sports films to come out of Disney, 2004’s Miracle is well-loved for it’s feel-good nostalgia. Kurt Russell stars in Miracle as real-life Herb Brooks, the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Russian squad.

Jaws

So maybe Jaws doesn’t have a lot to do with patriotism or the Declaration of Independence, but it does take place over the Fourth of July weekend and that’s good enough for us. Be grateful you’re at home watching movies and not celebrating at the beach while Steven Spielberg’s monstrous creation creates mass havoc on a small island community over the summer holiday weekend.

Captain America

What better way to celebrate America than with the country’s own superhero, Captain America? Captain America: The First Avenger has more of a historical storyline than The Winter Soldier, but both pack a patriotic punch.

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The Internet Has Become Obsessed With Matt Damon’s Ponytail

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(PCM) A celebrity makes one change to their appearance and the internet goes absolutely wild! Hence, is the case with actor Matt Damon and his new acquired ponytail. The ponytail was first spotted during the actor’s recent appearance at a press conference in China regarding his role in the upcoming 2016 film “The Great Wall”.

Despite the fact that Damon looked rather dashing in his grey plaid button down shirt and blue jean the main focus was on the adorable tuft of a ponytail tied neatly behind his head. Social media was quick to explode with hundreds of comments about Damon’s new lengthy locks and many appear to be pleased with the new style.  In fact, someone even gave Matt Damon’s ponytail its’ very own Twitter account.

Sources say that Damon may have grown out his hair for his role in “The Great Wall”, which is a mystery-thriller surrounding The Great Wall of China and features a production budget of close to $150 million.

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LA Slasher Review

The slasher genre in horror has been having a well deserved rest in the past few years while cinema today is saturated with horror movies dealing with the spiritually demonic. It is difficult to think of the last great modern slasher movie, but like all things, it should make its return in due time. And while the movie LA Slasher may not have enough scope and magnitude to get the ball rolling in that respect you sure will have a damn good time!

Centered around the whole current reality television show phase, LA Slasher’s plot consists of a plain mask wearing killer abducting and killing reality television stars due to his disgust at their pretentious lives and shallow ways of thinking. Could that be far from the truth in real life? You can decide on that..

Besides the polished and professional looking cinematography which we will talk about a little later, what makes an indi movie like this rise above the countless number of ambitious yet amateur looking productions is its cast. Danny Trejo, Dave Bautista and Mischa Barton star but all with their tongues firmly in their cheek, as no doubt director Martin Owen wanted to approach this project. LA Slasher is not just that, a slick, slasher camp B-movie. This is a smart comedic slasher film which its formerly mentioned element is used wisely, never going down the road of being juvenile or farcical.

Characters are superficial, as they are meant to be, and are even introduced as so. Taking inspiration from old Wild West movies, title cards are used to introduce each one but backgrounds on characters are intentionally thin, most of who are obsessed with becoming famous with the exception of Bautista and Trejo’s plainly described ‘Drug Dealer’ characters who are more in the game for financial gain. With the exception of the opening sequence, blood and gore is little in the picture. Most of the kills are implied or happen off screen altogether, a decision that was likely intentionally selected as it could have distracted from the movie’s message, which most viewers should be able to understand early on. But that particular opening sequence could also temporarily confuse viewers after watching the animated and light hearted beginning credits as a shift in tone is almost instant. Luckily, it shifts back into its rightful place soon after and remains so.

Cinematography is full of bright colours with the bright neon lights of LA having a particular striking effect. Although set in the present, the movie does have a frequent 1980’s visual vibe which is most likely a move to pay homage to the decade when slasher movies were at the height of their popularity. As for the slasher killer himself, there is rather little inspiration in his presentation. Wearing a dull emotionless mask furnished with shoulder length hair and dressed in a bright white suit not too distant in appearance to Michael Jackson. There is little to be fascinated with. But the audience is supposed to take just as much interest in the killer as they are supposed to with the victims! Yes, there is not one redeemable character, but that is an important ingredient in the creation of LA Slasher. It is also key to keep in mind that anybody who watches this movie with their brain switch set to ‘on’ will notice some glaring plot holes. To take one example, we are shown that the killer uses a social networking website to build a fan base of his own and telling his audience who is going to die and who he has killed. Of course, all it would probably require is for his IP number to be traced by authorities and that would be the end of the film. However, this is a comedy slasher movie, and one in which you need to see without letting your mind wander. Just be prepared to suspend disbelief.

Overall LA Slasher is well crafted, full of wit and superficial fun! Be sure not to miss it when it hits Video On Demand!

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LA Slasher Review

The slasher genre in horror has been having a well deserved rest in the past few years while cinema today is saturated with horror movies dealing with the spiritually demonic. It is difficult to think of the last great modern slasher movie, but like all things, it should make its return in due time. And while the movie LA Slasher may not have enough scope and magnitude to get the ball rolling in that respect you sure will have a damn good time!

Centered around the whole current reality television show phase, LA Slasher’s plot consists of a plain mask wearing killer abducting and killing reality television stars due to his disgust at their pretentious lives and shallow ways of thinking. Could that be far from the truth in real life? You can decide on that..

Besides the polished and professional looking cinematography which we will talk about a little later, what makes an indi movie like this rise above the countless number of ambitious yet amateur looking productions is its cast. Danny Trejo, Dave Bautista and Mischa Barton star but all with their tongues firmly in their cheek, as no doubt director Martin Owen wanted to approach this project. LA Slasher is not just that, a slick, slasher camp B-movie. This is a smart comedic slasher film which its formerly mentioned element is used wisely, never going down the road of being juvenile or farcical.

Characters are superficial, as they are meant to be, and are even introduced as so. Taking inspiration from old Wild West movies, title cards are used to introduce each one but backgrounds on characters are intentionally thin, most of who are obsessed with becoming famous with the exception of Bautista and Trejo’s plainly described ‘Drug Dealer’ characters who are more in the game for financial gain. With the exception of the opening sequence, blood and gore is little in the picture. Most of the kills are implied or happen off screen altogether, a decision that was likely intentionally selected as it could have distracted from the movie’s message, which most viewers should be able to understand early on. But that particular opening sequence could also temporarily confuse viewers after watching the animated and light hearted beginning credits as a shift in tone is almost instant. Luckily, it shifts back into its rightful place soon after and remains so.

Cinematography is full of bright colours with the bright neon lights of LA having a particular striking effect. Although set in the present, the movie does have a frequent 1980’s visual vibe which is most likely a move to pay homage to the decade when slasher movies were at the height of their popularity. As for the slasher killer himself, there is rather little inspiration in his presentation. Wearing a dull emotionless mask furnished with shoulder length hair and dressed in a bright white suit not too distant in appearance to Michael Jackson. There is little to be fascinated with. But the audience is supposed to take just as much interest in the killer as they are supposed to with the victims! Yes, there is not one redeemable character, but that is an important ingredient in the creation of LA Slasher. It is also key to keep in mind that anybody who watches this movie with their brain switch set to ‘on’ will notice some glaring plot holes. To take one example, we are shown that the killer uses a social networking website to build a fan base of his own and telling his audience who is going to die and who he has killed. Of course, all it would probably require is for his IP number to be traced by authorities and that would be the end of the film. However, this is a comedy slasher movie, and one in which you need to see without letting your mind wander. Just be prepared to suspend disbelief.

Overall LA Slasher is well crafted, full of wit and superficial fun! Be sure not to miss it when it hits Video On Demand!

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Ant-Man Wants to Call Up the Avengers in New and Final Trailer

Ant-Man_Poster(PCM) Marvel UK released the final trailer for Ant-Man ahead of the film’s July 17th release. The new trailer features an Avengers shout-out as well as some new footage. Watch the new trailer below!

Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd as the titular hero and tells the story of master thief Scott Lang after he gains the incredible ability to shrink to a miniscule size while increasing his strength.

The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man. Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats.

Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Directed by Peyton Reed (Bring It On, The Break-Up) and from the screenplay by Adam McKay (Step Brothers), Paul Rudd (Role Models), Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead), and Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), Ant-Man also stars Judy Greer, Bobby Cannavale, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Michael Peña, Wood Harris, David Dastmalchian, and Jordi Mollà.

Watch the new trailer below and head over to Marvel.com/AntMan, Twitter, and Facebook for more info!

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