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Reviewed as part of the 27th Leeds International Film Festival (6-21 Nov, 2013)
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Dir: Javier Ruiz Caldera, 2012
A brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal…sound familiar? Unlike its central band of spectres, the influences on this supernatural Spanish comedy are plain to see. Opening and closing with a prom scene, Ghost Graduation (‘Promoción fantasma’) revisits the American high-school movies of the Eighties, emerging like a cross between Ghostbusters and The Breakfast Club- with more than just a dance montage as a nod to the latter.
Our humble, hangdog hero is Modesto (Raúl Arévalo), a high school teacher plagued with the ability to see the dead. Rather than realise his gift, he instead begins to worry that he’s losing his mind. Regular visits to a psychiatrist only seem to make matters worse- not least because Modesto is distracted by his »
- Dan Wakefield
As if all the "Hangover" and "Bridesmaids" copycats aren't enough, here comes a spoof movie!
Hulu debuted the Nsfw red-band trailer, which ticks off all the requisite elements: a bachelorette party; a male stripper; hair catching on fire; jello wrestling; and of course, video footage of it all to review on the car ride home.
The most hilarious part of the trailer is when it touts the fact that the movie comes from the people who brought us "Paranormal Activity" and "Insidious." Uh, what does that have to do with this supposed comedy?
"Best Night Ever" opens January 31.
[via Hulu] »
- Kelly Woo
If you wondered who North America's answer to Uwe Boll was, it has to be the duo of Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. The twosome actually broke into the industry pretty respectably as the scribes behind the first "Scary Movie," but have since circled the drain as writer/directors of increasingly half-baked, low-budget efforts like "Meet The Spartans," "Disaster Movie," "Vampires Suck" and more recently, "The Starving Games." Yet, somehow they keep convincing people to give them money to make movies and/or know how to use tax rebates because they already have another turd on the way. The red band trailer for "Best Night Ever" has dropped and it's about as lazy and dumb as you might expect. A ripoff of "The Hangover," "Bridesmaids" and "Spring Breakers," this found footage thing follows four young women having a wild and wacky bachelorette party. Yawn. It's the kind of movie pretty »
- Kevin Jagernauth
"There's a new movie from Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer" is second only to "I'm sorry, you have cancer" in the bad news department. The men responsible for gems like Date Movie, Meet The Spartans, Disaster Movie and most recently The Starving Games (get it?!) continue to defy the laws of society and logic by getting funding for their insipid spoof "comedies". They are Public Enemy #1 for every struggling artist who has ever tried in vain to raise money for »
- Eric Walkuski
Under normal circumstances, a failed comedy titled “The Starving Games” might inspire punny put-downs like “malnourished script” or “unappetizing gags.” But, really, a movie as lame as this one doesn’t merit the expenditure of snark. Suffice to say that it is the latest stillborn spoof from filmmakers Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer (whom you may remember, if not forgive, for “Disaster Movie,” “Meet the Spartans” and “Vampires Suck”), and it seems even more slapdash and desperately unfunny than their earlier work. Already available on VOD, the pic is making a fleeting appearance in a handful of theaters, not that its attempt to capitalize on the release of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will delay its passage into homevid obscurity.
This time out, Friedberg and Seltzer stick closer than usual to the plot specifics of their primary target, and only sporadically attempt collateral damage by skewering other pop-culture phenomena. Maiara Walsh »
- Joe Leydon
The Starving Games, 2013.
Good morning hungry citizens of District 12! Don’t forget today is the Gathering Ceremony, so parents please bring your beloved children to the square for a random death lottery." When lithe and fearless Kantmiss Evershot (a dead ringer for Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to take part in the winner-takes-all Starving Games, she takes on a whole lot more than we could ever have bargained for including... Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes and The Avengers.
Some people would possibly label me as biased here, crying out that I shouldn’t be allowed to review this film due to the fact that I wasn’t a big fan of The Hunger Games film, nor a fan of any of the Scary, Epic, Disaster Movie(s), to which I’d riposte, »
- Gary Collinson
He’s currently shooting Brett Ratner’s epic Hercules: The Thracian Wars, which he has been working on since the middle of May, but it seems that Dwayne Johnson is already lining up his next projects. Announced today were plans to bring a new big-budget disaster blockbuster to screens in the packed summer of 2015, with Johnson headlining and his Journey 2: The Mysterious Island director Brad Peyton helming.
The film is being described as revolving around an earthquake, and will be titled San Andreas, based on an original screenplay by Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore, with a recent rewrite from The Conjuring screenwriters Chad and Carey Hayes.
Trade paper The Hollywood Reporter says that “the script is set after a devastating earthquake hits California and centers on a man making a perilous trip across the state to rescue his estranged daughter. Johnson will play that man, described as a rugged rescue helicopter pilot. »
- Paul Heath
Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the duo behind such spoofs as "Vampires Suck," "Date Movie," "Meet the Spartans" and "Disaster Movie," are back with "The Starving Games," a spoof of such films as "The Hunger Games," "The Avengers," "Sherlock Holmes" and the "Harry Potter" franchise. Today we have the trailer for the new movie, which will be available on VOD and in select theaters on November 8th. Check out the trailer below. Plot: Set in the most depressing corner of a post-apocalyptic future, our hero Kantmiss Evershot (Maiara Walsh) volunteers to take her manipulative younger sister's place in the 75th annual "Starving Games." In doing so, she must leave behind her smoldering just-a-friend Dale (Brant Daugherty) and team up with the geeky baker's son Peter Malarkey (Cody Allen Christian) in a fight for her life. Trailer: »
If you watched The Hunger Games and thought to yourself, “Man, this movie would be so much better if it were more like Scary Movie,” then have we got a trailer for you. The Starving Games is exactly what it sounds like — a Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer parody in the vein of Date Movie, Epic Movie, Disaster Movie, and [...] »
- Angie Han
This was inevitable, no? Spoof-meisters Aaron Seltzer and Jason Friedberg have carved out their niche making fun of blockbusters (and broad blockbuster genres) in movies like Epic Movie, Disaster Movie and the Scary Movie series. The Starving Games targets, obviously, The Hunger Games right as Catching Fire ramps up its publicity campaign. The new trailer just arrived on YouTube, and it.s . well, as dated and immature as you might have expected. Hugh Janus? Really? That joke might have been funny 15 years ago, when Bart Simpson used it to prank Moe the bartender on The Simpsons. Then there was that time a weatherman fell for that prank on live television! Ok, I take it back. There probably is a huge audience out there for these types of jokes. The trailer actually give away what I assume is the entire movie. Then again, it.s basically just the original Hunger Games »
Lili Mirojnick ("Cloverfield") and Andrea Navedo ("How to Make it in America") have scored the Jordana Brewster and Michele Rodriguez roles, while Daniel Booko will play the Vince-style role Matt Schulze played in the first and fifth 'Furious'.
Peter Safran will produce and filming begins in October in Los Angeles.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Alex Ashbaugh is set to play the Paul Walker role in this spoof, with Dale Pavinski portraying Vin Diesel's character. Lili Mirojnick and Andrea Navedo have also been set to play Jordana Brewster and Michelle Rodriguez's characters, with Daniel Booko taking on Matt Schulze's role.
Dads isn’t going to back off just because critics started throwing out words like, “racist,” and, “offensive.” In fact, as you might expect from something with the name Seth MacFarlane attached to it, a recent promo celebrates the fact that there is controversy surrounding the show, and, apparently, hopes to show that “real people” don’t find it offensive.
The simple fact is that there is (at least) one scene in the show’s pilot which, at the very least, ought to cause you to raise your eyebrows. I’m not the ultimate judge on what’s offensive, and neither are you, but I squirmed in my seat a little, and thought, “Uhhh… what now?”
The question is, is that really “wrong”?
Well, we’ll get to that.
- Marc Eastman
Finally, a British theatrical turn for a popular comedy TV character that doesn’t involve them going abroad. Such was the fate of Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie, Kevin And Perry Go Large, Are You Being Served, and The Inbetweeners. Set in the action packed county of Norfolk, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa sees Steve Coogan’s most famous creation become involved in a siege at a local radio station. Despite the added action, this ful trailer makes it abundantly clear that the film’s primary focus is still the comedy and awkward dialogue from Partridge.
This trailer relieved me of all the doubts surrounding the project, which are only natural when dealing with British TV making the jump to the big screen. But it seems as though Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa isn’t looking for a new audience, but giving the true fans what they want. This is probably helped »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
From the people who brought you Date Movie, Epic Movie, Disaster Movie, Meet the Spartans, and Vampires Suck... Scared yet? You better be because they’re back with their latest allegedly comedic con job cleverly entitled The Starving Games.
From Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the writing-directing duo that are to great comedy what a scorching case of herpes is to great sex, comes The Starving Games, which we first heard about last October and hoped might disappear (no such luck obviously). If you’re familiar with their previous films, then you should pretty much know what to expect here, albeit this one is even cheaper looking than their previous endeavors.
As you can imagine from the title, the bulk of the movie is a spoof of The Hunger Games. That doesn’t mean they didn’t find a way to clumsily work in such other time-stamped pop culture references as Angry Birds, »
You may not have heard of directors Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, but you already hate them. At least, you hate what they have created. Date Movie. Epic Movie. Meet The Spartans. Disaster Movie. I could go on, but you may remember what I'm talking about: those broad, lowest common denominator parodies that get Rotten Tomatoes scores that are about as low as their creators' Iq scores. Well, you can get ready for another one: a parody of the Fast & Furious movies. »
- David Hoffman
The Fast and Furious franchise is getting its own spoof film called Superfast! The movie comes from Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer who have made all the Scary Movie films, Date Movie, Epic Movie, Meet the Spartans, Disaster Movie, and Vampires Suck. It's safe to say that this Superfast! movie is guaranteed to end up being a piece of shit.
According to The Wrap, the movie "aims to send up the fast cars, fast women and wooden acting that has made the Fast and Furious franchise one of the most successful in Hollywood history." The movie is set up with K5 International, and here's what the co-founders had to say:
Jason and Aaron will drive audiences crazy with this latest parody. It’s a franchise that’s crying out for some high octane comedy collisions and these are the guys to get a speeding ticket doing it.
These guys have no reverse gear. »
- Joey Paur
The great thing about the sixth Fast and Furious movie is it doesn’t take itself too seriously. In a way, it’s almost a big-budget spoof of the rest of the franchise, giving fans a bare bones plot filled with the action and excitement they crave. Leave it to the filmmakers behind Date Movie, Epic Movie, Disaster Movie, Vampires [...] »
- Germain Lussier
Chicago – My favorite 80’s sci-fi movie is a hammy flick named “Guyver II” starring David Hayter - the voice of “Solid Snake”, the EA sports “It’s in The Game!” guy, and writer of “X-men: United”. I’m fully aware “Guyver II” was released in 1994, but lets not split hairs, here. That movie was pure 80’s. The style, the action, the plot, the hyper-violent sci-fi that was heavily marketed toward kids- it was, for 12 year old Paul Meekin, 80’s B-movie nirvana.
Video Game Rating: 4.5/5.0
But there’s a Schwarzenegger-sized difference between evoking the essence of an era naturally, and ham-handedly copying the tropes and none of the soul (See the first 20 minutes of “The Great and Powerful Oz”). So it’s refreshing that, without deliberately mentioning it, “Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon” evokes fond memories of “The Terminator”, “G.I Joe”, “Tron”, “Rambo”, and a man-sized dose of “Duke Nukem” to boot, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Kim, I hope that you’re enjoying your beach vacation with your family in Greece and not paying one bit of attention to Ray J’s new music video for ‘I Hit It First.’ It’s a blatant attempt for stardom and you have more important things to worry about, like your baby on the way and your relationship with Kanye West!
Kim Kardashian — your ex, Ray J, just pulled one of the most infuriating moves ever. It’s one thing to release a song that’s overtly about you that features lines like “She might move on to rappers and ballplayers / But we all know I hit it first,” but he has taken his disrespect even further with the song’s music video. In the video, Ray J rolls around in a bed with a girl who looks just like you, and he knowingly pokes fun at your reality »
- Bonnie Fuller
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