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Wreck-It Ralph
8-Bit o’ Honey
Official Website | Trailers & Mo
PG | 101 min

Wreck-It Ralph may not eggzactly be the gemmiest of the Pixar gems [editor's note - turns out this ISN'T a Pixar pic, but a straight-up Disney toon!], but I can’t think of another Pixar toon or any toon for that matter that totally & specifically appealed to me and my endless lust of childhood nostalgia.  Sure, Toy Story is the gold standard of such days gone by but never forgottens, but arcades and video games tickle my ye olde fancy much mores so than Mr Potato Head and that Slinky dog could ever (mainly cause Star Wars & GI Joe action figures were my fav toys and they weren’t really allowed to play with Woody & Buzz).  And while the story of Ralph is all over the place AND THE ARCADE, and at times, a bit too much for the eyes, I was STILL totally game for the gaming being gamed!!!!!  It’s true!  Level passed!

And you know how these modern studio cartoons lean heavily on famous actors to voice the characters and it can be REALLLLLLLLY distracting cause you can’t lose yerself in these characters cause all you can hear and think of is the famous person voicing them?  WELL, that is NOT the case with Ralphy as John C ReillyJack McBrayerJane Lynch and Alan Tudyk (AMAZING!) all disappear behind their 8-bit alter egos with such ease that it’s such easy listening!  And even moist incredible of incredibles is the work that Sarah Silverman done does as the Powerpuffy lil girl Vanellope von Schweetz.  We aint a huge fan of the SS, but NOW WE IS CAUSE SHE SO PERFECT AS THE SWEET AND VICIOUS VANELLOPE WHO MAY LIKE BE ONE OF THE MOST FUN FEMALE DISNEY CHARACTERS SINCE LIKE (Miss Bianca?) EVER!  These are truths!

Plus there’s all kinds of awesome video game cameos, INCLUDING THE TAPPER DUDE FROM TAPPER!!!!!  AND EVEN SOME LOVE FOR THE CONTRA SECRET EXTRA MAN CODE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   But no love for the kid from The Wizard with the Power Glove??????????????????????????????????????????

Verdictgo: Jeepers Worth A Peepers

Ralph 1-ups itself at a theater near jews

and until next thyme the balcony is clothed…

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Problem Child 4

We Need To Talk About Kevin
Birth (Out of) Conrtrol
Official WebsiteTrailers & Mo
R | 112 min

We do need to talk about We Need To Talk About Kevin cause we juss need to talk about it.  First you MUSS MUSS MUSS see this, then we can talk about how Tilda Swinton might be the single greatest half-amphibian-half-human working in movies, and how John C Reilly is the most bestest absent-minded lovable doof working in movies, and how we’d be scared to f$%king death to ever run into Ezra MillerJasper Newell or Rock Duer on the street, cause all 3 of them played Kevin at different ages, and all 3 of em make us never want to have kids, let alone touch a bow and arrow ever again

Lynne Ramsay‘s take on Lionel Shriver‘s 2003 novel of the same name is as beautiful as it is frightening, as empty as it is loving, and as unforgettable as Gus van Sant’s Elephant was kinda forgettable, sorta.  What else do we need to talk about?  Bobbed?  What about bobbed?

VerdictgoBreast In Show

Kevin will get Talked about in NY this Friday and elsewhere elsewhen

and until next thyme the balcony is clothed…

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Grinner Theater

Carnage
Parents Pair-Rants
Official WebsiteTrailers & Mo
R | 79 min

Watching Roman Polanski‘s Carnage is like watching a stage play, sorta not come to cinematic life as a film play.  Not so sirprizing so, so, so, since it’s based off of Yasmina Reza‘s play God of Carnage, but the play’s the thing, right?  No, it’s not.  But if you enjoy the talents and talkings of Jodie FosterKate WinsletChristoph Waltz and John C Reilly, then you will probably take away some enjoyment in their talents and talkings in Carnage

So what’s all the yapping & fussing about between these four Oscar-de-baiters?  Winslet & Waltz (hmm, that sounds like a really fab name for a musical duo!)’s son smacked Foster & Reilly (hmmm, that sounds like a really nifty name for a realty company!)’s son’s face with a stick, so the four ‘rational’ parents need to suss things out like civilized peoples.  Things from there get pouty, then shouty, then tipsy, then vomity, while all feeling way too play-y.  But the play’s the thing, right?  How many times do we have to answer this?

moral of the story:  all four actors ham it up in their own way, and it’s fun, even if it’s all too theater-y, but still, would you rather pay $80+ to see this on Broadway or $7.94 to see it in the greatest physical forum of human entertainment – the movie theater?  Here’s yer answer – EAT IT THEATER!!!!

This:

Verdictgo: Jeepers Worth A Peepers

Carnage car-rages in NY & LA this Friday, and elsewhere elsewhen

and until next thyme the balcony is clothed…

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Mouse Party II:
Pajama Jammy Jam

Terri
Paining Growths
Official WebsiteTrailers & Mo
R | 105 min

New rule of thumb: if John C Reilly co-stars in a movie about strange kid who’s name is also the title of the movie then it is probably worth seeing.  First Cyrus, and now Azazel Jacobs‘ Terri.  Terri is pajama wearing outcast Jacob Wysocki.  John C is his mentor.  Creed Bratton is his pilled-up uncle.  Bridger Zadina is his hair-pulling friend.  Olivia Crocicchia is his adorable crush.  Simple filmmaking + awesomely complex characters + some fingering scandals = Terri-fied

16 & Not PregnantOlivia Crocicchia, we’ll keep our eye on you… when you turn 18

Verdictgo: Jeepers Worth A Peepers

Terri  is varied currently in limited release

and until next thyme the balcony is clothed…

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Titled Ed Helms Project

Cedar Rapids
Convention-al
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Cedar Rapids is fun, but not all that funny.  Ed Helms‘ smile and aw shucks attitude can only take us so far.  Same with him singing a song (you knew it was gonna happen).  Remove John C. Reilly‘s slimy, but welcome energy and all you have left is Isiah Whitlock Jr making two Wire refs and Anne Heche looking really really reallly fine.  Some showing of her side boobage doesn’t hurt, but that’s not a movie (and neither is showing Sigourney Weaver in a nightie).  And is it us or is director Miguel Arteta creatively moving backwards instead of forward?  How do you start with edgy shiz like Chuck & Buck and move onto whatevs dot net like Youth In Revolt?  Lets blame writer Phil JohnstonRapids is his first feature writing assignment, and it feels like one, so he only has room to improve, and try to make us laugh! Try try try again PJ!

Arbor Weekend: Cedar Rapids was not filmed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, but in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and mainly at their Clarion Hotel and Conference Center!!! [check out the pics!]

Verdictgo: Sum Merit But No Stinkin Badges

Cedar Rapidly semi-declines currently in limited release

and until next thyme the balcony is clothed…

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