Ted Review

Ted

Directed by: Seth MacFarlane

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane

I’ll have to admit that I am not the biggest fan of Family Guy, American Dad, or The Cleveland Show but when I heard that Seth MacFarlane was directing his first movie I could help but be intrigued, wondering how his brand of comedy was going to translate on to the big screen. The premise is a rather simply one, bromance that gets in the way of actually romance done in I Love You Man, but the introduction of a living teddy bear changed it up a lot for me because it was something that no one else has done before and that Mark Wahlberg, an actor that I am starting to enjoy more and more with every movie that he does, and Mila Kunis, who is a good actress and come on she is super hot, makes this movie more entertaining than other films of this nature. There is a lot that I really found funny in this movie and a lot that I think fell flat but what this movie is really about is maturation of John (Mark Wahlberg). It works well on a emotional level and still remains funny even when the story drags on and some of the acting and dialogue can be a little weak. Right now I have to say that it is the best R-Rated comedy of the year, thats not saying to much since the other two of the summer happen to be The Dictator and That’s My Boy. In the end I really enjoyed the final results despite the fact that it is a different sort of comedy for me.

John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) is a perfectly normal Boston native whose childhood wish for his teddy bear to come to life comes true. The bear, Ted (voiced by (Seth MacFarlane), remains his best friend from the age of eight into his adulthood. Twenty-seven years later, conflict emerges when Ted’s irresponsible and vulgar slacker lifestyle comes in the way of John’s attempt to embrace adulthood and his love-interest Lori (Mila Kunis).

There is a lot that sets this movie apart from similar movies like the entire story revolving around a mans relationship with a Teddy Bear but I think that the movie hits the mark more often than not and I think that some people are not going to enjoy it as much as I did but it is a interesting movie that is much more that a raunchy comedy, deep down it has a lot of heart to it.

8 out of 10

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Looper Theatrical Trailer

What can I say about this trailer other than, Holy Shit. It looks to be at least one of the most unique films of the year with a plot that can really grab anyone’s attention. I think what this has going of it is the concept of the film. In a futuristic gangland, a killer (Gordon-Levitt) works for a mob in the year 2042 and kills people who are sent from the year 2072. He recognizes one victim (Willis) as himself and hesitates, resulting in the escape of his older self. Most recently Hollywood has been suffering from lack of originality, so far two movie trailer I’ve posted (Ted and now Looper) are completely original ideas that are relatively clever for this years slates of releases, which include countless remakes and sequels that not everyone wants to see. I am right now adding this movie to #6 on my most anticipated movies of this year, I will post one later this week if I can get to it.

UPDATED

My thought on this movie have yet to change since I first saw the original trailer. The only problem is all the unanswerable question that the movie is going to pose when all said is done, such as paradoxes and the fact that what happens to Joseph Gordon-Levitt if he does end up killing his future self. I am still fully invested in this film and would like to see how it ends up turning out when it is released in theaters.

In a futuristic gangland, a 25 year-old killer named Joseph Simmons (Gordon-Levitt) works for a Mafia company in Kansas City in the year 2042 as a “Looper”, where he kills and disposes of people who are sent by their employers known as “Gat Men” from their corporate headquarters in Shanghai from the year 2072. Loopers, like himself, are used as foot soldiers and are well paid on the terms that all hostages must never escape, including Loopers themselves. Gat Men are New York Accent-sounding men who are hired by a Southern Accented Godfather, who is portrayed by Jeff Daniels, who are being used as sentries, and each Gat Man has been given complete authority and responsibility in controlling their own group of Loopers. When one target arrives however he recognizes the 55 year-old victim (Willis) as himself and hesitates, allowing his older self to escape. The resulting failure of his job causes the Gat Men to come after him, forcing him to fight for his life as he hunts his older self

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Total Recall Trailer

Now what can I say about this film other than AWESOME. I am a huge fan of the original one and it is quite possibly one of Arnold Schwarzenegger and my all time favorite action movie, sorry Die Hard but you are a close second. This time around it looks as though they are focusing more on the original book by Philip K. Dick instead a full on reboot, so in another term a re-interpretation of the novel. With a movie of this caliber and the great actor in front of the camera it may turn out to be one of the best of the year, complete speculation right now, and may actually be a better version of the classic action film. Euroamerica (formerly the United States and the European Union) and New Shanghai (formerly China and South East Asia) fight for political power in the far dystopian future. A simple factory worker suffering from violent nightmares (Farrell) begins to suspect that he’s a spy whose memory and personality were erased and replaced — though he is unaware which side of the fight he’s on and how important his lost memories will be in its outcome. What matters to him the most is that he must team up with a young female freedom fighter (Biel) in order for both of them to change the political system in their own country, Euroamerica, which is currently controlled by Euroamerican President Vilos Cohaagen (Cranston) and his government that rules with extreme austerity. There is a lot different in this version, including the setting of Mars but that does not bother me it actually makes it better since it is going a different route than the original and it seems like a better setting of a future than can and someday may actually happen.

UPDATE

I still feel that this movie will be good and may be a remake, though unnecessary, may actually turn out to be good. This trailer is able to bring more of a narrative to the already released trailer which focused mostly on the business Rekall and what happen to Douglas Quaid afterwards, this one focuses on what actually happen within the story.

When I first heard of Brave I knew that Pixar had another hit in them, after the terribly reviewed Cars 2. It seems that they have another successful movie on their hands. I unfortunately have yet to see it but it looks likes it could be very good. I am not surprised that Abraham Lincoln crashed and burned, it didn’t look like many people were going to like it and it seems that I was right. Personally I plan on seeing it and hopefully enjoy myself. Next week Ted makes it’s way to the theater but I am sure that Brave will stay on top.

Dredd Theatrical Trailer

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I don’t know much about the comic book Judge Dredd but I do have to say that the new movie looks incredible intense, which would be a step above the crap that  Sylvester Stallone made. The only problem is how closely resembles The Raid: Redemption, which I heard is incredible, but even with the similarity I plan on seeing it out of curiosity and a will to see something fun. The story of Dredd takes place on a fictional Earth created as a result of the Atomic Wars. Survivors of this period are living in megacities, which protects its citizens from the Cursed Earth, a radioactive desert environment populated by mutants. The main story takes place in Mega-City One, where the police who are now called judges have the power to use police brutality to some extent to fight extreme murders. One man, Judge Dredd (Karl Urban), a senior law enforcement officer, teams up with a cadet called Judge Anderson (Olivia Thirlby) to track down a terrorist organization lead by Ma-Ma (Lena Headey), who is responsible for selling a reality-altering drug called Slo-Mo.