Sausage Party (2016)

Sausage Party
Directed by Greg Tiernan & Conrad Vernon
Written by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Kyle Hunter, Ariel Shaffir

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As a child getting up early to watch Saturday morning cartoons was the highlight of the day and picking out a Disney movie from a large collection of VHS tapes was part of every kid’s weekly routine. Cartoons or animated movies were one of the few outlets of entertainment that seemed to understand a person as a child, they were silly, outlandish, and outright eccentric, and reflections of who we were as children. Now as adults, we don’t have many animated movies to cling to, most of them are PG-rated for children with a few jokes thrown in there that only adults would understand.

The animated feature Sausage Party takes just that idea and gives adults a cartoon film just for them. The movie is raunchy, hilarious and filled with every sexual innuendo (the sausages want to hook up with buns), stereotype (the Sauerkraut bottles are Nazis), and food related joke (the Horseradish jars literally turn into horses) in the book. A film of this magnitude and content could only be co-written of course by one of the few duo’s in Hollywood that could pull this off, Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg, the stoner minds behind Superbad and Pineapple Express.

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The film is about the lives of the food in a supermarket called Shopwell, all the food there believes that when they are chosen by a shopper they will be taken to the “great beyond,” or the outside world, where all their wildest dreams will come true. Every day for them starts off with a musical number led off by Corn, a happy song they play for the Gods. Firewater (Bill Hader), an Indian can of lighter fluid, has every food in the store believing that the great beyond is a wonderful and magical place.

Frank (Seth Rogen) the sausage and the rest of his wiener pals, specifically loud mouthed Carl (Jonah Hill) and Barry (Michael Cera), the awkwardly shaped sausage in the package, wait for the fateful day that they will be chosen. They hope to be picked next to their counterparts, the bun gals, who will one day be mated with a sausage. Then the impossible happens after a jar of Honey Mustard (Danny McBride) is returned. Honey Mustard proclaims to everyone that the outside world is filled with monsters who will eat them.

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When Frank and Brenda’s packages are finally chosen they are super excited to be in the supermarket cart together. A bottle of Douche (Nick Kroll) is also chosen, who is literally the representation of a “douche.” He talks with a Jersey Shore accent and is super obnoxious. Then the unthinkable happens and a huge accident happens where many of the items fall to the floor. Frank and Brenda are thrown from the cart, along with Douche who is now bent, broken and angry that he is no longer whole. Douche is hell bent on revenge and wants to kill Frank. From here what ensues is a hilarious and just outright crazy.

Along the way, Frank and Brenda run into Sammy Bagel Jr. (Edward Norton) and Lavash (David Krumholtz) who are also lost and looking for their way back to their aisle. Together the four of them join forces and encounter a random array of characters, there is Teresa the Taco (Salma Hayek), Grits (Craig Robinson), Gum (Scott Underwood) who is in a wheelchair and talks like Stephen Hawking, Tequila (Bill Hader) who cannot be trusted, and even a crazy guy on bath salts (James Franco).

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The film is hilarious from beginning to end and I really have never seen anything like this before. I mean there are some funny and out there cartoons on Adult Swim from the Cartoon Network, and then there is Family Guy, which throws out some pretty raunchy jokes itself, but this movie takes everything and amps it up about a thousand notches.

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At some points, I even found myself cringing a bit, but what can you expect from a movie with talking sausages. I think the creators knew they had to go there with this format, otherwise I think they would have been criticized for not pushing the envelope enough. The story faults a bit here and there where it starts off strong in the first half and towards the second loses some of its focus, but overall I think the film worked.

I thought Rogen killed it, his voice is perfect for this type of movie and Wiig, despite being just a voice was phenomenal and her humor resonated even as a cartoon character. I can guarantee she will be doing more animated voices soon. Cera was also funny and his voice was perfect for the abnormal hot dog. My favorite character had to be Gum, he was the smart one of the bunch who can never die because gum just doesn’t ever go away. Just seeing a piece of gum in a wheelchair with glasses was just too funny.

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This is a perfect movie to see with friends or just for a night of laughter. I bet this movie will be a hit when it is released on DVD because I am sure it only gets funnier after watching it a few times. But I have to warn you after watching this movie, you will never feel the same way about picking out your produce and condiments at the supermarket again.

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Movie Review: Trainwreck (2015)

Trainwreck (2015)
Directed by Judd Apatow
Written by Amy Schumer

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For Judd Apatow’s film Trainwreck, he coupled up with Amy Schumer who wrote the screenplay, to deliver a film that is much more heartfelt and poignant than any of his other films.

I have to say I absolutely adore and love Amy, I feel like she is a voice for all us thirty-something’s out there. After seeing it though, I left feeling disappointed and let down. Maybe I had too high of expectations, but I was not really feeling this film. I wanted to like this so bad, but unfortunately it was not one of my faves.

The movie centers on Amy and her relationship with her father Gordon (Colin Quinn), who is suffering from multiple sclerosis. She and her sister Kim (Brie Larson) were raised by their father and were always taught that monogamy was an impossible goal to achieve in relationships. Amy carries that lesson with her, but her sister does not. She is coupled-up with Tom (Mike Birbiglia) and is helping him raise his son Allister (Evan Brinkman), who is a little eccentric and odd, but totally sweet.

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Amy writes for a men’s magazine and is asked to do an article on an up-and-coming sports physician Dr. Aaron Conners (Bill Hader). Dr. Conners has worked on a bunch of athletes including LeBron James, who stars in the movie as himself, and while working with athletes he is given many perks like free games and introductions to hot women. As Amy goes behind the scenes with him, she sees how cool in a way his life is, yet she still sees him as kind of a geek. This doesn’t stop her though from going out for dinners and drinks with him, which all lead to heavy flirtations and moments of hooking up. Amy does all this because this is what she is used to doing with men. But soon Aaron starts to kind of like quirky Amy and this leads her into a tail spin that she is not used to because as her father tells her in more ways than one that monogamy is not realistic.

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Throughout the film, Amy battles with her inner conflicts to go back to being the wild girl she used to be, to maybe deciding to settle down with someone. He is not sexy like John Cena who she hooks up with in the beginning of the film, nor is he the best in bed, as her sister puts it “you don’t want the best sex you ever had guy” because he is probably in jail. I thought that line was priceless and cracked me up. But the point is she can never be with those types of guys again if she wants to settle down and have a normal relationship with a guy who will respect her.

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This movie had so much potential, so much that I could feel it and grasp it with my fingertips, but unfortunately it was lost with all the cameos of athletes and Saturday Night Live actors. LeBron James had so many lines, I just couldn’t take it anymore. He really needs to stick with what he is the king of, which is basketball. Please stay on the court and off the sound stage.

Bill Hader is one of the funniest actors out there and I felt that I wanted to see him deliver a little more humor into the role. I think he did a great job with what he was given, but I wanted to see him up his game just a tad more. I think if they stopped focusing on all the scenes with athletes and corny moments, he would have had more to work with to his advantage.

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I did like Vanessa Bayer in it, who played Amy’s annoying co-worker. Seeing her do the transition from SNL was great, much better than the other people who just did quick cameos. Larson was great too, she always delivers and I enjoy her dead pan hilarity.

Amy though, despite me not totally loving this movie, was still good, the way she delivers her always made me laugh. I just wished they would have stuck to making this more of a funny movie and had given us less serious moments that just felt so boring in the end. It’s like they would set up the audience to laugh, then totally bring us down and depress us. I guess the trailer confused me, I thought I was in for a funny movie.

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I mean my girlfriend and I made this our girl’s night movie of the week, we had expectations. And yes we snuck in some wine and red vines, we were so ready to laugh and ended up falling short in that department. Apatow has given us these funny movies with male-centric roles, so to see a female led one was really appealing to me. I hope that Schumer and Apatow make a do-over movie and come up with something better because I really do believe they still have it in them.

Overall I thought this was an okay movie, one that you should watch when it comes up on Netflix or HBO for free. What did you guys who saw this think of this movie?

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Top 12 Best (and One Worst) Moments of the SNL 40th Reunion

I know I am kind of late on this, I have had the flu for like 10 days it’s been horrible. I think I went stir crazy at my house this past weekend. But I did get to finish the last Game of Thrones book so I am super stoked to see the show this seaon. Anyways back to the topic, I just wanted to do a quick recap of the best moments of the Saturday Night Live 40th reunion. It was 3 hours long, which honestly I can’t remember any shows that have been that long on TV. Some of it was totally funny and other parts just felt really long and useless.

I have been a fan of SNL, I would have to say my whole life and really became a dedicated watcher as a teenager. In the days before DVR’s, I remember being 14 and staying up what I thought was late to watch SNL. The audience was packed for the reunion with A-list celebrities like Michael Douglas, Steven Spielberg, Ed Norton, Bradley Cooper, Larry David, Paul Simon, Paul McCartney and the list goes on and on and many who performed or announced musical acts in between on the show. I love seeing celebrities laughing and enjoying themselves like normal people, am I the only person who feels like this?

Here are my top 12 best (and one worst) moments of the SNL 40th reunion in no particular order. And basically you can get the gist of the whole show in less than 3 hours.

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1. Melissa McCarthy as Dan Foley, Chris Farley’s character of the “guy down by the river.”

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2. The infamous Jeopardy game. This time Christopher Waltz, Justin Bieber, Sean Connery, Matthew McCounaghey and Burt Reynolds were the guests. My fave was definitely Jim Carrey love him still.

3. Kanye West performed upside down and then Sia appeared with a giant wig. Am I the only who loves both of them?

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4. Emma Stone paying homage to Gilda Radner, the more I see Emma the more I love her.

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5. The Californians skit had Taylor Swift, Kerry Washington and Betty White and Bradley Cooper finished it off perfectly.

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6. Ed Norton as Stefan lol.

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7. Audience Q&A with Jerry Seinfeld.

8. Fred Armisen and Kristin Wiig doing their funky performance as Garth and Kat, their songs that have no rhythm or meaning and are pretty hilarious.

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9. Seeing the SNL Audition tapes, I love seeing those and seriously how young did Jimmy Fallon look?!

10. Will Ferrell and Anna Gastyer doing their musical act The Culps, I think that was one of my fave skits. 

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11. Last ,but not least WAYNE’s WORLD! Party on my friends. tumblr_njuwl4GbQZ1sc3fyvo10_400

12. The worst had to be Eddie Murphy back on stage at SNL for only like two seconds. It was weird and he should have done a funny skit or something for old times sake.

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Did you guys watch and if so what did you think? What is your fave SNL skit or comedian?

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{{Melissa