June 14, 2010
7 tonight FX Two high-school nerds (Jonah Hill and (right) Michael Cera) decide that it's time to lose their virginity. Tomfoolery and ineptness ensue. Christopher Mintz-Plasse is hilarious as the buddy known as McLovin.
December 14, 2007
Directed by Jason Reitman, written by Diablo Cody, distributed by Fox Searchlight. With Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, J.K. Simmons, Allison Janney and Olivia Thirlby.
June 14, 2013 |
Alien invasion? Zombie attack? A massive, catastrophic earthquake? Nope, in This Is the End it really is the end - an old-fashioned, New Testament apocalypse, straight out of the Book of Revelation and happening right now, in plain sight of the Hollywood sign. But not to worry. "Who do they rescue first?" asks Jonah Hill, the Oscar-nominated thespian, trying to reassure his fellow real-life movie, TV, and music biz stars, all of whom have flocked to James Franco's new million-dollar digs for an unfortunately timed housewarming party.
June 18, 2010
"THE BOOK of Eli" was a borderline early 2010 hit for Warner Bros., featuring Denzel Washington in action mode as a violent pilgrim in an apocalyptic wasteland. Though it seems strange to say, violent pilgrim in an apocalyptic wasteland is a pretty crowded genre, and "Eli" suffered a bit from being familiar - if you've seen one leather biker gang of cannibal rapists, you've seen 'em all. And "Eli" came on the heels of "The Road," which had scarier cannibals. Still, "Eli" was a capable actioner, with a grandstanding Gary Oldman as the bad guy and sturdy direction from the long-absent Hughes brothers.
July 9, 2009 |
I was distracted during "I Love You Beth Cooper" by the mystery of why Paul Rust was in it. Not Paul Rudd. Paul Rust. Who is Paul Rust? That's what I wanted to know. Turns out he's a comedian (you can see his work on Adam Mc-Kay's site funnyordie.com), though you'd never know it by "Beth Cooper," an almost diabolically unfunny comedy about a nerd valedictorian (Rust) who declares his love for the school bombshell (Hayden Panettiere) during his commencement address.
August 17, 2007
THE UPROARIOUS comedy "Superbad" has a character with a name so indelible it's likely to be linked to the actor forever. Newcomer Christopher Mintz-Plasse plays a teen who comes to be known as "McLovin," the name that appears on his ridiculous fake I.D. "Right now, I'm really excited about it," said Mintz-Plasse, who recently stopped in Philly with co-stars Michael Cera and Jonah Hill to promote the comedy. "I don't know what I'm going to think later, but I guess I'll worry about that when the time comes.
October 3, 2008 |
Prior to the Friday-night club crawl that is Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist , Our Hero gets jilted and Our Heroine humiliated by Tris, a popular girl with a mean streak as wide as her smile. Neither knows this when social misfit Norah asks Nick, a high-school senior and straight guitarist in a queercore band, to pose as her boyfriend so that Tris will ease up on her. Nor do they know, although we do, that a common frenemy could be the start of a beautiful friendship. Some movies skate by fast on slick action.
August 7, 2009
You could think of Paper Heart as sort of a benevolent version of the Sacha Baron Cohen model, with its mixture of documentary and fiction. Only instead of providing raunchy satire or exposing people's prejudices, it seems all Charlyne Yi wants to do is sweetly entertain. The writer, actress and standup comic travels the country interviewing regular people about being in love, a phenomenon that has eluded her in her early 20s. She goes to a biker bar in Oklahoma City, a playground in Atlanta, and everywhere in between.
August 6, 2009 |
The crockumentary crashes and burns in "Paper Heart," built around comedian Charlyne Yi's purported search for true love. Yi is the offbeat L.A. stand-up who appeared in "Knocked Up" as the socially awkward girl in Seth Rogen's circle of stoner friends, a performance with more than a hint of her stage persona. In "Paper Heart," she's a single gal who claims she doesn't believe in true love, and so goes on the road with a camera crew to interview people on the subject. At least, that's what we're promised.
January 7, 2010 |
Certain Neanderthal movie critics - me, for instance - have been after Michael Cera to cut loose for some time now. Ditch the hoodie, get some barbells, date Tila Tequila. Maybe play a drug addict on "Law and Order. " He's got a good thing going with his irresistible nerd persona, but that only works until people resist, as perhaps they started to do in "Year One. " Well, Cera goes us one better in "Youth In Revolt," playing both himself and an amusing inversion of himself - it's "Fight Club" crossed with puberty.