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YOUTH IN REVOLT
The lackluster box office performance of Youth in Revolt does not bode well for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Has the world had their fill of Michael Cera? Perhaps so, and though I understand the accusations lobbied against him—that he has no real acting skill, and has conveniently fashioned a career out of playing himself in every movie—I respectfully disagree. Very few actors have as brilliant of comedic timing as Cera, and even fewer are quite so capable at projecting the awkward social anxieties of the introverted mind. The reason he’s been typecast is because he looks and sounds like Michael Cera, and when you look and sound like Michael Cera, there isn’t much variation in the sorts of roles for which Hollywood thinks you’re suited. With Youth in Revolt, Cera continues his trend of playing meek, soft-spoken adolescents who are awkward and in love, but the familiarity is contrasted nicely with the mustachioed, sociopathic supplementary persona known as Francois Dillinger, which is a role unlike any that Cera has played. It may surprise many to discover how much control he has over his performance, (hopefully) settling the debate about his acting ability once and for all. The film itself is quite good, too, and riotously funny. Though the storyline is distinctly episodic, there’s an old school charm to the way it unfolds, and the emphasis on smart, urbane dialogue to convey much of the humor is refreshing. Even if the comic episodes are nothing you haven’t seen before, the writing and performances—including a terrific supporting cast that includes Zach Galifianakis, Ray Liotta, Fred Willard, Steve Buscemi, and Justin Long—keep the material feeling fresh. Director Miguel Arteta ups the indie quirk factor a little too aggressively with a variety of animated segues, but the movie is consistently hilarious enough that they never become much of a concern. As of now, it’s a definite comedic highlight of 2010.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – Commentary with director and Michael Cera, deleted scenes, deleted/extended animated sequences, and audition footage.

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When in Rome Movie Trailer

Kristen Bell When in Rome

I can track my reaction to this trailer for When in Rome in several distinct phases: Hurray, Kristen Bell! Lee Pace, don’t mind if I do! Josh Dushamel, uhh okay. Danny Devito, do you really belong here? An unending string of pratfall gags—never a good sign. Shitty music—I’m really going to hate this trailer when it’s repeated ad nausem in theaters. Precious seconds devoted to the bands from the trailer and sound track—I’d rather stick a knife in my ears, thanks. Directed by Mark Steven Johnson, fuck.

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Steve from Collider is a good friend of mine. At least a few times a week we talk about upcoming movies, TV shows, what gossip each of us have heard, and anything else we might find exciting. Since a number of our conversations cover things you also might find interesting, we’ve decided to start recording certain conversations as video blogs. Past video blogs have included The Future of the Batman Film Franchise, The Box Office Prospects of Watchmen and thoughts on the first 46 Minutes of Pixar’s Up.

We were recently talking about some of the movies coming out this summer and realized we should do some video blogs about the 2009 Summer Movie season. We were a little too ambitious, and thought we could squeeze two months worth of films into one blog, but as usually happens, we ran out of time. So the first three parts of our Summer movie preview were posted last week (you can watch part one here , part two here, and part three here). In part 3, we take a look at the movies of August 2009: GI Joe, When in Rome, Taking Woodstock, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Inglourious Basterds, Final Destination: Death Trip 3D, H2. Please leave your thoughts on the movies of August 2009 in the comments below.

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First Look: Kristen Bell in When in Rome

Touchtone Pictures has just released the first two photos from the Kristen Bell / Josh Duhamel romantic comedy When in Rome.

The film tells the story of an ambitious young New Yorker (Kristen Bell), disillusioned with romance, who takes a whirlwind trip to Rome where she defiantly plucks magic coins from a “foolish” fountain of love, inexplicably igniting the passion of an odd group of suitors: a sausage magnate (Danny Devito), a street magician (Jon Heder), an adoring painter (Will Arnett) and a self-admiring model (Dax Shepard). But when a charming reporter (Josh Duhamel) pursues her with equal zest, how will she know if his love is the real thing? The film also stars Alexis Dziena, Kate Micucci, Bobby Moynihan (SNL) and Anjelica Huston.

I went to the theater to see the American remake of Pulse, so I think it’s pretty obvious that I’ll see anything Kristen Bell is in. Even if that something is directed by Ghost Rider/Daredevil helmer Mark Steven Johnson. When in Rome is cheduled to hit theaters in Summer 2009.

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