Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Director: Kevin Smith

Cast: Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Craig Robinson, Brandon Routh, Justin Long, Jeff Anderson, Katie Morgan, Jason Mewes, Traci Lords

Synopsis: Zack and Miri are two life-long friends living together and unable to make ends meet.   Despite having no romantic attraction to each other, they decide to make their own porno film together, after seeing how well it went for other guests at their high school reunion.

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Can’t Hardly Wait

Director: Harry Elfont, Deborah Kaplan

Cast: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ethan Embry, Charlie Korsmo, Lauren Ambrose, Peter Facinelli, Seth Green

Synopsis: School is over forever, and there is a party to end all parties to celebrate the freedom of a whole year group of teenagers.   Nerds seek revenge on the jocks that made their lives a living hell, two former friends but now long-term enemies get locked in a bathroom together, and Preston Meyers (Embry) thinks he might finally have the chance to tell Amanda Beckett (Love Hewitt) how he feels.

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Red Dwarf: Back to Earth

Created by: Rob Grant, Doug Naylor

Cast: Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Robert Llewelyn, Danny John-Jules

Synopsis: It is many years after the events of Season VIII, it is just the four guys on Red Dwarf once again, and Rimmer is once again a hologram.   Kochanski has disappeared, presumed dead.   An alien squid is inhabiting the Red Dwarf water supply, but proves to be the tool to travel to an alternate dimension.   In 2009 Earth, Red Dwarf is just a TV show featuring all the characters we know and love….

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Total Recall (1990)

Director: Paul Verhoeven

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, Sharon Stone, Ronny Cox, Micheal Ironside

Synopsis: Douglas Quaid is frustrated with his lot in life, despite a beautiful wife and a stable job.   He attempts to get out of his rut by having his dream holiday implanted in his head… a trip to Mars.   However it seems he had memories of Mars already that had been wiped away and replaced with his current memories.   What ensues is an action packed reality where Quaid’s true history remains a mystery to him for the majority of the film.

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The Expendables 2

Director: Simon West

Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lungdren, Jet Li, Liam Hemsworth, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Chuck Norris, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis

Synopsis: Church (Willis) blackmails The Expendables into another job, this time to retrieve data concerning a mine full of plutonium.   Unfortunately, they are beaten to the target by Villain (Van Damme).   Barney Ross (Stallone) and the gang set after him with a vengeance, with a few new friends along the way.

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Red Dwarf – Just the Shows V-VIII

Created by: Rob Grant, Doug Naylor

Cast: Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Robert Llewelyn, Danny John-Jules, Chloe Annett

Synopsis: The continuing adventures of the remaining crew of the mining ship Red Dwarf.   However, the ship is stolen, leaving the guys in hot pursuit in the shuttle-like craft Starbug.   This set sees the recurring alter egos of some of the crew, Ace Rimmer and Dwayne Dibley, and the crew gets an addition, with Lister’s love interest Kristine Kochanski joining the crew from an alternate timeline dimension.

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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial on BluRay

Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote, Robert MacNaughton, Drew Barrymore

Synopsis: A squat, ugly (yet still somehow adorably cute) alien is stranded on planet Earth and is hunted by a number of government types.   He finds refuge and friendship in the house of a young boy, Elliott.   While Elliott helps E.T. get a message to his people, E.T. helps heal the wounds that result from a broken home.

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Another Earth

Director: Mike Cahill

Cast: Brit Marling, William Mapother

Synopsis: A duplicate of our planet is discovered on the same night Rhoda Williams is partying to celebrate her admission into MIT.   She gazes at this new wonder while driving home, perhaps somewhat inebriated, and smashes into the car of John Burroughs and his family.   The crash leaves him in a coma, his pregnant wife and child dead.    Rhoda is sent to prison for four years, and upon her release visits Burrough’s home to try to make amends.

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21 Jump Street

Directors: Phil Lord, Chris Miller

Cast: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, Dave Franco, Ice Cube, Jake Johnson

Synopsis: A reimagining/reboot/re-whatever you want it to be of the popular television series from the 80’s, which at that point starred now A-lister Johnny Depp.   This version sees nerd Schmidt (Hill) and jock Jenko (Tatum) bury their high school differences to form a mutually beneficial friendship that sees them both become cops.   This friendship is tested when they are sent back to school as undercover agents trying to uncover a drug ring. 21-jump-street-poster Continue reading

Ted – A Review by Film Nerd

Director: Seth MacFarlane

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane, Joel McHale, Giovanni Ribisi, Patrick Stewart

Synopsis: As a child, John Bennett had a loving family but lacked any significant friends.   So one Christmas he wishes his new toy teddy bear was alive.   The next morning the wish came true, and Ted (MacFarlane) became a global sensation.   The years have now passed, though, and Ted’s celebrity has faded.   He is still John’s (Wahlberg) best friend though, and this causes problems in his relationship with long-term girlfriend Lori (Kunis).

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