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22 jump streetI know what you’re thinking and it’s what did you choose for this week’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday film. The only response I can give you for choosing 22 Jump Street is that I love the film and sometimes you have to think outside the box.  In the sequel, Jonah Hill (Superbad) and Channing Tatum (Magic Mike) return as Schmidt and Jenko, but this time things are very different for the dynamic duo. The guys can’t get accustomed to being regular cops so they are put on another mission for Jump Street, but this time they are going to college. There is a drug going around MC State called WYFY and the guys have to infiltrate and find the supplier before it spreads. The film also stars Ice Cube (Boyz N The Hood) as Captain Dickson, Peter Stormare (Pain & Gain) as Ghost, Wyatt Russell (Cowboys & Aliens) as Zook, Amber Stevens West (The Amazing Spider-Man) as Maya, Jillian Bell (The Night Before) as Mercedes, Nick Offerman (Parks And Recreation) as Deputy Chief Hardy, Jimmy Tatro (Grown Ups 2) as Rooster, Craig Roberts (Neighbors) as Spencer, Marc Evan Jackson (Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen) as Dr. Murphy, and the film was directed by Phil Lord (The LEGO Movie) and Christopher Miller (21 Jump Street). Before we get into the review of the film, lets check out the stats:

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22This is one of my favorite action/comedies of 2014 and it won the Monster Entertainment Award for Comedy Of The Year last year. I’ve been into doing tag teams as far as stats are concerned because tag teams are a lot more fun. We are going to start with Channing Tatum who is the action guy of the two with a flair of comedy as he garnered up nine kills/knockouts in the film. I am going to answer this next one for the both of them so I don’t have to repeat myself, but if you want an origin story then check out 21 Jump Street (or just wait for me to blog about it later). Channing has no love interest in the film, but he has to juggle two bromances. I am also going to answer these next two for the both of them in saying that the only one that gets hurt is the captain when he’s shot in the foot and the bog boss is defeated (it’s pretty epic). Now as far as Jonah Hill’s stats are concerned, he only has 1 1/3 kills/knockouts and that is because one of them he his helped by both Ice Cube and Amber Stevens West. Unlike Tatum, Hill’s character has a love interest and someone other than Tatum is really pissed about the fact that there was a sexual conquest. This was one of the best sequels released in a very long time and I have always said if you’re going to do one then do it right. I love the little things that they throw in that people usually won’t pick up like Benjamin Hill School Of Film (Benny Hill) and other things as well. There is action in the film when it’s needed and plenty of laughs when needed so check it out. I am going to give the film four and the half fists out of five for final grade.

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John-WickLast year, Keanu Reeves was featured in a film that absolutely suited him well in John Wick which was a film about an ex-hitman who goes for revenge after some Russian mobsters killed his dog and stole his car. The film only grossed about 40 million in the US, but it made 130 million worldwide. It was the growing popularity of the film once it was released on VHS that prompted the studio to OK a sequel to the film and now we have some news for you on whose coming back and whose coming aboard for the first time. Obviously, Keanu Reeves returns to reprise his role as John Wick, but he is joined by returning cast members John Leguizamo who plays chop shop owner Aurelio,  Lance Reddick (White House Down) as Charon, the concierge from the Continental Hotel, Tom Sadowski (Wild) as Jimmy, Ian McShane (Death Race) as Continental Hotel Owner Winston, and Bridget Moynahan as John’s late wife who we presume will be for flashbacks. The new cast members that were announced for the film are Ruby Rose (Resident Evil: The Final Chapter), Riccardo Scamarcio (Burnt), and Peter Stormare (22 Jump Street). We hear that rapper/actor extraordinaire Common will be in the film to play the major villain. There is no word on a release date, but as soon as I hear something I will let all of you know.

170px-Robin_Williams_2008In other news, I was not aware of the fact that the late Robin Williams had recorded tons of audio recordings as Genie when he filmed the original Aladdin which could have meant that Disney could make a sequel even after his death. Unfortunately, you will have to hold your horses on any chance of that happening according to a stipulation in the late actors will. Apparently, there is a stipulation in his will that prevents Disney from using anything that has to do with Robin Williams for at least 25 years. That is sad news indeed for anyone who was a fan of the brilliant performance Robin made as Genie. It looks like it won’t be until 2040 until Robin Williams will be in a film again as Genie and that is even if Disney still goes forward with that.

Mariah-CareyIn some more animated news, The LEGO Batman Movie is happening which is super exciting considering how awesome The LEGO Movie was. Will Arnett was one of the highlights of the film when he played Batman and we know that he is coming back to play the caped crusader in the film, but there is some strange news in my opinion. Mariah Carey is apparently in negotiations to play none other than Commissioner Gordon. I know that she has done some voice work before as well as acting, but as Commissioner Gordon? I am not sure quite how I feel about that, but it will be interesting to see nonetheless. The Flash director and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter writer Seth Grahame-Smith wrote the script for The LEGO Batman Movie which is going to be directed by Chris McKay who was the animation supervisor for The LEGO Movie. The film will be released into theaters on May 26, 2017.

87th Oscars.jpgLast night was the 87TH Annual Academy Awards and all eyes were on what American Sniper was going to do last night as well as who would win the most awards. As usual, there is always a little bit of controversy and last night had it in my opinion as well as some that were no surprise. The biggest winners of the night were Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel which both movies entered the night tied with the most nominations at nine and they left tied with the most wins at four. Birdman didn’t win the award that I wanted it to win which was Best Actor as I believed that Michael Keaton should have win it as he put the performance of a lifetime in Birdman. I told everyone last night in my predictions that J.K. Simmons was going to win best supporting actor for Whiplash and that Julianne Moore was going to win Best Actress for Still Alice. I was able to see Whiplash and I will say that J.K. Simmons definitely deserved the award after the intense performance he put on that rattled the cages. I can’t say the same for Julianne Moore because I still have not seen Still Alice available anywhere to view, but I had a feeling it was going to go down the way it did anyways. I was very happy for Patricia Arquette who took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for a film that was unlike any other before it in Boyhood. I’m not completely disappointed that Boyhood didn’t take home the best picture award for the fact that Birdman did, but Richard Linklater definitely deserved the best Director award.

aThe one thing that truly disappointed me was the reaction that American Sniper received that night and according to many sources Jason Bateman did not clap for the film during the ceremony. Did I believe that American Sniper deserve the best picture nod? Well, if I was to rank it with the others, it would be in third place which doesn’t mean that I don’t think the film was incredible because it was. I just don’t understand why there is so much hostility from various members of the cinema world towards the film. What we are going to fight for a film like The Interview which wasn’t the most amazing film (and has me thinking it was all planned), but we are going to talk trash about American Sniper. which is a film that is not only a war movie, but it gives you an in depth look at PTSD. PTSD is a problem that so many of our brave men and women of the military face today. These actors need to look and think outside the box and really research what your not respecting. Bradley Cooper put in some amazing performances in Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, and for the third year in a row in American Sniper.

john and scarletOn a different note, one of the best parts of the show was seeing Tegan And Sara doing The Lego Movie track Everything Is Awesome with The Lonely Island, Will Arnett, and Questlove during the Oscars and Lady Gaga’s mind blowing performance was also a highlight. Besides the awkward moment between John Travolta and Scarlett Johansson during the night, I have to get into how I did with my predictions. So at last years Academy Awards, I finished that night going 5-7 overall and this year I did a little bit better than that. There was definitely more than 13 awards handed out, but these were the 13 I deemed important enough to vote on. So, I finished the night 7-6 which means I was on the right side of the win percentage. That is all for my Oscar rants, but I have an idea for filmmakers and the the actual academy. Let’s not pick movies that no one has seen and let’s set a deadline for when they have to get their films released in limited release because then we could actually make real educated guesses.

Best Picture- Birdman

Best Director- Alejandro González Iñárritu- Birdman

Best Actor- Eddie Redmayne- The Theory Of Everything

Best Actress- Julianne Moore- Still Alice

Best Supporting Actor- J.K. Simmons- Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress- Patricia Arquette- Boyhood

Best Foreign Film- Ida (Poland)

Best Original Screenplay- Birdman

Best Adapted Screenplay- The Imitation Game

Best Animated Feature- Big Hero 6

Best Original Song- Glory (Selma) by Common and John Legend

Best Cinematography- Birdman

Best Visual Effects- Interstellar 

 

87th Oscars.jpgTonight is the 87TH Academy Awards and it wouldn’t be the Academy Awards without some snubs and other controversies thrown in the mix. American Sniper is up for best picture, but Clint Eastwood did not get a nod for best director. Furthermore, The Lego Movie has a song that is up for best original song for Everything Is Awesome, best the film is not up for Best Animated Film. Overall, Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel received the most nominations with nine while The Imitation Game received eight. It’ll definitely be interesting to see if there are any controversial picks or actors you believe are going to win that continued to get snubbed like Leonardo DiCaprio. Below I am going to list the categories that I feel are the more important ones of the night and the only ones I will be predicting. The film that I believe will win will be highlighted in Red. So, let’s make some predictions and have some fun.

Best Picture

1. American Sniper

2. Birdman

3. Boyhood

4. The Grand Budapest Hotel

5. The Imitation Game

6. Selma

7. The Theory Of Everything

8. Whiplash

Best Director

1. Wes Anderson- The Grand Budapest Hotel

2. Richard Linklater- Boyhood

3. Alejandro González Iñárritu- Birdman

4. Bennett Miller- Foxcatcher

5. Morten Tyldum- The Imitation Game

Best Actor

1. Steve Carell- Foxcatcher

2. Bradley Cooper- American Sniper

3. Benedict Cumberpatch- The Imitation Game

4. Michael Keaton- Birdman

5. Eddie Redmayne- The Theory Of Everything

Best Supporting Actor

1. Robert Duvall- The Judge

2. Ethan Hawke- Boyhood

3. Edward Norton- Birdman

4. J.K. Simmons- Whiplash

5. Mark Ruffalo- Foxcatcher

Best Actress

1. Marion Cotillard- Two Days, One Night

2. Julianne Moore- Still Alice

3. Felicity Jones- The Theory Of Everything

4. Rosamund Pike- Gone Girl

5. Reese Witherspoon- Wild

Best Supporting Actress

1. Patricia Arquette- Boyhood

2. Laura Dern- Wild

3. Keira Knightley- The Imitation Game

4. Emma Stone- Birdman

5. Meryl Streep- Into The Woods

Best Original Screenplay

1. Birdman

2. Boyhood

3. Foxcatcher

4. The Grand Budapest Hotel

5. Nightcrawler

Best Adapted Screenplay

1. The Imitation Game

2. The Theory Of Everything

3. Whiplash

4. American Sniper

5. Inherent Vice

Best Animated Feature

1. Big Hero 6

2. The Boxtrolls

3. How To Train Your Dragon 2

4. Song Of The Sea

5. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Best Foreign Film

1. Ida

2. Leviathan

3. Tangerines

4. Timbuktu

5. Wild Tales

Best Original Song

1. Everything Is Awesome from The Lego Movie

2. Glory from Selma

3. Grateful from Beyond The Lights

4. I’m Not Gonna Miss You from Glenn Campbell: I’ll Be Me

5. Lost Stars from Begin Again

Best Cinematography

1. Birdman

2. Ida

3. The Grand Budapest Hotel

4. Mr. Turner

5. Unbroken

Best Visual Effects

1. Captain America: Winter Soldier

2. Guardians Of The Galaxy

3. Interstellar

4. X-Men: Days Of Future Past

5. Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

The 4TH Annual Monster Entertainment Awards- Voting Begins

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Alright, the time is now for all of you to get those fingers working so that you can participate and vote for your favorites in the 4TH Annual Monster Entertainment Awards. We have all sorts of different categories in music and movies like Album Of The Year, Superhero Film Of The Year, and even Cameo Of The Year makes it’s return. So, I want to remind you that voting is officially open, but the voting process is going to end on February 1, 2015 at 12:00 PM ET. So, you have until then to let your voices be heard and remember let’s have some fun.

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eddies-top-5It’s kind of sad how a story is hot in the news, but as soon as something else comes up, it’s yesterdays news. I was amazed watching the news yesterday at how true that statement was when they were reviewing the news reported for 2014. Nevertheless, it’s out of our hands and not really worth talking about all that much because that is just the way things are done in the media. So, I decided for today that you were going to get some of my top 5’s of 2014 and I want to start with movies because I went and saw a boatload of films this year in the cinema. This list pertains to no particular genre, just my top 5 movies of 2014.

5. The Lego Movie– I thought this was going to be absolute crap before I checked it out, but Chris Pratt is on top of the world in 2014. This was funny and very enjoyable to watch as you see so many different Lego characters and lands in one film. I’m hoping for a sequel.

4. Birdman– I have this film on this list just for the mere fact that it had some amazing cinematography and Michael Keaton was amazing. He was telling us subconsciously after all that he is the only Batman we ever needed to know except he’s Birdman in this film plus Edward Norton was amazing.

3. Fury– I’m not particularly sure how historically accurate this film really is, but man wasn’t this movie absolutely bad ass. I’m not a huge fan of war movies, but this one was definitely worth watching. Brad Pitt throws a very similar performance to the one he did in Inglorious Basterds, but on the more serious side. All of the guys in this film like Shia LaBeouf, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal, and Logan Lerman all deserve a round of applause for their great performances.

2. 22 Jump Street– I don’t care what anyone says about this film, but this was my favorite movie of 2014 and by far the best comedy of 2014 in my opinion. If you are going to write a sequel to a comedy classic, then watch this film and take notes because this is how it’s done.

1. Guardians Of The Galaxy– All I have to say about this film is that it is the greatest superhero movie ever made. The best cast, the best special effects, and the best soundtrack.

Honorable Mention- Nightcrawler, Boyhood, A Walk Among The Tombstones, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Captain America: Winter Soldier and X-Men: Days Of Future Past.