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Alvin & The Chipmunks Road Chip

Summary: Alvin (voiced by Justin Long), Simon (Matthew Gray Gubler) and Theodore (Jesse McCartney) return and this time they have a huge problem. Not only has their ‘father’ Dave (Jason Lee) put a stop to them performing live, so they can be normal kids for awhile, but his relationship with Samantha (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) is going so well it looks like they are about to get engaged.

Now the Chipmunks are happy for Dave but are concerned that if he marries Samantha that wil mean that they that are now ‘brothers’ with a boy that seems to enjoy torturing them, Miles (Josh Green). When they learn that he isn’t too happy about being related to them either the four decide to embark on a road trip to Miami to prevent the engagement from happening.

Year: 2015

Australian Cinema Release Date: 26th December 2015

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Walt Becker

Screenwriter: Randi Mayem Singer, Adam Sztykiel, Janice Karman (characters), Ross Bagdasarian (characters)

Cast: Christina Applegate (Brittany (voice)), Jennifer Coolidge (Ms. Price), Kaley Cuoco (Elenaor (voice)), Anna Faris (Jeanette (voice)), Josh Green (Miles), Matthew Gray Gubler (Simon (voice)), Tony Hale (Agent Suggs), Ellie Knaus (Anna), Jason Lee (Dave), Justin Long (Alvin (voice)), Jesse McCartney (Theodore (voice)), Maxie McClintock (Alice), Joshua Mikel (Wyatt the Pizza Guy), Red Foo (himself), Eddie Steeples (Barry), Bella Thorne (Ashley Grey), Kimberley Williams-Paisley (Samantha)

Runtime: 92 mins

Classification: PG

 

OUR ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS:ROAD CHIP REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

Well I guess it had to happen to one film and for most territories around the world it was Alvin And The Chipmunks: Road Chip that went up against the might of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. When you actually think about it it’s not such a bad strategic move considering that most little kids who will want to see Alvin and co will have very little interest in going to see a film about intergalactic warfare. That leaves the big questions being… is this the kind of movie that will entertain or put my children to sleep?

Anyone who has sat through all four Alvin & The Chipmunks movies will tell you that this has been a franchise that has been all over the shop when it comes to quality. The first film surprisingly had meaning taking a huge swipe at the music industry and the way it treats young artists, but from then (like most of the franchises) these days it seems to have had more lows than highs. That is where you might be pleasantly surprised by Alvin And The Chipmunks: Road Chip.

While the cast in front of the camera (and behind the microphone in some cases) haven’t changed this time around, the crew behind the scenes has. Known comedy director Walk Becker (who has previously brought us Van Wilder and Wild Hogs) steps up to the plate and is probably the reason behind a lot of the slapstick that surfaces this time around. Also new to the creative table are screenwriters who can boast films like Mrs Doubtfire and Due Date on their Resumes.

The new creative team behind the film takes this movie in a completely different direction to the last two films. Here the franchise once again finds its heart as the film explores the delicate subject of siblings being brought together as parents remarry etc. Surprisingly the film actually does that quite well, and while Miles is originally set-up as a brat you are supposed to hate the screenwriters do actually take his character on a journey that allows the audience to see how he ended up the way he did. It’s surprisingly moving.

Of course as you would expect from a movie aimed at the younger demographic there is also a lot of scenes that adults are going to find ‘silly.’ The battle scenes with Agent Suggs (Tony Hale) are over the top and too slapsticky for adults to really enjoy but you can guarantee younger kids will be in hysterics over them. Likewise the Red Foo scenes which are nauseating for anybody that has taste in music, but luckily the latter music scenes depicting the Chipmunks doing everything from playing in a redneck bar to rocking out with a brass band in New Orleans are a lot better.

As is normally the case with this franchise the actors are really overshadowed by the CGI chipmunks. Jason Lee seems to be cruise control, as is Kimberly Williams-Paisley. Tony Hale overacts constantly throughout the film, something that it is obvious he was asked to do by the creative team and for the most past it works. The biggest surprise though is the acting performance of Josh Green. The young inexperienced actor really shows that he may be an actor to watch in the future and he masterfully takes his character on a journey throughout this film. He manages to switch from comedy to moving emotionally scenes at a whim and he is one of the few actors who isn’t over-shadowed by his furry, cute co-stars.

Alvin And The Chipmunks: Road Chip has enough crazy scenes and music sequences to keep younger kids happy while the older generations will warm to the more heartfelt moments throughout the film. Yes this film isn’t the car crash many expected it would be.
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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(3)

 

IMDB Rating: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Alvin And The Chipmunks: Road Chip reviews: You can listen to our full Alvin And The Chipmunks: Road Chip  on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #158. You can also read our full Alvin And The Chipmunks: Road Chip review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.

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Allison Williams

We take at look at the most popular actors on the Web this week.

  1. Allison Williams
  2. Jennifer Lawrence
  3. Emilia Clarke
  4. Emily Kinney
  5. Chris Pratt
  6. Monica Bellucci
  7. Margot Robbie
  8. Natalie Dormer
  9. Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting
  10. Elisha Cuthbert
  11. Tom Hardy
  12. Chloe Grace Moretz
  13. Shailene Woodley
  14. Lea Seydoux
  15. Taylor Momsen
  16. Dave Bautista
  17. Scarlett Johansson
  18. Benedict Cumberbatch
  19. Jennifer Aniston
  20. Anna Faris
  21. Lee Pace
  22. Josh Hutcherson
  23. Jai Courtney
  24. Jared Leto
  25. Zoe Saldana

Chuck Lorre

It’s a nervous time at Chuck Lorre Productions. Yes, the company has some of the most popular television sitcoms of the modern era in their production schedule and founder Chuck Lorre has been in the industry since his days on “Roseanne,” yet the nerves will once again be surfacing as new show “Mom” hits the airwaves. Let’s take a look at some of the sitcoms that Chuck Lorre Productions have put to air over the years.

“Grace Under Fire” (1993-1998) – One of the most forgotten sitcoms from the Chuck Lorre Productions stable is “Grace Under Fire,” a show that centered around the ironically named Grace Kelly (played by Brett Butler). The show touched on some pretty confronting story-lines – at the beginning of show Grace had just divorced her abusive, alcoholic husband while she herself was battling her own alcoholism. The show might not have ever reached the dizzy heights of some of CLP’S other shows but it did show that this was a company that was willing to produce some creative television.

“Cybill” (1995-1998) – Another surprise hit from CLP was the underrated “Cybill.” Ironically the show starred Cybill Shepherd as a struggling middle-aged actress who was desperate to make it in Hollywood. While some were critical of the show its ‘warm’ feel was popular with its audience and the show also become an award winner picking up two Golden Globes and a number of Primetime Emmy Awards along the way. Sadly despite its success CBS axed the show after its fourth season, a move that Cybill Shepherd believes was as a result of the fact that there were tensions between the cast and crew backstage.

“Dharma & Greg” (1997-2002) – There was a time when “Dharma & Greg” ruled the airwaves. It’s star Jenna Elfman was an A-Lister and the show could do very little wrong. Fans loved the simple story that at its heart was the traditional ‘Odd Couple’ tale. Assistant DA Greg Montgomery (Thomas Gibson) fell in love with free-loving unconventional Dharma Finkelstein Montgomery (Elfman) and then married her which created some absolute gems for the screenwriters along the way. The show won over a legion of fans during its time on television and even managed to pick up a Golden Globe for Elfman along the way.

“Two And A Half Men” (2003-current) – The first of the modern day CLP juggernauts arrived in the surprise hit “Two And A Half Men.” Yet another odd couple story this time it centered around the serious but lovable loser Alan Harper (Jon Cryer) having to move in with his over-sexed, substance abusing brother Charlie Harper (Charlie Sheen). Oh and of course the ‘half man’ Jake Harper (Angus T. Jones) also had to move into a household that wasn’t very child-worthy at all. The show became an instant ratings success picking up a plethora of awards along the way including two Golden Globes. Even the very public meltdown of the show’s star Charlie Sheen couldn’t bring down the show. After some very angry war of words Sheen was replaced with big time star Ashton Kutcher and while the ratings took a hit the show has continued along and is currently in its eleventh season.

“The Big Bang Theory” (2007-current) – The second big modern day hit for CLP is the ‘show that keeps giving’ “The Big Bang Theory.” The show which creatively centers around four geniuses, Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki), Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons), Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg), Raj Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar) and their sexy neighbor Penny (Kaley Cuoco). The show really has shown just what a genius Chuck Lorre is, the fantastic ‘geek references’ and brilliant subsidiary characters have made “The Big Bang Theory” a must see television show for fans right around the world. The show may have also won a Golden Globe but its success is probably better summed up by the fact that a production company in Belarus decided to completely rip off the show while a group of Brazilian Biologists named one of their discoveries in such a way they could include Sheldon’s famous ‘Bazinga’ catchphrase.

“Mike & Molly” (2010-current) – With “Two & A Half Men” and “The Big Bang Theory” going great guns the CLP creative juices got flowing again and out came “Mike & Molly” a television show that was all about two characters who started dating after meeting at an Over-Eaters Anonymous Meeting. The show broke all conventions in the sense that at a time when obesity became frowned upon yet seemed to celebrate the weight of the two main characters, Mike Biggs (Billy Gardell) and Molly Flynn (Melissa McCarthy). Despite McCarthy’s sucsess on the big screen in movies such as “Bridesmaids” and “The Heart,” Mike & Molly hasn’t exactly matched its stable-mates in the ratings stakes but it is has still managed to win a number of awards including a Primetime Emmy.

“Mom” (2013-curent) – The latest arrival from CLP has been “Mom.” Just like “Mike & Molly” the show has an already made big screen comedy actress in its lead role with “Scary Movie” star Anna Faris playing Christy a newly sober woman trying to be there for her daughter Violet (Sadie Calvano) and seeking advice from her own mother Bonnie (Allison Janney). The show has received mixed reviews but is only thirteen episodes into his lifespan, so only time will tell if CLP is yet again onto another winner.

Chuck Lorre Productions is now of the most successful television productions companies in America at the moment. The fresh ideas that come from its writers and creator Chuck Lorre seems set to make sure that CLP remains a force to be reckoned with for a number of years to come.

The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show

This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Nick, Adam, Dave and Greg take a look at new release films ‘Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2’, ‘Delivery Man’, ‘Night Train To Lisbon’, ‘Closed Circuit’, ‘The Spectacular Now,’ and ‘Ender’s Game’. This episode also features interviews with Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Vince Vaughn and Eric Bana. The boys also pay tribute to Paul Walker.

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Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 New Poster

Summary: Flint Lockwood now works at The Live Corp Company for his idol Chester V. But he’s forced to leave his post when he learns that his most infamous machine is still operational and is churning out menacing food-animal hybrids.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 5th December, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Cody Cameron, Kris Pearn

Screenwriter: Judi Barrett (characters), Ron Barrett (characters), John Francis Daley, Jonathan M. Goldstein, Phil Lord (story), Christopher Miller (story), Erica Rivinoja

Cast: Benjamin Bratt (Manny (voice)), James Caan (Tim Lockwood (voice)), Cody Cameron (Barry/Dill Pickle (voice)), Terry Crews (Earl Devereaux (voice)), Anna Faris (Sam Sparks (voice)), Will Forte (Chester V (voice)), Khamani Griffin (Cal Devereaux (voice)), Bill Hader (Flint Lockwood (voice)), Neil Patrick Harris (Steve (voice)), Bridget Hoffman (Young Flint (voice)), Craig Kellman (Fintly McCallahan (voice)), Kris Pearn (Sentinel Peter/Labcoat Jenny (voice)), Al Roker (Patrick Patrickson (voice)), Andy Samberg (Brent McHale (voice)), Kristen Schaal (Barb (voice)), Melissa Sturm (Sentinel Louise (voice)),

Runtime: 95 mins

Classification:G

OUR CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 REVIEWS & RATINGS

Greg King: Stars(2.5)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2’ that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(2.5)

IMDB Rating:  Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2′: Please check our Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep 61.

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Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 New Poster

Sony Pictures have just released the ‘Cheespider Attack’ clip from ‘Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2’ which is in cinemas on December 5th.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 picks up where Sony Pictures Animation’s hit comedy left off. Inventor Flint Lockwood’s genius is finally being recognised as he’s invited by his idol Chester V to join The Live Corp Company, where the best and brightest inventors in the world create technologies for the betterment of mankind. Chester’s right-hand-gal – and one of his greatest inventions – is Barb (a highly evolved orangutan with a human brain, who is also devious, manipulative and likes to wear lipstick). It’s always been Flint’s dream to be recognised as a great inventor, but everything changes when he discovers that his most infamous machine (which turns water into food) is still operating and is now creating food-animal hybrids – “foodimals”! With the fate of humanity in his hands, Chester sends Flint and his friends on a dangerously delicious mission, battling hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees, apple pie-thons, double bacon cheespiders and other food creatures to save the world again!

 Cast: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Will Forte, Kristen Schaal, Terry Crews, Andy Samberg, Neil Patrick Harris, Benjamin Bratt

Genre: Animated Family Comedy

Directors: Cody Cameron & Kris Pearn

 

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2

Check out the first clip from Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 where Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) and Sam Sparks (Anna Faris) get their old gang back together – Steve the monkey (Neil Patrick Harris), Manny the cameraman (Benjamin Bratt), Earl the policeman (Terry Crews) and Baby Brent (Andy Samberg) –  to save the world from the deadly food monsters that have taken over Swallow Falls!

The Good The Bad The Ugly

This week Dave, Nick, Adam and Greg take a look at new release films Cloud Atlas, Side Effects, I Give It A Year, Save Your Legs!, The Imposter and The Paperboy. Plus they took an in depth look at all The Oscars wrap-up and have Part 1 of their look at the 2013 Alliance French Film Festival. This episode also features interview with Zac Efron, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jude Law, Scott Burns, Channing Tatum, Rooney Mara, Minnie Driver, Dan Mazer, Rose Byrne, Rafe Spall, Anna Faris, Simon Baker, Stephen Merchant, Jason Flemying, Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Sturgess, James D’Arcy, Hugh Grant, Susan Sarandon, Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent, Keith David, Lana Wachowski and the cast of Housos vs Authority.

Also make sure you listen for your chance to win a copy of ‘Storm Surfers 3D’ on Blu-Ray thanks to Madman Entertainment.