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Entourage

Summary: 

Entourage picks up where the television series left off but with a couple of changes. Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven – Old School) takes on the new role of a studio boss and he instantly places his head on the chopping block when he gives his star client Vince (Adrian Grenier – The Devil Wears Prada) the rights to direct a mega blockbuster film called Hyde. This is a move that Hollywood quickly slams pointing out that Vince and his producer/manager Eric (Kevin Connolly – The Notebook) are ill equipped to be in charge of such a big film. The result is that soon Ari is being hauled over the coals by his boss John Ellis (Alan Dale – Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and the executive producer’s over zealous son Travis McCreadle (Haley Joel Osment – The Sixth Sense) who decides straight away that he wants Vince’s brother, Johnny Drama’s (Kevin Dillon – Platoon) scenes cut from the movie.

Things aren’t much better on the personal front for our stars either. Vince’s marriage ends after nine days, Eric’s realationship with Sloan (Emmanuelle Chriqui – Wrong Turn) is strained despite the fact she is about to give birth, Johnny’s one night stand ends up in a sex tape while Turtle (Jerry Ferrara – Lone Survivor) who is now a millionaire suddenly finds himself with the hots for MMA star Ronda Rousey (herself – Furious 7).

 

Year: 2015

Australian Cinema Release Date: 4th June, 2015

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Doug Ellin

Screenwriter: Doug Ellin, Rob Weiss

Cast: Nina Agdal (Bridgite), Jessica Alba (herself), Raquel Alessi (Jennifer), David Arquette (himself), Tom Brady (himself), Warren Buffettt (himself), Gary Busey (himself), Brian Carenard (Saigon), Emmanuelle Chriqui (Sloan), Andrew Dice Clay (himself), Rhys Coiro (Billy Walsh), Common (himself), Kevin Connolly (Eric), Mark Cuban (himself), Alan Dale (John Ellis), Baron Davis (himself), Billy Dec (himself), Kevin Dillon (Johnny Drama), Christine Donlon (Paula), Nora Dunn (Dr. Deanne Emily Marcus), Lucas Ellen (Jonah), Alice Eve (Sophia), David Faustino (himself), Jon Favreau (himself), Jerry Ferrara (Turtle), Sabina Gadecki (Melanie), Kelsey Grammer (himself), Jim Gray (himself), Adrian Grenier (Vince), Rob Gronkowski (himself), Armie Hammer (himself), Tameka Harris (herself), Thierry Henry (himself), Terrence Jenkins (himself), Martin Landau (Bob Ryan), Matt Lauer (himself), Rex Lee (Lloyd), Chad Lowe (himself), Tim Maculan (Dr. Feldman), Sonny Marinelli (Randy),  Clay Matthews (himself), Debi Mazar (Shauna), Maria Menounos (herself), Scott Mescudi (Allen), Alyssa Miller (herself), Piers Morgan (himself), Shad Moss (Charlie Williams), Liam Neeson (himself), Ed O’Neill (himself), Haley Joel Osment (Travis McCredle), Henry Penzi (himself), Shervin Pishevar (himself), Jeremy Piven (Ari Gold), Breanne Racano (Katie), Emily Ratajkowski (herself), Perrey Reeves (Mrs. Ari), Rocky (Arnold), Ronda Rousey (herself), Bob Saget (himself), David Spade (himself), Nick Smyth (Alex), T.I. (himself), George Takei (himself), Billy Bob Thornton (Larsen McCredle), Mike Tyson (himself), Dominico Vacca (himself), Scott Vener (himself), Mark Wahlberg (himself), Pharrell Williams (himself), Russell Wilson (himself), Constance Zimmer (Dana Gordon)

Runtime: 104 mins

Classification: MA15+

 

OUR ENTOURAGE REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

This is the first time ever in my career that I have ever written a biased review. See I’m not stupid enough to know that if 80% of the people on this planet walked into a cinema to watch Entourage they would not like… possibly a great deal of them would even despise it. But see I am unashamed huge fan of the television series that sparked this movie and despite a lot of press saying the opposite there is no way that anybody who had never seen (or hated) the television series would ever like this film, or even possibly understand one single thing that is going on throughout the film. So yes this is a review written by a very biased Entourage fan who was as excited about this film arriving as I was about any other blockbuster this year.

The thing that works best and is going to appeal to fans of the television series is the fact that screenwriter/director Doug Ellin (Kissing A Fool) didn’t decide to do what most television spin off movies do and make the film too different from the television series. There’s no sending the cast into space or back in time or any of that crap, no instead he literally makes the film feel like an extended television episode. To a certain extent he even has the ‘opening credits’ that true fans of the show would know and love and changing Ari and Vince’s careers isn’t exactly out of the realm of things that could have happened in the real world. Yes to be blunt Ellin makes the Entourage movie work because he keeps it realistic.

The irony of what I said before is that for all the reasons that non-Entourage fans would get lost in this film are most of the reasons that true fans will love it. Ellin doesn’t go over the top filling in character’s back stories just to appease the ‘newcomers’ to the franchise. So as a result if you take the character of Eric as an example to a newcomer he looks like a bad guy. The kind of guy who is racing off having sex with whoever he meets while his ex is pregnant… now any true fan of the series knows that Eric isn’t a bad guy and is just making some bad decisions in his life. Likewise with Turtle, how is a newcomer supposed to know he was a fat sponger for a long time, so how would they understand some of the humor aimed at him? And for that matter how would they also understand some of the jokes about Johnny or why Ari is so frustrated that Lloyd (Rex Lee – Young & Hungry) wants him to be part of his wedding? Actually how would they even know who Lloyd is? And how will they get the same laughs out of seeing Mark Wahlberg (Ted) appear in the movie if they don’t know the series was loosely based on his life? No Entourage is firmly a film only for those that fell in love with the series.

For the fans though Entourage is a real gem. Ellin’s comedic moments work a treat, especially when he isn’t trying (Ari punching a picture of a kitten while denying having an anger problem is classic) and the throwaway lines at the expense of characters or real life celebrities all hit the spot well. Ellin also loads this film with celebrity cameos that all really work, to his credit none of them seem forced not even the short ones featuring the likes of Liam Neeson or Kelsey Grammer for example, they all feel natural and will be lapped up by the audience.

What else works with Entourage is the drama and intrigue that the script and storyline manages to bring to the table. As the film goes on and Vince is more and more reluctant to show his film to anyone you actually do find yourself wondering whether he has really made a masterpiece or whether it will be a piece of rubbish. Then when things such as the sex tape and Travis’ interference into Hyde increases the sinking feeling that this film is going to see Ari and Vince have a very public fall from the Hollywood elite seems more and more likely. It is stuff like that that shows this is a classy film that really knows how to draw its audience in.

As we all learned from the television series Kevin Connolly and Jeremy Piven are the acting gold when it comes to Entourage. Adrian Grenier might be the public face and star of this film but Piven owns him right throughout the film. Ari is back bigger and meaner than ever and Piven lets himself run with that stealing scenes from his co-stars as he finds just the right mix of comedy and drama to really shine. Likewise Connolly who plays the ‘wet puppy’ this time around but does absolutely nothing wrong in a role that can lift his Hollywood star.

Whether you love or hate Entourage will come down solely to whether or not you were a fan of the television series. Go into this film without having ever seen an episode and you are going to be completely lost, but if you enter the cinema having watched the series throughout then this is going to feel like you are catching up with old friends. Entourage is far from the perfect film but it is a good continuation of a television series that obviously has more stories to tell. If however this is the last that we see of Entourage then I think fans will be truly happy with the one it ends. This is one for the Entourage fanboys only.

 

 

Stars(3)

 

 

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(3)

 

IMDB Rating: Entourage (2015) on IMDb

 

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Scary Movie 5

Summary: A couple begin to experience some unusual activity after bringing their newborn son home from the hospital. With the help of home-surveillance cameras and a team of experts, they learn they’re being stalked by a nefarious demon.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 11th April, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Malcolm D. Lee

Screenwriter: Pat Proft, David Zucker

Cast: Christopher ‘Critter’ Antonucci (Caesar), Erica Ash (Kendra Brooks), Katrina Bowden (Natalie), Ashley LeConte Campbell (Antoinette Beauchamp), Ben Cornish (Dom Kolb), Terry Crews (Martin), Darrell Hammond (Dr. Hall), Sarah Hyland (Mia), Heather Locklear (Barbara), Lindsay Lohan (herself), J.P. Manoux (Pierre), Juan Martel (Party Juan), Mac Miller (himself), Jerry O’Connell (Christian Grey), Ozzy Ojito (Raul), Lidia Porto (Maria), Angela Raiola (herself), Simon Rex (Dan), Dena Rivera (Viv), Marisa Saks (Amy), Molly Shannon (Heather Daltry), Charlie Sheen (himself), Anna Skidanova (Nadya), Snoop Dogg (himself), Lewis Thompson (Madea), Ashley Tisdale (Jody Sanders), Mike Tyson (himself), Emily Chandler Westergreen (Mara), Sheree Whitfield (herself), Gracie Whitton (Kathy), Katt Williams (Blaine Fulda)

Runtime: 86 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Scary Movie 5’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘Scary Movie 5’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Scary Movie 5′: Check Episode #27 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Scary Movie 5’.

Rating: 1.5/5

IMDB Rating:Scary MoVie (2013) on IMDb

The Hangover Part II

Summary:Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha) travel to exotic Thailand for Stu’s wedding. After the unforgettable bachelor party in Las Vegas, Stu is taking no chances and has opted for a safe, subdued pre-wedding brunch. However, things don’t always go as planned. What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what happens in Bangkok can’t even be imagined.

Year: 2011

Australian Cinema Release Date: 20th September, 2001

Australian DVD Release Date: 26th May, 2011

Country: USA

Director: Todd Phillips

Screenwriter: Craig Mazin, Scott Armstrong, Todd Phillips, Jon Lucas (characters), Scott Moore (characters)

Cast: Sasha Barrese (Tracy), Justin Bartha (Doug), Michael Berry Jnr. (Vladi), Dylan Boyack (Doug – 12 Years Old), Bryan Callen (Samir), Nick Cassavetes (Tattoo Joe), Jamie Chung (Lauren), Bradley Cooper (Phil), Sondra Currie (Linda Garner), Zach Galifianakis (Alan), Paul Giamatti (Kingsley), Ed Helms (Stu), Andrew Howard (Nikolai), William Jiang (Chow – 12 Years Old), Ken Jeong (Mr. Chow), William A. Johnson (Stu – 12 Years Old), Mason Lee (Teddy), Yasmin Lee (Kimmy), Tanner Maguire (Phil – 12 Years Old), Aedin Mincks (Alan – 12 Years Old), Todd Phillips (Mr. Creepy), Channon Roe (Stefan Lefrontier), Nirut Sirichanya (Fohn), Penpak Sirikul (Joi), Jeffrey Tambor (Sid Garner), Mike Tyson (himself), Gillian Vigman (Stephanie)

Runtime: 102 mins

Classification:MA15+

SUBCULTURE MEDIA/THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY FILM SHOW REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘THE HANGOVER II’:

David Griffiths: The original Hangover movie will go down in history as one of the funniest films of all time, but like so many comedies in the past it is unfortunate that while The Hangover Part II is funny it doesn’t go anywhere near being as funny as the original, thanks largely to the fact that the writers seemed to stick too close to the original and not what to do something…well…creative!

This time around it is Stu (Ed Helms – Cedar Rapids, High Road) who is getting married and the wolf-pack find themselves in Thailand. Soon Stu, Phil (Bradley Cooper – Limitless, Brother’s Justice) and Alan (Zach Galifianakis – Due Date, Dinner For Schmucks) find themselves stuck in the middle of another nightmare. With his future father-in-law already hating him Stu is horrified to learn that the wolf-pack have lost his future brother-in-law, Teddy (Mason Lee – Chosen, The Wedding Banquet) somewhere in Bangkok, but have somehow met up with Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong – TV’S Community & American Dad). The race is on to find Teddy and get Stu to the wedding on time.

Surely director Todd Phillips (Due Date, The Hangover) must have realised that this script was a little too close to the original, I mean without giving anything away it is the same old story with some new jokes and new characters thrown in for good measure. Yet the strange thing about The Hangover Part II is that you will still find yourself giggling like a schoolgirl (if not laughing out loud until you cry), although it would have been nice to have had a film that was at least a little different story-wise. I should also possibly warn people that the jokes this time around are crasser than the original so if you are likely to be offended you are probably best advised to give The Hangover Part II a wide birth.

While some praise the three actors who make up the wolf-pack it is pretty clear that is the scenes that star Zach Galifianakis that are the most memorable… which just goes to prove that he is the best comedic actor that is doing the rounds in Hollywood at the moment, he is a classic! Bradley Cooper once again shows that he is equally as good as drama and comedy while Ken Jeong also impresses… thank goodness we can now forget about his performance in Vampires Suck.

If you want than you shouldn’t miss The Hangover Part II, just don’t expect anything remarkably different this time around… in fact to be safe just check your brain in at the Candy Bar on your way in.

 

David Griffiths’ The Hangover Part II review originally from Helium:

 

Congratulations Todd Phillips you’ve managed to run one of the most promising movie franchises into the ground and let it die out with barely a whimper. Phillips set the comedy world ablaze with his 2009 film ‘The Hangover’ – it was fresh, it was out there and above all it did what very few modern day comedies do… it made people. Then came the sequel, and it was obvious that Phillips couldn’t replicate the same success he had with the first. He used the same basic plot but went for over the top gutter humour to get laughs and that in return put fans offside.

Now Phillips returns to finish off the franchise with the third instalment. It seems that he did listen to his fans and not use the same plotline, as the film’s promotions hint at there is no bachelor party kicking things off, he also listened about having no gutter humour… the sad thing is though what he is ended up with is a below par ‘crime’ film that barely has any humour at all.

It’s no secret that this film was always going to centre around Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and the film opens with Stu (Ed Helms), Doug (Justin Bartha) and Phil (Bradley Cooper) being left responsible for taking Alan to a retreat after a run of his medication has seen him go completely off the rails.

Sadly though the trip to the retreat is cut short when the Wolf Pack find themselves run off the road by henchmen working for stereotypical gangster, Marshall (John Goodman) who takes Doug hostage and orders the others to bring him Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong) who owes him $21 million.

It is hard to fathom exactly what Todd Phillips was aiming to do with this film. The humour really feels like it has been sapped completely out of the film, and it ends up becoming a virtual crime drama that doesn’t really ever excel in that genre either. Gone are Mike Tyson’s tiger and Thai shemales and along with are gone the laughs… you know something is very, very wrong when a scene consisting Zach Galifianakis and Melissa McCarthy become cringe worthy rather than garnish any comedy gold.

Fans of ‘The Hangover’ franchise really do have the right to feel a little ripped off by this film. Because the biggest insult to anyone that has sat through the boring parts of the film is the fact that the scenes during the credits are the funniest of the film… now only if Mr. Phillips had decided to start the film there instead.

Sadly, the cast are the big losers (aside from the fans) with ‘The Hangover Part III’ are the cast. Zach Galifianakis does what he can to try and lift the film but poor Bradley Cooper is left floundering with a script that doesn’t really call for Phil to do much at all. As previously mentioned Melissa McCarthy is massively underused as is Ken Jeong who has shown with his work on ‘Community’ that he is actually capable of reaching some pretty good comedy heights.

Sadly, it seems that Todd Phillips really ran out of ideas for ‘The Hangover’ franchise and as a result this final instalment is a ho-hum affair that is largely a disappointment to all who have loved the previous films.

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You can also read another ‘The Hangover Part II’ review by David Griffiths on The Helium Entertainment Channel.

IMDB Rating:The Hangover Part II (2011) on IMDb

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The Hangover

Summary: It should be the weekend of all weekends as Phil, Stu and Alan take their friend Doug to Vegas for his Buck’s Party. But when the wake up the next morning with severe hangovers, a baby, a Police Car in their possession and a tiger in their room they know they’ve had a big night. They then realise that Doug is missing and they have absolutely no idea where he is. This weekend is one that they will remember.

Year: 2009

Australian Cinema Release Date: 11th June, 2009

Australian DVD Release Date: 25th November, 2009

Country: USA, Germany

Director: Todd Phillips

Screenwriter: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore

Cast: Andrew Astor (Eli), Sasha Barrese (Tracy), Justin Bartha (Doug), Jernard Burks (Leonard), Bryan Callen (Eddie), Bradley Cooper (Phil), Sondra Currie (Linda), Mike Epps (Black Doug), Nathalie Fay (Lisa), Zach Galifianakis (Alan), Charlene Geisler (Katie), Murray Gershenz (Felix), Heather Graham (Jade), Rachael Harris (Melisa), Ed Helms (Stu), Mitch Hollerman (Max), Ken Jeong (Mr. Chow), Cleo King (Officer Garden), Casey Margolis (Budnick), Todd Phillips (Mr. Creepy), Rob Riggle (Officer Franklin), Brody Stevens (Officer Foltz), Jeffrey Tambor (Sid), Scott ‘Carrot Top’ Thompson (himself), Mike Tyson (himself), Mike Vallely (Neeco), Gillian Vigman (Stephanie), Matt Walsh (Dr. Valsh)

Runtime: 103 mins

Classification:R18+

SUBCULTURE MEDIA/THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY FILM SHOW REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘THE HANGOVER’:

David Griffiths:Have we just found the funniest comedy of the year. I haven’t laughed so much at a film for quite a long time. The major thing that ‘The Hangover’ has working in its favor is that it has the perfect comedy script. All the situations and one liners are pieces of comic genius and unlike most comedies these days it managed to have the whole audience in absolute stitches… now that is the sign of a very good comedy indeed.

‘The Hangover’ tells the story of three friends; Phil Wenneck (Bradley Cooper), Stu Price (Ed Helms) and Alan Garner (Zach Galifianakis) who take Doug Billings (Justin Bartha) to Las Vegas for his bucks night. For all four of them it is an important trip, it gives the confident Phil time away from his wife and child, it gives the under-the-thumb Stu time away from his bitchy girlfriend and it allows the ‘not-quite-normal’ Alan time to make friends for the first time in his life. However the weekend takes a turn for the worse when Phil, Stu and Alan wake up to find their room trashed, a tiger in the bathroom and the worst hangovers of their lives. To make matters worse, Doug is missing, they have stolen a Police Car and some how inherited a baby. Can they get their wits about them and find Doug so he can make it to his wedding in time? Somehow you just know things are going to get a lot worse before they get better.

The writers of ‘The Hangover’ were previously responsible for ‘Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past’ and they manage to out do what they did there with a script so funny that we haven’t seen anything like it since ‘Road Trip’. Director, Todd Phillips recreates the magic he created with ‘Old School’ and ‘Road Trip’. He manages to keep his comic leads under control and keeps the film believable at all times… that is the main reason why this film works because you honestly believe the situation that the characters find themselves in.

The leads in this film do an amazing job. They truly deserve their lead roles here and are a joy to watch. Zach Galifianakis does an amazing job and shoes that he is much better comedy actor than the likes of Adam Sandler and Jack Black. When you watch him in ‘The Hangover’ you get the feeling that you are watching a true comedy legend in the makings, you can only hope that he gets more opportunities to show his comedy-gold to the world.

There is little surprise that ‘The Hangover 2’ is already in pre-production, this film is so good that it deserves to do well at the box office. ‘The Hangover’ is one of the funniest films of the year and is a must for those who love to laugh out loud.

Stars(4)(out of 5)

IMDB Rating: The Hangover (2009) on IMDb

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