It’s Kind of a Funny Story and AvP

This week’s movies are It’s Kind of a Funny Story and Alien vs. Predator. The first movie was a first watch for me and the second was a film that I have seen on TV a few times.

It’s Kind of a Funny Story

What’s a 16-year-old boy doing playing music and table tennis with adult psychiatric patients — on a school day? It’s kind of a funny story…’It’s Kind of a Funny Story’, adapted from Ned Vizzini’s 2006 novel of the same name, is the new comedy-drama from acclaimed writer/directors Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden.

It’s 5:00 AM on a Sunday in Brooklyn. Craig Gilner (played by Keir Gilchrist of “United States of Tara”) is bicycling up to the entrance of a mental health clinic; this bright 16-year-old is stressed out from the demands of being a teenager. Before his parents (Lauren Graham [of “Parenthood”] and Jim Gaffigan [of ‘Away We Go’]) and younger sister are even awake, Craig checks himself into Argenon Hospital and is admitted by a psychiatrist. But the youth ward is temporarily closed — so he finds himself stuck in the adult ward. One of the patients, Bobby (Zach Galifianakis of ‘The Hangover’), soon becomes both Craig’s mentor and protege. Craig is also quickly drawn to another 16-year-old displaced to the adult ward, the sensitive Noelle (Emma Roberts of the upcoming ‘Scream 4’), who just might make him forget his longtime unrequited crush Nia (Zoe Kravitz of the upcoming ‘Mad Max’). With a minimum five days’ stay imposed on him by the adult ward’s staff psychiatrist Dr. Eden Minerva (Academy Award nominee Viola Davis), Craig is sustained by friendships on both the inside and the outside as he learns more about life, love, and the pressures of growing up. –

I thought this movie was going to be good, but it turned out to be a bit of a let down. Zach Galifianakis was good but I don’t think that it was good enough to make the movie worth watching a second time. This movie spans one week in a mental wing of a hospital following a kid that thinks he is suicidal. Personal I was bored and easily distracted during this movie.  I don’t recommend this movie.

Rating: 5 out of 10 stars


Alien vs. Predator

Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, Alien vs. Predator follows billionaire Charles Bishop Weyland (Lance Henriksen) and his team of drillers, scientists, and archaeologists, to an obscure pyramid site in Antarctica. Among the icy ruins, allegedly, lies the proof of an empire predating humankind. Once there, however, the group finds more than ancient sarcophagus and hieroglyphics; rather, their discovery consists of dismembered human skeletons and fossilized remains of the alien creatures that appear to have violently burst out of their chests. Even more horrifying is the evidence suggesting that the aliens may still exist. Indeed, there are aliens below the pyramids, but an equal threat looms above: three Predators, all on the verge of manhood, are engaged in a gruesome rite of passage — every hundred years, young Predators must travel to Earth and take on a hunting ritual in order to complete the transition to adulthood or die in the process. Before long, the humans find themselves battling for their own lives as the Predators and aliens continue their fight for superiority. The film also features Sanaa Lathan, Raoul Bova, Ewen Bremmer, Colin Salmon, and Agathe de la Boulaye. – Tracie Cooper, Rovi

I love this movie mainly because it combines two great creatures: Aliens and Predators and who doesn’t like two evil creatures killing each other with human stuck in the middle. Lot of action, good acting, and just the right amount of comedy. If you have not seen this movie you are missing out and if those of you that have watch it again because it rocks.

Rating: 8 out of 10 stars



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