Directed by Peter Sollett who did Raising Victor Vargas does a decent film adaptation of the novel by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan. It all starts out very innocent when Nick asks Norah to pretend on being his girlfriend momentarily to avoid his ex-girlfriend who's just walked in to his band's show. Then magically with one kiss Nick & Norah are off on an adventure roaming New York City, smack in the middle of the anxiety, happiness, & confusion of a first date.
They get into all sorts of mishaps & run into all different sorts of characters. It's a lighthearted funny film with Michael Cera (SuperBad) & Kat Dennings (The 40 Year- Old Virgin) playing Nick & Norah they don't fall short of a comedic performance this movie will have you laughing. The only downfall it's a pushed pretentiousness we have seen in films before Nick & Norah pretending to like each other to mask broken heart when clearly they do. One date over one very long night with two teenagers trying to recover from a broken heart with a light nature trying to figure out who they want to be & where the next good time is.
We all know Palahniuk's Fight Club was amazing, the chore of bringing another of his novels to screen must be daunting. First time filmmaker Clark Gregg, founder of Atlantic Theater Co. & more familiar to the public as ex -husband on "The New Adventures of Old Christine" gives it a go. Although he is no David Fincher Gregg's adaption is as faithful as possible within its brief running time.
Sam Rockwell's unlikability makes him the quintessential Victor Mancini who is a sex addict that works as a costumed interpreter in a theme park & chokes in restuarants to pay his ill mother's hospital bills. His mother (Anjelica Huston) a one time extreme radical, but now doesn't know who he is. Her doctor comes up with a wild plan to save her life that involves making stem cells with Victor, wouldn't you know, he suddenly can't rise to the occasion. It captures a lot of the novels bizarre themes such as Rockwell's early introduction to porn. His painfully misadventures with some errant anal beads. However the novels more edgier tones may have been lightened, but Choke is a twisted tale of redemption a billboard ad for twleve stepping if there ever was one. The acting is decent & Sam Rockwell puts on a convincing performance as a very disturbed Victor Mancini.
Simon Pegg pulls away from the ridiculous humor of zombie killing & crime fighting. Into the ackward hilarity of social climbing in "How to Lose Friends & Alienate People." Directed by Rob Weide & adapted by Peter Straughan from Toby Young's semi fictional book "How to Lose Friends" focuses on Brit-born Sidney Young (Simon Pegg) & his year long adventure into the red carpet world of magazine publishing.
Ever since he was a young lad Sidney has dreamed to be amongst the famous of the movies, to live in the lap of luxury he believed the actors dwelled in. In first- person voice- over narrative the film starts present day where Sydney is wearing a fancy tuxedo & designer watch, attending an awards ceremony with newly inaugurated starlet Sophie Maes (Megan Fox). The movie then flashes back to a year before the sparkle & influence of Sydney's life as production manager at the highly regarded Sharps Magazine.
When not trying to crash his way into film premieres & after parties, Sydney runs a counter - culture style of publication called Post Modern Review. After talking up Thandie Newton & making an array of flash photography at a party Sydney charms up Sharps Magazine's founding editor Clayton Harding. He manages to land a job offer & off to NYC he goes. No more than four months into the job Sydney manages to overstep his position on the professional ladder & repeatedly irritates coworker Alison (Kursten Dunst) the closest thing he has to a friend. A somewhat misleading title for Sydney doesn't have any friends to lose his personality & behavior are completely socially inept noticed by all except himself. But poor Sydney can't help but be himself even if it's totally offensive & inappropriate. This film will have you laughing but also feeling empathy for him. Sydney is one of those who has an underlying innate charm that you can't say no to.
The new documentary starring Bill Maher & directed by Larry Charles of Seinfeld fame. Maher does a very good job of combining religious & ridiculous. By joining the two, the filmmakers have come up with a nifty way to underline their preoccupation with the gullibility of true believers.
The movie they produced is a similiar mix of uneasy merged details. Though Maher is known as a comedian his presentiments about religion is no secret & very serious. But he wants to be amusing above all else, he takes his skepticism not to sober religious thinkers but to the assorted nuts & bolts that populate the fringes of faith just as they do the fringes of atheism.
The most entertaining thing about Religulous is the strong reservations Maher expresses about organized faith. When he talks about humanity figuring out nuclear weapons before we mastered how to be rational & peaceful. When he mentions religion's power to influence men to destructive courses, even when he moans & says it is so shamlessly invented. He raises issues for genuine thought.
It's similar to the movie Borat but about religion. It has some funny moments & Maher is in rare form throughout the ride. They go to some very religious states & sanctums but at the end you may ask yourself is this for challenging religion or just to get laughs either way it was entertaining.