Ep. 10 – Lucy, A Most Wanted Man, the hype around footage shown at SDCC and another listener question answered!

July 28, 2014 by  
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In this week’s episode of The CineSnob Podcast, the guys from CineSnob.net review “Lucy” and “A Most Wanted Man.” They also talk about the hype machine that is San Diego Comic Con, Joe Swanberg’s review of “Sex Tape” and its refreshing honesty, and tackle another listener question!

[0:00-4:27] Intro and beating the summer heat in a movie theater.
[4:26-22:15] Discussion of San Diego Comic Con and its impact on the culture surrounding Summer blockbusters.
[22:15-34:02] Discussion of director Joe Swanberg’s review of “Sex Tape” at TheTalkHouse.com and its refreshing honesty.
[34:02-43:26] Lucy
[43:26-49:38] Lucy Spoiler Talk
[49:38-51:44] Lucy Wrap-up
[51:44-1:00:36] A Most Wanted Man
[1:00:36-1:26:25] Listener question: How can movie tastes differ so vastly and will a critical consensus ever drive away box office numbers?
[1:26:25-1:34:23] Teases for next week and close.

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Ep. 9 – The Purge: Anarchy, Sex Tape, Korengal, Wish I Was Here, Video Games: The Movie and the great Kickstarter debate

July 20, 2014 by  
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In this week’s episode of The CineSnob Podcast, the guys from CineSnob.net review “The Purge: Anarchy,” “Sex Tape,” “Korengal,” “Wish I Was Here,” and “Video Games: The Movie.” They also discuss an NPR segment about flex ticket pricing for movies, answer a listener question about what movie they’ve seen the most, and have a long-awaited debate over Zach Braff and the idea of funding movies through Kickstarter.

[02:11-10:55] Discussion of flex ticket pricing for movies.
[10:55-19:03] Listener question: What is the movie you’ve seen the most?
[19:03-29:58] The Purge: Anarchy
[29:58-36:52] Sex Tape
[36:52-44:24] Sex Tape Spoiler Talk
[44:24-45:50] Sex Tape Wrap-up
[45:50-55:15] Korengal
[55:15-1:16:26] Wish I Was Here
[1:16:26-1:27:36] Video Games: The Movie
[01:27:36-2:00:44] Unpopular Opinion: The guys debate Zach Braff’s campaign and the concept of funding films through Kickstarter.
[02:00:44-2:03:39] Teases for next week and close.

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Sex Tape

July 18, 2014 by  
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Starring: Jason Segel, Cameron Diaz, Rob Corddry
Directed by: Jake Kasdan (“Bad Teacher”)
Written by: Kate Angelo (“The Back-Up Plan”), Nicholas Stoller (“The Five-Year Engagement”) and Jason Segel (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall”)

As far as nightmare scenarios go, it’s hard to imagine a fate worse than having a homemade sex tape being surreptitiously uploaded to a place where all of your friends and family can have it at their fingertips. It is a scenario that is, of course, technologically impossible, haphazardly thrown together and explained in the laziest way possible, a recurring theme in the new comedy “Sex Tape.”

In an effort to pull themselves out of a marriage that lacks in sex, Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) decide to film themselves during their most intimate moments. As they go to sleep, the video uploads itself to the Cloud and becomes available for all of their friends and family to view. In a panic, Jay and Annie go on a hunt to find and remove every copy of the video that exists.

In order to come up with a way that this ridiculous turn of events could have happened, screenwriters Kate Angelo, Nicholas Stoller and Segel invent an absurd circumstance in which, for whatever reason, Jay gives out an abundance of iPads to his friends, family and, in a joke repeated to death, the mailman. It’s the first in a series of baffling plot points that, despite tons of expositional dialogue, clearly don’t reflect how real life works. Is it really important that comedies be 100 percent factual? Probably not, but it is bothersome enough to be a distraction.

“Sex Tape” also falters by spending far too much time in places it shouldn’t. One example is in a scene involving Diaz and Rob Lowe in which Segel battles a dog. It’s a sequence that feels like it takes up half of the movie and has very little payoff other than a few bits of physical humor. As a result, supporting characters like the one played by Rob Corddry take a backseat and barely get a chance to do anything, despite some funny lines early on.

To their credit, Segel and Diaz go all out when it comes to piling on the sexual content, though there is almost always a completely PG-13 style of blocking nudity or anything too graphic. The film is very reliant on a mix of sexual dialogue and physical humor for laughs with the former being slightly more successful, though most attempts at humor miss the mark regardless.

Technological issues aside, the plot of “Sex Tape” becomes repetitive as the duo goes out of their way to remove every shred of evidence of their sex tape, only to have a far easier explanation explained to them. “Sex Tape” isn’t a completely unfunny movie, but the over-reliance on gross-out sexual humor is its ultimate downfall. Segel and Diaz are clearly having fun here, but perhaps the events of “Sex Tape” are better served as a hypothetical “What If” conversation with friends.