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A pop culture devotee who is happiest watching any incarnation of Star Trek, reading Stephen King or Joe Hill novels, viewing great movies [primarily from the action, horror, adventure or science fiction genres], or flipping through a DC comic. Dream jobs would include: Starfleet Captain, joining the Green Lantern Corps, Pokémon Master, Disney Princess or plumber for the Mushroom Kingdom.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

Review by CJ

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Director:
Phil Lord and Chris Miller

Starring:
Bill Hader and Anna Faris

Other notable appearances:
Bruce Campbell, James Caan, Mr T, Neil Patrick Harris, Andy Samberg and Benjamin Bratt

Running time:
90 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Despicable Me, Hotel Transylvania

 

Flint Lockwood (Hader) is a child inventor who grows up to be his small island community’s constant annoyance. Most of Flint’s inventions don’t work at best and cause havoc to the community at worst. That is, until he finds a way to turn water into a unlimited variety of foods. This is a breakthrough for the island population that has eaten only sardines since the rest of the world stopped eating the fish that supported the island’s economy.

However, accident prone Flint’s invention malfunctions and rockets into the atmosphere. Soon after, the sky begins raining cheeseburgers and the town rejoices. Flint forms a friendship with weather girl Sam Sparks (Faris) who is fascinated by the prospect of food raining from the sky. As Flint succumbs to the demands for different foods from the town, his invention begins to reach a dangerous level of instability culminating in what will be the perfect food storm. It’s up to Flint and Sam to save the day, with a little help from their friends.

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Coneheads (1993)

Review by CJ

Coneheads

Director:
Steve Barron

Starring:
Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin, Michelle Burke, Chris Farley, Michael McKean and David Spade

Other notable appearances:
Drew Carey, Jon Lovitz, Ellen DeGeneres, Jason Alexander, Michael Richards, Sinbad, Adam Sandler, Tom Arnold, Phil Hartman

Running time:
Far too long (88 minutes)

Watch this if you liked:
Annoying SNL skits from the 70s.

 

Beldar (Aykroyd) and Prymaat (Curtin) are conical-headed aliens from the planet Remulak. Their craft crashes on Earth and they find themselves awaiting rescue for an indefinite amount of time. While attempting to blend in on their new planet, the Coneheads’ unconventional behaviour and shady social security numbers attract the attention of Immigration and Naturalization [sic] Services (INS) agents (McKean and Spade) for being – wait for it – illegal aliens. After escaping the clutches of the American Government, Beldar and Prymaat settle in suburban America to raise their newborn daughter, Connie (Burke).

Fast forward to a teenaged Connie dating mechanic Ronnie (Farley) and the family living the average (for TV anyway) American family life. The family have adapted well to life on their new home and are torn when they receive word they are about to be ‘rescued’.

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Top Ten Movies I Watched at the Cinemas in 2013

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I feel like I really dropped the ball when it came to cinema viewings this year. Generally, I aim to see at least one movie at the cinema every fortnight, but managed to see only 16 in 2013. Regardless, below is my opinion on the best movies I watched this year along with a list of the ones that didn’t quite make the cut.

Criteria: Must be a movie I watched at the cinemas in 2013.

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Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (2013)

Review by CJ

2013 - Doctor Sleep

This sequel to Stephen King’s The Shining returns us to the life of the gifted Dan Torrance almost right from where the original story finished. Throughout the beginning of the book we see Dan, haunted by both real and emotional ghosts from his past, fall down the same abyss of alcoholism that plagued his father.

After spending decades homeless, drunk and desolate, Dan gets himself in a situation that forces him to reevaluate his life choices. He moves to a new town, joins AA and begins work at a hospice where, with the help of a prescient cat, he uses what’s left of his supernatural mental abilities (“Shining”) to comfort the dying patients.

As he settles in his new life, Dan begins to pick up mental signals from a girl named Abra. A girl with the strongest Shining Dan has ever encountered. A girl who has witnessed things she shouldn’t have witnessed. A girl who desperately needs Dan’s help to stay alive.

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Grown Ups 2 (2013)

Review by CJ

Grown Ups 2

Director:
Dennis Dugan

Starring:
Adam Sandler, David Spade, Chris Rock, Kevin James, Salma Hayek

Other notable appearances:
Steve Buscemi, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Andy Samberg, Jon Lovitz, Shaquille O’Neal, Milo Ventimiglia and, if you’re into that sort of thing, Taylor Lautner

Running time:
101 minutes

Watch this if you like:
Seeing celebrities make a quick buck. Yours.

 

Grown Ups 2 takes us to three years after the original where Lenny Feder (Sandler) and his family have moved back to the town in which he grew up and are living the “normal” life. The movie shows a day in the life of Lenny, his childhood friends; Eric Lamonsoff (James), Kurt McKenzie (Rock) and Marcus Higgins (Spade), and their families.

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Sharknado (2013)

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Sharknado

Director:
Anthony C. Ferrante

Starring:
Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, John Heard, Cassie Scerbo, Jaason Simmons, Chuck Hittinger, Aubrey Peeples

Other notable appearances:
Giant, shark-filled tornadoes

Running time:
86 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Sharktopus (2010), Dinoshark (2010), Shark Night (2011)

 

A hurricane has driven a swarm of sharks to the beaches of Los Angeles causing trouble for the surfers, swimmers and jet ski riders of the area. The trouble really begins when waterspouts begin lifting the sharks out of the ocean and flooding the streets of Los Angeles with shark-infested waters. The story centres on Fin Shepard (Ziering) and his attempt to save his ex-wife April (Reid), son Matt (Hittinger) and daughter Claudia (Peeples). He is joined on this quest by his employee Nova (Scerbo), his Australian friend Baz (Simmons) and his restaurant’s regular customer George (Heard).

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We’re the Millers (2013)

Review by CJ

We're The Millers

Director:
Rawson Marshall Thurber

Starring:
Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, Will Poulter

Other notable appearances:
Ed Helms

Running time:
110 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
The Hangover (2009), Horrible Bosses (2011), The Change-Up (2011)

 

David Clark (Sudeikis) is a small time drug dealer who, thanks to being robbed, owes his boss Brad Gurdlinger (Helms) a lot of money that he doesn’t have. As it happens, Brad has a “smidge” of marijuana he needs shipped into the US from Mexico. He gives David the task of moving the shipment to make up for the money he owes. To appear less conspicuous, David puts together the “Millers”, a fake family he plans on travelling with comprised of stripper Rose (Aniston), dweeby virgin Kenny (Poulter) and sassy runaway Casey (Roberts).

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