Our Weekly Recommendations (May 10th 2011)

Every week the people of Super Website (Super Blog) will give you a recommendation of a Film, DVD, Bluray, Book, Soundtrack or any other item for you the readers to check out.
Super Marcey Recommend’s:

Community S1

One of the best new shows to come around over the past couple of years is Community. Now I should hope that a lot of you readers are watching this show, and if not let this be a good reminder to get in on that. The show takes place at a Community College called Greendale, where the teachers and students are about as quirky as they come. It centers on a former lawyer Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) who needs to attend the college in order to get his law degree back. Jeff is a suave type, who ends up forming a study group in order to sleep with classmate Britta (Gillian Jacobs). This leads to an unlikely friendship between all the study members Abed (show stealer Danny Pudi), Troy (Donald Glover), Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown), Annie (the ever so cute Alison Brie) and Pierce (Chevy Chase in one of his best roles). The show is a comedy that takes this self aware approach and isn’t afraid to tackle any kind of issue. There are plenty of references and some incredible episodes that will stay with you. The show is about its characters, I think each person who watches this show will form their own favourites, and have likes and dislikes for them almost immediately. The characters do grow throughout the season, and it just keeps on getting better. This in my honest opinion is a show that everyone needs to check out, I haven’t come across anyone who didn’t absolutely love it. You’ll be hitting your head over the fact that you did not discover this sooner.
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Bede Jermyn Recommend’s:

Twin Falls Idaho

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Call me a big softie but I like a good romance. Especially ones that try to do something that’s a little different and unique. For my recommendation this week I’ve chosen a film that is differently up there as one of the unusual love stories that I’ve seen in quite a while. That film in question is the 1999 film TWIN FALLS IDAHO. How is it unusual? Once you hear the premise you will know why. The film tells the story of conjoined twin brothers Francis & Blake Falls (real life twin brothers Mark Polish & Michael Polish, who both also wrote the screenplay while the latter directed) who both live a shy, insecure and lonely existence inside a cheap rundown hotel, isolating themselves from the outside world. Their lives change one day when they meet a young prostitute named Penny (Michele Hicks), who helps them both to come out their shells so that they can experience everything about life that they never known before, even love. After reading the plot, you can definitely see how unusual this film sounds (there is a lot more to the plot then what I described but saying anymore would venture into spoiler territory). Luckily the Polish brothers were able to take this very odd story and make it into a very well crafted and original drama which I found to be both engaging and even moving. As Francis & Blake, both the Polish brothers do a truly terrific job with their performances. They really get us involved in the lives of these two characters, we as an audience experience every emotion that is happening to them during the course of the film. Michele Hicks also does an equally great job in her illuminating performance as Penny. Michael Polish’s direction is simple but very effectively executed and script by both the Polish brothers’ script is so beautifully well written. While I don’t really have much in terms of negatives in regard to this film, the only one I could think is that the plot is a little predictable at times and you can definitely see which directions the story is going to go. But to honest that didn’t really bother me too much as the film still made me emotionally invested with its story despite the slightly predictable narrative. Overall TWIN FALLS IDAHO is a truly terrific little gem of a film that I highly recommend you all to check out. It might not be for everyone (it wouldn’t surprise me if some you didn’t like it) but if you give it a shot, I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
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Logan J. Fowler Recommend’s:

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure

While one 80’s time travel movie is 10 times better than this one, that’s still doesn’t mean it’s not a fun ride. Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves…in his best role) are two high school slackers who must ace a history project to graduated San Dimas High School. If not, Ted will be sent to military school. Knowing this, Ted’s impending future would split up he and Bill’s band, Wyld Stallyns. So what’s the problem?
Because the future of the world rests upon the band playing music, bringing about world peace. While Bill and Ted suck as musicians, apparently they suck in their current state, but won’t in the future. Rufus (George Carlin) sends them on their way, leaving them with a time traveling telephone booth which sends the duo into important historical events and bringing back the dudes they read about in the history books. Will they ace their final? Will they band save the world? Does San Dimas High School football rule?
I would say to find out for yourself. While Bill and Ted are two air headed cliche phrase spitting dudes, the movie does give you accurate portrayals of some important chronological periods, so there is a lot to enjoy while watching the film, history buff or not. I know it’s not Schindler’s List when it comes to historical issues, yes, it’s a comedy, but it’s light, fun, and plus, the music is pretty much 80’s greatness. And it is also circa that Reeve’s “Whoa” became caught on.
In conclusion, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure is pure 80’s cheese, and it makes me shred my air guitar with excitement! WIRIRIRIRIRIRIRIR!
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Nick Bosworth Recommend’s:

Thor

I know that a lot of people have reviewed this movie at this point but I seriously need to get my thoughts out there regarding Marvel’s latest comic book adaption because it absolutely blew my mind. Never since 2008 when the first IRON MAN movie came out have I been so thrilled and inspired by a new comic book film that I think has once again set the bar for how a new character should be introduced on the big-screen. I was worried at first that director Kenneth Branagh (known mainly for Shakespearean type direction and acting) did not have the experience necessary to direct such an epic-scale film like THOR since he’s never done anything remotely like it but goddamn did he pull it off with ease. Chris Hemsworth who plays the God of Thunder himself was absolutely terrific in the role both in charming the audience and just being an incredible presence when he was kicking ass along with his trusted hammer Mjöllnir. Even with a very light resume of acting under his belt, he brought a likeness to Thor much like Downey Jr. brought to Tony Stark which is someone that the audience can connect with, appreciate and laugh with.
As for the supporting cast, Natalie Portman did a great job at being both beautiful and playing the Earth-realm love interest of Thor and they managed to make it very believable in the film (even though Chris is 3 times the size of tiny Natalie and looks like he’d break her in half). Kat Dennings didn’t provide much of a role but was still good as was the great Stellan Skarsgard. Tom Hiddleston was undoubtedly the breakout star of the movie though as the evil brother Loki and goddamn did he give a great performance. I really hope to see much more of him in the upcoming AVENGERS movie as well as a THOR sequel because he’s such a great actor that they can really flesh out Loki’s character much more later on. Anthony Hopkins also looked like he was having a blast playing the great and powerful Odin which was a great surprise and the rest of the cast overall was just terrific. The visuals of the film were stunning, the score was terrific, the acting was top notch, it has one of the best cameo scenes ever and is just the perfect start to what could be a very memorable summer of movies. I can’t wait to see it again and I highly recommend it for sure.
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Pat Torfe Recommend’s:

Blade

With Thor being released to theaters this past weekend (at least in North America), and Green Lantern set to shine this summer, it seems only appropriate to revisit the film that reignited the comic-to-film genre. No, it’s not X-Men (though that’s not a bad choice, either). I’m talking about 1998’s Blade, starring Wesley “I’m in jail for tax evasion” Snipes and Stephen Dorff. The story for the film goes that Blade is a half-human, half-vampire hybrid (a “Daywalker”) after his mother was bitten by a vampire while she was pregnant with Blade. Years later, Blade is taken in by Abraham Whistler (played by Kris Kristofferson), a man whose family was killed by a vampire and wants to hit back. As Blade puts it in the film, Whistler makes the weapons, and Blade uses them. Caught in the middle of all of this is Dr. Karen Jenson, a woman who was bitten by a vampire and is trying to find a cure for herself while trying to remain protected from the group of vampires who have infested the city behind the scenes. The film is slick, featuring some great action and fight scenes (the rave battle at the start helped set the tone), as well as Snipes being badass. The villain of the film is Deacon Frost, played to perfection by Stephen Dorff. The guy acts like he’s hot sh*t and talks like it, but gets stuff done. Udo Kier is also here as one of the head vampires and despises Frost for his attempts at undermining the secrecy of the vampires, as well as trying to resurrect an ancient blood god who will grant untold power to the one who does it. This of course leads to some choice confrontations between the two. It’s just so much damn fun. Sure, the CGI looks bad after 10+ years, and the middle of the film slows down quite a bit when compared to the rest of the film, but it’s still one of my favorite Marvel comic adaptations. Hell, it was a breath of fresh air after the disaster that was Batman & Robin. Check Blade out when you get a chance to see the real reason for the resurrection of the comic book film.
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