The movie adaptation of one of John Green’s less famous young adult novels, Paper Towns starts out like a million other coming-of-age stories about an 18 year old boy in love with a manic pixie dream girl, but mid-way through takes a turn for the interesting. We meander through our favourite teen movies while mulling over the movie’s big themes.
Because there aren’t enough charming white guys with their own superhero franchise, Marvel has once again mined their archives for Scott Lang, played by long-time SSQ favourite Paul Rudd. Ex-con Lang is recruited by reclusive millionaire scientist Dr. Hank Pam to steal technology from Pym’s former company.
Look, it’s two hours of attractive shirtless men who treat women really well. Plot and character development do not feature heavily, but with that premise, who cares? A wonderful way to spend a couple of hours, especially when enhanced by good company and good booze.
We finally get to see the Iranian Spaghetti Western Vampire flick everyone is talking about. Ana Lily Amirpour’s gorgeous debut feature is attention-grabbing, intelligent and subversive, and a welcome departure from the more formulaic fare we are used to.
Pixar has a new film about the emotions inside a girl’s head as she moves through a tumultuous time in her life. It’s…fine. Charming as always but perhaps a little ambitious. We fire up our control panels to generate some thoughts, trying not to be distracted by Brazilian helicopter pilots along the way.
Because there are no new ideas in Hollywood, someone decided that Jurassic Park needed another sequel. Melissa thought it was pacy and fun, Katie hated it, both had a few issues with its terrible writing. We talk Dr. Ian Malcolm, the Triplett test and Spielberg signatures.
This beautifully animated movie about the Day of the Dead came out a few months ago, but we’ve only just found time to schedule it. A fairly pedestrian love triangle is livened up by some interfering deities and Channing Tatum as a character he was born to play.
You guys know how we feel about The Rock. He’s back playing a rescue chopper pilot in LA as a series of unprecedented earthquakes rock the San Andreas fault and threaten his family. Daddy’s got to go to work. Again.
Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy join up with some hilarious folk including SSQ favourite Miranda Hart, everyone’s favourite Allison Janney, and comic revelation Jason Statham to make a spy movie. It’s a sharp, funny take on a genre ripe for parody and much the better for this cliché-smashing effort.