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In this week’s episode we talk about the controversial Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy, The Interview. We also briefly discuss Frank, Repo Man and Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. Check out the episode above and be sure to subscribe to us on Youtube and follow us on Twitter!

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The Academy Awards are this Sunday night and they are bound to bring their share of joys and disappointments. To combat the disappointment that I feel when my favorites don’t win, I decided to hand out my own awards to the films that I believe are most worthy. Here you will find my favorites of 2013 in categories ranging from Best Actor to Best Original Song. Agree with my choices? What categories would you do differently? Let me know in the comments below!

If you are interested in viewing my top ten films of 2013, click here

 

Best Director

Ethan Coen & Joel Coen – Inside Llewyn Davis

Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity

Abdellatif Kechiche – Blue is the Warmest Color

Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave

Martin Scorsese – The Wolf of Wall Street

 

Best Actor

Bruce Dern – Nebraska

Leonardo DiCaprio- The Wolf of Wall Street

Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave

Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips

Michael B. Jordan – Fruitvale Station

 

Best Actress (TIE)

Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine

Sandra Bullock – Gravity

Adèle Exarchopoulos – Blue is the Warmest Color

Greta Gerwig – Frances Ha

Emma Thompson – Saving Mr. Banks

 

Best Supporting Actor

Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips

Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave

James Franco – Spring Breakers

Jonah Hill – The Wolf of Wall Street

Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club

 

Best Supporting Actress

Scarlett Johansson – Her

Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle

Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave

Léa Seydoux – Blue is the Warmest Color

Octavia Spencer – Fruitvale Station

 

Best Original Screenplay

American Hustle – David O. Russell and Eric Warren Singer

Blue Jasmine – Woody Allen

Her – Spike Jonze

Inside Llewyn Davis – Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Nebraska – Bob Nelson

 

Best Adapted Screenplay

12 Years a Slave – John Ridley

Before Midnight – Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy

Blue is the Warmest Color – Abdellatif Kechiche

Captain Phillips – Billy Ray

The Wolf of Wall Street – Terence Winter

 

Best Cinematography

Gravity

12 Years a Slave

Prisoners

Spring Breakers

Inside Llewyn Davis

 

Best Art Direction

12 Years a Slave

Gravity

The Great Gatsby

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Her

 

Best Visual Effects

Star Trek Into Darkness

Elysium

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Pacific Rim

Gravity

 

Best Sound

Gravity

All is Lost

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Captain Phillips

12 Years a Slave

 

Best Original Score

Gravity

12 Years a Slave

Frozen

Saving Mr. Banks

Her

 

Best Original Song

Atlas – Hunger Games

I see Fire – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Let it Go – Frozen

Ordinary Love – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Please Mr. Kennedy – Inside Llewyn Davis

 

Best Animated Film

Despicable Me 2

Frozen

Monsters University

 

Best Editing

12 Years a Slave

Captain Phillips

Gravity

Inside Llewyn Davis

Prisoners

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Lately, cinema has been in a bit of a comedy drought. A lot of comedies are released every year, but very few of them are actually funny. Sure, some of them are good, but it has been a long time since a gut-bustingly hilarious film has been released. With its ridiculous premise, This is the End seemed like it could be the kind of comedy that would be nonstop hilarious throughout its entire length. Well, I am happy to report that it is.

Jay Baruchel arrives in Los Angeles to spend a few days with his old friend, Seth Rogan. On his first night in town, Seth drags Jay to a party at James Franco’s new home. Anyone who’s anyone in Hollywood appears to be there and the party seems to be going great until a giant sinkhole opens up outside. After mass chaos and dozens of fatalities, Jay, Seth, James Franco, Craig Robinson and Jonah Hill appear to be the only people left alive. They decide to board up James Franco’s home and battle “The End”, whatever it may be.

The novelty of This is the End is that all the stars of the film play caricaturized versions of themselves: James Franco is obsessed with art, Jonah Hill is the nicest guy on the planet and Seth Rogan is a typical stoner. Luckily this novelty never wears off as writers Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg are able to consistently come up with new ways to poke fun at their friends’ careers. Standouts in the cast include James Franco, Jonah Hill, the tough as nails Emma Watson and Michael Cera who actually gets to play a different kind of character for once.

Pop culture references abound and they range from the plainly obvious to the slyly subtle. Numerous references are made to the careers of these characters and every single one hits the comedic bulls eye. The creation of a sequel to Pineapple Express earns many of the largest laughs in the entire film, as does the many horror and Sci-Fi references that are scattered throughout the film. References made to The Exorcist are quite obvious, but a reference to 2007’s The Mist is a clever nod that fans of the film will appreciate.

Take away the comedy in the film and you are still left with a surprisingly engaging and suspenseful tale of the end of the world. I was truly interested in finding out what was going on and several scenes even garner a few scares. Crafting an interesting story is something that many comedies forget about nowadays, but thankfully This is the End is not one of those films.

This is the End has set the comedic bar for 2013 and it will be difficult for another film to top it. Crude, offensive, but also incredibly clever, this film knows how to do comedy right. It feels good to laugh again.

This is the End receives 3.5/4