Horrible Bosses 2 Review

horrible-bosses-2-posterHorrible Bosses 2 is a lot like the first one. The jokes are hit or miss and the plot gets kind of lost somewhere in the middle. This is unfortunate because the original, while funny, was only barely above average. This film feels about half an hour too long, and the jokes either really land or really don’t. This isn’t to mention the fact that the whole film feels completely unneeded.

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

 

 

 

 

BoJack Horseman Season one Review

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BoJack Horseman is a brilliant new animated comedy that follows a washed up 90’s sitcom actor years after the end of his show. He is an insensitive, alcoholic loser with very few redeeming qualities, but this also happens to make him hilarious. He lives with a good for nothing named Todd and together they, along with a supporting cast full of great characters, get into trouble. Originally I expected this to be a standard week-to-week (a phrase which captures the idea but is outdated in regards to this series) wacky plot show with funny talking animals, and it was, for a bit. It took a few episodes for this show to really kick in, but that is really because of the subject matter. Once BoJack begins to let Diane in, the show begins to really find its groove. It becomes personal, intimate, and really takes a look at what Hollywoo(d) does to people. This show holds back no punches, it goes in for the hard hits, and I’m not ashamed to say that the last two episodes made me cry. Season one was a great run (another outdated term for this series), and seeing BoJack come to know himself in that was a treat, and I can’t wait to see what they do for season two.

‘S’ by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst

‘S’ is a book dreamed up by J.J. Abrams and written by Doug Dorst. ‘S’ follows the conversation of two readers of the last book written by the fictional, controversial author, V.M. Straka.

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‘Fallacy’ is wrapped

To prepare for the upcoming short film i’m directing, Bad Bad Things, formally titled Snuff, I teamed up with my Art major buddy, and former roommate, Josh Dodd (linked to his Tumblr) to write a short, experimental, art film which we titled Fallacy In Fantasy. Sadly, I don’t have any pictures from the shoot since it was just me doing every job, But I was working with a great cast so everything went well. I’m hoping to do two more before I go back to college sometime in August, but we’ll see how that goes.

Yeah, so I’d like to do three shorts before I go back. One artsy (Fallacy,) one comedy, and one other genre, maybe a drama? But then again I always do dramas…maybe a musical? I can’t pull off a musical, I have no musical talent at all. Anyway the picture above is the script (which printed in landscape because that is the angle I had it in my iPad when I hit print,) and the two masks worn by The Protagonist and The Liar. Well, The Liar didn’t actually wear the mask in the shoot, due to a last minute judgement call from me. Like I said before, I should have the short up soon, since it shouldn’t take long to edit (if I can get the right FireWire and actually import it.) Look forward to it!

New look, new content (kind of)

Honestly I don’t have much to say here, I’m mainly posting here to apologize for  not updating as much as I should. I’ve simply been busy with the Adult Swim production, and then once we wrapped I flew to Hawaii for a week. Basically we’ve been focusing all our energy into working hard on the script for Snuff (which is now a working title upon the discovery of a movie and a novel of the same name.) It’s nearing completion. We have the script ‘finished,’ we are just looking for a way to give it that kick that every good movie needs. We are going to start out Kickstarter campaign for funds pretty soon, and we have already dipped our toes into casting. That is still largely open, though. Things are moving along nicely…

As a side note you may have noticed that the TNL Facebook page has a new look (as well as a new name.) Our new, silly name is the product of something I’ve wanted to do for quite some time. You see, the name TNL Productions comes from the product of the two names of its founders, Adam Lowry and Jacob Thorpe. TNL is mainly used by me these days, as Jacob has focused his energy into studying business at Gordon as well as his job at Golden Corral. I was never particularly found of the name Thorpe ‘N Lowry,  and I always thought it’d be fun to change what TNL stands for with each production that we do. With Snuff being our first production (that is actually going to work, unlike the incredible failure APV was) I’ve decided to go forward with the idea. Currently TNL stands for Totally Narcissistic Lobster. Like it? I thought so. Moving on.

Actually, other than that I don’t have much to report. I did participate in the 48 Hour Film Festival, and that was a great deal of fun. The trailer for the film we produced, “Too Late” can be viewed below. The full film should be up soon. I worked with the production group Curious Intentions Media for the festival. They have pictures from the production up, as well as an awesome blog for you to check out. I actually used to write for their blog, but due to school I kind of, how to put it, fell behind on my supply of articles. The ones I did write are still up, though. So check those out here!