‘Girls’ S2 Trailer Reminds Us Why ‘Girls’ Was So Awesome in the First Place

Posted in Trailer Park, TV on December 4th, 2012 by Nick

This is what happens when you break up with a sociopath.

The critically-acclaimed Judd Apatow-produced and Lena Dunham-penned HBO series Girls is back soon and from the looks of the trailer, it seems like quite the follow-up to the series brazen” female-youth-takes-on-NY” debut. Brazen, did I say? While the premise may seem like a humdrum journey of already-explored fictional territory, Girls never gets all Sex and the City on you – in fact, it’s its modern day polar opposite.

Girls, wittily written, directed by and starring Lena Dunham, tells the tale of aspiring writer Hannah whose parents cut her off financially, two years after her college graduation. Hannah alternates between sinking and swimming as she attempts to get her life on track and carve her own niche in her career, neighborhood and personal life.

Of course, she has a few quirky friends along for the ride as well. She dates a weirdo, gets a job, fucks up the job, fights with her weirdo boyfriend, bickers with her friends, breaks up with the weirdo, and walks aimlessly through much of Season 1 – it’s a chillingly accurate (and fictionally appealing) example of youth in its young-twenty-somethings. Will Hannah’s mistakes help define her later down the road, or will she never figure it all out? Either way, it’s hilarious to watch her try.

Season 2 premieres January 13 at 9 pm on HBO. Catch up on Season 1 via HBO Go or pick up the Blu-rays  on December 11.  For now, you can ponder your own fuck-ups with the new season trailer – hurray!

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When Renting Legally Just Doesn’t Pay Off

Posted in Movies on October 20th, 2011 by Nick

It’s true! The last person on earth who hasn’t seen Bridesmaids finally did so! (Worth the hype, I say!) But dammit – I have a gripe. It’s no secret that studios have been stripping down rental discs so that renters can only view the feature film and change the languages and such. But dammit, can I just stress how annoying that is? It’s a true slap in the face to the consumer.

I Netflix’d a Blu-ray copy of Bridesmaids and didn’t even notice that there was an Unrated version until after the movie ended. DOH! However, this particular Blu-ray had the Special Features section, so I wanted to check out some stuffs. I clicked on the Gag Reel (which I’m sure would’ve been so money) only to be slapped with the above screen shot. If you’re going to block me from all the goodies, why even display them as an option on the disc? That’s pretty lame. I knew that the Featurette and Deleted Scenes were also out of the question, so I didn’t even bother. Whatever.

My gripe truly took form when I tried to switch over to the Unrated version so that I could check out the five additional minutes of footage that I didn’t get to see. AND BAM! Blocked again! I can almost understand holding out on the extra features as incentive for people to buy a copy/drive sales, but now I can’t even access the Unrated version of the movie!? That’s a little extreme Universal Studios, Relativity Media, Apatow Productions, or whoever-the-fuck-is-to-blame.  I call shenanigans! I wouldn’t be surprised if this has a counter effect of driving more people to illegal download the Unrated versions of films that they can’t even LEGALLY PAY to see. Do studios really have to be this stingy?

That said, Jon Hamm is a badass. But we already knew that, didn’t we?

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Should've put this up MONTHS ago…

Posted in Check It Out! on July 31st, 2008 by Nick

…but this trailer is effin rad, yo.

Needless to say, Pineapple Express looks crazy good.

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Remembering "Sarah Marshall"

Posted in Check It Out! on April 28th, 2008 by Nick

Blog? What blog? Ooooh, that Winslow thing. AHHH! ihaven’twritteninWEEKS. Oops. I’ll try not to suck anymore. So let’s begin.

The latest Apatow-produced film, “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” definitely isn’t a flick to forget. I rather enjoyed it! Yes, it’s not as immature and aloof as “Knocked Up.” And it isn’t high school fare, ala “Superbad.” However, Apatow and his crew are on to something. A movie can be a chick flick, yet still be funny enough to attract the guys. And they won’t even feel like they were dragged into that theater seat either!

If you are Judd Apatow, or one of his regulars, this surely = $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

It’s a fine line to walk, but “Sarah Marshall” is yet another example of the edgy-chick-flick genre that “Knocked Up” seemed to begin. And that crew, man. They’re on to something! (That trailer for “Pineapple Express” looked pretty damn spiffy too!)

Personally, I think I laughed more than the “older crowd” in the audience that rainy Sunday afternoon, but who can resist a grown (naked) man crying pathetically. Especially if it’s Jason Segal, who wrote the movie too! (sidebar: Just saw a commercial for “The 40 Year Old Virgin,” which could arguably be the forefather of the Apatow movies. I’d accept that debate, I suppose).

Mila Kunis. I wasn’t thinking of Jackie (That 70′s Show) while watching her “Rachel” on screen. Good for her.

Kristen Bell. We all already know how I feel about her. (What a smoking body, though)

Go see “Sarah Marshall”. It’s a good date movie. It’s a good comedy. It’s an all-around winner.

Next up: Harold and Kumar. If I’m sober enough post-viewing (read: If I remember seeing it), I’ll keep ya posted.  (Maybe my next entry can be titled “Remembering Harold and Kumar,” except next time, it won’t be a play on the original title.)

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