Now On Blu-ray: ‘Hit & Run’

Posted in Movies on February 20th, 2013 by Nick

Hit and Run Trio Poster (1)Despite a semi-quiet release and meager 48% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, I must admit: last year’s Hit & Run was highly entertaining. Dax Shepard (yeah, yeah…I know) deserves some cred for wearing the hat of writer, co-director and star, and alongside his fellow cast members, baby mama Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper and Tom Arnold, the movie flows well and has plenty of laughs along the way.

Shepard plays Charlie Bronson, a former getaway driver now in the witness protection program after testifying against some of his partners-in-crime. When his girlfriend Annie gets an interview for an opportunity in L.A., Charlie decides to drive her there despite what his supervising U.S. Marshall (Arnold) has to say. Thanks to the douchebaggery of Annie’s ex-boyfriend Gil, Alexander Dmitri (Cooper), one the guys Charlie put away, is soon hot on their trail. Then the funny happens.

The movie has a great mix of comedy and action with a dash of drama thrown in as well. The chase scenes are surprisingly decent and the set-up and flow make you feel attached enough to the characters by film’s end. The cast is really the shining light here. Cooper, dreadlocked and gangster’ed up, is hilarious as the white wannabe Alex, and Arnold plays a perfect bumbling watchdog. And when is Kristen Bell not absolutely delightful? The answer is never.

The guest stars and cameos are aplenty – Kristin Chenoweth, Ryan Hansen, Joy Bryant (Parenthood shoutout!), David Koechner, Jason Bateman and Sean Hayes all pop in and out throughout all the chasing, and it’s enjoyable to see all of the likable, familiar faces. The film didn’t need them, but hey, bonus.

Considering that Shepard got his start out with Ashton Kutcher on Punk’d, liking the former prankster has been a tough pill for me to swallow (not even mentioning the list of stinkers he has on his resume). But hey, props are due. Shepard can definitely handle drama, as evidenced week after week on NBC’s Parenthood. His stint in the incredible familial drama has really transformed him into an actor as opposed to just a here-and-there support guy. Having said that, with Hit & Run under his belt it seems he’s got some life in him after all. If you like any of these actors, are a Parenthood fan, or dig the general premise, Hit & Run will satisfy and be worthy of a Netflix or Red Box rental.

Did I mention Kristen Bell is in it? No brainer, people.

Grade: B 

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Don't be Glee-tarded!

Posted in TV on September 15th, 2009 by Nick

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My trusty Entertainment Weekly magazine (the Fall Preview issue…really, a Godsend) tells me that Glee is going to have some kickass guest appearances this season! Honestly, they had me at Jane Lynch, but these two appearances bolster my will to watch it every week.

Pretty Awesome Guest Appearance #1: Kristin Chenoweth.  With Pushing Daisies cancelled, and Chenoweth’s legal drama pilot not getting picked up, Chenoweth gets to sing (again!) in all her glory. She’ll portray a former glee alumna. Hopefully it’s just as sweet as her cover of They Might Be Giants’ “Birdhouse In Your Soul.” And she’s reeeeeally easy on the eyes, which is always a plus. Observe:

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I may have used this picture before, but I don’t care. Moving on..

Pretty Awesome Guest Appearance #2: VICTOR GARBER, BITCHES. Garber is going to play Will’s supportive father. Some of you may remember my obsession with Garber during my bout of watching Alias DVDs. I watched the entire series in abouuuut a month and a half. (Jack Bristow is a true American hero!) So yes, any Garber is good Garber.

I don’t know why I’m writing this post. Oh, wait – it’s because I was too lazy today to write the one I actually wanted to write!  Tomorrow I will present you with the TLW’s Top 10 Most Anticipated Shows of the Fall! Some are newbies, and some, returning faves…stay tuned!

(Hint – Glee is one of them!)

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'Pushing Daisies' Cancelled

Posted in TV on November 21st, 2008 by Nick

ABC has officially cancelled Pushing Daisies.

It’s sad; the show was a refreshing breathe of fresh air amongst stale broadcast programming, but Season 2 needed a little more spark. It needed to change, adapt, and further the story. And, well, it didnt.

ABC will continue airing the rest of the 13 already produced episodes later in the spring.

And check out this interview with Kristin Chenoweth regarding the show’s demise.

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