Picture Privateer – August 10, 2015

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Contributing Writer
Jared Hill


Trainwreck

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Director: Judd Apatow
Starring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, John Cena, Vanessa Bayer, LeBron James

Trainwreck is: funny, outrageous, sexy and above all, a truly meaningful comedy. It is cleverly written-by, and starring comedian Amy Schumer. Her script and debut starring-role were absolutely marvelous! The theme perfectly fits the title and the film is a pleasure to both to the ear for comedy and the eye for its sex appeal! Amy Schumer is on fire! And her likability is being stoked by both her director, Judd Apatow, and her supporting cast; which consists of SNL superstar Bill Hader and LeBron James. For its hilarious script and proactive romance, Trainwreck is the date movie of the summer.

Rating: 4/4


 

Southpaw

Director: Antoine Fuque
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel MacAdams, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Forrest Whitaker

With what originally looks like a sad re-mastering of Rocky III (Rocky vs. Clubber Lang), Southpaw dives into the darkness to find solace, only to rise up to the level of a decent movie. Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal) is the undefeated, undisputed champion. He starts off at the tippy top effectively skipping all the struggles that we love to see in say, a Rocky I or II. A violent altercation with Miguel Escobar (a.k.a. Clubber Lang) results in the loss of a loved one, inciting a domino effect that leaves Billy “The Great” in shambles. What ensues next is his fight to win his daughter back and to claw his way back to the top.

Rating: 2/4


 

Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

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Director: Judd Apatow
Starring: Janeane Garofolo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Showalter, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks, Molly Shannon, Bradley Cooper, H. Jon Benjamin

In order to prepare thy selves for the newest Netflix original series: Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp; you must first go back to their very last day of camp back in 2001: A place where Paul Rudd’s hair fluttered through the breeze, and a time where no one had ever heard of the name “Bradley Cooper”. Simply put: this movie is hilarious. It’s stupid, but believe me….it’s hilarious. WHAS is a wonderful imagining of the “cliché Summer Camp” movie, and now it has been reborn as a brand new show on Netflix; and it still features the original cast!

Rating: 3/4


 

The Jamestown Gazette is pleased to bring our readers insightful and informative reviews of some of the nation’s most popular, current films. Jared Hill’s past commentary and reviews will be archived at Jamestown Gazette’s website, www.jamestowngazette.com.