All posts tagged: Michael Cera


10 Movies…About Magicians (To Prepare You For ‘Now You See Me’)

I’m not sure Now You See Me is a real movie—I’m pretty sure it’s part of the massive viral marketing campaign for last weekend’s huge Arrested Development revival. Evidence: it stars Michael Cera look-alike Jesse Eisenberg, new A.D. cast member Isla Fisher, and the plot concerns both the theft of money and cheesy, Vegas-style magic—I mean illusions. (“A trick is something a whore does for money. Or cocaine.” — GOB Bluth.) Here then are 10 certifiably real movies about magic anyway. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone If they’d made that Arrested Development movie, and it was solely about GOB and his rival magician, Tony Wonder, this would be that movie.   Scoop The ghost of a man played by a notable actor hamming it up (Ian McShane) helps a cute young girl (Scarlett Johansson) and her bumbling friend (Woody Allen) solve a mystery. Fun fact: Woody Allen wrote this in 1971 as a Scooby-Doo spec script.   Hugo It’s about movies, and magic…but really the “magic” of “movies.” Awww….   The Geisha Boy Jerry Lewis stars …

Blu-ray Review: “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Universal, 2010) It earned some of the best reviews of the summer — and some of the most disappointing grosses. The Scott Pilgrim conundrum has been debated endlessly on film-site forums for months; rarely has a movie’s commercial failure sparked so much rage among its fans. Its epitaph is already written at the box office, but now that Scott Pilgrim vs. the World has arrived on DVD and Blu-ray, the home audience has another chance to see what it missed. Is this a flop, or a cult classic in the making? Synopsis: Game on! Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) just met the girl of his dreams…literally. But in order for them to date, he must defeat her seven evil exes — a rogues’ gallery, including an infamous skateboarder, a vegan rock star and fearsome identical twins! From the genre-smashing director of Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead comes “a true original” (Entertainment Weekly) powered up by wit, action and groundbreaking visuals that you will want to watch again as soon …

No Concessions: “Juno”

Ellen Page, welcome to the show. In Juno, the Canadian actress portrays high schooler Juno MacGuff, who gets knocked up after a sexual encounter with her crush and best friend, Paulie Bleeker (Arrested Development‘s Michael Cera). After realizing that she is — as she puts it — “for shizz up the spout,” Juno decides to bring the child to term and give it to a seemingly perfect couple, played by Jason Bateman (also from Arrested Development) and a surprisingly great Jennifer Garner. At first glance Juno seems like a rather conventional teen movie, but thanks to screenwriter Diablo Cody’s sharp writing, Jason Reitman’s steady direction, and great performances by all of the actors involved, it manages to transcend the teen genre’s clichés and deliver a story that is at once original, thoughtful, and completely, utterly human.