Inside Pulse » Chris Miller http://insidepulse.com A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:00:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse no A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse » Chris Miller http://insidepulse.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://insidepulse.com 21 Jump Street – Just Seen It Review [Video] http://insidepulse.com/2012/03/18/21-jump-street-just-seen-it-review-video/ http://insidepulse.com/2012/03/18/21-jump-street-just-seen-it-review-video/#comments Sun, 18 Mar 2012 22:00:04 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=293215 Schmidt and Jenko are friends and rookie cops who mess up their first arrest. So they are transferred to a special division that sends them back to high school to bust a drug ring. But trying to fit in as students while tracking down the drug source proves more difficult than they imagined. Starring Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum and Ice Cube. Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Written by Michael Bacall. Produced by Stephen J. Cannell and Neal H. Moritz. Genre: Action Comedy.


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SXSW ’12 – 21 Jump Street Review http://insidepulse.com/2012/03/12/sxsw-12-21-jump-street-review/ http://insidepulse.com/2012/03/12/sxsw-12-21-jump-street-review/#comments Tue, 13 Mar 2012 01:20:10 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=292414 Vulgar action comedy finds winning humor in its stars chemistry]]>
Vulgar action comedy finds winning humor in its stars chemistry

I cackled more than once during 21 Jump Street. I’m quite embarrassed – the sound I make when cackling is quite ugly and off-putting. I couldn’t help it, though. 21 Jump Street is a very, very funny film.

Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the creators of the cult MTV animated series Clone High and the directors of the surprisingly clever Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs21 Jump Street is an in-continuity sequel to the late ‘80s TV series of the same name. Jonah Hill, who worked on the script with writer Michael Bacall, co-stars alongside Channing Tatum as two clueless police officers that land an undercover gig thanks to their ineptitude. Their mission is to infiltrate a high school posing as students – uncovering the source behind a new drug that has already taken the life of a teenager.

Tatum and Hill have outstanding chemistry together — playing off each other’s comedic strengths. And while Hill has already shown himself to be a remarkably funny actor, it is Tatum as a dim-witted jock-turned-cop who is the breakout star of the film. While Tatum has already established himself as a leading man with his romances and action films, nobody could have guessed the comedic chops the young star had on him.

Tatum plays both against and with audience’s expectations to create a character that is at once everything and nothing they expected him to be. Violent, occasionally prone to stupidity but containing extreme loyalty and tenderness, Tatum plays his role like an overeager puppy dog. Most surprising is the fact that he is not even given a romantic side-plot – well, not exactly. The movie could very easily be seen as a romance between Tatum and Hill – two friends with a bond closer than most lovers’.

Hill and Tatum’s cop characters both went to the same high school together – one as bully and the other as bullied. When they meet again in police academy, though, a friendship is forged and the two become inseparable. Audiences never doubt the tenacity of the character’s friendship and it is this great warmth fueling the friendship that gives the film its crackling energy and helps sell the movie’s jokes – even as the humor descend further and further into some truly bizarre territory.

21 Jump Street features an outstanding supporting cast including Ice Cube as a stereotypical angry black police captain who freely acknowledges his clichéd existence, Rob Riggle as a lousy teacher and Dave Franco as a tree-hugging, granola-crunching drug dealer whose friendship with Hill’s character serves as the crime fighting pair’s method of stopping the school’s drug ring.

As the requisite love interest, Brie Larson is a welcome surprise. Oozing charm, Larson is handle her own when paired with Hill and the very funny Franco, younger brother to James.

21 Jump Street has a very kinetic sense of humor – no surprise considering the directors’ background in animation. Jokes leap off the screen at a brisk pace and the humor is organically woven into the film’s few action set pieces. Fans of the original television series may be put off by the film’s very R-rated sensibilities. The team behind 21 Jump Street have realized that the average audience member has changed since the original show was on the air and messages of the week and cheese-ball camp won’t be enough to entice the Youtube generation to see a movie. To keep pace, Bacall’s script is heartedly vulgar in a way that relishes pushing the boundaries of taste. The movie does not shy away from the extreme and – at times – even dares audiences to accept its filth. That said, the movie has a strong heart – born from the chemistry of its leads – that manages to make the film lovable even as its wallowing in nasty.

Director: Phil Lord and Chris Miller
Notable Cast: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, Dave Franco, Ellie Kemper, Rob Riggle and Ice Cube
Writer(s): Michael Bacall
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New Poster & Trailer – Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum Are Ready For Prom in 21 Jump Street http://insidepulse.com/2011/12/20/new-poster-trailer-jonah-hill-and-channing-tatum-prom-ready-in-21-jump-street/ http://insidepulse.com/2011/12/20/new-poster-trailer-jonah-hill-and-channing-tatum-prom-ready-in-21-jump-street/#comments Tue, 20 Dec 2011 19:00:07 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=283269 A new poster and teaser trailer for 21 Jump Street has been released.


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Puss in Boots 3D – Review http://insidepulse.com/2011/10/29/puss-in-boots-3d-review/ http://insidepulse.com/2011/10/29/puss-in-boots-3d-review/#comments Sat, 29 Oct 2011 12:00:07 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=273411 Meows and machismo combine in an inspired animated romp]]>
Meows and machismo combine in an inspired animated romp

Puss in Boots, the new animated film from Dreamworks, may spring from the creative loins of the Shrek series but the lovably lumpy green ogre is nowhere to be found in the spin-off. It was a wise choice on the part of the filmmaking team led by director Chris Miller. By creating a totally self-contained story featuring the meowing machismo hero voiced by Antonio Banderas, the filmmakers were able to mostly free themselves from the negative energy created by the last few films in the Shrek series — a franchise that had increasingly become over-bloated and undercooked.

Puss in Boots, on the other hand, is frequently hilarious, surprisingly emotionally resonant at times and, most importantly, a lot of fun. With Banderas at the masthead of this fact paced, classically-influenced fairy tale, the film keeps an irreverent and modern approach to its storytelling and humor without falling into the trap of so many of the early Dreamworks Animation films and filling its coffers with an overabundances of pop culture references.

No knowledge of the Shrek series is needed to enjoy the story-heavy film. The team of writers behind Puss in Boots created a totally self-contained tale that manages to capture everything that was likable about the feline anti-hero during his supporting roles in the Shrek films.

When the film picks up, Puss is a swashbuckling thief looking for a new score. When he hears about a pair of outlaws in possession of the legendary magic beans (the same ones from the classic tale of Jack and the Beanstalk), Puss in Boots sets off to claim the one prize he has spent his entire life searching for. Fairly soon into his quest he is reunited with childhood friend Humpty Alexander Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis in a surprisingly restrained and poignant role). It was Humpty Dumpty that first filled Puss’ head with dreams of the kind of loot that was waiting at the end of a magic beanstalk and it was their childhood obsession with the beans that ultimately formed a near irreparable wedge in their friendship. Now, joined by the female cat burglar Kitty Softpaws (voiced by Salma Hayek), Humpty and Puss must put aside old grudges and work together if they want to finally fulfill a childhood fantasy.

Puss in Boots blends together many different fairy tales in much the same way Shrek did ten years ago. Instead of poking fun at the classic tales, however, Puss in Boots celebrates them — weaving together something new and equally exciting. Similar to what Bill Willingham has been doing with his monthly comic book series “Fables,” Puss in Boots takes a modern approach to timeless tales most everybody is familiar with and crafts a new brand new story that feels comfortably familiar but also has that modern edge that today’s kids (and their parents) expect in a cartoon.

For example, the film’s villains are a pair of outlaws named Jack and Jill. Voiced by Billy Bob Thronton and Amy Sedaris, the bandits are given personalities that wouldn’t be out of place in a Coen Brothers movie. Their folksy banter about quitting the thieving business and settling down to raise a family is in sharp contrast to the two’s jack toothed, burly men demeanor. It’s this quirky humor that gives the film a maturity and grace.

The real star of the film, though, is Banderas and Hayek’s chemistry. It’s odd to bring up a word like chemistry in an animated film — especially considering that the two actors might not have even recorded their lines in the same room at the same time — but there’s something undeniably magnetic about seeing the Desperado co-stars back together as a pair of frisky kitties. Both actors are in top shape with their comedy and the sharp script gives them plenty of material to work with.

The film’s animation is top-notch. That said, some of the character designs — particularly for the humans — seem a bit flat compared to the beautiful rendering of the more fantastical creatures. This has a lot to do with the fact that the film is hindered by its attempt to keep in the visual style of a film series that turned ten this year. The fur and texture rendered to bring Puss and his playmates to life is astonishing and one could only wonder what the film would have looked like if the animators had been allowed to break free of the human designs set forth by the Shrek films.

If you’re not absolutely set in your feelings about 3D, Puss in Boots might be a film worth splurging for. The 3D effects are put through the paces — especially as the film stretches its legs during some of the more extreme camera set-ups. During long shots that take audiences on a hawk’s eye view through sprawling landscapes, the film really sells the use of the added dimensionality. The effects create an immersive experience that —while it won’t change your world — is worth a few extra bucks at the box office.

I’ll admit that at first it was surprising to see Guillermo del Toro’s name listed as an executive producer for Puss in Boots. One of the busiest working men in Hollywood, del Toro seemingly has his fingers in over a dozen film pies at any given moment. With Puss in Boots, he not only produces — he also lends his voice to a few characters. When one stops to think about it, though, it’s obvious that del Toro would be attracted to a film like Puss in Boots. The director of Pan’s Labyrinth and the Hellboy films has always been keen on stories that combine the fantastical with the grounded and Puss in Boots is right up his alley.

There is a surprising tenderness to the story of Puss and Humpty Dumpty that never gets lost amidst the action or the yucks. Galifianakis turns in one of his most human performances — who would have guessed it’d be when he was playing a human-sized egg? There’s a real pathos and sympathy in the role that Galifianakis and the film’s team of animators knocked out of the park.

The film’s charming combination of action, humor and emotional resonance makes Puss in Boots miles better than anything in the Shrek series. Ever.

As much as the first film broke new boundaries in its clever approach to telling a kids’ movie that would still appeal to adults, it is Puss in Boots that more firmly grasps the necessity of a good, solid story to carry the entire package. It’s one thing to be funny but without a solid story behind the jokes, the humor ages quickly. As any parent will admit, it is imperative in a family film to have a story that holds up on multiple viewings and Puss in Boots has the kind of story that will age well in the coming years. It is its narrative backbone that carries Puss in Boots along — helping to create a movie that will not only appeal to the children in the theater but will also hit the hearts of their parents too.

Director: Chris Miller
Notable Cast: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek and Zach Galifianakis
Writer(s): Brian Lynch, David H. Steinberg, Tom Wheeler and Jon Zack

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Antonio Banderas Voices Puss in Boots In New Full Trailer http://insidepulse.com/2011/10/06/antonio-banderas-voices-puss-in-boots-in-new-full-trailer/ http://insidepulse.com/2011/10/06/antonio-banderas-voices-puss-in-boots-in-new-full-trailer/#comments Thu, 06 Oct 2011 17:00:12 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=269998 After some teases, a full length trailer for the Shrek sequel stealer Puss In Boots (Antonio Banderas) has given the film a proper version.

Plot Summary: Way before Puss ever met Shrek, our suave and furry feline hero goes on a swashbuckling ride, as he teams with mastermind Humpty Dumpty and the street-savvy Kitty to steal the famed Goose that lays the Golden Eggs. Way before Puss ever met Shrek, our suave and furry feline hero goes on a swashbuckling ride, as he teams with mastermind Humpty Dumpty and the street-savvy Kitty to steal the famed Goose that lays the Golden Eggs.

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New Poster And Trailer For Puss In Boots http://insidepulse.com/2011/06/21/new-poster-and-trailer-for-puss-in-boots/ http://insidepulse.com/2011/06/21/new-poster-and-trailer-for-puss-in-boots/#comments Tue, 21 Jun 2011 07:00:27 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=253349 With Shrek sequels done and over with, Dreamworks still has one ace up their sleeve when it comes to extending the length of that franchise: Puss In Boots.

Voiced by Antonio Banderas, in both the English and Spanish versions, Dreamworks has given the scene-stealer his own film. Now it has a new poster and a full length trailer.

Plot Summary: Way before Puss ever met Shrek, our suave and furry feline hero goes on a swashbuckling ride, as he teams with mastermind Humpty Dumpty and the street-savvy Kitty to steal the famed Goose that lays the Golden Eggs. Way before Puss ever met Shrek, our suave and furry feline hero goes on a swashbuckling ride, as he teams with mastermind Humpty Dumpty and the street-savvy Kitty to steal the famed Goose that lays the Golden Eggs.

Puss in Boots is scheduled for release on November 4th, 2011
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Channing Tatum In Talks To Join 21 Jump Street Movie http://insidepulse.com/2010/11/10/channing-tatum-in-talks-to-join-21-jump-street-movie/ http://insidepulse.com/2010/11/10/channing-tatum-in-talks-to-join-21-jump-street-movie/#comments Wed, 10 Nov 2010 18:03:24 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=223334 G.I. Joe star would join Jonah Hill in '80s TV show adaptation.]]>

Deadline reports that Channing Tatum (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) is at the top of the list for the lead role in the big screen adaptation of 21 Jump Street.

Tatum would join Jonah Hill as the two play a pair of baby-faced police officers who go undercover at a posh high school looking to stop the spread of a designer drug. Johnny Depp rose to fame as the star of the original ’80s TV series and is apparently keen on the idea of cameoing in the film.

Michael Bacall wrote the script and Phil Lord and Chris Miller (who previously directed the extremely funny Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) will be directing the film.
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