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No, you’re not a misogynist if you don’t like the new Ghostbusters trailer.

It’s been four days since the new Ghostbusters trailer dropped and reactions couldn’t be more divided and vehement. This reboot comes to us 32 years after the first time we were asked ,’Who ya gonna call?’.

The new production features an all-female quartet of Kristen Wiig, Melissa Mcarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones as the titular team of scientists dedicated to cleansing the big apple of paranormal activity. Take a look at the trailer if you haven’t already caught it.

The day after the trailer dropped, the internet was ablaze with comments.

While some will point to sexism as the reason behind some of the criticism, and others will say the film is pandering to the social awareness of the millennial generation. But before you make your judgement on the movie, I implore you to watch everything that made the original trailer so much fun to watch.

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First Impressions: Get Him to the Greek

by William Johnson

Russell Brand brings the insanity to this spin-off sequel to Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

Since 2004, Apatow Productions (Knocked up,Anchorman) have been doling out comedic hits, and Get Him To The Greek is no exception. Russell Brand (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) Stars as Aldous Snow with Jonah Hill (Superbad) cast as Aaron Green, a bumbling intern responsible for getting Snow to The Greek Theatre. The two must travel through several hilarious situations in order to get Snow to perform.

In Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Snow was a drug-free rock star vacationing in Hawaii with his then girlfriend, Sarah Marshall. This film opens with Snow performing his latest song, African Child, which turns out to be a flop. After the failure of his latest album, and dissolution of his relationship with singer Jackie Q, Snow decides to fall off of the wagon and fall back into a drug inhabited lifestyle.

Aaron Green is an intern at Pinnacle Records, whose CEO Sergio Roma ( Sean “Diddy” Combs) decides the company needs new ideas in order to survive in the current climate of the music industry. Green suggests the company have Aldous Snow perform at The Greek Theatre for a tenth anniversary concert. Sergio agrees and tasks Green with 72 hours to do this. The next hour and a half are spent with Green scrambling about with Snow through various situations on the way to the concert.

Jonah Hill gives an exceptional performance as the wide-eyed Aron Green. He plays foil to Brands outrageous Snow. As a team, these two actors play off of each other in any given situation. Brand shines as the seemingly intelligent and spoiled rock star. The lengths in which Aaron goes to keep Aldous happy are hilarious enough to keep viewers quoting lines from the film on Facebook status’s for the next few months. Sean Combs also gives a decent showing as the music executive obviously inspired from his own personality. For anyone who’s seen an episode of “Making The Band”, Combs performance should be no surprise.

Hill and Brand supply the laughs throughout the majority of the film as Green and Snow dash back and forth from slapstick to situational humor. Where the movie begins to falter is in the last twenty minutes of production. Behind the crazy rock star lifestyle story, lies a deeper tale of two men finding themselves. Green, who loves music,starts to discover that the life of a rock star may not be for him. Meanwhile, Snow attempts to realize how his actions effect others, and that he may want something besides drugs.

The problem with these two different story types, comedy roadtrip and  soul searching drama, is how the thread in which they are tied together begins to unravel. Until the last twenty minutes of the film, it works. However, the two separate and the film makes an abrupt dramatic change that may seem off putting to some audiences.

Despite the minor flaws, Get Him to the Greek is a superb comedy for those who are fans of the usual Apatow comedies. For the most part, the raunchy and sometimes silly humor will keep movie goers in stitches.

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First Impressions of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

By William Johnson
Jerry Bruckheimer fails to bring any magic to this time-traveling tale.
Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain) stars in the Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean) produced and Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) directed adaptation of the popular Prince of Persia video game series. Named after the first installation, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time is a high budget, fantasy-adventure featuring a time warping blade, capable of sending the wielder a full 60 seconds into the past at a time.

After King Sharaman (Ronald Pickup) witnesses an act of courage in a young street urchin on the streets of a nameless Persian city, he takes the boy in to be a prince of Persia. It’s years later and Prince Dastan is leading a charge into a holy city, named Alamut, in search of weapons and finds nothing but a princess. In a series of twisted events, Dastan ends up with a time warping dagger capable of unleashing the fabled Sand of Time, which have the power to destroy the world. It is now up to Dastan and the princess of Alamut, Tamina (Gemma Arterton) to protect the dagger from those who would use it for evil.
This film suffers from poorly put together Computer Generated Imagery and ineffective dialog. Digitally generated back drops are apparently unrealistic and moments between the princess and the prince seem unbelievable. This movie attempts to use clichéd moments where the two main actors almost kiss, but are instead interrupted by some event.
The biggest oversight I noticed within the movie was the under use of it’s chief gimmick, the dagger. When placed in danger throughout the duration of the movie, the prince seems to forget that he is wielding a time bending dagger. In a film that overused CGI, hardly any of it was invested in the item placed in it’s namesake.
The film does , however, attempt to make political allusions by inserting Alfred Molina (The Da Vinci Code) as Sheik Amar, an ostrich racing entrepreneur who opposes taxes. Molina’s performance was the highlight of an otherwise unenergized cast. Another allusion takes places when Dastan is opposed to the idea of invading a land based on inconclusive evidence of the government trading weapons of mass destruction with their enemies. Although evident, these allusions don’t make this movie any wiser when said.
This films delivers exciting battle scenes reminiscent of Pirates of the Caribbean and the Mummy trilogy and swift acrobatics similar to Spider-Man.
While the film has it’s flaws, it may be only the first is a new Jerry Bruckheimer series. Fans of the popular video game series may enjoy this adaptation
and others may pan it, but Prince of Persia brings forth exactly what it’s trailer promises: Action, Adventure, Romance, and Acrobatics.

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