This is the End (2013)

Ever wonder what would happen if a bunch of friends who happen to be actors and comedians got really high together and got an idea for a movie? I'm pretty sure 'This is the End' is as close as you will get to that fantasy. When the world is faced with the apocalypse, a group of lost clueless celebrities can't find a better place to hide out than James Franco's new pad.
Friends James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogan, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson are forced to stick together to survive the apocalypse. There's really no point in going over the plot, since things get ridiculous pretty fast. This movie isn't going to open your eyes to some grand meaning of life (unless I missed something). But, it will make you laugh. There's a lot of little funny moments and it was fun to watch. If you are not into a lot of guy humor then you might want to stay away from this one. Otherwise, enjoy.

IMDB- 7.9/10
Metascore- 67/100
Rotten Tomatoes- Critics-84% Audience- 81%
Yong's Rating- 3/5


Favorite TV Characters

As much as I love movies, I also have a soft spot for good television shows. I would like to share some of my favorite characters from some of my favorite shows. In no particular order. Enjoy.
Homer Simpson

 One of my favorite shows growing up. Guess I just have to start with The Simpsons. Who doesn't love Homer?

Tyrion Lannister
I recently started to watch 'Game of Thrones' and if you've seen it you know how addicting it gets. There's many memorable characters in the show, but Tyrion Lannister stands out the most for me.
Eric Cartman

Back to the land of animation. Cartman is selfish, manipulative, and evil. But, there's also something about him you can't help but love. And if you disagree, as Cartman would say, 'Screw you guys, I'm going home."
Hank Hill

When I think of America, I think of Hank Hill. My favorite Texan just had to make the list.

Speaking of America, Carl is freaking awesome. That is all.
Dexter Morgan

My favorite serial killer.
Walter White

My favorite drug dealer.
Larry David

Curb your Enthusiasm's star, Larry David is pretty pretty pretty pretty good.

The Wire has quickly become one of my favorite shows of all time. And Omar is one of the most memorable characters ever. 'All in the game yo, all in the game'
The Bluth

I just had to include my favorite family. It was just so hard to pick just one character, so I just picked the whole family. I've made a huge mistake.

Seinfeld is a classic and you can't go wrong with Kramer.

JD may just have the best hair on television.
Michael Scott

The world's greatest boss, Michael is the best manager ever. Not gonna lie, my eyes may have gotten a bit watery when he was leaving the office.
Dwight Schrute

Beets, bears, battle star galactica, Dwight.
Lily and Marshall

I have to admit, I have a huge crush on Lily. Well, on Marshall too. They may be the cutest couple ever.
Jack Bauer

If you are a fan of 24, you know how much of a bad ass Jack is. If you haven't watched 24, just know that Jack is the reason you are safe at your home reading this on your computer. You're welcome.
Charlie and Frank

I can't forget to mention Charlie and Frank from Sunny. They are the best.

Well, that's all I can think of for now. I'm sure there's few I've left out. Who are your favorite characters? Feel free to share. And I think I may watch too much TV, just a little bit.


'Pacific Rim' (2013)

You can't help but feel the love Guillermo del Toro has for his craft in every one of his films. And 'Pacific Rim' is no exception. Its always a joy to watch the universe created by Guillermo del Toro's imagination. 'Pacific Rim' should be a clinic for making a perfect summer popcorn flick that is both fun to watch and with enough substance to not question your intelligence (hope Michael Bay was taking notes). A movie filled with giant robots and alien monsters fighting to take over control of earth somehow doesn't seem so ridiculous when guided under the direction of del Toro.
When a mysterious portal in the middle of the Pacific Rim opens up, creatures spring up from another universe with the sole intent of destroying everything in their sight. In order to combat these monsters, given the name 'Kaiju', mankind turn to giant monster fighting machines refer to as 'Jaegers'. As the intensity and the frequency of the Kaiju attacks increase, the slim hope of survival of earth rests solely on the Jaegers and the pilots who control them.
'Pacific Rim' is action packed fun perfect for the long summer days. I personally enjoyed Idris Elba's performance and his motivation speech is sure to pop up on motivation clips for future generations. If anyone's going to cancel the apocalypse, it might as be Stringer Bell.

Metascore- 64/100
Rotten Tomatoes- Critics- 71%, Audience- 85%
Yong's Rating- 4/5 stars