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Review: 30 Minutes or Less

Nothing more than a moronic, politically incorrect on all fronts, slacker flick; 30 Minutes Or Less is also nothing less than a good time. Director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) continually rescues his train-wreck of bad taste with tight, frantic pacing and shrewd comic timing.

When all seems to be going to the dogs, Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) adds plausibility to a lead character who gets in over his head and then, in a completely paradoxically desperate and joyful sort of way, he is forced to pull a caper. Cruelty, misogyny, and extreme dumbness all dwell here, yet the film’s knowing energy seems to provide new wrinkles as an antidote to every cliche and pomposity it throws at you.

Dwayne (Danny McBride) discovers his need to off his “not cool,” lottery-winning Dad (Fred Ward, known here only as “The Major”) while getting a lap dance from a stripper named Juicy. This stripper just happens to know a good murderer-for-hire, Chango (Michael Pena, Lincoln Lawyer), but he charges $100,000 for the hit. To raise the money Dwayne and his dumber-than-dirt sidekick Travis (Nick Swardson) dream up a scheme to kidnap a pizza delivery kid….. Nick (Eisenberg). After knocking Nick out, they strap a bomb with a timer to his body in case he doesn’t want to cooperate by, say, robbing a bank for them. Since Parks and Recreation’s Aziz Ansari is Nick’s best friend (and also a home-wrecker), it’s only logical he’d want to come along and ride shotgun for Nick.

It’s hard to imagine this film working without Eisenberg, who again proves he can act up a storm in any genre. Yet the real sleeper here is Pena, who I can’t remember having been in a comedy before but his scenes are some of the most memorable of the film. Eisenberg and Ansari’s relationship is also highly believable and hits the comedic mark at every twist and turn. The other team… McBride and Swardson are very much exactly what you would expect. McBride’s getting a lot of bad press for this role but who else can play someone this utterly stupid this convincingly?

Before you’re lulled into total mindlessness, 30 Minutes Or Less brings you around for a pleasure without much guilty fallout but plenty of bemused aftertaste. Oh, and you won’t care much, but there actually was a news story where a pizza delivery man faced a very similar dilemma as Nick.  But since real life is often not a comedy…. he ended up dead.

6 Mindless Belly Laughs (Out Of 10)

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Best Picture Gif’s

Best part of the Oscar Race is all of the people who tear these movies apart limb by limb. Thankfully they have created these “Gif’s” (or moving images) that display easily what each movie is about. Purely in about 5 frames or less.

Cinedork Podcast - Feb 2nd - Ozzy and 3D Bieber at Best Buy

Today we talk about…

Alice in Wonderland on Blu Ray
Dan gets embarrassed talking about his secret love
Jesse Eisenberg is really awkward or is that Mark Zuckerberg? hm….
How Steve upset Jesse Eisenberg and still feels bad about it (you’re awesome Jesse)
Hatchet 2

2 notes’s Oscar Hopeful List

Oscar nominations will be announced Tuesday. Ten films instead of five will vie for Best Picture. Five actors and five actresses will fight for a statue. Will Pixar win like it always does? Here’s our 2010 breakdown (instead of predictions for all nominees, the concentration is what we would vote for):

Billy’s Picks

Best Picture: Black Swan
Best Actor: Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Best Actress: Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Best Supporting Actor: Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech (he gets a lot of screen time but I guess he still counts as supporting)
Best Supporting Actress: Sissy Spacek, Get Low
Best Director: Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech
Best Visual FX: Inception
Best Soundtrack: The Social Network
Best Documentary: The Tillman Story
Best Animated Film: How to Train Your Dragon
Best Cinematography: The Fighter
Best Foreign Language Film: I Am Love (not sure if it’s actually eligible but it was released in the US in 2010)
Best Original Screenplay: Christopher Nolan, Inception
Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

Steve’s Picks

Best Picture: The Social Network
Best Actor: Ryan Gosling “Blue Valentine” - Seriously if he doesn’t win I might kill myself. Or at least throw a shoe at the TV.
Best Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Best Director: David Fincher
Best Visual FX: Inception
Best Soundtrack: Scott Pilgrim should win, but we all know Trent already won with The Social Network
Best Animated Film: Toy Story 3
Best Cinematography: The Fighter
Best Original Screenplay: The Kids are All Right
Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

Josh’s Picks

Best Picture - Winter’s Bone - Gotta pick an underdog with this one. Winter’s Bone did an awful lot with so little. See my review for my feelings on why this film has such an impact.
Best Actor - Sam Rockwell - Because he’s a cinedork.
Best Actress - Jennifer Lawrence - Anyone who isn’t shortlisting this young actress for an Oscar for Winter’s Bone is wrong.
Best Supporting Actor - Geoffrey Rush - Because I want to see the guy doing fewer Disney films with squid-face and more Marquis de Sade
Best supporting actress - Helena Bonham Carter - For all the same reasons I want to see Rush win. She’s played enough witches, for Burton or anyone else.
Best Director - Christopher Nolan - It was an immense story and he held it together, edited and sold the dialogue all in a way that worked for audiences. No small feat.
Best Visual FX - Inception - Man, I know I’m going to take flack for this one, but at the end of the day the FX were done well, done practically when possible, underplayed and enhanced the story.
Best Soundtrack: Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World - Edgar Wright almost needs his own category. The must-have soundtrack of the 90s was The Crow and now we know what it is for the last decade.

Don’s Picks

Best Picture - In what actually promises to be a two-horse race between The Social Network and The King’s Speech, here are the ten English language films that SHOULD be nominated:

127 Hours, Black Swan, Blue Valentine, The Fighter, The Ghostwriter, The Kids Are All Right, The Social Network, The Square, True Grit, and Winter’s Bone. Will Win: The Social Network.

Best Actress - Another two-horse race between Portman and Bening.

Will win : Portman. My five: Annette Bening (Kids Are All Right), Katie Jarvis (Fish Tank), Natalie Portman (Black Swan), Tilda Swinton (I Am Love), and Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine).

Best Actor…Will win: Colin Firth (The King’s Speech.).

My five: Vincent Cassel (Mesrine), Michael Douglas (Solitary Man), Jesse Eisenberg, (The Social Netwok), James Franco (127 Hours), and Tahar Rahim (A Prophet).

Best Supporting Actress…Will win: Melissa Leo.

My five: Amy Adams (The Fighter), Greta Gerwig (Greenberg), Barbara Hershey (Black Swan), Melissa Leo (The Fighter), and Olivia Williams (The Ghostwriter).

Best Suppporting Actor…Will Win: Christian Bale.

My five: Christian Bale (The Fighter), Pierce Brosnan (The Ghostwriter), Matt Damon (True Grit), John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone), and Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech).

Best Director…Will win: David Fincher.

My five: Darren Aronosky (Black Swan), Danny Boyle (127 Hours), Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine), Joel and Ethan Coen (True Grit), and David Fincher (The Social Network).

Best Foreign Film Will win: No idea/ It’s a most convoluted, illogical nominating process. My five: A Prophet (France), I Am Love (Italy), Mother (South Korea), Poetry (South Korea), and White Material (France).

"30 Minutes or Less" - Jesse Eisenberg Post Social Network

Take Zombieland and combine it with The Town and you get “30 Minutes or Less.” Finally we get to see Aziz in a well deserved side-kick role in a major motion picture. Eisenberg and Aziz (Tom and Zuckerberg) seem like a great “I would have NEVER thought of that” pair; Aziz the loudmouth and Eisenberg the witty, quiet-mouthed kid. The rest of the cast seems up to par as well except for Nick Swardson who needs a break after his horrible, laugh-a-never, TV show. Check out the official synopsis below and the first picture we could google.


In the action-comedy 30 Minutes or Less, Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) is a small town pizza delivery guy whose mundane life collides with the big plans of two wanna-be criminal masterminds (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson). The volatile duo kidnaps Nick and forces him to rob a bank. With mere hours to pull off the impossible task, Nick enlists the help of his ex-best friend, Chet (Aziz Ansari). As the clock ticks, the two must deal with the police, hired assassins, flamethrowers, and their own tumultuous relationship.

Executive Producer : MONICA LEVINSON

In Theaters August 12, 2011

Source (/Film

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