Celebrity Birthdays: October 22 – 28

Christopher Lloyd (October 22). Happy 74th birthday to the great Christopher Lloyd, who is best known for his role as Dr. Emmett Brown in the Back to the Future trilogy. I still have to see that series… He is also well known for his role as the main antagonist, Judge Doom, in the 1989 animation/live action feature Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Sam Raimi (October 23). Happy 53rd birthday to Sam Raimi, who has directed great trilogies like The Evil Dead and Spider-Man. I still have to see Evil Dead, but it seems really awesome.

Ang Lee (October 23). Happy 58th birthday to Ang Lee, director of such great films as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain. I haven’t seen anything by Lee, but I just want to tell you guys to check out his upcoming film Life of Pi, that comes to theatres November 21.

Craig Robinson (October 25). Happy 41st birthday to Craig Robinson, who has brought his great comedy styling to such films as Pineapple Express, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Hot Tub Time Machine, and TV’s The Office.

Seth MacFarlane (October 26). Happy 39th birthday to Seth MacFarlane, creator of animation comedy shows such as the great Family Guy, the okay American Dad! and the horrible (except for its theme song) The Cleveland Show. He made his live action feature film debut this year with Ted, which is now the top world-wide grossing R-rated comedy of all time. He’s also going to be hosting the Oscar’s honouring films of the 2012 year.

Other Birthdays: Oct. 23, Ryan Reynolds (36); Dwight Yoakam (56). Oct. 24, Tila Tequila (31). Oct. 26, Dylan McDermott (51); Bob Hoskins (70), Jon Heder (35). Oct. 28, Joaquin Phoenix (38); Julia Roberts (45); Joan Plowright (83).

My favourite Christopher Lloyd films: Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The PagemasterDennis the Menace

Favourite Craig Robinson films: Hot Tub Time Machine Pineapple ExpressZack and Miri Make a Porno

Favourite Dwight Yoakam film: Panic Room.

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Ted (2012)

Ted

Release Date: June 29, 2012

Director: Seth MacFarlane

Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane (Voice)

Runtime: 106 min

Seth MacFarlane hits the big screen with Ted, and it’s actually rather good.

The film opens in a small Boston town on Christmas Eve 1985, where John Bennett is having a rather difficult time making friends. On Christmas morning, he receives a teddy bear, which he grows highly attached to. He makes a wish that Ted would come to life, and voila! he does.

Then the film skips to when John is thirty-five years old, living with his girlfriend of four years, Lori, and still his thunder buddy, Ted.  The film is about John, Ted and Lori’s relationship – and Lori is starting to get really fed up with Ted, and he has to try to receive a taste of the real world.

The movie actually has many laughs. It’s definitely funnier than you might think a buddy movie could ever be about an immature grown man’s relationship with his real life teddy bear, which consists of much pot smoking and movie watching.

When there are laughs, they’re really big; granted, the film does have some dull areas, as it suffers from maintaining comedic momentum throughout the entire feature (the most laughs are at the beginning and near the end). The factor of MacFarlane’s comfort zone being a 22-minute slot (as he created Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show) should definitely be considered as a factor for the lack of momentum. The film also suffers from having numerous antagonists, but I can look over that.

The film is actually quite the fun ride, has great quotes, laughs, pop culture references, a great voice-over narration (by the British voice styling of Patrick Stewart at the beginning and end of the film), and even when it is at its dull areas of the feature, it isn’t completely boring.

It also stars Joel McHale as Rex (who is just painfully unfunny) Lori’s horny boss, Giovanni Ribisi as the crazed Donny, and Patrick Warburton as the drunken co-worker, Guy.

The character of Ted is actually really funny and intriguing, the on-screen chemistry is grand, and it’s a comedy that should be cherished – as it is one of the funniest films of 2012 thus far.

88/100