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The Divergent Series: Allegiant Part 1 – Karl “the Flick Fanatic” Sides

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Tris and Four set off to a new frontier in the next installment of the Divergent Series : Allegiant. 

Shailene Woodley and Theo James have returned with the rest of the cast (at least the ones that survived) to explores outside the city of Chicago in The Divergent Series: Allegiant Part 1.  Miles Teller, Octavia Spencer, Zoe Kravitz, and Naomi Watts are reprising their roles in the series and welcome new cast members Jeff Daniels, Bill Skarsgard and Nadir Hilker.

Following the death of Jeanine (Kate Winslet), Evelyn (Naomi Watts) has assumed control with her army of factionless soldiers and set up a “kangaroo” court to legally execute everyone who followed Jeanine. Tris and Four watch their fellow Dauntless members shot until they realize they must break Caleb (Ansel Elgort) out and get past the wall and find a new home. As they make it past the city, Peter (Teller) and Christina (Kravitz) jump on board and they all race across the outer rim ahead of Evelyn’s troops. Just before they are gunned down an invisible force field opens revealing an army ready to defend Tris and her group.

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THE BRONZE- Karl Sides “The Flick Fanatic “

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Melissa Rauch really sticks the landing in the new comedy “The Bronze!”

Melissa Rauch co-wrote (with her husband Winston) and stars in the new comedy “The Bronze!” Melissa is Hope Ann Greggory, a local gymnast from Ohio that is the USA’s best chance at a gold medal at the 2004 Olympic games in Rome. Hope grew up being encouraged by her father Stan (Gary Cole) and pushed by her Russian coach. Hope was eyeing a medal until a misstep on the beam and she injured her foot. Hope has her best event left, the uneven bars, but a bad foot and needing a near perfect routine to medal. Hope toughs it out and performs. She sticks the landing and returns to Amherst, Ohio a hero with a bronze medal!

Years roll by and Hope is still living in the past trying to stretch out her 15 minutes of fame to 15 years. The once Olympic athlete is now drinking, doing drugs, masturbates to her Olympic footage and takes advantage of her enabling father. Stan, a postal carrier, cooks, cleans, and supports his unemployed daughter who sneaks in and steals money out of letters in his mail bag. Hope needs to get a job but she thinks she can still live of her celebrity and Stan.

Hope is so domineering over her father that his only other relationship he can have is with his pet goldfish! Hopes ex-coach dies suddenly and in a letter promises to give Hope $500,000 if she agrees to train the new up and coming superstar gymnast “Miracle” Maggie (Hailey Lu Richardson).Hope being her self-centered self agrees to coach Maggie, but then realizes she will de-thrown Hope as the local celebrity. Then the sabotage begins. Hope gets rid of Maggie’s diet and fattens the gymnast up and has her hooking up with boys. On team Greggory, there is no practice.

The Olympic team coach and former gymnast Lance Tucker(Sebastian Stan) comes in to check on Maggie’s progress finding a bulging girl drunk at noon. Lance was Hope’s teammate and boyfriend at the 2004 games, and he tells her Maggie wont make the team. Hope sees the end of her coaching career and a payday until Stan tells her there is no money unless Maggie makes the Olympics and she is coaching her!

Hope has to go to work for real and Maggie is put through gymnastic drill camp!

Melissa Rauch transforms from the nice girl next door we know as Bernadette from the Big Bang Theory to a Tonya Harding raunchy win at all cost athlete in the comedy “The Bronze”. There is a record setting use of the “F” word with Hope talking like a sailor. Hope is a drinker, druggie and has one of the most elaborte and well choreographed sex scenes in movie history! Gary Cole, Sebastian Stan and Hailey Lu Richardson are fantastic in their supporting roles.

I encourage you to GO FOR BRONZE! Go see this film and laugh until you fall out of your chair!!

Listen to the entire Flickanalysis here:

Rated R (Language, Strong Sexual Situation, Nudity, Drugs)

Grade: 4/6

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The Divergent Series: Allegiant-Part 1

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“The Divergent Series: Allegiant-Part 1”, from the best-selling Divergent series, marks the third film out of the planned four.  When we left our heroes, they had just taken-down Jeanine and discovered that it is safe to leave the walls.  As the people of Chicago attempt to leave, they are quickly subdued and are told they are not allowed to leave.  As executions of Jeanine’s conspirators Continue reading

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Fanatic Interview with Melissa Rauch from “The Bronze”

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MELISSA RAUCH GOES FOR G…….BRONZE?

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I as fortunate to see an early screening of Melissa Rauch’s (Bernadette from Big Bang Theory) new film “The Bronze” , which she stars and co-wrote with her husband. You can get the Flickanalysis this Friday (3/18), but I sat down with some fellow critics in a round table format to interview Melissa about the film.

Let me start by saying Melissa is one of the nicest celebrities I have ever met and a complete contrast from her character Hope in “The Bronze”. You can hear the complete interview below (spoilers revealed in the interview) , but here are some highlights from the questions asked:

*It wasn’t planned to break the record for using the “F” word in a film, Hope could make Scarface blush!

I asked Melissa if she was an athlete or did any gymnastics in school? She told us that she was the opposite…the most unatheletic person you would meet. The idea came from her liking to watch the Olympics with her husband and a trip back to her home town after her first acting job and was given a free pretzel by a fan!

There were many questions about scenes in the film but we also asked about co-star Gary Cole who plays Hope’s father who goes from pushing parent to dominated provider for Hope. We asked about Stan (Cole) having no life and his only relationship is with his fish. Melissa told us Hope is a handful and all encompassing, keeping Stan to herself.

*Melissa added Hope doesn’t like herself very much, then I added “Except in the first 10 mins of the film” which got a laugh from Melissa. She added Hope loves her past success and continues to live it.

I asked What Bernadette would think of “The Bronze”? Melissa said she would like the film, she would be shocked but would like the movie!

Here the entire interview here:  

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FANATIC TRAILERS

Food Has Feelings Too!

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From Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (the comedic geniuses behind: This is The End, Neighbors, The Interview), we now how an outrageous, raunchy, R-rated animated comedy to look forward to!  Check-out the debut trailer for “Sausage Party” below!

“Sausage Party” stars an incredible voice-cast, including: Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd, Edward Norton, Salma Hayek, Michael Cera, Bill Hader, David Krumholtz, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, and Nick Kroll!  The film follows one sausage leading a group of supermarket products on a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they become chosen to leave the grocery store.

“Sausage Party” is (obviously) rated R and will hit theaters August 12th!  Share your reaction on social media with #SausagePartyMovie