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Ready Player One- The Flick Fanatics (Karl)

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READY PLAYER ONE

Starring:

Tye Sheridan- Wade/Percival

Oliva Cooke-Art3mis/Samantha

Mark Rylance- Halliday

Simon Pegg-Ogden Morrow

Steve Spielberg says “GAME ON!” with his new Sci-Fi action film, “Ready Player One”.

It’s 2045 and the world’s resources are gone. People work and spend all their free time in a computer based virtual world called the “Oasis”. The Oasis was created by a video game geek named Halliday and his friend and partner Ogden Morrow. Upon his death, Halliday explained he planted an easter egg in the Oasis…the person who can find it would inherit the Oasis and a fortune.

Wade is a kid living in the “stacks” of Columbus, Ohio (a high-rise group of mobile homes) who plays games in the Oasis as his avatar Percival. Percival plays with a team known as “High Five” made up of Aech, Sho, Daito and gaming legend Art3mis. They teamed up to pursue the three keys that unlock the hidden Halliday Easter Egg. The problem is that evil corporate tycoon Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn) and his army of players at IOI want the Oasis to commercialize it and sell advertising in it for huge $$$. Sorrento was an intern with Halliday when he designed the Oasis but didn’t give him any advantage to solving the clues.

 

The First challenge was a road race with Percival driving the DeLorean from “Back to the Future” Against hundreds of people in various card and the IOI ninja bikers. The race is fierce and impossible to win with Dinosaurs and King Kong waiting on the course to protect the first key, Percival deduced a clue and found a back door in the race winning the first key presented to him by Halliday’s avatar Anorak. The rest of High Five also obtained the first key placing them all one the leader board.

Sorrento brings in I-RoK (voice of TJ Miller), his virtual contract killer in the Oasis, to find Percival and kill him. Percival makes a mistake on the second challenge proclaiming his affection for Art3mis and telling her his real-life name, this information overheard by I-rok and given to Sorrento. IOI sends an army of drones to the stacks blowing up Wade’s trailer killing his aunt and her boyfriend. Wade has a secret location inside some junk cars in the dump where he plays in the Oasis, this saved his life. Atr3mis gains the final key in a dancing competition with a theme from Stephan Kings film, The Shining, where you had to dance with Halliday’s girlfriend to get the key.

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Office Christmas Party Review- Karl Sides (the Flick Fanatic.com)

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OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY

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It’s the Holiday season…so why not party with T.J. Miller?

Clay Vanstone (T.J.Miller) runs a the Chicago division of his family’s data server company left to him by his father. Carol Vanstone (Jennifer Aniston), his sister and CEO of the company, still jealous that her father liked Clay better swoops in and tells him to fire half his staff or she will shut the division down. Merry Christmas? Josh Parker (Jason Bateman), is the tech supervisor at the company and together with Tracy Hughes (Olivia Munn) they develop an app that would allow anyone to connect to the internet anywhere at anytime. This technology would bring the division out of the red and save the company.

Josh has a meeting with a perspective client Walter Davis (Courtney B. Vance) to help Clay fend off his sister and the mass firing she ordered. Davis liked there pitch but told them they weren’t the company he was looking for. Clay invites him to see the office and join in on all the frivolity of the company Christmas party. This is the same party that his scrooge of a sister had him cancel earlier in the day. Davis agrees. Clay, josh, Tracy and Josh’s secretary Allison (Vanessa Bayer) have to transform the office into a killer holiday party in a few hours.

The party gets out of hand quickly with employees (Rob Corddry, Karan Soni, Andrew Leeds, Oliver Cooper) drinking too much and the drugs are flowing. There is all levels of debauchery at this Christmas party. Nate (Soni) hires Savannah, a prostitute (Abby Lee), to be his girlfriend so that the other guys quit teasing him about being a geek. Savannah leaves some cocaine next to the snow machine and when it is put in it hits Walter Davis right in the face. This transforms Mr. Davis into a party animal that is swinging from the Christmas lights. Walter comes crashing to the ground hitting his head on a filing cabinet. After the cocaine is in the air, employees begin trowing vending machines out the windows and light things on fire. Savanahs gun toting pimp (Jillian Bell) takes Clay for a ride think he will take her to his safe and she can rob him. Josh and Tracy are confronted with a furious Carol when she arrives at the party she wanted cancelled. Josh explains they need to find Clay and they have landed Davis and his company, only to be told that Davis was laid off earlier that day and could sign with Clay.

Office Christmas party is funny, it would be hard not to be with the likes of T.J. Miller, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Rob Corddry and Olivia Munn in the cast. But Office Christmas party isn’t as funny as I was expecting. The story comes from Jonah Hill so I expected all the language, drugs and sex….but I just wanted more from the party and less of the family sqabbles and supporting stories.

Fans of films like “This is the End, Deadpool and Horrible Bosses” will like “Office Christmas Party”.

T.J. Miller is throwing a Christmas Party….I’m there! I recommend you catch this party, but do it early and save a few bucks!

Rated R (Sex, Nudity, Drugs, Language and violence)

 

Running Time: 105 mins

Rating: 4/6

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