SAUSAGE PARTY - Rated R Starring the voices of Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Selma Hayak, Bill Hader, Edward Norton and Paul Ruud Written, directed and/or produced by some of the same dudes who brought us such comedic gems as SUPERBAD, PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, and THE NIGHT BEFORE, comes an animated film that is not only food based, but takes it’s blows at almost every religion, race or social stereotype in our society ~ This is SAUSAGE PARTY!! Living out his days on a grocery store shelf, hoping to some day be chosen to venture outside to “the great beyond”, we meet Frank (voiced by Seth Rogen), a hotdog hoping to be united with his girlfriend ~ and shelf buddy ~ the voluptuous Bun Brenda (voiced by Kristen Wiig). As Frank and Brenda long for the holiday that brings wieners and buns together (yes, that kind of innuendo) each and every year, their fellow foods go about their merry way too, hoping to be chosen to become a part of the big celebration… When a jar of honey mustard is chosen, but then returned, he starts a panic of epic proportions when he reveals that the “the life beyond their respective shelves” isn’t all its cracked up to be. When Frank, Brenda, and a few of the other food items hanging out in the store decide to venture across the store to find the isle containing Firewater (Bill Hader) - as he is the most knowledgeable product in the store, they find that what he knows may be just as, if not scarier, than what the honey mustard was spewing, before his demise…
GHOSTBUSTERS - Rated PG-13 Starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth – and more cameos than you can even imagine!!!! Based loosely on the 1984 hit by the same name, and Directed by Actor/Writer/Director Paul Feig – you know, the guy whose muse in this life has to be Melissa McCarthy, as he has directed her before in BRIDESMAIDS, THE HEAT and SPY – and he’s directing her this time too as one of the new lady GHOSTBUSTERS, who are taking on this ghost-hunting business with a new attitude, cause GIRL POWER RULES…THIS IS GHOSTBUSTERS (2016)!!! Trying to gain tenure at her elite University, Professor Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig), is trying to forget her ghost hunting past, focusing on real research to pass the time away. When the book that Gilbert and fellow scientist and past BFF Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) resurfaces…Gilbert must find Yates to make this book disappear once again in order to save her career. When their reunion doesn’t go quite as smoothly as planned, Gilbert gets the opportunity to meet Yates’s new research partner, the extremely intelligent, yet totally crazy Jillian Holtzman (Kate McKinnon). While these three fight over what they are and are not going to do to prove apparitions DO EXIST, Metro toll booth attendant Patty Dolan (Leslie Jones) seeks out our ghost finding gals to take care of a pesky ghost of her own she’s found, harboring deep within the city’s train depot… When more and more ghosts start surfacing all around town, it seems our girls need to acquire some much needed administrative help…enter super HOT, and super DUMB Kevin (Chris Hemsworth), although with all the smartness already in the office, who needs more, as Gilbert thinks he is just what the professor ordered! As the world turns more ghostly by the minute…. it is up to our LADY GHOSTBUSTERS this time, to save they day…question is…CAN THEY??? I give GHOSTBUSTERS – 2016 version ~ a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN ~ I have to be frank from the onset of this review, I wasn’t looking forward to viewing this remake, having so loved the boys in the original film. But to my complete surprise, the storyline, even though it was loosely based on the original tale, was awesome to view, and I couldn’t believe it as it all played out right before my very eyes. McCarthy, Wiig, McKinnon and Jones were better together than I was envisioning as well. Add that to the extremely better CGI 32 years later, and seeing it in 3D too, and it all makes this remake rather extraordinary. And even with all of these reasons to love it and head to a theater near you, they weren’t even the best part of GHOSTBUSTERS for me. THE BEST PART, was that they managed to work in so many awesome cameo appearances all the way through, and fit them so perfectly into the storyline too – that this cosmically colossal film has to be the BEST REMAKE EVER ~ Who knew?! Kathy Kaiser