As far as hockey movies go, it will be hard to top 2011’s Goon (unless you throw Slap Shot into the mix). Director Jay Baruchel, who co-wrote and starred in the original, takes on the challenging task of ensuring the franchise doesn’t have a sophomore slum with Goon: Last of the Enforcers. Thankfully, he succeeds with flying colors.
Team first and fearless “goon” Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott) is back, and during the story’s first act he’s named team captain. Doug’s joy is short-lived after a bloody confrontation with hockey terror Anders Cain (Wyatt Russell) leads to his temporary retirement. With his wife Eva (Alison Pill) expecting their first baby, Doug lands a dead end desk job to pay the bills.
When Anders joins The Highlanders, Doug’s team goes on a losing streak mainly thanks to Anders’ divisive and violent nature. With The Highlanders at their lowest ebb, Doug may have a shot to rejoin the squad once he gets back into playing shape. Helping Doug get back into hockey fighting shape is his old nemesis Ross Rhea (Liev Schreiber). Baruchel also returns as our protagonist’s vulgar best buddy Pat, with Elisha Cuthbert starring as Eva’s crass but lovable BFF Mary.
Goon: Last of the Enforcers predictably doesn’t take any of the proceedings any seriously, and Baruchel unabashedly puts a ton of sport movie tropes into his narrative. Everyone looks like they’re having a great time, and once again Sean William Scottis winning as the ultimately kindhearted enforcer.
The ensemble of Goon: Last of the Enforcers have the best comedic moments in the film, and a big part of the comedy’s success lies in letting the supporting cast have their respective moments in the sun (T.J. Miller nearly steals the show as an obnoxious sportscaster).
Goon: Last of the Enforcers opens in theaters and Digital HD September 1st, and if you’re looking for a winning comedy with a ton of laughs and a bit of heart (not to mention a plethora of fisticuffs), then this movie should be right up your alley.
Movie fans may argue that cult classic Goon is the greatest hockey film ever, while others may deem Paul Newman’sSlap Shot as holding that title. The great news for Goon fans is Seann William Scott is back as Doug “The Thug” Glatt in Goon: Last of the Enforcers, a movie that marks the directing debut of Jay Baruchel (How To Train Your Dragon, This Is The End).
This time out Doug is deeply settled into domestic life as he’s an insurance salesman who’s attempting to support his pregnant wife Eva (Alison Pill). Being a family man should lead a person to stay away from the dangers of the puck, but Doug’s a different beast and he decides to make a comeback.
Goon was not an overnight sensation when it came out in 2011, but Goon: Last of the Enforcers has a built in audience. Fans will be able to see if the sequel was worth the wait when it hits theaters and On Demand September 1.
It’s been an eventful year for Kit Harrington, who’s proven that there is more to life than life on the Wall (Game of Thrones reference, if you’re not in the know!). Along with proving his battle mettle as Jon Snow, Harrington showed off his gladiator style prowess in the underrated, guilty pleasure epic Pompeii and now, he’s the voice of an arrogant (and ultimately bumbling) dragon trapper in How To Train Your Dragon 2.
Expect How To Train Your Dragon 2 to continue, and possibly, exceed the success of its predecessor, as some critics believe the animated feature is easily one of the best films of the year. For Harrington, How To Train Your Dragon 2’s resonant and universal storyline, coupled with its compelling fantastical elements, made this project a special one.
Click on the media bar below to hear why Harrington loves How To Train Your Dragon 2:
How To Train Your Dragon 2 co-star Gerard Butler talks about his upcoming movies Gods of Egypt and Geostorm in my Deepest Dreampost.
One of the great pleasures of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s comedy This Is The End lies in the chemistry among the actors. Since they’re playing exaggerated versions of themselves, Rogen, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, and Jonah Hill are not afraid to literally act like fools. Franco is an artistically pretentious sell out with an ostentatious mansion, Baruchel is a holier than thou snob, Hill is a degenerate humble bragger thanks to his Oscar nomination, McBride’s an obnoxious punk, Robinson is scared of little boo-boos on his finger, and even Rogen has suddenly turned into Joe Hollywood.
The apocalyptic backdrop isn’t the most pointed theme in This Is The End. In a beguilingly veiled fashion, the picture is a look at our fascination with celebrity culture. We feel like we know each and every one of these actors, but in reality, everything is just smoke and mirrors. Most of these dudes, when the cameras stop rolling, are most likely nothing like their fictionalized versions in This Is The End, and that’s definitely a good thing.
Goldberg and Rogen admitted that the movie has a ton of “meta” moments thanks to the close bond among the cast. Instead of having the stars wander off onto their own trailers, Rogen had the genius idea of getting the boys together to hang out at a nearby actors lounge and whenever it was their time to shoot a scene, they’d just finish whatever ruckus they were making and get to work.
Click on the media bar to hear Goldberg and Rogen talk about the “meta” feel of This Is The End as well as elaborate on the actors lounge:
Opening June 12th, This Is The End continues the collaboration between Pineapple Express writing team Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, as both of them co-direct the apocalyptic comedy featuring their colleagues James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson, Jonah Hill, and Danny McBride.
The draw for This Is The End stems from the innate bond among the actors, as most of them have worked together in previous projects. “I think we all kind of went to the same moviemaking college in a sense,” says Rogen. “The first movies, especially comedies, were together. I think Pineapple Express was the first comedy Franco was in as a movie. Freaks and Geeks was the first show he was in. Undeclared was the first thing Jay really did. Superbad was the first movie Jonah had a big part in. Pineapple Express was the first thing Craig had a big part in and with Danny that was the first big movie he was in. Luckily a lot of us have whatever styles we have due to working with one another in a lot of ways. So it all feels similar stylistically and there’s not a lot of conflict there.”
The celebrity filled party thrown at This Is The End is inspired by a previous shindig thrown by Rogen, a get together which featured such unexpected guests as directors Quentin Tarantino and David O. Russell. Click on the media bar and listen to Rogen talk about the “organic” party atmosphere behind This Is The End: