Double Feature: Date With Love (2015) & Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015)

Time is flying by and with Christmad Eve tomorrow, I have been struggling to get a lot of time for writing and even watching movies so here we are with a lovely double feature of two films that I saw a good while ago but never could or did write a full review for so here are some quick reviews for them.

Date With Love (2016)

Date With Love

Director:Ron Oliver

Cast: Shenae Grimes, Andrew W. Walker, Quinn Lord, Bailee Madison, Andrea Brooks

When a small-town boy’s video Promposal goes viral, it scores him a Prom date with his celebrity crush. Complications arise when the celebrity falls for the boy’s teacher.-IMDB

Netflix has been wrapped up in a ton of these Hallmark movies. Its kind of obvious because that is what I’ve been reviewing a lot lately. While I love the big titles and I love the indie and all the quality stuff, I equally don’t mind sitting down (ever since I was younger) and catching some TV movies. They usually don’t measure the same in quality as Hollywood or well thought out unique indies and take a rather formulaic route but there’s something genuine and believable about these movies that don’t bother me too much. With that said, when I draft and work on stuff around the house, I like to put up simple movies and that day, I put on Date With Love which turned out to be about something different from what I expected but hey, it has Shenae Grimes and I loved her in 90210.

Date With Love

Date With Love is one of the more lackluster films in the trail of Hallmark films I have been watching lately. It is still a feel good film in its core but other than Shenae Grimes and , two people who meet and are wildly attracted to each other, the younger cast doesn’t stand out as much as I would’ve liked. That isn’t to say that they didn’t deliver good performances but more that the script lacked a little more to it. With that said, Shenae Grimes playing a popular actress trying to redeem her reputation after a red carpet breakup by agreeing to be a high school boy’s prom date brings a lot of fun because she ends up meeting his English teacher (played by Andrew Walker). The best parts of the movie are the scenes with her and the English teacher because it brings out a lot of fun, whether its her character not knowing a lot about everyday life because she has been in a different world ever since she was young or its the idea of the English teacher really not knowing who she is and how popular. Plus, this movie also has Bailee Madison. She started as a young actress in a few movies that I’ve reviewed already like Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark or Just Go With It and she’s also young Snow White in TV series Once Upon a Time.

I can’t say I’ll be frequently rewatching this one but it had some likeable characters and a decent cast. Not to mention, there’s something for natural and genuine about Andrew Walker that I like.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015)

alvin and the chipmunks the road chip

Director: Walt Becker

Cast: Jason Lee, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Josh Green, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Tony Hale, Bella Thorne

Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami…and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother. –IMDB

Its hard to believe that Alvin and the Chipmunks are at their 4th movie. Perhaps its at this time of year that we remember Alvin and the Chipmunks, the first one or even the original and wonder how its gone such a long way to building up Alvin and his brothers and Dave’s relationship with them. This time’s journey is all about the chipmunks and their potential brother to-be, Miles and the feuds between them but also their relationship growing as they take a road trip to Miami to stop their parents from the potential proposal.

I have a soft place in my heart for Alvin and the Chipmunks. It might have to do with just how adorable they are, especially the clumsy but extremely caring Theodore. It is hard to not love them but it is always a little easier when the movies turn into a really generic type. Luckily, I do also like musical movies so these also fall in that category. In this one, the new addition is Josh Green who plays Miles, a young actor with a decent voice, which is great because you know he has some singing to do when he is with the Chipmunks. Suffice to say, with the addition of Tony Hale playing the air marshal who is chasing down the chipmunks, it turns into a rather over the top trip. There are some roll your eyes moment, some stupid ones, there are some nice ones and even some heartwarming ones.

At this point in the franchise, you are either on board or not. Alvin and the Chipmunks might not really be offering a lot but its always fun (at least for me) to hear chipmunk-voiced tunes and get caught up in the Chipmunk shenanigans and mischief.

That’s it for this double feature! I apologize for the tardiness.
My work’s renovations and the resulting glue fumes circulating the office is making my brain work slower than usual. 
However, its a long weekend coming up so YAY! Christmas movies and lots of gaming (and Boxing Day shopping) is in the horizon.
And..of course family time!

But..I still have one more post for tonight (not Christmas related also but for Netflix A-Z)!

Halloween Marathon: Alvin & the Chipmunks Double Feature

After seeing Cara at Silver Screen Serenade with her intense movie marathon and making her list of family-friendly Halloween movie (check it out Part 1 and Part 2), I’ve already reviewed a good bunch of that list and it made me realize that I needed a little non-intense Halloween portion so I started watching Alvin and the Chipmunks double feature on Netflix.

Lets do a little double feature segment to take a little breather before heading back into little more intense stuff 🙂

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS MEET FRANKENSTEIN (VIDEO 1999)

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS MEET FRANKENSTEIN

Director: Kathi Castillo

The Chipmunks are working a show at the Majestic Movie Studios when they wander off and get locked in. They soon realize that the park unexpected hired Dr. Frankenstein and to spook up the Frankenstein castle attraction, his plans are to create the monster.  As the boys try to escape from this danger, they have this wild adventure.

I fully understand that Alvin and the Chipmunks are not targeted for me but then I’m trying to finish watching all the seasons of The Magic School Bus on Netflix before it expires in November so I guess I have my nostalgic moments as well.  This is exactly where that is.  Alvin and the Chipmunks are extremely fun to watch.  I mean, I’ve seen the live/CGI version and other than the first one, the sequels aren’t really that great.  It has some fun chipmunk style music that has some feet tapping qualities but this one really reminded me what watching Alvin on TV felt like.  I had more fun than I probably should have had.  I really think thats what counts 🙂 It took a pretty dark story and changed it to something really fun to watch.  You know that its never going to be creepy scary or anything.  Even the scary parts get a little goofy but thats the charm of it. Did I mention it was a full length feature? Not those 20 minute side stories that are put out nowadays.

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS MEET THE WOLFMAN (TV 2000)

alvin chipmunks wolfman

Director: Kathi Castillo

Another full length movie like the Frankenstein one.  Alvin believes that the new next door neighbor is a werewolf.  After he causes chaos at the school play rehearsals, Dave tries to take away his monsters obsession by removing all monster-related things in his life.  The play is now replaced by the bullied Theodore and sharing his role is Simon.  When Theodore comes home one day, bitten by a big dog, he transforms into a werewolf pup gradually and this changes him as his confidence increases and he turns into something even worse than Alvin was.  How do they change Theodore back to his old self?

I love Theodore the most in the Chipmunks.  I love watching monsters and this one even includes the Chipettes (which is pretty cool).  They have some cute music and the characters always are fun to watch.  I feel its a little less entertaining than the Frankenstein one.  It still is pretty lovable to watch but its not quite as complete.  Maybe its because I watched this back to back with the other one, I feel less excited than the previous.  I just thought as predictable as these are, this one really didn’t offer quite as much fun.

Alvin and the chipmunks do have a special place in my heart.  So, it was worth it to go down this nostalgic road to revisit an actual animated full length feature with them and not the updated CGI version 🙂

Are you a fan of Alvin and the Chipmunks? 

Christmas Marathon: Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007)

alvin_and_the_chipmunks_2007ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS

Directed by: Tim Hill

Cast: Jason Lee, David Cross, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney

Based on the tv show, this is a movie version of Alvin and the Chipmunks.  Dave Seville (Jason Lee) is a struggling songwriter who meets 3 talking chipmunks and by some chance, ends up bringing them to his house.  When he first discovers them, he tries to make them leave his house.  He then discovers that these chipmunks, Alvin “the awesomest one” (Justin Long), Simon “the smart one”(Matthew Gray Gubler) and Theodore (Jesse McCartney) can also sing.  He asks them to sing his songs in exchange for giving them a place to live.  Its then he brings them to his song producer, Ian Hawke (David Cross) who tries to separate them from Dave and use them as moneymaking machines.  However, the question is: can Dave and the chipmunks bond like a family?

This movie is also one thats set during the holiday season and we have Alvin and the Chipmunks “The Christmas song, (Christmas Is Here) is the name I believe.  Here is the video in case you don’t know it.

This is one that I have mixed feelings about.  It has some nice little singing that I like to listen to but as for the acting, it was not too good.  I realized that I winch at Jason Lee’s acting in this one.  He just has such exaggerated expressions.  It makes it all feel so fake.  However, I have this thing with hearing chipmunks singing.  They do a few songs like Bad Day and Only You.  Its a fun movie as Alvin just like a bunch of mischievous and clueless and know-it-all and these embodies the attitudes of certain kids when they want to experience and learn more about their surroundings.  Also, as much as the voices don’t sound like the actors voicing them, I was drawn to the fact that Matthew Gray Gubler does Simon.  He sure has the image especially since the plays the young and gifted Dr. Reid in Criminal Minds, one of my absolute favorite shows on TV.  Also, Theodore is just the most adorable little chipmunk ever!

This movie is good for children.  Its fun and musical and it has the theme of family: being committed and sticking together as a family.  That definitely is something we want in a Christmas movie. However, this shouldn’t be pegged as a Christmas movie to some as it just is set in the first half during Christmas and we hit Christmas day.

Anyone watch this during Christmas? How about the song, does it bring back some memories? Any Alvin and the chipmunk fans out there? Which one is your favorite?