Hope For Hollywood. Emma Stone

Emma Stone
November 6th, 1988

Emma Stone was different from several others I’ve discussed. She emerged rather strongly and suddenly as a talented new face in Hollywood. She would waste no time in making a name for herself in movies and leapt to the front of the line of talented actresses out there.

Paper Man (2009) Jeff Daniels, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Kieran Culkin. The movie is about the formation of an unlikely friendship between a washed up journalist and a teenager from Long Island. Not a film I’ve seen, but reviews of it are decent to good with a 6.7 rating of 13.7 K+ ratings.

Zombieland (2009) starring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, Emma Stone, and Bill Murray. This was the film that set Emma Stone’s career path in the right direction. It was bloody fun time. Perfect mix of character development, humor, action, and some blood. I loved her in this film. She was not only beautiful, but also well suited for her role as Wichita. A modern-day Horror-Comedy classic.

Easy A (2010) Comedy/Romance starring Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Lisa Kudrow, Stanley Tucci. I like this movie a lot. Stone is smart, sassy, and a bit unpredictable. It dives into a strange school with stranger students. Amanda Bynes is lovely as the crazy bible beating antagonist named Marianne. It’s clever and funny. Never takes itself too serious. A quality comedy.

Friends With Benefits (2011) Comedy/Romance starring Justin Timberlake (aka Box-Office poison), Mila Kunis, Woody Harrelson, Nolan Gould, Andy Samberg, Shaun White (The snowboarder) and Emma Stone. Timberlake always seems to poison a movie for me. I am not here to judge his musical talent or career. It has been pretty successful and long. The man certainly has a good sense of humor. As for his acting, let’s say I hope to never have to sit through another movie with him in it. This movie has a nice cast and some decent jokes. It’s far too predictable and I can’t deal with Timberlake. If you need a movie to pass the time, this may be one to choose. A formulaic rom-com, but not awful.

Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011) Comedy/Drama/ Romance. Starring Steve Carrell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, and Kevin Bacon. This comedy has a great cast and a solid script albeit a bit predictable. (Let‘s face it, it‘s fairly hard to be completely unpredictable.) The acting is solid, you get some laughs, and some though-provoking moments about life after marriage.

The Help (2011) Drama. Emma Stone, Bryce, Viola Davis, Dallas Harper. What I love about Stone is that almost every time she gets a lead role, she excels. This movie is completely different from almost everything she had done before. About an aspiring author growing during the Civil Rights Movement who decides to write a story about black maids who work for white families. It also details their hardships and how they view the people to work for. It is a very interesting movie with a great cast and a strong message. From an acting standpoint, it may be her best role yet.

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) Action/Adventure/Fantasy. Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Dennis Leary, Martin Sheen, Sally Field. I talked about this film in my Superhero Post in February. I like the new Spider-Man played by Garfield. I really liked Stone’s portrayal as Gwen Stacy. I thought the acting was superior to the previous three films in those areas.

Gangster Squad (2013) Crime. Cast- Sean Penn, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin. I don’t care much for Crime films (I know I say that a lot, but its true most of the time.) Still, I watched this movie and I thought the cast was solid and the script writing was decent. While it didn’t break any new ground, I’ve seen far worse crime based films.

The Croods (2013) Animated/Adventure/Comedy- Cast – Nicholas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds. This movie is pretty good. It has a few moments visually that are tremendous. The humor is decent and there is some solid character development by multiple figures within the movie. Best of all was that the actor’s voices worked well for the characters they played. This movie wasn’t groundbreaking, but neither was it awful.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) Action/Adventure/Fantasy – Again, I enjoyed the acting of Stone and Garfield in this movie. The movie itself sprawls out and needs to get some focus, but the chemistry of these two actors keep me watching the movie.

Magic in the Moonlight (2014) Comedy/Romance. Directed by Woody Allen (Which now means it could be good, but also may not be good.) Starring Colin Firth and Emma Stone. I’ve not seen this movie, but all reports I’ve read about it suggest the acting is solid by Stone and Firth. The story may be a bit too cliché and or tame for people who love Allen’s work.

Birdman (2014) Comedy/Drama – Another film I’ve yet to see. I hear it won a controversial Oscar. To me, films don’t need awards and be in direct competition in that manner. Sometimes a film can just be beautiful as is. An Oscar or any award for that matter doesn’t make a film any more or less great. I hear Michael Keaton and Edward Norton are incredible in the film. Emma Stone was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress as well. Perhaps this film isn’t the best of the year, perhaps it is. If you think it is beautiful and plenty do, then that is all that matters.
Future Projects

Aloha (2015)
Directed by Cameron Crow (Almost Famous)
Comedy/Drama/ Romance. Cast Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Bill Murray, Jay Baruchel Alec Baldwin, Danny McBride. A movie about a former military contractor returning to his moment of triumph where he reconnects with an old flame in a very tumultuous time. I’ll be talking more about this film later this month in my May 2015 movie post.

Irrational Man (2015)
Directed by Woody Allen
Cast- Emma Stone, Joaquin Phoenix
About a philosophy professor in an existential crisis (How absurd!) who falls in love with a student whom gives his life new meaning.

The Croods 2 (2017)
Animated/Adventure/ Comedy
The cavemen family returns for a sequel. I admitted that enjoyed this film, but I strongly disagree with the idea of it needing a sequel. Here is hoping they find some good writers to make this sequel worthwhile. Dreamworks Animation needs it to be great in a bad way unfortunately.

Flops, Snoozers, and Losers

Superbad-(2007) “Comedy”-The only thing right about this movie is the title. It truly was Super-Bad. An appalling movie and unfortunate movie debut for Emma Stone. I will say there are people (somewhere) that really like this film. I don’t get the humor at all and I’m thankful I don’t.

The Rocker-(2008) A Music-Comedy starring Rainn Wilson, Christina Applegate, and Josh Gad. Also starring Emma Stone, Jason Sudeikis, Jane Lynch, Bradley Cooper and Will Arnett. How was this movie not funnier? It’s amazing what good writers can do. Also amazing what happens when you fail to have those good writers.

The House Bunny (2008) Comedy starring Anna Faris, Colin Hanks, Emma Stone, and even Hugh Hefner. It’s about a Playboy bunny who gets kicked out of the Playboy mansion and winds up as a house-mother at a sorority. I’ve actually heard of people who like this movie. Fine to have a guilty pleasure movie, but some movies should leave you more guilty than others.

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009) Comedy/Fantasy/Romance. Starring Matthew McConaughey (Remember when he only made bad films?), Emma Stone, and Jennifer Garner. About a serial womanizer being haunted by an ex-girlfriend. Just….sigh I’m not even going to waste my time talking more about it. It’s average at best. Very average.

Marmaduke (2010)- SMH.

Movie 43 (2013)- Burn it! Don’t let it ever be seen by another victim again!


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