The Night Before Passes

Movie Scene Queen has just confirmed a screening of THE NIGHT BEFORE…


Starring Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Anthony Mackie, “The Night Before” is about three childhood friends in search for the Holy Grail of Christmas parties in New York.  The screening will be held this Monday, November 16th at AMC Waterfront 22, beginning at 7:30 PM. For tickets, please comment below with your favorite holiday movie(s).  Here are mine– in random order: Elf (2003), Borrowed Hearts (1997), I’ll Be Home for Christmas (1998),  The Preacher’s Wife (1996), Home Alone 1, 2, 3, and Christmas Everyday (1996).

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

Steve Jobs Passes

With public anticipation running high, Apple Inc. co-founders Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender) and Steve “Woz” Wozniak get ready to unveil the first Macintosh in 1984. Jobs must also deal with personal issues related to ex-girlfriend Chrisann Brennan and their young daughter Lisa. Eventually fired, Jobs launches NeXT Inc. and prepares to release a new computer model in 1988. Ten years later, Jobs is back at Apple Inc. and about to revolutionize the industry once again with the iMac.\

Steve Jobs

This screening is one of two opportunities available for Tuesday, October 20.  Please see the previous post for ticket information about catching The Last Witch Hunter, which was filmed here in Pittsburgh.  Choose wisely.  In the meantime, if you’d like to see Steve Jobs, please comment below with your favorite Apple product.  And if you’re not an Apple fan, then surprise me! 🙂

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

UPDATE:  I got the passes late.  I’m sorry.  Please print off the pictured tickets below:




Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne star in Neighbors as Mac and Kelly Radner, a couple with a new baby and the neighbors from Hell. Shortly after getting settled into their new home, the Radners found out a fraternity is moving next door. The new Neighbors are led by a cocky and unruly fraternity president, Teddy (Zac Efron). After a few noise disturbances, the Radner wages a war against the band of brothers. Rogen co-produced Neighbors alongside his childhood friend, Evan Goldberg, and This Is The End (2013) producer, James Weaver.

In true Seth Rogen form, Neighbors possesses inappropriate, radical humor, excessive nudity, and shameless impressions, creating non-stop laughter. Also, in alignment with other Seth Rogen movies like Knocked Up (2007), there’s always a deeper issue besides the goofs and giggles. However, once you get to the serious climax you are already so exhausted from unwarranted laughter that the bulk of the plot gets swept under the rug.

I appreciate Seth Rogen’s consistency though. From The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) to Neighbors, he has literally plays himself in every movie. Rogen has lost some weight but he’s still the same old Seth. The most notable characteristics, like consistency, are sometimes criticized by main stream media. But, I truly admire his work.

It’s necessary to take a few moments to discuss the impeccable physique of Zac Efron. Ripped straight from page 36 of an Abercrombie and Fitch catalog, the actor is flawless. The movie makes its own jabs at Efron’s attractiveness, but he’s nothing too shy of a young Mel Gibson. The 26-year-old might be one of the most beautiful men I have ever laid eyes on. (Ok, that’s enough!)


Other than Maya Rudolph, black actors, specifically female comedians, have yet to infiltrate the world of mainstream comedies in the new millennium. Stepbrothers (2008), Anchorman (2004), Pineapple Express (2008), Superbad (2007) and other new millennium amusing films don’t have any African Americans in leading roles. Martin Lawrence, Eddie Murphy, and now, Kevin Hart literally created their own genre of comedy movies to cater to the Black people.

Saturday Night Live’s last slavery stunt with comedienne Leslie Jones is a prime example of how White America doesn’t not fully comprehend the integration of African American comedy and sensitivity. I got the joke! I even chuckled at the joke! But the full execution of the skit was poorly timed and confusingly aggressive. Jones’ look was a complete mess, which made the skit almost unbearable to watch. SNL creators should have flagged that segment with stupidity and corniness before it aired.


3.5 Stars: Neighbors should come with a bold disclaimer. Although extremely humorous, the movie is highly inappropriate for anyone under the age of 18. But what else did you expect from Seth Rogen and his team of racy creators? The movie is in theatres Friday, May 9th.

Neighbors Passes

What would you do if your family moved next doors to the neighbors from hell?


A couple with a newborn baby face unexpected difficulties after they are forced to live next to a fraternity house. Mac and Kelly Radner (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) must figure out a way to subdue the intensive conflict between the two parties. Neighbors is in theaters May 9th.

To watch the movie’s official trailer, CLICK HERE!

This Wednesday, April 23rd, Movie Scene Queen will host a special, super advance screening of Seth Rogen’s new comedy, Neighbors. The showing will be held at AMC Waterfront 22, beginning at 7:30 PM. If you’d like tickets, please comment with your first AND last name. Your name will be placed onto a RSVP list for you and one guest. (When all the passes have been redeemed, I will mark the film poster above with a CLOSED sign)

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

This is the End (6.10.13)

This is the End

A lot of recent movies (and when I say recent I mean since the new millennium) have been giving different interpretations of what THE END looks like The Day After Tomorrow (2004), I Am Legend (2007), and 2012 (2009). Even a movie coming out later this month, World War Z starring Brad Pitt, showcases the rapid depreciation of human life.

This is the End is not quite like all the other apocalyptic movies. It’s Pineapple Express, the Exorcist, and Scary Movie all wrapped up into one gut-busting film. (I know it’s hard to imagine!) Laughter is inevitable in the directorial debut of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. This is the End is based on Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse, a short film created by Rogen in 2007.

The best part of this movie review is that all the actors played themselves so I can save the 247 seconds of my life by not looking up that character’s real names. Any who, This Is the End is about six actor friends who barricade themselves inside a Hollywood mansion as the world slowly disintegrates around them. What started off as a packed house warming party at James Franco’s house, quickly escalated to a deserted evening. James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson question one another’s alliance and motives once food, water, and life necessities are bare.

Playing with God
I couldn’t really tell whether This Is the End crossed the line with biblical context in the story line. Halfway through the movie, Jay mentioned the Book of Revelations and how it referred to the end of the world suggesting that they were experiencing the apocalypse. I don’t want to spoil the movie but its consistent references to heaven and hell, the favor of God, and the goodness of humanity was delightful. I’m just not sure whether the movie mocked God and the bible or if it glorified His omnipotent power and grace.

Guest Appearances
Besides the dry satire, the movie had guest stars like Rihanna, Kevin Hart, Michael Cera, and Emma Stone. Most of them die because it’s the end of the world but it makes for a funnier movie. Rihanna solidified her adorable demeanor as she sang and flirted with the cast. Kevin Hart, who normally headlines his own movies, took a backseat and made a couple quick comedic appearances. And Michael Cera showed his behind (literally) before he quickly perished.

The Backstreet Boys
I loved the music in this movie! One moment I was rocking out to the Backstreet Boy’s Everybody and moments later I was reminiscing on Whitney Houston’s remake of I’ll Will Always Love You. Similar to the movie, the music selection was all over the place but surprisingly enjoyable. Some other notable musical mentions: Tipsy by J-Kwon, Paper Planes by M.I.A., and The Next Episode by Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg

2.5 STARS: It’s funny…YES! But periodically it goes way LEFT just when you thought the movie was RIGHT! The cameos are the reason why I pumped it up by .5

This Is the End is in theatres 6.12.13. Check it out for yourself!

If you don’t believe me, this is what other Pittsburgh Movie Scene Queen viewers thought of This is the End:

“It was hilarious and also had too much going on at some points. Alot of stuff was coming out of left field. Every time you thought the plot was over with more twisting things occurred!” –Angel Otuwa

“Hilarious! Although, I thought it was a corny flick, like Scary Movie, I really enjoyed it. I also enjoyed the biblical message in the movie. There was some truth to the underlying message about selfishness that stood out to me. Overall, good movie. “ – Tonia Charles

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