There is something inherently intriguing and entertaining about watching people do foolish, and yet exciting, things in the movies. There is something, dare I say, magical about watching characters do the unthinkable, about watching situations slowly spiral out of control. This all applies to Project X, a ridiculously over-the-top party movie which, while far from artistic, succeeds through its commitment not to the usual narrative beats, but through its absolute insanity.

Directed by Nima Nourizadeh from a screenplay by Matt Drake and Michael Bacall (who co-wrote Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Project X is a curiously executed found footage film, which at times seems to completely abandon this premise, but at the same time isn’t afraid to embrace its potentials. (Much of the proceedings are filmed by the group’s mysterious friend, Dax.) The film follows high-school friends Thomas (Thomas Mann), Costa (Oliver Cooper), and JB (Jonathan Daniel Brown) as they throw a birthday bash for Thomas, whose parents (played by Caitlin Dulany and Peter Mackenzie) go out of town for the weekend.

Costa is gleefully crass and unapologetic in his insistence on throwing the largest bash imaginable – despite Thomas’ parents insistence not too – and proceeds to invite seemingly all Pasadena to what he is advertising as the most epic party of all-time. Now Thomas, Costa, and JB won’t exactly win popularity contests, so they’re not all that surprised when evening rolls around and nobody has showed up – save for Thomas’ friend and inevitable love interest, Kirby (Kirby Bliss-Blanton) – yet just as they are about to give up hope, the crowds begin to arrive.

Thomas is extremely (and justifiably) worried; the crowds continue to roll in, as Thomas’ backyard begins to fill. A party bus even arrives carrying Miles (played by the hilarious Miles Teller), who is apparently an ex-baseball star at their high school. The alcohol begin to flow, the music begins thump, and the party is officially out of control. The trio even hire two young neighborhood kids as security to keep Thomas’ house out of ruins, and of course be on the lookout for neighbors and cops. Yes, the premise and execution are completely ridiculous, but its the fact that the filmmakers embrace this so much that the film succeeds. With an excessive amount of lewd behavior, partying that never stops, and the gleeful way in which the party slowly spirals out of control, Project X is everything you’d fear could go wrong during a party – and it’s entertaining as hell.

From an angry drug-dealer seeking revenge, to an abusive little person (Martin Klebba), and even an angry and violent neighbor attempting to shut down the party, there is never a slow moment. Project X moves at a frantic pace, capturing every aspect of this party through the documentation of Dax and other present cameras. Soon the party generates an unstoppable life of its own – how did the party get so big? “It’s plus one.” – as nobody, not even law enforcement, can put a stop to it.

At the center of this movie is it’s use of music. It would be hard to think of a movie released in recent months that uses its soundtrack so much to its advantage. The soundtrack, which includes tracks from Kid Cudi, Tyler the Creator, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Nas, and more, masterfully dictates the pace and rhythm of each scene. When coupled with the sleek camerawork, which incorporates an impressive amount of slow-motion and interesting angles, the soundtrack breathes all life into the movie.

While “found footage” is usually used to ground a movie in reality, the climax eschews so far from it that the gimmick at times feels entirely useless. Like a continuous Jackass stunt gone-wrong, Project X never ceases to entertain as a party-movie on steroids, taking the good and the bad from such a premise and spitting out an absolutely insane 90 minutes of cinema.

Grade: B

Rated: R (for crude and sexual content throughout, nudity, drugs, drinking, pervasive language, reckless behavior and mayhem – all involving teens.)

Project X opens nationwide on March 2nd.

Netflix announces new Bill Nye the Science Guy talk show

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11:39 am EDT, August 31, 2016

Warm up those microscopes — Bill Nye is coming back to television thanks to Netflix!

Netflix has announced Bill Nye Saves the World, a new talk show slated for Spring 2017.

In a statement, Netflix says “each episode will tackle a topic from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths, and refuting anti-scientific claims that may be espoused by politicians, religious leaders or titans of industry.”

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Warm up those microscopes — Bill Nye is coming back to television thanks to Netflix!

Netflix has announced Bill Nye Saves the World, a new talk show slated for Spring 2017.

In a statement, Netflix says “each episode will tackle a topic from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths, and refuting anti-scientific claims that may be espoused by politicians, religious leaders or titans of industry.”

“Since the start of the Science Guy show, I’ve been on a mission to change the world by getting people everywhere excited about the fundamental ideas in science,” said Bill Nye in a press release.

“Today, I’m excited to be working with Netflix on a new show, where we’ll discuss the complex scientific issues facing us today, with episodes on vaccinations, genetically modified foods and climate change. With the right science and good writing, we’ll do our best to enlighten and entertain our audience. And, perhaps we’ll change the world a little.”

Netflix also promises that “In Bill’s unfiltered style, he will bring in special guests, conduct experiments and demonstrations, and ultimately let the facts lead the argument.”

Bill Nye is best known for Bill Nye the Science Guy, the half-hour PBS show that ran from 1993 through 1998.

The theme song is iconic. Science RULES!

The new Netflix series seems like a continuation of Bill Nye the Science Guy, so we’re very excited for the new show to launch in 2017.

Your wish is Marvel’s command. Fans have wanted to see a live-action Squirrel Girl adaptation, and it looks like it might actually happen thanks to New Warriors.

If you don’t know who Squirrel Girl is, do yourself a favor and look her up. Her name is Doreen Green and, shockingly, she can talk to squirrels. (Who would’ve guessed?) But it doesn’t stop there! She’s also got super strength and speed.

Fans have been fantasy casting the role for a while, but when Anna Kendrick said she wanted to play the character, the internet went wild.

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Your wish is Marvel’s command. Fans have wanted to see a live-action Squirrel Girl adaptation, and it looks like it might actually happen thanks to New Warriors.

If you don’t know who Squirrel Girl is, do yourself a favor and look her up. Her name is Doreen Green and, shockingly, she can talk to squirrels. (Who would’ve guessed?) But it doesn’t stop there! She’s also got super strength and speed.

Fans have been fantasy casting the role for a while, but when Anna Kendrick said she wanted to play the character, the internet went wild.

Shannon Purser has also declared her interest in the role. You’ll know her as Barb from Stranger Things, but she’s also just been added to Riverdale.

Before we can start casting, however, we need a show, and according to TV Line, that show is New Warriors.

Marvel and ABC Studios are currently shopping the project around, which would be a half-hour comedy based on the character. One of the tell-tale signs of a Squirrel Girl story line is its lighthearted and humorous nature, so this sounds like a perfect fit.

TV Line reports that the show is being described as “the junior version of The Avengers,” and that “the New Warriors are a superhero squad made up of teenagers.”

Marvel has, of course, brought plenty of its characters to the small screen and to great success. There’s even a chance that this project could be tied to some of the Netflix properties, as Doreen acts as a nanny to Luke Cage and Jessica Jones’ daughter, Danielle, in the comic books.

Just think about that crossover potential.

Are you looking forward to this ‘New Warriors’ show if it stars Squirrel Girl?

Shannon Purser plays fan-favorite character Barb on Stranger Things and now she’s joining a new project on The CW.

A lot of people instantly fell in love with Barb the moment she graced our screens in the Netflix hit series Stranger Things, and who can blame them? She was cool, confident, and not at all worried about what the popular kids thought of her.

Then the Demogorgon arrived. But that’s a tale for another day.

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Shannon Purser plays fan-favorite character Barb on Stranger Things and now she’s joining a new project on The CW.

A lot of people instantly fell in love with Barb the moment she graced our screens in the Netflix hit series Stranger Things, and who can blame them? She was cool, confident, and not at all worried about what the popular kids thought of her.

Then the Demogorgon arrived. But that’s a tale for another day.

EW is now reporting that Purser has joined Riverdale, the television show based on the Archie comics.

Purser will be portraying Ethel Muggs for at least three episodes.

Don’t expect her to follow in the footsteps of her comic book equivalent, however. Ethel may have a crush on Jughead in the source material, but EW is reporting that she’ll have her heart set on someone else.

Ethel will also be teaming up with Veronica and Betty as they set out to get revenge on Reggie Mantle, Archie’s nemesis.

In July, we brought you our thoughts on the Riverdale pilot after we saw it at San Diego Comic-Con. It’ll be premiering midseason next winter on the CW and provides a darker spin on the original Archie characters as they become wrapped up in a murder mystery.

Though the pilot has already been shot, the remaining 12 episodes have yet to be filmed. Production on the rest of the season will begin in early September, and the show is expected to premiere in early 2017, barring any complications.

Are you looking forward to seeing Shannon Purser on ‘Riverdale’?