Archive for the ‘Comedy’ Category

Film: Ted

Year: 2012

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane, Joel McHale, Giovanni Ribisi, Parick Warburton, Matt Walsh, Jessica Barth, Aedin Mincks, Bill Smitrovich, Patrick Stewart, Norah Jones, Sam J.Jones, Tom Skerritt, Bretton Manley

Plot: As the result of a childhood wish, John Bennett’s teddy bear, Ted, came to life and has been by John’s side ever since – a friendship that’s tested when Lori, John’s girlfriend of four years, wants more from their relationship.

Review: This film was hyped months before it hit the streets and I was, just like everyone else dying to see what Seth MacFarlane had come up with. Let’s face it I wasn’t disappointed it was just family guy with the characters being played by, well by different characters.

It’s rude full of drug use and violence and is funny as f*ck the opening monologue by Patrick Stewart had me in tears as did some of the jokes, Mark Wahlberg as a stumbling Peter Griffin just slimmer was excellent with the excellent Mila Kunis as his Lois.

But without a doubt Ted was the star of the show, surrounding himself with hookers then a dumb blond girlfriend, to thanking Nora Jones for 9/11 he was Brian down to a T.

There is just a bunch of stuff going on in this film that makes you want to watch it a bunch of times just to make sure you did see it and get it right first time that includes the appearance of flash Gordon! [Not flesh Gordon]

There really isn’t much to say about this film apart from, Watch it, but leave your political correctness and your kids at home you’ll spend too much time tutting or trying to explain what’s going on otherwise.

10/10 glad Mary Whitehouse isn’t still around!

Trailer: http://youtu.be/VxKfC77XAp8

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Film: Cabin in the woods

Year: 2011

Cast: Kristen Conolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Brian White, Amy Acker, Tim De Zarn, Tom Lenk, Dan Payne, Jodelle ferland, Dan Shea, Maya Massar.

Plot: Five teenagers head off for a weekend at a secluded cabin in the woods. They arrive to find they are quite isolated with no means of communicating with the outside world. When the cellar door flings itself open, they of course go down to investigate. They find an odd assortment of relics and curios but when one of the women, Dana, reads from a book she awakens a family of deadly zombie killers. There’s far more going on however than meets the eye as the five campers are all under observation.

Review: This was a really strange film, not what I thought it was at all. I was the trailers and thought it was some kind of horror film, especially with the Zombies. However not what I was expecting. First clue CIA looking guy on the roof when the “kids” drove off, second the matrix looking wall when the bird flew into it! I must admit at this time I did nearly choke on my popcorn.

This was one mixed up film, a film that was a bit of everything and nothing all at the same time I kept being lulled into the fact that it was going to be a horror film then we get scenes with the men in black? Wasn’t sure what that was all about at all.

However there are about two points where things start to fall into place about what’s happening one when the stoner and the girl are in the glass lift and you see all the entities with items that were in the cellar and right near the end when Sigourney Weaver explains about the gods and the sacrifices, all very bizarre yet partly entertaining film, not good by any stretch of the imagination but entertaining kind of, not a blockbuster movie but not a B movie either  somewhere in-between and that’s what it is really a nowhere film destined for the 50p bin sooner than you think

5/10 being generous really, watch the trailer you get the whole film.

Film Trailer:  http://youtu.be/7ENUBUdFswM

Film: 21 Jump Street

Year 2012

Cast: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, Dave Franco, Rob Riggle, DeRay Davis, Ice Cube, Dax Flame, Chris Parnell, Ellie Kemper, Jake M. Johnson, Nick Offerman, Holly Robinson Peete, Johnny Pemberton, Stanley Wong.

Plot: In high school, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) was a dork and Jenko (Channing Tatum) was the popular jock. After graduation, both of them joined the police force and ended up as partners riding bicycles in the city park. Since they are young and look like high school students, they are assigned to an undercover unit to infiltrate a drug ring that is supplying high school students synthetic drugs.

Review: originally a long running TV Series from the late 80’s early 90’s with a very Youthful Johnny Depp, although not old enough to remember the original series, cough, cough splutter, splutter! this made a cracking one off comedy film, the comedy pairing of Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum is pure film magic, they bounce of each other with very little effort for maximum return. Also another Superbad actor Dave Franco makes an appearance as the posh drug pusher Eric Molson another great actor.

Not very convincing as high school kids Hill and Tatum stumble their way to success after a dodgy start taking drugs in school, getting expelled then getting their man at the end.

The background to the two characters is explained fully at the start which is good, then also how they eventually become friends whilst both training to be cops, the first time they make a bust had me in hysterics, both on push bikes chasing down biker stoners. Although the reading of his rights became “you have the right to remain silent……. Mother fucker!” this is what gets them transferred to jump street.

Once at high school they don’t really get off on the wrong foot when Tatum hits a black kid for giving him attitude and telling him to turn they gay music off! The guys reply “you hit me because I’m gay?”

Confusing times for the two cops, with the dilemma of carrying you back pack one or two strapped just adds to Jenko’s confusion. However the real fun starts when the two get their identities mixed up, when the Jock Jenko [Tatum] ends up with the intellectual classes and Scmidt [Hill] ends up with the sports. At his point you know it’s not going to end well.

10/10 an absolute must see, comedy of the year, had me and my daughter in stitches.

Side note: Although un-credited both Peter DeLuise and Johnny Depp are in this film as under cover cops, they also make reference to once being in jump street which was a good touch, a short but comedic interlude by Mr Depp [Right on teh right in this pic]

Trailer: http://youtu.be/ZirgAYBcOgo

Film: Your Highness

Year: 2011

Cast: Danny McBride, James Franco, Rasmus Hardiker, Natalie Portman, Toby Jones, Justin Theroux, Zooey Deschanel, Charles Dance, Damian Lewis, Simon Farnaby, Deobia Oparei, B.J. Hogg, Matyelok Gibbs, Angela Pleasence, Anna Barry

Plot: Throughout history, tales of chivalry have burnished the legends of brave, handsome knights who rescue fair damsels, slay dragons and conquer evil. But behind many a hero is a good-for-nothing younger brother trying just to stay out of the way of those dragons, evil and trouble in general. As two princes on a daring mission to save their land, they must rescue the heir apparent’s fiancée before their kingdom is destroyed. Thadeous (McBride) has spent his life watching his perfect older brother Fabious (Franco) embark upon valiant journeys and win the hearts of his people. Tired of being passed over for adventure, adoration and the throne, he’s settled for a life of wizard’s weed, hard booze and easy maidens. But when Fabious’ bride-to-be, Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel), gets kidnapped by the evil wizard Leezar (Justin Theroux), the king gives his deadbeat son an ultimatum: Man up and help rescue her or get cut off…

Review: I saw the trailers for this film and wasn’t really that interested so I let it go without much interest, I was looking through my films the other day and noticed that I had actually downloaded it, I thought well I could do with a laugh and my choices were limited to this, rubber or Troll Hunter!

It started of with promise the part where he falls through the trap door of the dwarf kings gallows to find himself stood up with a slack rope round his neck! Genius. In fact the whole film turned out to be a work of genius Charles Dance as the king as professional as ever in his acting and delivery, the lovely if not dippy Zooey Deschanel was well, lovely in every aspect of the word. The comedy genius award has to be awarded to McBride and Hardiker as Thadeous and his man servant Courtney, the laughs roll in from the opening credits where Thadeous is waiting to be executed on a dwarf gallows as Courtney is being Tarred and feathered. There is very little let up in the comedy all the way through, the Minotaur’s cock as a trophy was genius also, if not a little off-putting.

This film is definitely more blazing saddles than Holy Grail, it’s not PC at all which means that, for that alone in today’s society if you like this film be prepared to be slated.

If you can put aside your morals for an hour this film is hysterical from start to finish, I bet even those that have slated it publicly have enjoyed it in private!

9/10 hilarious and a good PC antidote, you know you want to.

Trailer: http://youtu.be/aGLCQfsiSIs

Film: Hobo with a shotgun

Year: 2011

Cast: Rutger Hauer, Pasha Ebrahimi, Robb Wells, Brian Downey, Gregory Smith, Nick Bateman, Drew O’Hara, Molly Dunsworth, Jeremy Akerman, Andre Haines, Agnes M.Laan, Duane Patterson, Brian Jamerson, Tomothy Dunn, Glen Mathews.

Plot: A vigilante homeless man pulls into a new city and finds himself trapped in urban chaos, a city where crime rules and where the city’s crime boss reigns. Seeing an urban landscape filled with armed robbers, corrupt cops, abused prostitutes and even a paedophile Santa, the Hobo goes about bringing justice to the city the best way he knows how – with a 20-gauge shotgun. Mayhem ensues when he tries to make things better for the future generation. Street justice will indeed prevail

Review: this film was a surprise find as I hadn’t seen it advertised anywhere and I just liked the title, this film has got to be one of the best modern B movies out at the moment the others being Machete and Nuns with big Guns.

This film is a total classic from the opening credits to the final scene, I am a massive Rutger Hauer fan so this film started to tick boxes right away. The violence was over the top and the blood plentiful. Brian Downey made a great Villan as Drake running his town on fear with his two psychotic sons Slick and Ivan.

My two Favourite Quotes are:

Abby: You can’t solve all the world’s problems with a shotgun.
Hobo: It’s all I know.
and

Hobo: Get your hands off me, demons! You’re crushing my smokes!

This is an absolute brilliant film and will become a cult classic, with its humour and Gore it was only outshone by Zombie women of Satan

10/10 Classic Hauer

Trailer: http://youtu.be/ssHEAOrAdCU

 

Film: Fright Night

Year: 2011

Cast: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Toni Collette, David Tennant, Imogen Poots, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Dave Franco, ReidEwing, Will Denton, Sandra Vergara, Emily Montague, Chris Sarandon, Grace Phipps, Chelsea Tavares, Lisa Loeb.

Plot:  A remake of the 1985 original, teenager Charley Brewster (Yelchin) guesses that his new neighbour Jerry Dandrige (Farrell) is a vampire responsible for a string of recent deaths. When no one he knows believes him, he enlists Peter Vincent (Tennant), a self proclaimed vampire killer andLas Vegasmagician, to help him take down Jerry.

Review: There seems to be a big thing at the moment about remaking “classic” films from the 80’s and I’m not 100% sure why? Could it be that the y liked the original so much they think another generation will enjoy an updated version, whilst the oldies reminisce over the old film? Or they just can’t come up with any real good new scripts? I go for the later as over the last couple of years we have had a poor showing as far as new films are concerned and the new ones we have had have been rubbish. Anyway rant over so back to Fright night Colin Farrell makes a menacing Vamp probably as he doesn’t actually need to do much talking just look mean and run around a lot, it actually the best thing I have seen Colin Farrell in to be honest as he’s been pretty crap in pretty much everything else

It was good to see Chris Mintz-Plasse [superbad and Role Models] he always makes me laugh, he didn’t let me down although you only see him at the beginning as a nerd, no type casting there then, and at the end as a vamp, he makes a pretty amusing vamp reminds me a bit of the black night out of the Holy Grail, he just refuses to die! The rest of the cast limped along padding out the scenes, apart from David Tennnant  as Vincent the vampire killer of course who was just superb and funny as hell in the finals scenes. We even had a rather quick cameo from the original Jerry [Chris Sarandon] see if you can spot him, you gotta be quick though.

 

7/10 all in all not as bad as I originally though?

Trailer: http://youtu.be/rrdYC-YKkJs

Film: Our Idiot Brother

Year: 2011

Cast: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Nick Sullivan, Zooey Deschanel, Francesca Papalia, Emily Mortimer, Bob Stephenson, Peter Hermann, Adam Scott, Kelly Briter, Rashida Jones, Steve Coogan, Kathryn Hahn, T.J. Miller, Shirley Knight.

Plot: Ned [Paul Rudd] lived a happy life growing organic vegetables on a farm with his hippie girlfriend and his dog named Willie Nelson, but an unadvised incident with marijuana at a farmer’s market lands him in jail. When he gets out of jail, he is off to live with his sisters. While Ned is still happy, his sisters are much less so after he manages to screw up one marriage, one job opportunity, one budding relationship and one domestic partnership. He sees those problems as breakdowns in communication, but his sisters see him as an idiot

Review: This is a real feel good film, the irony is in the title as it’s not Ned who is the idiot but the people around him. In places it feels like a bit of a chick flick, but then its not it’s just a rambling feel good movie that is hilarious. I knew nothing about this film at all so didn’t know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised, Ned [Rudd] seems to bumble through his life making one mistake after another but its only when you get halfway through the film that you realise its everyone else that’s messing up and he’s just saying it as it is.

This film had me laughing from the off, however there is one very disturbing part and I think it may scarred me for life………

It was seeing Steve Coogan’s Testicles dangling between his legs when he bends over!!!!!! Watch it and? Well just watch it and you’ll see

9/10 real good, feel good film

Film Trailer: http://youtu.be/CfyHY58lqCk

Film: Black Sheep

Year: 2006

Cast: Nathan Meister,
Peter Feeney, Danielle Mason, Tammy Davis, Oliver Driver, Tandi Wright, Glenis Levestam, Nick Blake, Mathew Chamberlain, Nick Fenton, Eli Kent, Sam Clarke, Richard Chapman, Louis Sutherland, Ian Harcourt,

Plot: Growing up on the family sheep farm was idyllic for smart, sensitive Harry Oldfield, except for some knavish mischief from cocky
brother Angus, until their dad has a fatal accident. Fifteen years later, Harry has finished sheep-phobia therapy and his ICT schooling and returns. Angus buys him out, all ready to present the genetically engineered Oldfield sheep he bred with a ruthless team. When environmentalist Grant steals a discarded embryo, which has sharp teeth, he gets bitten by it, and thus the first to be infected with predatory hunger and a mechanism that turns any mammal into a werewolf version of a sheep. Running from the farm men, Grant’s mate, student Experience, gets teamed up with Harry and his boorish but gentle pastoral youth friend Tucker. They must survive both the bloodthirsty sheep and their
creators, who didn’t realize this yet but dispose of the antidote.

Review: First watched this film after seeing a trailer on You Tube and was intrigued to see what it was
all about, I wasn’t disappointed. It is what it is, a horror comedy about sheep!

There are plenty of baaaaad sheep jokes and loads of fake gory blood, sheep jumping through the air to attach themselves to the necks of unsuspecting ramblers etc… with hilarious and gore effects.

There have been plenty of people who have reviewed this film and said it was childish and low brow?????? What were you expecting Harry Potter? LOTR? Sense and sensibility. Its sheep and killer sheep at that. It was hilarious.

I watched it again when my daughters boyfriend decided they should watch it, she was petrified and he was in hysterics. I dare you to watch this film and not laugh or even groan at the jokes next time I think I will watch it whilst drunk and see if I get a different view of it. Probably upside
down through bleary eye’s and I bet it’s still funny.

Film: Johnny English: Reborn

Year: 2011

Cast: Roger Barklay, Eric Carte, Rowan Atkinson, Togo Igawa, Eleanor Wyld, Mandi Sidhu, Margaret Clunie, Gillian Anderson, Rosamund Pike, Dominic West, Tim MInnerny, Mariella Frostrup, Daniel Kaluuya, Miles Jupp, Pik Sen Lim,

Plot: Rowan Atkinson returns to the role of the accidental secret agent who doesn’t know fear or danger in the comedy spy-thriller Johnny English Reborn. In his latest adventure, the most unlikely intelligence officer in Her Majesty’s Secret Service must stop a group of international assassins before they eliminate a world leader and cause global chaos. In the years since MI-7’s top spy vanished off the grid, he has been honing his unique skills in a remote region of Asia. But when his agency superiors learn of an attempt against the Chinese premier’s life, they must hunt down the highly unorthodox agent. Now that the world needs him once again, Johnny English is back in action. With one shot at redemption, he must employ the latest in hi-tech gadgets to unravel a web of conspiracy that runs throughout the KGB, CIA and even MI-7. With mere days until a heads of state conference…

Review: The eagerly awaited return of Britain’s “Anti Bond” the accidental Agent from the Fantastic 2003 Film Johnny English, because I enjoyed the first one so much I think I expected too much from this film and it fell slightly short of my expectations. But saying that it did have a number of funny scenes the initial scenes in the Buddhist temple were a good start and the chair scene had me in stitches.

Rowan does what Rowan does he is the rubbery faced genius of comedy, and he will always be the king of what he does, I blame the writing team on this one and not playing up to Rowans strengths and the strengths of the all star cast, my main disappointment was that Gillian Anderson was only the voice of the car :o( major bummer but hey, life goes on.

On the whole a funny film, good cast and if you leave Mr Bean and the original Coffin Dancing Johnny English at the door you will really enjoy this film.

8/10 lets have some of the original Johnny if there is another film.

Film: Postal

Date: 2007

Cast: Zach Ward, Dave Foley, Chris Coppola, Jackie Tohn, J.K. Simmons, Ralf Moeller, Verne Troyer, Chris Spencer, Larry Thomas, Michael Pare, Erick Avari, Lindsay Hollister, Brent Mendenhall, Rick Hoffman, Michael Benyaer, Derek Anderson, Jonathan Bruce, Jodie Stewart,

Plot: This story is set inParadise where an average Joe is desperate for work, but finds himself hooked up with long time pal and cult leader Uncle Dave, this partnership takes them on a heidt to an amusement park where the target is cock shaped dolls! But the Taliban lead by Osama Bin Laden have the same idea, amusing Chaos Ensues.

Review: If you’re looking for political correctness in a film then I suggest you go watch something by Pixar because you’re not going to get it here, Dude played by Zack Ward is just you’re typical down and out trailer trash down on his luck. Once he teams up with Uncle Dave [Dave Foley] the mayhem starts.

With a Bevvy of Beauties, the Taliban, and George W Bush you know you will be cringing all the way.

There a few things going on that make you chuckle look out for the Cat Silencer and the Retarded Taliban. Verne Troyer Makes an appearance and ends up being buggered by a thousand monkeys, well the good book said it would happen, so it did!

I Loved this film it’s a no brainer, no intelligence required and its totally fun from start to finish putting two fingers up to the establishment and not giving a F*ck.

10/10 a comedy film worth a watch for a change.