Archive for the ‘Romance’ 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!



Film: Hunger Games

Year: 2012

Cast: Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley, Jennifer Lawrence, Willow Shields, Laim Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Sandra Ellis Lafferty, Paula Malcomson, Rhoda Griffis, Sandino Moya, Josh Hutcherson, Raiko Bowman, Dwayne Boyd, Anthony Reynolds, Judd Lormans, Woody Harrelson, Toby Jones, Kimio Gelman, Nelson Ascencio, Brooke Bundy, Lenny Kravitz, Amandla Stenberg, Dayo Okeiyi, Leven Ramblin, Jack Quaid, Latarsha Rose, Donald Sutherland, Alexander Ludwig, Isabella Fuhrman

Plot: In a dystopian future, the totalitarian nation of Panem is divided between 12 districts and the Capitol. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal retribution for a past rebellion, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors while the citizens of Panem are required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.

Review: well the plot sums it up really, apart from this is definitely a teen girl flick bit like twilight but more interesting and my daughter says the books are awesome. Who am I to argue? This is well acted film with plenty of star names, excellent graphics and scenery as well as a good plot, until it starts to get soppy towards the end, what did I expect? Well just what I got a well acted good film, would I watch it again? Probably not as it’s not really my kind of film but if you have the choice of this or centipede, I’d watch this.

6/10 not for me, good Sunday afternoon, raining outside kind of film.


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.


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

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Film: Antichrist

Year: 2009

Cast: Willem Defoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche Sahlstrom,

Plot: A couple lose their son when he falls out of a window whilst they are having sex in another room, with the wife’s depression all consuming the husband [Defoe] a therapist brings her home to treat her himself. To help treat her they stay their cabin in the woods, what unfolds is a story of the dark side of human nature

Review: This has definitely got to be one of the strangest and most demanding films, mentally, that I have ever watched. And as a watcher my hat goes off  to the two of them for doing this film as it must have taken some doing and there should have been Oscars in there somewhere, if not for the acting, which was flawless but for the cinematography and the story.

The cruelty that they inflict on each other is believably and sickening it’s not too out there that it isn’t unbelievable and at times made me want to look away.

There are a lot of arty bits in this film with metaphors etc… being used, I think this was probably done forCannesso I understand where these bits come from.

This is a definite must see film, but if you are squeamish or just not strong stomached then don’t watch it; it does make you look at the fragility of the mind and the effect that experiences have on people. Also, that you never know what is going to push you over that edge.

10/10 Be aware that some scenes are very, very graphic. But a must watch film [over 21s only please]

Film: Arthur

Year: 2011

Cast: Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Greta Gerwig, Jennifer Garner, Geraldine James, Luis Gizman, Nick Nolte, Christina Calph, Murphy Guyer, Jose Ramon Rosario, John Hodgman, Scott Adsit, Evander Holyfield, Peter Van Wagner, Robert Clohessy.

Plot: A drunken playboy stands to lose a wealthy inheritance when he falls for a woman with no money, and decides that Love is worth losing everything for.

Review: First off I’m not a great Russell Brand Fan, he is watchable but I wouldn’t go out of my way to watch him, this is partly why it has taken so long to watch this film. That and the fact that I don’t really like re-makes it seems lazy somehow.

With all that said I can’t believe I did leave it so long, there are plenty of reviews around saying “Oh he isn’t Dudley Moore” or “Helen Mirren isn’t as good as Sir John Gielgud.” Actually I disagree with these comments I think that this film is a stand alone success and the acting was first rate, there was no emphasis on ooh this is a New York film, that actually takes a back seat it’s more about the playboy Arthur and his problems.

The One liner’s come thick and fast and yes there are parts taken from the original but lets face it that was 1981! Half the cinema goers now weren’t even born then.

Russell Brand plays the part of Arthur perfectly with the delivery of the pro that he is, [Dame] Helen Mirren one of my all time favourite actors of all time steals the show as Hobson.

With the added beauty of Greta Gerwig Arthurs Love interest Naomi and Jennifer Garner as Suzanne his mental and deranged soon to be wife, possibly. This was a cracking film. The funny bits are too numerous to comment on just an all round good film, however Helen Mirren as Darth Vader, Classic.

The main difference between this film and the 1981 version is that his film doesn’t need a sequel, as it stands it’s a well rounded individual.

9/10 If you haven’t seen this film and your total P*ssed off with the world give it a go, it will make you smile, at the least.

Film: Bridesmaids

Cast: Kristen Wiig, Terry Crews, Jessica St.Clair, Maya Rudolph, Michael Hitchcock, Kali Hawk, Matt Lucas, Rebel Wilson, Jill Clavburgh, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, Greg Tuculescu, Rose Byrne, Franklyn Ajaye, Tim Heidecker, Melisa McCarthy,Matt Lucas, Chris O’Dowd, Annie Mumolo, Ben Falcone, Wilson Philips.

Plot: Picked as her best friend’s maid of honour, lovelorn and broke Annie looks to bluff her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals with an oddball group of bridesmaids. And a rival for her best friend’s friendship, this leads to one Hilarious disaster after another.

Review: As you are probably aware I’m not a chick flick kind of guy, with that in mind I did go and watch this with a bit of trepidation. I will start by saying it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, it was a female version of the Hangover but without the roofies!

Annie [Wiig] is well out of her depth as her friends maid of honour and soon falls foul of the jealousy thing when the new friend Helen [Rose Byrne] Tries and succeeded in taking over the planning of the celebrations.

Melisa McCarthy as Megan is the films version of the Hangovers Alan played by Zach Galifianakis she plays a good part and apart from being “flexible” on the plane keep sat there right till the end for the Sex tape, funny as hell. Also the scene in the bathroom at the wedding shop had me in stitches, and pooping in the street this whole 10 minutes made the film for me.

As with all chick flicks though it was funny they always have to spoil it at the end with soppy bits but don’t let that stop you from watching it.

Chris O’Dowd plays a good Part as Annie’s love interest or should that be she is his love interest anyway he’s funny but couldn’t shake the whole IT crowd thing really for me.

A bit of Matt Lucas never goes amiss, which is lucky as he has a bit part in this film, which isn’t advertised but he is funny as always. We also get another bit of the Hangover reference at the end they had Mike Tyson Singing in this one [it is a chick flick after all!] you get Wilson Philips singing one of their 80’s hits.

8/10 get rid of the feel good chick flick feel and it’s a cracking comedy

Film: Bad Teacher

Cast: Cameron Diaz, Lucy Punch, Jason Segel, Justin Tmberlake, Phyllis Smith, Dave Allen, Jillian Armenante, Mathew J. Evans, Kaitlyn Dever, Kathryn Newton, Igal Ben Yair, Aja Bair, Andra Nechita, Noah Munck.

Plot: A comedy centred on a foul-mouthed, junior high teacher who, after being dumped by her sugar daddy, begins to woo a colleague — a move that pits her against a well-loved teacher.

Review: There seemed to be a lot of Hype around this film and this always makes me think they are trying to bog up a film that they didn’t do as well on as they thought. Never the less I went along with the kids to watch it.

There are a few funny bits and the story line was good I think they managed to miss a lot of opportunity to get more humour in. the top three in the film Diaz, Segel and Timberlake all played great parts and were funny in their own right, the Timberlake/Diaz dry hump scene had me in stitches. The chemistry between the cast was good I just feel as though something was missing, just not sure what it was.

That said it was well worth the watch and with throw away lines like:

Diaz “Sign my year book”

Segel “Hold my ball sack” [reference to the sack he was holding full of balls!]

Parts were really hysterical.

6/10 give it a watch, but probably best wait for the DVD.

Film: The Tourist

Year: 2011

Cast: Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Paul Bettany, Timothy Dalton, Steven Berkoff, Rufus Sewell, Christian De Sica, Alessio Boni, Daniele Pecci, Giovanni Guidelli, Raoul Bova, Bruno Wolkowitch, Marc Ruchmann, Julien Baumgartner, Francois Vincentelli,

Plot: Elise (Angelina Jolie) sits next to an American tourist, Frank (Johnny Depp), on a train going toVenice. She has chosen him as a decoy, making believe that he is her lover who is wanted by police. Not only will they need to evade the police, but also the mobster whose money her lover stole.

Review: This amusing Pairing of Depp and Jolie wasn’t as bad as the critics would have you believe it was, Johnny Depp plays the Tourist a low key character who smokes an electric cigarette [he’s trying to stop smoking!] and bumbles around Venice after the very attractive, if not a little too thin Jolie.

There are quite a few funny scenes Depp’s run across the roof tops are reminiscent of Jack Sparrow and being towed through Venice handcuffed to a boat was also good.

The down sides are, that the characters are a little transparent, needed fleshing out a little, the world stopped when Jolie walked into a room which got a little boring after a while. And the plot was a little too obvious from the start [I worked it out ten minutes into the film].

On the whole though the film was fun, it held my attention and had the addition of Steven Berkoff doing what he does best, being a baddy surrounded by Russian Henchmen.

8/10 a little predictable but well worth a watch on a wet Saturday afternoon

Film: Burke and Hare

Year: 2010

Cast: Simon Pegg, Tim Curry, Isla Fisher, Christopher Lee, Andy Serkis, Jessica Hynes, Tom Wilkinson, Hugh Bonneville, Jenny Agutter, Bill Bailey, Stephen Merchant, Georgia King, David Schofield, Allan Corduner, Pollyanna McIntosh, Ronnie Corbett. Paul Whitehouse.

Plot: A black comedy about two 19th century grave robbers who find a lucrative business providing cadavers for an Edinburgh medical school.

Review: I had waited for what seemed like forever to see this film finally this week I did and wasn’t disappointed,

How do you make two mass murderers from the 1800’s funny? Easy, with the fantastic comedy pairing of Pegg and Serkis. They kept the comedy ball rolling through this film  from trying to pass cheese mould off as Donegal moss! To folding the lodger up to get him in a barrel. Even  Ronnie Corbet made me chuckle as the hapless Captain McLintock, of  the Edinburgh Militia, all 3 of them! There was a Plethora of stars their only tiny Cameo’s Christopher Lee was the first victim to go and Paul Whitehouse made a falling appearance as one of the Survivors.

This made a laughing stock of a very serious time in Edinburgh’s history and they did it fantastically loved it from Bill Baily opening it and Setting the scene to him closing it selling on the dead Mr Burke to be dissected by Dr Monroe the brilliant Tim Curry.

10/10 A must watch for history and Comedy fans alike,