A lot of people have recommended this to me and I just watched it without any knowledge of the film, hadn’t even seen a trailer. The film is weird and I really liked it, it’s something I can imagine seeing again really soon. The story is great in how it studies going back in time to resolve issues in our past, because who doesn’t regret some decisions. Great performances and chemistry from the cast and a perfect choice in picking Aubrey Plaza she’s perfect for this part and I hope she gets more roles in the future. The film has funny and smart dialogue with some real laughs and wonderfully diverse characters which are really fleshed out. The Sci-Fi aspects are quite fun as well as you get this toss around of is he crazy or is he actually building a working time machine and you just don’t know until the end.
Posts Tagged ‘Comedy’
Tags: Aubrey Plaza, Aubrey Plaza as Darius Britt, Comedy, Directed by Colin Trevorrow, drama, Jake Johnson as Jeff Schwensen, Jenica Bergere as Liz, Karan Soni as Arnau, Kristen Bell as Belinda, Mark Duplass as Kenneth Calloway, Review, Safety Not Guaranteed, Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) Review, Science Fiction, Time Travel, Written by Derek Connolly
Tags: Anger Problems, Bradley Cooper as Patrizio "Pat Jr." Solitano, Comedy, David O. Russell, drama, Jennifer Lawrence as Tiffany Maxwell, Review, Robert De Niro as Patrizio "Pat Sr." Solitano, romantic comedy-drama, Silver Linings Playbook, Silver Linings Playbook (2012) Review
Mental disabilities can be a tricky business in films, especially one trying to meld comedy with drama. So it really is an accomplishment when I say this film pulls it off with both style and talent. The script is sharp and funny but also respects the concept and with a brilliant cast doing some of the best work I have seen from them it really excels in all areas. Luckily for the people out there like me the dancing was as minimal as it could have been and didn’t really impact the story until the end (Yes!). I hate rom-coms and I am surprised somewhat gobsmacked that this film is actually really good. The direction was stellar between the cast and David O. Russell with a family dynamic revolving around anger problems we get some fantastic scenes of a family trying to cope and the common problems anger can cause families whilst still being funny and touching at the same time.
Pat Sr.: “I’m going to come over and break that camera over your head, and come back and interview you about what it’s like to have that camera broken over your head”
Tags: Christmas, Comedy, Jessica Fox as Ghost of Christmas Past, Meredith Braun as Belle, Michael Caine as Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge, Review, Robin Weaver as Clara, Steven Mackintosh as Fred, The Muppet, The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992), The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) Review
My followers have spoken and the Christmas film you would like me to review is ‘The Muppets Christmas Carol’ and I couldn’t be happier that this film won, there were some other excellent options but this clearly took the lead. I love the classic story of ‘A Christmas Carol’ and I also love ‘The Muppets’ so combining the two makes a classic Christmas film for all the family. As for the casting you couldn’t have picked any better than Michael Caine (my cocaine) as the grumpy Ebenezer Scrooge, picking him was great because he brings seriousness to the main character whilst crazy puppets dance around him, not sure many could do this. The original story remains the same whilst the Muppets spin and side jokes add a lighter take on this tale, but also without taking away from Scrooges journey of Christmas enlightenment. This films music is its main selling point to me and I can’t think of any other Muppets films that beat it in terms of musical charm and quality. So please enjoy the review have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Tags: Christmas, Comedy, Dan Aykroyd as Louis Winthorpe III, Denholm Elliott as Coleman, Don Ameche as Mortimer Duke, Eddie Murphy as William Raymond "Billy Ray" Valentine, Jamie Lee Curtis as Ophelia, Kristin Holby as Penelope Witherspoon, Paul Gleason as Clarence Beeks, Ralph Bellamy as Randolph Duke, Review, Trading Places, Trading Places (1983), Trading Places (1983) Review
One of my all-time favourite comedies and whilst not strictly a Christmas film it is set around Christmas, oh and Dan Aykroyd plays a drunk Santa at one point so if that isn’t Christmas then I clearly don’t know what Christmas is all about. The story of rich people playing with those beneath them is something played with a lot in films and I can think of quite a few that got it right and will forever be relevant (A Christmas Carol) this film easily meets that list with a stellar cast and a perfect villain team played by the Duke brothers (Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche) them being extremely racist to boot just makes the end oh so much sweeter to watch. This film is Eddy Murphy at his best and way before his recent failings. Dan Aykroyd’s performance as that snooty high society businessman who loses everything is pure gold, nothing beats him completely drunk dressed as santa and planning on killing Valentine.
Tags: Beverly D'Angelo as Ellen Smith Griswold, Chevy Chase as Clark W. "Sparky" Griswold, Christmas, Christmas Vacation, Comedy, Diane Ladd as Nora Griswold, Doris Roberts as Frances Smith, E. G. Marshall as Arthur "Art" Smith, John Randolph as Clark Wilhelm Griswold, Johnny Galecki as Rusty "Russ" Griswold, Jr., Juliette Lewis as Audrey Griswold, National Lampoon, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989), National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989) Review, Randy Quaid as Cousin "Eddie" Johnson, Review, Sr.
Keeping with the Christmas reviews, I thought it would be necessary to include Christmas Vacation as a personal favourite in the slap stick category. To me this is probably one of the funniest films about a family Christmas I can think of and so many laugh out loud moments you’ll want to watch it every year. The funniest thing about this film is its story of a dad trying to create the perfect Christmas with the whole family, although this has been tried many times over this is one of the only ones that I thought were really funny. Of course it doesn’t hurt to be a fan of the national lampoons films when watching this but I know it’s still good if you don’t know any of the other films. Enjoy the review and I hope you get a chance to watch this at the holidays.
Tags: Bill Murray as Francis Xavier "Frank" Cross, Bobcat Goldthwait as Eliot Loudermilk, Carol Kane as the Ghost of Christmas Present, Christmas, Comedy, David Johansen as the Ghost of Christmas Past, John Forsythe as Lew Hayward, John Glover as Brice Cummings, Karen Allen as Claire Phillips, Review, Scrooged, Scrooged (1988), Scrooged (1988) Review
Apparently this is going to be my first Christmas themed review, alright let’s get on with it. Christmas! I thought I would start with a really good Christmas story and well you don’t get any more Christmas than ‘A Christmas Carol’ and as I have my favourite on the vote at the side and it may win I will be reviewing ‘Scrooged’. Some people really didn’t like this but I saw it the other day and just loved it. The original story is as good as ever and when you add Bill Murray it’s a fantastic feel good comedy for the Murray fans out there. I generally don’t like only one star pulling a film along but this film worked for me and the rest of the characters worked great to prop up the star. I loved the alternative spin this put on the original party and although it’s been done before Murray can make me believe that a TV producer is the best modern day Scrooge. Bobcat Goldthwait near the end was hysterical.
[Props man tries to attach antlers to a mouse]
Props man: I can’t get the antlers glued to this little guy. We tried Crazy Glue, but it don’t work.
Frank Cross: Did you try staples?
Tags: Christopher Walken as Hans Kieslowski, Colin Farrell as Marty Faranan, Comedy, Poster, Psychopaths, Pulp, Review, Sam Rockwell as Billy Bickle, Seven Psychopaths, Seven Psychopaths (2012), Seven Psychopaths (2012) Review, Tom Waits as Zachariah Rigby, Trailer, Woody Harrelson as Charlie Costello
Well I didn’t expect that from the trailer! Lots of violence from the get go and it keeps that going throughout the films storytelling, in that respect I would say that the film was more like a pulp film than a comedy but with its cast it will split your sides. The trailer completely threw me off when it came to what the story was and I think that is a great thing because I was completely surprised how good this film was. The story, acting and dialogue were all fantastic which was something I never got anything I viewed about this film, I love to be pleasantly surprised. The ideas behind this film are something I haven’t seen before and the only comparison I can think of is maybe ‘Pulp Fiction’, maybe. This film is my favourite Christopher Walken film I have seen a while and I am glad he got the chance to play such an unusual/dark character, something I have missed. Paulo: “Put your hands up.” Hans: “No” Paulo: “What?” Hans: “I said no.” Paulo: “Why not?” Hans: “I don’t want to.” Paulo: “But I’ve got a gun.” Hans: “I don’t care.” Paulo: “That doesn’t make any sense.” Hans: “Too bad”
Tags: Alan Arkin as Mitch Planko, body-swap, Comedy, Dave's boss, David Dobkin, Gregory Itzin as Flemming Steel, Jason Bateman as Dave Lockwood, Leslie Mann as Jamie Lockwood Dave's wife Olivia Wilde as Sabrina McArdle Dave's attractive assistant, Mircea Monroe as Tatiana Mitch's nymphomaniac girlfriend, Mitch's estranged father, Review, Romance, Ryan Reynolds as Mitch Planko, Sr., The Change-Up, The Change-Up (2011), The Change-Up (2011) Review
The film is pretty terrible but it did make me laugh so as a comedy I have to say it works on some level. The start of the film is slow and boring, with nothing really funny. Then the middle part of the film did make me laugh quite a bit and was impressed, but then the end was terrible and extremely predictable so there isn’t really anything new from everything you expected. The only problem I have with that is if it’s a genre we have seen before it needs to have something different and to be honest this didn’t. You don’t see many films that have a start and end as its weak points because they are what most people remember of a film, just poor story telling. The cast are very good and I liked most of the people in it so I don’t really have any complaints, I would say that Jason Bateman did the best at impersonating Ryan’s character. They tried enough but let’s just stop making identity-switch comedy over and over again shall we? At the very least leave it 10 years.
Tags: Animation, Billy Connolly as King Fergus, Brave, Brave (2012), Brave (2012) Review, Brenda Chapman, Comedy, Craig Ferguson as Lord Macintosh, drama, Emma Thompson as Queen Elinor, Family, Images, Julie Walters as The Witch, Kelly Macdonald as Merida, Kevin McKidd as Lord MacGuffin and Young MacGuffin, Kids, Mark Andrews, Review, Robbie Coltrane as Lord Dingwall, Romance, Trailer
Brave is a good Disney film, but not their best by far. The story was interesting and not a path that Disney has gone before which is always nice to see, however the film felt a little hollow in the story at times. I think Brave had some very interesting characters with a great set of voice actors. The best thing though in this film is its amazing visuals which really show off the next generation of CG effects. The sound and feel of the film was pretty good in that the songs and background music were very Scottish, it sounds obvious that it should be so, but you’d be surprised. I would have quite liked to have seen more of the humor in this film because I thought it was the best part to the characters.