Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

We watched this 1988 classic following Liz’s watching of girl-powered remake “The Hustle” on the flight from Sri Lanka, and I got a bit caught up in describing how much I loved “the original” with Steve Martin & Michael Caine… not realising that DRS is a remake of a 1964 …

Mr. Right

The Acting Range of Anna Kendrick heads up this oddball piece alongside Sam Rockwell, in which Rockwell plays a hitman with what can only be described as a fairly unconventional business model, and a very non-standard romcom situation comes into being.  Total poppycock, of course – but I thought it …

The Dead Don’t Die

Pure wank. I mean, you’ve got the ingredients for a sure-fire winner of a film when you cast Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Chloe Sevigny, RZA, Steve Buscemi, Tom Waits, Danny Glover and Tilda Swinton in a small-town zombie flick.  But somehow Jim Jarmusch managed to wrestle it into an attempt …

Yesterday

Ever watch a film and watch it go about its twists, turns & machinations, then get to the closing credits and see “Written by Richard Curtis”, and think, “Well THAT makes sense!”?  That was very much my reaction on this one, about a bloke who – whilst flying through the …

Men in Black: International

Based on a true story. File this one as “chewing gum for the brain” – MIB sequels aren’t exactly cinematic game-changers, but it was a mindless enough romp and something fun to watch on a flight.  Couldn’t tell you what happened in it though.

Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room

Katherine Ryan is amazing.  Confident, assured, fabulous, sarcastic, empowered, affirming, hilarious, brilliant.  She’s a comedy assassin, and I wish there were a hundred of her standup specials on Netflix so I could watch them all – over, and over, and over.  The headline piece from this special, I reckon, is …

Fighting with My Family

I remember THIS one! You’ve got to love any story about WWE wrestling whose promotional spiel includes the sentence “Based on a true story”.  And it’s got Nick Frost & Lena Headey playing a husband & wife.  AND The Rock is in it.  AND it’s written/directed by Stephen Merchant.  AND …

A Very Bad Day

Evidently this was released in the UK under a different title – I recall this rather stunningly cast film not really having much effect other than being YET ANOTHER thing on in the background as the time passes.  Alison Janney’s always great, and in this she plays a Principal where …

Life Itself

Good lord, I really have to write these little summaries as I go rather than retrospectively, cos I’ve no memory of this film either.  Maybe it’s a comment on watching too much stuff?  I vaguely recall seeing Banderas and Patinkin in a film, but other than that the writeup rings …

Jimmy Carr: Funny Business

Netflix, IMHO, has done a great thing by sinking a load of money into developing standup specials – providing increased access to them for all, and removing the need to litter the landscape with single-watch DVD copies that haven’t made it off the shelves of charity shops around the land.  …