Midnight in Paris

Sweet Woody Allen comedy about a writer in Paris with his fiancee, their divergent dreams, and his increased understanding of his dreams based on an unlikely situation involving travelling back in time to the 1920s to find himself hanging out with F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, …

The Hustle

Female-led remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, featuring Anne Hathaway in the Michael Caine role and Rebel Wilson in Steve Martin’s shoes – the tale of the con artistes in the riviera town of Beaumont-sur-Mer.  Whilst a perennially fun romp one very quickly gets the impression that director Chris Addison’s brief …

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 …