The Brothers Grimsby

This is possibly cinema’s new low-point.  I’m weirdly defensive of the work of Sacha Baron Cohen, believing him to be a far more intelligent social commentator and exposer of peoples’ prejudices than a perfunctory skim of his work would suggest… however this was just bollocks.  Why Mark Strong would agree …

The Hangover Part III

Nope, they fucked it.  Typical mistake where you make a film following a colourful side-character too much.  Jokes/silly situations were on-par with the first 2 films, but the bones of the story didn’t allow for any kind of sense of endearment to the plight of any of the personae – …

The Hangover Part II

Nice trilogy progression – take a bunch of dickheads with a propensity for getting blackout drunk, and instead of setting them loose in Vegas, take them to Thailand.  A fun ratcheting-up of the silliness of the first film, and certainly answers the questions “Well, where could they go from here?”.

The Hangover

Ever watch a film expecting it to be stupid, and realise JUST how much you underestimated it?  I had no idea this film would be THIS stupid – and it now makes sense why it turned into a trilogy. For some reason I thought Bradley Cooper brought a sense of …

Swinging Safari

Unbelievably recognisable pastiche of 70s suburban Australia, while at the same time an insane, bubbly romp. I thought it was weird to shoe horn the “exploding whale” trope in there, but it worked and was able to deliver some newsreader-wearing-jacket-and-tie-and-speedos moments. Minogue & Pearce did an admirable job and kept …

Table 19

Another vehicle for the range and depth of Anna Kendrick, set in the thoroughly plausible situation where she’s attending a wedding that she was matron-of-honour for 2 up til 2 months’ previous, but was then demoted to the Randoms table after breaking up with the bride’s brother & replaced as …

Nine to Five

Proper deep 80’s dive into feminist empowerment led by the amazing Fonda/Tomlin team so beloved of us in Grace & Frankie, and teamed up with the one & only Dolly Parton. Ridiculous, amazing, absurd and important – in 2020 we can’t imagine the world this was set in, and yet …

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

I just don’t understand how a story like this gets a 2-hour film – it’s typical “You just gotta believe in yourself, and you’ll see that what you’ve wanted was in front of you all along” stuff, with what I felt were problematic portrayals of Icelandic people by Hollywood actors.  …

Life of the Party

Middle-aged mother joins her daughter at college story with Melissa McCarthy in the Rodney Dangerfield seat… plenty of silliness and a cast that’s obviously having a great time, but you wondered if they bothered writing a script for half of it. Weird to see McCarthy and Maya Rudolph in the …