What to say about Straight A’s? I can see what the film was trying for, and for the films target audience it probably works well, so I’ll keep that in mind when giving it a star rating. I’ll admit, if you haven’t caught the subtle hint, Straight A’s isn’t my kind of film. I got it so I could watch it with my wife and earn brownie points. Now I’m not saying that I hated it, in-fact parts of it were quite funny and enjoyable.
What I struggled with mostly was the casting and how neatly everything just slotted into place for what was, essentially, a messed up story about a messed up family.
A story about two bothers and a girl they both loved, but only one could marry. Now if the younger brother was the original boyfriend, but the older brother is the one who married, I would have expected both brothers to be relatively close in age. And this is where the casting comes into question.
Wilson plays a middle aged, successful businessman, with a lovely trophy wife and two kids, but the younger brother played by Phillippe plays a (despite his character saying his was thirty something) a mid twenties stoner. So love interest played by Paquin was either a cradle snatcher or a grave digger at high school, where she met younger brother.
Yes I know I’m over thinking the whole thing, and basing my troubling assumptions on the visual characters rather that what the film tries to tell me, but if you’re going to play Wilson in a serious role and put him up against mr sex appeal, things are going to seem quite out of place to you unintended male audience. Read more ›
I’ve never managed to finish watching Reservoir Dogs (due mainly to having to watch it late at night after everyone has gone to bed) so my love for Quentin Tarantino pretty much lies in my love of his film Pulp Fiction back in 1984. Most of what he’s produced since has been interesting enough, but never quite living up to the standards set by Pulp Fiction. Having said that, he’s certainly no M. Night Shyamalan whose films have gotten progressively worse, and probably the only reason Inglorious Basterds didn’t work for me was because I’m too much of a World War II purist.
So it was with some trepidation indeed that I approached his one hundred and sixty five minute spaghetti western outing, where America’s dirty laundry was about to be rubbed repeatedly in my face.
Django Unchained is set in the South, two years before the American Civil War, and follows the ups and downs in the life of the slave known as Django, who in the beginning of the film is freed from slavery in a most delightfully violent way by German born bounty hunter Dr King Schultz, who needs Django’s knowledge of three men who are next on his list of bounties to collect.
In the process of collecting the bounties – essentially by killing – Django tells Dr King of his wife and how they were separated. Cue revenge plot where by these two unlikely companions ride together to find and free Django’s wife.
Through Django, Tarantino exposes both his strengths and his weaknesses. Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and Samuel L jackson show that Tarantino knows how to cast a film. One liners such as the borderline “A nigger on a horse” prove that Tarantino skates close to the edge with his humour, and a liberal amount of blood and guts shows us that Tarantino isn’t afraid to tell the story his way. But clocking in an 165 minutes long, Tarantino’s real weakness is in his inability in creating a film that doesn’t loose its way from time to time. Read more ›
I really don’t like Superman. For me, he rates just above Spiderman, who I absolutely loath. But Zack Snyder is my guilty pleasure. I’ve yet to see a film of his that I have not enjoyed. Sure making statements like that might loose me a heck of a lot of credibility in some eyes, but Zack does one thing and he does it well. He makes films for grown up adolescent boys. Films that aren’t going to change your life, films that you may well quickly forget, but films that are a heck of a lot of fun to watch, and generally are a visual feast.
Man Of Steel was this and more.
From the re-imaging of the last days of Krypton and the sending off of baby Kal-El, to the way Snyder showed us the grown man, and allowed us a sneak at his childhood through well placed flashbacks rather than forcing us to endure an episode of Smallville, Man Of Steel was everything I wanted in a Superman film. None of the cheesy Lois doesn’t recognise Clark business, and really, no boring stuff either.
This was an action film on a grand scale, and whilst I’ll freely admit that Snyder did go a little overboard with the destruction and super-powered punch-fest, I was glued to the screen for the duration. Read more ›
You’re Next starts off with the obligatory horror staple, the gratuitous sex scene followed by the wander round the house near naked scene. But once that’s out the way, it’s down to blood and gore, with a double homicide in the neighbours house.
The we pause as we get to know the neghbours, coming to their remote holiday mansion, for a family get together with the most dysfunctional families ever. And you know just what’s going to happen, especially with a horror film called You’re Next. But whilst the premise is predictable, a survival horror, You’re Next is nowhere near predictable.
And it’s down right funny.
Right from the get go with the opening sex scene, the crowded cinema is laughing out loud, and throughout the film you’ll be thank full you watched it on the big screen at a full house, because like last years horror hit, Cabin In The Woods, You’re Next is best viewed with a cinema of like minded individuals.
Back to the story, the dysfunctional family all come together for some reason that’s not really important, three of the siblings bring new significant others, and one is in an existing steady relationship. Not that any of this matters, because halfway through a hilariously funny dinner, the sole boyfriend notices something out of the window, and shortly after this documentary film-maker becomes the first victim of the main course. It’s dysfunctional family that our masked murderess have their eyes one, the neighbours were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Read more ›