Films

What We Do In The Shadows – ridiculous NZ comedy. Its documentary style and pretty funny.

I Give It a Year – British romcom with a lot of stupidity and plenty of very funny crude moments.

Hector and the Pursuit of Happiness – decent start, common concept, Simon Pegg playing his usual role, easy ending. Seemed very edited and therefore confused. Some nice, if simplistic set pieces and scenery from Tibet, and French generalising about Africa.

Dom Hemingway – Jude Law again. Probably made as a favour for a friend, Jude acts out in the typical UK crime comedy feature rough jokes, ridiculous set pieces, tough acts, Richard E Grant and a bunch of other stereotypes. Its thankful short but it’s also not bad entertainment for that short time.

Spy – now this is very funny. Melissa McCarthy is brilliant. The lanky English woman is herself, annoying.

Get Hard – disappointing with a few genuinely big laughs.

Ex-Machina – not quite as clever as it should be but then it is Alex Garland so you cant expect much.

Ant-Man – This is pretty godo to be honest. Of course its stupid but its meant to be. Its a superhero movie.

Jurassic World – predictable watchable nonsense.

Mission Impossible Something Somewhere. – Tom does it again but having watched the Scientology documentary with him, his conviction in himself is madness.

Trainwreck – disappointing even though its pretty good. It falls for the lame endings and is more romantic comedy than comedy. Boo

Ted 2 – far. Some laughs but seen it before in Family Guy. Seth needs a new idea.

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief – my fucking god. Madness. Must see.

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Films seen of late

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Brilliantly relentless Norwegian thriller concerning a man who will do what it takes to preserve his image. As it all unravels, some of the scenes, twists and turns are excellent.

Loopers

Bruce Willis has been in some decent pics of late. This one about time travel and hitmen is understandable despite its plot with some solid action.

The Russian Ark

Seminal, one-take Russian film from the 90s. A man wakes in a museum and meets many characters from history and yeah its done in one take!

Jack Streaker

Tom Cruise tries to play a likeable anti-establishment hero. ‘He doesn’t care for the law. He only cares for the truth’, blah blah blah. In a dialogue heavy film with an obvious plot, it still works. The violence is brutal. The one liners are decent but the ending, a clear setup for the assumed sequel is odd. Real odd.

The Cabin in the Woods

Knowing teen horror with lots of references, some funny lines from the stoner guy (the oldest student in the world) and a lot of nerdy, comic book monsters coming out to play etc. Pretty good fun.

Premium Rush

Joseph Gordon Levitt again!! He is likeable but come on man, take a break! Bike couriers in New york get mixed up with child smuggling and bent cops with debts to pay. Nicely made. The chass sequencies are pretty rubbish and the characters are one dimensional but decent enough to watch on a flight.

Juan of the Dead

Cuban zombie film which moves beyond the ‘catch your eye’ title to play out some good action, some of the lewdest jokes I have seen on film and great political satire. The joke about the bus is brilliant.

Total Recall (remake)

Has Colin Farrell ever made a successful/money-making film? In this unnecessary remake, him and other failure Kate Beckinsale fight it out for one reason or another in a computer generated world that no one gives a shit about.

Total Recall (original)

Arnie on form. The sets are plastic. The colours are gaudy and the one-liners are pretty naff. A classic film in short. I’ll see you at the party.