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QUICK REVIEW: The Intern

Howdy ladies and gents, time for a new film review and today I’ll be talking about The Intern. While the concept of the film looked interesting from the trailers at the same time there were a lot of plot points I could see playing out in familiar and generic ways, so I wasn’t gonna lose sleep if I missed it. However since I had time to kill after running some errands I decided to give this film a watch and now I’m ready to pass judgement.

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The plot came be summed up as the following:

“70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin.”

The plot I found to be familiar, yet humourous and quite heartwarming too. I like stories about characters who are unlucky couples but go and end up becoming good friends and that element of the film is handled well. There is also a heist sequence in that was quite humourous and was one of the best parts of the film. I will say that the story is a little predictable at points, has issues with balancing the humour with some of the emotional moments and gets a little too overly dramatic like watching a TV soap opera. Also while I understand this was part of the story, the way the film kept emphasizing how old Ben was and how modern times are with technology, it felt a little overbearing and unnecessary at times. And I can’t say I was fully satisfied with the ending either.

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As for the cast they were all great. Robert De Niro was great as Ben Whittaker, I have never seen such an optimistic, righteous, smart and awesome individual, he’s so perfect that he’s almost too great to be a real human being haha. But in all seriousness I loved his character’s positivity and De Niro did such a great job in this role and this may be my favourite role from him in recent years. As for Anne Hathaway she was charming, pretty and engaging as Jules Ostin. While Jules’ drama in her personal and work life was a little by-the-numbers, the reason I cared was thanks to Hathaway’s performance which was lovely, fun and heartfelt. Together De Niro and Hathaway have great chemistry, are believable in their roles and the film was saved thanks to their performances. It is also a delight to see Rene Russo in anything these days and she was delightful as Fiona, Anders Holm was also good as Matt, I also loved JoJo Kushner as Paige because she was cute and sassy and Christina Scherer as Becky did well too. Then there’s the awesome trio Jason, Davis and Lewis played by Adam DeVine, Zack Pearlman and Jason Orley, they were all quite interesting and quirky and had good chemistry together and with De Niro, I will say that Pearlman was my favourite. Oh and Linda Lavin as Patty, she was great, such a funny character. Also the film score by Theodore Shapiro was lovely, it had a whimsical and light-hearted feel. It just made me want to smile and there was a feel-good factor that made you just want to play it on a sunny day while walking.

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To conclude I found The Intern to be quite delightful and fun and much better than I expected. Thanks two lead performances from Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro are it makes up for the film’s failings.

Rating: 7/10

So have you seen The Intern and if so what did you think of it? Be sure to comment below and I’ll see ya on the next review.

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Last Vegas Review

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another film review and now I’m gonna talk about Last Vegas. Now this was one of the last few films I wanted to watch on my 2013 calendar, only yo then find out it was being pushed into 2014 in the UK (bullshit!). I’d been hyped for the film since early 2013 and I liked the trailers so I’ve been waiting for a long time. Was it worth the wait? Read on and find out.

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So the story of this film involves four childhood friends (Billy, Paddy, Sam and Archie), they’re now in their late 60’s and have gotten on with their lives. However when Billy decides to get married, the four reunite for a bachelor party in Las Vegas and what follows is a load of crazy scenarios with emotional results for the group.

I liked story here, it was funny, cute and entertaining. There’s dancing, alcohol and incredibly beautiful woman in the film throughout, it is a wonderful sight (mainly for the guys lol). The flashbacks were an introduction to the characters and throughout the film especially in Vegas you can see how deep the friendship is between the main four characters. But the film’s not all humour as there was a bit of substance as their was a bit of turmoil between Billy and Paddy which is hinted at in the trailer, but full explored in the film. This in addition to some of the issues for Sam and Archive leads to some dramatic and interesting conflicts that need to be overcome. The humour was kind of hit or miss and it didn’t help that al lot of the jokes were shown in the trailer. Also all there was a lot of jokes referring to the characters ages and while I’m not against it, it could be done in better ways. It seems to be a recurring theme in films these days to crack jokes about older people doing younger things but it does get a bit tiresome after a while. I feel like this film could have been a really good film if the direction and script were a little more sophisticated, as it stands the plot was good but with a bit more refinement it could have been a special film.

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When it comes to the characters the cast are really the main element that makes this film work and stay above being below average. Michael Douglas as Billy is great, he is a very confident kind of guy who is also successful and loves his friends a lot, but has some person issues that make him vulnerable. Robert De Niro as Paddy is the next best person as his character has a lot of levels to him. Paddy is a no-nonsense kind of guy who has respect for Sam and Archie, but hates Billy because of an issue from the past and while he is a bit grumpy, you can understand why he’s like that because of his history. Morgan Freeman as Archie has to be my favourite of the four, while he doesn’t get as much screen time as Billy and Paddy, he’s charismatic, adventurous and cheeky, such a funny dude to be around. And Kevin Kline as Sam is cool too, Kline like Morgan doesn’t as much screen time, but when he’s on-screen he’s always in such funny and awkward situations. Together Douglas, De Niro, Morgan and Kline have great screen chemistry and you really believe that they’ve been friends for years. Also Mary Steenburgen as Diana is beautiful, cute and a delightful lady who sings and has some nice screen time with some of the main group. And the last two people I wanted to mention were Jerry Ferrara as Todd and Romany Malco as Lonnie who were very entertaining.

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In conclusion Last Vegas is fun little film with a lot of unexpected heart to it, while the film suffers from some script and dialogue issues, the performances from the four main cast members makes up for it. Some may right it off as a some Hangover rip-off with old guys, but this film is easily better than the last two sequels in that series. It wasn’t as good as I hoped but there was a few story details that put it above the most comedies I’ve seen in the cinema.

So have you seen Last Vegas and if so what are your thoughts on it? Leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review! 🙂

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Family Review

Alrighty then time for my review of The Family, a film I had heard a little bit about but had no intention of watching, but then was told to watch after my sister insisted on it. So after watching The Hunger Games: Catching Fire I just into the next screening for this film with my whole family (it felt so random), so was it worth the watch? Read on and find out.

The story of the film involves the Manzonis, a Mafia family who is relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program, where they wish to change their lives and fit. However as they begin to try and integrate themselves into their new town things soon become challenging as their old habits die hard, then add to that there’s an old enemy tailing them wanting to exact revenge.

This story had a really interesting premise, anything to do with the Mafia is a story worth telling especially when you have conflict and family involved. Unfortunately the execution of the story isn’t as good. The story for the most part is okay but is kind of generic and leaves a lot to be desired and there’s not too many points in the film where it is unique enough to separate itself from other films that have done similar stories before. The film is funny though and stuff goes down it is great, but sometimes it takes too long to get to those points.

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The cast is what really saves this film from being a complete disaster and while the performances aren’t anything overly memorable, they make certain characters worth watching and caring about to a degree.

Robert De Niro was pretty good as Fred Blake/Giovanni Manzoni, I thought his character was interesting considering his background and crazy temper. Michelle Pfeiffer was great as Maggie Blake, as the mother she was the voice of reason and probably the most level-headed of the family, however she did have her moments of frustration that made her a force to be reckoned with. I’m not sure if it’s wrong for me saying this, but there’s still part of me that finds Pfeiffer pretty hot. I think it might have something to do with her character’s personality being so fiery, sassy and aggressive when provoked. Loved it, so good. Tommy Lee Jones was fun as Robert Stansfield, Jones was pretty much doing his Jones like thing and to be honest it didn’t bother me, his role was good.

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Then there’s Dianna Agron as Belle Blake. Firstly let me just say that this woman is gorgeous. Okay moving on. Argon as the daughter was a lady that acting pretty and innocent but when needed put people in their place. If I’m honest her character was the least interesting because of this annoying little subplot with her that goes on for a little too long and doesn’t have a very satisfying conclusion. John D’Leo as Warren Blake was my favourite of the children, as the son he played this foul-mouthed, super calculated dude who knew how to do big operations and plan ahead to get what he wanted. I loved D’Leo, his acting was fab and I loved how funny and smart he was. And besides some decent stuff from Jimmy Palumbo as Di Cicco and Domenick Lombardozzi as Caputo, the rest of the cast don’t really do that much to be memorable.

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In conclusion The Family is a decent film with a lot of good humour and fun performances from the cast involved. However the film I don’t think could find the balance between seriousness and humour and since the plot moves at a slow pace at times its hard to be fully invested in without getting a bit bored. This film could have been so much more considering the premise involved but unfortunately its a bit lacklustre.

Rating: 6/10 (It’s fun but not as good as it should be)

So what did you think of The Family? Whatever your thoughts, stick them in the comments section below and I’ll see ya on the next film review yo. 😀

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Scream “MACHETE!” with me in this Machete Review

Hello there ladies and gents of the internet, its time for another film review. Now every once in a while you watch a film that just makes you go, “what the fuck man?” But it makes you say it in a fun way and that’s what Machete is. I saw this film in the cinema back in 2010 and I remember really liking it, so now the sequel is out and also since I haven’t seen the film in a round 3 years I thought it would be about time to revisit this film and see what the deal is.

The plot of this film finds Machete a renegade former Mexican Federale, roaming the streets of Texas after a shakedown from drug lord Torrez. Reluctantly, Machete takes an offer from spin doctor Benz to assassinate McLaughlin a corrupt Senator. Double crossed and on the run Machete braves the odds with the help of Luz, a saucy taco slinger, Padre his “holy” brother, and April a socialite with a penchant for guns. All while being tracked by Sartana, an ICE agent with a special interest in the blade slinger.

I’m just going to say this right now, the story in this film is ridiculous… But that’s what makes it so fun! The film knows what it is and doesn’t take itself seriously at all, the question is whether or not you’ll be down for it or not. There is story to follow and it is basically a tale of revenge for Machete along with corruption within politics and freedom and justice for Mexican people. I personally love how unapologetic the film is when it comes to its style of being an exploitation film, its loud, over-the-top, random as hell and has some parts that don’t really make sense, however those are the key things that make this film special.

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Also the cast are pretty good too, though some stick out more than others. Danny Trejo is badass as Machete Cortez. If you’ve seen Trejo in any other film or TV show then you know what you’re getting into, but in this film he’s such a badass. Machete has such a great screen presence, he’s so cool and just one guy you’d love to know personally. Then there’s Steven Seagal as Rogelio Torrez, he’s the main antagonist of the film and I love how cool, how badass and how generically villainous he is. 

Michelle Rodriguez as Luz/Shé, my god she is hotness, Rodriguez is usually pretty sexy but in this film she’s especially hotness and she also has a cool part to play in this film, she’s undercover, smart and has a way with weapons. Jessica Alba as Sartana Rivera, while looking pretty fine I feel like her character is the weakest of the cast. Her character is a bit of a douche but then she has a random change of heart eventually through that really doesn’t make any sense, plus her acting sometimes isn’t very convincing. Jeff Fahey was very good as Michael Booth, I thought he played an interesting and shady character and I liked how he double-crossed people and while he worked for other people, he always looked out for number one. Cheech Marin as Padre Benicio Del Toro, was one of my favourite characters, Marin plays a very innocent and yet badass when need be and I liked his action moments too.

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Don Johnson as Von Jackson makes for a pretty good villain who really hates Mexicans and tries to keep them from getting into the US via border control. It was also good to see Shea Whigham as Sniper, after seeing Boardwalk Empire I’ve started to notice him in so much more films these days and in this film his role is small but definitely memorable. Also Lindsay Lohan as April Booth is a bit random in the film but to her credit she’s alright and has some cool moments. And lastly seeing Daryl Sabara as Julio feels random as hell, but it’s also funny and kind of works too and it’s not surprising considering that Sabara worked with  Robert Rodriguez on the Spy Kids films.

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I also want to touch on the presentation too. Visually the film is crazy, I love the film grain used and the over-the-top violence in the form of blood and dismemberment is awesome, cheesy, ridiculous and hilarious. Also the soundtrack by Chingon is pretty cool, epic and the main Machete theme song is awesome as hell!

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In conclusion Machete is one of those ridiculous films that comes about and its either something you love or hate. For me this film is ridiculous, violent and random as well, but at the end of the day its fun and that’s all that matters to me. The film is fair from perfect and has a few flaws, but it’s definitely a film that I’d recommend for a film night of fun with friends and possibly some alcohol haha.

7.5/10 (An unapologetically fun-as-hell kind of film)

So what did you think of Machete? Did you like it or hate it? Whatever your thoughts are drop them in the comments below and be show to come back for my review for Machete Kills! 😀

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Last Vegas Trailer #2 Review

Alrighty then time to review another trailer review and today I’m gonna give you my thoughts on the latest trailer for a film I’m pretty interested in, Last Vegas. Now I know technically this is the second trailer and I haven’t reviewed the first, but I’ve seen the first one and I thought that this was WAY better and had more to talk about, so let’s get talking! 😀

I remember hearing about this film back in January this year and instantly being interested in the premise on IGN, now I’ve finally gotten a full trailer to give me an idea of what the film will be like and honestly I’m really liking what I’m seeing. Last Vegas is looking very interesting.

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So the story in this film looks like Michael Douglas is getting married, and he gathers up his three old friends and has a bachelor party in Las Vegas. It seems like not everything is completely simple and there is a lot of stuff that will go down for these four men in their sixties. Looks there is conflict between Michael Douglas and Robert De Niro, there’s a massive pool party going on with Redfoo from LMFAO, and we even get a drunk Morgan Freeman! Awesome. There’s just a lot of intriguing and potentially hilarity in this trailer.

Now this could be a disaster, the fact of the matter is that ideas like this have been done in one way, shape or form and it is not unpopular for there to be a star-studded cast in a film that looks promising, only for it to then suck. But I’m hoping that rule doesn’t apply to this film because it looks like a good time. Also I personally love films that involve friendship, it is something that is very important to me in my life and with these older men I feel like we could get some heart-warming, hilarious and possibly emotional moments between these four actors. And that is something I’d love to see.

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In conclusion I’m liking the look of this film, it certainly looks like a fun film with very fine actors playing roles that they’ve really never done before. Obviously this film can go one of two ways: 1) It could be an entertaining, hilarious and interesting film about older gentlemen rekindling their friendship while one gets married. OR 2) It could be a pretty boring and possibly embarrassingly unfunny film about old men going to Las Vegas. Whatever the case is I’ll still go and watch it and hope for the best. Thanks for reading! 😀

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2013 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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