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In Bruges (2008)
Not for everyone. But when it's for you, you'll think he's the best in the world.
In Bruges is Martin McDonagh's first feature film after his Oscar winning short film Six Shooter. In Bruges stars Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farell as two hit men Ray and Ken, being told to hideout in Bruges and await further instructions from their boss Harry, played by Ralph Fiennes, in London.
The film has all of Martin McDonagh's traits and style, e.g Lots of cursing, lots of blood and violence and lots of black comedy. His style isn't for everyone and his comedy is defiantly not for everyone, however if he is for you you'll think he's the best in the world. But, aside from whether he's your cup of tea or not, you have to appreciate the storyline, the acting and most defiantly the script.
In Bruges is one of the best films to release in the last few years and defiantly 2008. It is an undeniable little gem that I'm sure people have missed. But since I've seen it, I've been hooked on what he's done previously and what he will do in the future. He's a brilliant writer and a great director and you can tell he works well with the actors as Colin Farell was brilliant in it.
Great film. 8/10
Amazing TV show. Continuous with laughter.
Friends was a massive TV show back in the late 90's and early 00's and is still regarded to this date as being one of the best TV shows ever created. It follows 6 friends and their lives living in Manhattan.
I'm young. And so, this show isn't so big anymore. But I still managed to watch every episode of every season and I must admit - I love it. The characters are great and are well acted by each. The story lines are very good and the jokes are hilarious.
I think the mid-seasons are the best, as they give Ross more funny episodes and the laugh track is used less. If I have one complaint it's this - The laugh track is used a bit too often. - A lot of the jokes are funny but not every little thing they say. However, they stopped using it so much as the seasons went on.
Each episode is interesting and they created characters we all love and are somewhat different. It is continuous with the laughter and I haven't seen a bad episode.
Regarded too high. I felt it wasn't as timeless as his other films. Still good though.
Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned How To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb. Is a satirical comedy made in 1964. It follows a mad US general as he begins to start a nuclear war against the Russians during the Cold War.
I found the film interesting and great for it's time. But I think it's regarded too high. As much as I hate saying it because I love every Kubrick film I have ever seen and A Clockwork Orange is in my top 5. But I have to admit that it isn't as timeless as any of his other films. It is funny, it is interesting to a point and it is good. But for my generation, it just doesn't sit right.
The jokes were funny and smart, but some flew over my head. Not because I didn't get them, but because they just didn't seem to land. I felt some of the actors, sort of, overacted. I'm not sure, it just didn't seem right. Although, as I said, It's great for its time and is good. But it didn't meet the standard I have come to expect from Kubrick.
Cigarettes & Coffee (1993)
Very good short, captured in a mere 24 minute length.
Paul Thomas Anderson's second shot at a short film comes off very well and its result is "Cigarettes and Coffee." Starring Kirk Baltz and Phillip Baker Hall. This short was later adapted and developed into Paul Thomas Anderson's first film "Hard Eight."
The story is very simple, yet very intellectual. The basic storyline is : A few people who are mysteriously connected to each other and through a $20 bill are all at the same diner at the same time. As you watch it, it will become apparent why I said intellectual. And to pull it off on a mere 24 minute length is fantastic. He is a great writer.
It is had to get a hold of a copy of this, but I watched it online on a website called Vimeo, which has the original version. The quality is bad but still watchable. Anyway, you could tell that he had potential from this short film and I'm delighted he's where he is today.
Billy Madison (1995)
Sandler's break-out film.
Billy Madison is Adam Sandler's break-out film. The film that gave him the attention he deserved. The story is that of a supposedly idiot 27- year-old who has a rich dad who owns a company. When Billy's father says that he will give the company to Eric, a business associate, Billy dislikes this idea and decides to go back to school and finish 1st grade to 12th grade so he can prove he's not an idiot.
Right from the get-go it's silly. It's just plain stupid, childish humor but it's hilarious. I laughed so many times and it is completely re-watchable. And, out of nowhere, there is a Godfather reference thrown in their as well.
I know I might get bashed for this, but to be honest, it was actually pretty smart. Well most of it anyway. I mean, it's the story of an idiot who has to complete 1st to 12th grade all over again. The storyline is called upon for juvenile humor. But, whatever. It's pretty hilarious. Although if you don't like Sandler you probably won't like this.
Happy Gilmore (1996)
It's slapstick at it's finest.
Happy Gilmore stars Adam Sandler and is probably his most loved and memorable film. The film follows Happy Gilmore, a hockey player who never seems to make the team. When the IRS come and give him a deadline of 90 days to make enough money to save his grandmother's house, he becomes a golf player in order to make the money.
Well, it's slapstick at it's finest. And you can tell it's slapstick right from the beginning. And from the beginning I mean the opening credits. It's pure slapstick. But it's funny as hell and I really enjoyed it. It has to be one of the most recognizable films of the 90's. And of the last 20 years. It was Sandler at his best.
If you don't like it, you have to at least appreciate it.
Magnolia is Paul Thomas Anderson's third film and has a great cast including - Tom Cruise, Julianne Moore, William H. Macy, John C. Reilly, Phillip Baker Hall and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. - It chronicles the lives of several interrelated characters with intertwining story lines and how they live in America.
After Boogie Nights, P.T Anderson had to improve on that, which was going to be hard to do considering how good Boogie Nights was. Now, Magnolia isn't better. But it is still pretty amazing. I enjoyed every minute of it and I found some scenes to be some of the most powerful scenes ever displayed in film history. I found the camera-work unbelievable and surprisingly, the acting was pretty good from everyone including Tom Cruise. The writing was great and considering it was written on such a large scale with so many characters and subplots, it never had any inconsistencies and always kept me interested.
The characters were well-written and made me emotionally interested in them, their fates and their conclusions. It is a tiny bit too long and maybe one or two of the stories are a bit dragged out. But if you don't like it, you have to at least appreciate it and I did. I really did. Paul Thomas Anderson is a great writer and director, and this is a great film.
The most versatile Sandler film in terms of the audience it could endure.
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry stars Kevin James and Adam Sandler as two straight New York firefighters. But when Larry saves Chuck's life, he must honor the code of doing whatever, whenever. And Larry wants him to pretend to be gay and marry each other to receive the domestic partner benefits.
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry is a typical Sandler comedy. So if you don't like Sandler you probably won't like this. However, I enjoy Sandler and so I enjoyed this. I actually think it's one of his better films. It has a great, funny cast including all of Sandler's regulars which show up at one point or another. And Kevin James, as always in my opinion, is great in it. It has some very funny moments and I really liked it.
In comparison to some of Sandler's other work - Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore - it's not as good. But it is better than some of his other work. I think this film was just targeted by critics and Sandler haters to be bad but to be honest, it's probably the most versatile Sandler film in terms of the audience it could endure. I mean, it's not as childish and senseless as his other films. Although, I do like childish and senseless.
A solid 7/10.
Beetle Juice (1988)
Tim Burton - Master of the weird and the wonderful.
Beetlejuice follows a newly dead young couple who call upon the assistance of a Bio-exorcist named Beetleguese to help rid their home of the new people living their.
Beetlejuice is a brilliant film. All the cast are actually good at acting and do a good job. But the man who really stole the show was Beetlejuice himself, Michael Keeton. He was brilliantly hilarious as the role of Beetlejuice and Beetlejuice, as a character, was amazing too. The actual film itself is very, very funny, very interesting and looks amazing. With truly brilliant special effects. Tim Burton is a great director when it comes to these types of films.
I highly enjoyed the film, and there isn't much wrong with it. The ending was great and very funny. The whole film is just brilliant. Although, I'm surprised it's only a PG rated film as it does have one use of the F word and also has a lot of gore among other things within it. However, it's a great film and defiantly worth a watch.
Thelma & Louise (1991)
Good, enjoyable. But a bit overrated in terms of Oscar nominations.
Thelma and Louise follows Thelma and Louise as they decide to take a break for the weekend from their lives and just go on the road. But when someone tries to rape Thelma, Louise kills her. And so they become fugitives of the law as they try and escape to Mexico.
I found Thelma and Louise to be too much of a commercial film for me to love. But besides that, it does have a lot of memorable scenes and I did quite enjoy it. The acting was great from both Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis. I felt Michael Madsen was out of place and didn't suit the character, Harvey Keitel's accent was pretty brutal and I felt they over exploited Brad Pitt. As much as I like all three actors, and I really do, I felt they didn't quite fit the film.
I thought the film was good. I quite enjoyed watching it and, as I said, it does have a lot of memorable scenes. It's well directed and well written. But I felt, it got too many Oscar nominations. It was good, but not that good. It progresses along nice and smoothly and always keeps your interest. The ending was pretty good and their was a few mildly amusing scenes.
A solid 7/10.