Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) is approaching the birthday that will make him older than his father ever was, and it’s having an effect. He’s unhappy, and thinking about a change. But then another mission calls and things get exciting and he’ll just have to leave his pesky emotions behind. A bit glib? Yeah, sorry. I just can’t say that I really get Star Trek. It is probably because I’ve never really watched it, and I can see the various reasons why it is loved by many, and this script is quite funny and has a lot of awesome explosions and running scenes and all of the stuff I like in an action film. I should have enjoyed this a lot more than I did, but as it happens, I spent a lot of time urging the film to just hurry up.
Gib (John Cusack) has gone to college on the East coast hoping that his wit and intellect (well, mostly wit) will prove him to be a charm with the ladies, but he is striking out as much as he did in high school. When his mate Lance (Anthony Edwards), who is partying his way through his degree in California, invites Gib to California for the holidays, it is the promise of a ‘sure thing’ (Nicollette Sheridan) that seals the deal. Only, Gib can’t afford to get there, and ends up car pooling with a couple of perky nuts (Tim Robbins and Lisa Jane Persky) and his nemisis, the girl he has desperately tried to hit on and failed, Alison Bradbury (Daphne Zuniga). When they are kicked out of the vehicle, Gib and Alison must pair up to get across the line.
It’s a classic hate-each-other romantic comedy, but there is something special about this. What is it? I reckon good scriptwriting and Cusack. This charming character of Cusack’s is not unusual – he probably plays the same character in pretty much every romantic comedy he’s been in, but this was probably the first and the most fresh. Zuniga is awesome as well, great comic timing, and I’m surprised she didn’t go on to a more prominent career, but you never can tell. Eighties charm with a hell of a lot of heart. Check it out.
Carol Jordan was broken physically and emotionally by her undercover investigation in Europe. However, her previous boss, who is struggling with a series of missing children, brings her in to head an elite team. Despite her condition, and with the support of Tony Hill, Jordan gives it a go. And when a couple of prostitutes are killed in a very gory manner – a manner extremely similar to that of a bloke who is currently locked up – Jordan is going to be pushed to the extreme.
I cannot stop reading this series. I really like McDermid’s style and as soon as I finished this one, I grabbed the next. The red herring in this one had my brain going one way and then the next, and trying to figure out how the various interactions actually all fit together. And it’s also violent and horrible. Love it.
After their adventures in the previous instalment, Dale (Charlie Day), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Nick (Jason Bateman) decide to go into business for themselves with the Shower Buddy a kind of car wash for your shower. When Bert Hanson (Christoph Waltz) and his son Rex (Chris Pine) cause them to become hugely in debt, they devise a ridiculous kidnapping and extortion plan which they attempt, but give up when things don’t go to plan. Unfortunately for them, Rex has decided that it is a far better plan and blackmails them into going through with it – with him as a partner. And it gets ridiculous.
I just had a look at what I thought about he first film – I felt that it wasn’t enough story for a full film, but it was ok. Perhaps that is why I liked this one more – perhaps it had more plot, or something. At any rate, I did quite enjoy this one, with all of it’s filthy humour, and it was good to get a few callback characters like Dean ‘MF’ Jones (Jamie Foxx), Dave Harken (Kevin Spacey) and Dr Julia Harris, D.D.S. (Jennifer Aniston).
Somehow, I had this DVD in my quite small collection. Unopened. Why I had it, I don’t know. Why I felt this compelled me to watch it… I also don’t know. This really is a terrible and cheesy film – but I am not the audience. It’s rated M which is higher than I think it should have aimed for – if it took out the minor drug references and a tiny bit of the violence, I think it could have been rated for a younger audience, who I think it is really aimed at.
So, Rob (Omarion Grandberry) is a young man in New York who wants to be a rapper but there are some bad guys after him so his mom sends him to live with his uncle in Bel Air… No, wait, sorry, his father (Giancarlo Esposito) in Puerto Rico. There he meets his step-brother and they start making music together (literally – I’m not creating a taboo love affair here). Then his pretty girlfriend who wants to be a dancer in video clips (aim high, girlfriend) meets a sleazy record producer (and, spoiler alert, it is no surprise that she ends up having to fight off this ugly, middle-aged white man –he’s just such a creep) and they all end up heading back to New York. But things don’t go smoothly until they do. Oh, and there is a random attack on Rob’s stepmom that I don’t even know why it happened… It was a terrible film. The main man is totally not charismatic, in fact I think he was so stoned most of the time that he was just about falling asleep midway through half of his lines.
Based on his youth, Home Song Stories tells the tale of part of the early life of award-winning writer, producer and director Tony Ayres. His mother brought he and his sister to Australia in the late 60s, married an Australian sailor but then immediately left, living with a variety of ‘uncles’. Finally, at the point the film starts, Rose (Joan Chen), Tom (Joel Lock) and May (Irene Chen) return to the sailor, Bill (Steve Vidler). However his mother also lives there, and before long, the family have moved out with Uncle Jow (Yuwu Qi). Unfortunately, Rose suffers from depression, and things get really tough for the family.
It’s a terribly sad film, and is told in a way that even when I wanted to dislike some characters, I couldn’t. (Well, apart from the openly racist – it’s not hard to hate them) Each time that I wanted to shake someone and say ‘stop it!’ I was equally as aware that their behaviour was often the result of circumstance, mental health issues and so much more. Tragic and at times, hard to watch, but capturing perfectly a moment in time.
Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson) is a journalist who has become famous for her puff pieces despite her intelligence and ambition and is stuck writing a piece in which she intends to act like a crazy woman to end a new relationship. Ben Barry (Matthew McConaughey) is an ad executive who thinks he is better at his job than two women and the way he is going to do this is to make a woman fall in love with him (because that is logical). The two women have heard about Anderson’s piece and so, naturally, make her the mark. Now, can they survive ten days without giving up?
I watched this because I wanted something light and fluffy, that I expected I would get quite annoyed at, and I didn’t have the headspace for much at all. And I got it. It’s pretty appalling. I actually quite like both Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey, so I could bear them. There was also the nice addition of Adam Goldberg, Kathryn Hahn and Bebe Neuwirth to get me through. But really, there is pretty much nothing new in this film at all. If you want a romantic comedy, you could do better, but you could do a lot worse.