The Goonies (1985) Film Review


It’s small town USA in the mid-eighties. A couple of brothers, asthma-sufferer Mikey (Sean Astin) and muscle-bound Brand (Josh Brolin) are coming to terms with the fact that they are about to be torn away from their friends unless they can come up with a whole heap of money. Then Mikey finds a treasure map, and him and his mates set out on the journey of a lifetime. There’s Chunk (Jeff Cohen), an overweight kid with a huge heart, Mouth (Corey Feldman) the smartarse of the group and Data (Jonathan Ke Quan), the inventor who sometimes manages to get his inventions to work. Brand ends up accidentally joining them, as do Brand’s crush, Andy (Kerri Green) and her mate Stef (Martha Plimpton). Then they come across a family of bad guys and… watch out!

Oh, I was so fearful of watching this… what if it didn’t hold up? What if I ended up *gulp* hating the Goonies? Fear not. It was as fabulous as I remember. Yes, slightly over-written, and overly sentimental, but great. I watched it at a free outdoor screening in a park and it was just ace. A warm enough night, a whole heap of people revisiting their childhood, and a whole heap of kids discovering the Goonies for the first time.

And for an extra-special blast of the past, go check out Cyndi Lauper’s  “The Goonies R Good Enough” clip – it’s all Goonies – and 80s wrestlers!

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) Film Review


And we come to the end. Finally, Frodo (Elijah Wood) must face the final part of the journey as well as himself, but as ever, Sam (Sean Astin) is by his side. And the others are all involved in all manner of fighting, running, joking and generally being pretty darned awesome.

It’s just so much fun, excitement and aceness. And this time, I didn’t even mind the multiple endings. I felt that the wedding of Sam seemed to be there solely to calm people’s concerns that Sam and Frodo were more than friends. To that I say just get over it – but then, it was only a couple of minutes of my life. If it makes people happy, then good on them.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, best Writing, Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Art Direction – Set Decoration, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup, Best Music – Original Score, Best Music – Original Song (Into the West), Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) Film Review


The journey continues, but now the Fellowship are split up. Frodo (Elija Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) continue toward Mordor to destroy the ring, now accompanied by Gollum (Andy Serkis). Pippin (Billy Boyd) and Merry (Dominic Monaghan) have been kidnapped and Legolas (Orlando Bloom), Aragon (Viggo Mortensen) and Gimli (John Rhys-Davies) race to save them. Somewhere along the way, Pippin and Merry have found Treebeard and the other giant ancient tree creatures. And Gandalf (Ian McKellan) who we last saw fighting against a giant fire demon creature, has come back and continues to be awesome.

And that is just the tip of the iceberg. It is exciting, fast yet long, with a fabulous battle and my favourite character in a long time; Treebeard. What a dude.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers won Oscars for Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects and was nominated for Best Picture, Best Art Direction – Set Direction, Best Film Editing and Best Sound.

Click (2006) Film Review


All my love for Adam Sandler has gone. I’ve stuck up for him often, saying I quite like his films, saying they are not totally puerile with stupid, sickly sweet stories that are stupid. But I was wrong. At least, for those I have seen recently. Click is ridiculous and dumb. I hated it.

The idea is that there is a workaholic father who is aiming for a promotion in his company. Of course, this is coming at the expense of his relationships with his family. Plus, despite being a totally capable person, he cannot figure out which remote operates what in his house. Then he meets Morty (Christopher Walken) who gives him a universal remote control, however, it actually controls the world around him, not the appliances. Suddenly, he is skipping through most of his life and then he is really fat and divorced with a slut for a daughter. Yup. That’s where it went. And then (spoiler alert, but really, don’t watch this film!) it was all a dream! Um, really? Is that really what you are going to do with a film that was made in 2006? Really? Unbelievable. Just so bad.

50 First Dates (2004) Film Review



Henry Roth (Adam Sandler) lives in Hawaii and spends his spare time bedding beautiful tourists, avoiding any commitment. Then he meets Lucy (Drew Barrymore) a beautiful woman who lives on the same island and has a brain condition that does not allow her to keep short-term memories. Each morning she wakes and the previous day has gone; she is back to the day before the car accident that causes her condition. Her father and brother spend their lives recreating this day for her. Immediately in love, Henry works on finding a different way for Lucy to live her life.

I enjoyed this film in the most superficial way possible. Essentially, it’s a good, function romantic comedy. Don’t spend much time trying to analyse it. It’s not worth it, and it will fall apart quickly. Also, don’t spend too much time looking for the chemistry between Henry and Lucy – it’s almost non-existent. I’ve never really minded Adam Sandler, but watching this, I totally get why so many people can’t stand him. Especially with all of the stupid, quirky characters, and Rob Schneider. Oh, for crying out loud.