Saturday, 11 February 2012
We pick 5 old films we watched this week for your consideration.
WEDDING CRASHERS: This hilarious woman-hitting on hit stars Owen and improv-king Vince Vaughan as guys who crash other peoples big days to get dates. The pair try to 'hitch' up with women at weddings...classy indeed. There's a great cameo from Will Ferrell in this hilarious 'frat pack' comedy. The guest-list of this movie really is incredible too, from Christopher Walken to the rising of Racheal McAdams. There's also a convincingly cold, callous performance from Bradley Cooper, (you can currently see him in before the big-day sequel 'The Hangover Part II') minus the stubble, hair and class-act charm.
I LOVE YOU MAN: Keeping the Wedding theme engaged, this recent comedy classic about a man who goes on a series of man dates to find a best-man for his wedding is simply hilarious. Comedies best and still most underrated leading man Paul Rudd really shines in this one, as does Jason Segel, (who stars with Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake in this weeks 'Bad Teacher') who established himself a comedic star after his breakthrough performance in 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall'. With a rush of nostalgia, Hollywood highlights and some of the greatest gags out that side of Los Angeles in years this is truly a bright, delight of a Summer film.
GET HIM TO THE GREEK: Not 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall', this spin-off/unofficial sequel may not have featured Segel or Sarah (apart from a hilarious cameo), still it did feature one of the best young funny men (Jonah Hill) and it warmed us to the acting talents of Russell Brand (who tickled every funny bone and even pulled a few heart strings). Getting him to the Greek Theatre we also saw just how funny Diddy really was in support and we also where convinced that Australian (yes she's not America either) Rose Byrne was British. The woman of the moment who stars in this weeks 'Bridesmaids' and also holds the box-office with top draws 'X-Men: First Class' and 'Insidious' was on top form here too, as was every character, gag, comedy set-piece and scenario scenes. This is how comedies should be made, the stupider the better. You'll want a to line your house with fur and see more comedy from hip-hop mogul Diddy after this one. Go Greek tonight and get the DVD.
BOBBY: With the sublime series 'The Kennedy's' making it's mark on British television despite being cancelled in the states lets take a look at Emilio Estevez's classic film about JFK's brother, 'Bobby'. With an all-star, all-time cast featuring guys from acting/singing legend Harry Belafonte to young star Shia LaBouef (who's set to do battle with and against robots in next weeks, latest 'Transformers: Dark Side Of The Moon'), this movie had everything mixing real-life footage of Bobby Kennedy with the inter-mingling stories of the films subjects. Taking cues from 'Crash' and even 'Forest Gump' this movie had stirring performances from Martin Sheen, Laurence Fishburne, Nick Cannon, Ashton Kutcher, Freddy Rodriguez, Anthony Hopkins and more from a star-studded A-list. A truly deep, at times inspiring, but ultimately moving testament to what could of been one of the greatest moments in American history but turned out to be one of the most tragic. A must see and learn.
X-MEN ORIGINS-WOLVERINE: When franchises have run out of sequels, it's time for the prequels and going back to the 'Origins' of X-Men really was something to 'Marvel' at. With all the characters to choose from it was clear that Hugh Jackman's most-popular 'Wolverine' character would sharpen this series. Darker, bigger, more exciting and epic, Hugh was joined by some new friends who now deserve 'Origin' movies of their own. From Liev Schreiber's villain, to versatile superhero Ryan Reynolds (catch him currently as 'The Green Lantern') and all his 'Deadpool' charm and deadpan wit and super-cool Will.I.am. this might just be the best X-Men yet. Look for that to change when an R-rated Wolverine travels to Japan. TIM DAVID HARVEY.