If the marketing for Whiplash is anything to go by, sensationalist poster quotes are the order of the day. So, here are some handy buzzwords for reviewing the film:
"Full Metal Jacket meets The Social Network"
"Wait, I wasn't expecting that bit."
"Isn't he? Did you ever see him in Oz?"
"One film meets another film"
"Oh, shit! I didn't see that coming."
"Rocky meets a man that shouts at him"
Everything that the first film gave me in terms of excitement, part two takes away. I loved the kinetic energy of the first film. There was little time for set-up before being whisked away by Reynolds’ charismatic Bandit. But, here we have a plodding first act about the Bandit as a shambolic drunk having to get back on track, before he sets off on his mission to transport a pregnant elephant!
Even when trying to capture the spirit of the…
Hal Needham teams up again with Burt Reynolds and presents us with an affectionate love letter to the world of movie stuntmen. Hooper contains some of the wacky comedy elements that would consume Needham’s later Reynolds collaborations, but it also has a surprising air of drama, with the aging Hooper coming to terms with the fact that he might at the end of his high risk career.
Hooper is a must-see for anyone that enjoys practical stunt work. Actually, it’s…
Yes, it's the same film as the first one.
Yes, they reference the fact that it's the same film as the first one.
Yes, they run the references into the ground.
But, man, I could watch this duo all day.
Interestingly, I enjoyed the 21Jump Street less on rewatch, but found this one a lot funnier on this second viewing. I had beer during the second viewing. Coincidence?
...aka The Burt Reynolds/Sally Field Charm Offensive.
Well, that was a fun journey.
This was a genuine surprise. I’d seen Smokey and the Bandit about 25 years ago, so my memory of it was very hazy. Really all I remembered was the Eastbound and Down song and the famous bridge-jump stunt. In fact, in my mind the whole thing was a long protracted version of those annoying scenes with the redneck sheriff in Live and Let Die and The Man…
Looking through some notes on my phone, I discovered this partiality written one which should've been posted back in August (it's December as I write this).
I'm not rating or reviewing this film as, to be honest, I wasn't really watching it. I was more interested in watching my son watching it.
I'm simply posting this for prosperity. To mark the date that I first witnessed my almost-two-year-old son getting emotionally involved with a film for the first time.
I don't like sport. Particularly football. But, I do tend to enjoy sporting films.
Unfortunately, Escape to Victory made me realise that I find dramatised football as uninteresting as the real thing. So, after a very enjoyable set-up, I found myself completely disengaged from the third act's climactic football match.
On the plus side, my mind wandered enough that I was able to think of this fantastic joke, that you can share with your friends:
What do Sylvester Stallone and Michael Caine have in common?
One's American and one's a merry Caine.
Oh great, look, the World Cup's on...
Oh, here's one...
Apparently this snowbound thriller is also known as Eye See You. So, get this...
Eye See thrills!
Get it? It's like saying "icy thrills!" Cause the film's a thriller and it's all snowy and stuff. But that's not all. There's even a double meaning, 'cause it's like you're saying you can see the thrills.
You can even do it like this:
I See Thrills.
And it sounds the same!
They could even put that on the DVD…