Utterly stupid and crazy without really doing anything more than resorting back to stereotypes of babes, Japanese Whizzkids, Bikers etc and then playing them for all they are worth. Roger Moore is the best addition as he plays himself pretending to be James Bond. I enjoy these chase/race comedies and whilst I've seen better, this still kept me well amused - even if half the cast appear to not get much air time and pop up for key scenes.
Drinking Game: Each time you think Burt looks like a porn star
Bottom Line: Irrelevant slapstick fun full of so bad its good moments.
One of those family films that runs that very, very difficult line of being too thought provoking for the youngster and not full on bloodshed for adults and is firmly going for the engaged teenager feel but it absolutely works. It has the same type of feel as Lemony Snickett in that things feel oppressed and stilted in a torrid world but still has a childish element to it. The acting is good, the story whilst confusing initially soon finds its pace and the second half of the film really goes at a strong pace. It felt like a very rounded city that you wanted to explore and with that sold, you're good to go for the rest of the film.
Drinking Game: Everytime the lead girl says Poppy and I thought should said Poopie.
Bottom Line: Well rounded cinema that unfortunately sits at the too much talking for kids, not enough effects and drama for adults - but actually is enjoyable if you're going for a proper story.
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A fantastic demented concept that takes a bit too long to get going and then gets all confused. I think for the first twenty minutes you're meant to laugh that its a man in a koala suit. I was done and wanted the plot to move forward which it duly did. The entire films all over the shot. I wanted to love it but I just didn't connect with it properly. Maybe I'll enjoy it a bit more second time round but at least it held my attention throughout and got better as it went along.
Drinking Game: Each time you think - everyone's treating them as normal people!!!
Bottom Line: Sometimes just dressing up as a Koala and going on a murdering spree isn't enough to sustain 90 minutes when the only joke is "he's a koala!!" File under "Better with beer"
A gay couple whom manage to not actually say a nice thing to each other during the entire film have to look after a relatives child when his mum dies. The child absolutely steals the show as he plays the extremely camp, musical Christmas make up loving boy. The jock parent hates it and tries to make him straight, the other dad just moans a bit at the situation. It could have been so much better but its air light comedy and all of the good stuff comes from the kids - strange for a gay comedy that!
Drinking Game: Whenever the kids do something reminiscent of an early 90's Family Comedy (a genre long since muted)
Bottom Line: Cute, fluffy, very early 90's but not funny or entertaining enough to sell its message fully.
Goldie Hawn is a rich bitch, Kirt Russell is a skanky carpenter who can't control his kids. When she bails on payment for his work and then goes overboard on her cruise ship, Russell takes the memory loss bitch into her home and makes her a slave to him and his children whilst she suffers. It's all very late 80's, fashion victim fun and takes all the vileness of 80's Greed and pours it over the screen. Of course love ensues but it's one of my favourite rom-com's although I'm not sure why!
Drinking Game: Everytime you're reminded 80's Money grabbing is vile
Bottom Line: Stupid, fun, silly, irrelevant. Yup - good film!
I am quickly realising Christopher Guest is a rolling piece of awesome. Eugene Levy is utterly hilarious in his bizarre stoned/drugged out/spaced out delivery and Catherine O Hara is fantastic as the slightly damaged female. This one actually moved me a little because of O Hara and Levy in their strange ways.
Aside from that its comedy all the way along with surprisingly catchy songs. I'd love to think that they all actually played and sung it all - it certainly comes across like they did. Very impressive.
Drinking Game: Each time you forget its a mokumentary
Bottom Line: Equally as funny as Best in Show but with a little more heart and a little less savageness.
Whilst it borrows elements from The Towering Inferno, The Tower stands alone as one of the best disaster movies I've seen in recent memory.
It follows all the traditional disaster movie tropes. A cast of Korean Stars paraded infront of you as you guess who'll make it and who won't and then at the half hour mark, the film descends into chaos until the final credits. The sheer amount of fire, explosions, effects and crazy stunts show Korean as a new power in the CGI department. Whilst not quite as glossy as Hollywood's big budgets, I was swept up by the increasing perils, dangers and the main cast whom are clearly reacting to everything around them and not acting.
Drinking Game: Each scream for Daddy or cry for Hallelujah by the comical Lottery Winner guy
Bottom Line: Certainly contender for best disaster movie this side of 2000. Fantastic.
It is an amazing film!
IT HAS AN ANIME PENIS!!!
From before Isao Takahata became part of the Ghibli family he made this little beauty which I didn't realise was so old (thanks Letterboxd). Running a tight 81 minutes, Hols takes on the Devil and all the devil can throw at him. There's some little glimpses of what Ghibli went on to become so well known for. Complex people, beautiful visuals (for its time) and some quirks (talking squirrels for no reason).
Drinking Game: Everytime HIlda sings. She sings. A lot. The same song.
Bottom Line: Probably aligned closer to Laputa and Nausicaa than anything else, it's a hidden gem in a glistening collection.
Wonderfully eschewed film that looks back on a woman whom has the worst abandonment issues ever. The story is told in a non-linear fashion Matsuko's nephew comes to clear out her flat after her body has been discovered on a field. Not even knowing of her existence because she was disowned by her family, as people come in to pay their respects we catch snapshots of her life. From child to adult she is too scared to be alone and so she stays with frankly the worst men ever. However she keeps coming back for more and more. The film never judges her for it, it presents views from her side and from other watching her and the fact its not an entirely depressing film to watch what a crap life she had is a testament to the film itself.
Drinking Game: Everytime Matsuko gets hit (?!?!)
Bottom Line: Excellent film with some quirky art directions and dreamy styles shining bright lights in what is a very sad film.