Part 6 of Hoop-Tober
"They’re all gonna laugh at you."
After I had finished watching Carrie for the first time the other night, I walked down the hallway into my bathroom, I closed the door, looked in the mirror, and wondered why I had never seen this movie up until that point in time. It was then that the bathroom mirror started cracking and my house started crumbling into the earth.
Being bullied is something…
Another film where at the end, I felt undecided about whether I liked it or not. Which means I didn't dislike it, but would I watch it again? Likely not.
There are moments of brilliance however: forget keyboard protagonist guy — I'd rather have just watched a film about a very quirky weird band that's been through some serious shite together. It's not immediately apparent, but the film takes on the black part of black comedy more often than you…
What a soundtrack! This took me right back to1996. Lovely warm memories. I decided to watch it in honour of the Scottish referendum that's consuming the headlines at the moment. Best Scottish film ever? I think it might be.
This is a very funny, touching, disgusting and horrific film. So many highlights and such awful and visceral lows.
The story follows five Scottish junkies with low self esteem as they plunge deeper and deeper into self-loathing until their so-called friendship…
Sparse and simple. Restrained shooting style, atmospheric, almost silent. Doesn't trick you into sympathy for the characters, but treats you like a grown up. There is an incredible sequence close to the end—a religious procession through farmland—that is both uplifting and sorrowful, like a song. My first taste of Polish cinema.
Passable early 2000s spy thriller. Very reminiscent of the TV show, Alias, but with a dashing Colin Farrell as the young CIA recruit and Al Pacino as the aloof father-figure.
Exactly as twisty/turny as you might expect, but comedy gold when the computer hackery commences. We don't climb to Jurassic Park's lofty heights of "It's a Unix system! I know this!", but we get a very acceptable "Listen to me, this is what I do! Programs! Code!"
I love that shit. I wonder if I could be a CIA field agent. After all, it's what I do! Programs! Code!
After watching a couple of round-the-world solo sailing films Netflix now recommends me anything audacious with water. I am terrified of what I'll find next time I login.
Pumping Iron is my first body building film, and it represents everything I know about body building. Holy crap. I've just tried a couple of those poses in front of the mirror, in front of a small audience, and it's harder than it looks to grin as wide as Arnold. He has…
I remember my first time in Vegas. It was an unexpected trip. My business partner suggested we scope out a trade show that we were considering exhibiting at the next year. As it was 1991, there was no Web to lean on. Flipping through the ‘Out Of Town Hotels’ section of the yellow pages, I started phoning the Las Vegas entries. The trade show was beginning the next day, and hotels with vacancies were charging a princely sum. I then…
It's a feel-good kinda movie that lets you just enjoy the ride. It has the trappings of a romantic comedy but eschews those in favor of its indie cred.
Here, Keira Knightley shows off her singing chops (who knew?) and Mark Ruffalo is in his groove. Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def!) plays a small role, as well as Catherine Keener. But surprise, or not, Adam Levine, yes, lead singer of Maroon 5, is a pretty good actor. Though, he's not playing anything too far from his reality.
The music makes the film worthwhile and everybody likes an underdog.
It's interesting that the least cartoonishly broad character in this entire movie is the one wearing a giant fibreglass head.
There's an excellent story in here somewhere about singular, eccentric artists, the people who orbit around them, and the mental toll of perceived genius. But Frank veers too sharply from kooky to bleak to tell that story with any insight.
A gentle, quirky and slightly weird whodunnit from Woody Allen, featuring Scarlett Johansson and Hugh Jackman.
It's set in modern-day London, which is characterised very differently from its usual dirty, rainy and fog-bound cobbled streets. There is sunshine, grass, modern architecture and vibrant city life. Allen is very generous to London, and although his romanticised perspective of the city is a far cry from Jack the Ripper's Victorian haunt, Scoop draws heavily on the serial-killer-of-prostitutes-in-london genre, adding rom-com into the…
Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s puerile satire has become a comedy time capsule yet despite its now dated targets this is still one of the sharpest, funniest and most inappropriate comedies of the new millennium. Team America: World Police is part Gerry Anderson homage and part fuck you to both the American far right and liberal left as Parker and Stone turn their attentions to mocking America’s gung-ho foreign policy under the Bush administration.
Team America follows the exploits of…