Category: Sky/Television


Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids (2011)

Directed by Paul Feig

Starring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne and Chris O’Dawd

 

 

 

A childhood friend is getting married and Annie wants to be the best maid of honour possible. However things don’t go to plan when a new friend of the bride tries to out do everything she is planning to become a battle of the best.

This is a full out comedy for the female viewer. I sort of expected what i was going to get although I thought it was going to be a lot funnier than it actually was. You do get some real cringe moments but the film just didn’t live up to the hype that I expected. The best thing in it was Chris O’Dawd but he wasn’t even that funny in the film.

 

Recommend

If you are a man and haven’t seen this i would say you could easily never see this film. For the ladies I’m sure you will find parts of this really funny and disgusting at the same time. For me I can probably say I will ever watch this again, just wasn’t for me.

TheFriedGold rating – 1.5-5

 

 

Film Fact

Bridesmaids is the highest grossing R-rated female comedy of all time in the domestic box office, edging out Sex and the City.

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Sucker Punch

Sucker Punch (2011)

Directed by Zack Snyder

Starring Emily Browning and Vanessa Hudgens

 

 

A young girl, played by Emily Browning, is put in a nut house by her abusive step-father. Her only thought is to escape the mental home.

The film plays out as a girl pretending to be in a fantasy land to take away from the negativity of the mental home. The film offers great visual effects and sexy ladies, all of which were the main points behind the film. Zack Snyder usually gives you something spectacular to watch and he loves to use the green screen. However this film seems to miss the point on the story. It became a bit boring in places and seemed a little slow.

This film, ironically, lacked that ‘sucker punch’ to make this film great. With Snyder currently working on Man of Steel, the new Superman film, I’m hoping that the story side of things won’t be let down by the great action and graphics that are usually on offer in his films.

Worth a watch but do not expect anything ground-breaking

 

Film Fact

Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon album and Sucker Punch sync in a compilation titled, “Dark Side of the Sucker Punch”. A fan discovered the synchronicity and has revealed all details including the compilation itself through the internet. A similar thing happened with The Wizard Of Oz (Dark Side Of The Rainbow). The Wizard Of Oz, Dark Side Of The Moon, and Sucker Punch share similar themes.

 

 

 

Its time to Assemble the Avengers

If you are a fan of Marvel and their band of different superheroes then the time to see them ‘assemble’ is almost upon us. This is a fan boys dream that many thought would never come about but is finally here, The Avengers (UK release know as Avengers Assemble)

And what better way to get ready for this showpiece then by watching all the Marvel films, that matter in the context to this film, while adding in the Agent Coulson shorts as close to the timeline as possible.

So in order I watched;

Ironman (2008)

The Incredible Hulk (2008)

Ironman 2 (2010)

The Consultant

A funny thing happened on the way to Thor’s hammer

Thor (2011)

Captain America (2011)

 

And here is what I noticed in each film that co-insides with the release of Avengers Assemble

Ironman (2008)

The first link is that of Agent Coulson who says he is from ‘Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division’. This is an on-going joke that the name needs to be worked on because it is quite a mouthful. By the end of the film Coulson says that they are now called S.H.E.I.L.D.

There is a quick glimpse of a Captain America shield on a workbench while Tony is working.

Lastly there is the scene after the credits, which is a staple to all the Marvel films, where Tony Stark finds Nick Fury in his house and tells him he would like to talk about the Avengers Initiative.

(The Incredible Hulk, Ironman 2 and Thor all take place around the same time)

The Incredible Hulk (2008)

In the opening credits when they are quickly showing the background story the name Nick Fury is shown on a document as well as Stark Industries. S.H.I.E.L.D also turns ups.

When Blonsky is waiting to be injected with the super serum there is a picture hanging on the wall of Steve Rogers aka Captain America.

The added scene at the end of the film involves Tony Stark confronting General Ross about a problem he has. Initially it would seem that he is referring about Hulk. However by watching the Agent Coulson Short ‘The Consultant’ you realise that Tony is actually talking about Abomination and is sent there to piss General Ross off. To put this short in the timeline it takes place after The Incredible Hulk and Ironman 2. (See Ironman 2 links)

Ironman 2 (2008)

Tony Stark gets an assistant in the form of Natalie Rushman which turns out to be an alias for Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow. She was sent in by Nick Fury to assess Tony Stark’s credentials to be part of the Avengers Initiative.

Nick Fury talks to Tony about his father and informs him that Howard Stark was a founding member of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Agent Coulson makes another appearance. Although he doesn’t stick around for long as there is something he has to deal with in New Mexico. (Ironman 2 end credit scene) He does however hand over the Captain America shield to Tony Stark when he asks for it. Coulson’s response is “Where did you get this? Do you have any idea what this is?”

Towards the end of the film Nick Fury tells Tony Stark that he isn’t wanted for the Avengers Initiative but Ironman is. So for now he will just be a consultant. (This links in to the Agent Coulson short ‘The Consultant’ and the end of The Incredible Hulk) Also in the background on the T.V’s while Fury and Stark are talking is the news reporting on what happened at the college where Hulk faced off with Blonsky for the first time.

The scene after the credits shows a car pull up to a crater and Agent Coulson steps out gets out his phone and says “Sir. We found it.” We then have a close up shot of Mjölnir, Thor’s hammer.

The second Agent Coulson short ‘ A funny thing happened on the way to Thor’s hammer’ takes place during Ironman 2 and shows Coulson kick ass when a petrol station is held up.

Thor (2011)

We see how Thor can travel between Asgard and earth. This is important later on (link in Captain America)

We get the backstory of Thor and Loki. With Loki being the main villain (or so we are believed to think) in The Avengers.

Agent Coulson plays a bigger role in this film being in charge of the Thor situation. This time he has a helper in the form of Hawkeye.

Towards the end Thor says to Agent Coulson “From this day forward, you can count me in as your ally” playing up to the Avengers film.

The scene after the credits show Nick Fury holding a case that contains a bright blue cube that is said to have great power. (This is linked to The Avengers and Captain America)

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Stark Enterprises is shown a lot in the film in relation to a young Howard Stark who co-founded the Super Soldier program.

When the Red Skull and Captain America are fighting in the final battle the Cosmic Cube (as seen at the end of Thor) is knocked and something strange happens. Red Skull looks to be vaporised however as we could see he was being transported to another realm, just like how Thor would move between worlds. (Possible return in the Avengers film or Thor 2)

Steve Roger’s wakes up in the present day and is freaked out. He is met by Nick Fury who calms him down.

After the credits we see Steve Rogers going at it with a punching bag. Nick Fury walks in and we see a teaser involving all the main players in the Avengers.

Avengers Assemble is released on April 25th in the UK

Bad Lieutenant (2009)

Bad Lieutenant (2009)

Directed by Werner Herzog

Starring Nicolas Cage and Eva Mendes

 

 

A policeman is trying to capture a gang for the murders of five immigrants and will do anything that is necessary to do so while battling his own problems with drugs and gambling.

The film is supposed to be a black comedy however there aren’t they many comedic moments in the film. What is good about this film is the darkness that Nicolas cage brings to the character. He cares for his prostitute girlfriend and ex-cop father but at the same time is willing to take things too far to get the job done; Siding with the bad guys or in one sick scene where he cuts off an old ladies air supply just to get some answers. What seem a bit strange during the film are the weird camera shots next to animals. I can understand that they were to symbolise hallucinations of Cage’s character on drugs however they just seemed a bit out of place, like they were trying to be a bit wacky like a Coen brother’s film.

Honourable mention goes to Eva Mendes for, as usual, looking amazing in a film.

Nicolas Cage performs like he usually does however a bit crazier than normal. The film was enjoyable but not one i would probably watch again.

 

 

Film Fact

Nicolas Cage claims that he was never under the influence of anything throughout filming, in contrast to Leaving Las Vegas in which he got genuinely drunk to play an alcoholic.

 

Just Go with It (2011)

Just Go with It (2011)

Directed by Dennis Dugan

Starring Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston and Brooklyn Decker

 

 

Adam Sandler plays a man who finds out his finance has cheated on him on his wedding day. Since that point he has been sleeping with lots of women by using the power of his wedding ring and claiming that his wife is evil. Until one day he meets a young blonde woman, played by Brooklyn Decker, who he wants to settle down with. However things aren’t that easy and he has to use his receptionist, played by Jennifer Aniston, and her kids to help him get the girl of his dreams.

 

This is a typical Adam Sandler film, lots of messing about and Adam Sandler being Adam Sandler. Brooklyn Decker looks amazing in the film. I can’t really say anything else about this film. Its predictable, not that funny and nothing special. Not worth watching apart from when Brooklyn Decker comes out of the sea in her bikini.

 

Film Fact

 

Adam Sandler’s fiancée at the beginning of the film who is cheating on him is played by Adam Sandler’s real-life wife.