Tag Archives: Comedy

Film: Daddy’s Home

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ksjdAbout three weeks ago I met up with a friend to swap Christmas presents and to see a film at the cinema. We chose to watch Daddy’s Home.

Daddy’s Home, a comedy, is about two men and the family they share. One man, Brad, is the perfect dad and has been wanting children of his own for a long time. He’s married to Sara and is the Step Dad to her two children. Just as he’s finally being accepted as their new dad, Dusty Mayron turns up to unsettle everything. Dusty is the children’s biological father and Sara’s ex-husband; he’s reckless and not very responsible but he’s very cool. Hijinks ensue as the two men challenge each other and try to win over their family.

With a cast starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg little was going to be bad about this film. Supporting them, the cast includes: Linda Cardellini, Thomas Haden Church, Scarlett Estevez, Owen Vaccaro, Hannibal Buress and Bobby Cannavale.

Here’s the trailer:

Enjoy!

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above image; it is from: http://www.expatgo.com/my/2015/12/18/daddys-home-movie-to-be-released-in-malaysia-on-31-december/

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Film: The Man From U.N.C.L.E

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image004MV5BMTc2NjQ4ODYyNF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODA3OTU5NTE@._V1_SX214_AL_Yesterday I was very fortunate to go see The Man From U.N.C.L.E at the cinema. It was an insanely good film and therefore I must recommend it asap.

I must start by addressing the cinematography of this film, which was phenomenal, really clever and it gave a unique energy to the entire film. It is very fast paced, action-packed and has flawless scenes, especially the fight scenes and car chases. This style of editing and shot selection is very typical of the director, Guy Ritchie, who is up there in the list of my favourite directors. If you’re familiar with either of the Sherlock Holmes films with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, you’ll recognise the style.

Secondly, the cast is amazing. You don’t need to wait to see the film to know that you’re in for a treat. Not only are the two leads good looking, they are also up and coming popular stars right now. Who am I talking about? None other than Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer as Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin. Other members of the cast include Alicia Vikander as Gaby, Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby) as Victoria, the ever amazing Hugh Grant as Waverly and Jared Harris as Sanders.

So… onto the important part, the story. Based on the 60s TV show The Man from U.N.C.L.E starring Robert Vaughn, David McCallum and Leo Carroll, the concept of the film is that CIA Agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organisation, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons. It may seem like a very simple story but alas, there are a few twists hidden within a very amusing plot. The relationship between the two agents is enough to keep the audience’s interest alive and makes for a lot of comedy.

With little else to say, The Man From U.N.C.L.E, is a superbly made film with incredible settings (filmed in Italy) and brilliant cast with a serious storyline matched with charm and amusement. A perfect watch indeed especially with its mix of action, adventure and comedy.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above images, they are from: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1638355/ and http://www.manfromuncle.org/

TV: My Family

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largeFresh from watching the very last episode, I would like to recommend My Family: a BBC sitcom about ‘a modern, outwardly functional family… engaged in constant psychological warfare’. The Harpers are a dysfunctional family comprising of Susan, the wife, Ben, the grumpy dentist and also her husband, Nick, the older brother who refuses to move out, Janey, the self-absorbed popularity conscious sister and Michael, the brainy younger brother obsessed with girls. As the series goes on we meet more characters such as Abi, Roger, Kenzo and Alfie, who all join the main cast.

A comedy at heart, My Family aims to provide humour throughout and is really light-hearted. Definitely a good watch for a bad day or when you’re in a bad mood but also for good decent entertainment whenever that is necessary.

402275-my-familyIt will appeal to an audience who likes the humour of Seinfeld mixed with the madness of someone of the ilk of Lenny Henry and it does really work. The wit is very clever, very in your face and not as subtle as English humour can be at times but nevertheless it is great fun’. (Quote from IMDB User Review)

Not only is the show clever in its concept, albeit simple, funny and well written, it contains an amazing cast. The cast is a mixture of well-known English actors (Robert Lindsay, Zoe Wanamaker) and talented unknown young individuals (who literally grew up in their roles) taken and turned into well-known and popular actors and actresses (Daniela Denby-Ashe, Gabriel Thomson, Kris Marshall). This worked perfectly to create the family many people know and have loved.

The show, while not airing any more, lasted a solid 11 series and 9 Christmas Specials from 2000 to 2011. It was something I grew up watching, and something my parents would always have on. In its final two series I made sure to watch every episode and was slightly heart broken when I heard that the show was ending. I bought the boxset and have definitely not regretted it since.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above images, they are from: http://www.thejitty.com/articles/my-family-the-sitcom-of-our-time and http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/this-week-on-tv-with-dianne-butler/story-fn948wjf-1226169402355

Film: Kingsman – The Secret Service

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So… I’m celebrating my birthday this week, and part of this meant taking my friends to the cinema to see Kingsman. It was the only thing I wanted to watch out of everything being shown right now. I’m glad I made this choice. My friends, even though they didn’t know what to expect, or even what we were going to watch, loved every second of the film too.

First and foremost, the cinematography of this film (talking as a Media Studies student) is breathtaking. I had chills from the effects and the impressive quality of the film. It was absolutely flawless and even though I’m not even 20 yet, I still can’t get over the ever-improving quality of these new films.

Now, I’ll stop acting old and talk more about the film itself. The imdb  summary reads as follows:  ‘Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn, Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius’. These agents, or spies, are the new Knights of England.

The cast are phenomenal. There’s the brilliant Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Mark Strong and Jack Davenport with Mark Hamill and Samuel L. Jackson. All of them are fantastic actors but then there’s Taron Egerton, an up-and-coming new actor. Kingsman is his first film and he has the starrob_f4c123_kingsman-the-secret-serviceing role, rightly so, because he is ultra-talented and, as my friends will be keen to remind everyone, really good looking. He is definitely one to watch out for in the future.

The film also has a great soundtrack which at times provides much needed comic relief at moments of tension.

I absolutely loved Kingsman, which hopefully you’ve realised by now, and I recommend that you see it while it’s still in the cinema. I’m even tempted to go and watch it again before it comes out on DVD. The incredible cast, the soundtrack and the comedy and action iconography with the cinematography makes for the perfect film.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the pictures, they are from: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2802144/ and http://www.dailystar.co.uk/movies/421860/Review-Kingsman-The-Secret-Service-15

PS – I apologise for today’s blog being posted so late. I take full responsibility for letting it get to the bottom of my to do list… oopsie!

TV Show: Still Open All Hours

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asjdfh I’ve recently been watching Still Open All Hours, a BBC programme, which is a sequel series to the 1976 Open All Hours show that lasted for four seasons. Open All Hours, which has been (and still is), repeated endlessly on various channels such as BBC One and Comedy Gold, was a part of my childhood. I absolutely loved watching Ronnie Barker and David Jason together in Arkwright’s shop.

Open All Hours was a sitcom set in a small Grocer’s shop. Albert Arkwright (Ronnie Barker) is the tight owner with a stammer. He is joined by his nephew Granville (David Jason), a young boy caught between his long working hours and his social life. The show follows their management of the shop and their interactions with their customers and neighbours.

Still Open All Hours, the sequel series, commissioned for six special episodes, follows Granville (still David Jason) as the owner of the shop, running it with the help of his son, Leroy (James Baxter). Granville now has the occasional stammer when referring to his uncle and has grown up to live by the standards that Arthur Arkwright himself did, this includes how little money he felt comfortable spending.open-all-hours-1

In addition, some of the neighbours and customers in the new series are the same characters played by the same actors as in the old series adding a real sense of how the community has grown with Arkwright’s shop and giving continuity between the two shows.

I love the show for its standalone qualities but I most enjoy the fact it brings that little gem from the past to those who used to love the show and to an entirely new generation. I think the show is a lovely tribute to the late Ronnie Barker who was and still is loved by many across the nation. I just think the whole concept is extremely heart-warming and I’m sure that David Jason, James Baxter and the entire cast of Still Open All Hours would make Ronnie feel very loved and very proud.

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Disclaimer – I do own the pictures, they are from: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2133936/Shopkeeper-inspired-Ronnie-Barkers-Arkwright-character-Open-All-Hours-dies-aged-78.html and http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/christmas/10531771/Still-Open-All-Hours-David-Jason-back-to-the-shop-floor.html.

Film and TV: New Girl

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NEW-GIRL-POSTER_510I have been watching New Girl at every free moment I can. I watched it when it first aired and now have Season 1 and 2 on DVD. This show has great characters, great scenarios and a great concept. The concept is that one girl lives in a loft with three guys. Hijinks ensue.

The plot is described as follows (from google+): ‘After going through a rough breakup, awkward and upbeat Jess moves in with three single guys. Intelligent and witty Nick is an underachiever who took the bartender off-ramp on his road to success. Schmidt obsesses over his social standing and looks at Jess as a personal project. Winston is a competitive former athlete who, after realizing he will never become a pro, moves into the loft. Together with Jess’ best friend, Cece, they bond to form an unlikely, and dysfunctional, family.’

The show is so loveable because of these four people who live together and because each episode allows us to see their relationships develop and grow both with each other and with outside characters. Part of this comes from excellent actors such as; Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Hannah Simone, Lamorne Morris and Damon Wayans Jr.

I am so obsessed, once again, with this show and I’m sad because I’m not watching the show right now!

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Disclaimer: I do not own the above picture, it is from: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1826940/

Film: Enchanted

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ad3a9bb7b384dda3967751bf4de82c6aI’ve recently been writing about Enchanted for my Creative Media work, so I thought if I can write about it for that, I can write about it for my blog too.

Over the summer I bought Enchanted from HMV as I had wanted to watch it for ages and had never got the opportunity (and bonus: it only cost £2.99 because I was buying other things). So, yay. I had bought it… but unfortunately it just sat on my desk while I chose to watch other things and then I went back to school so my time was limited. Over my first week back I started to feel ill and by the Friday I had to take the day off because I wasn’t feeling too good. I took this opportunity to just chill and watch films all day. Enchanted was one of these.

I absolutely love Enchanted. It’s about a beautiful princess, Giselle, and all she wants is to find her prince. But as soon as she finds him, she is banished by the evil queen from her animated land to our crazy reality of modern day New York City. Not only does she not understand the way our world works, she is lost, comically so, taking things very literally and getting upset by the fact she’s been ignored by most of the population of New York. This is until she finds a lawyer called Robert. Her entire world gets thrown around, again, when her view of love begins to change and as the IMDB summary finishes: ‘Giselle begins to fall in love with a charmingly flawed divorce lawyer who has come to her aid – even though she is already promised to a perfect fairy tale prince back home – she has to wonder: Can a storybook view of romance survive in the real world?’

The concept is very clever with a Disney Princess character falling into a world like ours and seeing how it all unfolds. I think this film is brilliant. It is the perfect family film and has such a feel good ending which, I’m sure by now, you all know I love.

This film also has a wonderful cast: Amy Adams as Giselle, Patrick Dempsey as Robert, James Marsden as Edward (Giselle’s prince), Timothy Spall as Nathaniel, Idina Menzel as Nancy and Susan Sarandon as the evil Queen, Narissa. In addition, Julie Andrews is The Narrator in a voice only part.

If you want something light and lovely to watch, I recommend Enchanted!

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Disclaimer – I do not own the movie poster, it is from: http://www.picpicx.com/enchanted/