Monthly Archives: February 2013

Review: I Give It A Year (2013)

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***THIS REVIEW WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED ON THE HOLLYWOOD NEWS, HERE***

DIRECTOR: Dan Mazer.

CAST: Rafe Spall, Rose Byrne, Anna Faris, Minnie Driver, Simon Baker, Stephen Merchant, Jason Flemyng.

SYNOPSIS: After a whirlwind romance, Josh (Spall) and Nat (Byrne) tie the knot, but soon find that things aren’t quite as easy as they’d imagined. With old flame Chloe (Faris) on the scene and a rather new attractive American (Baker) floating around Nat’s office, will the pair find themselves tempted by others before their first anniversary, or are they in it for the long haul?

For a film that aims to break away from romantic Hollywood clichés, I Give It A Year relies too heavily on its puerile and farcical elements to showcase any novel perspectives on the overdone genre.

Realistic situations may be touched upon, but are frustratingly never fully realised, which is a real shame considering Dan Mazer proves himself in the odd sentimental, genuinely heartfelt moment. However, while the romantic backstory between Spall and Faris is one that begs to be further delved into, the excessive improvisation takes away from what could have been a far more interesting and quieter route for Mazer to go down. Continue reading

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What I’m Watching – February 2013

This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry. Embargoed films get their respective star ratings when allowed.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (Dir: Brad Bird, 2011) ****

Beware The Gonzo (Dir: Brian Goluboff, 2010) **

Everything Must Go (Dir: Dan Rush, 2010) ***

Butter (Dir: Jim Field Smith, 2011) ***

Young Adult (Dir: Jason Reitman, 2011) ****

6 Days To Air: The Making Of South Park (Dir: Arthur Bradford, 2011) ***

Cloud Atlas (Dir: Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, 2012) *****

Vertigo (Dir: Alfred Hitchcock, 1958) ****

Rust And Bone (Dir: Jacques Audiard, 2012) ***

Chaplin (Dir: Richard Attenborough, 1992) *****

I Love You Phillip Morris (Dir: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa, 2009) ****

The Big Lebowski (Dir: Joel Coen, 1998) *****

Flight: Knitting, Sick Bags And Piers Morgan – The Questions I Really Want Answered

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Have Your Cinema Provided Chairs With Sick Bags And Oxygen Masks?
If not, well, you’ll probably wish they had. With the events of the plane crash almost unbearably intense, Zemeckis ensures you feel every bump, bone crack and jolt of turbulence along with those in the fuselage. It’s safe to say this is one film that will be left off the inflight entertainment list for the foreseeable future.

What’s With The Music, Bob?
Whether it’s jangly elevator music or soft rock while Reilly shoots up, the hilariously clichéd cues are either Zemeckis having a tongue in cheek pop at addiction or quite clearly admitting on celluloid that he has never listened to any Red Hot Chili Peppers lyrics before. Continue reading