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Only One Of These Three Is Worth Your Hard-Earned Cash

It’s quite simple, really.

Wreck-It Ralph starts with this:

…and has Jane Lynch on top quickfire form:

There’s absolutely none of this:

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…or this:

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Hell, go and see Wreck-It Ralph an extra five times just to ensure you’re completely cleansed of all I Give It A Year and Hitchcock’s dirty, dirty residue.

Wreck-It Ralph, I Give It A Year and Hitchcock are all released in UK cinemas tomorrow.

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

What I’m Watching – January 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!!

Hidden (Caché) (Dir: Michael Haneke, 2005) ****

Funny Games (Dir: Michael Haneke, 1997) *****

Love Is All You Need (Den Skaldede Frisør)

Welcome To The Punch

Broken City

Wreck-It Ralph (Dir: Rich Moore, 2012) ****

Bernie

Zero Dark Thirty (Dir: Kathryn Bigelow, 2012) ****

Maniac

Song For Marion (Dir: Paul Andrew Williams, 2012) ***

I Give It A Year (Dir: Dan Mazer, 2013) **

Django Unchained (Dir: Quentin Tarantino, 2012) ****

The Sessions (Dir: Ben Lewin, 2012) ****

Flight (Dir: Robert Zemeckis, 2012) ****

Hitchcock (Dir: Sacha Gervasi, 2012) ***

Lincoln (Dir: Steven Spielberg, 2012) *****

Tiny Furniture (Dir: Lena Dunham, 2010) ****

Jack Reacher (Dir: Christopher McQuarrie, 2012) ****

Quartet (Dir: Dustin Hoffman, 2012) ***

The Impossible (Dir: J.A. Bayona, 2012) ****

Rise Of The Guardians (Dir: Peter Ramsey, 2012) ***