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Review: Cuban Fury (2014)

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***THIS REVIEW WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED AT THE HOLLYWOOD NEWS ON TUESDAY 11TH FEBRUARY, HERE***

Director: James Griffiths.

Starring: Nick Frost, Chris O’Dowd, Kayvan Novak, Rashida Jones, Olivia Colman, Ian McShane, Rory Kinnear.

Certificate: 15.

Running Time: 98 minutes.

SynopsisJunior salsa champion, Bruce (Nick Frost) leaves his dancing dreams behind after a bullying incident goes too far. Bored and stuck in routine, the arrival of beautiful, smart new boss Julia (Rashida Jones) gives him reason to dig out his Cuban heels once more. That is, if sleazy co-worker Drew (Chris O’Dowd) doesn’t get in there first.

Fresh out of The Cornetto Trilogy, Nick Frost swaps ice cream for dancing shoes in a surprisingly relatable story buried under a mountain of sequins. The opening credit narration and quick-fire editing may suggest an Edgar Wright rip-off, but CUBAN FURY delivers far beyond the usual romcom tropes thanks to its brilliant cast and token salsa twist.

Based on an original idea that came to him after a drunken night out, Nick Frost plays Bruce, a former UK salsa champion who locked his trophies away after the horrors of ‘Sequingate’. Though evidently very good at his job, daily abuse from colleague Drew makes it less than enjoyable until new American boss Julia shatters the tedium. Convinced she’s out of his league, a shared love for dance has Bruce egged on by his best friends to win her heart – but getting back on the dance floor is a little more complex than climbing onto his fold up bike. Continue reading

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What I’m Watching – November 2013

This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry.

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (Dir: Wes Anderson, 2004) ****

Lee Daniels’ The Butler (Dir: Lee Daniels, 2013) ****

Parkland (Dir: Peter Landesman, 2013) **

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Dir: Francis Lawrence, 2013) *****

The Counsellor (Dir: Ridley Scott, 2013) ***

Blackfish (Dir: Gabriela Cowperthwaite, 2013) ****

Gravity (Dir: Alfonso Cuaron, 2013) ****

Nebraska (Dir: Alexander Payne, 2013) ****

Cuban Fury (Dir: James Griffiths, 2014)

The Switch (Dir: Josh Gordon, Will Speck, 2010) **

Wild Bill (Dir: Dexter Fletcher, 2011) ****

Who Is Dayani Cristal? (Dir: Marc Silver, 2013)

Philomena (Dir: Stephen Frears, 2013) *****

Ender’s Game (Dir: Gavin Hood, 2013) ****

Turbo (Dir: David Soren, 2013) ***

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom (Dir: Justin Chadwick, 2013) ****