The opposite of Son of a Gun this starts fairly so so but really drew us in. It concerns biology boddery and reincarnation. Features Brit Marling who we've yet to see in a duff film; check out her stuff if you can. The end is genuinely touching.
Australian film where a young lad does 6 months in prison during which time he receives protection from being bummed by the prison bummer from Ewan McGregor (with his usual Scottish accent) and his goons. To show his gratitude he is expected to break Ewan & The Goons out of prison once released. Starts well enough but fails to maintain the pace and interest.
Woman takes a man hostage in a lift as an act of revenge. A fairly good basic concept spoilt by an unlikely back story and decent performances by the main two actors completely undermined by the worst acting of two bit parters (whose characters are unnecessary in any event). Almost worth watching for their screaming terribleness.
Gangs and firms in Laaaahndon, geezer. Above average for a film of its type as it also includes an older generation of crims (now grown up and moved on) which gives a different take on the whole thing. Excellent casting of the younger version of the main character and the acting's not too shabby either. Also got Colin from Press Gang in it looking old.
Comedy about a group of friends who decide to murder one of the group's pain in the arse wife. It's been compared to The Last Supper but reminded us more of Very Bad Things (which is recommended). Entertaining and actually funny in parts.
We like Inside so much we tracked down the writers/directors' other effort. This also features Beatrice Dalle as a wobblebonk but unfortunately it's not a patch on Inside. Our expectations were possibly a bit high and we might have scored it less harshly had it been made by somebody else. It's about 3 young lads who happen upon some rum goings on at an abandoned film set and then they get tracked down by the killers who they witnessed.
It's become a considerably unwoolly and in fact a worrying tradition that we watch this on Christmas Eve, a film which is wrong on many levels but awesome. Don't watch with friends who are pregnant, of a sensitive nature or at all as they'll think you're a right odd 'un. Beatrice Dalle plays bonkers mad women so well.
This one caught us by surprise as it's easy to write off (or even switch off) during the first half an hour but it really won us over. The military nut played by Joe Tucker (who also wrote and directed) has some genuinely funny lines and his simple sidekick delivers a compelling speech at the end when he confronts the subject of his revenge.
Beige and unchallenging comedy where cop Denis Leary tries to recover his work reputation after dropping a bit of a bollock during a shooting. He gets caught up in two plots - one involving two unthreatening crims connected with a family in his building and one which involves shagging Elizabeth Hurley. People wear clothes and say stuff.
French crime thriller where a bank robber escapes prison to track down his recently released ex-cellmate who's out to frame him, swipe his kid and claim his stashed bank job loot. What's the world coming to when you can't trust random people you meet in prison?!
Some of the most obvious and shameless up voting by involved parties on IMDb that we've noticed for a while. 8.2/10 from approaching 13,900 users? Phrpt! That's either bollocks or nearly 14,000 people love tepid sub-Guy Ritchie guff. "Recycled" would be a more apt title.
Would've been a flat average 5 but 3.5/10 for trying to mug us off like c****.
Well acted drama about a British soldier inadvertently left behind by his unit in Belfast after a riot. As anyone who knows a bit about The Troubles will appreciate, his presence isn't exactly welcome in some parts of the city. Jack O'Connell is as good as ever (we liked him before Angelina...).
What should've been a cracking story about how small town boredom can so easily lead to low-level crime and the consequences of, instead became a boring film about people doing dull, people-y things and some tepid plot twists. Acting and all that very good, story not so much.
Another Australian film, something of a theme week for our viewing. This is a low budget film about a guy who gets sent down for a (justifiable) act of self-defence.
Normally a prison film with this level of financial backing would be a slaughter of cliches. Alright, this one does have the expected gangs, violence and dodgy shower moments, however it does also highlight the futility of doing time, the ugliness of the violence and even offers some well scripted, decently acted thoughts on ethnic identity in an age of multiculturalism and friendships forged in the pressure of an institution.
Earlier this year we watched the stand-up show that spawned a TV series in the states that got cancelled and finished with this film-length tie-up. Proof that Stephen Merchant is much, much funnier without that unfunny cunt Ricky Gervais sitting next to him.
When I finished watching These Final Hours, I wanted something a bit more lightweight. This was available. It's mostly a film about tits and penises. Louise Fletcher and Sherilyn Fenn offer performances way above the material they're working from. If you wanna watch a film that's possibly based on the cover of a Mills & Boon book taken from a charity shop shelf, you could actually do much worse than this.
The book would probably be called 'Southern Passions' or 'Heat of the Darkness' or something. Probably not 'Oiled Fist' or 'Floppy Growler'. But they'd be more fun.