Month: February 2008

Semi-Pro

Director – Kent Alterman Writer – Scot Armstrong Starring – Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, Andre Benjamin, Maura Tierney, Andrew Daley, Andy Richter Review: Even though I don’t find every one of his comedic efforts funny I still would say I am a Will Ferrell fan, that is until recently. His usual routines used to work on me almost every time but with such films as Talladega Nights and Blades of Glory his schtick has wore thing with me. His latest, Semi-Pro, is at least semi-watchable but far from hilarious. Jackie Moon (Ferrell), the own-coach-player of the Flint Michigan Tropics basketball team, rallies his teammates to make it into the NBA. Maybe it’s just me and like I said Ferrell just doesn’t work with me any more but from where I was sitting Semi-Pro just isn’t all that funny. There are a few moments here and there, including a laugh-out-loud funny scene where his character fights at bear, but for the most part it just misfires at almost every turn. The ingredients are all there for a good comedy; a usually funny cast, some great opportunities to be outrageous in the name of comedy and a 70’s setting to have all sorts of reference gags for anyone who knows and/or remembers that time period. And all throughout there is a distinct inclusion of attempts to do this. But for some reason almost every intended joke...

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Fritz the Cat

“Fritz the Cat” features the voice of Skip Hinnant as Fritz. Taken from a underground comic book, “Fritz the Cat” is the first X-Rated Cartoon with characters created by Robert Crumb and directed by Ralph Bakshi. “I’ve been up and down the four corners of this big old world. I’ve seen it all, I’ve done it all. I’ve fought many a good man, and I’ve laid many a good woman.” These are the words spoken by Fritz, a cat that dropped out of college becomes obsessed with sex, starts all-out riots, and is into hardcore drug use. A world where Crows are black people, Cats are obsessed with sex, and Pigs are cops. All of this might sound like fun. Don’t be fooled like I was. It’s hard to write a review on a film that has absolutely nothing appropriate to suggest. I tried my hardest to sift through this piece of junk to find something positive to say about it. I came up with one good thing, it’s short. The animation has a twisted look that’s wasted on predictable humor and perverted material. It managed to be rude, crude, and racist (The three no-no’s) all in it’s embarrassing 79 minute running time. The whole thing was a total mess from start to finish. Although, it’s hailed as a cult classic by many, the first X-Rated cartoon is a...

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Rambo

Director – Sylvester Stallone Writer – Sylvester Stallone, Art Montersatelli Starring – Sylvester Stallone, Julie Benz, Matthew Marsden, Graham McTavish, Reynaldo Gallegos Review: Having taken another swing at things (pun intended) with Rocky Balboa, Sylvester Stallone has decided to take another and presumably last go at reviving another iconic character from yester-year; this time around bringing Mr John. J. Rambo. Where Rocky Balboa managed to both respect the character and have enough there to draw in fresh audiences, the latest instalment in the Rambo series has some fantastic action but doesn’t quite have what Balboa had to make it special. In Thailand, John Rambo joins a group of mercenaries sent into war-ridden Burma to rescue a group of Christian aid-workers who have been kidnapped by the ruthless local infantry unit. What is expected when going into see a film like Rambo? It’s certainly not Shakespearian dialogue, fantastic, Oscar worthy performances or even a great storyline. What you do expect, however, is some fantastic action sequences, a great pace possibly and just an overall fun time at the movies. And although it does deliver the latter eventually, it takes a long and almost painfully bad time to get there. The dialogue is perhaps the films prime downfall. Like I said I am not expecting it to be poetically meaningful, Oscar worthy stuff but I do expect it to at least be passable and plausible. The dialogue...

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Black Water

Black Water stars Diane Glenn who most will remember her from Neighbours as Shannon Jones,Maeve Dermody,Andy Rodoreda and Ben Oxenbould.Black Water has two directors who have won two awards for Best Directors  and best Cinematography with Black Water,at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival,they are David Nerlich and Andrew Traucki. Black Water is based on real life events following couple Adam and Grace and her younger sister Lee ,who while on holiday decide to visist a fishing tour ,where they meet guide Jim.Befor long the group decide to move into a mangrove swamp and are attacked by an unknown animal which flips their boat and hurls them into the water.The petrified threesome take shelter up the nearest tree and realise there is a killer croc in the swamp.After waiting for what seems hours and hours the group realise there is nobody out there coming to help,or that noone even knows the boat has gone out ,deciding the croc has gone they must now make a move for the floating upside down boat which they came in on.But soon realise the croc has not gone anywhere and makes his move on the victims.Scared,hungry and tired the group take flight up the tree and must decide on what to do in order to survive the croc. In all honesty most people would feel that once you have seen one killer croc film,you’ve seen them all.This is not the case here...

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Be Kind Rewind

Director – Michel Gondry Writer – Michel Gondry Starring – Jack Black, Mos Def, Danny Glover, Mia Farrow, Melonie Diaz Review: For anyone who knows me and my movie tastes you will know what I am about to say relating to this film and for any of you who don’t; I am a huge fan of Michel Gondry. For Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind alone he sits firmly in my list of favourite directors. Now he brings us a slice of his mind in the form of Be Kind Rewind, an endearing and well intentioned comedy but one that ultimately falls very short of the usual quality of Mr Gondry’s work. A man, who accidentally becomes magnetized after attempting to sabotage a local power plant, unintentionally erases all the tapes in his friend’s video store. In order to satisfy the customers of the store, the pair decides to shoot their own version of the films which include Ghostbusters, Robocop and The Lion King. It may be a bit unfair for me to compare Gondry’s latest offering with his masterpiece Eternal Sunshine, or to compare the work of any director to each other. But it’s something when a director has released something in their past career of such high quality it’s inevitable that comparison is going to take place. It’s not that Be Kind Rewind just pales in comparison...

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