Ben Stiller feels a bit old-hat in Hollywood terms now. Now it’s all Gosling this and Fassbender that, the days of the Frat Pack seem a distant memory, and indeed, you’d be unlikely to see anyone getting excited over a new Stiller movie, particularly a remake of a 1947 film starring Danny Kaye. However, The…
This week’s movie releases includes the Jack Black helmed Bernie. The reappearance of this lovably rotund gentleman got us thinking: what do we really know about this intrepid comedian? True his name has been a familiar sight to us for a number of years now but does that mean we actually have a line on the man that lies behind it? Probably not! So here it is! A nice compact little compilation of facts that will come to the rescue in any given Jack Black-related situation. No, no, no need to thank us! It was our pleasure!
Our least regular feature is back! This week’s Favourite Flicks author is Nina, whose whimsical aesthetic makes her choice of film laughably unsurprising. If you love Wes Anderson’s classic The Royal Tenenbaums, then you’re amongst friends here – if you’re not, prepare to be converted by a gentle barrage of Gene Hackman, Bill Murray and the whole damn Tenenbaum dynasty.
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is not as incredible as its title leads you to believe – but it certainly has some tricks up its velvet, sequinned sleeve. The story of an egotistical, sex obsessed professional and how he responds to his devastating fall from grace has become a ‘frat pack’ family favourite – just replace male model, ice skater or anchorman with old-school magician and you’ve got the picture. Although The Incredible Burt Wonderstone boasts fewer iconic moments than its predecessors, its absurdity, campness, sentimentality and outrageous encore earns it a place among them.
Some days it feels like every ruddy actor out there is getting on set and making shit up. With all of the apocryphal stories about improvised lines and made up scenes you begin to wonder why Hollywood still needs screenwriters at all. Normally these tales are 100% bull. And no matter how many times Dustin Hoffman says he made up the “I’m walking here!” line we all know that he really didn’t. Every now and then though something comes along that just feels real. So here are the best, non-surgically enhanced wowza lines in cinema history. (Hello Boys! Yeah, they’re real.)
Riddled with more polished, well-executed and genuinely laugh-out-loud comedic moments than many of its contemporary predecessors, as a showcase for veteran funnymen Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill, The Watch is ideal. However, by trying to force square emotional pegs in round comic holes, The Watch suffers under the pressure to prove its legitimacy by incorporating a “depth” which is both unnecessary and poorly-executed.
Richard Ayoade is set to make his big blockbuster debut in The Watch this Friday and… what? Whaddaya mean, you don’t know who Richard Ayoade is? He’s only one of the most talented writers, directors and actors in the UK! Fine, yes, he’s that guy from The IT Crowd. Let’s talk Ayoade…