Pedro Almodóvar’s latest brightly-coloured offering to the cinematic landscape is a hefty move away from the dark, stirring masterpieces that catapulted him as one of today’s most stylish directors. I’m So Excited is more akin to the likes of Airplane! (whilst being simultaneously the opposite, because Airplane! is actually hilarious and this film is not) than anything like The Skin I Live In. Shoving cheesy 80s wit and iridescent montages into a blender, I’m So Excited will try to convince you that tasteless stupidity, bright colours and nonsensical characters boasts a great film. Unsurprisingly, it does not.
Scary Movie 5 is an insult to parody films that are actually funny. Ashley Tisdale might just be the only positive thing to come out of this, and she wasn’t even THAT good. Lazy characterisation, flimsy plot, poor jokes, an uninspired Usher cameo: the list of absolute FAILS is endless. With any luck, we’ve seen the last of the Scary Movie franchise.
Papadopoulos & Sons is an entertaining Anglo-Greek comedy flick that showcases Marcus Markou as an able first time director and writer. With heartfelt performances, moments of inspired humour and a bit of dancing; this film is a heartwarming tale about family, finding yourself, and fish and chips. Seriously, you WILL want to pop in to a chippie after this.
One boy’s obsession with living another life turns into an emotionally wrought game of wits and writing as he attempts to outfox his ambitious teacher in this funny French flick simmering with sexual frustration. Masterful performances from the younger cast members and a fitting third act make In The House one to watch if you’re after something that doesn’t have explosions in it.
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.
It has taken Antique Bakery almost 5 years to make it to our lovely shores. Kind of surprising really since it is known to be one of South Korea’s most successful movies having raked in over a million movie goers within the first two weeks of its release. Time to see what all the fuss is about…
You don’t need an enormous budget to make a great horror film, as The Blair Witch Project proved spectacularly upon release. Unfortunately, no amount of money in the world could have made The Hounds anything more than the festering dog turd it is, steaming horribly on the doormat of this celebrated genre…
Seth Gordon’s directorial history is a mixed bag: he’s the man behind King of Kong the brilliant 2007 documentary about diehard video game fans but also the deeply disappointing, best forgotten, Four Christmases. Now he’s back with another mixed bag: Identity Thief. Part road movie, part buddy film, part goofball comedy, Identity Thief, manages to be an enjoyable example of all three – despite its unambitious premise and predictable plot.
If you’re an avid visitor to BFF, you would have no doubt taken a gander at this Monday’s Face/Off which featured the illustrious Barbra Streisand. After a 16 year stint away from the Hollywood scene (disturbed only shortly by a supporting role in Ben Stiller’s Meet the Fockers and Little Fockers) Babs is back on the big screen accompanied by the comedic talents of Seth Rogen. Let’s see how she did…
Do Elephants Pray? No. Or maybe yes. There aren’t actually any elephants praying in this film, but the question is debated. For a bit. In between a trippy journey of self-discovery and one man’s seemingly endless journey to bed a hot French chick. Seriously, there is something about the meaning of life explained somewhere in this movie; and if you can take your eyes off the stunning and enchanting leading lady Julie Dray for a couple of seconds; you’ll find it.