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Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates – *(*)

Posted: December 13, 2017 in 2016, Comedy, USA, X1/2


Sorry, this may not be a good movie, but at least some scenes are funny. Like hahahaha funny. Not yawn ‘funny’ as in The Big Sick. No, this isn’t ‘intelligent humor’. But neither is the humor in The Big Sick. This movie doesn’t pretend to be taken seriously. Unlike The Big Sick. This is a dumb comedy pic. And it works! Well, at least Adam Devine and Aubrey Plaza are funny. They are typecast maybe. But just any scene they are in makes you smile/laugh. Zac Efron and Anne Kendrick are only in the movie for their ‘star power’, but they pretty much suck at being funny. That Adam and Aubrey though!

This is great fare for a in-flight movie. Better than The Big Sick. But that’s obvious right now.

Don’t look at the trailer. Too many jokes are already in it.





The Dark Tower – *(*)

Posted: December 13, 2017 in 2017, Action, Fantasy, USA, X1/2

Saw this on a flight twelve days ago. Finished it, so it wasn’t that bad. But it wasn’t good either. It’s intriguing. To some extent. Idris Elba is in it. He doesn’t look like he’s having a good time. Blame it on his character. He’s a ‘gunslinger’ out for revenge, trying to kill the most evil of all evil beings, the Man in Black, played by Matthew McConaughey.  But it’s really about a kid who’s trapped between several worlds and whose powerful mind is disturbing for the parents, but of much interest to the Man in Black.

Watch it when you’re on a plane and there’s nothing else on.

Local Hero – *(*)

Posted: November 29, 2017 in 1983, Drama, Dramedy, UK, USA, X1/2

Maybe some movies do not stand the test of time. Like this ‘classic’ from the early eighties, suggested as a preparation for future work assignments in Scotland. Sure, it’s interesting to see how a small village in the Highlands get excited when the representative of a Texas oil company comes to see if he can buy the land for future development. But it’s quite a bore really. Peter Riegert is quite good as the American who looks at the Scottish villagers with awe and confusion. He carries the movie. But can’t save it. Maybe it’s a great movie if you saw it when it was released and you watch it again with nostalgia. But for a first viewing in 2017 it pretty much sucks. 

Four great actors stuck in one setting. It’s almost like a theatre play on stage. But it’s not. It’s a movie. And even though the idea is good, the execution kind of bores. Two factory workers break into the house of their boss and take him hostage. They thought they had planned it well. But things start getting all messed up when his (secret) mistress arrives unexpectedly. Who turns out to be the daughter of one of the attackers! Moreover, because of an electricity power outage, other plans can’t be executed and the four are stuck in the house for the entire weekend! So it seems.

It’s over before you know it. So, it’s not that bad. Just proves that a good idea does not necessarily make a good movie. But the acting is good. And some one-liners are fun. If you understand Flemish. The dvd has English subtitles though. 


Hitch – *(*)

Posted: November 10, 2017 in 2005, romcom, USA, X1/2


This is a very light romantic comedy. One that you keep watching, while you’re busy doing something else. Not that bad to switch channels. Not that good to stay focused all movie long.

There’s no chemistry between the lead actors. Weird. Cos, on paper, it looked like a great match. Maybe it’s the awkward dialogues. Who knows.


It – *(*)

Posted: October 29, 2017 in 2017, Children/Family, Comedy, Horror, USA, X1/2

So, this is the highest grossing horror blockbuster of all times? (well, not adjusted to the inflation). How is that possible?

It’s not scary, unless you are 16 maybe. It’s not funny, unless you are 16 maybe. It’s not particularly well filmed. It has all the clichés of any horror classic from the past five decades. There’s a lot of gore and there is a lot of cursing, but it doesn’t make the movie any better. If only Quentin Tarantino would have directed it!

This is a kid’s movie, but it’s rated R! But maybe that’s the whole idea. As long as they like it: great. But for the adults out there: skip it! Read the book instead.

Jimmy Carr Telling Jokes – *(*)

Posted: October 24, 2017 in 2009, Comedy, Stand Up, UK, X1/2

Only ten percent of the jokes told by Jimmy Carr are hilarious. About 40 percent of them are pretty funny. Half of them are lame. It’s not a consistently good show. In fact, the telling jokes part is terrible. The interaction with the audience is excellent. (see below) The guy needs to improvise more. Just going on stage and telling random jokes just doesn’t work. The final part, where he tests the audience’s tolerance to inappropriate jokes is good. But none of them are really offensive. Not even the ‘most offensive joke ever’. (see even further below)

There’s a comedy central performance as an extra, which is even unfunnier. The only interesting there are the reactions of the (American) audience who just don’t get the insulting British sarcasm.

“If you were a type of soup, what kind of a soup would you be?” That was a funny interactive moment. (see below).