Category Archives: No Spoiler Reviews

CINDERELLA (2015): Watch It For The Spectacular Win Against The Bullies & Cate Blanchett, Of Course

Cinderella (2016), Lily James
Cinderella (2016), Lily James

My reason for watching the new version of Cinderella had very little to do with the romance. I watched the movie because of the cast, particularly one of my favourites, super Australian Actress, Cate Blanchett.

The well edited trailer with the perfect musical score also helped, but ultimately, I was most excited to see how Director Kenneth Branagh handled cinderella’s battle with her evil step mother and horrid step sisters.

The film is beautiful thanks to Branagh and his well chosen cast which includes Lily James in the title role, Helena Bonham as the Fairy Godmother and Richard Madden portraying Prince Charming.

Besides having good dialogue and being quite the visual spectacle, the movie had me reflecting on my own experience of courage and the gift of kindness, especially when it comes from the most unexpected place.

Cinderella (2016), Cate Blanchett, Sophie McShera, Holliday Grainger
Cinderella (2016), Cate Blanchett, Sophie McShera, Holliday Grainger

Watch to see a rightful win and of course there is the fairytale romance.

Happy Cinderella 🙂

G

HOME (2015): I Watched For The Cute Alien & Jim Parsons’ Voice

Home (2015), Tip (Rihanna), Oh (Jim Parsons)
Home (2015), Tip (Rihanna), Oh (Jim Parsons)

I knew I’d end up watching Home, if only because of Jim Parsons, an Actor rightly celebrated for his portrayal of Sheldon Cooper in CBS’ The Big Bang Theory.

Also starring Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez and directed by Tim Johnson, Home centres around a cute purple alien called Oh and his friendship with earthling girl, Tip (Rihanna).

The Boov, Oh’s alien race are undeniably cute and Home has several amusing moments – my favourite of which is when Oh learns about dancing. The way the story of the Gorg is concluded at the end is also great.

You may find the ‘bad English’ / interesting way that the Boov speak quite annoying. I sure did at first. But now, after a second viewing, the word adorable comes to mind instead.

The story is engaging but don’t be surprised if you get the urge to watch The Big Bang Theory as Home plays. Something to do with the pace of Home, perhaps. It could also be more about the power of the brilliant character that is Shelley Cooper.

Happy Home 🙂

G

TED (2012): Silly, Filthy & Good

Ted (2012), Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane
Ted (2012), Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane

You wouldn’t be blamed if after hearing the concept of Ted, your reaction was ‘Really? Please!

But then you learn a little more and realise that the movie is  the brainchild of Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy. He not only stars as the voice of Ted but directed and wrote it too.

Fans of the very successful Family Guy series would be the most excited just a little more perhaps, than fans of general good humour – particularly humour  that’s silly and filthy in parts.

Also starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, there’s plenty of funny dialogue. One of the key highlights for me is Donny, the character played by Giovanni Ribisi and his highly peculiar dance moves.

Lastly, who could forget the scene with all the ‘white trash’ names listed by Mark Wahlberg’s character?

‘Mandy, Marylyn, Tiffany, Candace, Brandy, Heather Channing, Brianna, Amber Sabrina, Melody, Dakota, Ciara, Bambi, Christal, Samantha, Autumn, Ruby, Taylor, Tara Tammy, Lauren, Charlene, Chantal, Courtney, Misty, Jenny, Christa, Mindy, Noel, Shelby, Trina, Riba, Cassandra, Nikki, Kelsy, Shauna, Jolene, Earlene, Claudia, Savannah, Casey, Dolly, Kendra, Kylie, Chloe, Devon, Emma-Lou, Becky, Brandy-Lyn, Heather-Lyn, Tammy-Lyn.’

Looking forward to watching the sequel, Ted 2 (2015) in a few days.

Happy Film Loving

G

RUSH HOUR 2 (2001) A Favourite Comedy Film & Excellent Karaoke Scene

Rush Hour 2 (2001), Chris Tucker, Jackie Chan
Rush Hour 2 (2001), Chris Tucker, Jackie Chan

Whilst in the mood for a good comedy this week, I opted for a buddy cop classic. Starring Chris Tucker, Jackie Chan and directed by Brett Ratner, Rush Hour 2 (2001) is one of my favourites.

The first instalment, Rush Hour (1998) is of course great, but I love Rush Hour 2 more. Not just for the reason that it has the following clip which contains the only instance of Karaoke I have ever been able to enjoy, but because it really is good. Particularly as this time, unlike in the first movie, Jackie Chan’s Lee character cracks a few jokes of his own.

The reason why the karaoke scene above works so well – besides Tucker’s comedic excellence is the fact that the guy ‘singing’ beforehand seems to believe that he’s actually doing a great job; when clearly that couldn’t be more incorrect. Featuring a Michael Jackson classic ‘Don’t Sop Till You Get Enough’ certainly doesn’t hurt the scene either.

If you haven’t already and /or the above clip has convinced you, watch Rush Hour 2 because it’s funny. But be sure to remember that it’s best to start with 1998’s Rush Hour first. 

Roselyn Sanchez and Ziyi Zhang are also among the key cast.

Happy Film Loving

G

PRIME (2005): Beautiful Romance, Plus A Note To Follow Your Heart & Listen To Your Head

Prime (2015), Uma Thurman, Bryan Greenberg
Prime (2015), Uma Thurman, Bryan Greenberg

Starring Bryan Greenberg, Uma Thurman and Meryl Streep, Prime is ideal if you’re curious about its main subject, the relationship between a divorced woman in her late thirties and her younger 23 year-old boyfriend.

The Ben Younger written and directed film is a drama / romantic comedy that features several moments that realistically depict a romantic relationship between the two main characters

Greenberg and Thurman share great chemistry and both deliver good performances. However, Meryl Streep’s role as the long suffering Jewish mother is one of my favourite highlights.

Prime (2015), Uma Thurman, Meryl Streep
Prime (2015), Uma Thurman, Meryl Streep

For me, besides the beautiful romance, the film works as a reminder to always follow your heart in love and career, but do so whilst never completely ignoring your head; especially where love is concerned. The musical score is also notable.

Happy Prime 🙂

G

HE NAMED ME MALALA (2015): Hero Knows No Boundaries…

He Named Me Malala (2015), Malala Yousafzai
He Named Me Malala (2015), Malala Yousafzai

Read my spoiler-free movie review of He Named Me Malala (2015).

Directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker, Davis Guggenheim He Named Me Malala follows the events before and after the Talibans’ attack on Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani school girl, shot in the head for speaking her mind on a girls’ right to education…

I’m looking forward to learning more about one of my heroes, Malala Yousazai and her extra ordinary parents.

He Named Me Malala Release Dates: October 2nd, 2015 (US); Novemebr 6th, 2015 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving

G

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY (2015): There Is Something I Liked…

Fifty Shades Of Grey (2015), Jamie Dornan (Christian Grey)
Fifty Shades Of Grey (2015), Jamie Dornan (Christian Grey)

Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan star in Fifty Shades Of Grey, the Sam Taylor Johnson directed film adaptation of E.L. James’ best selling book of the same name.

There has been plenty of well publicised negative feedback about the quality of writing in the book and subsequently, the film. Yet, all that seems to have caused minimal damage to the movie’s overall commercial success. 

Clearly the story of the masochistic relationship between a university student (Anastasia Steele) and a handsome, rich businessman (Christian Grey) is just too appealing. Thanks to some rather steamy content and a definitely mysterious Mr. Grey; a man audiences can’t help but be desperate to understand.

For me, there are no particularly stellar performances in the film. I remember laughter escaping my lips in response to some of the dialogue. Had the book been better written, perhaps the movie would be too. Nevertheless, by the end I did find myself quite curious about the tortured Mr. Grey. Though absolutely not curious enough to ever pick up the book(s) – in the event that the follow up films were to be cancelled.

Fifty Shades Of Grey (2015), Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson
Fifty Shades Of Grey (2015), Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson

Whether it’s the love story, sexy content or even the dialogue, if you’re planning to watch, I hope you’ll find one or two things in the movie worth the experience. Oddly enough, my favourite thing about Fifty Shades Of Grey, is probably not what one might expect. For it is  the following line delivered by Christian Grey within the first ten minutes.

The harder I work the more luck I seem to have’.

Happy Film Loving

G

THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. (2015): New & Intriguing Spy Movie From Guy Ritchie

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015), Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Henry Cavill, Hugh Grant
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015), Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Henry Cavill, Hugh Grant

Read my spoiler-free movie review of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)


I’m a Guy Ritchie fan, thanks to his first two big hit films, Lock Stock & Two smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch (2000).

Fast forward to 2015 and the release of his latest movie The Man From U.N.C.L.E. will soon be upon us. There’s plenty going on in the trailer and I for one am quite intrigued.

Starring Henry Cavill (a.k.a. Superman), Alicia Vikander, Armie Hammer, Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Debicki, I’m going to trust in Ritchie’s track record of great style, storytelling and witty dialogue here.

Nevertheless, just to be safe, I’ll have my fingers crossed in hopes of an absence of dodgy accents.

Happy Film Loving  

G