I Melt With You (2011)

logoDirector: Mark Pellington

Writer: Mark Pellington, Glenn Porter (Screenplay) Glenn Porter (Story)

Starring: Thomas Jane, Jeremy Piven, Rob Lowe, Christian McKay, Carla Gugino, Tom Bower, Arielle Kebbel, Zander Eckhouse


Plot: When four 40-something college friends meet up for their annual reunion, things start to spiral out of control, and a pact they made as young men is revisited.


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Verdict: Bad, Silly and Terrible


Story: I Melt With You starts by introducing us to our four protagonists teacher Richard (Jane), Business man Ron (Piven), Doctor Jonathan (Lowe) and Tim (McKay), they are all 44 and at different stages of their lives. All four are friends that meet up once a year for a birthday bash. They get to throw out there everyday lives for one week of drink, drug and freedom.

Fifty minutes (yes that is 50) in nothing but four 44 year old men acting like teenagers before we actually have a point to the story here when we learn Tim is haunted by the death of his sister and his boyfriend. Tim then kills himself leaving the three friends are now left to deal with the consequences as he lives a suicide note that brings up something from their past.

I Melt With You story ends up focusing on an hour long worth of partying, followed by moping around feeling guilty about something these 44 year old men did as teenagers. I just don’t understand this film at all, we have four friends 2 doing well in careers one going to get punished and the other who is dealing with issues all come together to kill themselves because of a pact. Is this even worth making a full story about, isn’t this just slightly selfish? This was terrible I will give my only positive about this film is that once the pointless partying is over we could have a good drama but because you lost my interest early on you couldn’t pull me back. (2/10)


Actor Review


Thomas Jane: Richard the teacher who arranges the wild party week with his friends supplying the booze. Thomas does a solid job but really wastes his talent here. (5/10)


Jeremy Piven: Ron business man and family man who has gotten himself into trouble with his work, once the group look back he wants to not follow through leading him to learn the truth about what the people think about him. Jeremy gives a good performance showing how he can escape comedy. (6/10)piveb


Rob Lowe: Jonathan the doctor who supplies to party week with the drugs as well as being able to give any medical attention the friends might need. Rob gives a solid performance which is very much out of character for him. (6/10)


Christian McKay: Tim the most guilt ridden man on the trip and after it all catches up with him he takes his own life leading to the rest of the group struggling with the consequences. Christian does a good job for his screen time. (6/10)


Support Cast: I Melt With You support cast is mainly the party and a police officer who want to know what is going on but has zero intelligence. They fill up small parts of the film but really for the point of what is happening nothing they do seems to make sense.


Director Review: Mark Pellington – Mark struggles to pull the audience in with this film as the story wastes too much time over nothing early on. (3/10)


Drama: I Melt With You does have a good idea to show the drama side of the story but fails to use it well enough. (3/10)

Settings: I Melt With You creates a setting that is away from the world for the group to look at what they had promised. (8/10)

Suggestion: I Melt With You is one to miss, it offers very little to an audience to enjoy even though there is an interesting storyline that doesn’t get looked at well enough. (Skip)


Best Part: The setting is good.

Worst Part: Pointless first hour.

What Could Have Been Better?

  • Look at the pact in more detail early on.
  • Cut the party scene down


Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 2 Hours 2 Minutes

Tagline: When life hammers you, get smashed


Overall: I wasted 2 hours of my life

Rating 10

The Drop (2014)

logoDirector: Michael R. Roskam

Writer: Dennis Lehane (Screenplay) Dennis Lehane (Short Story)

Starring: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini, Matthias Schoenaerts, John Ortiz, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Michael Aronov, Morgan Spector, Michael Esper


Plot: Bob Saginowski finds himself at the centre of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighbourhood’s past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living – no matter the cost.


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Verdict: Atmospheric Thriller


Story: The Drop starts with Bob (Hardy) explaining how things work in Brooklyn where the dirty money can be put into a bar without any notice. Bob just works in one of those bars, he has his regulars and is still mourning the loss of a close friend ten years before. We learn that Bob is a good natured guy who goes to church and will give people a break along with saving an innocent dog from the trash. This leads Bob to meet Nadia (Rapace) who help look after the injured puppy.

When two robberies decide to hold up the bar owned by Cousin Marv (Gandolfini) leaving with money owed to the gangs that use the bar as a drop point. Chovka (Aronov) wants his money back and threatens Marv and Bob until they find the money. We soon learn that not everything is as it seems with the robbery and all the people involved have a personal agenda. Bob’s new puppy seems to getting the attention of the wrong people including Eddie Deeds (Schoenaerts) who could be the man who killed Bob’s old friend.

The Drop is a slow moving but very atmospheric thriller that really does keep you wondering what will happen next. The story manages to balance a couple of different stories together that also intertwine together works very nicely. I feel this holds back too much on the Bob character and through the film we are made to believe he is a simple man while he has a lot more to his character. The film manages to keep nearly every character looking shady without meeting the main villains as we only see they are part of a bigger event going on. I do think you will need to be a fan of the genre to enjoy this one though. (7/10)


Actor Review


Tom Hardy: Bob kind bar tender that ends up caught in the middle of the gang robbery along with his new puppy, he always tries to do right by people while trying to let the situation solve itself. Tom gives a good performance but you would expect that from him now days. (7/10)


Noomi Rapace: Nadia is the lady that Bob meets when he finds the stranded puppy, overtime the two become friends and joint guardians of the puppy. Nadia does give a good supporting performance but we don’t see enough of the romantic angle. (7/10)


James Gandolfini: Cousin Marv the man who runs the bar who has secretly been planning to rob his own bar when the gang’s money gets dropped off. James does a good job in his last film playing his traditional gangster role well. (7/10)


Matthias Schoenaerts: Eric Deeds the estranged ex of Nadia’s who starts turning up too often in Bob’s life, he claims to have been involved in the murder of one of Bob’s friends many years earlier. Matthias would be the smallest name of the main four characters and he matches them on screen too. (7/10)


Support Cast: The Drop has supporting cast that includes the people who want the money, the people who took the money and the cops looking for answers. They all keep you guessing to who is involved with what.


Director Review: Michael R. Roskam – Michael does a good job directing making us get pulled in from start to finish. (8/10)


Crime: The Drop enters us into a real crime world where nearly everyone is up to something they shouldn’t be. (9/10)

Thriller: The Drop really does keep you wondering about what will happen next. (9/10)

Settings: The Drop is set in Brooklyn giving it a rough around the edges feel all the way through. (9/10)

Suggestion: The Drop is one to watch it you enjoy the genre otherwise you may not enjoy it as much as you would. (Crime Thriller Fans Watch)


Best Part: Rocco and Bob.

Worst Part: The fact Bob isn’t as strong as we think.


Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Most Crime gangster thrillers.


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $18.5 Million

Budget: $12.6 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 46 Minutes


Overall: The Drop is one of the best atmospheric thrillers that really keeps your attention from start to finish.

Rating 74

Rush Hour 3 (2007)

logoDirector: Brett Ratner

Writer: Jeff Nathanson (Screenplay) Ross LaManna (Characters)

Starring: Chris Tucker, Jackie Chan, Max von Sydow, Hiroyuki Sanada


Plot: After an attempted assassination on Ambassador Han, Lee and Carter head to Paris to protect a French woman with knowledge of the Triads’ secret leaders.


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Verdict: The Decline Starts


Story: Rush Hour 3 starts with Carter (Tucker) back on traffic duty, while Lee (Chan) is now head of security for Ambassador Han (Ma). After the Ambassador is shot it becomes clear that the Triads are trying to keep their secret safe once and for all. Lee chases down the shooter Kenji (Sanada) who has a connection to his past. Lee and Carter promise to track down the people responsible for the shooting and have to team up after the altercation following a holiday away together.

Lee and Carter find out they have been marked for death and fly to Paris to find answers for who is after them. After arriving in Paris they try to figure out what is going on and the revelation that Kenji is actually Lee’s brother and the fight is on a new level of personal for Lee.

Rush Hour 3 follows very similar ideas from the first two with Carter always talking himself into trouble and Lee having to do most of the fighting to get them out. We have the personal side to the story on Lee’s side and Carter trying to make light of it again. We have the clearly simple location choice to let us know that we are in a certain country and the villain twist that has happened every film so far. If you don’t mind having much of the same this is a tried and tested formula but I would have liked to have seen something different potential on Carter’s side for once. (5/10)


Actor Review


Jackie Chan: Lee getting his promotion to head of security for Ambassador Han, he must go in search of his brother after he tries to kill Han. Jackie does what we expect from him and does so well. (7/10)


Chris Tucker: Carter demoted to traffic cop he joins forces with his old partner to take down the criminals taking part of the Triads. Chris falls back into the annoying category after losing it the last one and this is the worst of the lot. (5/10)


Max von Sydow: Reynard leader of the world criminal court who tries to push our heroes into locating the Triad leaders. Max gives a standard performance in a role with twists. (5/10)


Hiroyuki Sanada: Kenji Lee’s brother who is part of the Triads who have marked our heroes for death. Hiroyuki does make a good villain as he does poses  good mysterious side to him. (6/10)


Support Cast: Rush Hour 3 has a supporting cast that is very similar to all of the ones we have seen before but this time we have a few more laughs from them.


Director Review: Brett Ratner – Brett does a solid job a making the final part of a trilogy but doesn’t live up to the first two. (5/10)


Action: Rush Hour 3 has more over the top action scenes which takes away and real side to the story. (6/10)

Comedy: Rush Hour 3 has comedy mainly the same jokes, but the supporting characters do get a few laughs. (7/10)

Thriller: Rush Hour 3 loses all the thrills this time around. (3/10)

Chemistry: Rush Hour 3 doesn’t seem to have as such smooth chemistry as the previous two. (6/10)

Settings: Rush Hour 3 uses Paris as its primary setting this time around which is bringing in the French jokes. (7/10)

Suggestion: Rush Hour 3 is one for the fans of the franchise, if you haven’t seen the rest you will not be a fan of this. (Franchise Fans)


Best Part: Opening chase.

Worst Part: Same old story.

Funniest Scene: Waiting for the master.


Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: There is talk of a fourth but nothing confirmed as of yet.

Post Credits Scene: Credits with bloopers.


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $258 Million

Budget: $140 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

Tagline: They’re rushing through the hours quick

Trivia: Brett Ratner tried getting Tony Jaa to do the film, who turned it down due to scheduling conflicts with Ong-bak 2 (2008).


Overall: All Good Things Come to an End

Rating 55

Trailer Alert – Southpaw

Plot – A boxer fights his way to the top, only to find his life falling apart around him.

Release Date:  31st July 2015


  • Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler)
  • Rachel McAdams (Wedding Crashers)
  • Forest Whitaker (Last King of Scotland)

Director: Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer)

Highlight of the Trailer: The fights look very realistic.

What Looks Good? Gyllenhaal’s performance.

What Looks Bad? We have seen this idea before.

Summary: As I am not a big fan of boxing I will be more interested in seeing how the serious side of the story is handled. I think it would be fair to believe the Oscar buzz around this film and is it possible for Gyllenhaal to give a better performance than Nightcrawler.


Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 70%

My Guess Rating – 90%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No