Kingpin (1996)

logoDirector: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly

Writer: Barry Fanaro, Mort Nathan (Screenplay)

Starring: Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid, Vanessa Angel, Bill Murray, Chris Elliot, William Jordan, Richard Tyson, Lin Shaye

Plot: A star bowler whose career was prematurely “cut off” hopes to ride a new prodigy to success and riches.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Fun Comedy Gets a Strike

Story: Kingpin starts with young Roy Munson as a bowling prodigy, before becoming a bowling champion in the late 70’s. Roy (Harrelson) reaches the peak of his career by winning the national championship beating Ernie McCracken (Murray). When the tour starts costing money Ernie teams up with Roy to hustle but when the hustle gets caught Roy loses his hand as Ernie leaves him to pay the price.

17 years later Roy is now living by the bottle with a hook for a hand working as a salesmen. When Roy hears Ishmael (Quaid) an Amish man bowling he knows he could easily go onto the big stage. When Roy learns about a $1 Million prize for one bowling championship which leads to him going undercover in the Amish community to talk Ishmael into competing in the competition.

What follows is Roy and Ishmael to travelling across America to reach the championship and along the way the meet the beautiful Claudia (Angel) who joins them in the hustling to make the money to make it to the championship.

Kingpin brings us a sports comedy that unlikely many manages to keep the idea serious with good laughs and not going over board. The film has a very good message about doing the right thing even if you think the world is against you. Sure this does have a couple of bad jokes but in the most part it has plenty going for including a double cross like story behind the bowling story. This is a good simple comedy that really manages to tell a good story throughout. (7/10)

Actor Review

Woody Harrelson: Roy Munson is the bowling prodigy who lost his hand while trying to hustle with a fellow professional. Years pass when he finally see his chance to get back into the game as a manager for an Amish man who has the ability he once had. Woody does a great job in the leading role showing he always has a top comedy performance in him. (8/10)roy

Randy Quaid: Ishmael is the Amish man who gets pulled into the bowling world by Roy as he goes to save his community by using his bowling ability. He believes anything Roy tells him as he discovers the world for the first time. Randy does a good job in the role showing he has comical timing. (7/10)ishmael

Vanessa Angel: Claudia is a young woman who ends up joining the boys on the trip offering up a distraction to the hustler game. Vanessa adds the eye candy for the guys. (7/10)claudia

Bill Murray: Ernie McCracken is the champion bowler who ends up tricking Roy into working with him while hustling and ends up being the man that Roy is looking to beat out in the championship. Bill proves you don’t need to be a main character to get the most laughs. (7/10)ernie

Support Cast: Kingpin has a series of character they meet on their journey who add a few laughs but nobody too iconic.

Director Review: Bobby Farrelly, Peter FarrellyThe 90’s were the decade for the Farrelly brothers could do no wrong and this shows they were at the top of their game. (7/10)

Comedy: Kingpin has plenty of laughs throughout without being over the top with them all. (8/10)

Sports: Kingpin brings us into the world on bowling with the characters you would meet in the game. (8/10)

Settings: Kingpin brings us into many different settings which wouldn’t be the best for Amish but nothing really stands out. (5/10)

Suggestion: Kingpin is one for all comedy fans will enjoy and if you like a spots comedy this will tick all the boxes. (Comedy Fans Watch)

Best Part: The Rubber Hand.

Worst Part: The awkward fight.

Funniest Scene: Amish montage.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Dodge ball

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $27 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 53 Minutes

Tagline: The movie the Olympuk comitee wouldn’t allow you to see.

Trivia: Bill Murray really bowled three strikes in a row in the scene where his character, Ernie McCracken does the same. The crowd’s reaction is genuine and is actually for Murray.Woody Harrelson, on the other hand, was a terrible bowler and according to the Farrelly brothers maybe got one or two strikes throughout the filming.

Overall: Fun comedy that keeps you laughing till the end.

Rating 75

What is Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI Really About?

What is Friday the 13th Part 6 Jason Lives really about?logo

Tommy being played by his third actor in three films, really the second guy didn’t want to come back because his career went places I guess.tommy

Didn’t the last film end with Tommy killing the Assistant director of the institute? Well I guess this got forgotten easily,forget

Digging up grave for therapy, always helps,grave digging

Jason gets Frankenstein treatment thanks to lightning.frankentein

Mortal Kombat kill.kombat

I got my Mask back, killing time.jason mask

Police don’t listen to frantic person cliché.police not listen

A sensible camp counsellor stops car trying to drive away calmly from Jason, still die.bad ideas

Teenager counsellors that have to have a connection to the Sheriff.connection

Rebranding Camp Crystal Lake idearebranding

The Kids actually go to the camp

Paint ball domesticargue

OOOOOOOO MACHETE, Jason is almost complete.machette

Carry on Paint balling, well that is what it feels like.carry on

Jason flies out of trees now, well now they are all

Drunk graveyard grounds keeper cliché.drunk

Don’t come back to my town clichédont come back

Jason says no to littering by recycling a bottle as a weapon.recyling

We ran Jason walked, he got to the bike before us, serial killers redefining physicsphyscis

Red neck booty call interrupted by Jason pulling the power out.booty call

Kill the driver way to go Jason, well shit he still stands tall.kill driver

Happy Friday the 13th card message.happy friday the 113th

Jason actually smart enough to cut the enough

Jason watch The exorcist and tries the old spinning neck trick on one of the counsellors, guess he will need to find another one now.neck twist

Car chasing down daughter because Jason needs more time to kill the supporting chase pinless

Bloody machete is just a prank in the middle of the night and you call yourself counsellor and able to look after kids.bloody machete

Finally the Sheriff believes that Jason could be it

Here’s Jason, wait that’s not righthere johnny

Jason plays a game of I won’t kill the kids because that would be too easy but I will stare through their window while they cant see me

Well that scream won’t wake up the kids will it better smash a window too.scream

Deputy gets tricked by that, what hope does this town have?fell for it

Jason kills all the cops with ease because we need Tommy to save the day and kill Jason again.easy kiill

Perfectly placed head for extra scare, and there is no way Jason could have put that did it get ther

New meaning to fold you like an accordion.acorinion

Bitch doesn’t listen.listen

Well that was a bad plan.bad plan

Tommy is dead, now what?he is dead

Eat this Jason boat propeller to the face.prpeller

Tommy isn’t dead the kids are happy.hes not dead

Its over cliché, wait there are still another 5 more sequels, they lied.lied

This went on too long

2015 Watched List Part 6

Over the past year I have seen an incredible amount of films and I have decided to share with you all which ones I have seen in what order. I am going to be doing these in groups of ten, where I will pick my favourite of the bunch and the worst of the bunch. I am also offering just for fun a chance for you all to guess which actor/actress I have seen the most films off.

So without further ramblings here we go with 51 – 60:

1. Wild Cardlogo When a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal skills and a gambling problem gets in trouble with the mob, he has one last play…and it’s all or nothing. An average thriller that is here to show of Statham’s fighting skills.

2. Fear Clinic logo A doctor works to cure patients suffering from crippling phobias by placing them inside his invention which induces and controls hallucinations. A horror that lacks that extra punch.

3. Annabelle logoA couple begins to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll shortly after their home is invaded by satanic cultists. Terrible horror.

4. Selma logo A chronicle of Martin Luther King‘s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. brilliant drama showing a huge part of history.

5. Cherry Falls logo In the small town of Cherry Falls a psychotic murderer is killing off the virgins of the local high school. An old school slasher with a twist.

6. The Interview interviewDave Skylark and producer Aaron Rapoport run the celebrity tabloid show “Skylark Tonight.” When they land an interview with a surprise fan, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, they are recruited by the CIA to turn their trip to Pyongyang into an assassination mission. The controversial comedy that got banned from cinemas.

7. Julia Xlogo Meeting a man on the Internet, Julia decides to see him in person, only to get abducted and branded with the letter “x” by that guy. A game of cat and mouse follows, but the story has an unexpected twist. A cleverly twisted horror.

8. Secondhand Lions logo A coming-of-age story about a shy, young boy sent by his irresponsible mother to spend the summer with his wealthy, eccentric uncles in Texas. Such an underrated film.

9. Pay It Forward logo A young boy attempts to make the world a better place after his teacher gives him that chance. Powerful drama that we should look to make a reality.

10 The Sixth Sense logoA boy who communicates with spirits that don’t know they’re dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist. The mastermind in twist ending horrors.

The Best – The Sixth Senselogo

The Worst – Annabellelogo

Star leading the way – Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker and Haley Joel Osment