Flubber (1997)

flubberDirector: Les Mayfield

Writer: John Hughes, Bill Walsh (Screenplay) Samuel W Taylor (Short Story)

Starring: Robin Williams, Marcia Gay Harden, Christopher McDonald, Ted Levine, Clancy Brown, Raymond J Barry, Wil Wheaton, Edie McClurg

 

Plot: An absent-minded professor discovers “flubber,” a rubber-like super-bouncy substance.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Just bad

 

Story: Flubber starts as we meet forgetful genius Professor Philip Brainard (Williams) who has been working towards finding a more reliable energy source but while working on that he keeps forgetting his own wedding to Dr Sara Reynolds (Harden) and on his actually wedding day he makes the biggest discovery of his career with a flubber like material.

When Philip misses the latest attempt to get married he uses the flubber to try and impress Sara who has warned him that was his last time, he has to go against his former rival Wilson Croft (McDonald) as well as dealing with a rich father and his goons.

Flubber is a film I remember from my youth being something I enjoyed as a kid but re-watching it now I found myself think what is this? We get terrible cheap comedy which never really hits with a lot of the goon comedy feeling like it was just stolen from Home Alone. Williams does what he can with his quick delivery but even he looks like he is struggling to make this work. The story is simple and while it flows past quickly you never really get invested in the characters. This is one I can only see young children enjoying.

 

Overall: Not worth the time really

Rating25

 

 

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Blackfoot Trail (2014)

blackDirector: Adam MacDonald

Writer: Adam MacDonald (Screenplay)

Starring: Missy Peregrym, Eric Balfour, Nicholas Campbell, Jeff Roop

 

Plot: An urban couple go camping in the woods and find themselves lost in the territory of a predatory black bear.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Camping with a Bear

 

Story: Blackfoot Trail starts as our young couple Jenn (Peregrym) and Alex (Roop) go down to the woods listening to terrible travelling music which I side with poor Jenn who had no escape from the music. Arriving in the remote woods the two-urban people pack their phones away and head of for their camping weekend. OOOOO there is a BASED OF A TRUE STORY warning, because people go camping I guess that is true.

We go through the usual this is a fun trip including the almost pointless skinny dipping scene, looking for wood for the fire scene, noises in the woods surprise us scene and creepy stranger turning up with Brad (Balfour) taking this role with his strange attempt of an Irish accent. 35 minutes into the film we are still dealing with the camping experience, this is what I want to see the most and now we have the we got lost in the woods situation. 45 minutes into this movie and I am pretty sure I read there was going to be a black bear, I am not sure where it is but I think he was late for production and they decided to film lots of pointless camping scenes and it is dark again.

I see the bear is here outside the tent 46 minutes into a 90-minute movie, and he is hungry. Well the couple didn’t see the bear eat their food and we get the ‘IT COULD BE WORSE’ cliché followed by make-up sex that gets disturbed so we will try again in the morning, no, but the ‘WE ARE GOING TO BE OK’ cliché hits hard now. THE BEAR 55 minutes into the film the bear has arrived to turn this bad weekend into a nightmare. Alex gets eaten quite quickly leaving Jenn having to find her own way to safety with a blood thirsty Black bear after her, line up the running, hiding and desperate searching for help and for a non-found footage film there is a hell of a lot of shaky cam going on.

Blackfoot Trail is a survival horror that I found myself enjoying commentating on because very little happens for the first hour of the film except plenty of camping issues and no not the gamer term camping just two people in the woods camping. I found this keeping me from getting bored with how the story unfolded because the couple are not the most likeable pairing and the way I look at these sort of films is, the moment something messed up happens you get the hell out you do not shrug your shoulders and go it was probably nothing.

The bear attack is bloody but is mostly off camera in the end where we either see the bears roar or the bloody aftermath of the attack. The lead couple don’t really have the chemistry to make them see like they are about to get to the engaged stage of their relationship and the random almost cameo from Eric Balfour is laughable waste of his talent. This is a really slow movie that should reach much higher levels of intensity to make the impact required from the subject matter.

 

Overall: This is a very boring film about something that could have been a very intense situation that lacks any punch about it.

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2016 Wathed List Part 40

2016 Watched List

I did a watched list last year and now I have decided to make a slight twist on it all, I will continue to do a list of the order I watched them all but I will also rank the 10 films from worst to best. So here is the list, what do you think and how do you rate this films.

Here is 391 – 400

1.       Me Before You

2.       Elvis & Nixon

3.       Mommy’s Box

4.       Swiss Army Man

5.       Blair Witch

6.       Train to Busan

7.       Past and Present

8.       Hangar 10

9.       Captain America Civil War

10.   Schindler’s List

This is how I rate these films from worst to best.

10) Hangar 10 hangar Terrible Found Footage Film.

9) Blair Witch blair Not quite as terrible found footage film.

8) Past and Present – Lost in translation.

7) Mommy’s Box mommy Good low budget drama.

6) Swiss Army Man written Strange is an understatement.

5) Elvis & Nixon elvis Enjoyable comedy drama.

4) Me Before You me Enjoyable romantic film.

3) Captain America Civil War casting card The best Marvel cinematic universe film to date.

2) Train to Busan trainArguable the best zombie movie since 28 Days Later.

1) Schindler’s List schniders One of the best movies ever made.

 

Swiss Army Man (2016)

writtenDirector: Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert

Writer: Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert (Screenplay)

Starring: Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Antonia Ribero, Timothy Eulich, Richard Gross, Marika Casteel

 

Plot: A hopeless man stranded on a deserted island befriends a dead body and together they go on a surreal journey to get home.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: One Hell of a Strange Film

 

Story: Swiss Army Man starts as we meet Hank (Dano) stranded on a deserted island about to end his life before a dead body washes up. When Hank learns of the farting this body possess he goes on an adventure to safety with the dead body which he names Manny (Radcliffe).

As the adventure continues Hank starts having full conversations with Manny as the abilities that Manny possess become lifesaving chances for Hank to get back to the life he once lived.

Swiss Army Man is a film that is very difficult to describe what I just watched. The story is easy to follow as long as you switch off any sense on what is going on. The whole thing comes off very unique but I can see how certain people will look at this film and wonder just what the hell this really is about. This film will get a following but really it is just weird and not my cup of tea.

 

Overall: Slightly confusing and weird movie that is too much for even me.

Rating55

 

 

Opinion Battles Round 24 – Favourite European Subtitles Film

Opinion Battles Round 24

Favourite European Subtitles Film

World cinema is often over looked at the cinema so today we are going to look at our favourite European Subtitled film.

If you want to take part in the next round we will be picking our favourite Star Wars character and you will need to send your choice to moviereviews101@yahoo.co.uk by 11th December 2016

Darren – Movie Reviews 101

The Hunthunt

The Hunt follows a mild mannered teacher who gets falsely accused of exposing himself to one of his young students where we see the whole town turn on him as he tries to prove his innocence to the accusation. Mads Mikkelen is amazing in the leading role in a film which gives us the audience a chance to look at how we could act if it was our own child.

Cinema Parrot Disco

Cinema Paradiso

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My favorite movie with European subtitles is the 1988 Italian film Cinema Paradiso. I love a lot of foreign movies but, as a film lover, Cinema Paradiso means a lot to me as it’s a celebration of the love of film. I highly recommend it to all fellow movie bloggers who haven’t seen it. It has one of my all-time favorite endings, it has characters who love movies as much as I do, and it clearly inspired the name of my blog. Cinema Paradiso is a beautiful film that deserves as much recognition as possible. 🙂

 

Emma – Emma Explains It All

Pan’s Labyrinthpans

I’d go as far to say that Pan’s Labyrinth is one of my favourite films anyway. One of those ones that you love from the first time you watch it. 

 

I’m not usually a huge fan of the ‘fantasy’ genre as such, but Pan’s Labyrinth is such a rich, interesting film. The blend of dark, twisted fairy tale mixed with the real life violence of the Spanish Civil War is clever I think – and makes the film far more memorable than if it had just been based on one or the other. There’s some great characters too and though he plays a small part, the Doctor is one of my favourites. 

 

But the fantasy part is great too. Just thinking about it makes me wants to watch it now! The faun, the toad, the squirming root baby and of course the terrible child eater who helps create one of the film’s tensest and scariest scenes. 

 

It also has a beautiful score. Fantastic movie all round. 

 

Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews

The 400 Blows

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Surely a staple for film students everywhere, Truffaut’s semi-autobiographical classic features a great performance from the young Jean Pierre Laud and is a perfect selection from the French New Wave. 

Well written, great direction and shot in glorious black and white, it is a classic of European cinema.

 

Gavin – mini media reviews
Let the Right One In

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In a classic Scandinavian style, this film has a minimalist style. Atmospheric scenes of snow and isolation appear throughout as we follow the story of lonely Oskar as he is picked on and bullied by his classmates. But then he finds a friend in Eli, a vampire who looks his own age. This is a dark but wonderfully emotive film, a great take on the vampire genre.

 

S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason

Life IS Beautifullife-is-b

While I’m trying to see more foreign films, only one so far has been able to crack my personal Top 100 Movies with its brilliant combination of slapstick comedy and bittersweet tragedy. The Italian Life Is Beautiful could easily have gone off the rails into tasteless territory as it tries to inject humor into the Holocaust, but actor/director Roberto Benigni knew when to make the audience laugh and when to make them cry. As a silly Jewish book store owner forced to shield his young son from the horrors of a concentration camp, Benigni earned a well-deserved Best Actor Oscar. Few films match the range of emotions of Life Is Beautiful.

 

J – Film & Nuance

Force Majeure

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Force Majeure is unlike most other films anyone has ever seen. A family goes on a skiing trip and settles in a ski resort in the alps of Sweden. Director Ruben Ostlund allows dramatic tension to develop from the most mundane and simplest of things. The gears of conflict are set in motion when the father immediately darts away upon witnessing an oncoming avalanche,leaving his kids and wife in the lurch. What happens in the aftermath is a slow uncomfortable exploration of expectation, gender roles, hypocrisy, guilt, and human nature. The great thing about force majeure is its ability to take close hard looks at normal human interaction, and break down the flaws that make us human. In the end, this stylishly understated film confronts us with the way we treat others who have made mistakes, our hypocrite nature, survival instincts and the inherent failures of man. Perhaps the most important point in the movie is…can we accept that? A beautiful landscape of wintery landscapes is accompanied by a realistic examination of relationships and the human condition.