The Intern (2015)

internDirector: Nancy Meyers

Writer: Nancy Meyers (Screenplay)

Starring: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Andres Holm, JoJo Kushner, Andrew Rannells, Adam DeVine, Zack Pearlman

 

Plot: 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Delightful Drama

 

Story: The Intern starts as we meet Ben (De Niro) a retired widower who is struggling to find motivation in life even if he is getting to do all the things he never had time. When Ben discovers a flyer asking for Senior Interns he applies to work at an internet company to keep himself busy.

When Ben gets the role as the Intern he gets to work under the owner and founder of online fashion site Jules Ostin (Hathaway). Finding Jules very cold Ben continues to keep himself positive and learns odd jobs around the office becoming popular around the office.

Ben watches and learns about Jules as he sees how she is struggling to keep her company together and find time for family time with her husband Matt (Holm) and daughter Paige (Kushner). The longer the two spend time together Jules learns that Ben could help her with her problems.

The Intern shows just how important respecting all the generation within the work environment can be important with their own experiences be it elder members of the office helping with the getting respect while the young understand all the tech talk. This story shows how strong business woman can be vulnerable and elder business man can find enjoyment from helping the next generation succeed.

De Niro is brilliant in this role where he plays the role so calmly and effortless, Hathaway also gives us a great performance and when it comes to the supporting cast they get most of the laughs without Adam Devine going too over the top with his comedy either.

 

Overall: Brilliant comedy drama that hits all the marks with brilliant performances and story.

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2017 Anticipated Countdown #26 Blade Runner 2049

2017 Anticipated Countdown

Through December I am going to look at 31 films I am looking to watch in 2017, some I am looking forward to and others I want to see where the film idea will go next.

Blade Runner 2049

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Main CastHarrison Ford, Jared Leto, Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright

Reasons I want to see

·        The original has a huge following.

·        Denis Villeneuve directing after hitting it out the park every film so far.

·        How big of a role will Harrison Ford have?

Will it be successful? This will be more successful than the first was in the cinema.

Opinion Battles Round 26 – Favourite Christmas Movie

Opinion Battles Round 26

Favourite Christmas Movie

It is Christmas and Merry Christmas to you all, we have seen plenty of Christmas movies over the year and it is fair to say we have had good and bad ones, but which is your favourite.

We will be back for Opinion Battles next year with the new rounds which have been announced with our first round be Favourite Nicolas Cage Role, email you choices to moviereviews101@yahoo.co.uk by 7th January 2017.

Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Gremlinsgremins

Gremlins is one of my favourite Christmas movies because we have a perfect mix of horror, comedy and Christmas spirit. Just remember the rules and you will have a good simple Christmas but if you break them you will be paying for them for the rest of the holiday. Gizmo could easily have been the biggest selling present at the time too because he is just so cute.

Kim – Tranquil Dreams

The Holidayholidya

The Holiday is a fun movie about house exchange with two lovely ladies who have been unlucky in love and who end up finding a little bit more than they expected.  Kate Winslet and Jack Black are fantastic in this one and with Jude Law and Cameron Diaz added into the mix, it is full of great holiday moments about all sorts of love. 

 

Cinema Parrot Disco

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I love Christmas movies! I have a lot of favorites. I adore classics like It’s A Wonderful Life & Scrooge (the 1951 A Christmas Carol with Alastair Sim as Scrooge – this is my favorite version). I love contemporary classics such as A Christmas Story, Scrooged & National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (“Shitter was full!”). I love Christmas horror (Krampus was a fun recent one and Gremlins is an all-time favorite film). Actually, I did a list of My Top Ten Christmas Movies last year & Scrooged was my number one. I watch fewer & fewer Christmas movies nowadays as December is too busy but Scrooged is the ONE I still try to stick on so I can at least say I watched one at Christmastime. But that’s not my answer for Opinion Battles as, for my list, I excluded Gremlins as I feel it’s “set” at Christmas but not “about” Christmas (same as Die Hard). But I think it’s an acceptable answer for Opinion Battles & likely to maaaaaybe be chosen by someone else as it’s popular film. So my answer is Gremlins as it’s an absolute overall favorite movie of mine that just happens to also be set at Christmastime. I hope you all have a lovely holiday season! 🙂

 

Emma – Emma Explains It All

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An absolute classic and one of my favourite films ever since I saw it as a kid. 

 

Lost count of the amount of times I’ve seen it since and still makes me laugh out loud. Love everything about it and don’t think they’ll ever be another Christmas movie that beats it! 

 

Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews

The Muppet Christmas Carolmuppts

I think for many of us, our favourite Christmas films are the ones we watched when we were young, getting us all nostalgic and reminding us of nicer times. That seems to be the case for me as my favourite Christmas film is the one that my sister and I watched all the time when we were growing up.

This will forever by my favourite Christmas film: it is fun, warm and just wonderful on so many levels. There are great songs, it has Michael Caine in it, there’s some wonderful Gonzo/Rizzo narration and watching the Muppets do a Christmas film will surely fill all who watch it with a warm, fuzzy, Christmassy feeling all over.

For me, this wonderful film needs to be seen every year.

S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason

It’s a Wonderful Life

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It’s a Wonderful Life isn’t very Christmas-y until the very end, but it encapsulates the spirit of good will toward men. Jimmy Stewart’s lovable George Bailey epitomizes the joys and frustrations of a life lived for others and how that kind of life can indeed be wonderful. The final act of community kindness is one of the ultimate lump-in-the-throat movie moments and deserves its place in the holiday movie pantheon. This is my dad’s favorite movie, and our family watches it at Christmastime every year without fail

 

 

5 Questions About The Trailer – Alien: Covenant

5 Questions About The Trailer

Alien: Covenant

Alien: Covenant Poster

Plot The crew of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think is an uncharted paradise, but it is actually a dark, dangerous world, whose sole inhabitant is the synthetic David, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

DirectorRidley Scott

CastMichael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, James Franco, Noomi Rapace, Guy Pearce

Questions

1) Is Fassbender playing the same android or another model?

2) Has Alien just turned into Predator because this look a lot like Predators?

3) Do we need yet another face hugger scene that doesn’t look original?

4) Has the alien infection evolved to infect in another way?

5) Will we get a new form of alien?

What are your thoughts on the Trailer?

Check it Out Here

Short Film Review – VR

Short Film Review

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Directed byRob Ulitski

StarringBetty Waterhouse, Connor Knight, Matt Beaumont, Kyle Major, Mario Mortez, Emy Lee

Plot SynopsisThe latest virtual reality device is released Tom (Knight) purchases it giving him the chance to experience endless possibilities from the comfort of his home. Tom starts simple with trip to the arcade, a party with a love interest and exercise routine but when a virus comes over his unit, he finds himself haunted by a mysterious woman. We are left to wonder if his reality has become fragmented or is that just part of the system?

Thoughts on VR

There may be more spoilers in this part of the discussion

 

StoryWhen it comes to story telling you only need to able to get the clear points over in a short amount of time, this story accomplishes this by playing into the social or anti-social creation of virtual reality simulators. People can argue the good from virtual reality simulators but we need to go into the negative side of them with this film tackling the idea people could become confused between the two worlds and giving us a fresh look at one of the legends I have recently found and love the concept behind. The creep side of the story goes very well but if you don’t know about the urban legend you might not understand the reasoning behind the haunting figure.

Horror/Sci-Fi/ThrillerLegend of Kuchisake-Onna is a character in horror that is begging for their own film after hearing about it all earlier this year I do feel it will make people run and hide in pure terror, the horror story gives us the first glimpse at the character, while I do think everything works for the film, this is a character I want to see in a full feature on which can tackle the backstory of the character. We enter sci-fi when we deal idea of virtual reality simulator which is very real to the world we are entering now.

Characters/PerformanceWhen it comes to the characters we only get glimpses into their lives which is all we need it is the inclusion of the urban legend character Kuchisake-Onna that surprises and gets the horror needed for the film.

SettingsThe settings are all from inside the apartment with each other settings being inside the virtual reality world.

Final Thoughts This is a great short film that tackles the issue with virtual reality with a horror twist that all come together as a warning about how virtual reality can be to our own lives.

 

OverallThis is a horror thriller that not only introduces us to what could be a horror icon but warns us from virtual reality worlds.

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