All in Good Taste (1983) Movie Review

Director: Anthony Kramreither

Writer: Rick Green, Anthony Kramreither (Screenplay)

Starring: Jonathan Welsh, Harvey, Jack Creley, Jim Carrey, Linda Rennhofer, James B Douglas, Joanne Kirwan-Clarke

Plot: A filmmaker is upset to find out that his wholesome script about an orphan and his dog has been warped into a film about … strippers?!!


Runtime: 1 Hour 25 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Flat Out Dreadful

Story: All in Good Taste starts when screenwriter Timothy (Welsh) is trying to get his script sold, only for the studio boss Cochrane (Atkin) wanting him to write a more raunchy script for a film that could sell on sex and nudity, wanting him to write a film about strippers.

The more producers Timothy meets, the more he spirals down the hole of being pushed into writing a nudity sex sold movie, which only frustrates him.

Thoughts on All in Good Taste

Final Thoughts This is bar far one of the worst movies I have ever seen, the poster does have Jim Carrey’s face plastered all over it, yet he is barely in it and made this before he was a famous comedian, let alone actor. We spend most of this film just having cut flash sequences which are just women dancing around in different states of undress, while it might have the bigger message that Hollywood is only interested in making sex sell, but it was one of the hardest movies to get through, just because of how obsessed with sex it wants to be.

Overall: Beyond Awful

About Hope (2020) Movie Review

Director: David D Dietrich

Writer: David D Dietrich, Cyndi Monroe (Screenplay)

Starring: Justin Ray, Christine Juarbe, Aaron Groben, Claire Bermingham, Katy Bodenhamer, Vicky Dawson

Plot: Thomas McKenzie has been searching for the perfect girl his whole life. When he meets two women who pique his interest he learns that the love we are searching for is not always the true love that makes us whole.

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

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Story: About Hope starts as we meet photographer Thomas (Ray who has spent his whole life making a list of a perfect women, always finding a problem with ever women that comes into his life, until he meets Hope Sanchez (Juarbe) a widowed mother that the two click instantly, with family connections from her move to town.

As Thomas and Hope look like things are going well, Thomas meets Hope’s latest clients Desiree Sinclaire (Bermingham) who just so happens to look identical to a painting Thomas drew, leaving him in a position of trying to figure out what he wants most from his life.

Thoughts on About Hope

Characters & Performances – Thomas McKenzie grew up believing he would need to find the perfect girl, now women to be happy, he has passed on every date that came his way because there was always a flaw, he has made a career in the photography, which has seen Hope walk into his life, leaving him questioning everything about his lists and how far he needs to go in his career. Justin Ray gives us a performance which will see him need to balance the comedy, with the man that can’t take enough of life seriously. Hope Sanchez is the widowed mother that has moved to town to grow her business while raising her daughter, she does find herself getting along with Thomas, which could see her open up once again in her life. Christine Juarbe is great in this role, showing the sparks flying, while holding the reluctance to let someone in after her previous experiences. Desiree Sinclaire is the author that Hope might start selling their latest book, she happens to be everything that Thomas has dreamed off and offers to take Thomas under her wing to further his career, having her eye on him too. Claire Bermingham does make her character come to life with her celebrity style to the role. We do also meet the family and friends of both Thomas and Hope that will add comedy and help direct the pair in the right directions in life.

StoryThe story here follows a photographer who has created an unrealistic list of what he wants in a perfect woman, rejecting any that come into his life that don’t meet his criteria must change his mindset when he meets the beautiful Hope who brings a new spark to his life, only for his choices to get mixed up when his career could take off after meeting another woman. This is one of the more by the book romantic comedies, following a guy that needs to become realistic when it comes to meeting someone in his life, instead of putting together a list of what he wants, proving love will work in strange ways, that nobody can explain, but by the end, it will give you the strongest emotions of joy and pain.

ThemesAbout Hope brings us a romantic comedy that does bring us strong supporting character laughs, which will give the leads the romantic side, which does give us a natural look at how quickly love can happen around the right people.

About Hope is a fun easy to watch romantic comedy that will bring the love to life, with laughs from the joyful supporting characters.

Buffaloed (2019) Movie Review

Director: Tanya Wexler

Writer: Brian Sacca (Screenplay)

Starring: Zoey Deutch, Jai Courtney, Judy Greer, Jermaine Fowler, Noah Reid, Lusia Strus

Plot: Set in the underworld of debt-collecting and follows the homegrown hustler Peg Dahl, who will do anything to escape Buffalo, NY.

Tagline – You Can’t Always Take What You Want

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

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Story: Buffaloed starts follows Peg Dahl (Deutch) who has always looked at making money to have a life where she or her family, Kathy (Greer) or JJ (Reid) will ever have to worry about money again. Her determination will see her end up in jail, but this will see her learn her true calling, debt collecting.

After working under shady Wizz (Courtney), Peg looks to start her own business despite having a romantic interest with lawyer Graham (Fowler) who has been looking to bring down debt collectors.

Thoughts on Buffaloed

Characters – Peg has spent her whole life looking to improve her living position, with her parents always in debt, she has always looked to make money quick for herself, she deals by buying cheap or selling pricey, selling illegal tickets and just doing anything to get money off people, which sees her give up college after she gets caught and sent to prison. Once out Peg continues to look for a way to make money, which will see her become a debut collector. Wizz is the debt collector that runs the city, he has been crossing the line with his actions, which sees him becoming a rival that will always look to stop Peg getting further in her career. Kathy is Peg’s mother that has always supported her and had to deal with her debts that she has faced throughout raising her children. Graham is the lawyer that put Peg in jail, only when she is out, he looks to get close to her, though he wants nothing to do with the debt collecting side of things.

PerformancesZoey Deutch is fantastic in the leading role in this film, she fully commits the leading performance which will see her shine above the whole cast. Jai Courtney continues to prove himself as better acting than some of his bigger movies in the past have shown from him. The rest of the cast are great to watch through the film too.

StoryThe story here follows an ambitious young woman that has always been driven to stay out of debt, which sees her look to create schemes to make money quick, shining in the debt collecting game, learning how difficult it will be. This story does take us into the underworld of debt collecting and shows us how some collectors will go to extreme measures to pressure the people into returning debt. We see the ambition to shine in a field from a driven personality and how upsetting the system will only cause more problems in life. The story does have weaknesses, which come mostly from not showing the impact the new business truly made against the competition and how much was really being thrown around within the debt collecting.

ComedyThe comedy in this film comes from seeing Peg with most of her interactions, where she can be calm one minutes and exploded the next.

SettingsThe film is set in Buffalo, which shows us an area which is filled with debt, while still having a unite when it comes to sports.

Scene of the Movie – Angry Peg’s reactions.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Not enough about the time period in which the debts were being collected.

Final Thoughts This is a fun look at debt collecting despite it being a very difficult time for many involved, with a powerhouse leading performance and laughs along the way with the actions of the character.

The Dig (2021) Movie Review

Director: Simon Stone

Writer: Moira Buffini (Screenplay) John Preston (Novel)

Starring: Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes, Lily James, Johnny Flynn

Plot: An archaeologist embarks on the historically important excavation of Sutton Hoo in 1938.

Tagline – Nothing stays lost forever.

Runtime: 1 Hour 52 Minutes

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Story: The Dig starts as Edith Pretty (Mulligan) hires Basil Brown (Fiennes) to excavate the mounds in Sutton Hoo. Basil isn’t qualified as an archaeologist, but his has the experience in excavating, his skills have drawn Edith to want him to work on the dig.

When the team finds the beginnings of a boat, it draws everyone into the search, seeing Basil needing to decide if he just wants to be part of the discovery or not. Before the team discover one of the most famous discoveries of the century.

Thoughts on The Dig

Characters & Performances – Edith Pretty is the land owner that has been looking for someone to complete the work her and her husband looked to do, excavate the mounds on her land. She is sick, which is starting to catch up with her, looking to get the right person involved in the dig. She watches over what is being discovered, using the law to make sure the right thing is done. Carey Mulligan is having a great year, with another brilliant performance after Promising Young Woman. Basil Brown is the excavator hired by Edith to help her with the dig, he has worked around the world bringing a calming presence to the dig. He becomes a positive role model on Edith son, Robert and is looking for a chance to have credit for his work. Ralph Fiennes is wonderful to watch here, he brings us a man that will always be searching to find something more from his life. We do get a host of people are end up getting involved in the dig, each with a different level of ability which will guide them and teach them about what they can discover by working together.

StoryThe story here follows a widowed mother that hires an excavator to help her with a dig involving a series of mounds on her land, which will lead to one of the biggest discoveries of the century. This is a story that is here to show how important certain discoveries are in the world, there is no doubt this was a huge moment in history. The problem with this story is that is gets side tracked with a romantic angle involved two people we barely to get know, leaving the main characters to either spend time digging or watching digging, nothing else. When we have a more serious side happen, we get the big conversations, which are the best part of the film, but this gets bogged down by a side of the story we don’t need.

ThemesThe Dig is a drama that showed two people Edith Pretty and Basil Brown who were the first two people to discover a part of history, it will show how they would go down in history with what they found, but does seem to skip over the side of the story, which revolved around getting one of the names seen. The settings take us to a place where we can fully believe what would be going on in the background of the impending war, showing the new dangers that might come this way.

The Dig is a slow moving drama about one of the biggest discoveries of all time, which gets caught up in a romantic subplot, which goes nowhere.

Come and Find Me (2016) Movie Review

Director: Zack Whedon

Writer: Zack Whedon (Screenplay)

Starring: Annabelle Wallis, Chris Chalk, Aaron Paul, Enver Gjokaj, Garret Dillahunt, Terry Chen, Zachary Knighton

Plot: When his girlfriend goes missing, David must track down her whereabouts after he realizes she’s not who she was pretending to be.

Runtime: 1 Hour 52 Minutes

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Story: Come and Find starts as we meet couple Claire (Wallis) and David (Paul) who had a weird meet and greet, which plays into how they interact, with hem both going in the same direction, believing they are following each other.

One morning Claire is nowhere to be found, which sees David going in search of her, finding himself involved in a bigger mystery about who she really is and what might have happened to her.

Thoughts on Come and Find Me

Characters – David believes he is in the perfect relationship, one which will see him thinking life has fallen into place, until one day he wakes up and his girlfriend has vanished, he spends the next year searching for answers, which will see him look into her past, opening more doors than he should. Claire is the girlfriend that has gone missing, she always seemed bubbly to David, with her vanishing being unlike anything he could imagine about her. Most of the film is learning more about her, with different direction to what David is expecting. We don’t really meet too many more people, with the ones we do meet, only giving glimpse to the truth for David.

PerformancesAaron Paul does struggle in the leading role here, he never makes us feel the desperation his character is feeling through the film, while we don’t get to see enough of Annabelle Wallis, due to her character vanishing for most of the film. Garret Dillahunt does bring us one of the highlights in the acting side of things, only it just isn’t enough to make the performances strong enough in the film.

StoryThe story here follows one man who goes in search for his girlfriend after she vanishes suddenly, which will see him unlock the truth about her, showing the secrets being kept could be bigger than he thought. This is a story that does have a slow pace about it, it doesn’t help with the constant jumping between before she went missing, midway through their relationship and when they first meet, with the deeper picture being more about her life, even though we never see her in her life, it is more about David slowly learning more about his own life. It does try to bring things out to be bigger and bigger, without giving us enough to understand how someone with no experience in this world could get so deep into it.

ThrillerWe do have a couple of tense scenes, only they usually lose the tension when we jump back into the normal life David thought he had.

SettingsThe film does take us around America as we get to learn different things about Claire’s life, we see how different locations will unlock different answers.

Scene of the Movie – The night meeting.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The jump between the times is frustrating, taking away from the bigger picture.

Final Thoughts This is a disappointing thriller that jumps around all over the place and doesn’t get the best of the cast.