Doc Hollywood (1991)

Director: Michael Caton-Jones

Writer: Jeffrey Price, Peter S Seaman, Daniel Pyne (Screenplay) Neil B Shulman (Book)

Starring: Michael J Fox, Julie Warner, Barnard Hughes, Woody Harrelson, David Ogden Stiers, Frances Sternhagen, George Hamilton, Bridget Fonda

 

Plot: A young doctor causes a traffic accident in a small town and is sentenced to work for some days at the town hospital.


Tagline – This summer’s prescription for comedy

Runtime: 1 Hour 44 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Enjoyable Small Town Comedy

 

Story: Doc Hollywood starts as we meet hotshot doctor Ben Stone (Fox) who is on his way to a cosmetic surgery job in Beverly Hills only for him to have an accident and upsetting the locals. Ben is forced into working for 32-hours in the local doctors to pay for his crime, the Mayor (Stiers) is trying to talk into staying in the town as the new doctor and Ben must learn to navigate the town for the week.

In the town Ben starts to fall for the feisty ambulance driver Lou (Warner) who just might give him a reason to stay away from the big city life.

 

Thoughts on Doc Hollywood

 

Characters – Ben Stone has worked for years to get to the very top of his field, he is finally getting a chance to make serious money in the world of cosmetic surgery, this has made him cocky and selfish in nature. After his accident he does try to talk himself out of any trouble only to end up needing to be a small towns doctor for the week, he finds himself torn between the high life or the quiet life after falling for a woman in the town. Lou is the ambulance driver in the town, Ben falls for her, she has her own ambitions and has made her sacrifices along the way after a previous heartache.  Dr Hogue is the current doctor in the town, he is old school style and his ways clash with Ben, he doesn’t like the new way of doctoring, but his health isn’t what it used to be. Hank is the love rival of Ben, he has been good friends with Lou for years and his fast-taking style tries to sell everyone insurance.

PerformancesMichael J Fox is fantastic in the leading role here, he gets to show his natural charisma to show us how unlikeable a cocky and likeable a character can be. Julie Warner is great as the love interest that could have too much baggage for a man like Ben, we see how she makes us want and understand her characters decisions. We get a good supporting cast who all give performances that fit the characters they are playing.

StoryThe story here shows us how a successful doctor on route to a big job which would leave him in the life of luxury, but along the way he ends up stuck in a small town getting back to the roots of what it is to be a doctor of a small community. This is a story that while is generic is easily on that can be enjoyed, we see how one man who has only ever thought about himself starts helping people in need of help and learning this is what will make him feel happy in life. We do get the town dynamics which we would expect to see and of course we need the love story as the woman Ben meets could help him see life a new way. This is one story that has a sweetness to everything going on and is easily one we could see everyone enjoy.

Comedy/RomanceThe film does have a wonderful amount of comedy that often comes Ben’s reaction to anything he isn’t used too. The romance side of the film shows us just how meeting someone can change your view on life.

SettingsThe film shows us how a high rolling doctor must adapt to quiet town after committing a minor crime, this shows us just how different the two worlds Ben must be involved.


Scene of the Movie –
Leaving town.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Certain supporting characters would be classed as generic small town figures.

Final ThoughtsThis is an enjoyable comedy that showed us just how talented Michael J Fox was, it might well be generic formula and this only makes this more enjoyable movie.

 

Overall: Fun serious rom com.

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Daniel Craig Weekend – Logan Lucky (2017)

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Writer: Rebecca Blunt (Screenplay)

Starring: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Riley Keough, Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes, Katherine Waterston, Hilary Swank

 

Plot: Two brothers attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina.


Tagline – See How The Other Half Steals

Runtime: 1 Hour 58 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Enough

 

Story: Logan Lucky starts as we follow Jimmy Logan (Tatum) as he loses his job and lets down his daughter, leaving his sister Mellie (Keough) getting him out of trouble, he loses his job and finds his ex-wife Bobbie Jo (Holmes) is moving to the next state. Jimmy’s brother is a one-armed bar tender Clyde (Driver) after his service in Iraq, the three siblings work on a big plan in the life of crime.

Jimmy’s plan is to first break Joe Bang (Craig) out of prison to help rob the Nascar event in North Carolina, after Jimmy has learnt how the money is transferred, will this plan go through as expected?

 

Thoughts on Logan Lucky

 

Characters – Jimmy Logan has been a down on his luck when it comes to jobs, being a responsible father leving him to reach the end of his hope. Jimmy has a plan to rob the Nascar race track on race day after learning how the money is trasnffered, now he puts together his team. His is a good man just wanting the best for his family. Clyde is the brother of Jimmy, he has lost a hand in Iraq and joins his brother in the plan. Joe Bang is the best safe cracker in the south, but he is behind bars, he will work on the team with his own rules which means breaking him out and giving him explosives. Mellie is the sister of the family, she uses her looks to get out of trouble and likes to show off her knowledge of cars.

PerformancesChanning Tatum in the leading role works, he continues to show he can step away from the sex symbol he has created around himself to play the less desirable roles. Adam Drive also shows us another string to his talents in this dead pan comedy roles. Riley Keough is strong too through the film here she plays the typical redneck woman. Daniel Craig gives the best performance in the film, he gets the most laughs with his mad character that he doesn’t go over the top.

StoryThe story is a heist movie from the lower class of America, we have the characters that have fallen on hard times over the usual experienced heist going team. The story works for a heist film and follows the books as you would imagine without being anything overly original and feeling long in places. We have the scene which reveals the heist to finishes off the moments of the story we might not have picked up on earlier.

Comedy/CrimeThe comedy feels dead pan for the most part and does keep the tone of the crime side of the story feeling light, which works for the style the film is going for.

SettingsThe settings work because it shows where the characters are from and how difficult their lives are.


Scene of the Movie –
Science time.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It feels long.

Final ThoughtsSimple by the book heist film, it has moments of comedy but it ends up being nothing overly original but easily watchable.

 

Overall: Easy to watch and fun.

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Bedazzled (2000)

Director: Harold Ramis

Writer: Larry Gelbart, Harold Ramis, Peter Tolan (Screenplay) Peter Cook, Dudley Moore (Original Screenplay)

Starring: Brendan Fraser, Elizabeth Hurley, Frances O’Connor, Miriam Shor, Orlando Jones, Paul Adelstein

 

Plot: Hopeless dweeb Elliot Richards is granted seven wishes by the Devil to snare Allison, the girl of his dreams, in exchange for his soul.


Tagline – Meet the devil. No one’s ever been able to resist her. Until now.

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Enjoyable Comedy

 

Story: Bedazzled starts with Elliot (Fraser) a good natured young man that is lonely in his life, while his co-workers not liking him, he is in love with another co-worker Alison (O’Connor) but doesn’t have the courage to talk to her. Showing his desire to be with Alison it attracts the Devil (Hurley).

Elliot takes up the offer and goes about trying to find the perfect wish to make him happy taking him all over the world and through different scenarios.

 

Thoughts on Bedazzled

 

Characters – Elliot is the lonely leading man, his personality has pushed his co-workers away from him as they just want to avoid him. He meets the Devil who offers him seven wishes to fix his life and get the girl of his dreams Alison. His wishes take him into a string of different lives that his current life could never see him in. The Devil is here to help give Elliot wishes, she plays on his worlds to make each have a game breaking flaw, while pushing him into different direction, looking sexy along the way. Alison is the woman that Elliot loves, she works with him at a higher level. She doesn’t notice him, we don’t learn much about the real Alison as we see her in the different wishes.

PerformancesBrendan Fraser was bursting into the spotlight around the release of this film, he gets to show the comedy skills he has through this film which is fun and enjoyable to watch. Elizabeth Hurley is great in this role, she brings us the sexy seductress the film wants the devil to be. Frances O’Connor does well with what she gets with all the different versions of Alison she is left to play.

StoryThe story follows one man that doesn’t fit in everyday life, he is tired of being alone and wishes for his life to change, bring him into a deal with the Devil. We see how Elliot must learn to make the correct decisions in his life rather than just wish for a quick fix to his own life. This does have meaning and is a remake of a popular film, which could turn fans of the original off, but this is a good modern telling of the story.

Comedy/FantasyThe comedy through the film does have good moments, most of these come from the different wishes that Elliot goes through. The fantasy ideas come from the devil giving out the wishes.

SettingsMost of the film is set in San Francisco giving us another big American City which helps for people to understand where we are, we do get other settings which look correct for the wishes.

Special EffectsMost of the effects work for this film, we mostly see them when we jump between wishes.


Scene of the Movie –
Moving on.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Some of the wishes feel cartoonish.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun comedy that hits more than it misses, we see Fraser at his best and Hurley looks as sexy as we know she can do.

 

Overall: Comedy that can be enjoyable by a modern audience.

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The Cannibal Club (2018)

Director: Guto Parente

Writer: Guto Parente (Screenplay)

Starring: Tavinho Teixeira, Ana Luiza Rios, Pedro Domingues, Ze Maria, Breno Baptista

 

Plot: Otavio and Gilda are a very wealthy couple of the Brazilian elite who have the habit of eating their employees. Otavio owns a private security company and is a notable member of The Cannibal Club. When Gilda accidentally discovers a secret from Borges, a powerful congressman and the Club’s leader, her and her husband’s lives are in danger.

Runtime: 1 Hour 21 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: High Tension and Quirky

 

Story: The Cannibal Club starts as we meet rich couple Otavio (Teixeira) and Gilda (Rios) who live the life of luxury, having people work for them, with their own security around their home. When the couple get tired of their employees, they kill and eat them to fulfill their fantasies.

When Otavio’s powerful congressman friend and leader of their club Borges (Domingues) believes somebody is letting their secrets out, he assigns Otavio to learn the truth, things only take a turn for a worse when Gilda catches Borges in an uncompromising position, the couple find their own lives in danger.

 

Thoughts on The Cannibal Club

 

Characters – Otavio runs a private security company, at home his wife Gilda and himself have very dark fantasies, which sees them being cannibals, getting sexual pleasure from the murder of their own workers, he is good friends with a congressman, well within the elite of the secret club of cannibals. Gilda is the wife of Otavio, she selects the newest employees that the couple can have, she gets the pleasure she requires, but it is her curiosity which puts both their lives in danger. Borges is the leader of the secret club that Otavio is part of, he has a secret with Gilda witnesses, he is afraid it will come out and looks to clean it up before it does.

PerformancesTavinho Teixeira gives us a performance that shows us how a man can balance his high-powered life, with a secret that is against the law, which also sees him controlled by his wife. Ana Luiza Rios brings us a seductive figure to life, she makes the men want to do anything for her. Pedro Domingues fills the mysterious leader role well, not giving too much away about his real life.

StoryThe story follows an elite couple in Brazil that get their pleasure out of killing their employees and eating them. The story does take us into a world where the elite can get away with this kind of activities is clearly built and showed how the couple have the routine down to perfection in their eyes. It does, however, show us how a secret club can look to clean up if they believe somebody is getting out of control. The story is short, which is just what we want in places, though we could have been given more when it comes to the enjoyment the couple have from this world.

Horror/ComedyThe horror in the film comes from the world created with cannibals, the comedy comes from the idea of the world being used to create this world, which will give the film dark humour.

SettingsThe film is set in Brazil which will see the high class position which will work for the club to happen, the rich could get away with anything in the eyes of the law.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film are clever, they use the ideas of showing us the aftermath of the attacks, rather than the impact of them.


Scene of the Movie –
The first kill.

That Moment That Annoyed Me We don’t get to see the couple go through a lot of kills, which feels like we could have done.

Final ThoughtsThis is a cannibal film that creates a wonderfully imaginative world for them to live in, only to not give us the blood or body count we desired.

 

Overall: Interesting Cannibal film.

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As Good as It Gets (1997)

Director: James L Brooks

Writer: Mark Andrus, James L Brooks (Screenplay)

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear, Cuba Gooding Jr, Skeet Ulrich,, Shirley Knight, Yeardley Smith

 

Plot: A single mother and waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is assaulted in a robbery.


Tagline – Brace yourself for Melvin.

Runtime: 2 Hours 19 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Wonderfully Charming Drama

 

Story: As Good as It Gets starts as we meet arrogant obsessive disordered ridden author Melvin Udall (Nicholson) who hates his gay neighbour artist Simon (Kinnear) and his dog Verdell, he goes to the same diner needing to keep the same seat with the same waitress Carol Connelly (Hunt) who has her own problems with money and her sick son.

After Simon gets brutally attacked by burglars Melvin is forced into looking after Verdell which opens up his life to being nice to other people including Simon and Carol.

 

Thoughts on As Good as It Gets

 

Characters – Melvin Udall is an author that has a perfect routine to keep him happy, he OCD is clear with how he enters rooms, lock doors, he doesn’t get on with his neighbours and drives the people in his life crazy. Once he is forced to look after his neighbour’s dog he starts being nice to those important in his life, learning that there is more to life. Carol Connelly is a waitress in a Manhattan diner she has waited on Melvin for years even with his difficult behaviour, she has a sick son at home that she has never been able to get proper medical care for him, leaving her constantly worrying about him instead of focusing on her own life. Simon Bishop is the gay artist neighbour that clashes with Melvin on a daily basis, he gets brutally attacked in his own apartment leading to him facing financial ruin and needs to try and make up with his parents.

PerformancesJack Nicholson won an Oscar for his performance here and clearly show why he is such a talented actor, he takes on a performance unlike most of his normal performance we know him for. Helen Hunt shines and with her Oscar winning performance that showed her at the very top of her game. Greg Kinnear is also fantastic in the supporting role, he might have missed out on the Oscar he shows us just the talent he has.

StoryThe story here shows us how three people from different lives can meet and help each other with their problems. We mostly focus on Melvin and how he hates everybody not in his normal routine, we get to see the arc for him to become more open while still dealing and learning to overcome his own problems. We get a woman that has never been give help offered a lifeline which could help save her son and a staving artist learn about the risks he must take to become the artist the world will remember. This is a story that shows you can change people’s life by just listening to their stories, it has charm about how things unfold and just leaves you with a smile on your face by the end.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy in this film works with you getting plenty of laughs through the film and it does give us a good romantic angle about needing to learn to take a chance with love.

SettingsNew York city, well how often do I say this is a wonderful setting for anything to do with inter-connecting lives, this delights with seeing people in different backgrounds coming together.


Scene of the Movie –
The dog walk.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Not taking the dog on the trip for extra laughs.

Final ThoughtsThis is a wonderful movie that can be enjoyed by everyone, it has brilliant performances from the three leads and hits the comedy romance throughout.

 

Overall: Brilliant film.

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