Bowfinger (1999)

Director: Frank Oz

Writer: Steve Martin (Screenplay)

Starring: Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Heather Graham, Christine Baranski, Jamie Kennedy, Barry Newman, Terence Stamp, Robert Downey Jr

 

Plot: When a desperate movie producer fails to get a major star for his bargain basement film, he decides to shoot the film secretly around him.


Tagline – A desperate plan for a desperate man

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Movie About Making a Movie

 

Story: Bowfinger starts when desperate movie producer Bowfinger (Martin) wants to get a brand-new film off the ground, he tells his crew that hot shot producer Jerry Renfro (Downey Jr) and massive action star Kit Ramsey (Murphy). The reality he hasn’t got them and starts to film the movie without Kit’s knowledge.

Hiring new to the city ambitious want to be actress Daisy (Graham) with his most trusted star Carol (Baranski) the film shot is underway. Can Bowfinger pull this off without anything going wrong.

 

Thoughts on Bowfinger

 

Characters – Bowfinger is the movie producer that has been searching for a hit for years. He will lie to his crew and film around the celebrity star of the film, he always has an answer for anything that gets thrown in his way. Kit Ramsey is the mega star, he is searching for his big memorable hit, part of the Mindheads (blatant piss take of Scientology) where he is also paranoid about people talking to him, he spends the whole film trying to escape the actors from Bowfinger’s movie not knowing he is being filmed. Jiff is a look alike that comes into help the film fill in parts where Kit is needed. Daisy is the ambitious actress fresh to the Hollywood, she takes the role in the film and works her way through the crew to get a larger part through the movie. The rest of the cast shows the members of the crew that each give us the part of the film making process.

PerformancesSteve Martin in the leading role is good in this role, he doesn’t fall into his normal comedy routine but gets the laughs needed. Eddie Murphy is good in his roles, we do believe his paranoid filled character which clearly is a bit of a piss take on Tom Cruise and he never goes over the top. Heather Graham gets to have a lot of fun poking fun at the ‘will do anything for a role’ actresses that have been in Hollywood. The whole cast are good through the film too.

StoryThe story focuses on the idea that a producer will secretly film around a big name actor to get a film made. This does show how a small crew can come together to try and get a movie made, we only need to look at early stories from indie film makers and shortcuts by big name directors in the past to understand this process. Throwing the idea that the big star Kit is part of a cult like religion which only plays into his paranoia in the film helps create everything. if you want to look back in history you could easily be making comparison to Plan 9 for style of working and loyalty to the crew. This might go over the top with certain elements which is fine it adds the comedy and ends up giving us a story which shows how commitment can build a film.

ComedyThe comedy in the film comes from a mix of trying to make the film happen, stereotypes for Hollywood and the paranoia Kit shows.

SettingsThe film is set in Hollywood, it shows us how the operations can be done with limited budgets even if things aren’t done the most legal ways.


Scene of the Movie –
Final sequence.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Mindheads are too much on the noise.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good comedy that will get laughs, it has a good cast and will show how the movie making process works.

 

Overall: Enjoyable throughout.

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Jeff Goldblum Weekend – The Prince of Egypt (1998)

princesDirector: Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner, Simon Wells

Writer: Philip LaZebnik (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talent) Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock, Jeff Goldblum, Danny Glover, Patrick Stewart, Helen Mirren, Steve Martin, Martin Short

 

Plot: An Egyptian prince learns of his identity as a Hebrew and, later his destiny to become the chosen deliverer of his people.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Wonderful Story

 

Story: The Prince of Egypt starts in the traditional story as we see Moses as a baby floated down the river by his poor mother who wants him to have a future. Moses finds himself in the hands of the pharaoh Seti where he becomes the brother of Rameses. Growing up together the two have brotherly rivalry while both disappointing their father.

When Moses learns his true identity from his real brother Aaron and sister Miriam he starts to learn how Seti captured and force his people into slavery. Moses starting a new life as a shepherd gets a message from the burning bush to return to Egypt to bring down his former brother Rameses and let his people go and the rest well you know is history.

The Prince of Egypt tells the story of Moses leading the slaves of Egypt to freedom from the tyrant like leader. This is one of the most famous stories from within the Bible and I do believe that it could easily be in the top 3 most memorable and with this we get the amazing story of how one man challenged a pharaoh without turning to violence but instead turns to faith to win his battle for what is right. This is my favourite story from the Bible and this show each element of that story very well.

 

Character Review

 

Moses: Moses was raised within the royal family of Egypt taught to believe in Raa but when he learns his true identity he leads the revolution to free his people from slavery from his brother. Moses brings the 12 plagues of Egypt with him and is easily on of the most iconic character from within the Bible. Moses is always a character that comes off interesting because his story is one of the most famous from the Bible and this show his characters change when he learns the truth.

Rameses: Rameses is raised as the older brother of Moses and always destine to take of the leadership of Egypt as the future Pharaoh. He always wants to supporting Moses even with his new belief but when he challenges his position as ruler the brotherhood is thrown into turmoil. Rameses is always considered the villain of this story and it is true he is but he is also very misunderstood as he is following what he has been taught from his father.

Tzipporah: Tzipporah becomes the wife of Moses when he escapes his life and she stands next to him during his revolution within Egypt. Tzipporah comes off like a strong character early on but soon get forgotten when it becomes Moses versus Rameses.

Miriam: Miriam is the sister of Moses who has witnessed his freedom granted but is waiting for him to lead their people to their freedom. Miriam feels like she is going to be an important character but in the end just becomes a supporting character in this story.

Support Characters: The Prince of Egypt has a supporting cast that doesn’t turn into a heavy amount of comic relief which other animated films have done but instead the characters whose lives have been affected by the slavery.

Director Review: Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner, Simon WellsThe directing team puts together a fresh look at the iconic story from within the Bible.

 

Animation: The Prince of Egypt has great animation which shines when it comes to all the plagues going on as well as the ma landscapes scenes.

Family: The Prince of Egypt is a story I would imagine school kids would hear and is one that the whole family can enjoy.

Fantasy: The Prince of Egypt is a story that does have elements of fantasy which all come through the story.

Musical: The Prince of Egypt has songs that show the tone of each scene they are being used in near perfectly.

Settings: The Prince of Egypt throws us into an Egypt we could only imagine for the ancient time.
Suggestion
: The Prince of Egypt is one I do think everyone should watch because of the story it tells. (Watch)

 

Best Part: The first child plague is haunting.

Worst Part: If you don’t believe in religion you might not enjoy.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Won 1 Oscar for Best Original Song

Budget: $70 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

Tagline:  The Story Is Forever

 

Overall: Beautiful telling of the iconic story.

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Roxanne (1987)

Rob pick yet another Steve Martin, I guess some people find him funny so here it the latest film.rob challengeroxanne

 

Director: Fred Schepisi

Writer: Steve Martin (Screenplay) Edmond Rostand (Play)

Starring: Steve Martin, Daryl Hannah, Rick Rossovich, Shelley Duvall, John Kapelos, Fred Willard, Max Alexander, Michael J Pollard, Damon Wayans

 

Plot: Based on the play “Cyrano de Bergerac”, large nosed C.D. Bales falls for the beautiful Roxanne while she falls for his personality but another man’s looks.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Blah Comedy

 

Story: Roxanne starts as we follow C D Bales (Martin) one of the most popular guys in town, he knows everyone but he has one flaw, he has a huge nose (while this isn’t an issue now a days), he is fire chief in the town. When a new local lady Roxanne (Hannah) finds herself locked out of her house naked she turns to the fire chief to help her get back in. Roxanne is trying to find herself a new man and C D could be one potential guy but fellow new fire fighter Chris (Rossovich) built like a stud could also be the right guy.

On a strange twist of events C D does fall for Roxanne but he ends up playing matchmaker between Chris and Roxanne where he clearly sees them being wrong for each other.

Roxanne is a comedy that could have a meaning about not worrying about what you look like but in the end it is all about taking chances. There does have the meaning about not picking on people because of their psychical appearance. In the end everything comes off very obvious and the support attempts of comedy just fall flat by the end of the film. This really is a very generically plain story that will not test you will not make you laugh and won’t leave you with a smile on your face.

 

Actor Review

 

Steve Martin: C.D. Bales is the fire chief in town that gets on with all of the locals even though he has a giant nose which new people instantly get drawn too. He meets the beautiful and smart Roxanne where he instantly falls for but only ends up playing matchmaker for her and new guy in town. He has all the charm, he is funny but his nose holds him back. Steve gives the performance you would expect to see from him.

Daryl Hannah: Roxanne is the beautiful and intelligent new woman to the town who gets the attention from C D and Chris where she wants to meet a new guy different from what she is used too. Daryl does a solid job in this role but she isn’t the best at comedy.

Rick Rossovich: Chris is the new attractive man who is turning all the heads of all the ladies in town, he strikes up an attraction to Roxanne. He turns to C D for advice getting a date with Roxanne but his true nature of having no ability to talk to the ladies shows through. Rick does a good job but seems to get stuck in the shadow of Martin shadow.

Shelley Duvall: Dixie is the local lady that helps with the gossip around town, she is the go to girl for C D for talk to and learn what Roxanne really is interested. Shelley doesn’t give too much to the film really.

Support Cast: Roxanne has a supporting cast that is targeted for the added laughs and don’t have much impact on the story.

Director Review: Fred SchepisiFred gives us a basic comedy that doesn’t give enough laughs for my own liking.

 

Comedy: Roxanne has basic laughs that don’t really work for me.

Romance: Roxanne has an uncomfortable romantic angles throughout.

Settings: Roxanne uses a small town for the setting which does help show how close the community is.

Suggestion: Roxanne is one for all the Steve Martin fans to watch but otherwise well you have to like the comedy. (Steve Martin Fans)

 

Best Part: The fire station group are funny in moments.

Worst Part: Awkward romance angles.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $40 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 47 Minutes

Tagline: Roxanne dreamed of a handsome, intelligent, romantic man. C.D. Bales is two out of three… but looks aren’t everything!

 

Overall: Slow moving comedy that doesn’t have a real sparkle.

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Parenthood (1989)

rob challengeRob pick this comedy starring Steve Martin, I am not looking forward to this one.

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Director: Ron Howard

Writer: Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel (Screenplay) Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel, Ron Howard (Story)

Starring: Steve Martin, Mary Steenburgen, Dianne Wiest, Jason Robards, Rick Moranis, Tom Hulce, Martha Plimpton, Keanu Reeves, Joaquin Phoenix

 

Plot: The Buckman family is a Midwestern family all dealing with their lives: estranged relatives, raising children, pressures of the job, and learning to be a good parent and spouse.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Nice Drama, Weak Comedy

 

Story: Parenthood starts by introducing us to Gil (Martin) and his family wife Karen (Steenburgen) along with his kids dealing with everyday problems. We move to meet Gil’s sister Helen (West) and her kids’ troublemaker Garry (Phoenix) and teenager Julie (Plimpton), we also meet the third sister Susan (Kozak) and husband Nathan (Moranis). We have to watch as they have one big family get together for a big surprise the kid brother Larry (Hulce) return.

We watch how each family has to deal with their own personal problems and achievements as they try to raise their kids in their own different ways.

Parenthood does show how different people raise their children with different problems, how they all react to how they were raised. I do think something is missing in this film and that would be the other side of the spouse families which we hear nothing about. I personally don’t think this needed to throw in silly jokes and could have worked well as a light hearted drama about a real moment in life for all the characters.

 

Actor Review

 

Steve Martin: Gil is one of parents who wants to raise his kids the way he never thought he was raised, he wants them to have fun but when one is struggling at school he goes out his way to try and help with the situation realizing that he is causing the same problems his father had. Steve is an actor I never really enjoyed watching and he does good enough job that really works as a parent.

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Mary Steenburgen: Karen is Gil’s wife who supports the way he goes around raising the kids but is always wanting to increase the size of the family. Mary gives a good supporting performance.

 

Dianne Wiest: Helen is the sister of Gil and single mother of two very different children with older problems compared too Gil’s. she has been trying her hardest to raise them both while trying to move on with her life. Dianne could have easily been the main character and is much more interesting character to watch.

 

Jason Robards: Frank is the father of the whole group who hasn’t raised his kids the way he would have liked, he has to turn to Gil for advice on handling a problem with Larry his youngest. Jason does a good performance showing he knows he own mistakes.

 

Rick Moranis: Nathan is the brother in law who wants to raise his little girl in a way to educate her his own way, he has distanced her from any other kids making it difficult for her to socialized. Rick does give us a good performance and clashes against Martin’s well.

 

Support Cast: Parenthood has a huge supporting cast that all deliver well, I think Keanu Reeves really is the stand out performer of the film.

 

Director Review: Ron HowardRon does a good job in this directing job but I do think he is better at the serious films.

 

Comedy: Parenthood does a few moments of comedy but not enough for my liking.

Settings: Parenthood shows very realistic home environment that all works for how the story is being told.

Suggestion: Parenthood is one to try, I do think it could be slightly too long and could have more laughs. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Keanu Reeves shines as the dumb boyfriend/husband.

Worst Part: Too Long.

Funniest Scene: Most of Reeves scenes.

 

Believability: These could all be real situations for families.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Nominated for 2 Oscars.

Box Office: $100 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 4 Minutes

Tagline:  It could happen to you.

 

Overall: Solid enough story that seems to get stuck into the idea of being a comedy

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Home (2015)

logoDirector: Tim Johnson

Writer: Tom J Astle, Matt Ember (Screenplay) Adam Rex (Book)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Matt Jones, Brian Stepanek, April Lawrence

Plot: Oh, an alien on the run from his own people, lands on Earth and makes friends with the adventurous Tip, who is on a quest of her own.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Cute and Charming Animation

Story: Home starts with Oh (Parsons) a member of the Boov an alien race who keep moving home and there new home is targeting Earth as they continue to Gorg. The Boov relocate the humans as they hide out and continue their lives on Earth but Oh clearly standing out as different but keeps excited about everything. We also meet human Tip (Rihanna) who along with her cat are trying to find her mother after the Boov invasion.

When Oh accidentally gives away the location of the Boov to the Gorg he has put their entire species in danger become enemy number one. When Tip and Oh end up teaming up they have to avoid the Boov authorities while learning about the truth about what they both see really are about.

Home fills the expectation of an animated movie that will appeal to all, it ha messages that will end up having meaning for all that people are capable making mistakes. The film has a constant charm when Tip and Oh are together but I do feel like the Captain Smek lowers the tone of the overall story. This is a simple film story but does feel like it took a lot of ideas from different films. (6/10)

Characters Review

Oh: Oh is the Boov that just wants to make friends with everyone but his style always ends up putting him in trouble. When he gives away the location from their enemy he has to hide and become friends with a human girl to save his own species before it is too late. Over his adventure Oh learns the lesson about being different and standing up for what he believes in. oh is a great character that shows that being different isn’t a bad thing. (8/10)oh

Tip: Tip is the plucky kid who gets left behind when the Boov relocate the humans, she is scared and alone with just her cat, when she teams up with Oh to find her mother. She has mixed feelings as the adventure starts but by the end they become friends. Tip is a good character that shows how independent the age is. (7/10)tip

Captain Smek: Captain Smek is the leader of the Boov and always runs but is idolised by Oh, his ways have shown the Boov to be cowards and his mistake is what caused the problems the Boov face. He is a typical captain that is cowardly till the end. (7/10)smek

Support Character: Home has supporting characters that end up being generic and used for basic attempts of laughs but really don’t add too much to the film.

Director Review: Tim JohnsonTim gives us a basic animated film that has a great message but lacks too much originality. (6/10)

Adventure: Home puts our characters in an adventure that they could never have managed to go on in their wildest dreams. (9/10)

Animation: Home gives us high quality animation level that fits into the modern world of animation. (9/10)

Comedy: Home does lack the level of comedy I feel it requires but does have some simple laughs (4/10)

Sci-Fi: Home brings us a good race of aliens showing that we don’t always have to fear an alien species. (7/10)

Settings: Home uses iconic settings for the characters that don’t seem to end up adding too much to the story. (5/10)

Suggestion: Home is one to try because it does have a charm about it but lacks that little something to make it great. (Try It)

Best Part: Jim Parsons was a great choice for Oh.

Worst Part: Supporting characters are very weak.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: Maybe a few. (3/10)

Chances of Sequel: No.

Post Credits Scene: No.

Similar Too: Lilo and Stitch

Oscar Chances: Noo

Box Office: $172 Million

Budget: $135 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

Tagline: Worlds Collide

Trivia: Gratuity ‘Tip’ Tucci, voiced by Rihanna, is the first human black protagonist in a feature film by DreamWorks Animation. However Will Smith‘s character in Shark Tale (2004), though a fish, was written and portrayed as stereotypically black, potentially making him the company’s first black protagonist, regardless of species.

Overall: Sweet little animation that will leave you with a smile.

Rating 70