The Monster (2016)

monsterDirector: Bryan Bertino

Writer: Brian Bertino (Screenplay)

Starring: Zoe Kazan, Scott Speedman, Ella Ballentine, Aaron Douglas, Christine Ebadi


Plot: A mother and daughter must confront a terrifying monster when they break down on a deserted road.


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Verdict: Great Creature Horror


Story: The Monster starts teenage daughter Lizzy (Ballentine) having to tidy up and prepare for a trip with her alcoholic mother Kathy (Kazan). With tension growing between the two the journey across country so that Lizzy can stay with her father. On the journey, they end up involved in an accident during the rainy condition leaving them stuck in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night.

When it appears, they have hit a wolf we continue to see flashbacks of the troubling relationship between mother and daughter but it is only amplified by the fact there is a monster outside the car lurking in the woods.

The Monster comes off like a very interesting horror thriller concept because the trapped with a monster lurking has been done before and well doesn’t come off to original as we run through the usual issues like ‘stay quiet’ ‘don’t go outside’ ‘we need to try and escape’. It is the look at the very bad relationship between the mother and daughter which would come off abusive in most places that put the true cat amongst the pigeons here. We see however bad the relationship is the maternal instinct will always kick in when it comes to protecting a child.

This is pretty much a two person show and I think Kazan and Ballentine both do a great job in the roles dealing with the abusive side and the horror side. Anyone else who appears in the movie is only in a couple of scenes never really making an impact. The monster itself looks terrifying and it is good to see practical effects being used by the film.


Overall: Horror film I would be suggest to the horror fans out there reading this post.





The Big Sick (2017)

Director: Michael Showalter

Writer: Emily V Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani (Screenplay)

Starring: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher, Zenobia Shroff, Adeel Akhtar


Plot: Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family’s expectations, and his true feelings.


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Verdict: Romantic Comedy of the Year


Story: The Big Sick starts as Pakistan stand-up comedian Kumail (Nanjiani) meets Emily (Kazan) and the two hit it off, but Kumail must battle his own feelings towards Emily and his family that only want him to marry a Pakistan woman. After the two have a big argument the two go their separate ways.

Kumail finally gets his chance to go to Montreal but gets an emergency call to be at Emily’s side, this gives him a chance to meet her parents Beth (Hunter) and Terry (Romano) for the first time as the three must deal with her potentially life-threatening illness giving the three a chance to bond as Kumail discovers he can’t live without Emily.


Thoughts on The Big Sick


Characters – The characters are based on the true people so it is hard to go into details on them being good or bad, so I will just let you know about them in general. Kumail is the Pakistan stand-up comedian dealing with his parents trying to find him a bride but he doesn’t follow the same faith they do. He meets Emily which only makes his decisions harder on whether to follow his heart or not and spending time with her parents offers him the answer he needs. Emily is the student that walks into Kumail’s life, she becomes his light but when she becomes sick she brings him closer than ever to him even if she is in a coma for half the film. Terry and Beth are the parents of Emily, they are in full panic mode while she is sick but they get to bond with Kumail through the struggle.

PerformanceKumail Nanjiani plays himself in the movie, which is good to see him play a different character as we usually just seem him do a small moment in comedy movies but here he stars as a real person that could be one of the best performances in a comedy in years. Zoe Kazan is one of the actress that you can say, we need you in a romantic comedy drama, she will be on the top of every one’s list. Holly Hunter and Ray Romano are both great in the supporting roles showing they can be great in parent roles.

StoryThe story is based on Kumail and Emily falling in love, it shows the religious sides holding up the Kumail being able to make a decision, while given the moment in his life where he must make the decision that he wants more than anything. This is a love story, not an easy one but a real one which is the most important one to see.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy in this film is mostly stand-up and a defensive side to hide from the truth, the romance comes from how the two fall in love through difficult situation.

SettingsThe settings don’t go into too much details, we have the hospital to show the desperate mindset they are in, the comedy club shows a future Kumail could have and the apartments to show the normal lives they are both living.

Scene of the Movie – Parent’s watching the stand up.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Certain moments at the stand-up show try to put too many jokes in.

Tagline – An Awkward True Story

Final ThoughtsThis is a romantic comedy with a heart that is based on a true story that shows us love can come from any direction even when you weren’t expecting it.


Overall: One of the Must watch movies of the year.




Trailer Alert – In Your Eyes

Plot – Two seemingly unconnected souls from different corners of the United States make a telepathic bond that allows them to see, hear and feel the others experiences, creating a bond that apparently can’t be broken.

Release Date:  Non set for the UK


Romantic comedies are not my favourite genre by any means, but the right ones do interest me and I think this might do, do you think it will be an interesting rom com?

Written by Joss Whedon, will it be as good as his normal work?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 90%

My Guess Rating – 78%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Trailer Alert – What If

Medical school dropout Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) has been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. He meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan), an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall), and they form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. Still, there is no denying the chemistry between them, leading the pair to wonder, what if the love of your life is actually your best friend?

I think this looks like a great little romantic comedy that will either be great or terrible I can’t see this just being an average film.

Release Date:  22 August 2014


Daniel Radcliffe continues to take steps away from Harry Potter, can he pull of romantic comedy?

The trailer shows striking comparisons to When Harry Met Sally, will it be the new generations version?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 85%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Top 10 Favourite Romantic Comedies

With it being Valentine’s Day this weekend I put together my top ten favourite romantic comedies. I am not the biggest fan of romantic comedies and many of the films on the list won’t make many other peoples lists.

10. She’s Out Of My League (2010) Review


When average Joe Kirk (Jay Baruchel) meets the perfect girl Molly (Alice Eve) he has to overcome his belief that he is a five at best and she is a perfect 10. What this film gives the average guy the belief that he can get any girl they want if only they act and treat them correctly.

9. The Proposal (2009)


When hard driving editor Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) working visa is set to expire she force her assistant Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds) to marry her and get her a green card. When the two spend the weekend with Andrew’s family they slowly start to fall for each other. What follows is a series of events that prove that you never know someone until you spend time with someone.

8. Love Actually (2003)


This is Richard Curtis’ stories of love leading up to Christmas. We have a group of different scenarios all giving a feel good side to love. Some stories are funny like the body doubles while some are more serious like the family being torn apart by an assistant.  With most of the stories inter weaving add to the story.

7. Gigantic (2008) Review


When mattress salesman Brian (Paul Dano) meets young lady Happy (Zooey Deschanel) his plans to adopt a Chinese baby start becoming more difficult as he slowly starts to fall for the Happy. In what are two very different characters than what we are used to seeing as leads in Romantic Comedies we get a very good realistic tale of love happening with someone and when you least expect it.

6. When Harry Met Sally (1989)


The story follows Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) to very different people who met on a road trip home and become friends and over the years, in a series of will they won’t scenarios we get to see how even as two friends the opposite of sex can fall in love over time.

5. Definitely Maybe (2008)


When Will Hayes (Ryan Reynolds) tells his young daughter about his three loves in life as she has to work out which one is her mother. In what is a series of light hearted comedy moments to show how some people will come into people’s lives can change you. This is one example that falling for a woman can ruin your career if you are not careful.

4. Ruby Sparks (2012) Review


In this story Calvin (Paul Dano) is struggling in his personal life and love life, until one day he starts writing about a young lady Ruby Sparks (Zoe Kazan). Somehow she becomes real and he doesn’t know how to deal with as he starts a relationship with his creation, but when things start going stale he tries to improve things with dire consequences.

3. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) Review


IN what is a adaption of William Shakespeare’s Taming Of the Shrew we follow a new boy Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) try to find a way to date Bianca (Larisa Oleynik), The only way this can happen is if he can find a date for her older sister Kat (Julia Stiles) enter bad boy Patrick (Heath Ledger). In what is a great story of teenage love and struggles through high school this fast became one of the best stories of making it out and standing up for what you want.

2. Silver Linings Playbook (2012) Review


When bi-polar Pat (Bradley Cooper) finds his wife cheating on him he ends up in a psychiatric ward. Forced to move back home with his parents he meets depressed Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) and they become friends before becoming close friends that change each other’s lives. This is quite possible the best of all the films on this list, it has so many great scenes and flawless performances from all the stars.

1.       500 Days Of Summer (2009) Review


What is not a love story but a story of love we follow Tom (Joseph Gordon Levitt) and his whirlwind relationship with Summer (Zooey Deschanel). Both wanting different things we see how one man’s whole life goes from brilliant to empty thanks to his over emotional attachment to Summer. In what is possibly the best story of real love as we all have been in some part of the love story in our lives.

Honourable Mentions

  • Jersey Girl
  • Rock Of Ages
  • Click