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Life As We Know It [ 2010 ] [ Hits:4304 ]
Review: Life As We Know It, a comedy drama starring Josh Duhamel and Katherine Heigl. The pairing seems wrong, the plot is contrived, it's got "chick flick" written all over it, the movie poster is atrocious and not date-friendly... this flick was looking about as appetizing as a hairball to a cat. Luckily for this reviewer, the media black out worked. Having no idea what I was up for... I bravely committed to the preview, armed with nothing but a couple of recognisable names and a reasonable idea about...

The Other Guys [ 2010 ] [ Hits:3841 ]
Review: The Other Guys comes from the same actor/director duo that brought us Step Brothers, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Adam McKay and Will Ferrell sure know how to get a laugh, taking the seemingly ordinary and flipping it on its head. They've done the same stunt with The Other Guys, a homage to the mismatched buddy cop action-comedies of the '80s. This cop comedy ranges from dead serious to downright ridiculous... throwing Will Ferrell and Ma...

Bakgat! 2 [ 2010 ] [ Hits:7519 ]
Review: Bakgat! surprised audiences with its bubbly and infectious local blend of American Pie and The Karate Kid. This was an Afrikaans comedy with a formulaic feel good approach that worked because of its novelty, its likable cast and its classic high school characters. Love, sport and nostalgia fused to make a movie with a lot of heart and a load of laughs. Bakgat! was so successful that it warranted a follow-up sequel to the happy ending.Now that Wimpie (Botha) is in University... life has become co...

Vampires Suck [ 2010 ] [ Hits:4131 ]
Review: Once upon a time... Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer got writing credits for Scary Movie. Nevermind that they were credited as 5th and 6th on the list, they've been milking their Scary Movie involvement for nearly a decade with a long list of timely, yet tacky spoof movies such as: Epic Movie, Date Movie, Meet the Spartans, Disaster Movie and now Vampires Suck. Grant they've actually pulled their socks up with this Twilight and vampire-inspired spoof in terms of production values and casting, ...

Youth in Revolt [ 2009 ] [ Hits:4406 ]
Review: Youth in Revolt is a Miguel Arteta film starring Michael Cera and Portia Doubleday. This is a coming-of-age comedy, drama and romance story based on the novel by C.D. Payne about the growing pains and misadventures of 16-year-old, Nick Twisp. He's just like any ordinary pubescent American kid... going through changes and moving from the confines of young boy to young man. Youth in Revolt is about the teen angst and Rebel Without A Cause within every kid... except Nick's journey is with a cause, ...

Worlds Greatest Dad [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3871 ]
Review: World's Greatest Dad... we see the slogan on coffee mugs, t-shirts and fake certificates, but how could someone truly know they were the world's greatest dad? There's no way of quantifying it... and the illustrious title comes wrapped in a bundle of bias, making it a personal, yet hollow compliment with the best of intentions. A pretty complex little conundrum, which is probably why this film's for adults with Robin Williams as the World's Greatest Dad... he's not.Robin Williams stars as Lance C...

I Love You Phillip Morris [ 2010 ] [ Hits:4461 ]
Review: Jim Carrey is gay. Well, at least in his latest outing, I Love You Phillip Morris in which he portrays the real life story of Steven Jay Russell, a cop, a conman, an inmate and a big fan of musicals. If you desperately want one of those golden statuettes, play someone famous, someone that's mentally-challenged or just "play it gay". It worked for Tom Hanks in Philadelphia, Hillary Swank in Boys Don't Cry, Philip Seymour Hoffman in Capote, Charlize Theron in Monster and Sean Penn in Milk. Let's n...

Death at a Funeral [ 2010 ] [ Hits:4412 ]
Review: The first thing you'll be thinking is... why, oh why, oh why did they remake a film only 3 years after the original Death at a Funeral? Well, the first guess would be money. If the cow's not dry, there's milking to be done and Hollywood hasn't got any time for charity, although you'd be forgiven for thinking that considering some of the film productions that actually make it past the conceptual phase. It's just easier to get an audience, rake up a bit of press and run with a title and plot that ...

Shes Out of My League [ 2010 ] [ Hits:4405 ]
Review: "She's out of my league"... those crushing words have been uttered many times in a variety of awkward social situations. That phrase may be damning, ego-deflating and self-deprecating, but it still doesn't stop 10s from locking arms with 5s, right? Come on be honest... when you see a 10 with a 5: first base is money, second base is some sort of practical joke, third base is prostitution and a home run - how often does that happen? Well, what if it did happen to a friend - for real. Would you bel...

Killers [ 2010 ] [ Hits:4260 ]
Review: Killers is brought to you by The Ugly Truth's director, Robert Luketic and star Katherine Heigl - minus Gerard Butler. This movie is reminiscent of The Bounty Hunter, another recent "romcom" actioner about the shenanigans of a couple living under false pretences on the brink of some sort of reunification. At its best, Luketic is aiming for the lofty realm of Hitchcock's To Catch A Thief as our lead duo meet in a similar fashion to Hitchcock's escapade featuring Cary Grant and  Grace Kelly. Spe...

Schuks Tshabalalas Survival Guide to South Africa [ 2010 ] [ Hits:5907 ]
Review: If candid camera were taken as seriously as Pop Art... Leon Schuster would be its Andy Warhol. Besides taking the piss and literally taking a piss on his artwork, he's dominated South African comedy film ever since Jamie Uys dropped a Coke bottle on a N!xau's head. The side-splitting American comedy pursuit could only go so far with lawsuits flying around, yet the world of candid camera has developed its own raw sense of local flavour and hilarity under the wing of the accomplished Schuster. Now...

Hot Tub Time Machine [ 2010 ] [ Hits:11302 ]
Review: Ahhh... 1986, Reagan was still President, Maradona scored the "Goal of the Century" in the FIFA World Cup in Mexico, Chernobyl was still doing plant tours, Mike Tyson won his first world boxing title, Lady Gaga said "ga-ga" for the first time, Voyager 2 had its first encounter with Uranus and Michael J. Fox manned the world's first flux capacitor-powered car time machine. No wonder Americans remember the '80s with such nostalgia and gusto. Meanwhile back home in the Old South Africa, the struggl...

Date Night [ 2010 ] [ Hits:4405 ]
Review: Ah, date night... the one night of the week married couples get to... go on a date. That's right. Today's married couple has to actually schedule an evening every week to do something special together, whether that's dining, movies or a mixture of both. Date Night explores the mundane weekly event with a fresh perspective... what if a date night became memorable for all the wrong reasons.In the same way The Hangover took a bachelors to new depths of culpability, Date Night takes the Fosters, a b...

Outrageous! [ 2010 ] [ Hits:13201 ]
Review: Outrageous! boasts a who's who heavyweight comedy police line-up of stand-ups including: John Vlismas, Barry Hilton, Joey Rasdien, Krijay Govender, Loyiso Gola, Mark Banks and Riaad Moosa. Imagine the scene from Tombstone as the sharp-shooters wander into town, ready to do the Riverdance, armed with guns and handlebar moustaches... they mean business! Now the cast from Outrageous! aren't as camp... but they do have John Vlismas, whose obsession with the adventures of his own man salami could eas...

The Bounty Hunter [ 2010 ] [ Hits:4099 ]
Review: Quite frankly, The Bounty Hunter is a polished turd. This is the kind of movie you'd expect Mel Gibson to star in about 20 years ago... oh wait it was, and he did in Bird on a Wire co-starring with his butt and alongside Kate Hudson's mom, Goldie Hawn. Instead we're forced to watch an ex-cop- turn-bounty hunter rope in his ex-wife, after she fails to show up at a hearing, for a $5,000 reward. Yip... in case it wasn't predictable enough, they start to rekindle whatever it was that got them into t...

Expired [ 2007 ] [ Hits:3526 ]
Review: You know how someone will say one thing, but mean something else... well, Expired is a good example of this phenomenon. For starters, it hasn't expired - it may not be as fresh as Chinese take out, but just as enjoyable, entertaining and thought-provoking. Most people see movies because they don't want to provoke thought and "planning an escape" isn't as dirty as it was in the '50s. Expired seems like the set up for a quirky "romcom" from the outset, but the very presence of Samantha Morton (Syn...

Rainbow Skellums [ 2009 ] [ Hits:15789 ]
Review: Rainbow Skellums is the latest candid camera phenomenon to hit South Africa, produced, written and directed by Andre Scholtz (Panic Mechanic) and starring Louw Venter (T.M.A.S), Kevin Ehrenreich and Alexa Strachan. Leon Schuster is the Godfather of candid comedy in South Africa with his off-the-cuff, on-the-spot and distinctly South African disguise comedy, which is all about reeling the target in and catching the big one. Schuster's You Must Be Joking and Panic Mechanic eptiomise this brand of ...

Whatever Works [ 2009 ] [ Hits:5111 ]
Review: Whatever Works is a Woody Allen film starring creator of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry David. Woody Allen’s films are off-beat on their own with genres ranging from bizarre romantic comedies to riveting thrillers. Whatever Works is a bittersweet romantic comedy of sorts… including: Evan Rachel Wood, Patricia Clarkson, Ed Begley Jr. and Michael McKean. Larry David plays Boris Yellnikoff, an aspect of his obsessive and socially awkward Curb Your Enthusiasm character, which is ironic...

Easy Virtue [ 2008 ] [ Hits:5331 ]
Review: Easy Virtue is a Noel Coward adaptation by Stephan Elliott (The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) starring Jessica Biel, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Barnes and Colin Firth. The stage play gets a Hollywood makeover with a sprawling on-location English countryside backdrop, while the stiff upper lip gets the finger-flip to make that “brrr-brrr” sound as Jessica Biel rips up the rolling hills with her motor car as Larita. She’s a strong, free-spirited and dangerous character compara...

The Boat That Rocked [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3187 ]
Review: The Boat That Rocked is an anti-establishment period comedy tribute to Rock ‘n Roll and the heyday of Britpop in the ‘60s, written and directed by Richard Curtis (Love, Actually). Just like America has Good Morning Vietnam with Robin Williams, Britain has The Boat That Rocked a feel-good film with not 1 but 8 DJs, based on actual events involving an illegal DJ-infested boat broadcasting from the North Sea.The cast (or crew in this case) are championed by Bill Nighy, Phillip Seymour Hoffm...

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