Spot on review.My recently watched films:
Total Recall (2012)
Glossy but vapid version of the Philip K. Dick story. Lacks the streak of dark humour running through Paul Verhoeven's 1990 blockbuster, instead taking itself far too seriously. The many references to the latter are also clunky and ill judged. The main plus side are the impressive special effects, and a handful of semi decent set pieces that fail to pull up any trees. Colin Farrell is good actor with the right material, but here he is charisma vacuum, and poorly directed by Len Wiseman. The key scene where he uses skills previously unaware of (post memory erasure) and his subsequent reaction is acting workshop 101 style. Only worth a watch if its on tv.
Totally agree, saw it a few years back, it was a big disappointmentValhalla rising.
Started off ok then just got more boring and made less sense.
Was looking forward to it after seeing the great Drive as by same director but feel I've wasted 90 mins of my life.
The husband and wife team of Olivia Colman and Eddie Marsan didn't work for me. They are both brilliant actors and I so wan't to like/appreciate this but their scenes together just seemed too forced. A valiant effort in many respects but it just wasn't right for me. A shame as there is so much talent involved but maybe it's just me.Tyrannosaur.
Brilliant film, great acting and some pretty gritty scenes.
I was a bit concerned it was going to become a christian 'I've seen the light' film for a bit but thankfully it didn't.
One of the worst films I have ever seenThat's My Boy (2012)
That's My Boy is clearly an attempt by Adam Sandler to rekindle the magic of one of his most successful comedies - The Wedding Singer. It has the same 80s vibe, 80s inspired soundtrack, but the central relationship is father and son instead of boy and girl. Unfortunately, it's nowhere near as good as the latter but that doesn't mean it's a turkey in the vein of (I presume) Jack and Jill - I've heard really bad things and I've no interest in watching Sandler in drag so I will prejudge it as a turkey.
If you give it a go, it's actually marginally better than recent efforts such as Grown Ups and Just Go With It. Sandler plays Donny Berger who, as a kid in high school, got his teacher pregnant and has lived off this infamy ever since. The only problem is people stopped being interested after precisely 15 minutes and money doesn't last long when you're a bit of a loser who neglects his child's upbringing for booze and partying. Now middle aged and a complete bum, Donny needs some urgent cash to pay the IRS or prison beckons. That's where his kid comes into the fold as a reunion will get him the dosh to pay the taxman. However, so traumatised by his upbringing was his kid that he ran away and created a whole new identity for himself. And that's where the 'fun' begins.......
Clearly this movie is a wish fulfilment fantasy as the high school teacher is a total hottie who actually fancies the teenaged Donny (which is also obviously dubious but gets away with it being a nonsensical comedy). As an adult, despite being a loser, overweight and no Brad Pitt, all women find Donny irresistible. Sandler plays his usual man child and almost every comedy moment resorts to a crude joke or sight gag. There's a nice bit of self deprecating humour from Vanilla Ice as himself - he now works as a hot dog vendor - and some decent cameos thrown in. As i said, its better than his recent stuff but not as good as Wedding Singer or my own guilty pleasure Don't Mess With The Zohan. Most memorable part of the movie is the killer soundtrack.