Month: September 2016

Fifty Shades Darker – Trailer

Prepare to get hot and steamy again with the new trailer for the second installment of the Fifty Shades collection.

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return to strip off again.

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David Brent: Life on the Road – Review

Brent is back. Ricky Gervais revives his goateed hero in David Brent: Life on the Road and any lover of The Office as well as any of Gervais’ other works, will appreciate his recent outing just as much.

Mockumentary based, Life on the Road joins Brent (Gervais) over a decade after departing his office manager post at Wernham Hogg. Now working as a sales rep selling health and cleaning products, Brent decides to fulfil his dreams of becoming a rock star with his band, Foregone Conclusion.

Taking a couple weeks annual leave, Brent books the band in for a handful of tour hoping that by the end of it, they will have been signed and moving on to better things. However, in typical Brent fashion, the whole plan collapses on itself and hilarity ensues.

Love him or hate him, Gervais has this canny ability to make his audiences laugh as well as tugging on the heartstrings, whether it be in his previous movies or his successful TV shows. Whilst Life on the Road offers a number of laughs, it never really has its audiences in the sort of emotional state that Gervais has with his previous work.

That said, the movie’s main objective of reviving one of the early 2000’s favourite TV characters and leaving its audience in stitches is certainly successful.

War Dogs – Review

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You could be mistaken for thinking War Dogs is a straight-forward comedy, especially with the man behind the Hangover trilogy, Todd Philips, behind the project. But despite containing much dark comedy, War Dogs’ subject matter is indeed a serious one in the grand scheme of things.

The movie is based on the Rolling Stone article, “Arms and the Dudes” about two twenty-something year old stoner buddies from high school, who during the early 2000s (the Bush era) reunite and become basic arms dealers. We discover early on in the movie that war was a big business with numerous amounts of small businesses getting involved in private arms dealings.

David Packouz (Miles Teller) is the slightly reluctant half to the partnership – anti-war in fact – but unfulfilled by his job of a massage therapist and in need of money, he is swayed by the huge figures potentially on offer.

Efraim Diveroli (Jonah Hill) is the loud mouth businessman who is always wanting more and willing to do whatever it takes to get it. Hill plays the role of the obnoxious, drug user well – reminiscent of his part in Wolf of Wall Street.

We watch the pair build their company, AEY, from one glazy bedroom into a slick Miami office as the pair pull off one deal after another, using dodgy tactics and deals, all along the way making an absolute fortune.

There is certainly a Scorsese feel to the movie, perhaps lacking that definitive dark edge, but it is pacey, visually interesting and carries a humourous element throughout, despite its subject matter. Teller’s narration, a logical soundtrack and occasional inter-titles also all point towards a Scorsese product.

Like many of Scorsese’s films, War Dogs is heavily male dominated, with only Packouz’s morally fretful girlfriend, Iz, providing any female representation. This is almost spelt out when fellow arms dealer, Henry Girard (Bradley Cooper) claims, “this is why I like the arms business – no women”.

War actually plays a little role in War Dogs, but we get a full understanding of how war can purely be about business and how people get rich from such a devastating topic. Philips does a good job of balancing serious subject matter with his typically crass humour, with the movie and its story certainly leaving a lasting impression.

What To Watch – September 2016

Summer may be drawing to a close, but cheer up by checking out these films upcoming this month:

Brotherhood – 2nd September

Noel Clarke returns to write, direct and star in the final chapter of the series. Following Kidulthood and Adulthood, Sam faces new challenges that he must face with the help of his old friends. If you are into your gangster films and a fan of the previous two, you’ll want to check out the conclusion to this dark trilogy.

Sausage Party – 2nd September

Seth Rogan’s trailer to Sausage Party fooled us all when we thought we were being treated to an innocent animated movie, only to then be comically surprised by some of Rogan’s typical crass humour in cartoon form. All his buddies voice characters in Sausage Party so prepare for some good, nonsensical laughs.

Café Society – 2nd September

Woody Allen’s latest outing sees Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart team up on screen. Set in the 1930’s, a man moves to Hollywood where he falls in love with the secretary of his Uncle, an agent to movie stars. Upon his return to New York, he is swept up in the world of high society nightlife. If you’re a fan of Woody Allen’s unique style, you’ll already be eagerly anticipating this one.

Anthropoid – 9th September

Cilian Murphy has impressed everyone with the success of the television series, Peaky Blinders, but he switches his attentions back to the big screen in Sean Ellis’ Anthropoid. The film follows the true story of Operation Anthropoid, the mission during WWII to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich, the Reich’s third in charge behind Hitler and Himmler. Jamie Dornan and Toby Jones also star in this biographical thriller.

Kubo and the Two Strings – 9th September

This animated adventure follows the story of young boy Kubo, who must find a magical suit of armour that belonged to his late father in order to take down an ancient and vengeful evil spirit. Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey and San Andreas star, Art Parkinson voice in this epic family adventure.

Bridget Jones’ Baby – 16th September

Bridget’s back! After breaking up with Mark and now entering her 40s, she now decides to fully concentrate on her career as a top news producer. Things take a twist however, when dashing American, Jack (Patrick Dempsey) enters her life, only then to realise she is now pregnant. But who is the father? Yes, we’re all just dying to know…Colin Firth and Renee Zellweger return.

The Magnificent Seven – 23rd September

Antoine Fuqua’s latest action adventure sees him direct an all-star cast in the Western thriller, The Magnificent Seven. Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke and Chris Pratt are three of the seven deadly gunmen who come together to save a poor and vulnerable village from thieves.

Deepwater Horizon – 30th September

Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg (Lone Survivor) team up again to tell the story inspired by the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, which exploded in April 2010, causing the worst oil spill in US history. Kate Hudson and Kurt Russell also star in this action fuelled, hero flick.

All release dates UK based