Knocked Up

August 17, 2007

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OUT: 24th August 

The 40-Year-Old Virgin was one of the nicest surprises of last year’s comedy offerings. Steve Carell in the title role was a revelation of comic timing, Jim Carrey meets Will Ferrel-style buffoonery and had a hand in the razor-sharp screenplay. His almost complete absence from director Judd Apatow’s latest project does nothing to diminish its pure brilliance. 

Useless, aptly-named layabout Ben Stone is living his dreams; lounging around getting baked all day and occasionally getting up to engage in dangerous sporting events involving fire. With his band of fellow stoners Ben plans to build a web site logging all instances of celebrity nudity in movies, inventing ‘jobs’ for the unemployable losers. On a night out he meets emerging TV presenting talent Alison, celebrating a promotion in the same bar. One drink becomes sixteen and they wake up next to each other, the necessary protection cast carelessly to the floor. Several hundred home pregnancy tests later and the odd couple find themselves thrown together, trying to make things work for the sake of the doomed child.       Read the rest of this entry »

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HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or you’re deaf, chances are that the weapon of mass destruction that is High School Musical has invaded your ears at least 28 times in the last year. At one stage Disney channel took to screening it every 3 hours, including sing-along, dance-along and vomit-along versions. Read the rest of this entry »

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Out: August 13th 

If you don’t own this film, now is the time to buy it. A classic in every respect, from the cinematography down to Robert De Niro’s tour-de-force performance, Taxi Driver brought the ‘nobody dreaming of being somebody’ concept to Hollywood. That’s the tagline in fact. It’s nice (perhaps not nice, but refreshing) to see a New York on screen where the streets aren’t paved with gold and the tramps wear suits. Scorcese’s orginal masterwork pulls into focus a black and gritty part of town, every character a potential timebomb for some grisly events. That’s not to say its a gore-fest; the skill is in creating the constant threat of danger in the air. This lonely taxi driver is walking our streets, living by neighbours oblivious to the plans unfolding in his mind… it’s a nervous, sweaty wait until the pitiful outcast blows his last fuse. Featuring an awesome turn from young Jodie Foster and some of the most quoted lines in cinema history, Taxi Driver is an influential milestone of film, a superb social study of a very familiar and very dangerous character. And it seems ultra-brilliant at this very minute as i’ve just seen Evan Almighty. Read the rest of this entry »