Bad Words was a perfectly adequate film. A black comedy about an eight-grade drop out who enters a National Spelling Bee to try and “beat the system” and prove how ridiculous the entire event is - Bad Words won’t win any awards, but makes for a decent viewing experience.
Jason Bateman plays the foul-mouthed main character and although the role isn’t fitting - he does a good job balancing his directorial debut while also being the star. The film doesn’t leave too much open for discussion and many of the other characters are often forgotten about. The female characters are particularly weak and no one can seem to “keep up” with Bateman, despite their best efforts. The role of Chaitanya (Bateman’s eight-grade main competitor) is particularly well performed by the child actor.
Bad Words isn’t able to hit the nail on the head. There are a lot of elements that could have been better utilized and the story does drift off due to weaker plot points, but I did think it wasn’t a “bad” film by any means. It’s probably something you’ll catch on demand or rent on a rainy day…and there’s nothing wrong with a movie like that.
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I never desired to see Heathers. I’ve never been a big Christian Slater or Winona Ryder fan - so it just didn’t make sense. Meg saw it on a whim and came away with a glowing recommendation, so I sat down and watched it with her. Although there are some clear flaws, I liked the film a lot!
Heathers is very much a cult film, and you can see obvious influences throughout our more recent popular culture that were directly pulled from Heathers. It feels a lot like an early draft of Mean Girls - only with a much darker side that wasn’t approved for general audiences. I appreciated the honest approach to some of the content in the film, particularly the maturity of the characters. I always appreciate when “high school” aged characters are eloquent and don’t come across as children.
Heathers is a fantastical black comedy that is definitely worth a watch. It’s heavily dated now but the core concepts still ring true. It comes recommended as great cult flick worth watching.
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"Want me to take a picture of you in front of the street sign that says your name?" - "No."
We were downtown and stumbled on a Thai festival. Naturally, we picked up some Pad Thai. Great stuff! (at Yonge-Dundas Square)
I remember watching The Brady Bunch Movie a couple times when I was much younger and the sarcastic, intentionally parodic nature of the film really stuck with me. Even though it’s been more than 15 years since I last viewed the film, a ton of lines stuck with me and re-watching it recently was a lot of fun.
The Brady Bunch Movie does a great job updating the Brady Bunch in a way that makes the most sense - making them completely abnormal and insane in a world that is seemingly foreign to them. The film features some outstanding acting from Gary Cole, Shelley Long, and Christine Taylor. They nail the “Brady” aesthetic without being too ridiculous: playing up the kitschy nature perfectly. Check out the trailer here.
Honestly, if you haven’t seen this film, it’s a ton of fun and a great take on the Brady’s. 1995 brought us Billy Madison, Tommy Boy, Mallrats, and Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls - a category filled with great comedies that I definitely would lump The Brady Bunch Movie into.
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With the release of the new season of Trailer Park Boys on Netflix - here’s a #tbt of me and my friends in high school as the TPBs for Halloween!
I may have gone a little overboard in my love for Guardians of the Galaxy - it’s just so much fun. I picked up the 336-page Marvel’s Art of the Film hardcover art book a couple weeks ago and finally had a chance to really check out all the details.
I’m most impressed with how the ambience and atmosphere of the film was nailed down in the concept art. The tone of the film was set up so early on in the process and helped lead the film on a cohesive path. Seeing the hard work and the intricate details in the background shots or through the design of ships and items makes the film even more to appreciate.
If you’re a fan of these types of art books it’s definitely worth picking up for the intricate details alone!
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I had so many problems with Ender’s Game that I genuinely don’t know where to start. I had never read the book as a kid and can’t draw the same intelligent comparisons as those who read the novel, but I can judge it on the basis of the film that was put in front of me - and that is not good.
Ender’s Game is a mess, and I believe a lot of that has to do with the failure to adapt the story to the big screen. For such a popular series of novels, it almost seems fool proof to adapt the story.The biggest problem is the characters, who are completely wooden and deliver their lines only to move the story forward. The children in the film were the worst. The lines they delivered made it sound like they were toddlers, and the way they handled any intense scenes made every situation seem like a farce instead of the “dire situation” that was intended. I felt completely distanced from the subject matter and was bored throughout.
I genuinely believe that I was not the audience for this film and perhaps younger audiences would enjoy this one more than I did. All I can go off of is my opinion on this one, and it is that this film was dull.
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First time making Beef Wellington! Individual Wellingtons are super smart.