Director David Zucker Starring Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, Ricardo Montalban, George Kennedy, OJ Simpson
Seriously, I can’t remember what this film is about, because who the hell cares? That’s not the reason to watch Naked Gun. Come for the slapstick physical comedy, stay for the slapstick physical comedy and when you’ve had your share order a second round. Then wash it all down with some slapstick physical comedy.
Every memory I have of this film is based entirely around the jokes, and apart from some personal taste it’s a really funny film. After relaunching his career as a comedy actor in 1980’s Airplane Leslie Nielsen really comes into his own here as he leads the charge of a new wave of comedy that hasn’t been utilised so incredibly well ever since. I do recommend.
Director Levan Gabriadze Starring Shelley Hennig, Moses Jacob Storm, Renee Olstead, Will Peltz, Jacob Wysocki
Strap yourself in for the first-person perspective ride of one girl and all her social media outlets. Unfriended is the cheap, jump-scary tale of Blaire (Hennig), who did an incredibly nasty thing (even by real world standards) to her lifelong BFF, causing her suicide. Now her spirit is out for vengeance against Blaire and her social group by enacting the true horror of the film: interrupting their Skype session.
The rest of the film is one long demonstration of how idiotically stupid these people are. Apparently they’re friends who hypocritically do nothing but wrong one another and then take offence to being wronged by one another. They’re all caricatures of modern-day teenagers (played by twenty-something actors), and in one way or another they’re painfully annoying. The men are douchebags and the women are catty bitches while Blaire has the patience of a two-year-old as she gives her boyfriend Mitch (Storm) one tenth of a second to answer her before she bombards him with messages repeating his name over and over.
I do, however, reserve some sympathy for the token fat guy (because they needed someone who wasn’t thin and white, and even then he’s still white). Apart from a ‘bitch’ remark he did nothing wrong to anyone. He’s the real victim here. Poor fat guy.
Director Matthew Vaughan Starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Bacon, Nicholas Hoult, January Jones
We’ve gone from dime-a-dozen to penny-a-dozen with superhero films, and though the X-Men series does have its moments it is a main offender when it comes to these not-so-quality pennies.
First Class follows the rise of Charles Xavier (McAvoy), whose entire range of expression consists of two fingers to the temple and staring, as he recruits a team of stupid-looking mutants to form what will become the X-Men. However, his philosophical views clash with that of Erik Lehnsherr (Fassbender), who harbours a grudge against humanity since he’s kind of been getting the short end of the stick since World War II.
Along for the ride are such famous faces as Jennifer Lawrence (whose mutant form bucks trends by not looking ridiculous), Rose Byrne (a whisper-quiet shining beacon) and Kevin Bacon (who looks like he doesn’t belong in this film at all). It’s far from the worst in the series, and, up until they ret-conned everything, was actually kind of necessary to the flow of the series; because where else were they going to take it? But still, looking back, you could be forgiven for giving this one a miss and not skipping a beat.