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Movie Week: The Sequel

24 January 2015

<< See Part 1 from last January

One of the little niggling things I wish I did more in life, is watch films. I never really seem to get excited by trailers, or care for the big, cult movies and their sequels or have any kind of strong feelings towards about 93% of films in general, and I want to change that. There's only so much nodding along you can do during 'movie talk' and last year I had an idea to do a series of Movie Weeks, where I watch a different film every night for a week. In 2014, I managed the grand total of one week, and made it an important necessity for 2015 to branch out and beat that - easy enough, right?

I won't lie to you, Movie Week 2.0 stretched out over 11 days, due to a number of reasons, but here's how it all panned out...


Usually, when looking for films to watch I'll go for the novelty and/or so rubbish they're amazing masterpieces. See: the only Christmas movie I watched last year which was about this woman called Kris Kringle who was sent a Naughty or Nice book by accident which helped her do good, but then got her into trouble and stuff, and it was just plain terrible - I was gripped. So to kick things off, I turned to Netflix, and found this fairly recent movie making puppy dog eyes at me.

A lady arrives at the airport and suddenly there's a big flashmob dance to Madonna's 'Holiday' that feels oh-so-very-Glee, and pretty much determines whether or not you want to see the rest of the film. Luckily I stuck around, because this film was a hoot. It was naff, of course, but who doesn't love a bit of naffness now and then? We see the lady, Taylor (I think that's her name, if not it is now) arrive in Puglia; a place she visited a few years ago and had a bit of a cheeky holiday romance in, before leaving the guy to come back home and finish her studies. She comes to visit her sister, who, you guessed it, is now getting married to her holiday romance and, broken up between very relevant songs from the 80s, we see her try to keep her secret and realise that she still wants him. Throw in a group of mutual friends (including the one and only Leona Lewis) who all know Taylor's secret too, and a really dodgy ex-partner of Taylor's sister and there's fun, frolics and freaking cheesy musical numbers, including the infamous Italian tomato fight sound-tracked by the title track, 'Walking On Sunshine.'


A slightly ambitious young inventor, Flint, keeps inventing things and causing havoc for his home town until he comes up with the genius idea of a machine that converts water into whatever food you like, but it gets stuck up in the sky and starts to rain food. The town folk become very happy and celebrate Flint's hard work but are soon very pushy and after a lot of over-ordering, it starts to cause all kinds of trouble. Like with many movies, we see the obvious romance between the main character and an unusual choice of partner, who turns out to be perfect - this came in the form of Flint and weather girl Sam, whose relationship blossomed, alongside of journey of self-discovery and action. There's also a monkey who wears mind-reading invention, just for the lols. It's a ridiculously random idea, and you'll probably know by now I love the ridiculous, and it was definitely a great watch. Cheers Netflix.


It's a film that manages to merge Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood through the story of a baker and his wife, and an evil witch, with a whole bunch of songs in between. It already sounds great doesn't it? The baker and his wife are demanded to collect a bunch of items (like a glass slipper, and a white cow) by an evil witch who found the baker's father stealing from her garden. She placed a curse on them, which prevented them from having children, and she sends the baker out in search of the items to lift it. The separate stories all link together in the woods, and as you think they come to a conclusion, we get to find out what actually happens after 'happily ever after,' The cast is very impressive, to the point where even I recognise 6 of them - Meryl Streep, James Corden, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, Anna Kendrick and Johnny Depp (who's in it for literally about 5 minutes.)


I didn't realise Jennifer Aniston had done so many rom-coms until I went on Netflix, and saw this slightly naff movie floating in the comedy section. It wasn't that bad, but I wasn't too fond of Adam Sandler and his character, Danny, who pretends he's married and tells sob stories to get girls into bed, and ropes his assistant Katherine (Jennifer Aniston) and her kids along to pretend to be his ex-family, just to score with a young hottie called Palmer. They go on holiday together, and find that Katherine's bitchy snobby old friend Devlin is also there. Katherine doesn't want to look bad in front of her, and pretends that Danny is her husband, and the rest of the film consists of them trying to keep both secrets, and the slightly obvious ending happening. Personal highlights include the woman with a dodgy eyebrow, the daughter's rubbish fake British accent and the half hilarious/half uncomfortable scene involving a choking sheep. Honestly.


Daniel Radcliffe plays a twenty-something, Wallace, who split up with his girlfriend ages ago and lives with his sister and her kids after dropping out of medical school. His friend invites him to a party, and he meets Chantry, a similarly shy and awkward person, and they hit it off. They walk home together, and obviously, obviously, she has a boyfriend. Their friendship grows, and he meets the boyfriend (and ends up knocking him out of a window the same night - seriously) who is later invited to go to Dublin for 6 months. Wallace and Chantry spend a lot of time together, as friends, but we all know there's more and we follow them as things get tense and awkward, and feelings are revealed. I will say the ending is a bit of a let-down - there's a reference to something earlier in the film, the thing that happens, happens, and then it ends.


A fraternity led by Teddy (Zac Efron) move into the house next door to Kelly and Mac (Seth Rogen) and a simple request to 'keep things down a bit' soon turns into a full on rivalry as Kelly and Mac break their one promise to Teddy and ring the police. Things obviously go way too far, and it's not only the relationship between the neighbours that become heated. The pranks are hilariously dangerous, and there are moments where the couple feel like teenagers again, doing drugs, partying and creating gossip, as they struggle to come to terms with the idea of growing up. After ensuring the fraternity receive two strikes against them from the university (run by Lisa Kudrow which was a lovely surprise) they attempt to rat out a banned party. There's also a bit of reality in the middle where Teddy's friend is planning ahead and thinking about his future whilst Teddy was failing and essentially didn't have one. his only priority having his picture on the wall.


Jay and Annie start their relationship with a lot of sex, but as they have kids and grow up, they find their sex lives to be non existent and try to think of ways to spice things up a little. They film themselves having sex for 3 hours, unaware that the iPad they filmed it on was synced to a number of other iPads given to their friends and family, and are soon on a mission to stop anyone seeing it, and stop it from being uploaded online. Annie has a great offer to buy her mummy blog, and needs a wholesome look in order for it to go ahead, and is desperate for the footage to be gone, and after a night of searching and Jay being chased by a dog in a funny/inhuman scene, they break into Pornhub's offices (with their children.) It isn't as graphic as you'd imagine - you don't see any bits, just mainly a lot of butt, and clever positioning, and it's genuinely pretty damn funny.


And there we go - I'll more than likely be doing a Disney special Movie Week in a couple of months, as there are a few that I've never, or at least don't remember watching and there's only so many disappointed gasps a man can take.
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