Exciting news to start the weekend!

Whilst idly browsing through DigitalSpy just now, I found some exciting news!

Firstly, there will be a Zombieland 2! I loved the first Zombieland film as I am a big fan of the four main actors: Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Woody Harrelson, plus Bill Murray who is hilarious in the first film and rumours of a sequel have been doing the rounds for years.
http://www.digitalspy.com/movies/news/a790740/zombieland-2-definitely-happening-new-logo/

Secondly, Marvel’s new series Luke Cage will be coming to Netflix on 30th September! I loved the Jessica Jones series and so I’m really excited to watch Luke’s series and learn more about his story. The trailer has also been released, which make me squeal like a child when I saw it!
http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/ustv/news/a790742/luke-cage-tv-series-will-be-marvels-version-of-the-wire-says-showrunner-cheo-hodari-coker/

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Film Review: Walk Of Shame (2014)


Starring
: Elizabeth Banks, James Marsden, Gillian Jacobs, Sarah Wright, Ethan Suplee, Oliver Hudson

IMDb synopsis: A reporter’s dream of becoming a news anchor is compromised after a one-night stand leaves her stranded in downtown L.A. without a phone, car, ID or money – and only 8 hours to make it to the most important job interview of her life.

My verdict: I have to say, I liked it. Reporter Meghan Miles thinks she’s up for promotion, only to find out she’s lost out to Wendy Chang. As well as this blow, her boyfriend has upped and left her. Her friends, Rose and Denise, convince her that she needs a fun night out, and this is pretty much where the film begins. They end up in a bar, where dishy James Marsden is serving the drinks, through a clumsy happenstance (I love that word, I’ve just found out it means something that happens by chance, I’m so dim!), she ends up going home with James Marsden. She wakes up after an eventful night, and tries to get home. Various things get in the way of that, and she ends up doing the so-so shameful walk of shame, via a crack house, massage parlour and various other randomness. The amount of James Marsden was lacking for me, so a point docked there. Plus, she just leaves her car at the pound. Like, who does that? It’s a rainy weather duvet day kinda film, or if you’re off sick and just need to Netflix and chill. But alone, you’re sick and need your rest.

My rating: A Elizabeth Banks looks nice in that yellow dress 3 out of 5 stars

Film Review: The Decoy Bride (2011)


Starring
:  Kelly Macdonald, David Tennant, Alice Eve, Michael Urie, Sally Phillips, Maureen Beattie
IMDb synopsis: When the world’s media descend on the remote Scottish island where a Hollywood actress is attempting to get married, a local girl is hired as a decoy bride to put the paparazzi off the scent.

My verdict: I found this on Netflix as I was looking for David Tennant films to watch to fill the Jessica Jones hole left in my telly viewing. David Tennant plays James Arber, a best-selling author who is due to get married to Hollywood actress, Lara Tyler (played by Alice Eve), except their wedding is ruined when a paparazzi photographer manages to sneak into the church they’re in and Lara calls the wedding off. As they want a paparazzi free wedding, they decide to run off to the island of Hegg in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland (which is a fictional island in real life). Unfortunately, the same paparazzi guy finds out and heads over to Hegg. To try to help them to get married in secret, local girl Katie Nic Aodh (played by Kelly Macdonald, who was 35 in real life in this but looks about 25!), is drafted in to be the decoy bride, to give the paparazzi their picture, believing they’ll leave, leaving Lara and James in peace to get married. All kinds of craziness take place, including David Tennant dressing up like one of the Bay City Rollers, a deaf couple dancing to bagpipes, a haunted toilet and the man from Ugly Betty being the character he played in Ugly Betty. Hurrah.

Rating: A bagpipe playing 5 out of 5 stars

Netflix Review: Jessica Jones (2015)

Starring:  Krysten Ritter, Rachael Taylor, Eka Darville, David Tennant, Carrie-Anne Moss, Wil Traval, Susie Abromeit, Mike Colter, Erin Moriarty
IMDb synopsis: A former super-hero decides to reboot her life by becoming a private investigator.

My verdict: Now, I must be honest and say that I only really started to watch Jessica Jones because I fancy David Tennant. I would watch that man read the phonebook to me, hour upon hour, if that was possible. Michelle and I usually watch Netflix series episodes during dinner (one episode a night), and this is what we intended with Jessica Jones. We settled down to watch episode one on Tuesday night, with the belief that we’d only watch one episode. Wrong. We went to bed at 12:30am after binge watching the first six episodes. Then we had a conundrum on Wednesday night as there were seven episodes left to watch. Should we watch four on Wednesday and three on Thursday? Five and two? We did neither. We binge watched all seven and went to bed very late. Were the late nights worth it? Yes, totally! I felt truly bereft at work on Thursday as I had run out of episodes, which meant no more David Tennant, though I did get my DT fix by watching him hosting the Doctor Who special of Never Mind The Buzzcocks on YouTube…

I’ve never really been into Marvel; not the comics, not the films. So, I was going into this with no super-hero background knowledge. It didn’t matter, as even though it is a Marvel show, my lack of knowledge didn’t detract from the show.

* Krysten Ritter plays Jessica Jones, a former super-hero who is now a private detective, trailing cheating husbands and wives around New York City. All she’s trying to do is get rent money and move on with her life, but her past keeps coming back to haunt her.
* Rachael Taylor plays her best friend Trish Walker, a former child actor and now talk show radio host.
* Jessica has an apartment in the same block as drug addict Malcolm Ducasse, played by Eka Darville, who she takes care of a lot, but later in the series, the tables turn and he ends up looking after her.
* David Tennant is wonderfully brilliant as Kilgrave, someone Jessica is trying to avoid who is back from her past.
* Jeri Hogarth is a lawyer who supplies Jessica with her detecting jobs, played by Carrie-Anne Moss who I must admit I haven’t seen since The Matrix (I know she’s done loads of films since!).
* Wil Traval plays Will Simpson, a NYPD sergeant who stumbles into Jessica’s life after being sent to kill her best friend Trish.
* Susie Abromeit plays Pam who is Jeri’s assistant and also lover, even though Jeri is married. Tut tut.
* Mike Colter plays Luke Cage, who has some pretty amazing super-hero skills of his own.
* Hope Shlottman, played by Erin Moriarty, is someone Jessica has been tasked with locating after she goes missing.

I don’t really want to give too much away about the plot, so I won’t, but I have to say this: Jessica Jones is brilliant! It’s one show where all of the characters are interesting, and even though there are main characters, you care about all of them equally. I was genuinely sad when it ended and I really hope that there’s a second season 🙂

Rating: 5 glorious stars out of 5

Cowspiracy (2014)

I don’t normally watch documentaries on Netflix, but I’d heard from friends that Cowspiracy was an important watch. The Netflix synopsis says, “Learn how factory farming is decimating the planet’s natural resources – and why this crisis has been largely ignored by major environmental groups.” It was produced and directed by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn, and was actually crowdfunded via IndieGoGo when their funding was pulled part-way through filming the documentary.

Before I watched it, I’d always been a bit squeamish about how we end up with cow’s milk, but I used to drink it anyway, mainly because it was the cheapest option of all of the “milks”. Also, eating an animal had never sat right with me. Since watching Cowspiracy, Michelle and I have decided to be vegan from January 2016 (we had just had our monthly shopping delivered and really can’t afford to replace the non-vegan items at this time). It really is worth watching.

You can watch the trailer below

Film Review: They Came Together (2014)


Starring
: Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Ellie Kemper, Cobie Smulders
IMDb synopsis: A small business owner is about to lose her shop to a major corporate development.
(Source: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2398249/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1)

My verdict: Wow. I spent much of the film shouting “no!” in various levels of pitch and I kind of felt like I wanted to watch this through my fingers.

We recently watched the Michael Showalter/David Wain genius that is Wet Hot American Summer, and having loved it so as we had, we decided to watch They Came Together next, which is also a Showalter/Wain film. Paul Rudd plays Joel, a ‘corporate drone’ who works for a big sweet manufacturer, and Amy Poehler plays Molly, who runs a small independent sweetshop. One night, Joel and Molly are having dinner with Kyle (Bill Hader) and Karen (Ellie Kemper) and the discussion of how Joel and Molly met comes up. The film is basically them telling Kyle and Karen the rollercoaster story that is their life. It’s juat hilarious. And hard to watch. And cringe-worthy. Because basically, this film is a spoof of pretty much any rom-com, chick flick, romantically clichéd film you may have seen. Nothing is sacred; the scene with Joel and his Bubby made me actually shout, “noooooooooooo!” at the screen. As Lt. Joe Kenda says, ‘my, my, my’.

If you go to watch this, knowing it’s a spoof, you can’t go wrong. Reviews where people are complaining because it’s too silly, or they “don’t get it”, well, I don’t understand them because I loved it. But then, I loved Wet Hot American Summer too, and it’s just as epic.

Rating: 5 out of 5

As I love to quote from Travis from Clueless,

Wet Hot American Summer

WHAS

I’d recently seen adverts for the Wet Hot American Summer series, so I looked it up on Netflix. I hadn’t realised that there was a film before the series, so recently me and Michael had a bit of a WHAS Netflix marathon! (If you click on the image above, it’ll take you straight to the Netflix page with all 3 listed – how good to you, am I, eh?!)

First up, Wet Hot American Summer (2001) – the film
You need to watch the film first. It stars a whole host of big names, with quite a few of them crediting WHAS as their first feature film (Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler and Elizabeth Banks). The rest of the cast includes Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni, Michael Showalter, Michael Ian Black, Zak Orth and A.D. Miles. I tried to write a synopsis, but then I realised that Wikipedia had already created a great one, so here it is:

In 1981, Camp Firewood, a summer camp located near Waterville, Maine, is preparing for its last day of camp. Counselors have one last chance to have a romantic encounter with another person at Camp Firewood. The summer culminates in a talent show.

Beth (Janeane Garofalo), the camp director, struggles to keep her counselors in order – and her campers alive – while falling in love with Henry (David Hyde Pierce), an astrophysics associate professor at Colby College. Henry has to devise a plan to save the camp from a piece of NASA’s Skylab, which is falling to Earth.

Coop (Michael Showalter) has a crush on Katie (Marguerite Moreau), his fellow counselor, but has to pry her away from her rebellious, obnoxious, and obviously unfaithful boyfriend, Andy (Paul Rudd). Only Gene (Christopher Meloni), the shell-shocked Vietnam war veteran and camp chef, can help Coop win Katie—with some help from a talking can of vegetables (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin).

All the while, Gary (A.D. Miles), Gene’s unfortunately chosen apprentice, and J.J. (Zak Orth) attempt to figure out why McKinley (Michael Ian Black) hasn’t been with a woman, the reason being that McKinley is in love with Ben (Bradley Cooper), whom he marries in a ceremony by the lake; Victor (Ken Marino) attempts to lose his virginity with the resident loose-girl Abby (Marisa Ryan); and Susie (Amy Poehler) and Ben attempt to produce and choreograph the greatest talent show Camp Firewood has ever seen.
It really is a funny film, and I highly recommend you watch it!
Watching time: 1h 37 minutes

Then, there’s the series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp
This eight-episode Netflix series is a prequel to the original film, and so really I would recommend watching the film first. The series is set on the first day of camp, and so (if you’ve watched the film first), a lot of things will start to make sense. Like, how did Gail end up with Ron? How did Katie get to together with Andy? Why is there a talking tin can in the film? All these answers, and more! As well as all of the original cast, there are a number of famous faces who pop up: Chris Pine, John Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Josh Charles, Lake Bell, Michael Cera, Jayma Mays and even “Weird Al” Yankovic.
Watching time: There are 8 episodes at around 30 minutes each so let’s call it 4 hours

Then, there’s the making of Hurricane of Fun: The Making of Wet Hot
This is a behind the scenes view of the making of the 2001 film, when Michael Showalter (one of the writers) and David Wain (the other writer and director) try to make a film set on one sunny day in camp, when in fact the elements are against them and they had nothing but driving rain and muddy conditions. After watching the film and the series, it is a perfect way to round off your Netflix binge watch.

Watching time: 1h 4 minutes

Total watching time: 6h 41 minutes

All totally worth it 🙂

Feature on: BoJack Horseman

I am a big fan of Netflix and the highly random things it suggests that I might like watching. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. I would say that “BoJack Horseman” is definitely on the winner’s pile. Series 2 starts on Netflix on Friday 17th July and if you haven’t watched it, I recommend binge watching all 12 episodes before the big day.

So, who is BoJack Horseman? His Wikipedia page says, “In a world where humans and anthropomorphic animals live side by side, BoJack Horseman, the washed-up star of the 1990s sitcom Horsin’ Around, plans his big return to celebrity relevance with a tell-all biography that he dictates to his ghostwriter and recent love interest Diane Nguyen. BoJack also has to contend with the demands of his agent and on-again-off-again girlfriend Princess Carolyn, his freeloading roommate Todd Chavez, and his frenemy Mr. Peanutbutter, who is also Nguyen’s boyfriend.”

BoJack is played by Will Arnett, Princess Carolyn is played by Amy Sedaris, Diane Nguyen is played by Alison Brie, Mr. Peanutbutter is played by Paul F. Tompkins and Todd Chavez is played by Aaron Paul.

Below is the trailer for the second season of BoJack, just to whet your appetite!