Film Review: Little Miss Sunshine

Posted in Reviews on October, 30 2006 10:54 PM

Starring: Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Steve Carell, Alan Arkin
Cert: 15
Released: 8th September 2006

The Hoovers are a somewhat disjointed family. Father, Richard (Kinnear), is investing all his time in promoting his 9-steps to success programme leaving mother, Sheryl (Collette), to support their teenage son, Dwayne, (who has taken a vow of silence); their young daughter, Olive, who dreams of being a beauty queen; grandfather, Edwin (Arkin) who snorts drugs and Sheryl's brother Frank, who is on suicide watch.

Things are not going right for any of them but a spark of hope arrives in the shape of the Little Miss Sunshine beuty pageant happening over the other side of America. Olive has been selected as a finalist so everyone takes a road trip in the family VW van.

Where things continue to go wrong.

A wonderfully, painful film to watch as each family member is tested to the limits of their endurance. Glimmers of hope are given to them all just to give them a bigger high to fall from.

It's like National Lampoon's Vacation films but without the lampoonery. The ensemble cast are an eclectic bunch of characters all of whom show that misery and failure happen to people from every walk and at any age.

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Knock Knock!

Posted in Animals on October, 02 2006 7:47 PM

Who's there?




Cowsgo who?


No they don't they go moooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

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Posted in Corny on October, 02 2006 9:08 AM

What is a inkling?

A baby fountain pen.

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Knock Knock

Posted in Corny on October, 01 2006 9:34 PM

Who's there?


Dismay who?

Dismay I'm going on holiday.

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Make My Boobs Bigger Please

Posted in Sex on September, 27 2006 11:47 PM

A woman was always complaining about not having small boobs until eventually her husband told her he had a great way to make them bigger.

"Just rub a piece of tissue between them once or twice a day," he said. "Tthey will start to grow almost immediately and in a few years you ll have huge boobs."

"Dont be so silly, dear," she replied. "Why one earth would tissue make my boobs bigger?"

"I have no idea why, but it certainly worked on your arse."


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Film Review: Clerks II

Posted in Reviews on September, 25 2006 2:31 PM

Starring: Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Rosario Dawson, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith
Cert: 15
Released: 22nd September 2006

Dante (O'Halloran) and Randall (Anderson) worked at the Quickie Stop convenience mart for ten years and then it burned down. Now, both in their 30s and in desperate need for some direction they are forced to move on to new things.

Mooby's fast-food restaurant, flipping burgers.

Two years later and Dante has finally found his way out of New Jersey in the shape of fiancé, Emma, whose parents are giving them a house in Florida and making him manager of a car wash.

But even his last day at work couldn't pass that easy with Randall incessantly badgering the customers and Christian co-worker, Elias. There's also an unconventional send-off, pressure from his boss (Dawson) and the usual indolent antics from comedy duo Jay (Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith).

At one stage Smith swore that he would not make Clerks II; that the original was so sacred that he couldn't risk sullying its reputation by diluting its magic.

But then he made Jersey Girl.

And he also promised Jason Mewes that if he cleaned up then he would do another film for him. So here it is, the film that has been anticipated with equal reverence and fear by Smith fans. Obviously, anyone who has neither seen, or liked, Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma or Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back will not understand the fuss but trust me, in the world of film geekdom? This is big.

And it's an hilarious return to form. Smith has relented from the goofy slapstick last seen in Jay & Silent Bob and pulled back the verbal dexterity, wit and base crudity that make Clerks the cult classic in the first place.

It's a joy to watch Dante and Randall still bitching about the same stuff after 10 years but invigorated with modern cultural references. The Lord Of The Rings adds fuel to their Star Wars debates whilst the internet surpasses Randall's interest in porn mags and videos.

In standard Smith style, he layers on the in-jokes whether they be references from his other films or guest appearances from old chums (Ben Affleck and Jason Lee to name two) yet I don't think they divert from the main story so won't alienate the uninitiated.

Underneath all the banality and scatology is a moving story about these uninspiring people trying to find a comfortable place for themselves whilst being burdened with the pressures of social expectations.

Jersey Girl aside, this is what Smith is good at and hopefully will be able to find a compromise between leaving his NJ sagas behind and creating new films.

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The Slant / UK News

Posted in Magazines on September, 25 2006 11:50 AM

A new UK site that takes an alternative view on reporting the news, avoiding the dullness of most news sites and injecting opinion, humour and wit into current affairs.
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Film Review: Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Posted in Reviews on September, 24 2006 5:09 PM

Starring: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Gary Cole, Michael Clarke Duncan
Cert: 12A
Released: 15th September 2006

Ricky Bobby (Ferrell) was the accidental child of a fast-living cowboy (Cole) so it stood to reason that he would grow up with a need for speed.

With his father's life ethos ringing in his ears - 'If you're not first, you're last' - he becomes the World's greatest racer on the NASCAR circuit.

A fast driver but slow in the brain department.

A crash and race loss destroys his confidence and sends his life spiralling out of control. Only his vagrant father claims to be able to restore Ricky's ambition and desire to win.

I think it's fair to say that Ferrell is not a particularly diverse comedian but he is consistent at what he does.

Think of Talladega Nights as Anchorman but with fast cars. The character of Ricky Bobby is just as brainless and offensive as Ron Burgandy but the elevation of fame and ability excuses it.

Primarily a pastiche of NASCAR so if, like me, you know nothing about it, there are probably a few 'in' references that I completely missed.

Gary Cole and Ricky's two sons are the best things about this film; Cole as the completely unrepenting and unsalvageable father and the boys as obnoxious, mouthy louts.

The real saving grace is the photography of the races. It's as good as any Bruckheimer actioner but always flavoured with Ferrell's irreverant style.

A decent enough comedy if you like Ferrell's sense of humour.

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