Category Archives: Comedy

Submarine (2010)

When I heard that ‘Maurice Moss’ (Richard Ayoade) from the British television series ‘The IT Crowd’ (which also co-starred, now Apatow-recognized, Chris O’Dowd) had made a movie, I knew I had to watch it. Fortunately Netflix Instant made that easy.  ‘Submarine’ is Ayoade’s 2010 directorial debut about a boy, Oliver Tate, growing up in South Wales (a country next, to England, but not a part of England for other uninformed American’s, like myself).  Oliver is an imaginative boy who falls for Jordana Bevan, a straightforward, no-nonsense type.

ImageThroughout the film Oliver is thrown troubles that most teenagers receive such as living alongside his parents strained relationship, and their confounding personalities on an individual level.  Oliver also deals with the ups and downs on life amongst peers and discovers not the type of person he is, but the types of things he’s capable of.

Craig Roberts, who portrayed Oliver, delivers a tenacious and impressive performance that is sure to resonant with the awkward teen in everyone.  His performance is equally countered by, the young, Yasmin Paige, who is able to present Jordana in an authentic light of young womanhood when you have ‘tomboy’ tendencies but are still a ‘girl’ on the inside with ‘gooey’ emotions and reactions.  The sweet and wonderfully strange young love of Oliver and Jordana is counter-balanced by Oliver’s parents Lloyd and Jill Tate, portrayed by the enjoyable Noah Taylor and Sally Hawkins, respectively.

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‘Submarine’ is visually alluring design sensibilities from Gary Williamson, which is reminiscent of Wes Anderson and Michel Gondry films.  The story arc is standard, yet enjoyable, and while I have not read John Dunthorne’s novel, of the same name, I am sure his characters are as vivid and distinctive on page as they are one screen.

Also, you have to talk about the youthful soundtrack, with original songs contributed by Alex Turner of ‘the Artic Monkeys’ and the score by Andrew Hewitt that gives such depth to pivotal scenes; you cannot imagine the movie without them.

‘Submarine’ is great for a laugh and a nostalgic look back to what your teen years were likely mirrors your own.  It also provides comfort and reliability if you are currently swimming through your teen years.  I highly recommend this film and it is easy to see why Harvey Weinstein, Sundance, BAFTA, and the Toronto Film Festival did as well.

Darling Companion (2012)

This movie will be released in NY & LA on April 20th and I’m seriously thinking about taking the train 3 hours to see it, it looks absolutely delightful and while I do, admit-tingly, kneel at the the altar that is Diane Keaton i’m also a huge fan of Lawrence Kasdan who has directed great films such as Mumford, First Kiss, Wyatt Earp, I Love You to Death, and the Big Chill.  I’m also a huge fan of elisabeth moss and I’m excited to see her in something aside from her Mad Men role and Excedrin commercials 🙂

Bobby Van’s ‘Take Me to Broadway’ number in ‘Small Town Girl’

 

Bobby Van’s commute to work in 1953’s ‘Small Town Girl’ is both endearing and astounding, all that hopping is sure to put a smile on your face and if it doesn’t the pup that hops along with him towards the end surely will I highly recommend this movie, if only for Van’s number.

L!fe Happens (2011)

 

Here’s a new one that I can’t wait to see and that will be released tomorrow, co-written by and starring Krysten Ritter (who was fabulous in the series premiere of ‘The B in Apartment 23’) this got decent reviews on the LA Film Festival last summer and I really want to see it!

March 2012 Movies 60 – 75

I was travelling for two weeks out of march at the lovely SXSW Music Festival and then in Chicago for a week so my film list was a bit neglected but I tried to keep up. April will definitely be better :]

Mar 01 – A Scanner Darkly (2006)
Mar 02 – Win Win (2011)
Mar 07 – Take Care of my Cat! (Goyangileul Butaghae) (2002)
Mar 08 – Only You (1992)
Mar 09 – What a Way to Go! (1964)
Mar 13 – Maybe (Tokkiwa rijeodeu) (2009)
Mar 22 – Salmon Fishing the Yemen (2012)
Mar 23 – Star Trek Generations (1994)
Mar 23 – Saving Face Documentary (2012)
Mar 23 – Case de mi Padre (2012)
Mar 23 – Friends with Kids (2012)
Mar 24 – Game Change (2012)
Mar 25 – Tinker, Tailer, Solider, Spy (2011)
Mar 26 – Footloose (2011)
Mar 30 – If a Man Answers (1962)
Mar 30 – The Hunger Games (2012)

Wild Target (2010) J. Lynn

‘Wild Target’ is a lovely import from Englad circa 2010. Despite it’s cheeky humor, that is a signature of many great films from our neighbors ‘across the pond’, and it’s talented cast it never quite found a foothold for distribution in America. Image

Bill Nighy stars as the films introverted and uptight assassin to Emily Blunt’s quirky and unhinged con woman. Rupert Grint is thrown in as some lovely color and humor to the film, who’s main purpose was to lighten the sexual tension between Blunt and Nighy’s characters, and help avoid a few holes where deux ex machina would had pushed the movie from tongue-in-cheek to just another failed attempt to be slyly funny (see: ‘The Love Guru’).

I found this movie enjoyable and chuckle worthy. It’s quirky throughout int a way that is endearing and not aggravating. It’s not really enough to write home about, but it’s definitely enough to write an adoring blog post about. It’s on Netflix for instant viewing and I would say it’s definitely worth a viewing. So grab yourself a Royal Oak pale ale, some fish’n chips and settle in for a few hours of kitschy fun!