Friday, 29 May 2015

What I've Been Watching In: May

Cuban Fury (2014)
Starring: Nick Frost, Rashida Jones, Chris O'Dowd, Kayvan Novak
I've been meaning to watch this movie for quite some time now, so when it just so happened to be showing on Film 4 I made a point of finally sitting down and watching it this month. The premise is; when Nick Frost's character Bruce finds out that his new boss, played by Rashida Jones, takes salsa classes he decides to step back into his dancing shoes in an attempt to impress her. And since he used to be a teenage salsa champion you'd think he'd be a natural at it, well think again and that's what I really liked about Cuban Fury, you got to see the character of Bruce getting back into dancing with the help of a bevy of great characters. Bruce is also battling for the affection of Rashida Jones' character against Chris O'Dowd's, who let's face it is a major douche in this movie but that's what he's meant to be, so I'll let him off. Even though he'll always be Roy from The IT Crowd for me.
It's a fun frolic of a movie really and that's even if you're not a huge fan of dancing or movies where it's focused around that topic or even shows like Strictly Come Dancing for that matter. And despite him only being a supporting character, the one that I was the most excited to see on screen was that of Bejan played by Kayvan Novak. His performance was just fantastic.

Community (2009-)

Starring: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie
This month I made the decision to start Community again from the very beginning. This could be seen as a wise or unwise decision, depending on your way of thinking, as I've quickly become addicted to binge watching this show and there are 96 episodes of it for me to get through. When I first stumbled across the show, all those years ago when season two was airing here in the UK, it was such a breath of fresh air and a genuinely funny TV comedy. But for some reason or another it became more and more difficult to find it on UK television. Then they never seemed to repeat season one either so there were some serious gaps in my Community viewing but that's where Netflix has once again, come to the rescue. If you haven't seen Community before and have access to Netflix, then I cannot recommend it highly enough, especially the early seasons of it. I hear that things might have gone a bit downhill in the later seasons but I've yet to reach those episodes. It might not be to everyone's tastes, depending on your sense of humour and what you find funny but for me, it's honestly brilliant.

Starring: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Chris Pine
As a big fan of the first Horrible Bosses movie, I was really intrigued to see where they would take the storyline and the characters next. Having enjoyed the first one as much as I did, it did make me a little nervous when I heard that they are making a sequel. Just think how many comedies have went on to make sub-par if not terrible sequels, so I pressed play on Horrible Bosses 2 with a bit of trepidation. I was happy to see that they hadn't done a Hangover and simply replicated the storyline of the first movie. It was also fantastic to see Christoph Waltz appear in this and you should have seen my smile when Jonathan Banks (aka. Mike from Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul) appeared on my screen. But the biggest revelation of Horrible Bosses 2 was Chris Pine. He's never been an actor that I've paid a great deal of attention to and that's despite him being in Just My Luck and Princess Diaries 2: A Royal Engagement (two movies I watched more times than I would like you to know about in my teens) and This Means War but of course he was never going to truly capture my attention that much in a movie opposite Tom Hardy. Well it's safe to say that I'm now well and truly on board the Chris Pine bandwagon as a result of watching this movie.
Okay, so it wasn't necessarily as funny as the first movie but I think that when it comes to sequels like these it sometimes takes me a couple of viewings before I can really appreciate it. That's certainly what happened with Anchorman 2 (review here) so I have a feeling that Horrible Bosses 2 might be a bit of a grower too and I was relatively impressed with it on that first viewing.

Sex Tape (2014)
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper
When I first saw the trailer for Sex Tape I had a feeling that it wasn't exactly going to be a cinematic masterpiece but it was on Sky Anytime and I was looking for a movie that didn't require too much of my attention, to be put on in the background whilst I blogged. 
Now I very rarely say this but this is honestly one of the worst movies that I have ever seen and I've seen some absolutely rotten movies in my time. I don't know about you but when I sit down to watch a comedy I at least expect to laugh a couple of times or even have a smile on my face for the majority of it. Well that was not the case with Sex Tape. I think the only time I smiled was when the credits were rolling as I knew that it was finally over. Even with gross-out comedies and frankly stupid movies, there tends to be at least one big laugh but this had nothing even slightly redeeming about it. This movie really is garbage and what hurts the most is the fact that I expected so much more from Jason Segel. I've always been a big fan of his (I think it has something to do with his role as Nick Andopolis in Freaks & Geeks), so it's really pretty upsetting to see him in a movie like this. And what's even more upsetting is seeing him look so thin. All I could keep thinking was, 'he doesn't look well at all.' The storyline is weak, as is the whole concept to be fair, so save yourself the time and disappointment of watching Sex Tape and stick on Forgetting Sarah Marshall or I Love You Man instead. Both of which are fantastically funny comedies starring Segel.

Fed Up (2014)
Starring: Katie Couric (as narrator)
I have to say it, I'm becoming a little bit obsessed with watching documentaries on Netflix. I worry that it might be becoming a bit of a problem. Hehe. I've not included any documentaries thus far in my What I've Been Watching series (let me know if it is something that you would like to see more of in the future) for a couple of different reasons, especially as I seem to gravitate towards the slightly controversial ones. But Fed Up is about a topic I have a feeling that we will all have an opinion on and I imagine that our opinions will be vaguely similar. Fed Up comments on the issue of childhood obesity in America. And there are some pretty eye-opening facts that really did shock me in this documentary, especially when they start detailing the facts about sugar, now that really was a scary revelation. Like did you know that a jar of tomato pasta sauce has around double the amount of sugar as a bag of American candy? How is that even possible?! The way that the American school system deals with their school lunches, on the whole, truly shocked me. They had some of the biggest fast food companies in America serving food on specific days and whilst this might have sounded like the dream to a pre-teen/teenage me (I remember being devastated when they took french fries off the menu when I was in my second year of secondary school), I can only imagine the weight that I would have been. And what's so concerning is the fact that these fast food retailers and the system that allows them to operate are essentially making kids, from a really young age, to be life long fast food consumers. I'd definitely give Fed Up a watch as it does make for some interesting viewing whilst driving home the message about the almost out of control nature of childhood obesity in the United States.

Sex and the City (2008)
Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon
Since there was news, albeit with not much truth in it at all at least yet, that there might be the possibility of a third Sex and the City movie on the horizon, I took that as a bit of a call to action to watch the first Sex and the City movie again for what must be at least the fiftieth time. Honestly, no exaggerations there my friends. As a die hard Sex and the City fan (I seem to watch the six seasons on a constant loop most of the time), I absolutely adore spending a couple of hours watching this movie and it's the kind that I can happily watch no matter how I'm feeling.
I've also been spending far too much time pinning images of Carrie and Big (and Carrie and Aidan, of course) to my Favourite Fictional Couples board on Pinterest (link here). Didn't I tell you that I was a bit of a Sex and the City superfan? Hehe.

What have you been watching this month? Do you have any recommendations? Have you seen any of these? If so, what did you think of them?


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