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What’s It About:
A group of clueless morons recount the day’s news in a garish and inane manner. But that’s enough about my the Adelaide news channels, we’re here to chat about Anchorman 2. ZING!

The Good:

The first half of the film is a solid 45 minutes of comedy, hitting the same peaks that made the first Anchorman film a modern classic. Particularly amusing is Ron Burgundy gathering up the members of his former team.

There’s a mind blowing amount of celebrity cameos in the film, the epic Newsreader battle is jam packed with familiar faces, to the point where Kirsten Dunst is in the scene…and I didn’t even spot her.

The Bad:

The film stalls about halfway, and the back half is no where near as funny as the opening acts. There is an abundance of set ups that would have sounded amazing on paper, but don’t translate to the screen. Ron Burgundy going blind, living in a Lighthouse, and nursing a baby Shark would have sounded hilarious during the ideas pitch – but sitting through the scene for 15 minutes is another story.

There are a lot of call backs to the previous film, which once again aren’t that amusing. When Brain Fantana lunches his Sex Panther move in the big fight, you can imagine stoned college kids Hooting and Hollering at the screen recognising the reference – but it isn’t actually funny. The fight itself is impressive, and the long reveal of various news channels is interesting as you wait for each celebrity cameo – but once again it isn’t actually funny, and by the time Vince Vaughn turns up you’re pretty much over it.

The Final Word:

An amusing first half, followed by a second half that stalls. Still, even this inferior product is funnier than most comedies of the year.

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american

What’s It About:

A con man and his seductive partner are forced by an FBI Agent to set up a sting involving mafia and the Mayor.

The Good:

Solid story and performances, and the 1978 setting is a blast of fashion and music.

The Bad:

If I had to pick a fault, it is Christian Bale’s ongoing scam at the start of the film – he charges people chunks of money in order to secure sizeable bank loans for them from a British bank. Then he keeps the money he charged them, and gives no money back as the British Bank loans don’t actually exist. Huh? How long could you keep pulling this ruse for? If he moved about the country fair enough, but he works out of the same office. Why isn’t there a string of angry clients banging on his door demanding their money? I don’t get it.

The Final Word:

Solid Oscar Bait film.

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hellb

What’s It About:

An expectant couple move into a Haunted House, and soon fear that their unborn child may be the antichrist.

The Good:

While This Is The End had the far superior production values, Hell Baby had the better laughs in my book. The characters and set ups are hilarious, and the running gags are top notch.

The Bad:

If you’re not into juvenile humour, this film will not tickle your fancy.

TODO

What’s It About:

It’s 1993, which is pretty much about as recent an era you can make a film if you want to remove the internet from the narrative. Brandy Klark has decided that she needs to become more sexually aware before heading to College, so puts together a list of Sexual acts to accomplish in the Fall break.

The Good:

This being a 90s film and all, there’s a Tracy Gould reference that made me laugh. I remember this distinctly, as it’s the only time I laughed for the whole film.

The Bad:

The plot doesn’t sound too intricate, in fact it feels like a minor story thread from an American Pie film. Still, there should be at least a few dirty laughs to be had, right?

Fuuuuuck – how do you stuff such a simple idea up?

The film has already earned itself an R Rating, so go nuts. Don’t create a noteworthy premise and then bail on it. Rim jobs, Teabagging, Bumping Donuts, Pearl necklaces…they are put on the list, and they are ripe for filthy mishaps…and then they aren’t ever approached. Fuck off.

The film is an embarrassment of riches as far as young and upcoming comedians are concerned. But that only makes you pine for other, better projects that they are in. You’ll get more laughs from a 60 second Derrick Comedy skit, than this entire film.

This film is a kind of throw back to the John Hughes films of the 80’s, complete with the “nerdy friend secretly in love with the main character” trope – whom the protagonist doesn’t realise was what she was looking for all along. Except it doesn’t work, because that nerdy character is Johnny Simmons who is adorably puppy dog cute. You wouldn’t turn him down. He’s cuter than any chick I’ve ever fucked, and he’s actually prettier than Aubrey Plaza who keeps knocking him back, and fuck this film.

Also:

“Aubrey Plaza” – man that name bugs me for some reason. It just doesn’t sound right. When I saw her name in the opening credits, I said out loud that there was no more annoying sounding name in Show Biz.

And then Christopher Mint-Plasse’s name popped up, and I stood corrected.

The Final Word:

Put this film on your “To Poo List”. Which is a list of DVDs you should put in your toilet bowl, and take a huge steaming shit on.

1.5

justin

What’s It About:

The unbelievable true story of the mental breakdown, and subsequent public suicide of teen heart throb Justin Bieber.

The Good:

The Rise and fall of one of America’s most promising young stars is a harrowing parable, and the documentary team have amassed a collection of deeply personal and heart breaking interviews with Bieber’s family and colleagues.

We’ve all seen the amateur footage recorded on fans’ phones of the fateful Minnesota Concert in July 2012, when Bieber’s fragile mind finally cracked and he had a nervous breakdown on stage – stripping naked, flinging his own faeces onto a horrified first row of spectators, and finally dropping to his knees sobbing uncontrollably while repeatedly screaming the words “Grandma Bacon” into the microphone before stagehands dragged him off stage. It is the interviews with the roadies of that concert, however, that really make you feel like you were actually there.

The Bad:

Bieber never recovered from that breakdown, of course, and wandered into a local Service Station a week later – after pouring two cartons of milk on his head and proclaiming himself the Wizard of Slugs in front of confused onlookers, he pulled a sawn off shotgun out of his Hello Kitty backpack and blew his brains out. We know this from news articles and Youtube clips, but strangely the filmmakers decided to wave off the whole episode with a simple RIP message at the end of the film. Interviews with the witnesses would have been an invaluable addition.

The Final Word:

An incredible first documentary from young filmmaker Hans Finstervullit, and an experience you will find equally parts trying and rewarding. Five out of five Beilebers.

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