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Review: Drinking Buddies

23rd October 2013 | Films

Review: Drinking Buddies

Kate and Luke are flirting. Kate is with Chris (Ron Livingston) but probably wants to be with Luke. Luke is with Jill (Anna Kendrick) but probably wants to be with Kate. Chris definitely wants to be with Kate and Jill definitely wants to be with Luke. That sounds like one of the hardest mathematical problems one may ever have to work out at school – luckily, viewers of Drinking Buddies need not worry as Joe Swanberg has it sorted.

Drinking Buddies is about co-workers Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson) who work in Chicago at a craft brewery, where they spend most of their time drinking and flirting. They are perfect for each other apart from the fact that they are each in separate relationships and they refuse to admit to their secret love. However, when they find themselves spending a weekend alone with each other and their friend Jack Daniels, the answers to their issues suddenly become a lot easier.

This easy-to-watch movie is a refreshing production from improvisation director Joe Swanberg who, rather famously, gives his talent storylines but no words – causing them to show their true personalities and spin on the story on set. This method is highly successful in this film with all viewers feeling an instant connection to the characters which helps engage audiences, especially as not a lot happens during it.

This is an eclectic concoction of romance and comedy with a large hole in the centre – enabling the audience to decide on what happens in the gaps. The film lacks the heavy froth that most romantic comedy’s are accustomed too which is revitalising to audiences globally – making it an enjoyable watch which doesn’t grip you to the point of choking, unlike…

Review : Don Jon

23rd October 2013 | Films

Review : Don Jon


Life is fairly simple for Don Jon, he only has a short list of things he cares about: his body, his pad, his ride, his family, his church, his boys, his girls, his porn”. Those opening lines perfectly summarise this hilarious romantic comedy about an average, sex enthused young adult who hates rom-coms.

His daily routine is the same every day: he drops into some classes at college, he lifts weights, he goes to the nightclub, and he has sex. With an impressive track record of women Jon is envied by most of his friends. However, this track record loses all meaning for Jon when he spots Barbara Sugarman (Sarlet Johansson) who very quickly has him wrapped around her finger.

Suddenly, for Jon, the meaning of life has changed. Previously, porn was his main pleasure – now, it’s all about Barbara. It doesn’t take long for Jon to work out that pleasing a woman is a lot harder than a one night stand. Especially if, for the first time ever, you’re in love.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a hilarious, modern day version of Don Juan who has all of the girls blushing and all of the guys laughing. He plays this easily satisfied, porn addicted, neighbourhood star with perfection – leaving all in the cinema believing you are watching a documentary rather than a film.

His relationship with Scarlett Johansson (Barbara Sugarman) is amiable and natural with comedy at every time. However, this relationship (as well as the majority of the film) is just like every other rom com: hugely predictable.

Albeit an impressive direction debut by Gordon-Levitt, nobody would be surprised if writing the storyline took the duration of one beer. If you have seen any other romantic comedy in your life then you…

Review: Saving Mr. Banks

20th October 2013 | Films

For a very long time, Disney’s Mary Poppins has been a Christmas must watch on many a television channel and it’s one of the few classics to have not yet made it in the Bargain Bin at any of your local supermarkets. It tells the story of the rich British ‘Banks’ family who have their world turned upside down by a magical nanny who teaches them that you can make so much more of life if only you allow a spoonful of sugar into it every now and again.

The film, based on the book originally written by P.L. Travers has won Oscars for Besst Film Editing, Original Music Score, Best Song and Best Visual Effects – among many others.

However, one thing not many people know is how the book was turned into the hugely successful and famous film.

Saving Mr. Banks, directed by John Lee Hancock, tells precisely this story with all of its emotionally-draining twists and turns.

Tom Hanks portrays a caring and loving Walt Disney who has spent the past 20 years trying to fulfil the promise he made to his children of turning P.L. Travers’ magical story into a feature film that fly’s off the pages. However, as he and his colleagues learn in this inspiring tale, Miss. Travers (played expertly by the beautiful Emma Thompson) doesn’t step in time with his vision.

Disney and Travers’ relationship that starts with lust (by Emma Thompson’s character) and slowly turns into mutual love makes this film the perfect drama to go alongside Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke’s classic.

The film tells two story’s side-by-side – primary scenes focus on the story of Disney trying to persuade Travers to allow him to turn the book into a…