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To Rome with Love
3 years ago via Flixster

This is without a shadow of a doubt one of the worst romantic comedies I've ever seen in my life. The various storylines that collectively make up the film vary significantly in precisely how they suck - offensive, patronising, childish, moronic - but they all have one thing in common: they're all, without exception, horrifically, gobsmackingly unfunny. The ensemble cast of Hollywood stars and Italian locals don't embarrass themselves I suppose but I get the distinct impression that they're there purely for the paid holiday and the chance to write "worked with Woody Allen" on their CV's - not that that's going to carry much weight in the future if he keeps making dross like this. Only the lovingly-shot titular city escapes with its head held high.

Les MisÚrables
3 years ago via Flixster

Although I've been familiar with the Les Mis musical for a long time thanks to a combination of pop culture and superfan parents, this adaptation marks the first time I've ever actually seen it in its entirety. Is it a good place to begin? Well I'm no expert of course but I'm sure it could have been a lot worse. The story isn't particularly rich but it manages to nail the key emotional moments and while the cast may be hit and miss in terms of their pipes, I don't think anyone - the much-derided Russell Crowe included - can be faulted for not giving it their all. It also looks fantastic - never has so much filth and squalor looked so sweet! Has the film made me a Les Mis fan? No, but I don't regret taking the time out to experience it.

Chasing Amy
Chasing Amy (1997)
3 years ago via Flixster

A love story as seen through the eyes of Kevin Smith. Naturally that means lots of View Askewniverse cameos and references, nerd humour and Tarantino-esque discussions about everything from oral sex to Star Wars being a metaphor for black oppression, but it's also a smart, honest and surprisingly mature (for the most part) boy-meets-girl tale. Well, boy-meets-lesbian to be precise... This is Kevin Smith after all, it was never going to be straightforward. The cast is great and the energy they inject into their roles translates into strong chemistry, particularly between the two leads - Ben Affleck and Joey Lauren Adams - which is a good thing because the latter's squeaky bubble-voice is about two steps shy of nails-on-a-chalkboard, meaning you'll need all the goodwill towards her you can get!

Ted (2012)
3 years ago via Flixster

As a story about a man and his foul-mouthed, pot-smoking teddy bear, Ted is one of the sillier adult comedies I've seen for a while but also one of the more memorable, being not only original but funny and surprisingly sweet. The predictable story is complete nonsense of course with an ill-advised bear-nap finale straight out of Toy Story, but for every con (am I the only one who doesn't think punching children in the face is funny?) there are more than enough pros to make up for it. Also, Flash Gordon fans are in for a supreme treat!

Casino Jack
Casino Jack (2010)
3 years ago via Flixster

Based on true events, Casino Jack tells the story of slick "super-lobbyist" Jack Abramoff (Kevin Spacey) whose underhanded scheming and corruption helped fund a lavish lifestyle. Abramoff is a very interesting character and Spacey plays him with gusto, chewing through scenery with a combination of that classic Spacey monotone we all know and love and foul-mouthed rants. It's hard to take the film too seriously as it's more of a black comedy than a straight up drama (to the film's detriment one might argue) but with the fascinating material and quality cast, it's well worth a look.