Monthly Archives: March 2013

DVD Review: Here Comes The Boom

2308 (E5) RE5 LBB-GeneralHere Comes The Boom was released in cinemas towards the end of 2012 and has recently been released on DVD and Blu Ray in the UK. I really wanted to watch this when it was released in the cinema but missed it due to its short run.

Here Comes The Boom is a comedy film which follows high school biology teacher Scott Voss (Kevin James) as he attempts to become a mixed martial arts fighter in order to raise money for his school so extra curricular activities (music in particular) aren’t cut.
The film stars Kevin James in the lead role along with Selma Hayek as school nurse Bella Flores and Henry Winkler as music teacher Marty Streb along with appearances from UFC commentator Joe Rogan.

I really enjoyed this film and thought the concept was great. As I was watching it I kept thinking that it was like Warrior (2011) for younger people as it had a similar story and background. The cast are really great and Henry Winkler in particular is brilliant. He is such a loveable man no matter what he does and he really gets you pulling on your heartstrings down to the situation his character is in. I am a big fan of Kevin James and think he is also a great fit for the role. His comedy timing is spot on and he is great at being the loveable guy that you just want to do good.

The only downside to this film is that it is incredibly predictable. You could call what is going to happen after half an hour. In a way it is a good thing because you don’t then set yourself for something but on the other hand it would be good if it had done the opposite of what you expect just to give you something different.

If you missed this film during its cinema release then I would make the effort to watch it. It is a good family film with the laughs in the right places. The DVD also comes with a gag reel so you can always get some extra laughs if you enjoy the film.

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2013 Film Rankings

So 2012 was a good year for cinema and my 2012 film rankings turned out pretty well with a good mix of films. I will do the same for 2013 and review my top ten at the end of the year!

  1. Zero Dark Thirty
  2. Django Unchained
  3. I Give It A Year
  4. Les Misérables
  5. Side Effects
  6. Wreck It Ralph
  7. Flight
  8. Gangster Squad
  9. Lincoln

Review: Side Effects

Side-Effects-2013-Movie-Download-Free-Releasemovies-com0Side Effects is a 2013 psychological thriller starring Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta Jones and Channing Tatum. This is the last film that Steven Soderbergh (Magic Mike, Contagion) has said he will be directing. Side Effects tells the story of the ramifications of an event following a woman being described antidepressant drugs.

When I first saw the trailer for this film, I wasn’t convinced and didn’t really think I wanted to watch it. Then, I saw Jude law do some promotional stuff on The Graham Norton Show and like the way he couldn’t really explain the film without spoiling it. I usually like these types of films so thought on that basis, I would give it a go.

I think the second half of the film is great. There is a specific turning point in the film where the tone really changes and that is when the film gets good. The twists and turns that the last hour gives you are great and really does get you thinking and questioning what is going on. I also really liked Jude Law in this role. I’m not a huge fan of his but I really love that they kept him British and didn’t make he do a silly accent that wouldn’t work. He is also a really good fit for the role because no matter what he says, he is convincing and believable.

My biggest problem with the film is the first half. It isn’t engaging at all and is rather boring compared to the first half. Based on the first half of the film, I didn’t think I would enjoy any of it and I could hear people behind me in the cinema saying that it was boring. If you do want to watch this film, the do hold out until the very obvious tone changing moment because it does get better.

I also didn’t like Catherine Zeta Jones in the film. There is a really big moment at the end of the film with her and Rooney Mara and as an audience member; it was very uncomfortable to watch. I don’t think it was anything to do with what was going on in scene, but it looked like Catherine Zeta Jones was uncomfortable and it doesn’t look natural at all.

Overall, I think this will be a three star film for me. It has a really good second half but its first half really does let it down. If it wasn’t for the strength of the second half and the great way the film twists and turns in that second half, I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much. Like I said, sit through the boring first half and judge how much you like the second half before you make your judgment’s.

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TV Topic: Cake Boss

Cake BossCake Boss is an American based reality show that follows the daily workings of Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey. The shop is a family run bakery owned and operated by Buddy Valastro (a.k.a, the cake boss) along with his sisters Grace, Madeline, Lisa and Mary. The show focuses on how the shop makes their cakes and the interpersonal relationships amongst various family members and other shop employees.

The reason I am writing this is because I have become obsessed with this show and became that obsessed with it that I managed to watch four seasons in about two weeks. I think there is something about these types of shows that really grabs an audience’s attention and with this one I think it is the family aspect. You really start to love different members of the ever-growing Valastro family and really start to care for them for some reason. For me, I have become a fan of Mauro and his wife Madeline because they remind me of people in my own family and whenever they have specific time in an episode, I find myself paying more attention.

These types of shows also show baking as an art form and if you watch the show from season one then you can really see this happening and developing. The types of cakes that this shop makes are incredible. I have watched Carlo’s bakery make cupcakes, birthday cakes, wedding cakes and cakes that look like giant spiders to lifestyle models of people. These people don’t just make cakes for everyday consumption, they make cakes for people to admire and be in awe of. I mean, the company even made a cake the size of a car! If that doesn’t amaze people then I dont know what will!

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I never imagined that I could like this show but after one episode I was hooked and just wanted to watch more and more. In the UK Cake Boss is shown on Discovery Real Time, weekdays at 16:00 and 16:30 and in the USA is shown on TLC. Wherever in the world you are then you have to watch at least one episode to see where I am coming from. I have a lot of love for this show and just want to keep watching!