Adventureland – released 8th Feb 2010

February 1, 2010 – 2:44 pm | by Peekay

On what should be an unsatisfying summer, James is introduced to the shady goings on of the fun fair world as he swaps cheap Czech beer, world-famous museums and cute Italian girls for stroppy parents, stuffed toys and screaming kids. But stumbling upon an assortment of misfits, goons and lost souls, James’ stint at Adventureland is about to prove more enlightening than he could ever have imagined…

Amongst the outsiders he encounters is witty co-worker Em Lewin (Kristen Stewart) who instantly captures his heart. Clueless to her secret affair with rocker turned maintenance man Mick Connell (Ryan Reynolds), he sets out to win her affections, but not without the typical teen trials and tribulations thrown in along the way.

Adventureland is available from February 8th 2010 on Blu-Ray, DVD, and VOD.

The Proposal DVD

December 1, 2009 – 3:54 pm | by Peekay

“The Proposal” tells the story of Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock), a hotshot New York book editor who’s facing deportation and needs to marry her hated assistant, Andrew (Ryan Reynolds), to remain in the country.  Unfortunately, she hatches this scheme right on the heels of Andrew’s grandmother’s (Betty White) birthday, forcing him to go up north to Alaska; and, of course, her to go up with him, to announce the proposal to the rest of the family.

It’s contrived and obvious – and doesn’t deviate from that with any enormous surprises, but just keeps ploughing the rom-com genre. The two leads are pleasant and convincing enough but without some originality it’s difficult to be sold on the story, let alone the characters.

This really is one just for those who are either Rom-com completists or like the work of Bullock/Reynolds. Not my cup of tea.

2 stars (out of 5)

Taking Woodstock

November 11, 2009 – 4:29 pm | by Peekay

taking-woodstock-posterDespite it’s name, the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival didn’t actually take place in Woodstock as the local inhabitants at the time were scared of what a few hundred hippies would do to their town.

In the end the festival took place in White Lake with nearly half a million people attending or at least trying to.

Ang Lee’s latest film Taking Woodstock tells the story of Elliot Tiber and how he brought the festival to his hometown. Played wonderfully by Demetri Martin, Elliot is finding his feet as an interior designer in Greenwich Village, and feeling at home with the burgeoning gay rights movement.
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4 stars (out of 5)

The Invention of Lying

November 3, 2009 – 7:27 pm | by Lianne Jones

invention_of_lyingThe Invention of Lying is a new comedy by Ricky Gervais and while the concept is interesting, the film itself doesn’t quite live up to expectations.

The Invention of Lying is about Mark Bellison, a man who is down on his luck as he finds himself out of a job, facing eviction from his home and unable to woo the girl of his dreams. He is almost ready to admit defeat when he discovers his hidden ability to lie in a world where people only ever tell the truth; this completely turns his life around but, is it really for the better?
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2 stars (out of 5)