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Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story – Film Review September 15, 2009

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Biopic films are a great way of remembering a legend, and in mocking those biopic films a new legend has been born.

Walk Hard is the story of Dewey Cox (John C Reilly), a Johnny Cash-esque singer who after accidentally killing his brother has to prove his greatness by being doubly great for himself and his brother. After playing “the devils” music a 14-year-old Dewey leaves home with his 12-year-old girlfriend Edith. Only to get a house and a job, and shortly a record deal from a group of jewish men. shortly after becoming famous Dewey meets Darlene (Jenna Fischer) , in which can only be described as a blatant plot rip from Walk the Line, purposely of course. through out the film Dewey Cox has numerous children, wears two wedding rings, tries his hand at sexual carpentry, tries all manner of drugs and goes to rehab twice all the makings of a perfect biopic.

Towards the end of the film Dewey realises he should be spending more time with his children and so decides to play catch with them all one by one, to get to know them better, he buys a large farm and the all live happily, Although incomplete until Darlene returns. fast forward a few years and a now 75-year-old Dewey listens to the rap remix of his song Walk Hard and is told he is in line for an special achievement evening,  but will he agree to doit?

There are a lot of cameos in this film Johan Hill plays Deweys older brothers ghost, Jack White as Elvis Presley, Frankie Muniz as Buddy Holly, Jack Black, Paul Rudd, Justin Long and Jason Schwatzman as the Beatles. and GhostFace Killah, Lyle Lovett, Jewel and Jackson Brown as themselves perform a Walk Hard tribute.

The film was written by comedy legend Judd Apatow, and Orange County director Jake Kasden, who also directed Walk hard. It should have been a sure fire hit, Unfortunately due to low box office sales the film is not seen for the comedic masterpiece it is.

The last thing im going to say in this review is I love Cox, why? Because its true, Walk Hard straight away jumped in to my top 25 films of all time with no competition. The story is great, John C Reilly is great and the soundtrack is my all time favourite movie soundtrack, which knocked the Lion King off of its 14 year reign. Id love to hear the other songs recorded for this movie, as I hear that there where a few that did not make it onto even the extended soundtrack. maybe one day there will be an extended, extended cut for that purpose.

 

Chasing Amy – Film Review September 9, 2009

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Relationships are hard work, especially if you are in relationship with a newly converted straight partner, or so you think.

Chasing Amy is the story of Holden McNeil played by Ben Affleck, who with friend Banky Edwards (Jason Lee) have created a comic based On Jay and Silent bobs characters from Mallrats “Bluntman and Chronic” as per usual with Kevin Smiths films set in the View Askiewniverse it features a cameo from Jay and Silent Bob, all be it not as prominent as his other films. At a comic book signing, Holden and Banky meet Alyssa Jones (Joey Lauren Adams) who Holden instantly falls in love for when they have a “moment” discussing public displays of affection. they meet again in a club, this time Holden thinking he has a chance goes over to Alyssa to talk, only to find out she is a lesbian.

The film then follows the two as Holden tries to convert Alyssa to being straight, which he somehow magically manages to do with a speech about how much he loves her. and the two start a relationship which is shook to the core by the revelation that Alyssa has in fact had male partners previously.

The film focuses on male insecurities towards sex, and there partners past, it shows that sometimes its hard to come to terms with little things, especially if you feel you have been lied to. the conclusion is very funny, whilst not the most obvious ending, it did make me laugh and I personally thought it was a great idea. although the ending shows the characters interactions one year later.

Instead of relying on the dick and fart jokes Kevin Smith’s film are known for this one relys on lesbian jokes to get through, I personally think dick and fart jokes are very funny, but I also found the change in this film to be well suited and just as funny, Chasing Amy is a good film, its fun to watch and is a great study on the insecurities in a relationship.

 

Nacho Libre – Film Review September 6, 2009

Filed under: Film Reviews — snowcatsfilmreview @ 10:19 am

Wrestling is not something i generally associate with priests, and wrestling priests is not something id associate with comedy.

The film follows Jack Blacks character Ignacio, as he goes from the monasteries disliked cook, to hero of the orphanage. Ignacio is a typical Jack Black character a disliked, guy who dreams of better things, that by the end of the film he has accomplished in generally humorous way. next is the character of Sister Encarnación a newly arrived tutor to the orphans, there is obviously some connection between Jack Blacks character and this one although as a Nun and a priest naturally they cant be in a relationship. Next is Steven, Steven  is a street thief who steals the orphans bag of broken tortilla chips, its clear at this point he has some wrestling skills as he wrestles Jack Black to the ground.

Later on Ignacio goes back to Steven to ask him to be part of a wrestling team to make money for the orphanage, after deciding to meet Ramses, a famous wrestling champion, they break into his party to talk to him, they are prominently thrown out killing Ignacios hero worship of Ramses. and so the two compete in a number of wrestling matches to gain the ability to fight Ramses.

much like Jared Hess’s Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre is very hit and miss with its comedy, it looks strained, like it should just be a short sketch or maybe a one off  TV show. Maybe the fact its a Nickelodeon movie caused the comedy to be off, but comedy doesn’t have to be rude to be funny, School of Rock was a brilliant movie. This film seems to be one of those people think is hilarious or not funny at all, unfortunately, I fall in to the latter category.