Fall movies I am super excited about

Dear ladies and gents,

autumn is here! (although judging by the weather we’ve been having there was no summer to speak of? Not that I’m complaining mind, I abhor heat)!

Anyhow. ANYHOW. You know what autumn means! Boots! Jackets! New TV shows! And movies! Because this summer the movies have been well… sh*te, no? I liked Guardians of the Galaxy, but that was about it?

There is plenty of movies coming out in the next few weeks and here is a short selection of a few movies that will get my butt in the seats. If there is anything you are dying to see, please share, I am always looking for recommendations!

Birdman

Looks promising, no?

Interstellar

I still don’t know what the what is Interstellar about, but will be seeing it anyway.

St. Vincent

I would see St. Vincent for Bill Murray alone (conversely I would also love to hang out with Bill Murray. I had some odd (one way to describe it) nights out, but I’m fairly certain this one would top all of them). Add Melissa McCarthy and Chris O’Dowd to the mix… well… a must see for me since I love all three.

The Imitation Game

Oscar bait-y obv. Also Cumberbatch obv. Also for the love of everything that is holy – just no. NO. If there is anything that will put me off this man for good, then this craziness will.

Gone Girl

Read the book and enjoyed it immensely. Hopefully the movie won’t disappoint (fingers crossed and all that. Screenplay was written by Gillian Flynn herself and it does deviate from the book so yay an element of a surprise there).

Foxcatcher

The reviews are really (REALLY) good. And I like Tatum, Ruffalo and Carell.

You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.

Dear ladies and gents,

Robin Williams passed away less than a month ago. We will never know the extent of his suffering. And he must have suffered so badly.

The outpouring of support for his family and the tributes from regular people like you and me has been nothing short of… astonishing? Is that the right word? But when you think about it, it makes perfect sense. For some it was Mork & Mindy. For others Dead Poets Society. Good Morning Vietnam. Jumanji. Aladdin. Awakenings. Good Will Hunting. Mrs Doubtfire. The Birdcage. The Fisher King. Hook. Man of the Year. *

He was so brilliant at comedy. But his dramatic roles… ah!

It will be a while before I’ll be able to see What Dreams May Come. And many of the dramas he starred in.

The only stuff that I can watch at the moment is his stand ups. And Birdcage. I would love to give you the reason why, but I don’t know. So here is a short list of stands up that you might want to check out in case you haven’t had the chance to see them before.

Robin Williams Live on Broadway (2002)

Hands down Live on Broadway is still one of the funniest things I have ever seen in my life. If you need a laugh, if you are experiencing the mean reds, if you had a stressful day at work… just give this a watch.

Robin Williams: At the Met (1986)

Oh the joy! The joy you’ll experience watching this is indescribable. Also – f*ck it! :)

Robin Williams: Weapons of Self Destruction (2008)

Watch it. And love it. There is a reason why this particular tour was sold out.

An Evening with Robin Williams (1982)

Ah now this! THIS is the stand up where you will be able to see Williams do what he did best – improv. He dives right in there and doesn’t stop. Or stand still. For a second. Genius at work.

Rest in peace Robin, rest in peace finally. And we’ll miss you terribly.

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*(On a side note – first ever review I wrote for the school’s newspaper was for Mrs Doubtfire. Good Will Hunting I saw on my first trip to Dublin. Dead Poets Society was just… no words. Standing in line to get the tickets for the Fisher King on a rainy afternoon because it was THE movie to see at the time. And it was worth getting the feet wet. It is pointless to try and explain how some of his movies are connected to specific events in my life. And I know I’m not the only one who had the same experience.

I am adding this as a side note because this tragic, immensely sad thing happened and we lost a brilliant man who made us weep with laughter. It is about him. Not about my navel gazing.)

To prove I’m not a curmudgeon…

Dear ladies and gents,

since I was a horrible curmudgeon about Divergent I thought I’d share a few movies I watched and loved over the last few weeks. To prove to myself I am not really a grumpy b*sh you understand.

A Long Way Down

Posters for A Long Way Down were plastered all over the tube a few months ago. Then again I have seen plenty of posters like that and in the end movies that were advertised were less than hmm… interesting.

Based on the book written by Nick Hornby A Long Way Down is an example of one of those movies that Brits do so well – warm, poignant, fun and silly, a kind of movie that lingers a while after you’ve watched it. It is about four people who have decided to kill themselves. And just happen to end up on the same rooftop at the same time. It stars Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots, Aaron Paul and Sam Neill. The reviews were rubbish, but I loved it.

Cuban Fury

Chris O’Dowd – that should be enough. Also Chris O’Dowd dancing, hello?! Also Nick Frost, Rashida Jones and Ian McShane? Also salsa dancing! Come on!

Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel

Totes late to this one as it was released in 2009. But I loved it all the same. It is about three nerdy friends, who manage to get into a time travel adventure of epic proportions just by sitting in a pub. The movie stars Chris O’Dowd, Marc Wootton, Dean Lennox Kelly and Anna Faris.

The Stag

Just so you know the movie IS named the Stag. For the US release the movie was retitled the Bachelor Weekend. If you are thinking it might be a Hangover rip off… hm no, it is not. It’s about a group of friends who organize a stag weekend in the great outdoors and things kinda get out of hand. Not in the let’s-jam-a-Chinese-man-in-the-truck kind of way. Also not in the-Blair-Witch-Project kind of way. In a bunch-of-Irish-dudes-who-are-funny kind of way.

The movie stars Andrew Scott (yes, Moriarty!), Hugh O’Conor and Peter McDonald (who, if you have been watching Moone Boy you’ll know him as dad Moone. If you aren’t watching Moone Boy, well… I give up!)

Random thoughts – Divergent

Dear ladies and gents,

so I was watching Divergent the other night. Decided against seeing it in cinema, because well… I loved the first book. The second book was meh. I didn’t even bother with the third.

And it’s not the type of movie that I simply MUST see on the big screen. Unlike Guardians of the Galaxy. Or Avengers. Or the Hunger Games.

Be as it may – there I was watching the movie and the most random thoughts kept popping in my brain like so:

- these dauntless people, yes? What the what (WHAT THE WHAT!) with them running everywhere? I am all for getting your 10.000 steps a day, getting some cardio in and whathaveyou, but this was excessive. They like jogged all.the.freaking.time. Seriously, what is that about?

- Four, yes? NOTHING as I imagined in my head. Don’t get me wrong, Theo James is a handsome guy and all that (Kemal Pamuk what!), but he (in my opinion) lacked dunno charisma? Edginess? Something.

- Kate Winslet, yes? Good job on trying to hide her pregnancy with a folder. With A FOLDER! Come to think of it, it could have been worse. They could have made her hide her baby bump with a handbag. Also what the what with the hair? Was that a wig? It was super distracting.

- Divergent supposedly takes place in the dystopian Chicago, yes? Third most populous city in the United States? So what the what (WHAT THE WHAT) with all the white people? Ok there is ZoĆ« Kravitz. And then you have Mekhi Phifer and Maggie Q who between them appear in maybe 5 scenes altogether? You’d expect the cast would be more racially diverse and all. Seriously.

- also the dialogues? It’s like something I might have written. And that is not a compliment.

It’s official – I is grumpy b*sh *sigh*