Unconventional Christmas Films: Top 10

Unconventional Christmas filmsAh, Christmas: the most wonderful time of the year. Full of joy, cheer and watching the same Yuletide movies over and over again. However, the festive season need not be a cacophony of monotony – here are 10 Christmas movies that might just knock you out of that joyful rut.

Like what you see? Check out our Emily White’s picks for the best Alternative Christmas Movies for those of you who hate Christmas.
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The Spy Who Dumped Me review “Full of wasted talent”

The Spy Who Dumped Me posterI went into this film optimistic. Yes, the trailer looks terrible, and the script is weak and the plot is cheesier and holey-er than a slice of Emmental, but, Kate McKinnon. Aside from being the biggest, best and funniest in her regular slots on SNL, her big screen debut in the all female reboot of Ghostbusters (2016) firmly cemented her reputation for being a sparkling comedic presence. Sadly, even McKinnon couldn’t save this bland, unfunny, girls-gone-wild caper, delivering poorly-scripted lines by yelling and sticking out her tongue.

The comedy, or lack there of, isn’t the only problem with The Spy Who Dumped, a title that may have duped many an unsuspecting cinema-goer by being smarter than the film itself. The problem with this movie is that it strives to be so many things and doesn’t do any of them right. The violence is extreme and goofy, the kind you might see in an Edgar Wright movie except this isn’t an Edgar Wright movie and the gore just seems out of sync when set against the attempts of spoofy comedy. The film also takes tentative steps into rom-com territory that leads onto a number of bizarrely unfunny series of vagina gags. Director Susanna Fogel clearly had big ideas for this girl-power spy spoof romp, but ultimately fails to see them through. Continue reading

The After Party review “A coming-of-age movie for the present day”

The After Party movie posterWith September rolling closer by the second and the new school year approaching, this year is passing by like lightning. Thousands of youths will be making decisions that will affect the rest of their lives, and following dreams that they have had for years. It seems only fitting, then, to watch the new coming-of-age movie by Netflix, titled The After Party.

The After Party follows two best friends – Jeff and Owen – as they try to desperately sign a record deal the night before Owen is signed up for the Marines. With strippers, Rolls Royce Phantoms and a handful of chart topping rappers, this movie appears to have it all. Continue reading

Tag review “Tag, you’re not it”

Tag movie posterThe humble American comedy. To many British viewers, this genre of film is a sacrilege to all that is hilarious in this world. However, when I first saw the trailer for Tag, the latest foray into the world of slapstick comedy, I was surprised. Excited, even. However, did this movie live up to its thoroughly intriguing premise? Or, did it miss the mark completely?

Tag follows a group of five friends who all reunite during the month of May to play a huge game of tag. However, following the rumour that the elusive Jerry (Jeremy Renner) is retiring from the game after this season, it becomes a mission for the other four men to be the first to tag him in 30 years.

As far as an idea for a movie goes, this one has it all. It’s inventive, it’s based on a true story, it’s (supposedly) funny and it has a brilliant cast, including Ed Helms, Jon Hamm and Isla Fisher. However, the execution leaves much to be desired. Continue reading

The Week Of review “A sinking boat that’s also on fire”

The Week Of posterIt’s not often that an Adam Sandler vehicle actually looks like it could be a promising watch. One of Netflix’s latest releases, The Week Of, actually seemed like it could have been a fairly okay movie. On paper, it had Chris Rock and a plethora of other typical comedy actors, all of whom have a fair amount of recognisable talent. However, was this talent as recognisable when translated to the actual film?

The answer, in short, is no. This movie, with all of its possible merits and a plot that could have been successful, is bad. Granted, it’s not as though it’s badly made – that would be unfair to say. It’s that it is mind-numbingly boring, to the point where I would have preferred to have sat doing nothing for the two-hour running time, over watching that movie. It got to a point of desperation: I was waiting for it to end. Continue reading