Film Friday #117

Coach Carter

In a tough school in a poor area of Richmond, VA, sporting goods store owner, Ken Carter (Samuel L. Jackson) takes on the role of coach of the malingering basketball team of semi-delinquents (including a very young Channing Tatum). As Coach Carter introduces discipline to the team, they start to win games, but when he discovers that his players are failing in the classroom, he makes the controversial decision to bench his team until they improve their grades. Based on a true story, this is a heart-warming, if clichéd tale. 3/5

I told you already, I have had enough with the motherfucking snakes on this motherfucking court!

I told you already, I have had enough with the motherfucking snakes on this motherfucking court!

What’s Your Number?

After discovering that most of her friends have slept with a lot less people than she has, singleton Ally Darling (yes, really – Anna “WTF happened to her lips” Faris) decides that she best keep her “number” in check and search for a future husband from her pool of previous conquests. Helping her in this bizarre and stalkery quest is her hunky neighbour, Colin (Chris Evans) who likes to use her flat to hide from women he’s humped in order to make the dumping easier. It’s not long before Ally and Colin (Colin??? Is there a less sexy name in the English language? Apologies to anyone I know named Colin) start to develop feelings for each other… feelings that encourage them to jump naked into the harbour (that’s how you get ringworm, kids). But will Ally stray from her path? Who the crap cares! AVOID. 0/5

A shoe a shoe, mah kingdom for a shoe! Hic!

A shoe a shoe, mah kingdom for a shoe! Hic!

Martha Marcy May Marlene

In this rather confusing indie drama, Martha (Elizabeth Olsen) escapes from a cultish commune and tries to re-enter normal life by moving in with her sister (Sarah Paulson) and brother-in-law (Hugh Dancy). Unwilling to talk about what has happened to her, Martha’s fragile state and rampant paranoia start to damage her sister’s marriage. Current happenings are mixed in with flashbacks, which are effective in creating a parallel with Martha’s confused state and there are some good performances but if you’re expecting to leave this knowing what’s happened, you’ll be disappointed. 2.5/5

OMG if one more person asks me if I'm related to the Olsen twins I will scream

OMG if one more person asks me if I’m related to the Olsen twins I will scream

50/50

Twenty-seven year old writer, Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and given a 50/50 chance of surviving. The film follows his fight against the disease as well as its effect on his emotions and his relationships with his family, girlfriend (Bryce Dallas Howard) and best friend (Seth Rogen). This dramedy is touching and intense without resorting to emotional blackmail and actually moved my husband to tears. If you’ve ever faced losing someone, this is an especially relevant watch. 3.5/5

Dude, I don't care what the latest issue of Vice says, this is not a good hair cut!

Dude, I don’t care what the latest issue of Vice says, this is not a good hair cut!

1 Comment

  1. Tash

    Aaaah Coach Carter childhood film. ❤ Cruz

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