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Ant-Man and The Wasp – Review

I know what you’re thinking – do we really need another film where a miniature or indeed gigantic version of Paul Rudd is trying to help the universe in some way with his sheer charisma and dashing smile? The answer…yes, yes we really do.

If you are expecting a killer narrative with twists and turns and an epic resolution; Ant-Man and The Wasp doesn’t exactly embody such elements. Of course, there are loose ends to be tied up from Civil War and reference’s galore; but this is a film to sit back and truly absorb in all its hilarity.

By now we should all know what to expect when it comes to such a franchise and you will be pleased to know that even after three years on from the first installment of this miniscule superhero’s tale, Paul Rudd captures your heart and naturally, Hope’s (Evangeline Lilly). After having a minor blimp whilst trying to save the world with ‘Cap’, Captain America, poor Scott pays the price is under house arrest. Whilst creating possibly the best slide for this daughter one has ever seen passes the time, Hope and Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) have been working on big plans to rescue the original Wasp, Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer) from the deep, dark and dangerous Quantum Realm. Any sort of equilibrium Lang thought he had is abolished as we scream for joy when we see this man in a teeny-tiny car helping Hope track down the rest of the material they need in order to get her Mum back.

Call it coincidence, or bad timing – but the particular equipment they need to complete their machine is also being tracked down by someone else, ‘Ghost’. Enter Laurence Fishburne, Hank’s former colleague who has taken this woman, stuck between time and space under his wing, creating yet another rift between Dr.Hank and the universe it seems. Eva aka ‘Ghost’ (Hannah John-Kamen) isn’t your conventional ‘baddie’, offering a raw human element that the story line thrives off of, as she desperately tries to save herself fading away into the atmosphere.

The narrative may be not be masterful nor ground-breaking; but the originality and inventiveness here cannot go unnoticed. The wealth of supporting cast here, knew and old provided relief from the usual fast-paced, action sequences Marvel does to a T. From Scott’s daughter Cassie (Fortson), to the overly attached husband Paxton (Cannavale) the screen graces us with to the wonder of Pena, T.I and Dastmalchian as security firm leaders of aptly named X-Con security services that generally leave you speechless (in all the good ways). Douglas and Lily bring their own, but let’s face it – this is basically the Paul Rudd show and it’s brilliant.

With a car chase that possibly rivals the freeway sequence from Matrix Reloaded, a flashback scene that will have you laughing for days and Rudd’s smile winking at you this will without a doubt make you laugh at every turn and leave you wanting more. Expect glaring plot holes and clichéd to death dialogue albeit, Ant-man and The Wasp provides sheer entertainment to those deeply invested in the Marvel franchise and indeed those who simply want a dose of Rudd and boy do they get it.

And you sure as hell won’t forget Michael Pena’s curly locks anytime soon…and, for the love of Hello Kitty, avoid the truth serum at all costs!

Ant-Man and the Wasp is out  on  DVD & Blu-Ray now! 

The Best Of…Paul Rudd

Some actors are timeless. In Paul Rudd’s case, he’s just ageless. Yes, the unwrinkled and smooth perfection of Rudd’s features have caused many to proclaim more sinister and mysterious than simple product, Botox, and wealthy, healthy living. Beyond his youthful looks, Paul Rudd has made a staple for himself by appearing as a lovable loser in comedies and beyond. Charming us with his sparkling eyes and great delivery

To celebrate the release of Ant-Man and the Wasp, we’re here to celebrate all things Paul Rudd!

Bonus: Knocked Up for that shrooms sequence; I Love You, Man for “slappa da bass,” and Parks and Recreation for the gift that kept giving – Bobby Newport!

Clueless (1995)

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One of Rudd’s first ever performances gave many young people their first ever crushes. In this modern nineties adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma. The film revolves around Cher, a fashion-obsessed popular girl who is trying to navigate high-school the easiest way possible. Using her intellect, she sets-up teachers, friends, and more and reaps the benefits of their pairings. But is she truly happy?

Rudd plays her step-brother Sonny who actively rolls his eyes at Cher’s antics but the pair soon begin to find a kinship. Smart and open, Rudd’s Sonny was on the book of every teenager in the nineties.

Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

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Wet Hot American Summer is a spoof outrageous comedy that tackles all those summer teen movies. It skewers tropes, adds eccentricity, and has become a really fucking hilarious film tht spawned off two television series just as brilliant as the last. The film sees a camp and the counsellors who run it, prepping for the last day of camp as they say goodbye to the relationships they’ve built over summer. Paul Rudd plays hot douchebag Andy who seduces all the girls despite being in a relationship with our leading lady. Rudd is clearly having the best time as the long-haired seventies Lothario who gets his comeuppance in the end.

Also, the film did also provide us with this gif too…

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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

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“Sixty per cent of the time, it works every time.”

Classic lines a plenty come in Will Ferrell led comedy Anchorman. The sensational comedy that spawned an unnecessary sequel is still regarded as one of the funniest comedy films of the 21st Century. The film revolves around Ferrell’s titular character as he rides the high and low waves of being a TV news anchor. Rudd plays the sex-obsessed woman “charmer” Brian Fontanna , even though his “charms” fail to work. By this point, we just know that Rudd has absolute impeccable comedic delivery and

Prince Avalanche (2013)

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Ugh. You just really want Paul Rudd to continue making these types of films. That brooding and unassuming indie film that broils with character and mute comedy. The movie by David Gordon Green is a charming and eloquent sleeper hit where an odd pairing – the meditative Alvin and the dopey Lance – head to the woods in order paint traffic lines. Bonding over their work and scenery, Rudd alongside Emile Hirsch move greatly with heart and redolent emotion. Their dysfunctional relationship is an absolute draw and intensely beautiful to watch, brooding with that Sundance spirit.

The Fundamentals of Caring (2014)

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There were about two different roles Rudd was type-cast into before he put on a really, really, ridiculously small super-suit: The kinda loser straight guy in a group of crazy drunken idiot friends or the kinda loser adult trying to teach a younger audience the way forward. With The Fundamentals of Caring, he gets to marry both these stereotypes in a great way. Playing the down-and-out Ben, a retired writer who starts to look after a disabled young man, Rudd is in his element. Having great rapport with the young Craig Roberts, Rudd meets many poignant moments in this surprisingly tender and very funny road trip comedy.

Captain America: Civil War (2015)

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There were two great things about Ant-Man. Michael Pena and Paul Rudd. Sadly, it was just a wasted opportunity. Rudd never really got to shine in a lacklustre movie. That being said, for the half an hour he appears in Captain America: Civil War, he’s a riot. Look, Rudd definitely does embody the role of master-thief Scott Lang in a roguish type manner – making him somewhat of a loser but with enough mettle to become a superhero as well as adding undying love for his daughter. In Civil War, Rudd takes those elements to brand new heights, literally, and steals every scene. Ok, he steals every scene until Spider-Man appears!

We’re excited to see what he does next with Ant-Man and the Wasp!


Ant-Man and the Wasp is out in cinemas now! 

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Ideal Home – Review

Every so often you come across a film that has all the right components and the possibility to be incredible only for the final product to fall at the last hurdle.

Ideal Home, starring Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan, is that type of film.

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Ideal Home revolves around Erasmus Bramble, an eccentric food TV presenter and Paul Morgan, his exasperated director and real-life partner who live life on the rolling orange hills of Santa Fe. Despite their constant bickering, the pair seemingly live an idyllic life. Of course, that goes completely to shit when Erasmus’ estranged grandson Bill turns up on his doorstep after his father is locked up. The 10 year old struggles to fit in and the couple find their world turned upside. Can the trio find a way to live with one another?

I mean – I don’t mean to do a spoiler alert here – but, yeah, of course. Ideal Home certainly treads all the familiar waters and doesn’t iprove on the couple comedy genre. We’re kind of at an impasse here, aren’t we? Because whilst it’s great that bog-standard movies are coming out around all types of relationships, we certainly should be demanding better quality. What’s more irritating is that Ideal Home shows promise but falters in it’s uneven development of a premise.

It’s frustrating.  Ideal Home  doesn’t know what type of film it wants to be in terms of comedy. It dabbles with the usual comedy fare, some slapstick type moments, and even some right black humour. But these different parts don’t gel well, especially against the underdeveloped drama. Whilst there are some moments that work incredible, the rest simply falls flat.

The performances are completely uneven against one another. Steve Coogan is completely peacocking and fails to deliver the comedic gold he is used too. Instead of his flamboyancy feels stereotypical and doesn’t quite fit into the nature of the film. However, Paul Rudd as the more muted Paul is really good. He taps into something completely wonderful here and emotes his character greatly. Rudd flits between a man unwilling to raise a child but slowly turning and warming to Bill. Jack Gore is great as Bill and the pairing truly works.

Side note: Why hire Allison Pill for two scenes? It makes no sense.

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There is material here and, in instances few and far between, it works. The sentimental elements develop greatly towards the end and cause you to care about this mismatched trio taking on a whole new adventure together. The humour doesn’t entirely work and some of the comedy moments falls very flat on familiarity.

Rudd does pull Ideal Home out of the gutter, giving it some sturdy foundations and building quite average movie.

There is a bonus credit sequence to showcase same-sex couples and that is really special. (Though it does underline exactly what could’ve been cultivated throughout the film. ((It is really sweet thought.)))

Ideal Home is out now! 

Unpopped Kernels: Wet Hot American Summer

If film and TV are to be believed, Summer Camp is one of America’s most iconic pastimes. A time when children don’t have any parents to scold them, and they can explore some of the trickier aspects of life (love, loss, homesickness, etc) in a relatively safe place.

Wet Hot American Summer takes these themes and runs with them, creating a well-crafted pastiche that sends up both genres of 80’s teen drama and comedy in a loving way, and spinning a delightfully light-hearted tale of love, loss and potential destruction.

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is set on the final day of camp, the talent show is in the evening, and some of the older campers are hooking up, or trying to hook up, before they all go back home. Of course that all depends on whether or not some of the nerdier campers along with an astrophysics professor can prevent a part of NASA’s Skylab from crashing into the camp. What follows is a rather zany affair, with plenty of teenaged angst and awkwardness.

Possibly the most appealing aspect of the film is the cast. When it was filmed back in 2001, many of them weren’t quite the famous faces they are today, but the amount of comedic talent that it showcased back then is astounding. Featuring the likes of Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Bradley Cooper (Guardians of the Galaxy), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) and so many more, a large part of the initial comedy is drawn from the actors playing roles that they are clearly several years too old for, especially when combined with the gaggle of actual children in minor roles as other camp-goers.

As well as a group of twenty-somethings playing sixteen year olds, there are plenty of older actors playing the roles of the camp staff, with Janeane Garofalo (Dogma) as Head of Camp, Beth, and David Hyde-Pierce (Frasier) as Henry, an astrophysics professor who happens to be spending his summer at a property next to the camp, as well as being Beth’s love interest. Their brief period of wooing is interspersed with trips into town to study the others’ interests and scientific explanations about the falling piece of Skylab. Alongside them are a whole host of other dysfunctional counsellors, such as the arts and crafts teacher going through a messy divorce and a chef with PTSD from Vietnam who talks to an advice-giving can of soup.

The film takes a little while to warm up, but when it does, the jokes come thick and fast. Everything about the movie smacks of the 1980’s, from the clothes that are being worn to the filter on the camera giving off a warm glow to the whole affair, a necessity due to rain on set practically every day of the shoot.

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received very mixed reviews when it first came out, but since then it has seen a resurgence as a cult classic. The humour itself isn’t for everyone, but when it hits the right notes, it is raucously hilarious. Alongside the Netflix exclusive prequel that came out in 2015, which built upon the initial characters, introduced (and then hastily removed) new ones and generally maintained the madcap insanity that pervaded through the original film, WHAS is a fantastic series, with lots of great actors. You’d be a fool to miss it!

Wet Hot American Summer is available on Netflix! 

The Fundamentals of Caring – Review

If there’s one thing in films that will never lose it’s appeal, it’s comedic actors taking on serious roles; for decades, audiences have lapped up the idea that someone so funny could pull off a deep, meaningful role and no matter how many times we see it, we’re still endlessly impressed. This time, Paul Rudd is taking a step away from his usual antics to play a writer with a dark past in The Fundamentals of Caring.

Ben (Rudd) is a writer who’s avoiding his own divorce and struggling to accept fatalities of the past. Looking for a new perspective on life, he takes a care giving course and is assigned to look after Trevor (Craig Roberts), a sarky yet cynical teenager who suffers duchenne muscular dystrophy and has never lived a life outside of his own house. The pair form a weird connection, and before long, they find themselves on a road trip and their ability to cope is tested.

Now, it’s not fair to say that Paul Rudd has never taken on anything dramatic, with films like Romeo + Juliet and The Perks of Being a Wallflower under his belt. But one quick glance at his long and impressive filmography will tell you that he is first and foremost a comedian. His performance in this film isn’t a total departure from that, as he has plenty of scenes that are frankly hilarious, but this is something much deeper and much more damaged than he’s ever tried before, and he absolutely nails it. Ben’s pain and regret is a prominent theme in the film and Rudd conveys it all perfectly. His chemistry with Roberts is also stunning; they compliment each other in the best way, they make each other funnier, there’s an understanding between them and it’s largely what drives the film forward.

The Fundamentals of Caring is an oddly feel good film; all of it’s humour, it’s twists and turns, and it’s inspirational moments come together nicely to make for an enriching experience. However, a lot of time, it wants to throttle you emotionally, and in some cases it does. I won’t spoil it, but there is a very important part of Ben’s past that could have very easily been spoon fed to us through boring, ex-positional dialogue that would undermine the seriousness of it, yet it keeps everything vague and reveals all to us through flashbacks at the perfect times. This is by far the best thing about the film, which sadly never reaches any other emotional heights in the same way.

There are other story lines going on, some you don’t realise until much later, that feel a little soulless and add nothing to the film.

For one of them, it relies very heavily on a cliche that we’ve seen a million times in coming of age films that just isn’t handled very well, and for another one, it’s just sort of comes out of nowhere and is over almost immediately. It’s as if this film is obsessed with making sure every single character gets their story, regardless of whether or not it’s done well. There’s a character in the film named Peaches, a pregnant woman whose car breaks down and joins the gang on their trip, and whilst she plays a crucial part to Ben’s storyline, the film itself could easily do without her. She’s not particularly interesting, or funny, or even worth caring about for the most part; she exists solely to fill this role later on in the film which could have very easily been filled by a nameless character. It just feels entirely tacked on.

This is a film that seems so much better in it’s first half than it actually is; for the most part, it feels very profound, very meaningful and very enjoyable, but once you’ve finished it, it’s actually kind of forgettable. If it was maybe just a bit tighter, and focused more on Ben and Trevor’s relationship (which as it stands, it does a very good job of) and eliminates some of the aforementioned stories that weren’t needed, and maybe just a bit more of an emotional punch than it does, it could easily be a remarkable film.

For now, The Fundamentals of Caring is a good enough film that makes for a great feel good experience, and perfectly demonstrates the dramatic and comedic talents of it’s two leads,. However, it aims too high and doesn’t quite reach it’s mark, leaving a lot to be desired.