A dysfunctional family embark on a road trip together to make sure their youngest child can take part in the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant.
What Tierna thinks: “Loved this. It follows an unlikely beauty pageant candidate & her dysfunctional family on their quest to fulfil some dreams. The many hurdles & shortcomings along the road make for an hilarious yet sometimes emotional story that I’m happy to have watched. If you’re sceptical, just give it a go as at the very least, it should make you smile. I’ll give this a nine out of ten.”
What Tom thinks: “I knew Tierna would like this film. I saw it in the cinema on its release and its a good film. It’s a feel good kinda film… which I usually don’t like as I’m such a miserable sod… but it works. The strong cast is part of the reason for this (it’s good to see Steve Carrell giving an understated performance for once). It’s not going to change your life or re-invent the genre, but it’s a good film and I’ll give it an eight out of ten.
Up next: My Summer of Love
In Judd Apatow’s second feature film as a director, unemployed stoner Ben (Seth Rogan) has a one night stand with career-girl Alison (Katherine Heigl) and both have to cope with the resulting pregnancy.
What Tierna thinks: “It’s like a modern day twist on a rom-com except much funnier. It cracked me up in parts. An amusing insight into a pretty unfortunate situation: fathering the love child of a man you do not know, who appears to live his life surrounded by idiots. A good, fun movie which we watched on a lazy Saturday evening with a glass of wine (or two!) in hand. I’ll give this a nine out of ten. One of the most amusing comedy films I’ve seen in my 20-something years.”
What Tom thinks: “I have to say I’m a big fan of Judd Apatow’s work. Freaks and Geeks was a great TV series and The 40 Year Old Virgin is hilarious. I would say this is the pinnacle of his films (as a writer / director) as it really gets the right tone between being very funny but having something to say about relationships and the differences between men and women (not just for the two leads but also Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann). And what a cast too! I’ll give it an eight out of ten.”
Up next: Little Miss Sunshine
54. Bad Santa
What makes a Santa bad? When he’s a miserable alcoholic who curses non-stop, pisses himself whilst at work, has a penchant for plus-size ladies and robs department stores every Christmas with his black dwarf accomplice.
What Tierna thinks: “I really enjoyed this one. The kid actor was absolutely hilarious and in my opinion, he made the film that extra bit funny. “Want me to fix you some sandwiches?!” Bad Santa was a horrible individual, yet slightly endearing towards the end. Great film, made me laugh and although I’m making a habit of this I’ll give it an eight out of ten.”
What Tom thinks: “Always good to get into the Christmas spirit… in September! Bad Santa is my kind of Xmas film, good dark humour and enough heart without being schmaltzy. The recent ‘Bad Teacher’ showed just how hard it can be to get this kind of comedy right and Billy-Bob Thornton is perfect in the lead role. It’s always hard to rate these films, its not a classic film per se but is a very entertaining film. Hmm, I’ll give it an eight out of ten.”
Up next: Milk
58. Shaun of the Dead
In the world’s first ever rom-zom-com, Shaun tries to win back his girlfriend whilst dealing with a zombie apocalypse along with his best mate Ed.
What Tierna thinks: “It’s nice to watch a ‘zombie’ film with Tom and for us to actually agree that it was funny & enjoyable. Ok, it’s by no means your traditional zombie film. It contains all the antics and tongue in cheek humour that you’d expect from Simon Pegg & Nick Frost. As for the gore, it’s so ridiculous I didn’t even squirm. I really enjoyed this one and I’m going to give it an eight out of ten”
What Tom thinks: “I’ll start by saying that Dawn of the Dead is one of my favourite films of all time, and when I originally saw this in the cinema I was hooked right from the start when the classic music kicks in. Shaun of the Dead is the ultimate homage to an amazing movie and also works as a film in its own right. Its literally the most entertaining film I’ve ever seen. I love it, and its worth at least a nine out of ten.”
Up next … The Consequences of Love
Ron Burgundy is the top rated news anchor in San Diego in the 1970s. However, the arrival of Veronica Corningstone – an ambitious female reporter – threatens to change this.
What Tierna thinks: “This one is full of one liners and made me laugh many, many times! It’s pretty ridiculous really but well worth watching. I’ll give it a seven out of ten.”
What Tom thinks: “I’m a huge fan of the frat pack comedies and this is pretty much their peak. It’s totally random (a good thing!) and surely must be one of the most quotable films ever. The film on its own is probably an eight, but because of its sheer quotability I have to give it a nine out of ten.”
Up next: Spirited Away … “The best Japanese film since Godzilla?”
Posted in Ben Stiller, Comedy, Frat pack, Vince Vaughn, Will Ferrell
Tagged Adam McKay, Afternoon Delight, Baxter, Christina Applegate, Danny Trejo, David Koechner, I Love Lamp, Paul Ruud, San Diego, Seth Rogan, Sex Panther, Steve Carell, Tim Robbins
78. About Schmidt
In the first of two Alexander Payne films on the list (Sideways is no 27), About Schmidt stars Jack Nicholson as a recently retired insurance actuary who embarks on a road trip to attend his daughter’s marriage.
What Tom thinks: “I hadn’t really watched this since the cinema about 7 years ago, and I had forgotten what a good film this is. It’s genuinely an excellent drama (Tierna cried again… that makes three) but is also funny. It’s a great turn from Jack Nicholson too, nothing like his usual charismatic performance, and rightly got him an Oscar nomination. Really good film, I’ll give this an eight out of ten.”
What Tierna thinks: “I still can’t believe Tom’s keeping a ‘cry count’. Harsh! I thought this film was fantastic and Jack Nicholson acted the role excellently. I’d definately recommend watching this as it’s great for a laugh yet tugs on the heart strings as well. I’ll also give this an eight out of ten.”
Posted in Alexander Payne, Comedy, drama, Jack Nicholson, Louis Begley, Oscar Nominated
Tagged Camper van, Death, Marriage, Old, Roadtrip, Waterbeds
81. In The Loop
A spin-off from the BBC comedy series ‘In The Thick Of It’, In The Loop follows UK and US government officials as they aim to either promote or stop a war that the Prime Minister and President have decided they want to launch in the Middle East.
What Tom thinks: “I’ve never seen the TV show this is based on, but i’m definitely thinking of checking it out having seen this. Enjoyed this film a lot – very similar humour to Alan Partridge, The Day Today etc (as you would expect given that Armando Ianucci created it). Characters were great and the dialogue and story very funny, needed this after the boredom of Yi Yi. Good stuff! I’ll give it an eight out of ten.”
What Tierna thinks: “This one is good for a laugh. It’s a lottery funded film and while it doesn’t feel high budget, they’ve done a cracking job with the story. There are some characters in particular which I found hilarious and certainly make this film worth watching! I’ll give it a seven out of ten. Nicely done!”