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It is that time of the year when we reflect on what was good and what was bad in 2019. We start with the worst films of 2019.

  1. Black Christmas

The first dud from the Blumhouse house of horror. Black Christmas tried to be political with the gender game but ended up being so offense even the female audience found it deplorable.

  1. Little

This alleged comedy starring Regina Hall took the old ‘older person becomes younger self to learn a lesson’ Hollywood trope and completely killed it…unfunny in every sense.

  1. After

Based on a hit novel doesn’t necessarily mean success and that was certainly the case for the teenage romance After. Good girl meets bad guy with a reputation but with zero chemistry on screen and a story so transparent anybody could see through it, this was a real stinker.

  1. Gemini Man

Will Smith and director Ang Lee teamed up with what should have been one of the action films of the decade. But the new crystal clear technology only damaged an already flawed film.

  1. Dora And The Lost City Of Gold

You can argue this was a film for kids and shouldn’t be rated so harshly. But even kids struggled with a film that made its lead character seem childish instead of the hero that she should have been.

  1. What Men Want

A switch on the classic Mel Gibson film What Women Want. Re-make, re-boot… whatever this one was unfunny and missed its mark.

  1. Us

Once again Jordan Peele tried to be a little bit different with his horror film and once again it is left floundering with anything but a smart horror.

  1. Poms

Another ill-fated comedy, this time starring Diane Keaton who tries to introduce a cheerleading team to her local retirement home. While the film tries to expose some of the downsides of retirement villages it completely misses its mark and become a nothing film.

  1. It: Chapter Two

Early on it promised to be a hard-edged horror film but then it just fell away to be an ordinary horror film that seemed to mirror the first film.

  1. Godzilla: King Of Monsters

After the original film and Kong proved to be interesting this one just seemed to fall apart and become boring battle sequence after battle sequence with an out of the ordinary storyline that was nearly laughable.

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave and Nick take a look at  new release films ‘Good Kill,’ ‘Kill Me Three Times,’ ‘Southpaw,‘ ‘Girlhood,’ ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,’ ‘5 Flights Up,’ ‘Irrational Man,’ ‘Dope,’ ‘Hitman: Agent 47’   and ‘Vacation.’ This episode also contains interviews with Kriv Stenders, Rachel McAdams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Henry Cavill, Alicia Vikander, Armie Hammer, Morgan Freeman, Diane Keaton, Rupert Friend, Ed Helms, Chevy Chase, Christina Applegate, Richard Lowensten (Eco Homo), Lynne-Maree Milburn (Eco Homo) and Lawrence Johnston (Neon).

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And So It Goes

Summary: Self-obsessed real estate agent Oren (Michael Douglas) life is turned upside down after his estranged son leaves a grand-daughter he didn’t know about in his care. Struggling with his newfound role of guardian, Oren turns to his lovable and determined neighbour Lean (Diane Keating) for guidance, and ultimately learns how to love again.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 7th August, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Rob Reiner

Screenwriter: Mark Andrus

Cast: David Aaron Baker (David Shaw), Yaya DaCosta (Kennedy), Michael Douglas (Oren Little), Luis Augusto Figueroa (Mario), Paloma Guzman (Selena), Sterling Jenins (Sarah), Albert Jones (Reggie), Maurice Jones (Ray), Andy Karl (Ted), Diane Keaton (Leah), Austin Lysy (Kyle), Annie Parisse (Kate), Rob Reiner (Artie), Markley Rizzi (Sarabeth Little), Luke Robertson (Jason), Scott Shepherd (Luke), Maxwell Simkins (Caleb), Sawyer Tanner Simpkins (Dylan), Frances Sternhagen (Claire), Michael Terra (Peter), Johnny Tran (Le Duc), Frankie Valli (Club Owner), Amirah Vann (Rashida), Meryl Williams (Rita)

Runtime: 94 mins

Classification: M

 

OUR AND SO IT GOES REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Greg King: You can check out Greg’s And So It Goes review on www.filmreviews.net.au

Stars(2.5)

 

Nick Gardener: You can check out Nick’s And So It Goes review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #91

 

Stars(2)

 

David Griffiths:

What you get out of And So It Goes largely depends on what you go into the film expecting it to be. If you are expecting the latest As Good As It Gets (or insert the name of any Jack Nicholson comedy from the past couple of decades here) then you are going to be in for a surprise. Because while And So It Goes teams up screenwriter Mark Andrus (the man who penned the aforementioned As Good As It Gets) and director Rob Reiner (known for classics like Spinal Tap and The Bucket List) this isn’t a film that just goes for over-the-top-comedy. This is a film that decides it can mix and match the genres and have some comedy amongst heartfelt scenes that tug on the heartstrings, much in the same way Andrus’ Life As A House Does.

As a film And So It Goes centres around Oren Little (Michael Douglas). The two years since his wife died has seen successful real estate agent because one of the grumpiest men alive in the small American town he calls home. From trying to sell over-priced homes to racially vilifying his potential clients and making life one big sad mess for his neighbours it’s all in a day’s work for him.

Then suddenly his life is turned upside down when his son that he has written off years before shows up on his door begging him to look after his granddaughter Sarah (Sterling Jerins) while he is in prison. Oren reluctantly agrees and decides that while he is working he can easily just dump the girl on his long-suffering neighbour Leah (Diane Keaton) who is another one of Oren’s victims.

The fact that And So It Goes does drift between genres is possibly both its biggest positive and greatest negative all rolled into one. While some audience members may like the fact that the film can one moment show a heart gripping scene of a family ripped apart by drug addiction and then the next moment go for comedy relief with a dog humping a teddy bear others will find this to be a film that loses direction and ends up becoming a chore to watch.

Really though And So It Goes does deserve some cinematic credit. While any schmuck that has only watched a few films in their lifetime will easily work out where the Oren and Leah storyline is heading it is harder to determine where the plots revolving around young Sarah and her father Kyle (Austin Lysy) are going to end up. Sure there are some pretty clumsy attempts of humor throughout the film and some of the smaller roles (including one surprisingly played by Frankie Valli) are wasted, but there are more than enough witty one liners and story turns to keep most audiences members interested.

Most of the time Michael Douglas just seems to be in cruise control as he plays a role that was seemingly written for Jack Nicholson but he does transition well from being a grumpy old curmudgeon to a much brighter human being rather well, while once again reminding audiences that he is more capable of handling comedy when he needs to as well. The real star here though is Diane Keaton who also seems to just breeze through her role most of the time but then hits some great peaks when she reveals a rather nice jazz voice when the script calls her to perform in front of a microphone.

And So It Goes ends up just being a film that certainly can’t be called an awful film but also can’t be described as a memorable film either. It parts its comedy does work, while at other times the film’s journey into family problems also shows that the script wasn’t a complete write-off.

One thing is for sure though this is a film that is going to be enjoyed more by older audience members than the younger ones.

Stars(2.5)

 

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(2.5)

 

IMDB Rating:  And So It Goes (2014) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Reviews of ‘And So It Goes′: For our full And So It Goes review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #91. You can also check out Dave’s review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.

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The Big Wedding

Summary: To the amusement of their adult children and friends, long divorced couple Don and Ellie Griffin (De Niro and Keaton) are once again forced to play the happy couple for the sake of their adopted son’s wedding after his ultra conservative biological mother unexpectedly decides to fly halfway across the world to attend. With all of the wedding guests looking on, the Griffins are hilariously forced to confront their past, present and future – and hopefully avoid killing each other in the process.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 2nd May, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Justin Zackham

Screenwriter: Justin Zackham, Jean-Stephane Bron (original script), Karine Sudan (original script)

Cast: Ana Ayora (Nuria), Ben Barnes (Alejandro), Marc Blucas (Andrew), Kyle Bornheimer (Andrew), Christa Campbell (Kim), Robert De Niro (Don), Quincy Dunn-Baker (Kevin), Christine Ebersole (Muffin), Topher Grace (Jared), Katherine Heigl (Lyla), Diane Keaton (Ellie), Megan Ketch (Jane), Patricia Rae (Madonna), David Rasche (Barry), Susan Sarandon (Bebe), Amanda Seyfried (Missy), Robin Williams (Father Moinighan)

Runtime: 89 mins

Classification:MA15+

Dave Griffiths’s ‘The Big Wedding’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘The Big Wedding’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘TheBig Wedding′: Check Episode #30 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘The Big Wedding’.

Rating: 3/5

IMDB Rating:The Big Wedding (2013) on IMDb