Truth is often said to be stranger than fiction and that sure rings true in Pain and Gain. Based upon the true story of bodybuilder Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) and his partners in both the gym and crime Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and Paul Doyle (Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson) Daniel Lugo is a personal trainer. There is only one problem. He believes he does not have the lifestyle to go with his ripped body, the lifestyle years of hard work deserves. Lugo then plans to kidnap a local businessman and extort him with the help of Doyle and Doorbal. Whilst Doorbal is easily persuaded, Paul Doyle, the ex-criminal turned Christian with the belief that he was sent to earth to protect God’s creatures is a little harder to convince. Once all persuasions are completed, the gang set about their kidnap and after a few farcical attempts, they succeed. Their fool proof plan slowly starts falling into place and they soon begin to reap the rewards of their efforts. Soon though, the money begins to dwindle and as greed begins to get the better of the trio, things begin to turn a little awry.
Written by David Bosworth
Anyone remember Scary Movie 4? Nope. Me neither. What about Scary Movie 3? The one with Leslie Nielsen as the President and there’s the aliens in the field from ‘Signs’? Struggling to place that one as well Okay. You MUST remember Scary Movie 2 then? Come on, the one with the turkey dinner stuffed with ‘penis’ and vagini’s’, served with the small hand! You remember now? You’ll remember the original then. The one that spawned all the aforementioned sequels both good and bad.
Scary Movie 5 falls into the latter category of ‘Bad’! In fact it probably falls into its own category of ‘The Good(1 & 2), The Bad(3 & 4) and the Ugly(5)’ which is why this review was needed to warn the masses that the horror spoof genre has died a gruesome death!
Written by Joe Langham
Alfred Hitchcock was one of the most influential and well-known directors in cinematic history. Anthony Hopkins can be regarded as Hitchcock’s acting equivalent. These two combine in Sacha Gervasi’s Hitchcock, with Anthony Hopkins starring as the great director. Psycho, the film at the centre of this one, which revolutionised and influenced both horror and cinema, in general, holds almost as much esteem as both these men.
Written by Adam Leivers (@SniperintheMist)
Every time a Quentin Tarantino film comes around it is met with derision, adulation and controversy, not to mention huge swathes of critical judgement the likes of which no other film is subjected to. The man himself is also loved and hated in equal measure, and constantly tows the line between the two with his odd public appearances, defensive interviews and aggressive attitude towards his craft and its representation.
He has a right to be defensive.