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FILM REVIEW: Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)

Following an Oscar nomination for Bridesmaids back in 2012, Melissa McCarthy is getting Oscar buzz again for her starring role in Can You Ever Forgive Me? based on the memoir by Lee Israel.

Lee Israel (McCarthy) was a celebrity biographer who was down on her luck after poor sales and a lack of support from her agent (Jane Curtin). With not even enough money to pay for her cat’s vet bills, a chance find by Lee sparks an idea about how she can make money from her writing: create fake letters by literary greats and actors and sell them to collectors. The film, directed by Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl) and written by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty, does a thorough job in setting this up well so that we can empathise with Lee’s criminal actions – her cat is sick, her apartment is flea-ridden, she can’t afford a coat. Not to mention that her victims, for the most part, aren’t exactly the most likeable characters. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)

FILM REVIEW: Ghostbusters (2016)

Ghostbusters (Paul Feig, 2016)

If there’s something strange, in your neighbourhood, it’s probably a pathetic loser living in his parents’ basement trolling the female Ghostbusters. And how disappointed he will be to hear that it’s actually not the failure he’d been so desperately anticipating. Time to go back to your porn, buddy. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Ghostbusters (2016)


The Boss (Ben Falcone, 2016)

Melissa McCarthy.  Who knows which way a film with her name on it will go. You always get a sense of what you’re going to get, but you can never quite trust whether the overall product will be any good. For every Bridesmaids, there’s an Identity Thief. For every Spy, there’s a Tammy.  One would hope that The Boss would find a place among her better work, but early signs weren’t positive. McCarthy’s husband Ben Falcone directs and co-writes (with McCarthy), after his less than successful debut with Tammy. Kristen Bell co-stars, and if there’s anyone who matches McCarthy in the “will-it-or-won’t-it-be-good” stakes, it’s her. (For every Veronica Mars there’s a When in Rome, for every Frozen there’s a You Again, for every adorable reaction to a sloth there’s a role in Movie 43). Then there was the trailer which involved McCarthy working Bell’s bra like a puppet master. Expectations were not high. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Boss


Spy (Paul Feig, 2015)

If you’re not already on the Melissa McCarthy bandwagon then you should promptly jump on, because the woman is hilarious. But unfortunately, her billing never comes with a guarantee of a quality film, as her film choices tend to be hit and miss. For every Bridesmaids, there is an Identify Thief, and even her recent foray into screenwriting was not well-received, with Tammy bombing at the box-office after multiple changes to its scheduled release. All is not lost though, as she is back with a vengeance in Spy, where she reteams with director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) for some ball-busting espionage fun. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Spy


St Vincent (Theodore Melfi, 2014)

Theodore Melfi makes his directing and screenwriting debut with St Vincent, a touching, yet mostly predictable comedy/drama about a cute kid and his cranky-pants neighbour. Like in Up, Dennis the Menace, Gran Torino, that episode of Modern Family, and a heap of other films that have gone before, I think we can guess where it’s heading. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: St Vincent