Tag: ricky gervais

MOVIE REVIEW | Special Correspondents (2016)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “If nothing else, Special Correspondents is a great show reel for Gervais the director.”

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“We’ve got wine, snacks, not being shot at.”

While Netflix is killing it with original TV shows, it’s still a little new to the feature film game for me to automatically associate it with quality.  Although, Beasts of No Nation and Pee Wee’s Big Holiday make a pretty good case for the streaming service knowing what they’re doing.  But they were also movies that I heard about long before they came out.  When an original Netflix movie, with a pretty good cast pops up out of nowhere, with no buzz, that makes me a little worried.  But that cast was enough to make me take a chance on Special Correspondents.

Working for a news radio station in New York, Frank Bonneville (Eric Bana) is a hot shot reporter.  Not because of how well he reports the news, but because of how well he can create sensationalism from the smallest kernels of the truth.  Helping report those stories is nebbish sound engineer, Ian Finch (Ricky Gervais).  When a massive story begins to break in Ecuador, Frank and Finch are sent south of the border to report live from the scene. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | Hello Ladies: The Movie (2014)

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“Hello, ladies.”

Like pretty much whoever saw it, after watching original British version of The Office, I was convinced that Ricky Gervais was a comic genius. Then, his follow up series Extras showed up, as well as his podcast, The Ricky Gervais Show. All of a sudden, his Office co-creator and co-director, Stephen Merchant was a lot more involved in front of the camera and microphone, and I realised just how important his comic sensibility was in making The Office what it was.

In the years since, Gervais has made plenty of good things, but he’s also made some real shit. In the years since, Merchant has been seemingly more selective and has a better strike to show for it. A strike rate that includes his unfairly underseen TV series, Hello Ladies. And while it sucks that it was cancelled after one season, it at least got enough time to put a bow in its characters, themes and story arcs, with Hello Ladies: The Movie. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

“A heartwarming lesson about sharing or waiting your turn or the number three.”

In a world where cinema screens are filled with cynical, cash grab reboots, remakes and pointless sequels, The Muppets reboot of a few years ago stood out head and shoulders above the rest. It had the perfect mix of reverence and love for what came before, while changing enough to make make the characters and story work in a way modern audiences would respond to. It was the kind of well intentioned, well executed reboot that almost makes the cynical, cash grabby ones worth it. Now, as much as I liked 2011’s The Muppets, I was still a little wary of a sequel coming out so soon. But bugger me if they didn’t go and make something even better with Muppets Most Wanted.

Starting during the end credits of the original reboot, the Muppets, led by Kermit the Frog (Steve Whitmore) aren’t sure what to do next, now that they’ve saved their theatre. Enter Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais), calming to be a promoter who can help the Muppets undertake a massive world tour. They accept and are off. Meanwhile, in Russia, Constantine (Matt Vogal), the world’s greatest criminal who also happens to be an exact double for Kermit, escapes from a Gulag.