The Inbetweeners USA Episode 1 – Review

I am a very big fan of the original UK series and when I heard that America were planning a remake of yet another British show I was disappointed but when I found out that MTV, the same channel that made the short lived and terrible remake of UK’s Skins, I was even more let down. After watching the trailer I was not at all impressed, it looked as though the script was going to be EXACTLY the same as the UK version but just spoken by extremely poor actors and that’s exactly what it turned out to be.

If you took the first half of the first episode of the UK Inbetweeners and the second half of the second episode and mashed them together but added diabolical acting, tacky American references and the same jokes we have already heard so many times then you would get the first episode of USA Inbetweeners. If you haven’t realised by now I very much hated this remake of our series which isn’t surprising because apparently us Brits ‘hate everything’ America remakes. It’s true America do fail at attempting to remake many of UK’s television shows such as Skins, Shameless and now The Inbetweeners. There are a few exceptions for example, The Office is a great adaptation of our TV series and that is because the writer has stuck with it and not just handed it over to an American studio to have complete control of it.

I would say one of the worst parts of this series has to be the absolutely horrific acting that is delivered by Bubba Lewis (Simon), Zack Pearlman (Jay), Joey Pollari (Will) and Mark L. Young (Neil). These four ‘actors’ fail to have the same comedic timing that the actors in the original managed to nail so much. There is no chemistry between the characters, their relationships are just flat and boring, the banter between them doesn’t feel real it just feels awkward and forced which really doesn’t help the flow of the show. The creators of this show have tried so hard to fit these actors fit into the mould of the original characters but here they don’t fit one bit. The only character they have attempted to change is Neil, in the original he is slow-witted and extremely hilarious, in this remake he is just a normal, boring, unpopular schoolboy which makes it even more painful to sit through.

The script of this show hasn’t been altered much at all, at many points of the show it is a word for word copy of the originals script. The only difference is the swearing or the lack of, the foul language has clearly been dialled down for the easily offended married American audience. When the inevitable swearing comes they are covered by an irritating beep to hide the cuss word. The Inbetweeners (UK) is probably one of the most crude and rude shows I have watched in a long time, I don’t know how they thought they could transfer this into a country where they are offended by nearly everything. Everything about this show fails miserably and if I was the creator of this show I would be extremely ashamed of myself that I have ruined yet another outstanding British series.

I would not recommend this remake to anyone, if you are a fan of the original STAY AWAY, if you aren’t a fan of the original STAY AWAY, if you have eyes and ears STAY AWAY. This is yet another shoddy remake, I don’t know how many failures it will take until America realise that because a show is popular in the UK and on BBC America it doesn’t mean you have to remake it because I can tell you now you will do a terrible job.

1/10

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‘Red Tails’ – Movie Review

Red Tails is the latest movie from the childhood destroyer George Lucas. It centres on a group of African American pilots in a training program who are faced by segregation who are grounded during World War Two but are finally called into duty where they need to prove themselves while rising their lives for a country that didn’t appreciate them. Right off the bat let me tell you that I was so excited for this movie, from the trailer it looked like George Lucas could actually redeem himself after ruining the Star Wars franchise. But I was so wrong, this film was absolutely diabolical.

The biggest flaw of the movie has to be the shoddy excuse of a script, written by John Ridley and Aaeon McGruder, both pretty unknown screenplay writers but that doesn’t always mean it will be bad, but in this case it really is. This script is just a massive ball of cheese, every word that comes out of the characters mouth just makes you curl up and cringe. Then again what did you expect from the same producing team as the Star Wars prequels, making this movie feel as though it was written by George Lucas himself.

The poor script makes for some characters that you just don’t care about, when you are watching all these impressive dog fights you couldn’t really care if they made it back or plummeted towards the ground, I know that sounds heartless but you really don’t care. The characters just have no depth or back story causing you to not care about them one little bit.

One positive thing in Red Tails is the amazing special effects that attempt to keep you entertained between the dreadful scenes where speech is exchanged. The only good scenes in this movie are scenes that take place in the air, yes they still have the occasional clichéd speech but the astonishing visual effects make up for that at times. I think I would have preferred this movie a lot more if they cut out of all the speech and it was just two hours of continuous dog fights.

All round the performances are pretty mediocre but the one actor that stood out was the always brilliant Terrance Howard. He has to be the only character that you slightly care about, but unfortunalty his good performance doesn’t make up for the script that basically ruins the whole movie. Even if this movie had great performances they wouldn’t have stopped the rest of the many failings.

All in all I really didn’t enjoy this movie, from the trailer it had so much promise, it looked like another feel good race movie but boy was I wrong. The gorgeous special effects couldn’t make up for the one dimensional characters that spurt out a spew of cheesy lines that no one in their right mind would think of saying aloud. Please avoid at all cost, it’s poor, very poor.

3/10

Foo Fighters: Back And Forth – Movie Review

Let me start off by saying you probably won’t be interested in this movie or review if you aren’t really a Foo Fighters fan, but if you are an openminded person this movie will change your whole opinion of Dave Grohl and the band that he created. Back And Forth centres on the greatest rock band around today, Foo Fighters, it travels back to Grohl’s experiences withNirvana from the creation to the fame to the heartbreak. The film then moves on to take us on the journey of the creation of the phenomenal rock band, Foo Fighters. As you can probably tell already I am a Foo Fighters fan, before watching this movie I liked them a lot but after viewing this documentary I fell in love with them and now a massive fan. Hopefully this film can convert you too.

The documentary doesn’t follow the typical formula, instead of having a single person narrating a collection of clips the story is told through a series of interviews with current and former band members. I felt as though this adds a very personal feel to the film as you hear the stories first hand from the people who actually experienced it.

The last act of the movie is centred on the creation of their new album, Wasting Light, which in my opinion their best album and it is throughly interesting to see the complete process that they went through to make it. I feel as though this is the best part of the whole movie is as it moves away from the interviews and it becomes more driven by footage from Grohl’s personal studio which gives you a glimpse into the bands personal lives.

While watching there were a few parts that really stood out for me, the first being when William Goldsmith found out that Grohl had rerecorded all the drums on one album. This moment made me finally see that even the nicest man in rock – Grohl – can do horrible things. The second was of course when Foo Fighters reached their prime, when they played their biggest gig at Wembley, this was the moment were you think “woah, they really are the best band in the world!” The final moment was the production of the song I Should Have Known, this is personally my favourite song on their new album because through the song and in this documentary you can see that this song is so thoughtful and has come from so deep inside Grohl. I have so much respect for him for what he has been through and all that hardship comes through in this section of the movie.

If you aren’t a Foo Fighters fan I would still highly recommend this to you, if you are at all a fan of music and it’s creation I can guarantee you will love this movie as much as I did and afterwards you will realise how many astonishing songs they really have and you will want to go back and visit their whole discography.

10/10

Why I Hate 3D!

These days everything seems to be released in 3D and I just don’t understand why. As you can tell from the title of this post I am in the camp of people who are against having the third dimension taking over cinema. Let me start off by saying I am someone who can perfectly watch 3D so that isn’t a reason why I personally hate it.

This isn’t the first time that 3D in movies has taken off, the first time 3D became a success was in 1952, yes it was that long ago, this craze for 3D began to wither away by September 1953 due to many reasons, mainly due to the complex task of having to project two images at once. As soon as December 1953 3D was back in our cinemas with all new projectors making it easier for the film to be projected, in this wave of 3D even the great Alfred Hitchcock released a 3D picture but that didn’t stop 3D from wilting out by early 1955. But 3D wasn’t done there a handful of films were released in 3D between 1960 and 2003, where 3D made its long awaited comeback. We now have extremely advanced technology making the production and viewing of 3D easier than ever so why not bring it back.

In the past I have enjoyed the occasional 3D but it has now got to the stage where everything is being thrown out with many of them being post converted making them look even worse than if they were shot with three dimensional cameras. Avatar was actually the first feature length movie I ever saw in the third dimension and I absolutely loved it, the 3D was extremely subtle and was just there to deeply engross you into the film and you know what it really worked. I thought to myself after seeing it, that if all 3D movies are going to be like this then I can really see it taking off, but I knew that wouldn’t happen though, I knew Hollywood would do their best to shove 3D down our throats until we got sick of.

The biggest downside to 3D has to be the expense, the cost of my cinema ticket goes up by a whopping £1.95 just for some glasses that make everyone look stupid and fall off the bridge of my nose. The other day I went to the cinema to see The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists and there wasn’t an option to see it in 2D so I had to pay extra to go and see it in a dimension that I didn’t want to. I thought to myself what the hell it might be great 3D, it wasn’t, it added absolutely nothing to the movie so I left the movie pissed off having spent £1.95 on something I didn’t want to. I don’t have a huge problem with 3D in the cinema because it can actually benefit some films, admittedly very few.

In 1896 they didn’t even dream about 3D, when audiences were shown the first ever motion picture – The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station – they all moved back, with some screaming and fainting because they believed the train was actually coming towards them. Nowadays we get every 3D film trying to mimic that by throwing things out us, but you know what? Surprisingly (sarcasm) the novelty has worn off and we don’t want arrows firing through the screen at us every five seconds.

The one thing that I am pissed off about is the amount of 3D rereleases that are coming out, I can actually see the movie industry coming to an end very soon as they clearly have no original ideas and are just rereleasing, rebooting and remaking every movie they can. I really don’t see the point of films being rereleased in 3D, I have never thought to myself damn I wish Star Wars was in 3D. No-one has thought that because no-one wants it, they are phenomenal films (the originals) in 2D so we don’t need a third dimension. I never really thought we needed 3D, IMAX is the most engrossing experience I have ever witnessed and has trumped every 3D movie I have seen so I reckon we should all just root for IMAX instead of 3D.

3D in the cinema is nowhere near as bad as the attempts at 3D in the home. I don’t own a 3D TV at home, I have refused to spend over a grand just so I can watch the occasional movie in 3D. All the reasonably priced 3D TVs I have tried out all experience something called ghosting which is where you begin to see double in some scenes, now to me this is a fault and is proof that the technology isn’t perfect yet they still sell these TVs. I don’t want to spend however much on a TV that has a major fault every time I watch a film in third dimension. I know that all modern TVs that are being bought out now come with 3D equipped as standard and I know the next TV I buy will have it but that doesn’t mean I will use it.

I have decided that when Christopher Nolan finally makes his first 3D movie I will join the bandwagon and accept that 3D is the future but until that happens I hate it. What are your thoughts on the third dimensions? Do you think its really going to take off this time? Or can you see it withering away like another fad? Please tell me your thoughts in the comments below, I am really interested to hear what other people think. Thank you very much for reading, if you enjoyed this most please feel free to hit that like and follow button.

Changes To My Blog!

Recently many of you may have noticed that my posts have become less regular, this isn’t because I am losing interest, I love doing this and if I could I would do it all the time but unfortunately I have other commitments in my life. Therefore I have decided to stop posting news updates on this blog and just do reviews on TV shows and films with the occasional rant and list popping up. I will still be covering HUGE news, for example if there was a new trailer for The Dark Knight Rises I would post it because that is too amazing to miss but if it is just a TV spot for American Reunion then I won’t be posting it. I’m sorry if this has caused any of you inconvenience but when my life starts to become less hectic then I will go back to including news but at the moment I have too much on my plate. I’m really sorry if this upsets any of you but I hope that you will stay just as loyal as you have been and continue to read my posts. You can look out for my Hunger Games and Walking Dead Season 2 reviews in the coming days. Thank you very much for being so loyal and supportive, I couldn’t do it without any of you.

Buy A Blu-Ray A Week – USA

Blu-Rays To BUY 

The Muppets – I absolutely loved this movie, it was hugely entertaining and is guaranteed to be enjoyed by anyone. When I first heard about this movie I thought it would be awful, and all of the spoof trailers really weren’t convincing me. Because I love Jason Segel and The Muppets I thought I would give it a chance and I’m glad I did. This film is beyond joyful and I highly recommend this to everyone, especially fans of The Muppets.

Carnage – Now don’t get me wrong I id enjoy Carnage but I was extremely let down as I thought it could shave been so much better. This film is short clocking it at one hour and twenty minutes but the film feels like it is around two hours and that isn’t really a good thing. I chose to put this in the section you should buy because I know a lot of people that loved it but I was just a little let down, you might not be though.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – Now to another movie that I absolutely loved, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was a great remake thats is dark, twisted and extremely fast paced. This movie isn’t for the feint hearted, it does contain some extremely brutal scenes that are not to be viewed by children. It is filled with great performances and it is definitely worth your time. Don’t be daunted by it’s two hour and forty minute run time, it goes extremely quickly all due to it’s astonishing fast paced editing. If you loved the books and the original then you will love this one and if you just generally love movies then you will love it.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy –  This is a fantastic film with phenomenal performances throughout from the brilliant Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy and so many more. The storyline of this film is a little complex and you could find your self getting a bit lost but its still not a complex as inception the first time round. The film is also quite slow, I think that you need to be quite interested in British spies to really appreciate the pure quality of this movie. But it really is a great shame that is one of many films that has been completely snubbed by the Academy Awards. 

Blu-Rays To AVOID

The Sitter – Please don’t go anywhere near this movie, this is a perfect example as to why people think that Jonah Hill can’t act. This film is supposed to be a comedy but I did not laugh once, it is extremely unfunny and incredibly boring. I really wouldn’t recommend this to anyone, so please save yourself and never watch this pile of garbage.

All of the above Blu-rays are released on Tuesday 20th March 2012. So which ones will you be picking up this week? Feel free to tell me your thoughts in the comments below. Thank you very much for reading.

‘Muppets’ Sequel

It has been announced today that plans are going forward to make a sequel to recent 2011 film The Muppets. For people who are big fans of The Muppets this is great news, especially seeing as they did such a great job with the first one. It is unsure whether Jason Segel is returning to write or star but I really hope he returns as I thought he did a brilliant job bringing the series back to life.

I think this is great news but what do you think? Feel free to tell me all your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks for reading.