God’s Pocket is a gritty, blue-collar neighbourhood of God’s Pocket, Mickey Scarpato’s (Philip Seymour Hoffman) crazy stepson, Leon, is killed in a construction “accident,” and Mickey quickly tries to bury the bad news with the body. But when a local journalist comes sniffing around for the truth, things go from bad to worse. Mickey finds himself stuck in a life-and-death struggle compounded by a body he can’t bury, a wife he can’t please, and a debt he can’t pay.
Seeing the great Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his last films before his untimely death, God’s Pocket was only fitting for such a rich storyline which is quite dark and depressing but never dull, full of well timed humour scattered throughout. Don’t be fooled by the bad reviews this film may have obtained, It seems most critics have sold out and only give out a good word for the popular Hollywood drivel saturating today’s cinema. If a dark drama full of great acting and intriguing story is your thing. Give it a try.
See if you liked: The Master, Lullaby
PLANES 2: FIRE AND RESCUE
When world famous air racer Dusty (Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger (Ed Harris) and his courageous team, including spirited super scooper Dipper (Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero.
If you’re familiar with my round-ups you would have guessed I am not a big fan of animation. This is no exception, yes there maybe a few tender moments but again there’s nothing new here. This is bound to be popular with those under the age of 8 but there is just nothing worth making an adult smile. Graphics, as usual with these films are fantastic but you wouldn’t expect anything less with the amount of money and technology out there in La La Land. Unless you have a young family, I suggest you give this a miss.
See if you liked: Cars, Despicable Me.
THE INBETWEENERS 2
Jay (James Buckley) is in Australia on a gap year, but he needs his boys by his side. Sending out an SOS to Neil (Blake Harrison), Will (Simon Bird) and Simon (Will McKenzie) promising them it’s like the “sex capital of the world” out there it’s just one offer they have to take now there’s lives have become a little mundane. What comes next, oh yes childish laddish behaviour as drinking, girl hunting and being generally annoying to everyone around them becomes there number one agenda.
This for me is a bit of a guilty pleasure, everything about The Inbetweeners screams I shouldn’t like it but I’m afraid to say I do. Full of high jinks, pathetic jokes and downright disgusting behaviour from sex starved young men makes this a hilarious, no brainer you can just get lost in when you’re in need of a bit of a giggle. No new story line but hugely entertaining if nothing else.
See if you liked: The Inbetweeners
MY PICK OF THE WEEK: GOD’S POCKET