Movies

Blue Iguana

Comedy, Crime
Available on VOD: 4 oktober 2018
Director: Hadi Hajaig
Cast: Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Oscar!), Moon), Ben Schwartz (How to Be a Latin Lover), Phoebe Fox (Eye in the Sky), Peter Ferdinando (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword), Al Weaver (Love Is Thicker Than Water)

Ex-jailbirds Eddie (Sam Rockwell) and Paul (Ben Schwartz) are on parole and working in a New York diner. They’re best buddies and a team, but their lives are a dead end. That is, until English lawyer Katherine Rookwood (Phoebe Fox) walks into the diner with an offer they can’t refuse.
Her plan takes them to London. The prize they seek is a fabulous gem called the Blue Iguana. Up until this point Eddie and Paul’s outrageous antics have never had serious consequences and they’ve always wriggled out of danger, with a wisecrack, a weapon and a smile. But this time, the man who stands in their way is a psychotic small-time crime boss (Ferdinando). As the story plays along with all the black comic blood-letting, gunplay and danger, the unexpected consequence of Eddie and Katherine’s quest is True Love. 

Reviews
  • De humor is lekker absurdistisch en dat geeft deze film een frisse sfeer. Hajaig probeert echt iets nieuws te doen en dat siert haar. 4/5. Lees de hele review hier.
  • RogerEbert.com: Achieves a certain goofball charm. Rockwell and Fox, in particular, do wonderfully well.
  • Filmthreat.com: Sam Rockwell can do no wrong in the fast-paced action-caper genre and fans will love his performance. Ben Schwartz, on the other hand, holds his own portraying a decidedly different contrast to Rockwell. His performance is meant to be a little quirky as the hapless criminal. He’s fun to watch and never annoying. It gets a recommendation for Rockwell and Schwartz’s performance alone.
  • Carlosdev.wordpress.com: A solidly entertaining and often fun piece of work.
  • Thecriticalcritics.com: There are many hilarious aspects at work here, and there is enough creativity and technical know-how awash throughout the film to keep audiences pinned to their seats. Snappy dialogue and technical innovation, enough to garnering several small laughing fits.
  • Eyeforfilm.co.uk: The great British crime caper is alive and kicking in the 21st Century. An enjoyable evening's entertainment.Fanboynation.com: Fun to watch this cast as a crew of often inept criminals.
  • JBSpins.blogspot.com: A lot of fans will be very curious to see Rockwell in such a different context, so it is nice to be able to assure them that he does not disappoint. Hajaig wrote and helmed a breezy romp that actually skips over the Tarantino era, drawing inspiration from the uber-cool 1980s and the colorfully tacky 1970s. It is a nice balance of attitude and nostalgia that should garner enthusiastic word-of-mouth. Recommended for caper movie fans.
  • Punchdrunkcritics.com: The budding romance between Sam's character, Eddie, and Phoebe's character, Katherine, that due to their chemistry is fun to watch.
  • Thatmomentin.com: The cast is all up for the gig, with Schwartz working hard and a delightfully unhinged Peter Ferdinando as the mullet-wearing Deacon Bradshaw chewing up every scene he’s in. Rockwell is of course great fun to watch, earning some good moments with Fox and being the best reason to give this a look.

The Bachelors

Comedy, Drama
Available on VOD: 11 oktober 2018
Director: Kurt Voelker
Cast: J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man, Juno), Julie Delpy (2 Days In Paris, Before Midnight), Josh Wiggins (Max, Hellion, Mean Dreams), Odeya Rush (Goosebumps, The Giver)

fter the loss of his wife, BILL PONDER (Simmons) and his 17-year-old son WES move out of their small town into the big city in an attempt to have a fresh start. As they each begin to adjust to their new life and seek ways to heal their wounds, they both find comfort in newfound romance. Wes meets LACY, an introverted but fierce girl whose enigmatic personality captivates Wes' attention, and Bill meets CARINE, a compassionate and elegant teacher whose own past heartaches resonate with his. As relationships are tested, Bill and Wes grow apart and back together again while discovering their true selves in the process.

Reviews
  • NRC:  Een liefdevol verslag van menselijke veerkracht. Een portret van personages die allemaal op hun eigen manier pijn lijden. Maar daar eigenlijk veel eerlijker, kwetsbaarder en opener over zijn dan veel mensen in het echte leven. Dat zou de moed moeten zijn die deze film je wil inspreken.
  • Movie Machine: Ontroerende, maar vaak ook onweerstaanbaar grappige film over verlies en verwerking, liefde en verzoening, met schitterende vertolkingen van Simmons en Delpy, maar ook van jong talent Josh Wiggins.
  • The Guardian.com: Kurt Voelker’s father-son tale boasts strong performances from JK Simmons and Julie Delpy. An affecting, jagged take on grief, depression and self-sabotage.
  • TheHollyWoodReporter.com: Voelker excels at guiding the cast through some complicated emotional territory and maintains strong arcs for each of the principal characters.
  • Latimes.com: Deftly balancing humor and grief, "The Bachelors" is fueled by wonderfully human performances and fully realized characters. We can also hope that The Bachelors serves another function as well: to further the careers of its two exceptional young performers: Wiggins and Rush.
  • Filminquiry.com: A thoughtful, timely gem that normalizes mental health treatment. The Bachelors is a scarcity of a film, one that transcends several genres to create an affecting orotundity through its singular voice.
  • Blu-ray.com: Voelker doesn't pour on the syrup, creating an approachable but deeply felt picture that's curious about behavior and therapy.
  • EyeForFilm.co.uk: The Bachelors is just a snapshot of a moment in life, but it's the sort of picture you'd want to keep.
  • Filmjournal.com: The story is simple, how a father and teenage son cope with the sudden loss of their wife and mother, and the acting is brilliant.
Awards
  • Heartland Film Festival 2017 - Audience Choice Award
  • San Diego International Film Festival 2017 - Festival Award

Ideal Home

Comedy
Available on VOD: 18 oktober 2018
Director: Andrew Fleming
Cast: Steve Coogan (The Trip to Spain, The Other Guys), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man, This is 40, Fun Mom Dinner), Jack Gore (Problem Child), Alison Pill (Milk, Hail Caesar!), Jake McDorman (American Sniper, Live Free or Die Hard)

A long term, gay couple bicker constantly, but their successful cooking show prevents them from breaking up. However, when their derelict son lands in jail yet again, the grandson shows up at their door with nowhere left to go and the two take him in. A heartfelt, modern family comedy about family, love, and cooking.

Reviews
  • Empireonline.com (****!): Coogan and Rudd work their asses off to make Erasmus and Paul the most memorable screen gay men since The Birdcage. It’s caustic, authentic, and very, very funny.
  • Variety.com: A cozy duet of tit-for-tat bitchery. 
  • Gay-Themed-Films.com: Fleming's film is a warm and fuzzy lighthearted comedy that successfully updates conventional depictions of queerness and family in a comedy film. A heartwarming closing montage of real-life LGBTIQ families also reminds us that it's time to update the universal notions of domesticity and re-define what makes a home 'ideal'.
  • Janksreviews.com: While somewhat unconventional, it takes no stretch of the imagination to see why there is so much love between Erasmus and Paul and how they can offer Bill the stability he desperately longs for. Families come in many shapes and forms, as is the case for this threesome. Ideal Home is a must-see film!
  • Popculture-y.com: Beware coming into this film looking for a romp of any kind. While there are jokes throughout the film, the best part of it are the moments of real human connection and real human folly between Steve Coogan, Paul Rudd and Jack Gore. Overall, a beautifully constructed film full of wonderful performances.
  • Screen-space.squarespace.com: Ideal Home represents the kind of quick-witted, meaningful writing that was once sought after by the big studios. Andrew Fleming's dialogue crackles and zings in the mouths of an appreciative cast, his scene structure and pacing skilful and refined.
  • Maketheswitch.com.au: Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd know how to deliver, whether it's scathing rebuttals or rip-snorting one-liners. A huge amount of fun, with some dark, real moments peppered throughout for a real kick. With just enough sweetness to balance the mixture out, this is a surprisingly endearing film.
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