Lots of comedies this month, must be the weather! This is what I've been watching over the past month, combination of oldies but goodies and some new (to me) alternative bits.

March, the weather is still a bit crap but things are a bit busier, not so much time for series watching so I’ve been watching more movies.

I’ve change the format a bit for these shorter form reviews, including a bit more info about the plots, courtesy of The Movie Database (TMDB), which is a crowd sourced database, much like IMDB was before Amazon bought it and closed it off from user generated content (apart from reviews).

Let me know if this format is good, and support TMDB by clicking their link below the review to see more detail including trailers, posters, more reviews and a whole lot more, including where to view the show in your region.

Saltburn (2023)




Struggling to find his place at Oxford University, student Oliver Quick finds himself drawn into the world of the charming and aristocratic Felix Catton, who invites him to Saltburn, his eccentric family's sprawling estate, for a summer never to be forgotten. (from TMDB)

Barry Keoghan

Barry Keoghan as Oliver Quick

Jacob Elordi

Jacob Elordi as Felix Catton

Rosamund Pike

Rosamund Pike as Elspeth Catton

Richard E. Grant

Richard E. Grant as Sir James Catton

Alison Oliver

Alison Oliver as Venetia Catton

Archie Madekwe

Archie Madekwe as Farleigh Start

This is not for everyone mind, but it was a bloody good laugh

This is a really cool movie if you’re looking for something a bit out of the ordinary, although it won’t be for everyone but I loved the deviousness of it all and it’s quirky unexpected twists.


Director : Emerald Fennell
Director of Photography: Linus Sandgren
Writer : Emerald Fennell
Executive Producers : Tom Ackerley and Tim Wellspring
Genres : Drama, Comedy and Thriller
Where to Watch: Netflix

The Green Mile (1999)

The Green Mile

The Green Mile


A supernatural tale set on death row in a Southern prison, where gentle giant John Coffey possesses the mysterious power to heal people's ailments. When the cell block's head guard, Paul Edgecomb, recognizes Coffey's miraculous gift, he tries desperately to help stave off the condemned man's execution. (from TMDB)

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks as Paul Edgecomb

Michael Clarke Duncan

Michael Clarke Duncan as John Coffey

David Morse

David Morse as Brutus "Brutal" Howell

Bonnie Hunt

Bonnie Hunt as Jan Edgecomb

Michael Jeter

Michael Jeter as Eduard Delacroix

Doug Hutchison

Doug Hutchison as Percy Wetmore

Is this a classic yet?

Not 💯 if this has reached classic or cult status as yet, but it’s a good evening movie, one where your engaged from start to finish. Some great performances from a great ensemble cast. The headliner Tom Hanks plays Paul Edgecomb head prison guard on the ‘Mile’, and Michael Clarke Duncan as John Coffey an inmate sentenced to death for the murder of two little girls. With movies such as these you can watch from a critical perspective or let the story unfold uncritically. If I wanted to be critical, I’d maybe question the accuracy the portrayal of death row guards, being that all but one were sympathetic characters. Special shout out to Doug Hutchinson who played the outlier, Percy Wetmore, a weasy little man hell bent on showing his power and dominance over the prisoners.


Director : Frank Darabont
Director of Photography: David Tattersall
Writers : Frank Darabont and Stephen King
Genres : Fantasy, Drama and Crime

A Few Good Men (1992)

A Few Good Men

A Few Good Men


When cocky military lawyer Lt. Daniel Kaffee and his co-counsel, Lt. Cmdr. JoAnne Galloway, are assigned to a murder case, they uncover a hazing ritual that could implicate high-ranking officials such as shady Col. Nathan Jessep. (from TMDB)

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise as Lt. Daniel Kaffee

Jack Nicholson

Jack Nicholson as Col. Nathan R. Jessep

Demi Moore

Demi Moore as Lt. Cdr. JoAnne Galloway

Kevin Bacon

Kevin Bacon as Capt. Jack Ross

Kiefer Sutherland

Kiefer Sutherland as Lt. Jonathan Kendrick

Kevin Pollak

Kevin Pollak as Lt. Sam Weinberg

Definitely a classic

Who hasn’t uttered the immortal words ‘You can’t handle the truth!’. A Few Good Men follows second generation Lawyer Daniel Kaffee as he get’s guilted out of his usual plea bargaining ways, opting to take a case and advocate on behalf of his clients in front of a Judge.

He must use his cunning and intellect alongide his co-counsel to right the injustice of the falsely accused, but can he win out against the might of the US Marine Colonel (play by the excellent Jack Nicholson) Nathan R. Jessop who is adamant the men must pay for the crime.

If you like legal dramas, this one is for you. Throw in the military aspect and you’re bound to be entertained. There’s light humour as well as a David vs Goliath perspective that is always good for a story arc.


Director : Rob Reiner
Director of Photography: Robert Richardson
Writer : Aaron Sorkin
Executive Producers : Rachel Pfeffer and William S. Gilmore
Genre: Drama

Knives Out (2019)

Knives Out

Knives Out


When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan's dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan's untimely death. (from TMDB)

Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig as Benoit Blanc

Chris Evans

Chris Evans as Ransom Drysdale

Ana de Armas

Ana de Armas as Marta Cabrera

Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis as Linda Drysdale

Michael Shannon

Michael Shannon as Walt Thrombey

Don Johnson

Don Johnson as Richard Drysdale

Fun romp of a murder mystery

The Knives Out mysteries starring Daniel Craig as the main character has all the hallmarks of a great series and indeed since this first offering a further two movies have been made telling the stories of reknowned detective Benoit Blanc, as he takes on nepherious plotters hell bent on getting away with their fiendish plots involving murder most foul.

The over the top characters in this movie are fun to watch and the intricate nature of the plots take some unwinding. Great for a sunday afternoon movie, Knives Out has become a firm favourite of mine.


Director : Rian Johnson
Director of Photography: Steve Yedlin
Writer : Rian Johnson
Executive Producer: Tom Karnowski
Genres : Comedy, Crime and Mystery

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days


It’s the battle of wills, as Andie needs to prove she can dump a guy in 10 days, whereas Ben needs to prove he can win a girl in 10 days. Now, the clock is ticking - and the wildly entertaining comedy smash is off and running in this irresistible tale of sex, lies and outrageous romantic fireworks! (from TMDB)

Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson as Andie Anderson

Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey as Benjamin Barry

Kathryn Hahn

Kathryn Hahn as Michelle Rubin

Annie Parisse

Annie Parisse as Jeannie Ashcroft

Adam Goldberg

Adam Goldberg as Tony

Thomas Lennon

Thomas Lennon as Thayer

Getting a bit past it’s best before date

As RomComs go, this is a bit saccharin and a bit uncomplicated. I think that it will probably not live too long in my watch list. I liked it because I really like Matthew McConaughey, but the tropes are largely passe now and a little bit offensive.


Director : Donald Petrie
Director of Photography: John Bailey
Writers : Brian Regan, Burr Steers and Kristen Buckley
Executive Producer: Richard Vane
Genres : Comedy and Romance

Legally Blonde (2001)

Legally Blonde

Legally Blonde


Elle Woods, a fashionable sorority queen, is dumped by her boyfriend. She decides to follow him to law school, but while there, she figures out that there is more to herself than just looks. (from TMDB)

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods

Luke Wilson

Luke Wilson as Emmett

Selma Blair

Selma Blair as Vivian

Matthew Davis

Matthew Davis as Warner

Victor Garber

Victor Garber as Professor Callahan

Jennifer Coolidge

Jennifer Coolidge as Paulette

Light Hearted Frivolity

The story of Elle Woods, triumph against the odds continues to delight. I love the sillyness of this movie. Elle is fighting against the stereotype that she’s been labelled with to prove that she’s just as good anyone, not just in looks but in brains as well.


Director : Robert Luketic
Director of Photography: Anthony B. Richmond
Writers : Amanda Brown, Karen McCullah and Kirsten Smith
Genres : Comedy and Romance

Bring It On (2000)

Bring It On

Bring It On


The Toro cheerleading squad from Rancho Carne High School in San Diego has got spirit, spunk, sass and a killer routine that's sure to land them the national championship trophy for the sixth year in a row. But for newly-elected team captain Torrance, the Toros' road to total cheer glory takes a shady turn when she discovers that their perfectly-choreographed routines were in fact stolen. (from TMDB)

Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten Dunst as Torrance Shipman

Eliza Dushku

Eliza Dushku as Missy Pantone

Jesse Bradford

Jesse Bradford as Cliff Pantone

Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union as Isis

Sherry Hursey

Sherry Hursey as Christine Shipman

Holmes Osborne

Holmes Osborne as Bruce Shipman

Back in the day, this rocked

But it hasn’t aged well.


Director : Peyton Reed
Director of Photography: Shawn Maurer
Writer : Jessica Bendinger
Executive Producers : Armyan Bernstein, Paddy Cullen, Caitlin Scanlon and Max Wong
Genre: Comedy

Evan Almighty (2007)

Evan Almighty

Evan Almighty


Junior congressman Evan Baxter, whose wish is to "change the world" is heard by none other than God. When God appears with the perplexing request to build an ark, Evan is sure he is losing it. (from TMDB)

Steve Carell

Steve Carell as Evan Baxter

Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman as God

Lauren Graham

Lauren Graham as Joan Baxter

Johnny Simmons

Johnny Simmons as Dylan Baxter

Graham Phillips

Graham Phillips as Jordan Baxter

Jimmy Bennett

Jimmy Bennett as Ryan Baxter

Carell’s comedy chops shines through

The second Almighty movie is so much better than the first and it’s due to the shear quality of Steve Carell’s performance in the lead roll. It never ceases to amaze me how much this actor can make the difference between a good show and a great one (case in point check season 3 of the Morning Show in comparison to seasons 1 & 2, season 2 in particular)

Great film, lots of belly laughs and a lovely ending.


Director : Tom Shadyac
Director of Photography: Ian Baker
Writers : Steve Oedekerk, Steve Oedekerk, Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow
Executive Producers : Dave Phillips, Gary Goetzman, Matt Luber, Ilona Herzberg and Tom Hanks
Genres : Fantasy, Comedy and Family

Lawless (2012)




In 1931, the Bondurant brothers of Franklin County, Virginia, run a multipurpose backwoods establishment that hides their true business — bootlegging. Middle brother Forrest is the brain of the operation; older Howard is the brawn, and younger Jack, the lookout. Though the local police have taken bribes and left the brothers alone, a violent war erupts when a sadistic lawman from Chicago arrives and tries to shut down the Bondurants operation. (from TMDB)

Shia LaBeouf

Shia LaBeouf as Jack Bondurant

Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy as Forrest Bondurant

Gary Oldman

Gary Oldman as Floyd Banner

Guy Pearce

Guy Pearce as Charlie Rakes

Jason Clarke

Jason Clarke as Howard Bondurant

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain as Maggie Beauford

The importance of family bonds are clear

I’ve probably watched Lawless 3-4 times over the years and it’s fast becoming a firm favourite and is definitely going into my list of top 100 movies. A list I haven’t not compiled, but now that I’ve mentioned it, look out for it coming to a blog near you, not too much long from now.

For starters, check that cast list. Five of the top six billing are considered method actors. The one that isn’t Guy Pearce is such a versatile and quality actor that he may as well be (not saying if you’re no method, you’re not quality).

Set in the prohibition era, the Bouderants just want to be left alone to sell their bootleg liquor and run their service station / guest house. Along comes crooked Chicago lawman Rakes to ruin the fun, and the brothers now find themselves embroiled in all out war with the law.


Director : John Hillcoat
Director of Photography: Benoît Delhomme
Writers : Matt Bondurant and Nick Cave
Executive Producers : Jason Blum and Cassian Elwes
Genres : Crime, Drama and Western

Platoon (1986)




As a young and naive recruit in Vietnam, Chris Taylor faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man. (from TMDB)

Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen as Chris Taylor

Willem Dafoe

Willem Dafoe as Sergeant Elias Gordon

Tom Berenger

Tom Berenger as Sergeant Robert "Bob" Barnes

Kevin Dillon

Kevin Dillon as Bunny

Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker as Big Harold

Mark Moses

Mark Moses as Lieutenant Wolfe

Just so good

I am almost sure I have yet to come across a vietnam movie that I haven’t like. I’m not at all sure why. It’s possible that it is because the war in Vietnam was such a disaster for the USA and all the movies I’ve seen don’t hide/gloss over that fact.

There’s so much for me to unpack about this movie (and the others), that I’ll leave the detail until a longer review. Save to say, brilliant movie, fantastic soundtrack, quality, watch it.


Director : Oliver Stone
Director of Photography: Robert Richardson
Writer : Oliver Stone
Executive Producers : Derek Gibson and John Daly
Genres : Drama, War and Action

Road House (2024)

Road House

Road House


Ex-UFC fighter Dalton takes a job as a bouncer at a Florida Keys roadhouse, only to discover that this paradise is not all it seems. (from TMDB)

Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal as Dalton

Daniela Melchior

Daniela Melchior as Ellie

Billy Magnussen

Billy Magnussen as Ben Brandt

Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams as Frankie

Joaquim de Almeida

Joaquim de Almeida as Sheriff

Hannah Love Lanier

Hannah Love Lanier as Charlie

It’s ok but not sure I prefer it over the original

This is funnier that the original Swayze version, and even though I’m not sure I like it more than the original, I did enjoy switching off my brain for this one and just enjoyed the fighting and the scenery.


Director : Doug Liman
Director of Photography: Henry Braham
Writers : Anthony Bagarozzi, Charles Mondry, Anthony Bagarozzi, Charles Mondry and R. Lance Hill
Executive Producers : Jonathan Hook, Alison Winter and Aaron Auch
Genres : Action and Thriller

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