Mega Guest Review – Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

December 31, 2011

Guest Review – Mission impossible Ghost Protocol (right click and “save as” for download)

Happy New Year Casta Fans! Here’s a special treat to end 2011 in style as we got together with a bunch of people on Christmas eve to talk about this season’s stupidest action movie; TOM CRUISE RUNNING! I mean, Mission impossible: Ghost protocol.

Please forgive the stupid phone buzzing (it’s probably Darren’s fault), it goes after a while and then THE PUNS ARRIVE! Good old puns!

Chris and Chris wish you all a very happy new Year – we’ll be back with new episodes very soon! Love!

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Guest Review(?) – Tron Legacy

December 21, 2010

…on the 8th day of Castmas the Chrazzas gave to me…

Guest Review – Tron Legacy (right click and “save as” for download)

Day 8!

This time last year Casta La Vista was cursing its luck at approaching the Christmas break knowing we would be unable to review Avatar – in case you haven’t heard it was one of 2009’s biggest movies – in a regular episode.

Thankfully friend of the show Tim Smith from Canada sent us over a fantastic guest review and we were able to produce this as respite during the holiday season.

This year’s big Christmas release is Tron Legacy and yet again we find ourselves without an episode to put a review inside. However we do have our shiny-new 12 Days of Castmas roster, so we thought we would sit a few Casta-friends around the Christmas fire, roast some marshmallows, and have bit of a natter about December’s must see 3D extravangaza, which some lucky pups were fortunate enough to experience in IMAX.

Well that was the intention anyway… but then technology got in the way. That’s what happens when you dedicate an episode to something apparently… So what you have instead is Chris and I being complete winners (as always) and talking about a rather enjoyable movie…

Stay tuned for Day 9 flying down your chimney tomorrow…


Guest Review – Going The Distance

September 17, 2010

I do love it when we get to post a review without doing any of the hard work like actually writing the damn thing!

Fresh from her amazing review of Sex and The City 2 and a cameo in the highlights reel from our birthday extravaganza, Katie Dimaline (my future Mrs Wakeman) is here with her brief thoughts on Going The Distance, the new romantic comedy currently doing the rounds in cinemas around the UK.  The film stars Drew Barrymore and Justin Long as two 30-something-successful-and-attractive types who meet each other at the wrong time in one another’s lives and find their relationship stretched across the country as one lives in New York and the other San Fransisco. Will love find a way? Can long distance relationships work? Is this movie even worth a hoot? Find out all this and more in the following 600 or so words…

When I sat down for Going The Distance I was expecting it to be what has become the standard for Rom-Com’s these days in my view- a film that I would enjoy but that overall would be a bit insipid and far too conventional! There have been a few notable exceptions for me over the last few years; 500 Days of Summer; Knocked Up; anything with Paul Rudd in it. And it gives me great pleasure to report that with Going The Distance I was pleasantly surprised! The film is full of real warmth and genuine affection, inspired no doubt by the real life chemistry between Barrymore and Long. Some scenes even felt a bit like a reality show more that a movie [Chris here- some of the outdoor scenes in the trailer had a very low-fi, documentary feel to them so I’m not surprised by this comment] which I thought was excellent as I do love feeling like a fly on the wall!

As a survivor of a long distance relationship I was on the same page as the characters from the beginning. The endless phone calls, the tiresome fights over nothing and especially the jealousy! I thought it was a good call of the writer to keep both sides monogamous- it can and does happen [that’s what she thinks!]! I think it would have cheapened the film if they had let Long go home with his work colleague. Instead they made the decision to let her go home with the crazy friend and that was genius! Again this decision underlined the sympathetic way the film was written; it rang true for the many couples who have dated long distance and made it last.

Much like in 500 Days of Summer, with its super performance from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, I thought Justin Long played a blinder in Going The Distance. His combination of aloofness and chivalry is heartwarming and great to watch. The film is really all about Long’s journey to finding his true self and finding love along the way. The problem however is that audience’s may not go into it expecting that.

Chris tells me that The Switch is really a story about  Jason Bateman’s character however Jennifer Anniston is front and centre on the poster campaign. Going the Distance is much the same; Drew Barrymore is the star draw of this film in the celebrity stakes, however in story telling terms our hero is Justin Long. I can appreciate that the bigger name might bring in more box office, but talented performers like Long and Bateman are being undone promotionally when their performances deserve more credit and fame!

As far as the actual film is concerned Long’s journey is conveyed well; you get that this is his story. We don’t interact with Barrymore’s friends and Long’s two male side kicks are truly funny- a classic line being “this is not a moustache, this is a time machine”. Plenty of scenes are stolen too by Christina Applegate as Barrymore’s sister. Funny at the worst of times, Applegate is given plenty of scene stealing material here and makes full use of her brief screen time- including a masterful way of controlling her misbehaving daughter!

Finally, this film was not without its moments that had me feeling exasperated and shouting at the screen and at times it got really stupid. For example we see Long searching for jobs in San Francisco, but when Barrymore gets a job offer there he flips out and decides he wants their life to be in New York…WTF? This was a blundering attempt to throw some drama into an otherwise mellow film and a real misstep in what is otherwise a fairly enjoyable night out at the movies.

And it had a happy ending!

Cheers Katie! Another belter. I love the fact that there is no attempt made to remember character names- why don’t we do that more often Chris M?



Guest Review – Martin

July 13, 2010

Adam Cadwell what a guy! Not only did he have the massive good fortune of living with me for eighteen months, he’s also a pretty talented artist. Who’da thunk it?

Anywho in a nice change to our regular reviews all being WORDS, Adam has constructed a nice visual review (with words) which was originally written for Electric Sheep Magazine – but hey it’s too good for you guys not to see! (or for me to steal)

Enjoy!


GUEST REVIEW- Sex And The City 2

May 31, 2010

Hello Casta-persons! Like it or lump it the big release this weekend was the eagerly anticipated (by at least 51% of the human population) Sex and the City 2. Now, neither myself  or Chris M could bring ourselves to view this mighty offering, not even at the expense of subjecting each other to it, so for a time it looked like we would fail in our promise to deliver you, our loving fan base, a review of a big film that we really should have an opinion on…

FEAR NOT THOUGH because help is at hand as Katie Dimaline (our first Casta-in-law) has stepped up and delivered a cracking written review for everyone’s approval.

As a result, Katie joins the ever growing legion of Casta Club members and the requisite badges and certificate will be heading her way just as soon as we get round to it all right!

Remember, you too can become a part of our empire by getting involved yourself, either by writing us your own review and emailing it in – mail@castalavista.com – or getting in touch through our Facebook groups or Twitter feed (the details are somewhere on the right of this page).

Enjoy the review!

After 14 years of SATC (Sex And The City- keep up!- CW) might the producers have been forgiven for thinking that female audiences had had enough Cosmopolitans (drink- CW) and Jimmy Choos (shoes- CW) to last them a lifetime? Put simply, no. The decision to make another movie was one that set female tongues wagging for months and the release this weekend will have had plenty of ‘all-girl’ group viewings (in my screening I probably saw less than 10 men). That isn’t to say that SATC2 has nothing to offer the male viewer- for the first twenty minutes there was plenty of bra-less boob action, perhaps added to satisfy the male viewers into acquiescence whilst they endured a film that is, much like its predecessor, pretty much the same as the TV show except over 2 hours long.

My first reaction was that SATC was really good; entertaining, very funny in places and well worth watching. However on closer inspection the overwhelming opinion I have is that as watchable as the film is the concept of SATC just doesn’t work very well as a film. It’s about twenty minutes too long, a criticism that can be laid at the first films feet too, and the length emphasizes the flaws in characters that a 25 minute show manages to mask. Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda are stereotypes of themselves now and perhaps the writers feel there isn’t anywhere for them to grow.

The writer, Michael Patrick King, has apparently said the decision to set the film in Abu Dhabi was in order to get the girls away from their husbands and babies so they could act like single girls again – in my opinion this isn’t really what I wanted to see. For many the draw of watching the show was to see four fabulous women living in New York, dressing like they live on a catwalk and sharing the same dating dilemmas as women all over the world. This ‘sisterhood’ that had been created was a huge reason the show was so popular. By aiming to cast the women as single again the film takes 7 Manolo (shoes- CW) steps back in time– it was difficult to reconnect with these old friends.

Having said that the film was very funny and it drew some applause from the audience I watched it with – albeit not from my hands. There was no embarrassing toilet scene this time round but Charlotte did fall off a camel and there was a hilarious scene where Samantha air humps and screams ‘yes I have sex!’ in front of hundreds of conservative Arab men. I’m not sure how this film will be perceived by people in the UAE, although scenes like this certainly aided in constructing Samantha as the ‘typically American’ stereotype she is often positioned as; one that is big, brash and couldn’t give a shit about an unfamiliar culture. Samantha is arrested for having sex on the beach and is released with not so much as a slap on the wrists – something tells me the families of the man and woman currently awaiting sentence for merely kissing on a beach won’t take too kindly to the way in which this scene was handled!!

Criticisms like this will not stop women seeing this film and it certainly won’t stop there from being a third. I did really like the film, it’s a good way to spend an evening with your girlfriends and if you don’t look too closely it is highly enjoyable for a piece of popcorn cinema.

Short and sweet, just like the author! Cheers Katie. Winky face!



Guest Review – Avatar

January 3, 2010




Guest Review – Avatar (right click and “save as” for download)

As promised in The Cast Temptation of Christ we are proud to present our second ever guest review for arguably this season’s biggest movie release: Sherlock Holmes. Wait, I mean Avatar.

As is ususally the case we talk for a bit too long and say a few too many words BUT THAT’S WHY YOU LOVE US!

Be sure to stick around for next week’s episode with some very exciting Casta news.

PEURGH!


Guest Review – 2012

November 20, 2009


 

Guest Review – 2012 (right click and “save as” for download).

We were contacted by regular listener Dan (from the bath as mentioned in Casta the Friendly Ghost) who asked if he could do a guest review of the new UBER DISASTER FEST 2012.

Being the kind chaps that our mothers brought us up to be, we were only too happy to oblige – whilst also sticking our two penneth in… naturally.

Take a listen and if you’d like to take a stab yourself in the same way as young Dan, then contact us at
castalavista@hotmail.co.uk and we’ll let you know how you can get involved.

SMOOCHES!