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Life After Beth

MV5BMjA3OTUwOTMxOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODg4NTkwMjE@._V1_SX214_AL_Aubrey Plaza, Dan DeHann, John C Reilly, Molly Shannon, Cheryl Hines, Anna Kendrick

Zac’s girlfriend, Beth, dies from snake bite when she’s out hiking. He grieves for her deeply, until one day – Beth’s back! He can love her again. That is, until he discovers she’s become a zombie!

This is a terrific film. I don’t think it’s quite as good as Zombieland or Warm Bodies, but it does come pretty close. And like its zom com predecessors, the theme is about love and relationships rather than horror or ‘end of the world’ anxieties. It has a beautiful, delicate humour.

This film is funny, well-scripted, and the casting and acting is excellent. Aubrey Plaza is sensational as Beth and I believe that this must be her best role yet. This is definitely a film that is worth a watch.



Pitch Perfect

MV5BMTcyMTMzNzE5N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNzg5NjM5Nw@@._V1_SX214_Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Elizabeth Banks, John Michael Higgins

Budding DJ and music producer, Beca, heads off to college with a bad attitude. She reluctantly joins an all-girl a capella group even though it’s not her scene. The Barden Bellas are a little old fashioned, with tired performances. Beca starts to shake things up which, may or may not, enable them to win the finals. Beca also starts a new friendship with Jesse from a rival group, which may or may not, end in a romance. It all depends on whether Beca is going to let herself love and be loved.

I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of the whole ‘glee’ thing. But I also have to admit that the arrangements and choreography in this film are actually pretty spectacular, and it is way more entertaining that I thought it would be.

The commentary team at the competitions is played by Banks and Higgins and the timing of their comedy is on the mark. Wilson, of course, is an excellent comedian and her role allowed her to show off her talents.

It could be a family movie, but there are quite a few references to sex, so it depends on how old your kids are. Might be one of those movies for the Christmas stocking this year.