Episode 81 : Drew Hates Hippies

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Added on Fri, 20 May 2011 18:03:29 -0700.
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It's true: Drew hates hippies. Truth be told I think anyone who's not a hippy themselves hates hippies. I know I do. It's probably a terrible misconception on my part, but I just don't trust anyone who looks like they haven't washed, even if it's entirely reasonable to assume that they have actually done so.

But I digress. Up for discussion this time around are Thor, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec, Something Borrowed, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Hanna and Attack the Block.

Thor is the latest in the Marvel Comics adaptation avalanche to thunder it's way into your local multiplex, paving the way for the upcoming Avengers movie. Chris Hemsworth is the titular hammer-wielding, somewhat petulant (and Drew will be upset if I don't point out "murderous") owner of some lovely 80s power rock hair, who upsets Anthony Hopkins and ends up having to tag along with Natalie Portman. Some buff, masculine motherf**kers have all the luck. Oh, and it's a disappointment, by the way.

There used to be a time when simply being French and smoking quite a lot was enough to mark you out as cool, but times have changed and Luc Besson's latest directorial effort The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec has it's work cut out if it's going to stand out from the crowd. Fortunately it's early twentieth century, Saturday matinee sensibility and a sassy central performance from lurrrrverly newcomer Louise Bourgoin won Scott's favour for the most part, and so we'll allow it to live. The question must be asked: "why doesn't Luc Besson do stuff like this more often?".

Something Borrowed is a romantic comedy starring Kate Hudson. It exists, and it is not very good.

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger is the latest Woody Allen film, in so much as that matters or counts for anything any more, and as such you will already have an idea as to whether or not you're likely to enjoy it. In light of that there seems little point in seeking opinion, but damn it if we aren't thorough sons of bitches, and Scott is going to tell you exactly what your opinion should be anyway. Because we're like that.

Joe Wright ditches period drama for modern assassination thriller with his latest picture Hanna. Saoirse Ronan plays a young girl raised by her father in social and geographical isolation with the express intent of moulding her into the ultimate killing machine. Responsible Parenting 101 this is not, but will our crack team of ninja reviewers agree with the general critical consensus that Hanna is a brave departure from type and a crackingly inventive thriller?

Fans of Adam & Joe will no doubt be sensuously enraptured by the promise of Joe Cornish's directorial debut Attack the Block, though The Lads might just have to bring you back down to Earth with a thump. It's the tale of some London council estate "yoofs" who fend off an alien invasion of their high rise block, though we question the marketing's promise of a laugh-fest and also just how sympathetic your average sod is likely to feel toward a group of teenage thugs.

If that's not enough for you to be getting on with then I really don't know what I can do for you. Some people are just never happy...