Okay, simple idea that some will be familiar with from other forums - you review the last film you saw at the cinema, on DVD or television and...well, that's it really. Share your insights and critiques with the fine folk of ADISC. It's fun.
"Let's see Hellboy II," said I, "Guillermo del Toro is one of the most interesting directors out there at the moment, his visionary take on a slightly predictable superhero genre will no doubt be an entertaining romp at the very least."
"Nay," said my friends, "let's watch some random stoner comedy with a guy who was in a film you've never heard of that doesn't sound very good. It will prove a more accessible piece to cater for our differing tastes as a group."
Sadly, my persuasive skills failed me and, outnumbered three-to-one, I acquiesced and stumped up the cash to join them in watching Pineapple Express.
I had modest expectations going in and they were pretty squarely met. A few well-crafted lines of dialogue drew chuckles out of me, the characterisation was adequate and the film struck it's tone well enough but the - now slightly cliched - motif of unlikely male friendship and camaraderie, while quite well-played, quickly began to grate and feel predictable. Most problematic was the awkward mish-mash of laid-back comedy and full-blow action extravaganza - it seemed to me that they wrote two-thirds of a decent script with a few funny lines, didn't know how to wrap it up as a convincing narrative and thought 'sod it, let's just stick a load of explosions in'.
Not a terrible film and, as I said, there are some laughs in there, but certainly a rather forgettable and flawed one. The consensus as we left the cinema? "We should have seen Hellboy II."