While it invites charges of Hollywood nepotism, Orange County overcomes that stigma with a delightful cast of newcomers and veterans alike. It's no...... more
While it invites charges of Hollywood nepotism, Orange County overcomes that stigma with a delightful cast of newcomers and veterans alike. It's no better or worse than many teen comedies, but director Jake Kasdan (son of director Lawrence Kasdan) astutely combines teen-flick staples (stoner gags, raucous parties) with a biting undercurrent of southern California absurdity. This comedic texture helps Colin Hanks (son of Tom) and Schuyler Fisk (daughter of Sissy Spacek) to prove their big-screen promise. They play (respectively) an Orange County teen and aspiring writer named Shaun who yearns for admission to Stanford, and his sensible girlfriend who knows just how to nurture his dreams. Much of the comedy arises from the foibles of Shaun's dysfunctional family (played to perfection by Jack Black, Catherine O'Hara and John Lithgow), while unbilled cameos by Ben Stiller and Kevin Kline add zest to a movie that tries to be different, and mostly succeeds. --Jeff Shannon
Redworth Hall, Newton Aycliffe, County Durham - save 58%
Two nights in a Standard room, including full English breakfast.Also included in this offer is a complimentary £75 credit per room, to be spent during the stay...... more
Two nights in a Standard room, including full English breakfast.Also included in this offer is a complimentary £75 credit per room, to be spent during the stay (the credit can be used against food, beverages or Spa treatments), late check-out and a 20% discount on any pre-booked spa treatments.Please ensure you pre-book dinner and spa treatments prior to arrival, to avoid disappointment.This offer is available for stays between April and June 2014 and is based on two adults only.This hotel is pet-friendly. One pet is welcome for a supplement of £15 per pet, per night.Travel is not included.The discount:We advertise this offer at up to 46% off. We calculate this discount percentage based on the rates we offer compared to the best available rate. An example of our top discount is:On 20/06/2014, two people may book a two-night stay in a Standard room (inclusions as noted above) and will pay £169 per room, per stay, compared to the best available rate of £311 per room, per stay. Based on this calculation, by booking with Secret Escapes, you will save 46%.The discounts, price and availability stated above were checked on 02/04/2014.The offer is 100% non-refundable and date changes are not possible once the booking has been made.
Advantages: The excellent cast doing what they do best, crackling dialogue, suffocating setting, entertaining Disadvantages: None
...Here is a film of so many mixed emotions that it will make your head spin. With larger-than-life characters having a proper go at each other at a family gathering (where else?). Those of you familiar with the Walkers of ABC?s hit TV show "Brothers and Sisters" will know of their infamous dining scenes where no lunch/dinner party is a smooth ride. The Weston family, hailing from Osage County...
Advantages: Everyone acts their socks off... Disadvantages: a little too "Award Worthy"
...me to watch anything. Directed by John Wells, the film is based on the play of the same name by Tracy Letts.
As if the title wasn't a give away, the film is set in Osage County, a rural area in the north of Oklahoma in a very hot August. It follows the family of Beverley Weston (Sam Sherpard) as they come to terms with his death and learn a few truths about each other over the few days...
Advantages: Fantastically fun board game Disadvantages: Fantastically fun board game
...-colour card which acts a bit like a jester and there are also clear coloured carriage spaces on the board that you can make a colour of your choice.
There are many other versions, including Europe, India, Asia and other parts of the world. I've never played the others, so can't compare but I thoroughly enjoy playing this North American version which generally features the USA but also a handful of places...