LOVE SARAH (2020): The Things I Liked…

Love Sarah (2020), Rupert Penry-Jones, Shelley Conn
Love Sarah (2020), Rupert Penry-Jones, Shelley Conn

Director Eliza Schroeder’s comedy/romance Love Sarah is one of those easy-viewing films that doesn’t demand too much from you. It’s well-acted and quite pleasant, especially if you love cakes, the Notting Hill, London setting and any of the cast which includes Celia Imrie, Rupert Penry-Jones, Shannon Tarbet and Bill Paterson.

Besides being in the mood to watch an easy viewing movie, the baked goods are a key reason I had to see Love Sarah. Particularly since some of the baked items I saw in the trailer reminded me of a great restaurant/bakery I used to visit in North London. Turns out Ottolenghi, the founder/owner of said bakery consulted on this movie. I guess I know my favourite cakes when I see them. 

Story-wise, it’s predictable, as one might expect but if you go in expecting that, it’s not so bad. The story focuses on a young woman who wishes to fulfil her mother’s dream of opening a bakery in Notting Hill, London. A dream she sets about realising thanks to the help of an old friend and her grandmother.

I found Love Sarah very watchable if you’re in the mood for what it offers. My favourite moment has to be the scene when the camera focuses on the pouring of chocolate sauce. Such good memories!

Watch Love Sarah if you’re curious. I’m quite sure that aspiring bakers will enjoy this movie that little bit more. Even though, one might argue it makes succeeding as a baker look easier than it probably is.

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THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT (2020): New Trailer Starring Kaley Cuoco, Michiel Huisman, T.R. Knight, Zosia Mamet, Rosie Perez…

The Flight Attendant (2020): Kaley Cuoco, HBO
The Flight Attendant (2020): Kaley Cuoco, HBOmax

In new HBO series The Flight Attendant, Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory) Cassandra Bowden, a flight attendant who wakes up in her hotel room in Dubai, hungover from the night before and with a dead body lying next to her.

Too scared to call the police, Cassandra continues her morning as if nothing happened.

Steve Yockey; additional key cast includes Michiel Huisman, Rosie Perez, T.R. Knight and Zosia Mamet.

Since the end of hit NBC series The Big Bang Theory, I’m just realising that I must have missed Cuoco quite a bit. Especially considering how happy I find myself to see her in this promising new trailer.

I hope it ends up as engaging, funny and fun as it should be. So far my favourite line is: ‘Did you bring me to 3C’s funeral?‘ It happens soon after 1:17 into the trailer.

Merle Dandridge, Nolan Gerard Funk, Michelle Gomez, Audrey Grace Marshall, Colin Woodell, Griffin Matthews and Yasha Jackson also star.

The Flight Attendant Release Dates: November 26th, 2020 (US), HBOmax

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THE PROM (2021): New Trailer From Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Kerry Washington, Andrew Rannells…

The Prom (2020), Meryl Streep, Netflix
The Prom (2020), Meryl Streep, Netflix

Starring Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Andrew Rannells and Kerry Washington; Ryan Murphey’s latest creation is comedy/musical film, The Prom.

The Prom is the story of a swarm of self-obsessed theatre stars who arrive in a small conservative Indiana town, in support of a high school girl who wants to take her girlfriend to the prom.

Meryl Streep playing a role that’s the slightest bit reminiscent of her great work in The Devil Wears Prada (2006). That’s all the reason I need to watch this one. Particularly since musicals aren’t my favourite.

Also, Washington and Kidman and Rannells, plus I like the premise.

Keegan-Michael Key, Mary Kay Place, Tracey Ullman, Ariana DeBose, Kevin Chamberlin, Nathaniel J. Potvin, Nico Greetham, Jo Ellen Pellman, Logan Riley and Sebastian Vale also star.

The Prom Release Dates: December 11th, 2020 (US)…

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RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON (2021): New Trailer Starring Awkwafina, Kelly Marie Tran…

Raya and the Last Dragon (2021), Kelly Marie Tran, Walt Disney Studios

Set in a realm known as Lumandra, a re-imagined Earth inhabited by an ancient civilization; Disney’s latest animated action/adventure Raya and the Last Dragon tells the story of a warrior named Raya. And she’s determined to find the last dragon.

From directors Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada; Raya and the Last Dragon stars Awkwafina and Kelly Marie Tran.

It’s still definitely early to call myself super excited after seeing this trailer. Yet, one thing I already love is the music. Not so much the vocal element but the instrumental and drums.

May the next trailer and finished film thrill and excite us all.

Raya and the Last Dragon Release Dates: March 12th, 2021 (US)…

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MANK (2020): New Trailer Starring Gary Oldman, Lily Collins, Amanda Seyfried, Tuppence Middleton…

Mank (2020), Gary Oldman, Netflix
Mank (2020), Gary Oldman, Netflix

Mank is the latest drama/biography from Gone Girl (2014) director David Fincher.

Starring Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins and Tuppence Middleton; Fincher’s film is the story of screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz; particularly his tumultuous development of Orson Welles’ iconic masterpiece Citizen Kane (1941).

Anyone else reminded of Oldman’s great work as a drunk in Friends, season 7 episodes 23 and 24?

This should be interesting because the cast is great, the cinematography looks promising, even with the absence of colour. An absence I hope not to feel too greatly .

Lastly, perhaps I’ll finally get to watch Citizen Kane (1941), probably best to do that before this movie is released.

Tom Burke, Tom Pelphrey, Charles Dance, Leven Rambin, Arliss Howard, Joseph Cross, Elvy, Jamie McShane, Toby Leonard Moore, Sam Troughton and Adam Shapiro also star.

Mank Release Dates: December 4th, 2020 (US & UK)…

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LOVE AND MONSTERS (2020): The Things I Liked…

Love And Monsters (2020), Dylan O’brien
Love And Monsters (2020), Dylan O’brien

Love and Monsters is a fun/funny comedy/adventure about a young man named Joel and his hero journey; a journey where he learns how to survive a monster apocalypse to get to his girlfriend who’s eighty miles away.

Starring Dylan O’Brien, Michael Rooker and Jessica Henwick; it’s the monster special effects that grabbed my attention in the trailer. And let me say, they did not let me down. The images of giant snails and other oversized creepy crawlies had me watching some of the action through my t-shirt. Yet, I still found those scenes oddly thrilling and fun. Of course, ideally, I’d have liked to be less of a wuss. But I guess I now have a slightly better understanding of the kind of thrills some people get when watching scary movies. Particularly since there’s no denying that giant bugs are often gross and undeniably scary.

The humour in the introductory voice-over in the first third of the movie is one of the key highlights. The other highlights include any encounters with oversized creatures which are both well-choreographed and scary; the latter especially if you’re not into bugs of any size. The only part I didn’t love so much is around the middle of the film, once Joel finds himself alone once more. It may be my impatience acting up here but the pacing seemed to slow down a tad. And the way the editing milked a very key moment for our hero just really annoyed me.

Still, I’d watch part two if it were coming. I mean, yeah, I don’t love bugs but for the first time in my life, being scared was actually fun. I honestly didn’t think that was possible for me.

Watch Love and Monsters because it’s fun. It’s a good hero’s journey/ coming of age story with exciting monsters and heroics.

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THE CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES 2 (2020): New Trailer From Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn, Julian Dennison, Tyrese Gibson…

The Christmas Chronicles (2020), Goldie Hawn, Darby Camp, Netflix
The Christmas Chronicles (2020), Goldie Hawn, Darby Camp, Netflix

Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn are back for The Christmas Chronicles 2.

Directed/co-written by  Chris Columbus and also starring Julian Dennison plus Tyrese Gibson; this time Kate Pierce is now a cynical teenager. One who finds herself unexpectedly reunited with Santa Clause when a mysterious troublemaker threatens to cancel Christmas forever.

Russell’s beautiful beard and gorgeous Santa coat are two things that stood out in a good way in the first The Christmas Chronicles movie.

I also recall a big brother character who seemed too old to be as ‘into Santa’ as he was. He doesn’t appear to be n this movie, and it’s great to see that Santa’s beard and coat haven’t changed one bit.

As for how much fun I’m likely to have with this sequel, let’s just say that based on this trailer, I hope to be pleasantly surprised.

Judah Lewis, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Patrick Gallagher, Darby Camp, Michel Issa Rubio, Teya Wild, Amanda Cleghorn, Christy St. John, Jahzir Bruno, Megan Serena Trainer and Romy Sanchez also star.

The Christmas Chronicles 2 Release Dates: November 25th, 2020 (US), Netflix…

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MINARI (2020): New Trailer From Steven Yeun, Yeri Han, Alan S. Kim, Yuh-Jung Youn…

Minari (2020), Steven Yeun, A24
Minari (2020), Steven Yeun, A24

Starring Steven Yeun, Yeri Han, Alan S. Kim and Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari is a new drama about a Korean family who move to Arkansas to start a farm in the 1980s.

From writer/director Lee Isaac Chung; additional key cast includes Will Patton, Scott Haze, Eric Starkey and Esther Moon.

I’m excited for Minara to be the next impressive Korean story I get to enjoy, following 2019’s four-time Oscar winning Parasite.

I know that I’m already a fan of the young son character played by Alan S. Kim. I’m also looking forward to more from him and this universal story of family.

Noel Cho, Darryl Cox, Ben Hall, Jacob M Wade, James Carroll, Jenny Phagan and Tina Parker also star.

Minari Release Dates

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