Written by Mindy Kaling and set in New York City, Katherine (Emma Thompson) is a late night talk show host who’s convinced she’s about to lose her long-running show. Wanting to make a change, Molly (Kaling) is recruited and finds herself the only female member of Katherine’s writing team.
Also starring John Lithgow, Denis O’Hare, Amy Ryan, Reid Scott and Hugh Dancy, I found Late Nightto be positively dramatic and funny in equal measure. I liked the writing and appreciated how much we get to know of Katherine’s truth – both at work and home. Late Night is a story about women, by women and features a complex, interesting main character along with several others you’d find in the behind the scenes world of late night television.
There’s a part or two that seemed a tad predictable but not overly so. If you’re a fan of both Kaling and Thompson, chances are you won’t regret watching director Nisha Ganatra’s film. Kaling is fun, funny and Thompson is as good as she’s always been; meaning she’s great. Watch it and see.
Random fact. I’ve decided that Thompson is my aunt and Kaling my cousin. Lastly, a movie that came to mind as Late Night played…? The Devil Wears Prada (2006).
In my entire history of film watching, the very talented Mr. Seth Rogen has only ever let me down one time. I’m of course speaking in terms of his involvement in a movie that turned out to be quite the disappointment. The really great news today though, is this: That absolute letdown of a movie I’m referring to is definitely not director Jonathan Levine’s latest comedy / romance, Long Shot.
Starring Rogen, Charlize Theron, Alexander Skarsgård and O’Shea Jackson Jr., Long Shot is a film I was always going to see because the cast are among my favourite filmmakers. I just wasn’t sure how the finished product would turn out, considering the somewhat unexpected pairing of Rogen and Theron in a story about an unemployed journalist who decides to pursue his childhood crush. Particularly considering that his crush just happens to be one of the world’s most powerful and unattainable women.
My initial lack of confidence probably also had something to do with the trailer somehow not being able to truly convey – for me at least, just how the movie was going to play. Luckily, to my very pleasant surprise, I had a great time. The dialogue, pace, story and tone all added up to a beautifully choreographed film that delighted me. I liked it so much it almost made me feel as happy as I was when I first discovered the magic that is Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008).
In terms of what I liked a little less, I vaguely recall the laughs slowing down a tad past the half way point, but that’s barely a complaint now, is it? The bond between Jackson Jr. and Rogen’s characters, Skarsgård’s Prime Minister character, the role played by Andy Serkis and of course ‘Queen Theron;’ all just wonderful.
Definitely, definitely watch Long Shot if you haven’t already. I certainly won’t be forgetting all the elements it got just right, any time soon.
Starring Becky, Sakurako Konishi and Masataka Kubota new action / crime / romance, First Love has a young boxer and a call girl caught up in a drug-smuggling scheme.
Directed by Takashi Miike, all the exciting action takes place during a single night in Tokyo…
Apparently I’ve been missing out by never having seen a Takashi Miike movie.
I certainly can’t deny that the plot and style in this trailer has peaked my interest. Fingers, toes and everything crossed that I can stomach all the killing. I hear that since I’m generally un-phased by all the blood and killing in Quentin Tarantino’s signature works, I should be OK.
Jun Murakami, Nao Ohmori, Sansei Shiomi, Shôta Sometani and Seiyô Uchino also star.