From creators Evan Romansky and Ryan Murphy; new Netflix series Ratched stars Sarah Paulson as nurse Mildred Ratched. at a mental institution who becomes jaded, bitter and a downright monster to her patients.
Cynthia Nixon, Sharon Stone, Sophie Okonedo and Nathan George are among the key cast.
This may just be my favourite trailer of 2020 so far. I love the music, the visuals, and most importantly the dialogue. The kind of words that I imagine must have been incredibly fun for Paulson to deliver.
In fact, I was so busy enjoying nurse Ratched’s words as this beautiful trailer played that I forgot Ratched is the infamous and thoroughly monstrous character from Jack Nicholson’s Oscar winning 1975 classic drama, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, a movie I need to rewatch.
I’ll still enjoy all of Ratched’s dialogue as it’s perfectly delivered by Paulson, of course. Even though I may not be able to root for her completely as she goes about wreaking havoc. One things for sure though, I’m on Ratched’s side about the peach stealing incident. That woman/non-lady needs to learn! (I’m half kidding).
In new action/crime/drama, Honest Thief, Liam Neeson is Tom, a notorious bank robber inspired to lead an honest life, starting with turning himself in. The problem is that doing just that leads to him being double-crossed by two FBI agents.
Directed by Mark Williams; additional key cast includes Anthony Ramos, Kate Walsh and Jai Courtney.
This is highly reminiscent of Taken (2008). Yet, I don’t know that I care as long as it’s a good movie. Plus I just like Neeson.
Jeffrey Donovan, Robert Patrick, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Jose Guns Alves, Osmani Rodriguez and Janelle Feigley also star.
Director Vince Marcello’s latest teen movie The Kissing Booth (2018) is about Elle (Joey King), a high school student who’s forced to confront her secret crush.
Even though there’s plenty of focus on Elle’s crush (Jacob Elordi), for me, it’s Elle’s relationship with her best friend and their coming of age story that holds the movie together.
Overall, I wouldn’t call Marcello’s film one of the best teen movies out there. I mean, I managed to watch it all the way to the very end, but not without getting annoyed by the narration which felt largely unnecessary. There was also some cringe moments of dodgy dialogue and bad acting. However, the good news is that most, if not all of the bad acting isn’t courtesy of the main characters played by King, Elordi and Joel Courtney.
Besides King and particularly Courtney’s performances, the sunny Los Angeles setting and the way The Kissing Booth took me back to the relatively carefree nature of my teenage years are two key highlights.
If there’s one good reason to watch The Kissing Booth at all, it’s because you enjoyed the best selling books by Beth Reekles. The second best reason is to make sure you’re not lost when you watch the sequel because the The Kissing Booth 2 is the better movie. And how will you be able to fully appreciate The Kissing Booth 2 without suffering, I mean ‘getting through’ the first one?
New crime/drama Kajillionaire stars Evan Rachel Wood as a young woman whose life is turned upside down when her criminal parents invite an outsider (Gina Rodriguez) to join them on a major heist they’re planning.
Also starring Debra Winger and Richard Jenkins Kajillionaire is written/directed by Miranda July.
I’m in because this one seems very peculiar indeed, the cast is the reliable kind and I want to know more about Wood’s character’s parents. Based on the scene the smile in the above picture is from, at least one of them seems to really enjoy being a nuisance.
Ian Casselberry, Diana Maria Riva, Patricia Belcher, Adam Bartley, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Mark Ivanir, Challen Cates, Steve Park, Madeleine Coghlan and Rachel Redleaf also star.
Oliver Sacks – His Own Life is a new documentary about the life and work of the legendary neurologist and storyteller.
From director Ric Burns, His Own Life shares intimate details of Sack’s battles with drug addiction, homophobia, and a medical establishment that accepted his work only decades after the fact.
I’m in for the story of an impressive human being. One whose exploration of unknown mental worlds helped redefine our understanding of the brain and mind, the diversity of human experience, and our shared humanity.
Based on the children’s TV shows about a Great Dane named Scooby-Doo, one who along with his teenage human friends solve mysteries involving supposedly supernatural creatures, I found Scoob! to be a well animated, fun adventure. It’s certainly not perfect, but it does have a rather engaging, silly central story and a watchable supervillain played by Jason Isaacs.
Also starring Zac Efron, Mark Wahlberg and Amanda Seyfried; the first twenty-five minutes of Scoob! didn’t have me as confident about how the rest of the movie would be as I expected. Thankfully though, director Tony Cervone’s film did become more watchable.
Random thoughts that went through my mind as Scoob! played include: ‘This is all quite silly, but fun.’
‘Why is puppy Scooby’s nose was so oversized?’
If you liked the Scooby-Doo TV shows, then you’ll probably enjoy Scoob! So give it a chance should the mood for a silly nostalgic escape surface.
In new drama The Cuban, A naive pre-med student’s love of music is reignited after getting her first job in a nursing home, and developing an unexpected friendship with Luis, an elderly Cuban musician.
Directed by Sergio Navarretta, The Cuban stars Ana Golja, Louis Gossett Jr. and Shohreh Aghdashloo.
The last movie I saw with a Cuban theme (Chef (2014)) ended up being one of my all time favourites.
I’m into this one for the music and what it has to say about the nursing home experience. There’s also Giacomo Gianniotti who’s best known for his role as Dr. Andrew DeLuca in Grey’s Aanatomy.