Also starring Alan Arkin, Lisa Edelstein and Sarah Baker, I watched the first season of The Kominsky Method almost two years ago and I remember thoroughly enjoying it. Season two turned out even better than the first, thanks to Lorre’s expert writing.
Douglas and Arkin are brilliant in their roles. The chemistry between the two actors and their excellent comic timing firmly places The Kominsky Method in the top five of my favourite things that Netflix has ever released. One might say it’s the side of me that’s a sucker for stories of beautiful friendships, but that’s only part of the reason I love the show.
Watching The Kominsky Method, especially the first two seasons, is a moving experience. One that’s highly likely toresult in satisfying laughter as it reminds you of what great writing can look like.
Up to this point, I haven’t said too much about season three, the last instalment of The Kominsky Method. And that’s because even though it features several memorable scenes and bits of dialogue, I can’t deny that at least two things make it less impressive to me than the first two seasons. The absence of Arkin means there’s no Douglas/Arkin chemistry to enjoy. The second disappointment for me is how rushed it felt. And I don’t just mean because it’s six episodes instead of the usual eight.
If you haven’t already watched the show, definitely give seasons one and two of The Kominsky Method a chance. Like me, you may enjoy it so much much that you’ll feel compelled to see how it all ends.
Cruella, the movie about the rebellious earlier years of one of Disney’s favourite and most stylish villains, Cruella De Vil is quite far from the movie I’d hoped for.
I enjoyed some well-executed set pieces, visually stunning cinematic moments, and director Craig Gillespie’s film gets a tad better towards the end. Yet, my overall feeling through to the end was one of disappointment.
For me, Cruella has a disappointing air of silliness to it. A quality that I imagine isn’t helped by Emma Stone and Paul Walter Hauser’s over-the-top British accents. And they’re not the only accent offenders; Estella/Cruella’s boss at Liberty of London also did his part to bring home my realisation that so many of the people in the film play like caricatures.
Given that the ‘this is so disappointing’ reality of the movie hit me soon after the film started, I couldn’t wait for Emma Thompson’s The Baroness character to show up and help proceedings. Thompson did a superb job, as she always does. Still, my growing distaste for Gillespie’s movie remained.
The story edit felt rushed throughout. The early camera work inside Liberty of London proved unnecessarily dizzying. The way the movie deals with mental illness leaves plenty to be desired. And, what nonsense to expect the audience to believe that for a very long time, thanks to different clothes and makeup, none of the characters could see that Cruella is clearly Estella. I know, I know… a very similar thing happens in the Superman/Clark Kent movies. But those movies are actually good.
I’m sure it’s crystal clear by now, but I did not enjoy Cruella. My disappointment led to the very whiny thought: ‘But when will another Disney movie delight and move me the way Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella did? WHEN?!’
I wanted Cruella to be more grounded than it is. And a big part of the issues with Gillespie’s Cruella arise because the film never decided whether it was going to be for kids or adults. It went for both in a way that resulted in a movie that I feel failed more than it succeeded.
Have you seen Cruella? What did you think? Let me know in the comments.
It’s time. Friends – The Reunion, the event that all big fans of the hit 90s sitcom had been ready for long before the pandemic delayed everything finally has a trailer.
Directed by Ben Winston; Friends – The Reunion is an unscripted special starring the original cast. Namely Jennifer Aniston (Rachel Green), Courtney Cox (Monica Geller), Matt LeBlanc, (Joey Tribbiani), David Schwimmer (Ross Geller), Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay) and more.
I’ll start with a confession: I feel very silly now because I honestly thought that ‘Friends – The Reunion‘ was going to be a catchup with the characters of Friends. Meaning a few new episodes to see where they are now; rather than a catchup with the actors who play the friends.
It’s no one’s fault but my own that I didn’t realise my misguided expectations until now. I’ll still be watching because I enjoyed the show growing up. Also, full disclosure, personally I’m at the stage with Friends now where I no longer get the urge to re-watch the entire series every other year. No wonder I was extra excited about new episodes!
I plan to learn from the error in my ways by paying closer attention the next time a ‘reunion’ of one of my favourite shows comes up. I know the clue was right there in the title. Even so, I guess my heart simply wanted new episodes more than it wanted the nostalgic look-back.
Are you a Friends fan? Will you be tuning in for the nostalgia? Let me know in the comments.
The time for the Venomsequel trailer has finally arrived.
Directed by Andy Serkis; the second instalment, Venom – Let There Be Carnage follows the complex, badass lethal protector Eddie Brock/Venom (Tom Hardy),while doing what he does best.
Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, Naomie Harris and Reid Scott are among the key cast.
I feel as though I know what to expect with Hardy as Venom. so what I’m really looking forward to is Harrelson and Harris’s characters. As for the former, something tells me that Cletus Kasady is just kind of crazy character that Harrelson is has always been perfect for. Fingers crossed the special effects are as good as we need them to be.
Stephen Graham, Amber Sienna, Sean Delaney, Michelle Greenidge, Peggy Lu, Laurence Spellman, Otis Winston, Alfredo Tavares, Mel Powell and Etienne Vick also star.
In new comedy Here Today, Billy Crystal is Charlie, a veteran comedy writer who meets New York street singer Emma Payge (Tiffany Haddish) and they begin an unlikely friendship.
Written/directed by Crystal, Penn Badgley, Sharon Stone, Kevin Kline, Laura Benanti and Barry Levinson are among the key cast.
The week I become crazy busy and too exhausted to publish a post for nearly three days is the week that this little gem of a trailer is released.
I’m excited because Haddish and Crystal together is a partnership I didn’t know I needed to see until this trailer happened. And as a big fan of stories about beautiful/unexpected friendships, I hope this turns out great.
Anyone else get reminded of Haddish’s brilliant story about her dancing skills? Seeing her relationship with Crystal’s character here took me right back to that great story. If you haven’t heard it already. Treat yourself, at once!
Shiloh Verrico, Joanna Adler, Louisa Krause, Anna Deavere Smith, Susan Pourfar, Nyambi Nyambi, Lisann Valentin and Alex Brightman also star.