Category Archives: Comedy

BRAD’S STATUS (2017): Good…

Brad’s Status (2017), Austin Abrams, Ben Stiller
Brad’s Status (2017), Austin Abrams, Ben Stiller

Directed by Mike White and featuring notable performances from all the cast, especially Ben Stiller (Brad) and Austin Abrams, Brad’s Status is a good and moving comedy. One about a 47 year-old man caught up with feeling inferior about his life choices. Particularly when he compares himself to his seemingly far more successful friends.

I’m quite sure that watching this movie is going to put you through a mixture of emotions. You’ll laugh, smile be moved – and it’s likely that you’ll probably find yourself thinking, if not saying out loud: ‘Come on, Brad! you’re not seeing what’s right in front of you! If you’d only look and see!’

As frustrating as Brad’s attitude and behaviour may get at times, because many of us can relate to getting caught up with the perils of comparison, you’re going to want the best for Brad. And this is a small part of the reason you’ll continue to watch until the end. You’ll stick with it even though that jarring music at the beginning may have come close to forcing to hit the stop button.

Watch this movie because the story and performances are worthy.

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THE WILDE WEDDING (2017): The Thing I Liked…

The Wilde Wedding (2017), Patrick Stewart, Glenn Close.png

The Wilde Wedding, the Damian Harris written and directed movie about a retired actress who remarries for the fourth time had me feeling a tad disinterested immediately. Reason being, I found that I didn’t connect with the narrator at the beginning. I also felt that there were too many characters, none of whom proved particularly interesting.

For me, this film just plodded along and I continued watching in hopes that things would improve. Especially considering the main cast  – John Malkovich, Patrick Stewart and Glenn Close.

I’m glad to say that things did get interesting and more dramatic somewhere past the halfway point. And I certainly didn’t anticipate the way it ended. However,  is it enough for this to be a movie worth recommending? Not really. It’s Complicated (2009) is more fun, in my opinion.

The thing that stood out most for me overall about this movie actually has nothing to do with the story, but rather the truth about one of the actors. I’m speaking of Australian actor Yael Stone, a.k.a. Lorna Morello from Orange Is The New Black. The lady is a wonderful actor especially in Orange Is The New Black and she’s clearly gifted with accents, for in this movie her character is convincingly British. 

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HAMPSTEAD (2017): The Thing I Liked…

Hampstead (2017), Diane Keaton, Grendan Gleeson
Hampstead (2017), Diane Keaton, Grendan Gleeson

Hampstead is a story of unexpected love between a widow and a man who is technically homeless but not quite. It’s also a film you can watch without having to work too hard. The acting isn’t terrible and the story, though predictable, it moved along quite nicely and provided some small moments of amusement.

What I enjoyed most about Hampstead is the fact that Hampstead is a real place and one of the the most beautiful parts of London, England. It was great to see the beauty of Hampstead captured so well. Pparticularly during spring and summer.

Should I find myself watching it again, it will likely be so I can experience Hampstead the place on film once more. It’s worth it for that.

Another reason you you may watch could be if you’re a big fan of Keaton and /or Gleeson. Otherwise it’s an OK romance / comedy.

For me at least,  It’s Complicated (2009) is still probably my favourite of the mature romance category.

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HEY, ARNOLD! – THE JUNGLE MOVIE (2017): The Thing I Liked…

Hey Arnold - The Jungle Movie (2017)
Hey Arnold – The Jungle Movie (2017)

I‘m quite happy to report that the experience of watching Hey, Arnold! – The Jungle Movie wasn’t too much like the regrettable experience of re-watching The Never Ending Story; a children’s film that I adored as a child and one that should have been left firmly in my childhood.

As promised, this follow-up to the TV series Hey, Arnold finally tells the story of young Arnold’s parents. And and the writers made that part adequately interesting. A younger me certainly would have enjoyed Hey, Arnold! – The Jungle Movie quite a bit more than my grown up self. Luckily, I still had some fun because my favourite thing about the series was always the humour. And the humour in this movie, though, dare I say isn’t as sophisticated as my tastes have indeed become, but it’s still pretty timeless.

I don’t know that I ever had a favourite Hey, Arnold character, but now I’m certain that it’s Helga and her undying, yet completely unrequited love for dear ‘football head.’ Especially the way she verbalises her feelings when she thinks no one is around to hear her.

To satisfy your curiosity about the football headed one’s parents and to reminisce about your relatively carefree days, feel free to hit that play button on this one and see how you like it. But definitely be warned, you probably won’t be as in love as you once were… unlike our dear Helga.

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PERMISSION (2017): New Trailer From Dan Stevens, Rebecca Hall…

Permission (2017), Dan Stevens, Rebecca Hall
Permission (2017), Dan Stevens, Rebecca Hall

Written and directed by Brian Crano, Dan Stevens and Rebecca Hall star in Permission, a comedy drama about a woman soon to be proposed to.

The same woman also listens to a friend who suggests that she should date other men before committing to forever with her her boyfriend…

The precise nature of my thoughts when I read the synopsis went something like: ‘Oooooh… this sure isn’t going to end well… probably.’ Nevertheless though, I’d still quite love to be surprised, for entertainment value purposes.

Gina Gershon, François Arnaud, Raúl Castillo, Michelle Hurst and Morgan Spector also star.

Permission Release Dates

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EL CAMINO CHRISTMAS (2017): New Trailer From Dax Shepherd, Luke Grimes, Jessica Alba…

El Camino Christmas (2017), Dax Shepherd, Jessica Alaba
El Camino Christmas (2017), Dax Shepherd, Jessica Alaba

El Camino Christmas is a comedy about a young man who seeks out a father he’s never met and somehow ends up barricaded in a liquor store with five other people on Christmas Eve…

Directed by David E. Talbert; Dax Shepherd, Luke Grimes Jessica Alba and Vincent D’Onofrio play the main characters….

This one could be good but it could also not be. It has a seemingly understated quality to it that has me intrigued. The main reason I’m interested at all is Shepherd and Alba’s characters. Fingers crossed I’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Vincent D’Onofrio, Tim Allen, Kurtwood Smith, and Yimmy Yim also star.

El Camino Christmas Release Dates: December 8th, 2017 (US)…

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SMALLFOOT (2018): New Trailer From Channing Tatum, Zendaya, Danny DeVito…

Smallfoot (2018), Channing Tatum
Smallfoot (2018), Channing Tatum

In Smallfoot, Channing Tatum plays Migo, a Yeti convinced that the elusive creatures known as “humans” actually do exist.

Zendaya and Danny DeVito also star while Karey Kirkpatrick and Jason Reisig cowrite and direct.

As I watched this trailer, a few things went through my mind. Firstly, what a brilliant idea! I totally didn’t see the twist coming. Second, How nice for Channing Tatum. Finally a movie he’s made that his young daughter can actually watch all the way through. Lastly Of course Tatum’s character had to have great dance moves. Of course.

I’m really looking forward to this one and I’ll be careful not watch any more Smallfoot trailers I just really want to be surprised delighted by the film.

Additional cast includes Jimmy Tatro, Yara Shahidi, Gina Rodriguez, James Corden, LeBron James and Common.

Smallfoot Release Dates: September 28th, 2018 (US); October 5th, 2018 (UK)…

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HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3 – SUMMER VACATION (2018): New Trailer From Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi…

Hotel Transylvania 3 (2018).
Hotel Transylvania 3 (2018).

Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez and Steve Buscemi are back in the third instalment of the Genndy Tartakovsky directed Hotel Transylvania 3.

This time the action takes place away from the the vacation hotel on a luxury monster cruise ship. The monster family are all having a great time catching up on their moon tans but then Drac goes and falls for the the mysterious captain of the ship, Ericka and everything changes…

I’ll be tuning in for the easy viewing light entertainment. I’ll probably also be wondering whose accent I love more; Adam Sandler as Drac in the Hotel Transylvania movies or Steve Carell as Gru in the Despicable Me films.

Andy Samberg, Kevin James, Keegan-Michael Key, David Spade and David Spade also star.

Hotel Transylvania 3 – Summer Vacation Release Dates: July 13th, 2018 (US); July 27th, 2018 (UK)

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