Category Archives: Comedy

DAMSEL (2018): New Trailer From Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Forster…

Damsel (2018), Mia Wasikowska
Damsel (2018), Mia Wasikowska

Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska and Robert Forster are the stars of Damsel, the story of a businessman who travels West to join his fiancée in the mountains. Unpredictably, their once-simple journey grows treacherous.

David Zellner and Nathan Zellner direct and and co-star…

It’s simple really, I’m in for the kooky / off-kilter humour. I’ll probably also be hoping that there’s no trace of Britishness in Pattinson’s accent. But mostly I just want to be amused in unexpected ways.

Damsel Release Dates: June 22nd, 2018 (US)…

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SET IT UP (2018): New Trailer Starring Zoey Deutch, Lucy Liu, Taye Diggs, Glen Powell…

Set It Up (2018), Lucy Liu
Set It Up (2018), Lucy Liu

Directed by Claire Scanlon, in Set It Up Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell play two corporate executive assistants who hatch a plan to match-make their two bosses played by Taye Diggs and Lucy Liu…

This one should hopefully be good for when I’m in the mood for some ‘easy viewing.’ I like Diggs and Liu. The latter especially because I’m forever a massive fan of her character (Ling Woo) in Ally McBeal.

Set It Up Release Dates: June 15th, 2018 (US)…

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THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS (2018): New Trailer From Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth Banks, Joel McHale…

The Happytime Murders (2018), Melissa McCarthy
The Happytime Murders (2018), Melissa McCarthy

Directed by Brian Henson;  Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth Banks and Joel McHale star in The Happytime Murders; an action / comedy about a disgraced LAPD detective-turned-private eye puppet. 

The private eye puppet is determined to solve the case when the puppet cast of an ’80s children’s TV show begins to get murdered one by one…

I don’t yet know what to make of this. I’m just glad that the word ‘Muppets’ isn’t in the title, considering the ‘R’ rating. It will hopefully be a good comedy thanks to the involvement of Banks in particular and McCarthy. Fingers crossed.

The Happytime Murders Release Dates: August 17th, 2018 (US); August 24th, 2018 (UK)…

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DESTINATION WEDDING (2018): New Trailer From Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Dj Dallenbach…

Destination Wedding (2018), Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves
Destination Wedding (2018), Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves

Written / directed by Victor Levin, Destination Wedding is a new  comedy / drama/ romance about two unpleasant wedding guests who develop a mutual affection despite themselves.

Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder and Dj Dallenbach star…

The humour. I’m in for the humour. Especially after the line ‘Having met you, I understand why it’s a condition.’

Destination Wedding Release Dates: August 24th, 2018 (US)…

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BLACKKLANSMAN (2018): New Trailer Starring John David Washington, Adam Driver, Topher Grace…

BlackKlansman (2018), John David Washington
BlackKlansman (2018), John David Washington

Co-written and directed by Spike Lee; John David Washington, Adam Driver and Topher Grace are the stars of BlackKlansman, the true story of Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado.

Stallworth is known for successfully infiltrating the local Ku Klux Klan and becoming the head of the local chapter…

With a title like that, I’m glad this movie is at least partly a comedy. I really appreciated the slow motion turn 00:33 seconds into the trailer.

And of course, for fan’s of excellent comedian Dave Chappelle, there’s almost certainly no reading this movie’s title and watching this trailer without remembering one of the best ever characters of The Chappelle Show, Clayton Bigsby.

BlackKlansman Release Dates: August 10th, 2018 (US); August 24th, 2018 (UK)…

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JUMANJI – WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE (2017): The Thing I Liked…

Jumanji (2017), Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, Kevin Hart
Jumanji (2017), Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, Kevin Hart

Starring Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black and Karen Gillan, I found Jumanji – Welcome To The jungle to be OK. It’s just the kind of silly fun that kids will likely love most. It’s well modernised and there were some amusing moments, especially courtesy of  Jack Black’s portrayal of a teenage girl and Kevin Hart’s one-liners.

The reason that Jumanji is OK and not great is because by the end, I felt as though something was missing from the movie. Perhaps it’s substance, heart, character development or a mixture and then some, but for me, the amusing and clever moments aside, something is definitely missing at the very core. It doesn’t help that I wasn’t wholly convinced of Nick Jonas’s acting skills.

As I watched the film, the jungle setting did have me reminiscing about how much fun I had while watching Kong Skull Island (2017). Overall, I say watch Jumanji – Welcome To The Jungle if you’re curious enough. It may just be the kind of silly fun you need.

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THE WEEK OF (2018): It’s…

The Week Of (2018), Allison Strong, Adam Sandler, Rachel Dratch
The Week Of (2018), Allison Strong, Adam Sandler, Rachel Dratch

I tried. I really tried to stick it out with The Week Of but I’m afraid I had to bail.

The one thing I enjoyed about the forty five minutes I could actually sit through is the opening music. The music gave me hope which unfortunately turned out to be misplaced.

The portion of the film I managed to sit through felt very much like one of the early, very early rehearsals before any of the delivery was polished enough for public consumption. The storytelling, editing, pacing and jokes all left me with plenty to be desired.  Maybe I’ve seen too many well delivered jokes in my film viewing experience, that none of the cliches are funny any more, especially when not executed well.

One of the most annoying things in a film or comedy is when a joke is dragged out for too long. There were a few moments there, where I thought, ‘we get the intended joke. Please cut this annoying scene already and move on’.

There’s one particular actor who really over did it with her performance to disastrously unfunny proportions. However, of all the sins this film committed, the worst of it may be that it made a handful of usually effective comedy actors look pretty bad and unskilled; Rachel Dratch being one example.

I think it’s time I accept that Sandler’s best work may well be far behind him. The Week Of is absolutely at the very bottom of all the Adam Sandler movies I’ve ever seen. It’s also the only one I couldn’t sit through to the very end.

Watch it ONLY if you absolutely must. Otherwise go watch My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) Instead.

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BLINDSPOTTING (2018): New Trailer From Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Tisha Campbell-Martin…

Blindspotting (2018), Rafael Casal, Daveed Diggs
Blindspotting (2018), Rafael Casal, Daveed Diggs

Starring and co-written by Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, Blindspotting is a new comedy / drama about the intersection of race and class, set against the backdrop of a rapidly gentrifying Oakland.

Directed by Carlos López Estrada; Tisha Campbell-Martin, Janina Gavankar and Jasmine Cephas Jones co-star…

This trailer looks quite promising and for some reason it made me think of Dope (2015), a very clever and well executed movie.

Additional cast includes Ziggy Baitinger, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Ethan Embry and Kevin Carroll.

Blindspotting Release Dates: July 20th, 2018 (US)…

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