Category Archives: Comedy

THE LAND OF STEADY HABITS (2018): The Things I Liked…

The Land of Steady Habits (2018), Ben Mendehlson
The Land of Steady Habits (2018), Ben Mendehlson

The Land Of Steady Habits is the story of Anders (Ben Mendelsohn), a man who retires from his finance job and leaves his wife in order to renew his lust for life.

Things don’t quite go as smoothly as hoped for poor Anders. Directed by Nicole Holofcener, this story feels very real and true. It features a fair number of lost and hurt / hurting people trying, as well as others who don’t appear to be trying especially hard. Outside of Anders, whose journey intrigued me, I wanted to know more about why each person was really behaving the way they were but we never get to know about what makes up the other lost and hurting people in Anders’s circle. Certainly not as much as my curious mind desired anyway.

The unexpectedness of the humour in Holfcener’s film, the good performances and the unpredictability of the very human story is why I liked it. In addition to confirming that Mendelsohn’s American accent isn’t bad, The Land Of Steady Habits reminds me of how invaluable good family and friendships are, especially when things don’t quite work out.

Give it a chance if the protagonist’s situation intrigues you. It’s a little bit of a slow burn – like life can be sometimes, but not slow enough that I wanted to stop before the end.

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THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGG (2018): New Trailer For Coen Brothers Movie Starring James Franco, Liam Neeson…

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018), James Franco.png

The Coen Brothers’s latest movie The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs features six different storylines about the American frontier that all centre on a man named Buster Scruggs.

James Franco, Liam Neeson, David Krumholtz, Brendan Gleeson and Zoe Kazan are among the stars…

I can’t say that this trailer has me especially excited since very little happens in it. Nevertheless, it was great seeing Liam Neeson pop up. Overall though, it’s really my love for Ethan and Joel Coen’s previous movies, namely True Grit (2010) and No Country For Old Men (2007) that are the real reasons I’m open to watching this.

Matthew Willig, Tim Blake Nelson, Saul Rubinek and Tom Waits also star.

The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs Release Dates: November 16th, 2018 (US)…

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THE BEACH BUM (2019): New Trailer From Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, Isla Fisher, Snoop Dogg, Martin Lawrence…

The Beach Bum (2019), Matthew McConaughey
The Beach Bum (2019), Matthew McConaughey

The Beach Bum is a new Harmony Korine written / directed comedy about a rebellious stoner living life by his own rules.

Key cast includes Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, Isla Fisher, Snoop Dogg, Martin Lawrence…

I like the cast of this movie and that’s the reason I have a little hope about how it may turn out… fingers, toes and everything crossed!

The Beach Bum Release Dates: March 22nd, 2019 (US)…

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INSTANT FAMILY (2018): New Trailer From Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Octavia Spencer…

Instant Family (2018), Rose Byrne, Mark Wahlberg
Instant Family (2018), Rose Byrne, Mark Wahlberg

Instant Family is a new comedy starring Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne and Octavia Spencer.

Directed and co-written by Sean Anders, it’s the story of a couple dealing with the often humorous challenges that come with adopting three children at once…

I don’t know how much I’ll enjoy this, especially since I didn’t totally love Wahlberg’s Daddy’s Home movies. still I’m in because I appreciate him and I’m excited for the happy ending. I really want the happy ending!

Isabela Moner. Eve Harlow, Iliza Shlesinger, Tom Segura and Tig Notaro also star.

Instant Family Release Dates: November 16th, 2018 (US); February 15th, 2019 (UK)…

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SUPPORT THE GIRLS (2018): The Thing I Liked…

Support The Girls (2018), Regina Hall
Support The Girls (2018), Regina Hall

I was looking forward to Support The Girls as a fan of Regina Hall and an enthusiast of movies that show beautiful, healthy sisterly bonds. Having made it to the end of writer / directed Andrew Bujalski’s movie, I’m still a fan of Hall who performed well. Nevertheless, I found this movie quite awkward.

Hall plays the general manager of a highway-side sports bar. Through the course of one day, her incurable optimism and faith in herself, her customers and her team – which features some peculiar characters is tested. 

Soon after hitting play, the pace of Support The Girls started to dull my initial excitement. The film seemed to move slowly and part of the problem is that I found myself very often wondering what exactly was going on.

In the end I could appreciate and identify with Hall’s character’s need to take care of her team. Particularly as situations where women are taking care of each other – especially when confronted by toxic masculinity always warm my heart. Unfortunately, this movie’s rhythm just never quite synchronised with mine. As for the comedy categorisation, I don”t recall laughing, though I may have smiled a few times.

There are definitely people who really had a good time watching Support The Girls, so maybe you’ll be one of them. Watch it if you’re curious enough.

Haley Lu Richardson, Dylan Gelula, Brooklyn Decker, Dylan Gelula, AJ Michalka and Lea DeLaria also star.

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WAITING TO EXHALE (1995): The Things I Liked…

Waiting To Exhale (1995), Whitney Houston
Waiting To Exhale (1995), Whitney Houston

Directed by Forest Whitaker (I had no idea he directed! The shame…) and based on Terry McMillan’s novel of the same name, Waiting To Exhale tells the story of four very different female friends and their relationships with the opposite sex.

Starring Angela Bassett, Whitney Houston, Loretta Devine and Lela Rochon, this one’s perfect for a fun ‘girls night in.’ There’s comedy, romance,  drama – definitely drama and the kind of female relationships that remind you of how great it is to have reliable girl friends. Whitaker’s film smartly deals with a number of recognisable and well-acted predicaments faced by many women seeking a life partner.

The entire cast performed well and a major highlight without a doubt is Bassett’s portrayal as ‘a woman scorned’ in an unforgettable and very quotable scene. I first watched Waiting To Exhale when I was eighteen years old. I didn’t know it until this most recent viewing but this movie, along with a few other memorable Bassett films really helped form part of what makes me the independent and empowered lady that I am today. No wonder I love Bassett so!

Waiting To Exhale is clearly a number of things to me. It’s also a good reminder of a couple of truths. Firstly, that we should never take leave of our senses when presented with the option to get involved with a married man. Second, one must always think twice, thrice, then think again and then some more before sacrificing one’s own dreams for someone else’s. 

The friendship dynamic between the women brought Sex & The City to mind and I just love the way the film’s  strong sisterhood theme is beautifully punctuated by a perfect ending. Watch it for the sisterly love, the moments of humour and that good Angela Basset scene! Did I mention that the soundtrack for this movie was a massive success?

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THE LAND OF STEADY HABITS (2018): New Trailer From Ben Mendelsohn, Edie Falco, Natalie Gold, Connie Britton, Thomas Mann…

The Land of Steady Habits (2018), Ben Mendehlson
The Land of Steady Habits (2018), Ben Mendehlson

A man retires from his job in finance and leaves his wife in the hopes that it will renew his lust for life but things don’t quite go according to plan.

Written / directed by Nicole Holofcener key cast includes Ben Mendelsohn, Edie Falco, Natalie Gold, Connie Britton, Thomas Mann…

I’m curious because the cast is good. I’m also intrigued by Mendelsohn’s American accent. Lastly, my nosy side wants to know the secret Mendelsohn’s character seems to be hiding. There may be no secret at all, which would also be fine.

The Land Of Steady Habits Release Dates: September 14th, 2018 (US)…

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TAG (2018): The Things I Liked…

Tag (2018), Jeremy Renner
Tag (2018), Jeremy Renner

I must be too sensible for this kind of fun because as I watched director Jeff Tomsic’s male friendship comedy Tag, where former classmates play an elaborate game of tag across the country, I definitely thought it silly for grown / middle aged men to be playing a children’s game. Especially the way it’s played in the movie – often resulting in a notable amount of damage to the immediate surroundings.

My sensible ways aside though, it’s unfortunate that I wasn’t very amused throughout the film and that the only scenes that really had me most engaged were the ones featuring Jeremy Renner’s character Jerry. Particularly when he was playing the game. Renner’s stunt work, athleticism and general onscreen charisma helped make Tag that little bit more watchable.

Also starring Ed Helms, Jake Johnson and Jon Hamm, I probably would have had more fun watching Tag if I’d felt like I knew the characters more before the game commenced. What happened before we meet Renner’s character sadly felt more to me like un-amusing filler. Besides Jerry, my favourite thing about Tag is the way it ends and the music choice just before the credits.

Even though I’m not Tag’s biggest fan, I admit that knowing the film was based on a real life group of friends who played the game for 23 years warms my heart a little. It also has me wondering how the movie may be that little bit different from the whole truth.

Watch it if you’re so curious. Maybe you’ll find it funnier than I did.

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