Category Archives: Comedy

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA: TRANSFORMANIA (2021): New Trailer From Selina Gomez, Kathryn Hahn, Fran Drescher, Andy Samberg…

Hotel Transylvania - Transformania (2021), Sony Pictures Entertainment
Hotel Transylvania – Transformania (2021), Sony Pictures Entertainment

Hotel Transylvania – Transformania is the last chapter in the four-part animated movie series. This time, the monster family appears as you’ve never seen before and it looks like fun.

Directed by Derek Drymon and Jennifer Kluska; key cast includes Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kathryn Hahn and Fran Drescher.

I wasn’t aware until this trailer that Adam Sandler is no longer voicing Dracula. Hopefully, I won’t miss his voice work too much.

I’m most looking forward to the fun animation but I’ll gladly take the humour too.

Steve Buscemi, Keegan-Michael Key, David Spade, Molly Shannon, Jim Gaffigan, Brian Hull, Brad Abrell and Asher Blinkoff also star.

Hotel Transylvania – Transformania Release Dates: July 23rd, 2021 (US & UK)…

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VENOM – LET THERE BE CARNAGE (2021): New Trailer From Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, Naomie Harris…

Venom - Let There Be Carnage (2021), Tom Hardy, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Venom – Let There Be Carnage (2021), Tom Hardy, Sony Pictures Entertainment

The time for the Venom sequel 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.

Venom – Let There Be Carnage Release Dates: September 24th, 2021 (US)…

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THE KOMINSKY METHOD – SEASON 3 (2021): New Trailer From Michael Douglas, Alan Arkin, Sarah Baker, Morgan Freeman…

The Kominsky Method (2021), Michael Douglas, Sarah Baker, Netflix
The Kominsky Method (2021), Michael Douglas, Sarah Baker, Netflix

The Kominsky Method, one of my favourite things to come out of Netflix has one last season.

Starring Michael Douglas, Sarah Baker, Alan Arkin and Morgan Freeman; the comedy/drama follows an aging actor who had a brush with fame many years ago, and now he works as an acting coach.

I’m sad that this show is ending. However, better to end on a high, rather than to drive a good thing to the ground, right?

If you haven’t seen the first two seasons, I highly recommend. The acting is super, and the writing is good/funny. So, treat yourself to this little Netflix gem, why don’t ya?

Jane Seymour, Nancy Travis, Graham Rogers, Melissa Tang, Jenna Lyng Adams, Casey Thomas Brown, Emily Osment, Lisa Edelstein, Ramon Hilario Ashleigh LaThrop and Susan Sullivan, also star.

The Kominsky Method – Season 3 Release Dates: May 28th, 2021 (US)…

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HERE TODAY (2021): New Trailer From Tiffany Haddish, Billy Crystal, Sharon Stone, Penn Badgley…

Here Today (2021), Billy Crystal, Tiffany Haddish, Pictures Entertainment
Here Today (2021), Billy Crystal, Tiffany Haddish, Pictures Entertainment

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.

Here Today Release Dates: May 7th, 2021 (US)…

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THE HITMAN’S WIFE’S BODYGUARD (2021): New trailer From Salma Hayek, Ryan Reynolds, Frank Grillo, Samuel L. Jackson…

The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021), Salma Hayek, Samuel L. Jackson, Lionsgate Movies
The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (2021), Salma Hayek, Samuel L. Jackson, Lionsgate Movies

A sequel to Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek’s action/comedy/adventure The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017) is here.

Directed once again by Patrick Hughes; bodyguard Michael Bryce (Reynolds) is, against hi swill, reunited with assassin Darius Kincaid (Jackson), And the two of them must work together to save Darius’s wife Sonia (Hayek).

In addition to being ready for The Hitman’s Bodyguard‘s very special brand of ‘definitely not realistic‘ but fun action sequences, plus great dialogue, I can’t wait to see Hayek as an action star in this sequel.

The three leads, Reynolds, Hayek and Jackson are some of the most fun talk show guests you could ever wish to see. Especially if the host in question is my absolute favourite, Graham Norton. As such and for several other reasons, there’s just got to be no way that the three of them on screen together won’t result in plenty of fun for all involved; particularly the audience.

Morgan Freeman, Tom Hopper, Antonio Banderas, Richard E. Grant, Caroline Goodall, Giulio Berruti, Blake Ritson, Gabriella Wright, Tomi May, Dragan Micanovic and Hiten Patel also star.

The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard Release Dates: June 16th, 2021 (US); June 23rd, 2021 (UK)…

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MY COUSIN VINNY (1992): The Things I Liked…

My Cousin Vinny (1992), Joe Pesci
My Cousin Vinny (1992), Joe Pesci

My Cousin Vinny is one of those movies I’ve heard people reference several times over the years. And finally, a few nights ago, the mood hit just right for a classic 90s movie session. Especially after I heard a popular podcaster mention how great Oscar-winning actor Marisa Tomei is in the movie.

My Cousin Vinny, a comedy/crime movie directed by Jonathan Lynn is the story of two New Yorkers, Bill (Ralph Macchio) and Stan (Mitchell Whitfield). Two young men who contact Vinny (Joe Pesci), a loudmouth lawyer with zero trial experience, after they find themselves accused of murder in rural Alabama.  

I’ve been a fan of good courtroom scenes for a long time. And luckily for me, My Cousin Vinny captures those moments well. To the point where the courtroom scenes are my favourite thing about the movie. There are also some amusing scenes to enjoy and good performances by all, including Tomei who is as good and gorgeous as the podcaster insisted.

What I like least about Lynn’s film happens near the start. Particularly when one of my least favourite comedy tropes is used. The one where two people don’t realise that they’re talking about two completely different things. I haven’t found the use of said trope funny since the first time I saw it in a film, TV or stage production. It’s the reason I had to quit watching the cult comedy series Arrested Development. They shamelessly overused it, completely to death! I mean, full disclosure, I did binge-watch a bunch of episodes in one sitting. But surely, the writing formula shouldn’t be that obvious.

I say watch My Cousin Vinny if you’re especially curious. It’s certainly not a bad movie. And it has some highlights. Just don’t be surprised if you don’t love it. Or maybe you will.

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TOGETHER TOGETHER (2021): New Trailer From Ed Helms, Patti Harrison, Rosalind Chao…

Together Together (2021), Ed Helms, Patti Harrison, Bleecker Street
Together Together (2021), Ed Helms, Patti Harrison, Bleecker Street

In new comedy Together Together, a young loner named Anna (Patti Harrison) and a single man in his forties named Matt (Ed Helms) have their perceptions of connection, boundaries and the particulars of love challenged. All after Anna becomes Matt’s gestational surrogate

Rosalind Chao, Timm Sharp, Bianca Lopez and Nora Dunn are among the key cast while Nikole Beckwith directs.

I’ve seen shows and movies about women deciding to be single parents because the right partner never showed up. This is the first one I’ve encountered that’s focused on a man making the choice.

Even though it seems quite clear how this particular tale will end, I’m in anyway, especially since it’s a a comedy.

Fred Melamed, Vivian Gil, Tig Notaro, Julio Torres, Evan Jonigkeit, Sufe Bradshaw, Travis Coles, Jo Firestone and David Chattam also star.

Together Together Release Dates: April 23rd, 2021 (US)…

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THUNDER FORCE (2021): It’s…

Thunder Force (2021), Melissa McCarthy, Netflix
Thunder Force (2021), Melissa McCarthy, Netflix

Bridesmaids (2011), This Is 40 (2012) and Spy (2015) are my three favourite Melissa McCarthy movies. The Heat (2013), Tammy (2014) and The Boss (2016) are the ones I found most disappointing. 

The not so great news is that McCarthy’s latest Ben Falcone written/directed comedy/action/adventure Thunder Force falls firmly at the bottom of the latter category.  

I honestly tried my very best to give Thunder Force, the story of estranged childhood best friends reuniting and ending up with superpowers a fair chance. It’s just unfortunate that the writing and pacing left me desperately wanting. 

What makes it worse is that I wasn’t even tired when I hit play to watch a hopefully fun comedy in the afternoon. Yet, twenty minutes in, I awoke from a rather pleasant impromptu nap. A situation I feared might occur, especially after an unnecessarily long and unfunny bit of dialogue about salmon and a rock near the start of the movie. Nevertheless, I held on in desperate hope that things might turn around at any moment.

Things did not get better, not even a little bit. As such, after giving the movie one very last try, only to find myself waking up from my second nap in half an hour, I had to put an end to the madness.

Looking back, the most memorable parts of Thunder Force include the one brief moment involving rabbit-like teeth. And the other is the presence of Pom Klementieff as Laser. 

Thunder Force is a film you watch, only if you absolutely must because you’re much better off revisiting the first three movies I mentioned at the start of this post.

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