Category Archives: Comedy

THE COMEDIAN (2016): The Thing I Liked…

The Comedian (2016), Robert De Niro
The Comedian (2016), Robert De Niro

I recall someone saying that The Comedian, a comedy starring Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, Danny DeVito and Leslie Mann wasn’t great. This surprised me considering the very talented cast. I of course watched it anyway and can say that there were moments where I laughed and smiled.

Directed by Taylor Hackford and with De Niro playing a sort of lovable rogue in the shape of an ageing insult comic named Jack Burke, I wouldn’t call this film one of the most memorable movies in De Niro’s filmography. It reminded me a little of what I love most about Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm; a situation comedy series where Larry David plays a version of himself. David’s character says what he truly thinks and does precisely as he wishes even if it makes everyone around him, especially his loved ones extremely uncomfortable therefore keeping them in an almost constant state of ‘suffering’ – to great comic effect.

The Comedian is no where near as funny as Curb but it was tolerable enough for me to watch the entire thing. If anything about this movie can be described as forced, it’s perhaps the comedy element. When considering the events that take place in the film and how they unfold, I certainly wouldn’t describe much of it as ‘bursting at the seams with cliches’ at least not from my pesrpective – and that’s a good thing.

I say watch it if you must but only if you must.

Happy Film Loving .

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TO THE BONE (2017): New Trailer From Lily Collins, Keanu Reeves, Carrie Preston, Liana Liberato…

To The Bone (2017), Lily Collins
To The Bone (2017), Lily Collins

In To The Bone which stars Lily Collins, Keanu Reeves, Carrie Preston and Liana Liberato, Collins plays a young woman dealing with anorexia for whom hope comes in the shape of an unconventional doctor (Keanu Reeves)…

I’m interested to take in what this movie has to say about anorexia and how it says it. If I’m really honest though, another really big reason I’ll tune in is because I loved Carrie Preston’s character (Elsbeth Tascioni) in the hit drama series The Good Wife (2009 – 2016) and I’m curious to see her in what looks like a very different type of role.

Written and directed by Marti Noxon, To The Bone also stars Lili Taylor, Brooke Smith and Hana Hayes.

To The Bone Release Dates: July 14th, 2017 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

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DADDY’S HOME 2 (2017): New Trailer From Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, Mel Gibson, John Lithgow, John Cena…

Daddy's Home 2 (2017), Mel Gibson
Daddy’s Home 2 (2017), Mel Gibson

The first Daddy’s Home (2015) movie starring Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell and Linda Cardelilni featured a ‘cool biological dad versus new and not so cool stepdad’ dynamic between Ferrell and Wahlberg. For the Sean Anders directed sequel, the same dynamic remains, except this time Ferrell and Wahlberg’s characters are the best of friends but their dads played by Mel Gibson and John Lithgow are not quite that…

 

The original movie was OK and featured some memorable scenes. I’ll be tuning in this time for much of the same and hopefully more. I already love the kiss between Lithgow and Ferrell’s characters.

Daddy’s Home 2 Release Dates: November 10th, 2017 (US); November 22nd, 2017 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving

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HALAL DADDY (2017): New Trailer From Sarah Bolger, Colm Meaney, Art Malik…

Halal Daddy (2017), Art Malik, Colm Meaney, Nikesh Patel
Halal Daddy (2017), Art Malik, Colm Meaney, Nikesh Patel

Halal Daddy is  a comedy all about a young mans life as he manages a run down abattoir whilst dealing with cultural chaos, generational conflicts,  enraged fathers, stoned buddies and the alleged ex-lover of his girlfriend. Directed by Conor McDermottroe; Nikesh Patel, Sarah Bolger, Colm Meaney and Art Malik are the stars…

This is a comedy and I like the peculiar title. I’m slightly drawn to this movie, probably in large part because it reminds me a little of the rather good East Is East (1999). I also want to find out how things transpire for Raghdan and his father Aziz.

Halal Daddy Release Dates

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PADDINGTON 2 (2018): New Trailer From Hugh Grant, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson, Hugh Bonneville, Peter Capaldi…

Paddington 2 (2018) Ben Whishaw (Voice)
Paddington 2 (2018) Ben Whishaw (Voice)

Starring Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville, Ben Whishaw, Peter Capaldi, Brendan Gleeson and a handful more British actors, director Paul King is back with Paddington 2, a sequel to the 2014 animated family comedy. The story picks with Paddington who’s now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community. He works odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday but unfortunately, the gift is stolen…

I haven’t seen the original Paddington (2014) simply because the mood for it never really struck. It’s probably time I did, particularly to see another example of how Britishness, British charm and the streets of London are portrayed on the big screen.

Sally Hawkins, Imelda Staunton, and Julie Walters also star.

Happy Film Loving Paddington 2 Release Dates: November 10th, 2017 (UK); January 12th, 2018 (US)….

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LOGAN LUCKY (2017): New Trailer For Steven Soderbergh Movie Starring Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig, Adam Driver…

Logan Lucky (2017), Channing Tatum
Logan Lucky (2017), Channing Tatum

Director Steven Soderbbergh’s new movie is a comedy starring Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig, Adam Driver and Hilary Swank –  to name just a few. The story centres around two brothers and their attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina…

Such a pleasant surprise to see Daniel Craig’s face in this trailer. I imagine that the impressive cast list for this movie was probably ready to do everything in their power to secure a chance to work with Soderbergh. You know, just in case he decides to retire from films one more time, right after this one.

Katie Holmes, Riley Keough, Katherine Waterston, Sebastian Stan, Katie Holmes, David Denman, and Jack Quaid make up some of the aforementioned impressive stars.

Logan Lucky Release Dates: August 18th, 2017 (US); August 25th, 2017 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving

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THE BOSS BABY (2017): The Things I liked…

The Boss Baby (2017), Alec Baldwin
The Boss Baby (2017), Alec Baldwin

When I first realised that The Boss Baby was about a smart / adult-like briefcase carrying baby, I feared that as I watched the movie, I’d miss the only other smart / adult-like  baby I’d ever known and loved. I’m of course talking about the lovable Stewie Griffin of Seth MacFarlane’s Family Guy. Luckily though, as I watched the Tom McGrath directed animated movie, not for a single second did the delightful Stewie G. pop into my mind. There was simply too much engaging fun, imagination and general cuteness going on in The Boss Baby.

There’s certainly no doubting that the person behind the story of The Boss Baby (Marla Frazee) is an individual with a great imagination – not unlike the film’s main character, Timmy (Miles Bakshi) – and many other children you may or may not know. Naturally, kids are going to have a good time with The Boss Baby but you absolutely don’t have to be a kid to like it.

There were some things that happened in this movie that really reminded me that I was watching an animation, meaning that the rules of what may or may not happen in an everyday situation simply have be discarded completely. Usually I’m fine with suspending my disbelief but with this movie for some reason, I was sometimes less able.

My personal favourite animated films are still Finding Nemo (2003) and Ratatouille (2007)This movie, though not as well executed in every way as the aforementioned, it’s still a fun adventure. Another personal highlight for me was knowing that the dad character was being voiced by my favourite American talk show host, Jimmy Kimmel; a seemingly nice man whose voice I happen to find rather comforting.

Happy Film Loving

G

BATTLE OF THE SEXES (2017): New Trailer From Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Elisabeth Shue, Sarah Silverman…

Battle Of The Sexes (2017), Emma Stone
Battle Of The Sexes (2017), Emma Stone

Oscar winning actress Emma Stone’s latest movie Battle of the Sexes has her in the role of former World number one tennis champion, Billing Jean King. OppositeStone is Steve Carell as ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs. Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, Battle of the Sexes tells the true story of a very important 1973 tennis match between King and Riggs…

I’m looking forward to this one because I had no idea about the true story until now. King better win! That being the jist of how I feel. I’m a little less certain that she will because Carell’s character is a hustler after all. But then, this is a Hollywood movie.

Also, I just realised that the only Billie Jean I’d know of up to this point is the one in Michael Jackson’s classic song, ‘Billie Jean’. No doubt that Billie Jean King is NOT the one M.J. is singing about.

Battle Of The Sexes Release Dates: September 22nd, 2017 (US), November 24th, 2017 (UK)…

Sarah Silverman, Austin Stowell, Natalie Morales and Jessica McNamee also star.

Happy Film Loving

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