Starring Aubrey Plaza, Fred Armisen, Alison Brie and Dave Franco, The Little Hours is a new comedy set in the middle ages. The story follows a young servant who is fleeing from his master and takes refuge at a convent full of emotionally unstable nuns…
I want to find out where writer / director Jeff Baena goes with this seemingly crazy story. Maybe it’ll become one of my favourite comedies. Maybe…?
Nick Offerman, John C Reilly, Kate Micucci and Molly Shannon also star.
Starring Sam Elliot, Nick Offerman, Krysten Ruitter and Laura Prepon, The Hero is all about an ailing movie star (Elliott) who’s coming to terms with his past and mortality…
I’m tuning in because I like the subject matter. Not to drag things to the dark side a little bit, but we’ll all be ailing at some point and I like finding out how other people deal with it. Additionally, I’m a Sam Elliott fan. I remember liking his performance in I’ll See You In My Dreams (2015). I appreciated his performance almost as much as I did the deep bass in his voice.
In The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Ryan Reynolds is the latter and Samuel L. Jackson, the former. The bodyguard and hitman are not quite getting along. Still they must learn to work together because one of them has to testify at the International Court of Justice…
I don’t know if Reynolds and Jackson have been in a movie together before, but I’m certainly a fan of their chemistry. I’m also getting something of a The Other Guys (2010) vibe – and I’m sure that’s a good thing.
In Ingrid Goes West which stars Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen and O’Shea Jackson Jr., Ingrid is a mentally disturbed young woman who’s obsessed with a social media star with ‘the perfect life’. Unsettling and increasingly dangerous is the turn Ingrid’s behaviour takes when she decides to move west to befriend the subject of her obsession…
I’m very much looking forward to watching Plaza, an actress I’ve only ever seen in comedy roles play a part that seems to be a lot more dramatic.
In new comedy Take Me which stars Taylor Schilling, Pat Healy (also the director) and Alycia Delmore, a fledgling entrepreneur who specialises in high-end simulated abductions is hired. The mysterious client wants a weekend kidnapping, offers a handsome payday but…
I sure hope the twist isn’t that the victim has a twin sister. That would most certainly be too obvious and obviously bad.
I’ve always enjoyed James Franco in comedy roles more so than I do hisdramatic work. I loved the trailer for Why Himwhich was well paced and fun, It also contained a healthy handful of good jokes and well placed expletives.
Fast forward to the movie, it could be argued that there’s an unnecessary level of cuss words, though I’d say not too uncomfortably gratuitous. Some scenes were a tad awkward and could have moved along more quickly, but overall I had a good time.
The soundtrack, Franco’s billionaire filterless character’s charm, Keegan Michael-Key’s fun estate manager and peculiar ‘European’ accent are key highlights.
I also enjoyed the way Megan Mullally’s Barb responds to Franco’s Laird. My favourite of her lines being ‘Quite the outdoorsman.’ Watch it and see why that line is so perfect when it’s delivered – and for the rest of the good jokes. That’s assuming that all those colourful expletives haven’t scared you off, of course.
What I liked most about All Nighter is Xosha Roquemore’s version of a drunk party girl. Director Gavin Wiesen’s, story about a workaholic father (J.K. Simmons) who teams up with his daughter’s awkward ex-boyfriend (Emile Hirsch) to find her is not as fun and entertaining as the films trailer led me to believe.
One of my early thoughts as I watched was ‘This is going nowhere fast.’ A thought soon followed by, ‘All the acting issn’t bad but this film is boring’. Reason being, All Nighter just plods along in a manner that had me failing to care about the whereabouts of the missing daughter (Analeigh Tipton). What made the experience even more underwhelming overall is the easy and relatively obvious explanation for the daughter’s whereabouts.
In conclusion, if you were thinking that All Nighter might be a boys adventure with a splash of the The Hangover (2009) vibe; it’s barely that. More than anything, the film is really about a workaholic father’s friendship with his daughter’s ex-boyfriend. If there’s nothing better on and you’re in the mood for an awkward comedy with very few good laughs, then sure, watch it. Otherwise step away, friend.