Category Archives: Comedy

THE CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES 2 (2020): The Things I Liked…

The Christmas Chronicles (2020), Kurt Russell, Netflix

Thoughts that entered my mind while watching The Christmas Chronicles 2:

Yeah! Kurt Russell delivers another fun musical performance, a key highlight.’


My, my; that Santa coat is still as beautiful as the first time I laid eyes on it.’


I’m so glad this movie is better than the first one. Thanks to the story and a good performance by young Darby Camp.’

I’d love that star as my own personal light. Also looks like a perfect ornament.’

Considering the year that 2020 has been, The Christmas Chronicles 2, along with a few other good seasonal movies this year are precisely what my festive season mise en scène obsessed self have been needing.

It’s a fun adventure for Christmas fans of all ages. Especially, thanks to how positive it is and the way it fully embraces the Christmas spirit. From the engaging adventure story about saving Christmas to the stunning decorations and fun special effects.

Watch The Christmas Chronicles 2. Particularly if, like me, you’re into how beautiful the festive season makes everything look, and all else I’ve mentioned.

The only things I liked a little less than would have been ideal are the performances by the big brother character and the naughty elf. Both were okay. However, just not as fully believable at times as young Camp the others.

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HAPPIEST SEASON (2020): The Things I Loved…

Happiest Season (2020), Dan Levy, Kristen Stewart, Hulu
Happiest Season (2020), Dan Levy, Kristen Stewart, Hulu

I haven’t seen all the Christmas movies due for release in 2020 just yet. Especially since it’s not even December as I write this. Nevertheless, let’s just say that it’s going to take something very special to dethrone Happiest Season as my favourite Christmas film of the year.

I found plenty to enjoy in this Clea Duvall co-written/directed story about needing to be exactly yourself, wanting your family’s acceptance and trying hard not to ruin Christmas.

First, there’s the good performances by all, particularly Mackenzie Davis who I’ve been a fan of since Always Shine (2016). Then comes the musical score that I believe is near perfection.

Additionally, Happiest Season manages to feel fresh, even though the holiday/romance/comedy film category is far from new. And the ‘freshness’ is, in part because the central characters are a young lesbian couple. However, it’s simply good writing, editing, acting, music and all else necessary that makes Duvall’s movie the perfect holiday film experience I’ve been needing. Happiest Season is also funny in all the right places. Plus, it features a good mix of memorable dramatic moments too. I say, watch it at once! Because it’s good.

Lastly, like myself, by the end you may feel that you’ve finally come across your favourite Kristen Stewart performance. Especially if you’re not too busy appreciating the noteworthy family wisdom, plus the good examples of friendship and kindness in the story.

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THE BOSS BABY – FAMILY BUSINESS (2021): New Trailer Starring James Marsden, Alec Baldwin, Jeff Goldblum, Jimmy Kimmel…

The Boss Baby – Family Business (2021), Alec Baldwin, James Marsden

The sequel to The Boss Baby (2017) is here, meaning the smart/adult-like, briefcase carrying baby who’s voiced by Alec Baldwin is back.

Also starring James Marsden, Jimmy Kimmel and Jeff Goldblum; in The Boss Baby – Family Business, the Templeton brothers are now grown up and have drifted apart. However, not if a new boss baby with a cutting-edge approach has anything to do with it.

Directed by Tom McGrath; additional key cast includes Amy Sedaris, Lisa Kudrow and Eva Longoria.

I’m so glad to see Alec Baldwin back for this sequel. I’ve just recently finished re-watching his great work in 30 Rock. So I’m definitely in for this one. And it helps that the first Boss Baby movie was so imaginative and fun.

Ariana Greenblatt and James McGrath also star.

The Boss Baby – Family Business  Release Dates: March 26th, 2021 (US & UK)…

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LEYLA EVERLASTING (2020): New Trailer Starring Haluk Bilginer, Demet Akbag, Elçin Sangu…

Leyla Everlasting (2020), Haluk Bilginer, Netflix
Leyla Everlasting (2020), Haluk Bilginer, Netflix

Leyla Everlasting is an offbeat comedy about a resilient housewife named Leyla; her husband and their marriage therapist. A toxic love triangle begins between the three, resulting in chaos involving an antique manuscript.

Co-written/directed by Ezel Akay; Leyla Everlasting stars Haluk Bilginer, Demet Akbag and Elçin Sangu.

I’m in for the laughter, and to watch Leyla survive murder attempt after murder attempt, after murder attempt, after…

Should be fun.

Firat Tanis, Alican Yücesoy, Ihsan Ceylan, Hakan Eke, Emre Kivilcim, Zafer Sahin and Bimen Zartar also star.

Leyla Everlasting Release Dates: December 4th, 2020 (US)…

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THE PRINCESS SWITCH 2 – SWITCHED AGAIN (2020): The Things I Liked…

The Princess Switch 2 – Switched Again (2020), Vanessa Hudgens, Netflix
The Princess Switch 2 – Switched Again (2020), Vanessa Hudgens, Netflix

When I decided to watch The Princess Switch 2 – Switched Again, I wasn’t expecting great things. I was hoping for a sort of watchable Christmas movie experience that I’d be able to get through with a smile on my face, in part thanks to the Christmas filled mise en scene.

Instead, what happened within 10 minutes of the viewing experience gave me a strong urge to reach for my phone and do other things while it played. I definitely could have aborted the whole experience, but something told me to leave it playing. Nothing improved with time, of course. But at least it made the room look extra ‘Christmassy’.

What exactly is wrong with The Princes Switch 2 – Switched Again? Let’s just say that it’s the kind of story and execution that’s really best enjoyed by preteen girls/children. I should have known.


Nevertheless, in the event that, like myself, you often leave less than great Christmas movies playing in the background because you like the ambience they help create, maybe, for that reason alone, hit play on The Princes Switch 2 – Switched Again. You could even leave it playing with the volume down while you pick a Christmas soundtrack to blast through your home. Now that’s an idea.

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LET THEM ALL TALK (2020): New Trailer From Meryl Streep, Gemma Chan, Dianne Wiest, Candice Bergen…

Let Them All Talk (2020), Meryl Streep, HBOmax
Let Them All Talk (2020), Meryl Streep, HBOmax

Directed by Steven Soderbergh; new comedy/drama Let Them All Talk stars Meryl Streep, Candice Bergen, Gemma Chan and Dianne Wiest.

This time we get to see Streep as a famous author who goes on a cruise with her friends and nephew, in an effort to find fun and happiness while coming to terms with her troubled past.

I’m always ready for another Streep performance. Also looking forward to the humour and finding out the reason for the tension between Bergen and Streep’s characters.

Lucas Hedges, Saskia Larsen and Pete Meads also star.

Let Then All Talk Release Dates: December 10th, 2020 (US)…

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ON THE ROCKS (2020): The Things I Liked…

On The Rocks (2020), Bill Murray, Apple TV+
On The Rocks (2020), Bill Murray, Apple TV+

On the Rocks is one of those pleasant and relatively easy viewing experiences you look for every now and then. It’s the story of Laura (Rashida Jones), a young mother who’s reconnecting with her larger-than-life playboy father (Bill Murray).

Written/directed by Sofia Coppola, I enjoyed the father-daughter relationship between Murray and Jone’s characters most. I also appreciated the New York setting, a place I’ve rarely hesitated to visit; plus Marlon Wayan’s performance in a non-comedy role.

Overall, I can’t say that I love On the Rocks completely. But it does have some very well written scenes you can enjoy. I found it most fun during the first two thirds. It’s just unfortunate that in the final third, I started to lose interest a little, in part because I just wanted the truth to be confirmed already and for the ending to have been more satisfying, dramatically speaking. Another lowlight of the final third is the non-committal attempts Jones and Murray’s characters made to turn off the ringing phone in Mexico.

Luckily, something did stand out in a good towards the end and that is the beautiful, well-lit shot of Jones’s character sporting a yellow dress while walking past a bonfire on the beach.

If you’re curious, save On the Rocks for when the mood for an entertaining and easy viewing experience hits.

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TOM & JERRY (2021): New Trailer Starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña, Rob Delaney…

Tom & Jerry (2021), Warner Bros. Pictures

Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña and Rob Delaney are the stars of Tom & Jerry; a movie adaptation of the classic series of animated films about the rivalry between a cat named Tom and a mouse named Jerry. 

Directed by Tim Story; this new movie will show us how Tom and Jerry first met and how their famous rivalry began.

A chance to relive the carefree moments of childhood again? Of course I’m in! Plus, this trailer looks like so much fun. I’m ready.

Colin Jost, Ken Jeong, Pallavi Sharda, Jordan Bolger, Daniel Adegboyega, Ajay Chhabra, Janis Ahern, Leandra Ryan, Jeremy Ang Jones, Camilla Arfwedson, Eleanor Fanyinka and Christina Chong also star.

Tom & Jerry Release Dates: March 4th, 2021 (UK); March 5th, 2021 (US)…

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