Category Archives: Comedy

EUROVISION SONG CONTEST – THE STORY OF FIRE SAGA (2020): The Things I Liked…

EUROVISION SONG CONTEST-  The Story Of Fire Saga (2020), Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Netflix
EUROVISION SONG CONTEST- The Story Of Fire Saga (2020), Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Netflix

Director David Dobkin’s comedy/music film, Eurovision Song Contest – The Story of Fire Saga is quite the pleasant surprise.

I’m certainly not saying that the story about two aspiring Icelandic musicians trying to get into the world’s biggest song contest is perfect, because I did struggle to stay engaged just over a third into it. However, I think the film captures well the essence of Eurovision. From the amusement the contest offers it’s audiences – thanks to the various characters who take part; to the sense of togetherness it inspires plus the catchy, moving and often fun music featured.

I found myself more impressed with the film’s music than I expected to be. Whether it was the upbeat musical score, or the songs performed by the competitors; I think everyone who enjoys a good catchy and or moving song will have fun. And the ‘song-along‘ is a key highlight. As is the all-important final number sang by Rachel McAdams’s character towards the end.

On the subject of the Icelandic accents of Pierce Brosnan, Will Ferrell and McAdams, I think they did a good job. Plus, I have no complaints about any of the acting. I was happy to be moved and amused. The latter in particular whenever Iceland’s hopes of winning were the subject matter.

My favourite line in the whole film is probably: ‘And I could argue that this town is near death.’

There’s also Dan Stevens’s Russian character who had my attention every time he was on screen.

Watch Eurovision Song Contest – The Story of Fire Saga if you’re curious.

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THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND (2020): The Things I Liked…

The King of Staten Island (2020), Pete Davidson, Universal Pictures
The King of Staten Island (2020), Pete Davidson, Universal Pictures

The King of Staten Island is a good film; as is the case with all Judd Apatow directed comedy/drama movies I’ve seen. To name just three: The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Knocked Up (2007) and This is 40 (2012),

Starring Pete Davidson, Bill Burr, Marisa Tomei and Bell Powley, Apatow’s movie is about a young man named Scott (Davidson). Particularly his coming of age story after years of arrested development after losing his father in a hotel fire.

Based largely on Davidson’s personal story, The King of Staten Island is both moving and funny in all the right places. Scott’s emotional journey and personal growth is well drawn – making for a believable story. I enjoyed the jokes, even in the moments when Scott wasn’t especially likeable.

Everyone performed well but I was especially impressed by one of my favourite comedians Bill Burr’s dramatic turn as Ray.

As for some highlights, I particularly enjoyed all the jokes at the expense of Staten Island. And one of the most moving scenes is when Scott goes to pick up Rays children for the first time.

Overall, The King of Staten Island is worth watching for moving story about a young man who finally decides to live life on purpose.

If you’re a Judd Apatow and or a Pete Davidson fan, then definitely watch it if you haven’t already.

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DADS (2020): New Trailer From Bryce Dallas Howard For Documentary About Contemporary Fatherhood…

Dads (2020), Apple TV+
Dads (2020), Apple TV+

Directed by  Bryce Dallas Howard; Dads is a new Apple TV+ documentary aimed at exploring contemporary fatherhood through anecdotes and wisdom.

Also featuring Dallas Howard’s own father, director Ron Howard, additional features include famous funnymen including Jimmy Kimmel, Will Smith, Jimmy Fallon, Neil Patrick Harris…

I get the feeling I’m going to be happy to spend some time simply watching fathers putting smiles on their children’s faces, and vice versa. Anything else will very likely just be a bonus.

Other featured fathers include Patton Oswalt, Judd Apatow, Hasan Minhaj, Ron Howard, Ken Jeong, Thiago Queiroz, Andy Griffith and Kenan Thompson.

Dads Release Dates: June 19th, 2020, Apple TV+

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EUROVISION SONG CONTEST – THE STORY OF FIRE SAGA (2020): New Trailer Starring Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Dan Stevens, Pierce Brosnan…

EUROVISION SONG CONTEST - The Story Of Fire Saga (2020), Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Netflix
Eurovision Song Contest– The Story Of Fire Saga (2020), Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Netflix

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Eurovision Song Contest – The Story of Fire Saga (2020).


Eurovision Song Contest – The Story Of Fire Saga is a new comedy about aspiring musicians Lars (Will Ferrell) and Sigrit (Rachel McAdams).

The pair have been chosen to represent their country, Iceland at the world’s biggest song competition, the Eurovision Song Contest.

David Dobkin directs; with additional key cast including Dan Stevens, Pierce Brosnan, Natasia Demetriou, Demi Lovato…

For those who really appreciate the Eurovision Song Contest, perhaps this movie will be a nice consolation prize since Covid 19 resulted in 2020’s contest being cancelled.

I’m certainly happy to see my favourite talk show host, Graham Norton in this trailer. Especially since one of the biggest highlights of the show, in the UK at least is the hosts’s commentary and Norton’s wit is super, in case you didn’t know.

I’m in for what’s hopefully plenty of amusement. I mean, I’ve already replayed what happens at 1:28 at least four times. Lastly, isn’t it strange how Ferrell and McAdams’s voices make it seem as though the sound was dubbed? Perhaps it’s just good accent work?

Jamie Demetriou, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson and Tómas Lemarquis also star.

Eurovision Song Contest – The Story of Fire Saga Release Dates: June 26th, 2020 (US & UK) / Netflix…

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BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC (2020): New Trailer From Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Samara Weaving,

Bill & Ted Face The Music (2020), Alex Winter, Keanu Reeves, Orion Pictures
Bill & Ted Face The Music (2020), Alex Winter, Keanu Reeves, Orion Pictures

Bill & Ted, two middle aged , would-be rockers who were once told they’d save the universe during a time-traveling adventure, find themselves still trying to crank out a hit song and fulfill their destiny.

Starring Keanu Reeved, Alex Winter and Samara Weaving; Bill & Ted Face The Music is directed by Dean Parisot.

I don’t remember anything about the previous Bill & Ted movies, except the numerous times the word ‘dude’ is said. As such, I’ll try to rewatch at least one of the previous films so I can remember what the hype was all about. And because I like Mr. Reeves.

Brigette Lundy-Paine, William Sadler, Hal Landon Jr., Kid Cudi, Beck Bennett, Holland Taylor and Kristen Schaal also star.

Bill & Ted Face The Music Release Dates: August 21st, 2020 (US)…

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GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (1953): Costume Design – Marilyn Monroe And Jane Russell’s Stunning outfits…

This post was always going to happen. Particularly since my review of director Howard Hawks’s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes revealed William Travilla’s unforgettable costume design as a major highlight. As such, I hope you enjoy the below images at least half as much as I do.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Marilyn Monroe, Twentieth Century Fox
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Marilyn Monroe, Twentieth Century Fox

Lilac magic.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Marilyn Monroe, Twentieth Century Fox
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Marilyn Monroe, Twentieth Century Fox

Leopard print gorgeousness.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Marilyn Monroe, Elliott Reid, Twentieth Century Fox
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Marilyn Monroe, Elliott Reid, Twentieth Century Fox

Wow!

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Marilyn Monroe, Twentieth Century Fox
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Marilyn Monroe, Twentieth Century Fox

Double wow!

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, Twentieth Century Fox
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, Twentieth Century Fox

A shot from the film footage that had me compelled to find out who these two characters were, and why.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Marilyn Monroe, Twentieth Century Fox
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Marilyn Monroe, Twentieth Century Fox

The famous ‘diamonds are a girl’s best friend number. Just ask Madonna, Lady Gaga and Margot Robbie.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Jane Russell, Twentieth Century Fox
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Jane Russell, Twentieth Century Fox

Hello brown!

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Marilyn Monroe, Twentieth Century Fox
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Marilyn Monroe, Twentieth Century Fox

From the opening dance number.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Jane Russell, Twentieth Century Fox

Just after the opening dance number.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Jane Russell, Twentieth Century Fox
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Jane Russell, Twentieth Century Fox

Yellow roses with gold detail, for your memories.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Jane Russell, Twentieth Century Fox
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Jane Russell, Twentieth Century Fox

The coolest blue, red, yellow and black have ever looked together? Possibly.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Jane Russell, Twentieth Century Fox
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Jane Russell, Twentieth Century Fox

Wow.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Twentieth Century Fox
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Twentieth Century Fox

Who said ‘blue and green must never be seen?’

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Twentieth Century Fox
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Twentieth Century Fox

The most memorable double wedding look in film history, probably.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Marilyn Monroe, Twentieth Century Fox
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Marilyn Monroe, Twentieth Century Fox

Of course, there’s no celebration of the costume design of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes without featuring the famous gold lamé dress. A creation that was deemed so risqué for the time period, that in the movie, it’s only shown from the back, and what a beautiful shot it is.

Did I miss out your favourite look?

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)


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GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (1953): The Things I Liked…

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Marilyn Monroe, Elliott Reid, Twentieth Century Fox
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Marilyn Monroe, Elliott Reid, Twentieth Century Fox

Watching movies that were made long before the 90s and 80s isn’t something I do very often. Yet, recently I came across film footage of Hollywood icons Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe. Two ladies who were looking incredibly stunning while walking together.

A few Google searches later, and there I was watching director Howard Hawks’s 1953 comedy/musical classic, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. A fun movie in which Monroe and Russell play two showgirls named Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw. The ladies are two best friends who happen to be stunning. So stunning in fact that I would have fit right in among the admires Lorelei and Dorothy attracted everywhere they went in Hawks’s film. Fans including a private detective hired by the suspicious father of Lorelei’s fiancé, and a rich, enamoured old man, among many others.

I see Gentlemen Prefer Blondes as a movie that fits into the ‘perfectly pleasant, easy viewing’ category. There’s some mild to moderately amusing humour, the story moves along at a good pace, and visually, there’s much to enjoy; whether you’re taking in the production design or the very beautifully created costumes by Travilla.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Jane Russell, Twentieth Century Fox
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Jane Russell, Twentieth Century Fox

As someone who’s near enough always been aware of Monroe’s iconic status, it wasn’t until this movie that I finally understood. To put it in no uncertain terms, the lady is so incredibly magnetic, that I have to wonder whether a camera has ever loved a person more. Travilla’s costumes, Ben Nye’s makeup and the skills of those in charge of hair certainly helped, but of course, there’s a lot more to that special magnetism than the beautiful shell.

My favourite thing about Gentlemen Prefer Blondes? Two things. Firstly, the touching friendship between Lorelei and Dorothy. Secondly, all the stunning fashion! Watch it for the fashion. The story is pleasant enough – but THE FASHION!

One more thing. Here’s the link to the film footage that got me here – in case you’re curious. You see?

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EMMA (2020): The Things I Liked

Emma (2019), Anya Taylor Joy, Mia Goth, Focus Features
Emma (2019), Anya Taylor Joy, Mia Goth, Focus Features

Emma, Emma, Emma’.

The most fitting phrase I can think of to best describe how I feel about the remake of Jane Austen’s classic comedy/drama Emma is ‘Well, it’s not terrible’. Because it really isn’t, but I also didn’t find it to be great either.

Starring Anya Taylor-Joy as the well-meaning ‘handsome, clever, and rich’ Emma Woodhouse, a young woman who likes to meddle in others’ love lives; I must confess that it wasn’t long before I grew tired of Emma’s manipulations.

In all fairness, Austen did predict that Emma wouldn’t be a character many people would like, except Austen herself. A shame for me since there isn’t really much else that goes on in the story to divert from the meddling.

Also starring Bill Nighy, Miranda Hart and Josh O’Connor, the highlights that had me sticking with director Autumn de Wilde’s film till the end include my favourite funny moment. The one that involves the pronunciation of the word ‘innocence’ as InNOsense,’ and specifically Bill Nighy’s character’s reaction to the mispronunciation. Another highlight is Mia Goth’s turn as Harriett, the ‘smiling idiot.’ I’m not sure how Austen describes Harriett in her book, but ‘smiling idiot/simpleton’ is what I got from Goth’s delivery.

Then there are the costumes. The costumes are definitely my favourite thing about Emma overall. Particularly the clothes on Austen’s heroine. Said attire proved absolutely key in keeping me watching all the way through.

Last but not least, we have the confession of romantic feelings under the tree towards the end, I really enjoyed how the moment was captured.

Make time for Emma if you’re curious, and certainly for the costumes.

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