Category Archives: Comedy

THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN (2019): New Trailer From Milo Ventimiglia, Kevin costner, Amanda Seyfried…

The Art Of racing In The Rain (2019), Milo Ventimiglia
The Art Of Racing In The Rain (2019), Milo Ventimiglia

The Art Of racing In The Rain is a new Simon Curtis directed comedy / drama starring Milo Ventimiglia, Kevin Costner and Amanda Seyfried.

Costner lends his voice to a golden retriever named Enzo as he recalls the life lessons he’s learned from his race car driving owner, Denny…

A part of me half-seriously suspects that this movie was made to make more people into dog owners. For me, perhaps one day but I’m really watching for two reasons which are Ventimiglia and the fact that Kevin Costner has lent his rather pleasant voice to represent this very gorgeous canine.

Gary Cole, Kathy Baker, Al Sapienza, Martin Donovan, Karen Holness and also star.

The Art Of Racing In The Rain Release Dates: August 9th, 2019 (US); November 8th, 2019 (UK) …

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ALWAYS BE MY MAYBE (2019): New Trailer From Ali Wong, KEANU REEVES, Randall Park, Daniel Dae Kim…

Always Be My Maybe (2019), Ali Wong, Randall Park, Netflix
Always Be My Maybe (2019), Ali Wong, Randall Park, Netflix

Always Be My Maybe is a new comedy starring Ali Wong, Randall Park, Keanu Reeves and Daniel Dae Kim.

Directed by Nahnatchka Khan, it’s the story of childhood sweethearts who reconnect after they fell out fifteen years ago. Except now, one of them is a celebrity chef and the other a happily struggling musician who lives at home working for his dad…

I’m definitely ready for the humour, sights of San Francisco, Keanu Reeves in a comedy role, what is possibly a great soundtrack and a story about a woman living her best life; professionally at least.

I’m quite sure that I’m not the only one who was ‘mouth wide open surprised’ and very happy when Reeves showed up at the end.

Charlyne Yi, Miya Cech, Susan Park, Karan Soni, Marcella Bragio, Ashley Liao, Karen Holness and James Saito also star.

Always Be My Maybe Release Dates: May 31st, 2019 (US)…

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WINE COUNTRY (2019): It’s…

Wine Country (2019), Netflix

Wine Country is a comedy about long time friends who gather for a 50th birthday party in Napa. Having not been together in their group in a while, as one might expect, tensions soon arise.

Directed by Amy Poehler who also stars alongside Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch, the premise of the story is the main reason I was interested. Especially since it reminded me of two memorable comedies. Namely Bridesmaids (2011) and Girls Trip (2017) – both of which are focused on the often unspoken tensions between us and our very closest friends.

Poehler’s film is one that started with some promise. It’s just that approximately fifteen minutes in, my interest started to wane. The story, dialogue and some of the character development proved not quite engaging enough to keep me focused. I enjoyed the few scenes that featured Fey and I recall laughing a couple of times in between. Yet overall, the characters of Wine Country just didn’t capture my imagination and heart the way the ladies from Bridesmaids and Girls Trip did. It certainly didn’t help that some jokes were dragged out for too long and the seemingly endless singalongs proved annoying.

It’s really mainly the sunshine-rich location and Fey’s character that were the key highlights of Wine Country. Almost everything else, particularly the comedy felt as though I’d seen it before but executed in a more memorable way.

I say watch it if you absolutely must. Who knows, perhaps you’ll find more to love and if you do, you’re very welcome to let me know in the comments precisely why I’m crazy.

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2014): The Things I Liked…

Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014), Chris Pratt
Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014), Chris Pratt

Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel are among the stars of Guardians Of The Galaxy. A James Gunn directed action / adventure / comedy about a group of intergalactic criminals and their attempt to stop a fanatical warrior with plans to purge the universe.

The main reason I wanted to see this film is because I’d really like to watch the last two Avengers movies but I’m behind. And I’ve never been one to jump to watch a sequel before seeing the films that came before.

I’m quite sure that the following opinion isn’t popular but as Gunn’s movie played, it wasn’t too long before the thought ‘I don’t think I like this.’ came to mind. As I wondered why, several reasons began to surface. Reason one, it feels quite a lot like Star Trek. I’m not saying that I hate Star Trek, but I’m also not overly enthused by it either. Reason two, some of the humorous moments work but there’s a bunch of others that feel as though the script is trying too hard to be amusing. So much so that several attempts to make the audience laugh came across to me as forced. Thirdly, I found that out of the four or five main sentimental moments, I only really appreciated two of them; the one on earth and the one involving Groot. The rest just felt rather corny, for want of a better phrase.

As for the things that stood out most in a positive way, those include Zoe Saldana’s physical performance, Karen Gillian as the less favoured sibling, and of course, the visual effects that show what space actually looks like.

Knowing Guardians Of The Galaxy as a movie that many people love, I mostly see it as a reminder that fantasy is definitely not my favourite genre. Especially when most of the actors are sporting plenty of make up / prosthetics. Nevertheless, to everyone who had a great time, I’m seriously very pleased for you.

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PAPI CHULO (2018): New Trailer From Matt Bomer, Alejandro Patiño, Elena Campbell-Martinez, Wendi McLendon-Covey…

Papi Chulo (2019), Matt Bomer
Papi Chulo (2019), Matt Bomer

Starring Matt Bomer, Alejandro Patiño, Elena Campbell-Martinez and Wendi McLendon-Covey, Papi Chulo is a new John Butler directed comedy / drama.

At the heart of the story is Bomer’s character, a lonely TV weatherman and his unusual friendship with a middle-aged Latino migrant worker…

I like this one already, It seems to have that special charm, promising dialogue and an unexpected yet beautiful friendship.

Brandon Kyle Goodman, Michael Shepperd, Tommie Earl Jenkins, Marisa Szczepan, Shaughn Buchholz, Tom Beyer, Irene White and Blaine Swen also star.

Papi Chulo Release Dates: June 7th, 2019 (US)…

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THE FAREWELL (2019) New trailer From Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Gil Perez-Abraham, Diana Lin…

The Farewell (2019), Awkwafina, A24
The Farewell (2019), Awkwafina, A24

Starring Awkwafina and written plus directed by Lulu Wang, The Farewell is a new comedy about a Chinese family’s attempts at keeping their grandmother’s impending death a secret from her.

Also starring Diana Lin,  Tzi Ma and Gil Perez-Abraham, the story is centred around Billi (Awkwafina) who’s struggling most with keeping the secret…

I suspect that the grandma is fully aware of what ‘s going on. Just as her own daughter knows of the tradition, so does she.

I’m looking forward to finding out how the movie will come together, the execution of the mood and the way I’ll feel about it. Also can’t wait to learn some new things.

Ines Laimins, X Mayo and Jim Liu also star.

The Farewell Release Dates: July 12th, 2019 (US)…

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BLINDED BY THE LIGHT (2019): New Trailer From Viveik Kalra, Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Ganatra…

Blinded By The Light (2019), Viveik Kalra, Warner Bros. Pictures
Blinded By The Light (2019), Viveik Kalra, Warner Bros. Pictures

Directed by Gurinder Chadha; starring Viveik Kalra, Kulvinder Ghir and Meera Ganatra; at the heart of Blinded By the Light is teenager Javed. Javed is learning to live life, understand his family and find his own voice, all through the music of Bruce Springsteen…

First, Yesterday (2019), a tribute to The Beatles and now a tribute to Bruce Springsteen. It’s clearly a good year for teenagers of the 1960s, 70s and 80s. I’m personally aware of the greatness of both musical entities, I just don’t yet have any of their work in my collection or playlist. Furthermore, I can certainly relate to being obsessed with the work of a super musician – and this looks like fun.

Aaron Phagura, Dean-Charles Chapman, Nikita Mehta, Nell Williams, Tara Divina and Rob Brydon also star.

Blinded By The Light Release Dates: August 14th, 2019 (US)…

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THE UPSIDE (2017): The Thing I Liked…

The Upside (2019), Bryan Cranston
The Upside (2019), Bryan Cranston

TRight away, I want to confirm that The Intouchables (2011), the French film on which The Upside is based is absolutely better than this remake starring Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston and Nicole Kidman.

Centred around the friendship that emerges between a wealthy paraplegic and an unemployed man with a criminal record who’s hired to help him, The Upside isn’t an exact copy of The Intouchables. There are some scenes that are very much the same. There are also a few more characters that were added; mainly the one played very well by Aja Naomi King.

I found that the best parts in director Neil Burger’s movie are the moments that weren’t too close to exact copies of scenes from the original. The original scenes always came out on top in my mind.

As for the performances, King was great in her role. Cranston, his super comic timing and Kidman are also undoubtedly very talented actors. Yet, even with all this seasoned talent, there’s no saving this movie from itself. It’s missing that special spark, all-round chemistry and flow that the original has. I enjoyed some of the comic moments between Cranston and Hart’s characters (especially during the birthday pary) but since The Upside is Hart’s first dramatic role, there’s definitely room for him to grow – and I look forward to seeing that progression in future performances.

On summary, watch The Upside if you really want to see for yourself how different it is from The Intouchables. Otherwise, it’s probably better to watch other great works by the talented cast. 

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