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TED LASSO – SEASON 2 (2021): The Things I Liked…

As some of you may remember, comedy/drama Ted Lasso – season one; the story of a US American Football coach, who arrives in the UK to manage a struggling English Premier League soccer team is, without a doubt, one of the best things that happened to me in 2020. 

Fast forward to now, when season two has both started and finished; let’s put it this way, I’ll make time for season three in 2022; however, I’ll be sure to calm myself right down should I find myself getting too excited about the third instalment.

Yes, season two of Jason Sudeikis and Hannah Waddingham’s Emmy Award-winning series did at times move me to laughter and tears. The problem is that it also made me cringe because some of what I adored about season one, such as the positive attitude and heartwarming kindness, in parts of season two, it’s written in a way that often felt forced. The most irritating example of this, for me, is the Christmas episode.

Ted Lasso (2021), Hannah Waddingham, Jason Sudeikis, Apple TV+
Ted Lasso (2021), Hannah Waddingham, Jason Sudeikis, Apple TV+

Another way that season two disappointed me is how it handled delving more into the lives of the less central characters. Rather than finding myself engrossed in some of these secondary stories, I was annoyed that I wasn’t learning more about Lasso himself. Additionally, during these departures from the main focus, when Lasso did feature, the writing leant into his eccentricities in a fashion that, for me, cheapened his character.

As creative and somewhat well-edited as the episode that focuses on coach Beard is, thematically, it just felt out of place with the rest of the season. Then there’s the fact that I did not believe the direction of Beard’s love story with the mysterious Jane.

Speaking of not believing, where Nate’s all-important character journey is concerned, I sadly neither liked nor did I buy it.

All in all, I’m sad to say that season two of Ted Lasso annoyed me more than it pleased me. Even though I was glad to learn more about Lasso’s history and struggles, the season is more reminiscent of the short-lived Sex and the City movie franchise than I’d hoped. Meaning, I loved the first movie, but my goodness was it abundantly clear that the second film was hugely rushed, resulting in a less than pleasing result.

There are actually no specific episodes that stand out as my favourite in season two. But almost all episodes of season one do. Luckily, I do have a favourite season two moment, and that is how Jamie Tartt’s all-important walk on to the pitch is captured and presented.

What do you think of Season two of Ted Lasso? Have I been too harsh? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Film Loving

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HE’S ALL THAT (2021): The Thing I Liked…

As a fan of the 1999 comedy/romance, She’s All That, I decided to watch director Mark Waters’s/Netflix 2021 remake He’s All That.

Starring Addison Rae, Tanner Buchanan, Rachael Leigh Cook, Peyton Meyer and Matthew Lillard, He’s All That is a movie about cool high schoolers and their bet to give an ‘uncool’ fellow pupil the ultimate makeover.

I knew that the chances of finding myself impressed by the end of the movie weren’t great. Yet, I tuned in anyway because the first film was fun, and I was curious about TikTok star Addison Rae’s acting skills.

The 1999 movie wasn’t perfect, but it’s arguably better. I say this because there were cringe-worthy moments, thanks to some questionable acting, plus cheesy and highly cliché dialogue.

As for the things I did like, I enjoyed all the colour, Matthew Lillard’s stage moves at the very end; probably the most, if not the only engaging and exciting dancing in the entire film, sadly. All the other moves and music in the redo of the classic dance battle scene from the first film just weren’t as exciting. 

All in all, He’s All That is something you watch, only if you absolutely must. And I do mean ABSOLUTELY MUST.

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TURNING RED (2022): New Trailer From Domee Shi and Starring Sandra Oh, Rosalie Chiang…

From writer/director Domee Shi (Bao 2018); starring Sandra Oh and Rosalie Chiang, Turning Red is Disney Pixar’s latest animation/adventure/comedy. The story of a thirteen year-old girl. Specifically what happens whenever she…

Isn’t this a pleasant surprise of a trailer? The super cuteness; the sound of Sandra Oh’s distinctive voice, then even more cuteness and a thoroughly intriguing premise.

Bring on the colour-rich fun that’s coming our way! I’m ready!

Turning Red Release Dates: March 11th, 2022 (US & UK)…

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RED NOTICE (2021): New Trailer From Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot…

Red Notice (2021), Gal Gadot, Dwayne Johnson, Netflix
Red Notice (2021), Gal Gadot, Dwayne Johnson, Netflix

Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot and Dwayne Johnson’s latest action/crime/comedy, Red Notice tells the story of an Interpol agent. One whose job it is to track the world’s most wanted art thief.

From writer/director Rawson Marshall Thurber; additional key cast includes Vincenzo Amato, Ivan Mbakop and Ritu Arya.

Talk about a super generous injection of charisma in one movie! How will I stay calm when I sit down to watch this? Not so easily is the answer.

Before I realised just how great this cast is, the other thing I noticed right away is Johnson’s brown leather jacket. Perhaps it’s the combination of the jacket and his character’s law enforcement status. But, the sight took me right back to the very fun early scenes of The Other Guys (2010).

Back to Red Notice: I’m even more excited for this one because Thurber directed one of my favourite comedies. We’re the Millers (2013). And, the happy news doesn’t end there, because We’re the Millers 2 is officially on the way.

May both movies be as fun as my greedy heart desires.

Red Notice Release Dates: November 12th, 2021 (US & UK)…

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SING 2 (2021): New Trailer From Taron Egerton, Matthew McConaughey, Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon…

Sing 2 (2021), Illumination
Sing 2 (2021), Illumination

This time Buster Moon (McConaughey) and his friends are tasked with persuading a reclusive rockstar to join them for the opening of a new show.

Those super adorable piggies stole my heart in the first movie. So I’m glad to see them here too, and excited for all the animated cuteness, plus the many big hit songs the movie will feature.

McConaughey is definitely in this but his voice kind of sounds different, no?

Pharrell Williams, Bobby Cannavale, Nick Kroll, Chelsea Peretti, Seth MacFarlane, Letitia Wright, Halsey, Eric André, Adam Buxton, Garth Jennings and Tori Kelly also star.

Sing 2 Release Dates: December 22nd, 2021 (US)…

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THE KOMINSKY METHOD (2021): The Things I Liked…

The Kominsky Method (2021), Michael Douglas, Sarah Baker, Netflix
The Kominsky Method (2021), Michael Douglas, Sarah Baker, Netflix

Created by Chuck Lorre of Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang TheoryThe Kominsky Method is a California-set comedy/drama series starring Michael Douglas as an ageing actor who now spends his days coaching up-and-coming young actors. 

Also starring Alan Arkin, Lisa Edelstein and Sarah Baker, I watched the first season of The Kominsky Method almost two years ago and I remember thoroughly enjoying it. Season two turned out even better than the first, thanks to Lorre’s expert writing.

Douglas and Arkin are brilliant in their roles. The chemistry between the two actors and their excellent comic timing firmly places The Kominsky Method in the top five of my favourite things that Netflix has ever released. One might say it’s the side of me that’s a sucker for stories of beautiful friendships, but that’s only part of the reason I love the show. 

Watching The Kominsky Method, especially the first two seasons, is a moving experience. One that’s highly likely to result in satisfying laughter as it reminds you of what great writing can look like.

Up to this point, I haven’t said too much about season three, the last instalment of The Kominsky Method. And that’s because even though it features several memorable scenes and bits of dialogue, I can’t deny that at least two things make it less impressive to me than the first two seasons. The absence of Arkin means there’s no Douglas/Arkin chemistry to enjoy. The second disappointment for me is how rushed it felt. And I don’t just mean because it’s six episodes instead of the usual eight.

If you haven’t already watched the show, definitely give seasons one and two of The Kominsky Method a chance. Like me, you may enjoy it so much much that you’ll feel compelled to see how it all ends.

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CRUELLA (2021): The Thing I Liked…

Cruella (2021), Emma Stone, Walt Disney Studios
Cruella (2021), Emma Stone, Walt Disney Studios

Cruella, the movie about the rebellious earlier years of one of Disney’s favourite and most stylish villains, Cruella De Vil is quite far from the movie I’d hoped for. 

I enjoyed some well-executed set pieces, visually stunning cinematic moments, and director Craig Gillespie’s film gets a tad better towards the end. Yet, my overall feeling through to the end was one of disappointment.

For me, Cruella has a disappointing air of silliness to it. A quality that I imagine isn’t helped by Emma Stone and Paul Walter Hauser’s over-the-top British accents. And they’re not the only accent offenders; Estella/Cruella’s boss at Liberty of London also did his part to bring home my realisation that so many of the people in the film play like caricatures. 

Given that the ‘this is so disappointing’ reality of the movie hit me soon after the film started, I couldn’t wait for Emma Thompson’s The Baroness character to show up and help proceedings. Thompson did a superb job, as she always does. Still, my growing distaste for Gillespie’s movie remained.

The story edit felt rushed throughout. The early camera work inside Liberty of London proved unnecessarily dizzying. The way the movie deals with mental illness leaves plenty to be desired. And, what nonsense to expect the audience to believe that for a very long time, thanks to different clothes and makeup, none of the characters could see that Cruella is clearly Estella. I know, I know… a very similar thing happens in the Superman/Clark Kent movies. But those movies are actually good.

I’m sure it’s crystal clear by now, but I did not enjoy Cruella. My disappointment led to the very whiny thought: ‘But when will another Disney movie delight and move me the way Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella did? WHEN?!

I wanted Cruella to be more grounded than it is. And a big part of the issues with Gillespie’s Cruella arise because the film never decided whether it was going to be for kids or adults. It went for both in a way that resulted in a movie that I feel failed more than it succeeded. 

Have you seen Cruella? What did you think? Let me know in the comments.

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FRIENDS – THE REUNION (2021): New Trailer From Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer…

Friends - The Reunion (2021), David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, HBOMax
Friends – The Reunion (2021), David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, HBOMax

It’s time. Friends – The Reunion, the event that all big fans of the hit 90s sitcom had been ready for long before the pandemic delayed everything finally has a trailer.

Directed by Ben Winston; Friends – The Reunion is an unscripted special starring the original cast. Namely Jennifer Aniston (Rachel Green), Courtney Cox (Monica Geller), Matt LeBlanc, (Joey Tribbiani), David Schwimmer (Ross Geller), Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay) and more.

I’ll start with a confession: I feel very silly now because I honestly thought that ‘Friends – The Reunion‘ was going to be a catchup with the characters of Friends. Meaning a few new episodes to see where they are now; rather than a catchup with the actors who play the friends.

It’s no one’s fault but my own that I didn’t realise my misguided expectations until now. I’ll still be watching because I enjoyed the show growing up. Also, full disclosure, personally I’m at the stage with Friends now where I no longer get the urge to re-watch the entire series every other year. No wonder I was extra excited about new episodes!

I plan to learn from the error in my ways by paying closer attention the next time a ‘reunion’ of one of my favourite shows comes up. I know the clue was right there in the title. Even so, I guess my heart simply wanted new episodes more than it wanted the nostalgic look-back.

Are you a Friends fan? Will you be tuning in for the nostalgia? Let me know in the comments.

Friends – The Reunion Release Dates: May 27th, 2021 (US) HBOMax

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