Category Archives: Comedy

JAY AND SILENT BOB REBOOT (2019): New Trailer From Kevin Smith, Chris Hemsworth, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck…

Jay & Silent Bob Reboot (2019), Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes

2001’s cult classic Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back has a sequel coming. This time the two friends Jay and Silent Bob are returning to Hollywood to stop a reboot of ‘Bluntman and Chronic,’ a movie about their alter egos.

Written/ directed by Kevin smith; this movie, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot stars much of the original cast including Smith himself, Jason Mewes, Ben Affleck, plus new faces Chris Hemswoth, Matt Damon…

I don’t believe I’ve watched the original movie but I am curious. I’m also always intrigued by movies with a star-filled cast list.

Melissa Benoist, Joe Manganiello, Val Kilmer, Rosario Dawson, Grant Gustin, Justin Long, Jason Biggs, Kate Micucci and Jason Lee also star.

Jay & Silent Bob Release Dates

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PHIL (2019): It’s…

Phil (2019), Greg Kinnear, Bradley Whitford
Phil (2019), Greg Kinnear, Bradley Whitford

Amusement and being moved emotionally; these were my hopes for Greg Kinnear’s directorial debut Phil. A drama / comedy about a depressed dentist who’s in the midst of a mid life crisis when his happiest patient suddenly commits suicide. After learning of this tragic news, Phil dedicates himself – in a far from reasonable way to finding out why his favourite patient ended things. 

Also starring Bradley Whitford, Taylor Schilling and Emily Mortimer, the phrase ‘this is surprisingly good’ is unfortunately not where my mind went as Kinnear’s movie played. Instead, my mind was busy saying ‘Phil… Phil… Phil, Phil, Phil’.

The reason for all the Phils is this, there’s a certain simplicity to Kinnear’s script and general execution that meant pretty early on in the movie, I was barely engaged. Even though I didn’t hate Bradley Whitford’s performance, liked Jay Duplass’s character and I believed Kinnear’s Phil to be truly miserable, what I didn’t believe is several of the decisions made by certain people in the story. And perhaps even more crucially, I didn’t believe that anyone should have been convinced of Phil as a native of Greece. The fact that several key characters appeared to be convinced is a truth that only made the whole experience of Phil feel even more ludicrous. 

I’m clearly not going to recommend watching this one, except of course, if you really, definitely, absolutely, life depends on it must must. 

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CATS (2019): New Trailer From Idris Elba, Rebel Wilson, Judi Dench, Jennifer Hudson…

Cats (2020), Judi Dench, Universal Pictures
Cats (2020), Judi Dench, Universal Pictures

Cats, the story of a tribe of cats who must decide yearly which one will ascend to the ‘Heaviside Layer’ and come back to a new life is here in animated movie form.

Directed by Tom Hooper; key cast includes Idris Elba, Rebel Wilson,Taylor Swift, Judi Dench, Jennifer Hudson…

I’m not overly familiar with the musical Cats but I do know that it has both fans and those who can’t stand it. I’ll be watching for the special effects and what sounds like good music. What wonderfully eclectic cast.

Ray Winstone, Jason Derulo, Daniela Norman, Laurent Bourgeois, Laurie Davidson, Mette Towley, Larry Bourgeois, Robbie Fairchild, Zizi Strallen and Melissa Madden-Gray also star.

Cats Release Dates: December 20th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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PLAYING WITH FIRE (2019): New Trailer From John Cena, Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo, JUDY GREER…

Playing With Fire (2019), Keegan-Michael Key, John Cena, Paramount Pictures
Playing With Fire (2019), Keegan-Michael Key, John Cena, Paramount Pictures

New comedy Playing With Fire has a crew of rugged fighters trying to stay in charge. All while taking care of three rambunctious kids before their parents arrive to collect them.

Directed by Andy Fickman; key cast includes John Cena, Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo, Judy Greer star…

Certainly a very simple premise but I’ll be giving this a chance because of Leguizamo and the promised humour.

It’s likely that I’d have enjoyed this trailer more if I hadn’t just seen the heartbreaking trailer for Farming (2018). Perhaps.

Kristine Wilson, Tommy Europe, Finley Rose Slater, Jessica Garcie, Kurt Long, Jasmine Vega, Christian Convery and Brianna Hildebrand also star.

Playing With Fire Release Dates: November 8th, 2019 (US); December 26th, 2019 (UK)…

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THE KING’S MAN (2020): New Trailer From Ralph Feinnes, Gemma Arterton, Matthew Goode, Aaron Taylor-Johnson…

The King's Man (2019), Djimon Hounsou, Ralph Feinnes, 20th Century Fox
The King’s Man (2019), Djimon Hounsou, Ralph Feinnes, 20th Century Fox

Starring Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Matthew Goode and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, The King’s Man is the story of one man’s race to stop a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds from killing millions.

Directed by Matthew Vaughn, The King’s Man is the third instalment of the Kingsman franchise…

I’ll be watching to see how it compares to the original and best, Kingsman – The Secret Service (2014). Also looking forward tto finding out who Taylor-Johnson is playing.

Harris Dickinson, Alexandra Maria Lara, Tom Hollander, Djimon Hounsou, Alison Steadman, Stanley Tucci, Rhys Ifans and Daniel Brühl also star.

The King’s Man Release Dates: February 14th, 2020 (US)…

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OTHERHOOD (2019): New Trailer From Angela Bassett, Patricia Arquette, Felicity Huffman…

Otherhood (2019), Patricia Arquette, Angela Bassett, Felicity Huffman, Netflix
Otherhood (2019), Patricia Arquette, Angela Bassett, Felicity Huffman, Netflix

Patricia Arquette, Angela Bassett and Felicity Huffman are the stars of Otherhood, a new comedy about long-time friends and empty nesters who take a trip to New York city after their grown up sons fail to call them on Mother’s Day.

Directed by Cindy Chupack, additional key cast includes Becki Newton, Jake Lacy, Heidi Gardner…

The humour, the theme of friendship and Bassett are the main reasons I’m interested. My fingers are now tightly crossed that this will be a good one ‘Mother’s Day movie’.

Afton Williamson, Tim Bagley, Frank De Julio, Sinqua Walls, Damian Young and Stephen Kunken also star.

Otherhood Release Dates: August 2nd, 2019 (US) Internet…

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ODE TO JOY (2019): New Trailer From Martin Freeman, Morena Baccarin, Jake Lacy, Melissa Rauch…

Ode To Joy (2019), Morena Baccarin, Martin Freeman, IFC Films
Ode To Joy (2019), Morena Baccarin, Martin Freeman, IFC Films

New comedy Ode To Joy stars Martin Freeman, Morena Baccarin, Jake Lacy and Melissa Rauch.

A Jason Winer directed film, at the centre of the story is Charlie. (Freeman). Whenever Charlie experiences strong emotions – namely joy, a sudden bout of paralysis occurs. As a result, Charlie has developed techniques to avoid too much happiness and pleasure . It all appears to be working, but then he falls in love…

The premise is simply too interesting for me to ignore. I myself can’t quite imagine a life devoid of joy. I therefore can’t wait to see how Charlie’s story unfolds. I’d actually watch this movie right this very minute if that were an option.

Ellis Rubin, Jane Curtin, Shannon Woodward, Jackie Seiden, Adam Shapiro, Tyler Bourke, Jason Altman and Alex Perez also star.

Ode To Joy Release Dates: August 9th, 2019 (US)…

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GRINGO (2018): The Things I Liked…

Gringo (2018), Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton, Amazon Studios
Gringo (2018), Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton, Amazon Studios

There are three things I like about Gringo director Nash Edgerton’s action / comedy about a former law-abiding citizen (David Oyelowo) who’s turned to crime in order to survive. The first is Charlize Theron, her general awesomeness and her characters beautiful style. The second is the way Gringo is concluded; the ending is kind of surprising but also not, at the same time. I was surprised because I didn’t fully expect the turn the story took but I wasn’t surprised because it was clichéd.

The last thing I like about Gringo is how the movie appears to be a little inspired by one of my all time favourite films; Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998). Though I certainly wouldn’t say that Gringo is as smart and as well written as my beloved Lock Stock, it did deliver some laughs. It’s just disappointing that I didn’t find the whole experience as amusing, engaging or exciting as the trailer hinted. 

Watch Gringo if you’re curious. Or if you haven’t definitely watch Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

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