Just yesterday I was thinking about two things. Specifically where I’d love to travel to next and what I need to add to my vision board for 2019. Little did I know that Last Holiday, the 2006 comedy about a shy woman who suddenly decides to change her life and live it up in a posh European hotel would offer me so much inspiration.
If you’re familiar with Last Holiday, you know that I probably don’t want to be in the main protagonist’s exact predicament. However I could most definitely do with a little more of the ’embracing life’ part.
Starring Queen Latifah, LL Cool J and Timothy Hutton, what I like most about this fun Wayne Wang directed comedy – besides the way it has inspired me is how much it made me laugh and smile. It’s exactly what I needed this festive season. Latifah and her natural charisma is the reason I tuned in at all. Other reasons I stayed watching include the many engaging characters; from Latifah’s Georgia, Chef Didier who’s well played by Gerard Depardieu, LL Cool J’s Sean and all the staff at Grand Hotel Pupp.
As for everything else in Last Holiday, key highlights include the cinematography, the way food is featured and all the well chosen fancy outfits worn by Georgia while in Europe.
If I had to pick a moment in Last Holiday that I loved that little bit less, I’d choose the not completely believable way the snowboarding scene played out. Overall though, Last Holiday is a fun and funny holiday / Christmas movie that will put a smile on your face and have you looking forward as you think about how to best live the coming year(s).
Watch it because it has a certain silly quality that’s good for your mood.
Protectors of Earth from the scum of the universe, the Men In Black are back with new F. Gary Gray directed sci-fi / action / comedy, Men In Black International.
Starring Tessa Thompson, Chris Hemsworth, Liam Neeson and Rebecca Ferguson, the focus this time is to deal with a new big threat, a mole in the Men in Black organisation.
The on screen chemistry between Thompson and Hemsworth is just great. I cant wait to see this new ‘international’ angle. It helps that it’s set in my beloved London town but really, this trailer is pretty well done.
I’ve been a fan of Rebecca Ferguson as an action star since Mission – Impossible Rogue Nation (2015), and now based on this trailer Tessa Thomson is definitely another new favourite.
Fingers crossed that Hemsworth’s seemingly British accent turns out great.
Emma Thompson, Rafe Spall, Kumail Nanjiani and Davina Sitaram also star.
Directed by Richard Linklater and starring Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, Billy Crudup and Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Where’d You Go Bernadette tells the story of 15-year-old Bee’s attempt to track down her anxiety-ridden mother after she disappears…
I see the words ‘anxiety-ridden’ and the name Cate Blanchett a.k.a ‘acting queen of my heart’ and the excitement is real. I’m looking forward to finding out the circumstances of her disappearance and just watching Blanchett act.
Starring Jennifer Aniston, Danielle McDonald and Odeya Rush, I had some fun Watching Dumplin’, the comedy / drama about Willowdean a.k.a Dumplin,’ the plus-size teenage daughter of a former beauty queen.
Directed by Anne Fletcher, the story really gets underway when, to the surprise of many in their small Texas town, Willowdean starts a revolution by signing up for her mom’s Miss Teen Bluebonnet pageant.
I wanted to watch Dumplin‘ because of Aniston and the promise of some humour. There is a little humour involved and the messaging about inclusion, representation and love of self are indeed adequately executed. I also enjoyed witnessing the positive evolution of a strained mother / daughter relationship and seeing a teenage girl find her confidence.
Though everyone did well in their roles, a part of me does wish that Dumplin’ had been a tad more amusing and fun. A similar movie that I had that little bit more fun watching is Don’t Talk To Irene (2017),which I recommend.
Dolly Parton’s music features quite a lot in Dumplin’ and she’s often mentioned. So… if you’re a fan, you know what to do. Another reason to watch Dumplin’ to see Aniston have fun in her role as a small town Texas woman. The idea alone just makes me smile.
Destination Wedding– Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder’s comedy / drama about two unpleasant wedding guests who develop a mutual affection despite themselves is just as delightful as the trailer suggested.
The beautiful destination, the way the dialogue posed some of life’s key questions and how it was all so engaging throughout. These are the things I liked most about Destination Wedding. My favourite moment if I had to pick one is the scene when Ryder’s character gets carried. Overall though, I really liked it all.
In my mind, director Victor Levin’s movie can probably be likened to a dark and funny cousin of Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise (1995).
In conclusion I say, watch it because it’s misery but fun. Fun that stars many ‘props’ and two engaging characters.
Finding Your Feet; the comedy / drama about a judgmental, middle class snob, who’s forced to live with her sister in an impoverished inner-city council estate is a pleasant serving of quintessential Britishness.
Starring Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall and Joanna Lumley, director Richard Loncraine’s movie isn’t necessarily the most memorable and the story isn’t especially unpredictable. Nevertheless Finding Your Feet is a nice ‘easy viewing’ reminder of the gift of siblinghood, the ones you’re born into and the ones you choose.
I enjoyed the very British dialogue and its often rather well-timed delivery. One particular line that stood out would be the words: ‘It’s not a panic attack, I’m not that sort of person. I just had a bit of a turn.’
Another highlight was seeing beautiful shots of places in London, England that I recognise.
For the Britishness, humour and siblinghood, etc., watch Finding Your Feet if you’re so curious it does have a certain charm.
Stan & Ollie is the Jon S. Baird directed biography of Laurel and Hardy, the world’s most famous comedy duo.
Starring John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan, the film follows the pair as they embark on a gruelling theatre tour of post-war Britain.
I recently watched a Wired interview on their YouTube channel where the question of whether John C. Reilly had won any awards came up. The answer was no. Fingers crossed that this movie is good enough to change that.
I’m in for the story of a great friendship and because I’ve been a Reilly fan ever since his great work in Magnolia (1999).
Stephanie Hyam, Shirley Henderson, Danny Huston, Nina Arianda and Rufus Jones also star.
What is Once Upon A Deadpool? I hear you ask. Simply a PG-13 version of 2018’s Deadpool 2 of course! But it’s not just that – because as confirmed by 20th Century Fox and Ryan Reynolds himself, Fred Savage willthe cast in new scenes in a homage to Savage’s starring role in the 1987 bedtime-story classic The Princess Bride.
Also, for every ticket sold, $1 will go to the charity Fudge Cancer – previously known as F*** Cancer, who have graciously changed their name to be more PG-13 friendly for the 12 days of Once Upon A Deadpool’s release…
I watching for the new scenes and to find out how much fun I’ll have without the R rated content.