Category Archives: Comedy

A MAN CALLED OTTO (2022): New Trailer From Tom Hanks, Kailey Hyman, Rachel Keller, Alessandra Perez, Christiana Montoya…

Directed by Marc Forster; Tom Hanks, Alessandra Perez, Christiana Montoya, Kailey Hyman and Rachel Keller are the stars of A Man Called Otto. A comedy/drama about a grumpy widower who finally meets his match when he gets new neighbours.

Isn’t this just the type of Tom Hanks movie we’ve been waiting for?

I’m certainly ready for all the inevitable heartwarming goodness coming our way, especially during the festive season.

Grumpy Otto is clearly due to learn some important lessons, and I’m more than happy to watch him thaw as he does so.

Now, only if the thawing of all grumpy neighbours was as guaranteed as that of Otto. We can all dream, can’t we?

Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Cameron Britton, Mike Birbiglia, Mariana Treviño, Lavel Schley, Elle Chapman, Kelly Lamor Wilson, Josefine Lindegaard, Juanita Jennings, on Donahue, Kirk Kelly, Phil Nardozzi, and Spenser Granese also star.

A Man Callo Otto Release Dates: January 6th 2023 (UK); January 13th, 2023 (US)…

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BABYLON (2022): New Trailer Starring Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Samara Weaving, Tobey Mcquire, Olivia Wilde…

Lal La land (2016) and Whiplash (2014) director Damien Chazelle’s latest film is set in early Hollywood and stars Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Samara Weaving, Tobey Mcquire and Olivia Wilde.

Babylon is a historical comedy/drama that follows the rise and fall of multiple characters, as a result of outsized ambition and outrageous excess.

Even though this trailer was released back in September 2022, I hadn’t featured it sooner because it reminded me a little too much of Hail, Caesar!, a 2015 movie also set during the earlier Hollywood years. And as excited as I was for the film, it turned out to be quite a major disappointment.

Babylon‘s filmmaking team is what has me most interested; more so than the themes. And now that September is long gone, I’ve gotten over the Hail, Caesar! issue a little more, which means I’ll probably give Babylon a fair chance.

How about you? What are your thoughts on this trailer? Are you also curious about how Pitt’s character compares to his turn as the undeniably cool Cliff Booth in Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood?

Jean Smart, Eric Roberts, Lukas Haas, Jeff Garlin, Spike Jonze, Phoebe Tonkin, Katherine Waterston, Max Minghella, Todd Giebenhain, Chloe Fineman, Jennifer Grant, Rhian Rees and Flea also star.

Babylon Release Dates: December 23rd, 2022 (US); January 20th, 2022 (UK)…

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ELEMENTAL (2023): New Teaser Trailer Starring Mamoudou Athie, Leah Lewis…

Elemental (2023), Mamoudou Athie, Pixar
Elemental (2023), Mamoudou Athie, Pixar

The latest animation/adventure/comedy from Pixar stars Mamoudou Athie and Leah Lewis as Ember and Wade.

Directed by PeterSohn of The Good Dinosaur (2015); Ember and Wade are two elements in a city where fire-, water, land and air live together.

Looking like a love story between fire and water, I’m hoping there’ll be a lot more to it to keep us all engaged. I mean, I already love the name Ember, so that’s certainly a good place to start.

What are your thoughts at this point? How intriguing do you find this story compared to some of your favourite Pixar films?

Elemental Release Dates: June 6th, 2023 (UK); June 16th, 2023 (US)…

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VIOLENT NIGHT (2022): New Trailer Starring David Harbour, John Leguizamo, Beverly D’Angelo, Cam Gigandet…

John Leguizamo and David Harbour’s latest action/comedy Violent Night will show us what happens when a group of mercenaries attack the estate of a wealthy family. Their plans go far from smoothly. That’s what. And all thanks to Santa Claus.

Directed by Tommy Wirkola; Beverly D’Angelo, Cam Gigandet, Alexis Louder and Stephanie Sy are among the key cast.

I’m so in for all the darker and funny Santa movies that have been happening in recent years. I remember being pleasantly surprised by 2020’s Fatman. It looks like this too is going to be quite entertaining. How can it not be with such a wonderful and reliable cast?

Also, tell me that this trailer and possibly the entire movie isn’t fully worth it, just so we can hear Harbour perfectly deliver that delightful line at 1:47 into the trailer?

Alexander Elliot, John B. Lowe, Mitra Suri, Frederick Allen, Erik Athavale, Brendan Fletcher, Edi Patterson, Alex Hassell and Alexis Louder also star.

Violent Night Release Dates: December 2nd, 2022 (US & UK)…

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ROSALINE (2022): The Things I Liked…

Rosaline (2022), Bradley Whitford, 20th Century Studios
Rosaline (2022), Bradley Whitford, 20th Century Studios

One of the best things about streaming services is that when you encounter a portion of a film/show that you’re disinterested in, you can skip right ahead to the parts that fully engage you. 

I generally don’t fast-forward most movies, but I did at least once with Rosaline, the new Karen Maine-directed comedy/romance, which functions as a reimagining of Romeo and Juliet. 

In Maine’s story, this time, as you may have guessed, the protagonist is not Romeo but instead Rosaline, Romeo’s love interest before his beloved Juliet. 

Starring Kaitlyn Dever, Bradley Whitford, Isabela Merced, Minnie Driver, Sean Teale and Kyle Allen, Rosaline is an easy-viewing experience that often serves up giggles and smiles for its audience. Charming, satisfying and creatively reimagined are some words that fit.

It would have been better if I never had to skip forward that one time as Rosaline played. Still, I’m happy to have been amused. And with that, I say, watch Rosaline if you’re especially curious to see a re-write of one of William Shakespeare’s most beloved plays.

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SPOILER ALERT (2022): New Trailer From Jim parsons, Sally Field, Nikki M. James, Ben Aldridge…

Michael Showalter, director of The Big Sick (2017) has a new comedy/drama for us starring Jim parsons, Nikki M. James, Sally Field and Ben Aldridge.

Spoiler Alert is the story of Michael Kit’s relationship, which suddenly takes a tragic turn.

I love watching Parsons act. And each time I do, thanks to his acting capabilities, I’m almost guaranteed to be moved in the most satisfying way.

I’ve been a fan ever since Parsons played Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory (2006-2019). Seeing this trailer makes me want to re-watch one of my favourite episodes, The Staircase Implementation. There’s also Parsons’s more recent great work in The Boys in the Band (2020).

Do you also happen to be a Jim Parsons fan too? If so, which performance is your favourite?

Bill Irwin, Tara Summers, Antoni Porowski, Jeffery Self, Winslow Bright, Josh Pais, Shunori Ramanathan, Supriya Ganesh and Kate Pittard also star.

Spoiler Alert Release Dates: December 16th, 2022 (US)…

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Nick Kroll is an actor, writer, producer and comedian many know of thanks to Big Mouth (2017), his critically acclaimed Netflix animated series about teenage friends faced with the wonders and horrors of puberty.

I have not watched an episode of Big Mouth yet, probably because I haven’t been a teenager for some time, but I have heard about it. I’m especially aware that several people consider themselves big fans of the way Maya Rudolph’s ‘Hormone Monstress’ character says the words ‘bubble baths.’

Until recently, when I thought of Kroll, it wasn’t his stand-up comedy that rushed to mind, even though I know him to be funny. What came to mind first is Kroll’s relatively recent appearance on podcast Armchair Expert (Ep 28). In said episode, Kroll is his usual charming self while opening up about his life and struggles to hosts Dax Shepherd and Monica Padman.

The second thing I remember when I think of Kroll is his brilliant embodiment of Douche, his character in Seth Rogen’s fun animated adventure comedy, Sausage Party (2016)Fast forward to now when we have Nick Kroll – Little Big Boy, a new stand-up comedy special that, for me, ticks several boxes in terms of the elements that make for a memorable performance that will have audiences coming back for a few more re-watches.

If you’re already a fan of Kroll or you’re curious, next time you’re in the mood to sit back, listen and be amused, try Nick Kroll – Little Big Boy. You may find yourself laughing and smiling in appreciation of his comic delivery and very engaging storytelling. 

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RAYMOND & RAY (2022): New Trailer Starring Ethan Hawke, Ewan McGregor, Sophie Okonedo, Vondie Curtis-Hall

New comedy/drama Raymond & Ray stars Ewan McGregor and Ethan Hawke as half-brothers reunited at their father’s funeral.

Directed by Rodrigo García; key supporting cast includes Vondie Curtis-Hall, Maribel Verdú, Todd Louiso, Maxim Swinton, Tom Bower,

I had no clue how much I’d like the idea of Hawke and McGregor as brothers until I saw this trailer. The strong sibling dynamic and the humour are what I’m most looking forward to.

I say, bring on the healing for these connected brothers.

In the meantime, I’m going to reminisce about and maybe even re-watch the most fun scenes in the drama/comedy Death at a Funeral (2010); the movie that came to mind as this trailer played.

Chris Silcox, Chris Grabher, Laura Linda Bradley, Tom Bower, Leydi Morales and Natalie Cassell also star.

Raymond & Ray Release Dates: October 21st, 2022 (US)…

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