Category Archives: Comedy

MY BLIND BROTHER (2016): The Thing I Liked…?

My Blind Brother (2016), Jenny Slate, Adam Scott, Nick Kroll
My Blind Brother (2016), Jenny Slate, Adam Scott, Nick Kroll

My Blind Brother is a movie about the relationship between two brothers (one of whom is blind) and how their lives are further complicated when a girl comes into the picture.

Starring Nick Kroll, Jenny Slate, Adam Scott and Zoe Kazan, I found My Blind Brother generally quite dull. It felt like a lesser version of a good movie about the relationship between two brothers (one of whom is blind) and how their lives are further complicated when a girl comes into the picture.

As you can imagine, sibling rivalry comes into play in this story but the general element of dull just reminded me that I’m unfortunately completely over watching Nick Kroll play ‘loser’ characters. Adult Beginners (2014) was quite enough in that regard, thank you. Looking on the bright side as one must, I did find Adam Scott mildly entertaining as the entitled blind brother. But that’s it.

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THE LATE BLOOMER (2016): The Things I Liked…

The Late Bloomer (2016), Johnny Simmons
The Late Bloomer (2016), Johnny Simmons

Starring J.K. Simmons, Jonny Simmons, Brittany Snow, and Paul Wesley, The Late Bloomer is unfortunately not as good a movie as the trailer suggested. A notable issue is the slow pace of the film and the general mediocre execution of what may have been a great comedy about what happens when puberty comes to man at age 30.

Not only did it take too long to get to potentially the most entertaining part of the film – when puberty finally hits, but the amount of time it took to get their proved not nearly worth it because the characters being introduced in the first 30 minutes or so are barely interesting and not particularly convincing. When we do finally get to the puberty segment, the laughs are few. 

The Late Bloomer (2016), J.K. Simmons
The Late Bloomer (2016), J.K. Simmons

As for what I like about The Late Bloomer, I enjoyed Johnny Simmons’s character’s notes to himself about ‘chapter title’ ideas for his new book. I liked the dad character played by J.K. Simmons. His lines were the most amusing and the father / son conversation towards the end is just beautiful. 

Overall, is a movie you should probably only watch only if you absolutely must. I was hoping for something such as the likes of The 40 year Old Virgin (2005). Me and my expectations…

Look up I Love You, Man (2009), a well executed comedy where J.K. Simmons plays another good and funny dad. There’s of course, plenty more to the film than that and it’s all good.

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POPSTAR – NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING (2016): The Thing I Liked…

Popstar - Never Stop Never Stopping (2016), Andy Samberg
Popstar – Never Stop Never Stopping (2016), Andy Samberg

Popstar – Never Stop Never Stopping stars Andy Samberg and it’s a comedy I did not hate. Nevertheless, I was definitely hoping to laugh at least twice as much as I actually did. Instead of laughing, my reaction to many of the jokes was a slight smile. The pace of the movie certainly didn’t exactly help.

If I were forced to pick a favourite moment in the film, nothing really comes to mind except everything I saw in the trailer. The trailer was great, where as the  movie is at best just ok. 

Watch it if you’re a big Andy Samberg and/or The Lonely Planet fan.

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PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN – DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES (2017): New Trailer From Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites…

Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017), Brenton Thwaites
Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017), Brenton Thwaites

The trailer for the latest Jonny Depp movie Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Men Tell No Tales is here…

Teaser trailer

This  is a great teaser trailer because it’s the face of Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow that fans can’t wait to see yet he’s only on screen by name and illustration. Not to say that the reveal of Javier Bardem as Captain Salazer wasn’t also a visual delight.

Teaser trailer 2

Trailer 3

Orlando Bloom, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario and Golshiftel Farahani also star.

Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales Release Dates: May 25th, 2017 (GER); May 26th, 2016 (US & UK)…

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PATERSON (2016): New Trailer Starring Adam Driver

Paterson (2016), Adam Driver
Paterson (2016), Adam Driver

Adam driver is Paterson, a bus driver / poet in the new Jim Jarmusch directed comedy drama, Paterson. Quite poetically, Paterson also happens to be set in Paterson, New Jersey and promises to be an interesting observation of what often happens in daily life and the poetry it can inspire…

I’m curious about this movie because of Driver. I’d like to believe there’s something very special about it because he chose to be in it. I’m also a poetry fan, when it’s good. However, one truth is very clear at this point. This trailer is nothing if not a definite sleep inducer. May the poetry featured please not be so.

Golshifteh Farahani and Chasten Harmon also star.

Paterson Release Dates: November 25th, 2016 (UK); December 28th, 2016 (US)…

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MIKE & DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES (2016): The Things I Liked…

Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016), Zac Efron, Adam DeVine
Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016), Zac Efron, Adam DeVine

During Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates, it didn’t take long before I found myself thinking ‘Oh great, this is one of those types of comedies.’ This unfortunate thought entered my mind within the first ten minutes during the intervention scene. A scene where the immature, co-dependent brothers played by Zac Efron and Adam DeVine respond to their family’s accusation that they ‘rile each other up’. The joke here contained gratuitous use of expletives and was unfortunately over-stretched to the point where I wanted to shout ‘CUT!

I promise that I generally do enjoy the effective and creative use of colourful language – just not when it’s over-used to the point where it removes rather than adds to the desired effect, comic or otherwise. There were additional disappointing moments where I thought, ‘Really? That’s how that would happen?’ But I persevered nonetheless.

In terms of the good things about director Jake Szymanski’s movie, one of the funniest and most refreshing moments is the dialogue between DeVine and Aubrey Plaza in the scene where they whisper to each other outside their Hawaii hotel rooms. There’s also the rather well-executed massage sequence thanks to an impressive performance by Sugar Lyn Beard and Kumail Nanjiani.

Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016), Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza
Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016), Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza

Overall, instead of Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates being the ‘comedy of the summer’ it could have been, what we seem to have is a series of comedy sketches in what ought to have been an improvisation class setting because a lot the jokes / story still needed sharpening and editing down.

Last words from me: Seek out the great scenes highlighted above. Otherwise just do whatever makes you happy. For me, Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates is one more reminder that a truly good comedy is so very hard to make. Why not try Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008). It’s very special indeed.

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20TH CENTURY WOMEN (2017): New Trailer From Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Alia Shawkat…

20th Century Women (2017), Annette Bening
20th Century Women (2017), Annette Bening

20th Century Women (not Fox – as I thought at first glance), is the latest comedy/ drama starring Annette Bening, Elle Fanning and Alia Shawkat. Written and directed by Mike Mills, the film looks at love and freedom as explored by three women in 1970s Southern California…

Annette Bening, the main if not only reason I’d watch this movie, is an actress I’ve appreciated since American Beauty (1999)I’m  hoping that that love only grows after this film – especially since I’m not exactly in love with this trailer at present. Though that may change tomorrow, maybe.

Additional cast includes Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup and Laura Wiggins.

20th Century Women Release Dates: January 20th, 2017 (US & UK)…

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FIST FIGHT (2017): New Trailer From Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Christina Hendricks, Tracy Morgan…

Fist Fight (2017), Charlie Day
Fist Fight (2017), Charlie Day

Ice cube, Christina Hendricks and Charlie Day are the stars of new High School based fight comedy Fist Fight

My fingers are crossed that Fist Fight won’t be anything like Sisters (2015) or The Night Before (2015);  two movies that featured grownups behaving in ways that were only believable and entertaining when teenagers do it. I couldn’t even make it to the halfway point with either movie.

My wish for the Richie Keen directed Fist Fight is that it’s funnier and  far more believable than the aforementioned films. The above rather well edited trailer puts a smile on my face whilst forcing me to reminisce about my fun high school years. So that’s a good start.

Fist Fight Release Dates: February 17th, 2017 (US); February 24th, 2017 (UK)…

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