Category Archives: Comedy

INSIDE OUT (2015): For The Well Imagined Characters & Clever Story

Inside Out (2015), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Sadness (Philis Smith), Joy (Amy Poehler)
Inside Out (2015), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Sadness (Philis Smith), Joy (Amy Poehler)

Inside Out is an intelligent animated film about a young girl (Riley) and her emotions. Particularly how Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust try to agree on the best way to get through Riley’s days after her surroundings change unexpectedly.

Directed by Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen; Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader, Phyllis Smith and Lewis Black provide the key character voices.

Being an animated movie, cuteness was always likely; but my, oh my is Sadness the cutest! Watch it for a little education on how memories work, why each one is important and Amy Poehlers wonderfully hopeful voice.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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FINDING DORY (2016): New Trailer For Finding Nemo Sequel

Finding Dory (2016), Dory (Ellen DeGeneres)
Finding Dory (2016), Dory (Ellen DeGeneres)

Directed by Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane; Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks return in Finding Dory, the Sequel to Disney Pixar’s Finding Nemo (2003)… 

Teaser trailer

Trailer 1

Along with Nemo, Marlin and Dory, I’d also really like to be re-united with the family of turtles met by Dory and Marlin on route to Sydney Harbour. That would make me very happy indeed.

Release Date (s): June 17th 2016 (US), July 29th 2016 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2 (2016): New Trailer From Nia Vardalos & John Corbett

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2016), John Corbett, Nia Vardalos
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2016), John Corbett, Nia Vardalos

A new sequel is coming and this time it’s the next instalment of one of 2002’s most popular comedies, My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Directed by Kirk Jones, it looks like all the most entertaining characters are back but will it be at least as good as the original?

Release Date (s): March 25th, 2016 (US & UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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ANOMALISA (2015) New Trailer From Charlie Kaufman & Starring David Thewlis

Anomalisa (2015), Charlie Kaufman
Anomalisa (2015), Charlie Kaufman

Charlie Kaufman, writer of Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004) has a new movie and it’s an intriguing stop-motion drama / comedy…

Interesting… though the trailer would have been more enjoyable if the textual interruptions were grouped together at the end.

What this version implies to me is that the editor doesn’t believe that a version of the trailer without the interrupting text is quite enough to keep people engaged and watching. So we must be rudely reminded over and over again of what others think of the film, instead of just taking in what’s actually happening on screen. There’s a reason why credits in movies are kept to the beginning and end of films, no?

Anyway… Just one of those things that frustrates me as a film fan. I’m still looking forward to Anomalisa because of the talent involved and the suggestion of ‘different.’

David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tom Noonan star.

Release Date (s): December 30th, 2015 (US / Limited), March 11th, 2016 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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TRAINWRECK (2015): The Good Things…

Trainwreck (2015), Amy Schumer, Bill Hader
Trainwreck (2015), Amy Schumer, Bill Hader

Trainwreck stars Amy Schumer, the comedienne behind one of my favourite shows on Comedy Central, Inside Amy Schumer. 

Written by Schumer and directed by someone I like to refer to as ‘comedy film king’, Judd Apatow, Trainwreck was a romantic comedy I had high hopes for.

Overall, the film isn’t bad. The scenes I enjoyed most are in the middle of the film and they include the conversations between the characters played by Bill Hader, LeBron James and/ or Amy Schumer. Ezra Miller’s Donald is also particularly memorable.

Trainwreck (2015), LeBron James, Bill Hader
Trainwreck (2015), LeBron James, Bill Hader

Some scenes in the first twenty minutes unfortunately felt quite long and the ending left me craving creative disruption of the romantic comedy genre, probably more than I ever have.

I often find that whenever comics star in their own comedy films, the narrative moves too slowly for my liking. It probably has something to do with me being used to the sketch show / standup comedy format where the point is rarely ever dragged out unnecessarily; at least not by the good comics.

Part of the problem with Trainwreck is that I already enjoyed a good number of the funniest moments in the trailer. So, once once again, I may have liked the trailer more than I did the film. Those who are not already quite familiar with Schumer’s comedy will likely love the movie more because of the general newness. The rest of us might end up doing more smiling than laughing.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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DON VERDEAN (2015): New Comedy Trailer Starring Sam Rockwell, Jermaine Clement & Danny McBride

Don Verdean (2015), Danny McBride, Sam Rockwell
Don Verdean (2015), Danny McBride, Sam Rockwell

A self-proclaimed Biblical archeologist played by Sam Rockwell is the the protagonist in Don Verdean, a new comedy directed by the same guy behind Napoleon Dynamite (2004), Jared Hess…

I’ll be watching because of Jermaine Clement, Sam Rockwell and Danny McBride. In case you were wondering, Clement’s does sound like Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat…(2006).

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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THE BROTHERS GRIMSBY (2016): New Comedy Trailer From Sacha Baron Cohen & Mark Strong

The Brothers Grimsby (2016), Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong
The Brothers Grimsby (2016), Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong

I’m a fan of Mark Strong, not just because of the bass in his voice – even though it helps. I love Sacha Baron Cohen because he’s a comedy great. In 2016 both actors will star as brothers in the Louis Leterrier directed comedy, The Brothers Grimsby

I’m excited because I’ve really missed and comedy antics of Mr Baron Cohen and looking at this trailer, something tells me he’s not going to disappoint.

Rebel Wilson, Isla Fisher and Penelope Cruz also star.

Release Date (s): March 4th 2016 (US & UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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MINIONS (2015): For Their General Adorableness & Super Joy Inducing Qualities

Minions (2015), Stuart, Kevin, Bob (Pierre Coffin)
Minions (2015), Stuart, Kevin, Bob (Pierre Coffin)

Minions is the film I had been waiting and hoping for ever since I saw the first Despicable Me (2010) movie. It was clear for me even then that the minions were the ones I wanted more of.

After spending time dreaming about a minion focused movie, I’m glad to confirm that any fears I had about the end result not being as good as hoped were a complete waste of time.

Directed by Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin and written by Brian Lynch, my favourite thing about Minions besides the adorableness of the yellow, banana loving and happiness inducing beauties is the fact that this time, the audience got to know more about the minions. You learn more of their story, from how they they came to where those blue dungarees to the different personalities of the three main minions, Stuart, Kevin and Bob.

Minions (2015), Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock), Bob, Kevin, Stuart (Pierre Coffin)
Minions (2015), Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock), Bob, Kevin, Stuart (Pierre Coffin)

I haven’t yet met anyone that doesn’t enjoy the minions, though I’m certain that they exist.

I love them so much that I’ve been known to yelp with delight and at head-turning volumes at the sight of them. I was caught off guard with tens of minions plush toys in a busy mall. Looking back, it was quite embarrassing, but who has time for embarrassment, really, when lots of minions soft toys are right in front of you?

Minions (2015), Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock), Herb Overkill (John Hamm)
Minions (2015), Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock), Herb Overkill (John Hamm)

The film isn’t perfect in the traditional sense but it’s hugely loved nonetheless because it doesn’t need to be nor does it need to follow all the traditional rules.

Watch Minions for a fun adventure that’ll leave you with a sizeable smile on your face, praise for the ending and a prayer for an even better next instalment, should it make sense.

Sandra Bullock is great as super villain Scarlet Overkill. Jon Hamm Allison Janney, Michael Keaton, Pierre Coffin, Steve Koogan and Jennifer Saunders provide some of the the voices that bring the other key characters to life.

Watch it and laugh and smile.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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