Category Archives: Comedy

THE BOSS (2016): Best In Trailer Form…

The Boss (2016), Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell
The Boss (2016), Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell

The Boss, directed by Ben Falcone who co-wrote the story with his wife Melissa McCarthy is a comedy that isn’t quite as unwatchable as Tammy (2014) – the couple’s last collaboration, but that doesn’t mean it’s particularly good either

What’s undoubtable by now is McCarthy’s comedy skills. Unfortunately  I just see The Boss as another movie that’s actually more enjoyable in the format of short comedy sketches. I.e. the film’s trailer or something like an episode of Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer. 

The good thing about the comedy sketch / trailer format for this movie is that nobody would have to put up with what in the end feels like story telling minus the commitment required to make it good enough.

The Boss (2016), Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell
The Boss (2016), Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell

As for the notable amount of profanity in the movie, I enjoy creative use of cuss words as much much as most, but in this movie it’s used so much that it actually stops adding to the comedy and borders on tedious and lazy.

I was really hoping that The Boss would have me raving about how much fun it is – as  I did with McCarthy’s last movie Spy (2015). Sadly, The Boss just feels kind of empty and instead makes me want to re-watch Horrible Bosses (2011), a really, rather good comedy.

Mary Sohn, Timothy Simons and Kathy Bates also star.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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CAFE SOCIETY (2016): New Trailer From Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg & Blake Lively

Café Society (2016), Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart
Café Society (2016), Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart

Woody Allen, writer and director of one of my favourite films Blue Jasmine (2013) is back. Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart and Blake Lively are the stars of Café Society, a movie set in the 1930s about a young man who moves to live and work in Hollywood…

Having just recently watched the unfortunate disappointment that is Hail, Caesar! (2016), I don’t know about another movie about Hollywood from way back when. I may end up liking this. One can only wait and see.

Café Society Release Dates: May 11th, 2016 (FR); August 12th, 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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ALMOST CHRISTMAS (2016): New Trailer From Gabrielle Union, Romany Malco, Omar Epps & Kimberly Elise

Almost Christmas (2016), Romany Malco, Danny Glover, kimberly Elise, Gabrielle Union, Mo'Nique, Nicole Ari Parker
Almost Christmas (2016), Romany Malco, Danny Glover, kimberly Elise, Gabrielle Union, Mo’Nique, Nicole Ari Parker

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Almost Christmas (2016).


It’s definitely too early for ‘seasons greetings’ but apparently it’s the right time for a Christmas / Thanksgiving movie trailer.

Almost Christmas is the latest film directed by David E. Talbert and it stars Gabrielle Union, Kimberly Elise, Mo’Nique and Danny Glover, among others. The movie is a comedy that centres  around a large dysfunctional family and their first Thanksgiving after their mother passes…

The word dysfunctional is what got my attention. The level of outrageous present in this trailer also appeals.

I just hope that I’m not as disappointed as I was with Talbert’s previous release, Baggage Claim (2013). The trailer for that movie wasn’t good, so I should have known. But this one does look promising.

Other key cast includes J.B. Smoove, Nicole Ari Parker, Romany Malco, Omar Epps and Jessie Usher.

Almost Christmas Release Dates: November 11th, 2016 (US); November 25th (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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THE GOOD DINOSAUR (2015): There’s Something I Liked…

The Good Dinosaur (2015), Arlo
The Good Dinosaur (2015), Arlo

It was my curiosity about the movie’s title that lead me to watch. I just had to know precisely what it is that makes a dinosaur good.

Directed by Peter Sohn and starring the voices of Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand and Maleah Nipay-Padilla, Disney’s The Good Dinosaur is a film about a very unlikely friendship. One between a dinosaur (Arlo) and a young human (Spot).

In terms of the elements of the story, there unfortunately isn’t much that I haven’t already seen before in other Disney movies. Except maybe the period in time. Beyond the setting, the film sticks very closely to the Disney animated movie formula – which is good in some ways but mostly it just left me longing for difference. This I’m isn’t what the films most obvious target market feels, but such is the way that only with time and experience can cliches be called out.

The Good Dinosaur (2015), Spot
The Good Dinosaur (2015), Spot

For me personally, unless a movie is really, really terrible, there’s usually something that stands out in a good way about it. Now, I definitely wouldn’t place The Good Dinosaur anywhere near the most memorable of Disney movies, but I did enjoy the surprise of what unfolds soon after Arlo asks for help from the flying creatures, as I also did the cuteness of the ‘critter.’

So, The Good Dinosaur, It’s not the best, but see it if something really, really  appeals.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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HAIL, CAESAR! (2015): The Thing I Liked…

Hail Caesar (2015), Tilda Swinton
Hail Caesar (2015), Tilda Swinton

Truth be told, Hail, Caesar! proved to be quite the bore. Regrettably I have to confess that I found the trailer  far more entertaining than the movie.

The trailer is funny, filled with the glamour, colours and seemingly odd characters of 1950s Hollywood; all good things. I liked the fact that it didn’t give much away in terms of where the story was going or even who the key protagonist might be and it moved at a good pace.

Unfortunately however,  a slow pace and inadequately intriguing story that never really goes anywhere are my biggest issues with Hail, Caesar! Part of the problem might be that there were too many stories trying to happen at the same time.

On the positive side, in addition to the humorous moments (the best of which you see in the trailer) what I do like aboutHail, Caesar!  is the makeup, glamour and colourful attire worn by the film’s main female characters; the characters played far too briefly by Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton and Veronica Osorio. Had it not been for this highlights, I’m not sure I’d have made it through to the end.

Hail, Caesar! (2015), Veronica Osorio
Hail, Caesar! (2015), Veronica Osorio

Overall, I think I’d have much preferred to see only the funny moments in the movie; something like the Saturday Night Live comedy sketch format. Basically a feature length version of the scenes such as the funny moments in the trailer. Outrageous suggestion, I’m sure but I really was hoping for more from a Coen brothers written  and directed movie. Needless to say, Hail, Caesar! is not my favourite film by the Coens. That title will probably always belong to the excellent No Country For Old Men (2007), a  movie I continue to recommend.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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DAVID BRENT – LIFE ON THE ROAD (2016): New Trailer Starring Ricky Gervais

David Brent - Life On The Road (2016), Ricky Gervais
David Brent – Life On The Road (2016), Ricky Gervais

Anyone familiar with the hit TV show The Office, both the US and UK versions will know the great appeal of today’s trailer. Ricky Gervais, the reason both shows exist at all has  brought back everyone’s favourite ‘office idiot…’

Teaser trailer

Trailer 1

Also starring Doc Brown and Rebecca Gethings, I adore the comic brain of Gervais, so today is a great day.

David Brent: Life on the Road Release Dates: August 19th, 2016 (UK)

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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SWISS ARMY MAN (2016): New Trailer From Paul Dano & Daniel Radcliffe

Swiss Army Man (2016) Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe
Swiss Army Man (2016) Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe

The story behind the latest movie  starring Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano is intrigingly nuts. Dano plays a man stranded on an island and his only friend is…

Witten / directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, I’m curious about the story, but more than that, my main interest is in the film’s creative execution, especially since Radcliffe’s character is essentially a corpse.

I  find myself wondering about which actor’s must have been more challenging…

Swiss Army Man Release Dates: July 1st, 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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WAR DOGS (2016): New Trailer From Todd Phillips, Starring Jonah Hill & Miles Teller

War Dogs (2016), Miles Teller, Jonah Hill
War Dogs (2016), Miles Teller, Jonah Hill

Jonah Hill and Miles Teller’s new movie has a certain Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) and 21 Jump Street (2012) vibe. So if you loved those movies, chances are…

I wonder if this story would be as intriguing if it wasn’t based on real people. Namely David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli – the two young men who were hired to arm America’s allies in Afghanistan.

I’m really hoping that the characters in this movie are not as annoying as the trailer music. War Dogs is directed and co-writen by Todd Phillips of The Hangover (2009). So perhaps I ought to be more hopeful. 

Trailer 2

War Dogs Release Dates: August 19th, 2016 (US); August 26th, 2016 (UK); September 1st, 2016 (GER)…

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