Category Archives: Comedy

THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (2015): What Twilight Years Ought To Be Like

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015), Diana Hardcastle, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015), Diana Hardcastle, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup

In the first movie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, retired brits take residence at a hotel in India, one they thought would be quite luxurious but soon enough, they realise just how far out of reach luxury really is at the The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Still, they decide to stick around and that’s when the fun begins.

Most of your favourite characters played by Bill Nighy, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Celia Imrie return in director John Madden’s sequel to the 2011 hit.

The sequel centres around young Sonny’s (Dev Patel) dream of acquiring a second hotel. As was the case in the original film, it’s the characters played by the older cast members that are the most entertaining. Particularly Muriel, portrayed by celebrated British actress, Maggie Smith.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015), Maggie Smith, Dev Patel
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015), Maggie Smith, Dev Patel

Dev Patel’s young and enthusiastic Sonny might get a tad grating at times, but overall, like the original, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a touching and fun 2 hours. It also happens to be a great reminder of what getting older can and probably should be like.

Though I prefer the original film, this sequel is fun. Richard Gere and Tamsin Greig play two mysterious characters and of course, Maggie Smith remains in true scene stealing form. My favourite moment being the ‘incident with the tea’ at the very beginning.

Happy The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 🙂

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SPY (2015): It’s Good, People. It’s Good

Spy (2015), Melissa McCarthy
Spy (2015), Melissa McCarthy

Watching a spy movie and not having at least one thing about it reminding you of James Bond – the most famous spy of them all, is near enough impossible. Starring Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law and Jason Statham, the Paul Feig written/ directed Spy is no exception.

Unlike 007 however, spy is a comedy as well as an action film – and a rather good one at that.

An entertaining experience with a well written story, fun dialogue and characters is how I describe the movie. The dynamic between Jason Statham and Melissa McCarthy’s characters is a big highlight. Rose Byrne’s Rayna Boyanov is also another plus.

Spy (2015), Jude Law, Rose Byrne
Spy (2015), Jude Law, Rose Byrne

The other very reliable cast members include Allison Janney, Miranda Hart, Sam Richardson, Morena Baccarin and Bobby Cannavale.

Watch it because it’s good. I found Jude Law’s character a tad annoying at first but it’s not so bad because the movie is a Melissa McCarthy vehicle and Spy is definitely my favourite of her roles since Bridesmaids (2011), also directed by Paul Feig.

Happy Spy 🙂

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THE PEANUTS MOVIE (2015): New Trailer, For All Fans Of Snoopy & Charlie Brown

The peanuts Movie (2015), Charlie Brown, Snoopy
The peanuts Movie (2015), Charlie Brown, Snoopy

It’s time for another comic book movie but not the kind you’re used to…

I’m familiar with Snoopy and Charlie Brown, though mainly by name and aesthetic. Looking forward to discovering what’s so great about the characters and story.

Release Date(s): November 6th 2015 (US), December 21st 2015 (UK).

Happy The Peanut Movie 🙂

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THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE (2016): New Teaser Trailer For Rovio’s Hit Mobile Game

The Angry Birds Movie (2016), Josh Gad (Chuck)
The Angry Birds Movie (2016), Jason Sudeikis (Red)

You’ve played the hit game created by mobile gaming application creator Rovio, you know the rage, now check out the movie trailer…

The Actors lending their voices to the characters include Josh Gad as Chuck, Jason Sudeikis, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader, Danny McBride and Peter Dinklage.

I’ve only played the game once or twice, so perhaps serious fans have a different opinion. But this teaser trailer didn’t do a lot for me. Michael Jackson’s Bad also doesn’t quite feel like a good musical fit. The good news is, this is only the teaser so hope remains.

Currently though, The Secret Life Of Petsanother animated movie also out in summer 2016 is the one I want to see more.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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RESULTS (2015): For An Unconventional Experience…

Results (2015), Cobie Smulders, Guy Pearce
Results (2015), Cobie Smulders, Guy Pearce

Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, Giovanni Ribisi and Kevin Corrigan are the stars of Results, a rather weird comedy written/ directed by Andrew Bujalski.

When I say weird, I’m referring to the characters and the unconventional way the story is told. In which case, weird isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

One of the most interesting things about Results, besides what’s going on with Giovanni Ribisi’s hair would have to be what each of the actors brings to their roles. Specifically their portrayals of individuals who seem rather lost.

Bujalski’s film definitely had me somewhat lost and wondering what is this film really about, what on earth was going on with this story? With that said, if you’re after consistency in tone, a more traditional tale of romance and a laugh out loud comedy, you’re not really going to find that in Results. 

I saw the movie because I like all the actors involved. So watch it for a different type of movie-making style that’s unconventional and peculiar and/ or if you too, love the cast

Happy Results 🙂

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CRAZY STUPID LOVE (2011): Steve Carell & Ryan Gosling comedy

Crazy Stupid Love (2011), Steve Carell, Julianne Moore
Crazy Stupid Love (2011), Steve Carell, Julianne Moore

Steve Carrel, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Julianne Moore are the stars of this drama/ romance / comedy. A story about a man whose world is altered after what should have been a romantic dinner date with his wife turns into something else.

Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, I tuned in because of Carell and Moore’s reputations and found myself pleasantly surprised. A big highlight is the scene with the valedictorian speech. That and Gosling’s character, Jacob’s fashion sense.

Watch it for a reminder that humour is tragedy plus time. You’ll go through some emotions but you will certainly laugh as well.

Crazy Stupid Love (2011), Ryan Gosling
Crazy Stupid Love (2011), Ryan Gosling

Along with The Notebook (2004) this movie is without a doubt responsible for a good number of Ryan Gosling crushes.

Happy Crazy, Stupid, Love 🙂

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ENTOURAGE (2015): More Of The Things You Loved

Entourage (2015), Jeremy Piven
Entourage (2015), Jeremy Piven

Admittedly the latter seasons of hit HBO TV series Entourage weren’t the best, but who can resist another chance to see more of Ari Gold’s well crafted, high energy tirades on the big screen?

Brilliantly played by Jeremy Piven, Ari Gold was without a doubt the best thing about the Entourage series and you’ll be glad to know that he’s generously featured in the movie.  Adrian Grenier, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Connolly and Kevin Dillon also return in their popular roles.

Picking up where the series ended, the great news is that everything that kept you tuned in to the show is present in this movie. Everything including the well chosen soundtrack, fantasy depiction of the male movie star lifestyle, Johnny Drama’s ridiculousness and the fun bromance and banter between the lead characters.

Entourage (2015), Kevin Dillon, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Adrian Grenier
Entourage (2015), Kevin Dillon, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Adrian Grenier

You’ll also like the addition of Emily Ratajkowski, champion UFC fighter Ronda Rousey, Mark Wahlberg, Haley Joel Osment and Billy Bob Thornton. I was particularly glad to see Osment do well in a role post the Sixth Sense (1999)

The truth is, Writer / Director Doug Ellin has done right by the series fans. So if you are one, waste no more time and get to watching if you haven’t already.

Happy Entourage 🙂

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ALOHA (2015): The Good & Bad Things

Aloha (2015), Bradley Cooper
Aloha (2015), Bradley Cooper

Just before I saw the trailer for Aloha, starring Bradley Cooper, I was very much on a high after watching his deservedly Best Actor, Oscar nominated performance in American Sniper (2014).

The Aloha trailer didn’t look terrible, though some of the dialogue didn’t sit as well as one would have liked. As I watched the movie a few months later, the unfortunate truth of the dialogue did come to be, because there I was cringing in parts.

I found the romance between Emma Stone’s character and Brian Gilcrest (Bradley Cooper) a tad forced and unconvincing. It didn’t help that Stone’s character was also rather annoying.

In director, Cameron Crowe’s efforts to capture the seemingly laid back pace of Hawaii, the pace of the movie suffered.

Aloha (2015), Danny McBride, Bradley Cooper
Aloha (2015), Danny McBride, Bradley Cooper

The few beautiful shots of Hawaii’s landscape in the beginning and all the scenes that feature Danny McBride are my favourite things. There were a few other good moments but not significant enough to make Aloha good or worth watching.

It’s all a big shame considering a very talented cast list that includes Rachel McAdams, John Krasinski, Bill Murray and Alec Baldwin.

Happy film loving. Now go and enjoy Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and / or Jerry Maguire (1996) 🙂

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