Category Archives: Comedy

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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OUR BRAND IS CRISIS (2015): Sandra Bullock In New Political Comedy/ Drama

Our Brand Is Crisis (2015), Sandra Bullock, Anthony Mackie
Our Brand Is Crisis (2015), Sandra Bullock, Anthony Mackie

The trailer for Sandra Bullock’s new movie, Our Brand Is Crisis just landed…

David Gordon Green, a man I know of because he directed one of my favourite movies, Pineapple Express (2008) is in charge.

Really looking forward to this, mainly because of Bullock but also Zoe Kazan, an actress/ writer I love because she’s the reason for the existence of the movie Ruby Sparks (2012).

Anthony Mackie and Billy Bob Thornton also star.

Release Date (s): October 30th 2015 (US)

Happy Our Brand Is Crisis 🙂

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LOVE ACTUALLY (2003): Sweet, Funny & Perfectly British

Love Actually (2003), Chiwetel Ejiofor, Keira Knightley
Love Actually (2003), Chiwetel Ejiofor, Keira Knightley

Set in London, England, Love Actually is a romantic comedy written and directed by Richard Curtis, the man responsible for hit films such as Notting Hill (1999), Bridget Jone’s Diary (2001) and most recently, About Time (2013).

Focused on the love lives of several couples in the month leading up to Christmas, Curtis’s cast represent an excellent selection of some of the UK’s best acting talent. It is a cast that includes – to name just a few, Bill Nighy, Andrew Lincoln, Keira Knightley, Emma Thompson, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Liam Neeson.

In Love Actually, what Curtis has delivered is a very sweet and funny movie. Along with the classically British humour and eccentricities, there’s a healthy sprinkling of romance, drama and family – just the perfect balance for the holiday season.

Love Actually (2003), Hugh Grant, Nina Sosanya, Martine McCutcheon
Love Actually (2003), Hugh Grant, Nina Sosanya, Martine McCutcheon

On the other hand, there are one or two situations / relationships that I didn’t find particularly believable. Not to say that they would never happen, but they certainly felt like a stretch. Still, it is after all the holiday season so perhaps magic is supposed to happen?

My inability to believe in love aside… 🙂  Love Actually is a well paced holiday movie with all the right sentiments. I know christmas is not quite here yet but I watched it anyway, for the love and humour.

My favourite of the all the couples would have to be Billy and Joe in the recording studio, Sarah and Karl at the office and Judy and Jack… who doesn’t like Judy and Jack?

Happy Love Actually and season’s greetings 🙂

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THE LOBSTER (2015): Trailer Of The Week

The Lobster (2015), Colin Farrell
The Lobster (2015), Colin Farrell

Colin Farrell’s latest…

Delightfully nuts seems like the perfect phrase. I can’t wait to see how things turn out for Farrell’s character. Though, perhaps the title of the movie may have given it away.

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, the rest of the cast includes Olivia Coleman, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, Ashley Jensen, Lea Seydoux and Ben Whishaw.

Personally, I’d want to be a Snow Leopard. You?

Release Dates: October 16th 2015 (US & UK)

Happy The Lobster 🙂

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HECTOR & THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS (2014): When Physical Distance Equals Clarity

Hector & The Search For Happiness (2014), Simon Pegg
Hector & The Search For Happiness (2014), Simon Pegg

Directed by Peter Chelsom and starring Simon Pegg, Hector & The Search For Happiness is about a man who realises that change must happen in his life.

Following this realisation, he checks out of his current situation and sets off in search of adventure and an answer to one big question.

During his search foe happiness and what it means, he meets several interesting characters, gets into a few scrapes here and learns plenty, especially about himself.

Chelsom’s movie has a few similarities to Eat Pray Love (2010) and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013). Hector & The Search For Happiness isn’t a terrible movie, but I do prefer the other two.

Whether you need convincing that travel is a good idea or not, this movie does a good job of reminding you of travel’s great ability to help you see things with renewed clarity; whether it’s because of the people you meet whilst away or the physical distance from your daily routine.

For clarity, get some distance.

Happy Hector & The Search For Happiness 🙂

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GOOSEBUMPS (2015): Because You Loved The Books

Goosebumps (2015) Odeya Rush, Jack Black, Ryan Lee, Dylan Minnette
Goosebumps (2015) Odeya Rush, Jack Black, Ryan Lee, Dylan Minnette

R.L. Stine is the real life award winning author of hugely successful young adult horror stories. Goosebumps is one of his series and the second trailer for the film adaption just arrived.

Directed by Rob Letterman, Goosebumps features Jack Black as R.L. Stine.  Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Ryan Lee and Halston Sage also star in this  action/ adventure / comedy that will be arriving just in time for Halloween.

The trailer editors appear to have tried to match the original goosebumps font towards the end of the trailer. Though I’m not sure why they didn’t at 1:03 minutes.

Goosebumps Trailer Font, 1:03 Minutes
Goosebumps Trailer Font, 1:03 Minutes
Goosebumps Trailer Font, 1:59 Minutes
Goosebumps Trailer Font, 1:59 Minutes
Goosebumps Book Cover Font
Goosebumps Book Cover Font

I used to love the books so I really hope the movie is worthy.

Happy Goosebumps 🙂

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LOVE THE COOPERS (2015): New Christmas Trailer Starring Ed Helms & Olivia Wilde

Love The Coopers (2015), Ed Helms, Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried,
Love The Coopers (2015), Ed Helms, Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried,

Summer isn’t over yet but if you didn’t already know, it’s time for the Christmas movie trailer. Love The Coopers is the first one I’ve  seen for 2015…

Does it look refreshing different? No but it does look like the Jessie Nelson directed seasonal film will provide precisely the mildly amusing yet heartwarming entertainment one can enjoy after stuffing ones face on the lord’s special day.

The cast list includes familiar names like Olivia Wilde, Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Amanda Seyfried, Marisa Tomei and Anthony Mackie.

Out November 2015 (U.S.) and December 2015 (U.K.)

Happy Love The Coopers 🙂

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ASHBY (2015): New Comedy, Promising Trailer

Ashby (2015), Mickey Rourke, Nat Wolffe
Ashby (2015), Mickey Rourke, Nat Wolffe

A good looking comedy starring Emma Roberts and Nat Wolffe is coming…

What I like most is the idea of Mickey Rourke in a comedy role. Sarah Silverman’s involvement is also  a plus but the thing I wish wasn’t the case is the length of the of this trailer in relation to how much of the plot it reveals.

Happy Ashby 🙂

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