Category Archives: Family

THE BOSS BABY (2017): The Things I liked…

The Boss Baby (2017), Alec Baldwin
The Boss Baby (2017), Alec Baldwin

When I first realised that The Boss Baby was about a smart / adult-like briefcase carrying baby, I feared that as I watched the movie, I’d miss the only other smart / adult-like  baby I’d ever known and loved. I’m of course talking about the lovable Stewie Griffin of Seth MacFarlane’s Family Guy. Luckily though, as I watched the Tom McGrath directed animated movie, not for a single second did the delightful Stewie G. pop into my mind. There was simply too much engaging fun, imagination and general cuteness going on in The Boss Baby.

There’s certainly no doubting that the person behind the story of The Boss Baby (Marla Frazee) is an individual with a great imagination – not unlike the film’s main character, Timmy (Miles Bakshi) – and many other children you may or may not know. Naturally, kids are going to have a good time with The Boss Baby but you absolutely don’t have to be a kid to like it.

There were some things that happened in this movie that really reminded me that I was watching an animation, meaning that the rules of what may or may not happen in an everyday situation simply have be discarded completely. Usually I’m fine with suspending my disbelief but with this movie for some reason, I was sometimes less able.

My personal favourite animated films are still Finding Nemo (2003) and Ratatouille (2007)This movie, though not as well executed in every way as the aforementioned, it’s still a fun adventure. Another personal highlight for me was knowing that the dad character was being voiced by my favourite American talk show host, Jimmy Kimmel; a seemingly nice man whose voice I happen to find rather comforting.

Happy Film Loving

G

THE BOSS BABY (2017): New Trailer From Alec Baldwin, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow…

The Boss Baby (2017), Alec Baldwin
The Boss Baby (2017), Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow and Steve Buscemi’s latest movie is The Boss Baby, an animated comedy about a suit-wearing briefcase-carrying baby on a mission…

Who can think of a smart talking cartoon baby boy without the smartest talking cartoon baby boy in the world, Family Guy‘s Stewie Griffin coming to mind? I want  The Boss Baby to be good enough that I don’t think too much about Stewie. Here’s to hoping.

At least I like this trailer more than the first one, a good sign I think. Also I generally love Alec Baldwin’s comedy work so that too is a good sign.

The Boss Baby Release Dates: March 31st, 2017 (US); April 7th, 2017 (UK);  April 12th, 2017 (FR); April 20th, 2017 (GER)…

Happy Film Loving

G

SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING (2017): New Trailer Starring Tom Holland, Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr…

Spider-Man - Homecoming (2017), Tom Holland
Spider-Man – Homecoming (2017), Tom Holland

Starring Tom Hollan, Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau, Spider-Man Homecoming, the first spiderman movie starring Tom holland as the young web slinging superhero has a new teaser trailer…

Teaser trailer

Trailer 1

The truth is, I completely ignored the Andrew Garfield Spider-Man movies. It just seemed far too soon after the Toby Magguire era. The question now iswhether I’m I ready for the Tom Holland phase. Robert Downey Jr.’s role may just convince me.

Zendaya, Donald Glover and Michael Keaton also star.

Spider-Man Homecoming Release Dates: July 7th, 2017 (US & UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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THE BFG (2016): The Thing I Liked…

The BFG (2016), Ruby Barnhill, Mark Rylance
The BFG (2016), Ruby Barnhill, Mark Rylance

The idea of a movie based on Roald Dahl’s famous children’s book The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) had me excited because I vaguely recall enjoying the story as a child. Having seen the Steven Spielberg directed film, it’s clear for me that this is one of those instances where the book may definitely be much better than the movie.

The lovely nostalgic walk down memory lane I’d been hoping for isn’t what transpired here. My biggest issue with Spielberg’s film is the pace which is so slow that at one point when the ‘bad giants’ were looking for a human child for their afternoon snack, I may have uttered the words ‘Just find her and eat her already, so that this massive let down can finally be over!’

Things didn’t get interesting and engaging for me until the part that takes place at the palace towards the end. Another positive is the narration at the very end.

Prior to my The BFG experience, I’d actually been thinking about re-watching the Spielberg classic, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) – but I’m no longer sure about that now. The BFG has reminded me that sometimes re-living stories and/or  re-watching films I loved as a child, especially if they were made with children as the target audience may result in those films not being well received by my adult brain. One such example would be The Never Ending Story (1984). I really wouldn’t recommend revisiting that.I  did and I ended up wishing that I’d let it remain as magical as my young brain remembered.

I just hope that children, the key target audience for The BFG have a good time when they watch. Should I finally muster the courage to re-visit E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, I’ll certainly share my thoughts on here. Until next time…

Happy Film Loving

G

THE SEVENTH FIRE (2015): New Documentary Presented By Terrence Malick About One Man’s Role In The Gang Crisis In Indian Country

The Seventh Fire (2015), Rob Brown
The Seventh Fire (2015), Rob Brown

Presented by acclaimed director Terrence Malick, The Seventh Fire is a documentary about Rob Brown, a Native American gang leader who played a key role in bringing violent gang culture into his Ojibwe community…

I want to know Brown’s story and the vulnerabilities that lead him to the regrettable choices he’s made. Considering the current gun crisis in Indian Country, is it possible to undo any of the damage?

The Seventh Fire Release Dates: September 23rd, 2016 (US)… More info on Official The Seventh Fire website.

Happy film Loving 🙂

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GIRL ASLEEP (2015): New Trailer Starring Matthew Whittet, Bethany Whitmore, Harrison Feldman…

Girl Asleep (2016), Bethany Whitmore
Girl Asleep (2016), Bethany Whitmore

Bethany Whitmore, Harrison Feldman and Matthew Whittet are the stars of Girl Asleep, an Australian family (I want to say comedy?) / arthouse movie about a soon to be fifteen year old girl called Greta. As scary as it seems for Greta, she must deal with all the absurd and ludicrous things headed her way with her upcoming birthday – including the surprise birthday party her parents will throw against her wishes…

I’ll be tuning in for the humour, to see how Greta fairs with her ‘scary new birthday’ and of course for the promise of kooky.

I myself found turning fifteen quite the breeze. But twenty certainly wasn’t a birthday I wanted to get out of bed for. My, my… the things my then, soon to be no longer a teenager brain fretted about.

Girl Asleep Release Dates: September 30th, 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

THE EAGLE HUNTRESS (2016): New Trailer For Daisy Ridley Narrated Documentary About An Inspiring Teenage Girl

The Eagle Huntress (2016), Aisholpan Nurgaiv
The Eagle Huntress (2016), Aisholpan Nurgaiv

I love stories about determined individuals who say things like ‘to hell with the expectations of others, I’m going to be true to myself.’

Todays trailer is for one such story.  A story set in the mountains of northwestern Mongolia, home to Aisholpan Nurgaiv, a determined 13 year old girl in pursuit of her convention breaking true calling…

Directed by Otto Bell and narrated by Daisy Ridley, the premise of The Eagle Huntress brings to mind Princess Merida of Disney’s Brave (2012) – another determined young girl choosing her own path. I can’t wait to cheer her on.

The Eagle Huntress Release Dates: September 16th, 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

LIFE, ANIMATED (2016): New Trailer For Documentary About A Family’s Relationship With Autism & Disney Movies…

Life, Animated (2016), Rob Suskind, Owen Suskind
Life, Animated (2016), Rob Suskind, Owen Suskind

Life, Animated is a documentary about a family’s experience of Autism and the way Disney movies helped them through in an unexpected way…

This is one I want to see because I already agree that film and the stories within them are great equipment for living. I also love finding out about the many different ways it is just that for other people as well. Directed by Roger Ross Williams, I’m looking forward to learning about the Suskind family’s experience with autism and disney movies.

Life, Animated Release Dates: J ugly 8th, 2016 (US); December 9th, 2016 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G