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BRIDGERTON – SEASON TWO (2022): Episode One, World Premiere…

Bridgerton Season 2, (2022), Simone Ashley, Netflix
Bridgerton Season 2, (2022), Simone Ashley, Netflix

At the Bridgerton Season two World Premiere in London’s Tate Modern this week, there were many highlights to take in. Not least of all, the Bridgerton inspired fashion show, venue decorations, and of course, interviews with key cast and creators. 

The first season focused on the fourth Bridgerton child, Daphne Bridgerton, and her love story with the Duke of Hastings. 

The main focus of season two is the eldest Bridgerton child, Viscount Anthony Bridgerton. Specifically his entrance into the marriage market and the fun dynamic between the Viscount and the older Sharma sister, Kate (Simone Ashley).

Having seen episode one of season two, I’m almost certain that the undeniable chemistry and fun dialogue between Anthony and Kate will be the main highlight.

No doubt the costumes, music, romance and humour will hold my attention. But, Anthony and Kate’s exchanges did take me back to Casino Royale (2006), specifically James Bond and Vesper Lynd’s conversation on the Eurostar. 

Let’s hope that the episodes that follow are only more and more engaging come Friday, March 25th, 2022. 

Are you looking forward to this promising new season? I know I’m ready to be pleasantly surprised.

Bridgerton Season 2 Release Date: 25th March 2022, Netflix

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THE LOST CITY (2022): New Trailer From Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, Brad Pitt…

Directed by Aaron Nee and Adam Nee; The Lost City follows Sandra Bullock as reclusive romance novelist Loretta Sage.

While on a book tour with her cover model (Channing Tatum), they both get swept up in a kidnapping attempt that results in a cutthroat jungle adventure. One that has an additional key cast that includes Daniel Radcliffe, Brad Pitt, Oscar Nuñez and Da’Vine Joy Randolph.

How fun does this look? And what a perfect entrance for Pitt’s character. I haven’t been this happy to see one of my favourites since Keanu Reeves showed up in the Always be my Maybe (2019) trailer.

I’m in for all the fun, the promise of amusement and the chemistry between this rather pleasant surprise of an ensemble.

Patti Harrison, Raymond Lee, Héctor Aníbal, Thomas Forbes-Johnson and Danny Radhames Vasquez Castillo also star.

The Lost City Release Dates: March 25th, 2022 (US)…

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HE’S ALL THAT (2021): The Thing I Liked…

As a fan of the 1999 comedy/romance, She’s All That, I decided to watch director Mark Waters’s/Netflix 2021 remake He’s All That.

Starring Addison Rae, Tanner Buchanan, Rachael Leigh Cook, Peyton Meyer and Matthew Lillard, He’s All That is a movie about cool high schoolers and their bet to give an ‘uncool’ fellow pupil the ultimate makeover.

I knew that the chances of finding myself impressed by the end of the movie weren’t great. Yet, I tuned in anyway because the first film was fun, and I was curious about TikTok star Addison Rae’s acting skills.

The 1999 movie wasn’t perfect, but it’s arguably better. I say this because there were cringe-worthy moments, thanks to some questionable acting, plus cheesy and highly cliché dialogue.

As for the things I did like, I enjoyed all the colour, Matthew Lillard’s stage moves at the very end; probably the most, if not the only engaging and exciting dancing in the entire film, sadly. All the other moves and music in the redo of the classic dance battle scene from the first film just weren’t as exciting. 

All in all, He’s All That is something you watch, only if you absolutely must. And I do mean ABSOLUTELY MUST.

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REMINISCENCE (2021): New Trailer From Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson, Natalie Martinez…

Reminiscence (2021), Hugh Jackman, Warner Bros Pictures
Reminiscence (2021), Hugh Jackman, Warner Bros Pictures

In new romance/sci-fi/thriller Reminiscence, Hugh Jackman is Nick Bannister; a scientist who’s discovered a way to revive your past; an ability he decides to use to find his long-lost love.

Written/directed by Lisa Joy, additional key cast includes Thandie Newton, Rebecca Ferguson and Natalie Martinez.

As a forever fan of The Greatest Showman (2017), my favourite musical, I’m happy to see Jackman and Ferguson on screen together again. I already can’t wait to meet the ‘long-lost love’ character and learn about what’s going on with her.

Reminiscence looks like one of those movies that has a ‘the-making-of’/behind-the-scenes featurette that I’m going to want to see.

Lastly, anyone else get the semi-strong Inception (2010) vibes from this trailer?

Angela Sarafyan, Cliff Curtis, Brett Cullen, Daniel Wu, Teri Wyble, Thomas Francis Murphy, Marina de Tavira, Sam Medina, Mojean Aria, Jules Hartley and Sue-Lynn also star.

Reminiscence Release Dates: August 18th, 2021 (UK); August 20th, 2021 (US)…

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FRIENDS – THE REUNION (2021): New Trailer From Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer…

Friends - The Reunion (2021), David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, HBOMax
Friends – The Reunion (2021), David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, HBOMax

It’s time. Friends – The Reunion, the event that all big fans of the hit 90s sitcom had been ready for long before the pandemic delayed everything finally has a trailer.

Directed by Ben Winston; Friends – The Reunion is an unscripted special starring the original cast. Namely Jennifer Aniston (Rachel Green), Courtney Cox (Monica Geller), Matt LeBlanc, (Joey Tribbiani), David Schwimmer (Ross Geller), Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay) and more.

I’ll start with a confession: I feel very silly now because I honestly thought that ‘Friends – The Reunion‘ was going to be a catchup with the characters of Friends. Meaning a few new episodes to see where they are now; rather than a catchup with the actors who play the friends.

It’s no one’s fault but my own that I didn’t realise my misguided expectations until now. I’ll still be watching because I enjoyed the show growing up. Also, full disclosure, personally I’m at the stage with Friends now where I no longer get the urge to re-watch the entire series every other year. No wonder I was extra excited about new episodes!

I plan to learn from the error in my ways by paying closer attention the next time a ‘reunion’ of one of my favourite shows comes up. I know the clue was right there in the title. Even so, I guess my heart simply wanted new episodes more than it wanted the nostalgic look-back.

Are you a Friends fan? Will you be tuning in for the nostalgia? Let me know in the comments.

Friends – The Reunion Release Dates: May 27th, 2021 (US) HBOMax

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THE LAST LETTER FROM YOUR LOVER (2021): New Trailer From Shailene Woodley, Callum Turner, Felicity Jones, Joe Alwyn…

The Last Letter from Your Lover (2021), Callum Turner, Studio Canal
The Last Letter from Your Lover (2021), Callum Turner, Studio Canal

When you’re a journalist and you come across a secret trove of love letters with no home address, there’s surely only one thing you can do, right? You decide to solve the mystery of the forbidden love and track down the lovers.

Such is the premise of director Augustine Frizzell’s drama/romance The Last Letter from Your Lover. A film that focuses on a pair of interwoven stories set in the past (1965) and present. Starring Callum Turner, Felicity Jones, Shailene Woodley and Joe Alwyn The Last Letter from Your Lover is based on the novel of the same name by Jojo Moyes.

The love story based in the past is the primary reason I’m interested. Then there’s Woodley’s character – Jennifer Stirling’s elegant style, plus my commitment to seeing her free of Alwyn’s seemingly hateful Laurence. Of course I’ll be there on Platform 2, Friday, at 7:15pm. Mind you, only to bear witness and nothing more.

Emma Appleton, Ben Cross, Ncuti Gatwa, Christian Brassington, Nabhaan Rizwan, Vilhelm Blomgren, Diana Kent, Ann Ogbomo, Alfredo Tavares, Louis James and Matt Mella also star.

The Last Letter from Your Lover Release Dates: July 23rd, 2021 (US); August 6th, 2021 (UK)…

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HAPPILY (2021): The Thing I Liked…

Happily (2021), Joel McHale, Kerry Bishé, Paramount Movies
Happily (2021), Joel McHale, Kerry Bishé, Paramount Movies

Happily, a comedy/romance about a happily married couple whose life takes an unexpected turn is a self-aware, self-indulgent movie that has one or two moments that are mildly satisfying. Unfortunately, for me, none of these moments adds up to enough to make the experience worthwhile. 

What Happily has to say about relationships and marriage did not need a whole movie to say it. At least not in the way it said it. Furthermore, what Happily ends up saying is unlikely to be what you wish it had to say; well, at least not in the way it says it. 

Writer/director BenDavid Grabinski’s film relies heavily on music to create a tense atmosphere. And I kept watching past the halfway point hoping that the pay-off would make all the excessive atmospheric music, and seemingly unnecessary slow-motion shots somewhat worthwhile, but no.

As for what I enjoyed about the movie, I like Joel McHale and Natalie Morales.

Lastly, watch Happily ONLY if you absolutely must because there have to be far better marital/relationship drama movies out there. I’m also sure there are good TV shows about ’best couples’ whose friends are jealous that their own relationships aren’t as passionate. I can’t think of any titles right now but I know they exist, good ones!

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MONDAY (2020): New Trailer From Sebastian Stan, Denise Gough, Dominique Tipper…

Monday (2020), Denise Gough, Sebastian Stan, IFC Films
Monday (2020), Denise Gough, Sebastian Stan, IFC Films

Sebastian Stan, Denise Gough and Dominique Tipper are the stars of new drama/romance, Monday.

Directed by Argyris Papadimitropoulos; Monday is the story of Chloe (Gough) and Mickey (Stan); a couple  who meet in the heat of summer one whirlwind weekend in Athens, Greece. The kind of meeting that results in a fling, which then leads to Chloe deciding to give up her high flying job back home.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t drawn to this in large part because of the sunny destination. It also helps that Stan is the star and I am curious to see if they make it. Especially considering what Chloe gave up.

Dominique Tipper, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos, Elli Tringou, Andreas Konstantinou, Sofia Kokkali, Syllas Tzoumerkas, Chloe Sirene, Marisha Triantafyllidou, Orlando Seale, Julie Agoraki and Prometheus Aleifer also star.

Monday Release Dates: April 16th, 2021 (US)….

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