Whilst in the mood for a good comedy this week, I opted for a buddy cop classic. Starring Chris Tucker, Jackie Chan and directed by Brett Ratner, Rush Hour 2 (2001) is one of my favourites.
The first instalment, Rush Hour (1998) is of course great, but I love Rush Hour 2 more. Not just for the reason that it has the following clip which contains the only instance of Karaoke I have ever been able to enjoy, but because it really is good. Particularly as this time unlike in the first movie, Jackie Chan’s Lee character cracks a few jokes of his own.
The reason why the karaoke scene above works so well – besides Chris Tucker’s comedic excellence is the fact that the guy ‘singing’ beforehand seems to believe that he’s actually doing a great job, when clearly that couldn’t be more incorrect. Featuring a Michael Jackson classic ‘Don’t Sop Till You Get Enough’ doesn’t hurt the scene either.
if you haven’t already and /or the above clip has convinced you, watch it because its funny. Just remember, it’s best to start with 1998’s Rush Hour first. Roselyn Sanchez and Ziyi Zhang also star.
Like the rest of the world, I love funny people. Though, sadly I feel like I never seem to be around them enough. Naturally I adore all the great comedians and entertainers out there and one that’s front of mind right now is Chris Tucker.
He’s on my mind because I recently saw the trailer for a new comedy special he has filmed for Netflix. Chris Tucker Live (2015) will be available on 10th July.
I haven’t actually ever seen one of his standup routines but I do love his work in movies. First there was F. Gary Gray’s Friday (1995) where Tucker featured as the memorable Smokey, Friend to Ice Cube’s Craig Jones. Then I saw the Rush Hour series of films, of which Rush Hour 2 was my favourite.
Looking forward to learning more about the comic’s viewpoint and his life.
Starring Bryan Greenberg, Uma Thurman and Meryl Streep, Prime is ideal if you’re curious about its main subject, the relationship between a divorced woman in her late thirties and her younger 23 year-old boyfriend.
The Ben Younger written and directed film is a drama / romantic comedy that features several moments that realistically depict a romantic relationship between the two main characters
Greenberg and Thurman share great chemistry and both deliver good performances. However, Meryl Streep’s role as the long suffering Jewish mother is one of my favourite highlights.
For me, besides the beautiful romance, the film works as a reminder to always follow your heart in love and career, but do so whilst never completely ignoring your head; especially where love is concerned. The musical score is also notable.
7 Days In Hell is HBO’s new sports comedy/ TV movie starring Andy Samberg, Kit Harrington, Mary Steenburgen, Fred Armisen and many more including Serena Williams and John McEnroe who play versions of themselves.
Shot in the style of a documentary expose, the TV movie focuses on the rivalry between two fictional tennis players, known to be the greatest of all time and their 2004 match that lasted 7 days. The concept is definitely nuts, but in the very best way.
All I know of Kit Harrington is that he is / was in that massively successful TV Show, Game Of Thrones, a series I’m still yet to watch, but something tells me that his Seven Days In Hell character, Charles Poole is very different to Jon Snow in an exciting way.
I’m expecting great performances from the entire cast, but besides Kit Harrington’s character, I really hope there’s plenty of Fred Armisen as the Tennis Historian because my, that accent is really rather good / brilliantly entertaining.
How did I not feature the Fantastic Four trailer sooner? Slight super hero movie fatigue perhaps…
Whatever the answer, I’m doing it now because it is rather well done. My favourite moment being when Reed Richards/ Mr. Fantastic looks up and down to his right. Isn’t slow motion a beautiful thing?
With some of the most talented Actors of young Hollywood, Fantastic Four is an interesting super hero movie about – you guessed it, saving humanity. This new reboot is directed by Josh Trank and stars Miles Teller, Michael B Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell.
I’ll be ready come the August (2015) release date.
Two of my favourite UK Actors, Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet star in the story of Apple cofounder, Steve Jobs.
Like many, I’m already very aware of the story of the celebrated visionary, but of course I’ll watch the film, if only just take in the artistry of the Actors, the magic of dialogue king/ screen writer, Aaron Sorkin and Director Danny Boyle.
Another highlight is the appearance of one of my favourite funny men, Seth Rogen in another serious role, this time as the other half of the Apple founding team, Steve Wozniak.
Now? The trailer…
Release Date (s): October 23rd (US), November 13th (UK).
As unsettling as the idea behind London Has Fallen (2016) may be, the new movie directed by Babak Najafi and starringGerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart and Charlotte Riley looks like it’s going to be quite the spectacle.
The imagery of London actually falling is certainly horrific, but I still couldn’t help yelping with joy at the excellent execution of this teaser trailer…
Talk about haunting trailer music…
I guess it’s time to plan the viewing of the first instalment, Olympus Has Fallen (2013). Probably.
I’m guessing that Rocky (1976) fans will be very excited right about now. The trailer for Creed (2015), the seventh Rocky film and spin-off from the Rocky film series just arrived and ‘promising’ is the word.
Starring Sylvester Stallone as former World Heavyweight Champion, Rocky Balboa, Creed sees Balboa serve as trainer and mentor to young boxer, Adonis Creed played by rising star, Michael B. Jordan.
Fans of the Rocky films will know that Adonis Creed is the son of the late Apollo Creed, a friend to Balboa as well as a former rival – all of which makes for an interesting dynamic between the two main characters.
I’m confessing to having never seen any of the Rocky movies. Yes, shock horror. However I am contemplating finally changing that fact just in time to watch this new release and also to keep FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) at bay.