Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot and Dwayne Johnson’s latest action/crime/comedy, Red Notice tells the story of an Interpol agent. One whose job it is to track the world’s most wanted art thief.
From writer/director Rawson Marshall Thurber; additional key cast includes Vincenzo Amato, Ivan Mbakop and Ritu Arya.
Talk about a super generous injection of charisma in one movie! How will I stay calm when I sit down to watch this? Not so easily is the answer.
Before I realised just how great this cast is, the other thing I noticed right away is Johnson’s brown leather jacket. Perhaps it’s the combination of the jacket and his character’s law enforcement status. But, the sight took me right back to the very fun early scenes of The Other Guys (2010).
Back to Red Notice: I’m even more excited for this one because Thurber directed one of my favourite comedies. We’re the Millers (2013). And, the happy news doesn’t end there, because We’re the Millers 2 is officially on the way.
May both movies be as fun as my greedy heart desires.
Technically, precisely 67 days have passed. It’s just that I tend to embellish ever so slightly by saying 200 years for almost all periods of time that feel ridiculously long.
The reason for my absence from blogging isn’t as simple as being burnt out. I’m also unlikely to ever become tired of movies. However, life did become a tad more hectic than usual. So, I took the necessary 200 years to simplify my daily routine.
It would be great to say that I took the time to travel abroad and explore during half of the 67 days. Except, that I’m one of those people who’ll need more time before I can feel comfortable being on a plane/away from home again. One of these days I might even do some domestic travelling! Until then, quality time with friends and family is vacation enough for me, especially when I get to annoy my nearest and dearest to no end. They love it!
I spent some of my time away from blogging listening to podcasts. Naturally, I listened to – and continue to listen to a few that are linked to show business. For example, SmartLess, a funny, fun podcast hosted by filmmakers Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes and Will Arnett; three friends who have enviable chemistry and lots of witty banter, and that’s before I mention their many great guests. Interviewees such as Ryan Reynolds, LeBron James, Reese Witherspoon and Robert Downey Jr., to name just a few.
A handful of random things I’ve learned since becoming a regular listener of podcasts include, but are not at all limited to, how much many of my Americans brothers and sisters apparently LOVE Target as a place with isles to enjoy walking down, particularly late at night. The second thing listening to podcasts made me realise is that podcasting is harder than it looks, because the art of great conversation is no easy thing.
The third and perhaps, most important thing that’s happened is I’ve reached a controversial conclusion. Specifically, that big fans of burger restaurants In-N-Out and Five Guys are as deluded as each other. Yes! This is fighting talk, and I’m certainly no fighter. Still, I had to say it. Even more so because I’ve eaten at both places, and I’m convinced that the patrons of each have dead taste buds, in different areas of the mouth. With that said, could the 200 years away made me braver? Or something else? 😁
Whatever the answer, I say all the above to say that I’m back, dear movie lovers. And I look forward to catching up with your blogs to see what I’ve missed. Fingers crossed that you’ll enjoy the movie content along with the occasional non-movie specific topics I cover.
Which are some of your favourite podcasts? They don’t have to be about movies. Though, it helps if they’re funny.
Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield and Vincent D’Onofrio are the stars of new drama/biography The Eyes of Tammy Faye.
From director Michael Showalter; what’s on offer is an intimate look at the true story of the extraordinary rise, fall and redemption of televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker.
Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker’s story isn’t one I’m familiar with. And so I look forward to learning about it all thanks to what appears to be excellent performances, and hopefully a well-executed story.
Anyone else notice how super adorable Chastain’s character is, especially at the start of this trailer?
Sam Jaeger, Cherry Jones, Fredric Lehne, Louis Cancelmi, Joe Ando-Hirsh, Randy Havens, Gabriel Olds, Kevin J. O’Connor, Coley Campany, Kimberly Hester Huffstetler, Chandler Head and Meredith Jackson also star.
Also starring Alan Arkin, Lisa Edelstein and Sarah Baker, I watched the first season of The Kominsky Method almost two years ago and I remember thoroughly enjoying it. Season two turned out even better than the first, thanks to Lorre’s expert writing.
Douglas and Arkin are brilliant in their roles. The chemistry between the two actors and their excellent comic timing firmly places The Kominsky Method in the top five of my favourite things that Netflix has ever released. One might say it’s the side of me that’s a sucker for stories of beautiful friendships, but that’s only part of the reason I love the show.
Watching The Kominsky Method, especially the first two seasons, is a moving experience. One that’s highly likely toresult in satisfying laughter as it reminds you of what great writing can look like.
Up to this point, I haven’t said too much about season three, the last instalment of The Kominsky Method. And that’s because even though it features several memorable scenes and bits of dialogue, I can’t deny that at least two things make it less impressive to me than the first two seasons. The absence of Arkin means there’s no Douglas/Arkin chemistry to enjoy. The second disappointment for me is how rushed it felt. And I don’t just mean because it’s six episodes instead of the usual eight.
If you haven’t already watched the show, definitely give seasons one and two of The Kominsky Method a chance. Like me, you may enjoy it so much much that you’ll feel compelled to see how it all ends.
New docuseries Cat People explores the fascinating relationship many have with their fiercely independent and mysterious feline friends.
Revealing that ‘cat people’ come in all shapes and sizes, the series promises to introduce to us some of the cat lovers out there; the ones who are defying the negative stereotypes of what it means to be a cat person.
What I saw at 1:05 seconds into this trailer can arguably be described as ‘CREEPY’. Still, I’m happy that this docuseries exists for the cat people of the world. Personally, I don’t mind cats. It’s just that I’m more into big cats, and elephants. Two beauties I’m happy to marvel at from a very safe distance indeed.
In case Cat People has the dog lovers of the world feeling slightly left out, don’t you worry because Netflix has you covered withDogs – Season 2 (2021).
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-strongInception (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.