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SUPERINTELLIGENCE (2020): The Things I Liked…

Superintelligence (2020), Melissa McCarthy, Warner Bros. Pictures
Superintelligence (2020), Melissa McCarthy, Warner Bros. Pictures

I enjoyed Superintelligence, the latest comedy from Melissa McCarthy, Bobby Cannavale, Sam Richardson and Ben Falcone more than I expected to.

Directed by Falcone, the story of Carol (McCarthy), a woman who’s been selected for observation by the world’s first superintelligence that may or may not take over the world isn’t perfect. Yet, if you’re a fan of the talented film making team and some good dialogue delivered with perfect comic timing; plus, laughter that you can’t always see coming, then give Superintelligence a chance.

Besides the above-mentioned highlights, there’s also the chemistry between Carol and Cannavale’s George to enjoy. And James Corden’s character is quite fun. So much so, that don’t be surprised if, for a good portion of the film, you find yourself thinking:

Should this be what a future with a superintelligent AI looks like, I think I’m in!

As for what I didn’t completely love about Falcone’s movie, there’s the use of several common movie-making/comedy cliche’s that made the story experience that little bit less special.

Furthermore, just when I became comfortable with the direction the story was going in and the nature of the relationships , a semi-expected change happens that follows down a path that’s not quite as satisfying as it could have been. Nevertheless, even though Superintelligence has no chance of taking the place of Spy (2015) as my favourite McCarthy film, I have no regrets about watching it.

Watch it if you’re curious and because the performances are fun.

Happy Film Loving

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SUPERINTELLIGENCE (2020): New Trailer Starring Melissa McCarthy, Brian Tyree Henry, James Corden, Bobby Cannavale…

Superintelligence (2020), Melissa McCarthy, Warner Bros. Pictures
Superintelligence (2020), Melissa McCarthy, Warner Bros. Pictures

Read my spoiler-free movie review of  Superintelligence (2020).


Imagine your life being turned upside down because you’re selected for observation by the world’s first superintelligence – a form of artificial intelligence that may or may not take over the world.

In new action/comedy Superintelligence, that is the reality of Carol Peters (Melissa McCarthy), the most average person on Earth.

Directed by Ben Falcone; additional key cast includes James Corden, Bobby Cannavale and Jean Smart.

I’m hoping this is a good McCarthy movie because it’s good to see her back; along with Cannavale and Henry.

I’m now definitely trying to decide which famous person’s voice I’d like Superintelligence to adopt if I were in Carol’s shoes. Right now I’m thinking Kristen Bell, Angela Bassett, Phylicia Rashad or Vegan actor/influencer Tabitha Brown. Or perhaps, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bradley Cooper and other males with great deep voices.

Who would be your ideal Superintelligence voice?

Sarah Baker, Jock McKissic, Karan Soni, Jwaundace Candece, Michael Beach, Usman Ally, Damon Jones, Jay Lay, Jenna Perusich, and Carolyn Trahan also star.

Superintelligence Release Dates: November 26th, 2020 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

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I, TONYA (2017): New Trailer From Margot Robbie, Bobby Cannavale, Sebastian Stan, Mckenna Grace…

I, Tonya (2017), Margot Robbie
I, Tonya (2017), Margot Robbie

Read my spoiler-free movie review of I, Tonya (2017).


I, Tonya is the true story of competitive ice skater Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie), a skater who rose amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. However, unfortunately for her, things change drastically when her ex-husband intervenes.

Directed by Craig Gillespie; Bobby Cannavale, Sebastian Stan and Mckenna Grace also star…

I’m watching because it looks like this movie really allowed Robbie to act her socks off – so to speak and I personally can’t ‘wait to see how that unfolds. I’m also curious about the scary truth of this story.

Additional supporting cast includes Joey Thurmond, Bojana Novakovic, Allison Janney and Julianne Nicholson.

I, Tonya Release Dates: December 8th, 2017, (US); February 16th, 2018 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving

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JUMANJI – WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE (2017): New Trailer From Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Karen Gillan…

Jumanji - Welcome To The Jungle (2017), Jack Black
Jumanji – Welcome To The Jungle (2017), Jack Black

Four teenagers are sucked into Jumanji‘s world – pitted against rhinos, black mambas and an endless variety of jungle traps and puzzles. They must  beat the game to return to Planet Earth with their lives. Directed by Jake Kasden, the stars of Jumanji – Welcome To The Jungle are Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Karen Gillan…

All I remember about Robin Williams’ Jumanji (1995) is that the characters sported khaki attire and ran away from stuff in the jungle. This trailer looks very promising and I’m most excited about the humour.

Nick Jonas, Missi Pyle and Rhys Darby also star.

Jumanji – Welcome To The Jungle  Release Dates: December 22nd, 2017 (US); December 29th, 2017 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving

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DANNY COLLINS (2015): A Memorable Bobby Cannavale Performance…

Danny Collins (2015), Bobby Cannavale, Al Pacino
Danny Collins (2015), Bobby Cannavale, Al Pacino

Danny Collins is a well told story of a less than ideal father/ son relationship. This is of course not all that the movie is about but it’s the part that appealed to me the most. The film is moving, engaging and for want of a better phrase, a relaxing watch thanks to the well played characters and the healthy sprinklings of humour.

Danny Collins (2015), Bobby Cannavale, Jennifer Garner
Danny Collins (2015), Bobby Cannavale, Jennifer Garner

Directed by Dan Fogelman of Crazy Stupid Love (2011)Bobby Cannavale’s part as the ‘abandoned son’ of a rockstar father is one of my favourites of his roles. Al Pacino is, as always very watchable,  as is Christopher Plummer and my dear ‘Lady Bening’. That’s Annette Bening to everyone else. I also really appreciated Jennifer Garner’s performance as the ‘very good wife.’

Since Pacino is a musician in this role, is the music any good..?, you may wonder. It’s by no means  a key reason for tuning in; though it isn’t completely terrible either. Watch it for the charm, humour, the story of a difficult father/ son relationship and that of an ageing rocker on a mission to change his life for the better.

Happy Film Loving

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SPY (2015): It’s Good, People. It’s Good

Spy (2015), Melissa McCarthy
Spy (2015), Melissa McCarthy

Watching a spy movie and not having at least one thing about it reminding you of James Bond – the most famous spy of them all, is near enough impossible. Starring Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law and Jason Statham, the Paul Feig written/ directed Spy is no exception.

Unlike 007 however, spy is a comedy as well as an action film – and a rather good one at that.

An entertaining experience with a well written story, fun dialogue and characters is how I describe the movie. The dynamic between Jason Statham and Melissa McCarthy’s characters is a big highlight. Rose Byrne’s Rayna Boyanov is also another plus.

Spy (2015), Jude Law, Rose Byrne
Spy (2015), Jude Law, Rose Byrne

The other very reliable cast members include Allison Janney, Miranda Hart, Sam Richardson, Morena Baccarin and Bobby Cannavale.

Watch it because it’s good. I found Jude Law’s character a tad annoying at first but it’s not so bad because the movie is a Melissa McCarthy vehicle and Spy is definitely my favourite of her roles since Bridesmaids (2011), also directed by Paul Feig.

Happy Spy 🙂

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ADULT BEGINNERS (2014): I watched For The Comedy & Adult Sibling Relationship Dynamic

Adult Beginners (2014), Caleb/ Matthew Paddock, Nick Kroll, Rose Byrne
Adult Beginners (2014), Caleb/ Matthew Paddock, Nick Kroll, Rose Byrne

The Ross Katz directed and rather aptly named comedy/ drama, Adult Beginners stars funny man Nick Kroll, Australian actress Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale.

If you’re open to a story about adult sibling relationships, starting again after losing everything, and getting your priorities in order, then Adult Beginners is interesting, though never too demanding.

The writing, chemistry between the three leads and the way the camera captures the lives of the characters makes for very believable and real situations. As for how engaging it all is, the phrase ‘incredibly engrossing’ definitely doesn’t fit.

As for the comedy, most of it will make you smile and 2 or three times you may laugh out loud. My interest in seeing Kroll in a somewhat serious role is why I watched. It also  helped that the always reliable Byrne and Cannavale were involved.

Joel McHale, Jane Krakowski, Caitlin Fitzgerald and Jason Mantzoukas also star.

Happy Adult Beginners 🙂

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BLUE JASMINE (2013): Officially My Favourite Woody Allen Film

Blue Jasmine (2013) Cate Blanchett
Blue Jasmine (2013) Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett is the star of what is officially my favourite Woody Allen film, Blue Jasmine. Her performance is fantastic; a brilliantly captivating portrayal of a desperate woman very much on the edge – if not hanging directly off it.

Alec Baldwin, Bobby Cannavale and Sally Hawkins are in the supporting cast.

You’ll find yourself silently willing for Jasmine to make it through, even though she’s not exactly the most likeable character. Nevertheless, her predicament isn’t exactly uncommon and nobody want’s to be in her situation.

It’s interesting how the screen is filled with the most glorious sunshine, when ‘bright and breezy’ is far from what’s going on in the lives of the characters in this very well written and excellently paced film.

Blue Jasmine (2013) Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin
Blue Jasmine (2013) Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin

Watch Blue Jasmine because there is so much useful information about life and particularly why it can be ill-advised to take a detour from your well thought out plans far too hastily.

Watch it to understand the reason Woody Allen is a film making hero for so many and why Cate Blanchett is an absolute gift and probably Australia’s equivalent of Meryl Streep.

Happy Blue Jasmine 🙂

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