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LOVE SARAH (2020): The Things I Liked…

Love Sarah (2020), Rupert Penry-Jones, Shelley Conn
Love Sarah (2020), Rupert Penry-Jones, Shelley Conn

Director Eliza Schroeder’s comedy/romance Love Sarah is one of those easy-viewing films that doesn’t demand too much from you. It’s well-acted and quite pleasant, especially if you love cakes, the Notting Hill, London setting and any of the cast which includes Celia Imrie, Rupert Penry-Jones, Shannon Tarbet and Bill Paterson.

Besides being in the mood to watch an easy viewing movie, the baked goods are a key reason I had to see Love Sarah. Particularly since some of the baked items I saw in the trailer reminded me of a great restaurant/bakery I used to visit in North London. Turns out Ottolenghi, the founder/owner of said bakery consulted on this movie. I guess I know my favourite cakes when I see them. 

Story-wise, it’s predictable, as one might expect but if you go in expecting that, it’s not so bad. The story focuses on a young woman who wishes to fulfil her mother’s dream of opening a bakery in Notting Hill, London. A dream she sets about realising thanks to the help of an old friend and her grandmother.

I found Love Sarah very watchable if you’re in the mood for what it offers. My favourite moment has to be the scene when the camera focuses on the pouring of chocolate sauce. Such good memories!

Watch Love Sarah if you’re curious. I’m quite sure that aspiring bakers will enjoy this movie that little bit more. Even though, one might argue it makes succeeding as a baker look easier than it probably is.

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LOVE SARAH (2020): New Trailer From Celia Imrie, Rupert Penry-Jones, Bill Paterson, Shannon Tarbet…

Love Sarah (2020), Celia Imrie, Shannon Tarbet, Shelley Conn
Love Sarah (2020), Celia Imrie, Shannon Tarbet, Shelley Conn

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

Celia Imrie, Rupert Penry-Jones, Shannon Tarbet and Bill Paterson are the stars of Love Sarah. An Eliza Schroeder directed comedy/drama/romance about a young woman who wishes to fulfill her mother’s dream of opening her own bakery in Notting Hill, London.

She goes about doing just that with the help of an old friend and her grandmother.

The cakes, London and Celia Imrie are my reason. I’m further intrigued because the bakery reminds me a lot of the the baked goods I used to walk by in the window of restaurant/bakery Ottolenghi on Upper street, North London. I say ‘walked by’ but I most certainly walked in a few times as well.

Shelley Conn, Grace Calder, Denise Welch, Lucy Fleming, Candice Brown, Kamontip Krissy Ashton and Pano Masti also star.

Love Sarah Release Dates: September 7th, 2020 (UK)…

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FINDING YOUR FEET (2018): The Things I Liked…

Finding Your Feet (2018) Celia Imrie, Imelda Staunton

Finding Your Feet; the comedy / drama about a judgmental, middle class snob, who’s forced to live with her sister in an impoverished inner-city council estate is a pleasant serving of quintessential Britishness.

Starring Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall and Joanna Lumley, director Richard Loncraine’s movie isn’t necessarily the most memorable and the story isn’t especially unpredictable. Nevertheless Finding Your Feet is a nice ‘easy viewing’ reminder of the gift of siblinghood, the ones you’re born into and the ones you choose. 

I enjoyed the very British dialogue and its often rather well-timed delivery. One particular line that stood out would be the words: It’s not a panic attack, I’m not that sort of person. I just had a bit of a turn.’ 

Another highlight was seeing beautiful shots of places in London, England that I recognise.

For the Britishness, humour and siblinghood, etc., watch Finding Your Feet  if you’re so curious it does have a certain charm.

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THE BIG BAD FOX AND OTHER TALES (2017): New Trailer Starring Bill Bailey, Matthew Goode, Celia Imrie…

The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales (2017)
The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales (2017)

The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales is an animated comedy/adventure about a fox that thinks it’s a chicken, a Rabbit that acts like a stork, and a Duck who wants to replace Father Christmas.

All the above is evidence that the countryside isn’t the calm and peaceful place you may have always imagined.

Written/directed by Patrick Imbert and Benjamin Renner; key voice work is courtesy of Bill Bailey, Matthew Goode, Celia Imrie…

I started losing interest in this trailer soon after hitting play – but then the cute little chicks looked at the fox and said ‘mummy?’ It helps that the animation style happens to take me back to the illustrations in some of the books that five year-old me used to love to read.

Adrian Edmondson, Justin Edwards, Phil Jupitus and Giles New also star.

The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales Release Dates: August 3rd, 2018, (UK); 2018 (US)…

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FINDING YOUR FEET (2017): New Trailer From Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley, Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie…

Finding Your Feet (2017), Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie
Finding Your Feet (2017), Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie

In Finding Your Feet, a judgmental, middle class snob discovers her husband has been having an affair with her best friend. As a result, she’s forced to move in with her sister who lives on an impoverished inner-city council estate.

Directed by Richard Loncraine; Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley, Imelda Staunton and Celia Imrie star…

It’s very clear how this movie is going to play out. As such, I’ll be watching – not so much because I expect the story to surprise and thrill me. But rather for the portrayal of sisterhood in the later years. I also like the two leading ladies, the promise of humour and general easy viewing feel.

Lastly, is it just me or does the lady at 0:03 in the above trailer kind of look like Melissa McCarthy?

Josie Lawrence, Fran Targ and Jacqueline Ramnarine also star.

Finding Your Feet Release Dates: February 23rd, 2018 (UK)…

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A CURE FOR WELLNESS (2017): New Trailer Starring Dane DeHaan, Mia Goth, Jason Isaacs & Directed by Gore Verbinski…

A Cure For Wellness (2017), Jason Isaacs
A Cure For Wellness (2017), Jason Isaacs

Directed by Gore Verbinski; Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs and Mia Goth are the stars of new mystery / thriller A Cure For Wellness. 

A scary looking film that has a young executive sent to a ‘wellness centre’ in a remote location in the Swiss Alps; a place where the things that happen are not quite as advertised…

I want to see this, but that clip of the girl in the bath looks like the thing of nightmares. My nightmares to be precise.

A Cure For Wellness Release Dates: February 17th, 2017 (US); March 24th, 2017 (UK)…

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BRIDGET JONES’S BABY (2016): The Things I Liked…

Bridget Jones's Baby (2016), Rene Zellweger
Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016), Rene Zellweger

I loved the first two Bridget Jones movies; Bridget Jone’s Diary (2001) and Bridget Jones – The Edge Of Reason (2004). I personally found them refreshing as film experiences. Rene Zellweger’s British accent was impressive and I absolutely adored watching Hugh Grant in a role where he wasn’t playing, for want of a better phrase, ‘a lovable dithering idiot’  – the kind of role he’d played in Four Weddings & A Funeral (1994), Notting Hill (1999) and Mickey blue Eyes (1999). Grant’s role for the first two Bridget Jones movies can be described as a well dressed publishing bad boy named Daniel Cleaver.

The first bit of bad news for me about Bridget Jone’s Baby is that Hugh Grant isn’t in it. I kind of missed his character’s humour but I do understand the need for difference with the third instalment.

Bridget Jones's Baby (2016), Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey
Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016), Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey

The second bit of bad news is that I don’t consider Bridget Jone’s Baby as a good movie. Reason being, it’s odd, awkward and overfilled with dated and obvious music. I particularly dislike the first 40 or so minutes where everything just doesn’t flow well. One of the lowest points for me is the following line and its cringily awkward delivery…

‘Oh God! I’ve just slept with a complete stranger! I’m nothing but a feckless prostitute!’

–  Terrible, terrible, TERRIBLE! This is the point at which it dawned on me that all the Bridget Jones character traits that were once charming, humorous and certainly better written have now morphed into the opposite of all of that and become straight annoying.

There were one or two lines I loved and both happened to be delivered by the ever wonderful Emma Thompson, an actress whose comic timing is sharp as can be. I also enjoyed Patrick Dempsey’s role and welcomed his character’s newness. Overall though, I found myself less than invested in the film’s central love story; something  I blame on the writing and that particular aspect of the film feeling ‘so very 12 – 14 years ago (when the first two movies were released)’.

I say watch this movie if you absolutely must. Just know that the first two are a hell of a lot more fun.

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ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS – THE MOVIE (2016): New Trailer From Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Jon Hamm Kate Moss…

Absolutely Fabulous - The Movie (2016), Joanna Lumley, Jennifer Saunders
Absolutely Fabulous – The Movie (2016), Joanna Lumley, Jennifer Saunders

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Absolutely Fabulous – The Movie  (2016).

Starring Jennifer Saunders and Jonna Lumley, Absolutely Fabulous – The Movie finally has a trailer I can get excited about…

I didn’t realise how much I’d missed the antics of Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone until now.

I already love the Kate Moss story. Now I can’t wait for a taste of the sense of humour of some of British and international fashion’s best known. Namely, Kate Moss, Kim Kardashian West, Cara Delevigne, Stella McCartney and so on.

Jon Hamm, Rebel Wilson and Gwendoline Christie also star.

Absolutely Fabulous The Movie Release Dates: July 1st, 2016 (UK); July 22nd, 2016 (US; September 8th, 2016 (GER)…

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