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SMALLFOOT (2018): The Thing I Liked…

Smallfoot (2018), Channing Tatum
Smallfoot (2018), Channing Tatum

After being told his whole life that humans don’t exist, young Yeti Migo (Channing Tatum) finds evidence to the contrary and wants all his people to know. Except that things don’t quite go as he expected.

Co-written and directed by Karey Kirkpatrick and Jason Reisig, I like the way Smallfoot flips the story of Yetis and humans by telling it from the perspective of Yetis. I also appreciated what Smallfoot had to say about the errors in the ways we tend to treat those we see as very different from us and how counterproductive the lies we tell to protect can sometimes become.

With other key cast including Zendaya, Common, Danny DeVito and James Corden, in terms of the film’s general execution, I’d say it’s somewhere between OK and OK-ish. Part of the reason is that I just didn’t find the writing as fun and good as the trailer led me to expect and hope. A part of me also wishes that Smallfoot didn’t have the musical numbers. I mean, I definitely wouldn’t have minded so much if I felt that most of the songs and singing were great. 

The moment the film had me most engaged is towards the end and during the scenes when the Yetis were being pursued. If I had to pick the most memorable moment for me in the whole film, that’s definitely when a very everyday human item is amusingly referred to as ‘the scroll of invisible wisdom.’

Watch Smallfoot if you’re very, very curious.

Happy Film Loving 

G

SMALLFOOT (2018): New Trailer From Channing Tatum, Zendaya, Danny DeVito…

Smallfoot (2018), Channing Tatum
Smallfoot (2018), Channing Tatum

In Smallfoot, Channing Tatum plays Migo, a Yeti convinced that the elusive creatures known as “humans” actually do exist.

Zendaya and Danny DeVito also star while Karey Kirkpatrick and Jason Reisig cowrite and direct.

As I watched this trailer a few things went through my mind. Firstly, what a brilliant idea! I totally didn’t see the twist coming. Second, How nice for Channing Tatum. Finally a movie he’s made that his young daughter can actually watch all the way through. Last but not least, of course Tatum’s character had to have great dance moves. Of course!

I’m really looking forward to this one and I’ll be careful not watch any more Smallfoot trailers because I just really want to be surprised and delighted by the film.

Additional cast includes Jimmy Tatro, Yara Shahidi, Gina Rodriguez, James Corden, LeBron James and Common.

Smallfoot Release Dates: September 28th, 2018 (US); October 5th, 2018 (UK)…

Read my spoiler free review of  Smallfoot.

Happy Film Loving

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21 JUMP STREET (2012): For the Fun Action & Bromance…

21 Jump Street (2012), Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum
21 Jump Street (2012), Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum

My favourite thing about directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s action / comedy 21 Jump Street is… I want to say ‘everything’ because I really had a great time watching this movie. Nevertheless, if I had to choose one thing, its of course the beautiful bromance between Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill’s characters. They play two under achieving cops who are sent back to high school to bring down a synthetic drug ring. It’s a good balance of comedy and action with a soft-ish centre of good old fashioned brotherly bonding.

In addition to co-stars Ice Cube and Johnny Depp, another highlight for me was recognising a younger Brie Larson among the cast. Watch 21 Jump Street for the fun bromance. Though it’s definitely not number one on my top ten bromance movies list (because Pineapple Express (2008) rules); it is a fun and funny ‘adults back in high school’ movie experience with a side of undercover cop action.

Happy Film Loving

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LOGAN LUCKY (2017): New Trailer For Steven Soderbergh Movie Starring Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig, Adam Driver…

Logan Lucky (2017), Channing Tatum
Logan Lucky (2017), Channing Tatum

Director Steven Soderbbergh’s new movie is a comedy starring Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig, Adam Driver and Hilary Swank –  to name just a few. The story centres around two brothers and their attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina…

Such a pleasant surprise to see Daniel Craig’s face in this trailer. I imagine that the impressive cast list for this movie was probably ready to do everything in their power to secure a chance to work with Soderbergh. You know, just in case he decides to retire from films one more time, right after this one.

Katie Holmes, Riley Keough, Katherine Waterston, Sebastian Stan, Katie Holmes, David Denman, and Jack Quaid make up some of the aforementioned impressive stars.

Logan Lucky Release Dates: August 18th, 2017 (US); August 25th, 2017 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving

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HAIL, CAESAR! (2015): The Thing I Liked…

Hail Caesar (2015), Tilda Swinton
Hail Caesar (2015), Tilda Swinton

Truth be told, Hail, Caesar! proved to be quite the bore. Regrettably I have to confess that I found the trailer  far more entertaining than the movie.

The trailer is funny, filled with the glamour, colours and seemingly odd characters of 1950s Hollywood; all good things. I liked the fact that it didn’t give much away in terms of where the story was going or even who the key protagonist might be and it moved at a good pace.

Unfortunately however,  a slow pace and inadequately intriguing story that never really goes anywhere are my biggest issues with Hail, Caesar! Part of the problem might be that there were too many stories trying to happen at the same time.

On the positive side, in addition to the humorous moments (the best of which you see in the trailer) what I do like aboutHail, Caesar!  is the makeup, glamour and colourful attire worn by the film’s main female characters; the characters played far too briefly by Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton and Veronica Osorio. Had it not been for this highlights, I’m not sure I’d have made it through to the end.

Hail, Caesar! (2015), Veronica Osorio
Hail, Caesar! (2015), Veronica Osorio

Overall, I think I’d have much preferred to see only the funny moments in the movie; something like the Saturday Night Live comedy sketch format. Basically a feature length version of the scenes such as the funny moments in the trailer. Outrageous suggestion, I’m sure but I really was hoping for more from a Coen brothers written  and directed movie. Needless to say, Hail, Caesar! is not my favourite film by the Coens. That title will probably always belong to the excellent No Country For Old Men (2007), a  movie I continue to recommend.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

THE HATEFUL EIGHT (2015): For Tarantino’s Mastery Of Storytelling & Suspense

The Hateful 8 (2015), Samuel L. Jackson
The Hateful 8 (2015), Samuel L. Jackson

I wasn’t as excited as anticipated after I first saw the first teaser trailer of Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, however I’m thinking that my lacklustre enthusiasm may have had more to do with the film’s genre than anything else.

Admittedly, the western will probably never be my first choice in movie genre but I have absolutely zero regrets post The Hateful Eight and Tarantino’s previous movie Django Unchained (2012), also a western.

Good servings of expert story telling, entertaining dialogue, great music and camerawork are all very present in The Hateful Eight – A film I consider a well sculpted two-plus hours of suspenseful entertainment with an ending you will love.

The cinematography in the movie also manages to stand out even though everything in the film happens at precisely 3 locations.

I liked the pace and the way things really started to build up especially around the moment that the audience starts to hear ‘Silent Night’ on the piano. The tension and suspense at this point is really something to experience and part of the reason Tarantino is considered a master film maker.

The Hateful 8 (2015), Walton Goggins
The Hateful 8 (2015), Walton Goggins

If you hadn’t already guessed, I think that The Hateful Eight is a movie worth seeing. Certainly one I’ll be watching again in the very near future. I don’t know if it’s quite Tarantino’s best but perhaps that would depend on one’s preferred movie genre.

Walton Goggins portrayal of Sheriff Chris Mannix, Tim Roth’s Oswaldo Mobray and  Samuel L. Jackson’s Major Marquis Warren are my favourite of The Hateful Eight characters. The first two because of the humour and the latter thanks to the dialogue, style and undeniable cool.

Watch The Hateful Eight for the story telling and film making mastery. Lastly, if you can make out the first lines of dialogue that come out of the mouth of Jody, played by Channing Tatum, please let me know in the comments below because I couldn’t make sense of it.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

THE HATEFUL EIGHT (2015): Nearly Time For Seriously Stylish Gun Slinging

The Hateful Eight (2015), Samuel L. Jackson
The Hateful Eight (2015), Samuel L. Jackson

I wasn’t as excited as I expected to be after seeing the teaser trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s latest, The Hateful Eight, but after the official full trailer….

I’m excited to meet all the the undoubtedly cool characters and see the story play out in the traditionally spectacular Tarantino fashion.

You don’t really see his face in the trailer but I can tell that the guy on the far right of the screen at 1:30 is Channing Tatum.

Release Date (s): December 25th, 2015 (USA), January 8th, 2016 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

HAIL, CAESAR! (2016): New Trailer From Josh Brolin, Channing Tatum & Scarlett Johansson

Hail, Caesar (2016), Tilda Swinton, Josh Brolin
Hail, Caesar (2016), Tilda Swinton, Josh Brolin

It’s a comedy / drama/ musical and it’s from the Coen brothers…

Trailer 1

Trailer 2

I’m really hoping that Hail Caesar! is great, especially since musicals aren’t really my thing. Set during the 1950s, at least it’s also a drama / comedy.

The wonderful cast includes Jonah Hill, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton.

Hail Caesar! Release Date (s): February 5th 2016 (US), February 26th 2016 (UK), February 17th (France), February 18th (Germany)

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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