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GRETA (2018): It’s…

Greta (2018), Chloë Grace Moretz, Focus Features
Greta (2018), Chloë Grace Moretz, Focus Features

Greta, a Neil Jordan directed drama / thriller about Frances (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young woman who befriends a lonely widow, and lives to regret it is a film I’d really hoped to enjoy. Also starring Isabelle Huppert and Maika Monroe, the experience of watching Jordan’s movie left me wanting for a more thrilling, even, clever, better-written and structured film.

It’s odd but I think that the idea of Greta’s lunacy along with the idea of the nature of the scary things that were happening actually proved more terrifying than the result of what the acting and the way the story is told really made me feel. 

Performance-wise, I unfortunately still find Moretz’s acting to be generally quite awkward. Huppert didn’t perform terribly but I don’t think the surface level feel of the script helped her much either. The few glimmers of hope in this otherwise mostly disappointingly executed film include the clever set-up that leads to the syringe scene and the dancing that immediately followed. Reason being, this is when we get a little glimpse into the extent of Greta’s ‘crazy’, even though it’s never properly explained. The other kind of highlight is the moments in the film that ‘play on Frances’s reality.’

Overall, besides reminding me of ‘stranger danger’, especially in a big city like New York, Greta confirmed that everyone really ought to be aware of their own vulnerabilities. Especially if people close to you haven’t helped to lovingly point them out.

Watch it, if you’re really curious.

Happy Film Loving 

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY (2019): New Trailer From Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Oscar Isaac, Allison Janney…

The Addams Family (2019), MGM
The Addams Family (2019), MGM

Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz , Oscar Isaac and Allison Janney are the stars of the remake of the story of a peculiar, ghoulish family, Addams Family .

Directed by  Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon, the story is based on the much loved characters created by Charles Addams…

I’m definitely not mad that this remake exists. However, I can’t help but feel disappointed because this is animated rather than a live action version. I’d just have loved seeing the real Charlize Theron dressed up as Morticia Addams. I’d simply have absolutely loved it!

Seeing the strangeness of the Addams family has reminded me of the almost equally strange main family in the Hotel Transylvania movies.

Nick Kroll, Aimee Garcia, Finn Wolfhard, Scott Underwood, Bette Midler and Elsie Fisher also star.

The Addams Family Release Dates: October 11th, 2019 (US); October 25th, 2019 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving

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GRETA (2019): New Trailer From Chloë Grace Moretz, Isabelle Huppert, Maika Monroe, Zawe Ashton…

Greta (2019), Chloë Grace Moretz

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Greta (2018)


Starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Isabelle Huppert, Maika Monroe, and Zawe Ashton; Greta is a Neil Jordan directed thriller about a young woman who befriends a lonely widow, and lives to regret it…

For me, this trailer is two things. One, a healthy reminder to return lost and found items to the police station, not the stranger’s house. Two a movie that couldn’t help but have me get happy for Moretz because she got to work with a ‘Greta’ talent such as Huppert.

Additional cast includes Stephen Rea, Parker Sawyers, Colm Feore, Angela Thompson and Graeme Thomas King also star.

Greta Release Dates: March 1st, 2019 (US); April 19th, 2019 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving

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THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST (2018): New Trailer From Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, Jennifer Ehle, Quinn Shephard…

The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018), Chloë Grace Moretz
The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018), Chloë Grace Moretz

Starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, Jennifer Ehle, Quinn Shephard and directed by Desiree Akhavan; The Miseducation Of Cameron Post is the story of a teenage girl who was forced forced into a gay conversion therapy centre by her conservative guardians…

I’m in because it looks like a well acted role by Moretz; a good thing since the story is so interesting and based on true events.

And yes, every single time I read the title of this movie I think of The Miseducation Of Lauren Hill, a brilliant album.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post Release Dates: August 3rd, 2018 (US); August 31st, 2018 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving

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I LOVE YOU, DADDY (2017): New Trailer From Louis C.K., Helen Hunt, John Malkovich, Chloe Grace Moretz…

I Love You, Daddy (2017), John Malkovich, Chloe Grace Moretz
I Love You, Daddy (2017), John Malkovich, Chloe Grace Moretz

In I Love you Daddy, stand up comic Louis C.K. is a successful television writer whose daughter becomes the interest of an ageing filmmaker with an appalling past. Written and directed by C.K.; Helen Hunt, John Malkovich, Chloe Grace Moretz and Rose Byrne also star…

I can try and imagine the various ways Louis C.K.s character is going to try and deal with the situation, but I’m sure that the way he executes will turn out better than what I picture. As a big fan of his stand up comedy and television show – Louie, before even reading the synopsis I’d already decided to watch. Louis C.K. is one of my favourite comics after all.

I Love You, Daddy Release Dates: November 17th, 2017 (US)…

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NEIGHBORS 2 – SORORITY RISING: The Thing I Liked…

Neighbors 2 - Sorority Rising (2016), Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne
Neighbors 2 – Sorority Rising (2016), Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne

I remember watching Neighbors (2014) and not liking it enough to write anything meaningful. I wasn’t in love with the Neighbors 2 – Sorority Rising trailer either at first, but it grew on me after a week.

Fast forward to now having seen the sequel, the film suffers from the dreaded sequel disease of repetition. Though certainly not to the levels that My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 did this year, suffer it certainly does. As per the original movie, this one too was directed by Nicholas Stoller.

None of the performances by the stars including Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, Dave Franco or Chloë Grace Moretz were bad. I just wasn’t much amused. In fact I’m quite certain that most of my laughing happened during the Neighbors 2 trailer.

Neighbors 2 - Sorority Rising (2016), Chloë Grace Moretz
Neighbors 2 – Sorority Rising (2016), Chloë Grace Moretz

Try as I must, I managed to find something I enjoyed about the movie and that is the message(s) at the end – however forced they may have felt.

From here on, the Neighbors 2 experience is going to be placed firmly behind me. especially  as I get busy re-watching my favourite of Rogen’s work;  Pineapple Express (2008), This Is The End (2013) and The Interview (2014). There’s also the wonderfully inappropriate Sausage Party (2016) to get excited and hopeful about.

I’m starting to wonder why it is that I seem to find myself enjoying Rogen’s Newer work less and less. I wasn’t even able to make it through the first third of The Night Before (2015) before needing to bail because I didn’t buy into any of the character’s actions. Am I simply getting too old and therefore no longer the target market? Have I watched so many of his movies / movies in general that very little is new to me any more? Has my taste simply changed…?

All I know at this point is that whatever the answer, thank goodness for the early work.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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NEIGHBORS 2 (2016): Fun Trailer Starring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron & Rose Byrne

Neighbors 2 (2016) Ike Barinholtz, Zac Efron, Seth Rogen
Neighbors 2 (2016) Ike Barinholtz, Zac Efron, Seth Rogen

Neighbors 2 is the sequel to Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne and Zac Efron’s Neighbors (2014). The latter being a movie about new parents who are forced to live next door to a loud, partying at all hours type of fraternity. In the second instalment, again directed by Nicholas Stoller, the young couple’s new problem is the Sorority next door…

I must admit that the first film isn’t one of my favourites of Rogen’s comedies, even though his character’s reaction to the baby/ condom scene is one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen in a film/ trailer. It’s up there, not to far from the pooping in street scene in Bridesmaids (2011).

I’ve decided that, like a young so and so who must not let their past failed relationships stop them from getting involved in something that could be amazing, I’m going dive into Neighbours 2Sorority Rising (2016) – with reasonably more than average expectations. Call me foolish…

May I please, not be filled with regret.

Neighbors 2 Release Dates: May 20th, 2016 (US); June 16th, 2016 (IT); July 6th, 2016 (FR)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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THE 5TH WAVE (2016): The Things I…

The 5th Wave (2016), Chloë Grace Moretz
The 5th Wave (2016), Chloë Grace Moretz

Starring Chloe Grace Moretz, The 5th Wave, a story about aliens trying to claim our planet as their own is a film that could have been so very good. But instead I found it boring, unsurprising and lazy.

My key issues with the movie lie in the script, editing, performances, story and  general execution. It ended up feeling like a film that was rushed and made long before the story and script were ever properly ready.

Performance-wise I can’t really fault Liev Schreiber and a few others. Chloe Grace Moretz on the other hand… I’ve seen her in four movies so far. For two of those films I have zero complaints. But for the other two, one of which is The 5th Wave, I found her performance to be varying levels of unconvincing. To be fair, Moretz isn’t the only one that I feel didn’t adequately embody their character, but she is the key protagonist, hence my focus.

One unfortunate script / editing faux pas that sticks to mind happens towards the end as 3 characters converse. One of them, let’s call him person A; he says, ‘My plan is to do such and such.’ All three people continue to talk amongst themselves for a minute. Person A then leaves. Within a few seconds, person B says to person C, ‘We better go, because I think person A is going to do such and such’. In my mind I’m thinking ‘Er… there is no thinking he’s going to do it because he just told you he’s going to do it, no?!

My disappointment had now peaked, but still I calmed down enough to recognise that the main target market for The 5th Wave is clearly young adults and teenagers. in otherwords, not me. As such I wonder what they think about it all. What are their thoughts on the seemingly forced romance/ love triangle that unfortunately is just too much like The Hunger Games (2012)?

Mad is not how I’d feel if I were to find out that a sequel to The 5th Wave is not going to happen. Of course that all depends on how much money this movie, however bad it may be, actually made.

Directed by J Blakeson and based on the book by Rick Yancey. The 5th Wave is a movie you watch it if you absolutely must. Otherwise just enjoy the trailer instead.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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