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THE WEEK OF (2018): It’s…

The Week Of (2018), Allison Strong, Adam Sandler, Rachel Dratch
The Week Of (2018), Allison Strong, Adam Sandler, Rachel Dratch

I tried. I really tried to stick it out with The Week Of but I’m afraid I had to bail.

The one thing I enjoyed about the forty five minutes I could actually sit through is the opening music. The music gave me hope which unfortunately turned out to be misplaced.

The portion of the film I managed to sit through felt very much like one of the early, very early rehearsals before any of the delivery was polished enough for public consumption. The storytelling, editing, pacing and jokes all left me with plenty to be desired.  Maybe I’ve seen too many well delivered jokes in my film viewing experience, that none of the cliches are funny any more, especially when not executed well.

One of the most annoying things in a film or comedy is when a joke is dragged out for too long. There were a few moments there, where I thought, ‘we get the intended joke. Please cut this annoying scene already and move on’.

There’s one particular actor who really over did it with her performance to disastrously unfunny proportions. However, of all the sins this film committed, the worst of it may be that it made a handful of usually effective comedy actors look pretty bad and unskilled; Rachel Dratch being one example.

I think it’s time I accept that Sandler’s best work may well be far behind him. The Week Of is absolutely at the very bottom of all the Adam Sandler movies I’ve ever seen. It’s also the only one I couldn’t sit through to the very end.

Watch it ONLY if you absolutely must. Otherwise go watch My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) Instead.

Happy Film Loving

G

THE WEEK OF (2018): New Trailer From Adam Sandler, Chris Rock Steve Buscemi…

The Week Of (2018), Chris Rock, Adam Sandler
The Week Of (2018), Chris Rock, Adam Sandler

The Week Of is a new Robert Smigel directed comedy where Adam Sandler and Chris Rock play parents of a soon-to-be married couple.

Also starring Steve Buscemi, we join the parents as they make the final preparations for the looming wedding ceremony…

I’m in because I love Rock, enjoy Sandler and adore being a guest at weddings. How could one not watch, really? I also rather appreciated seeing the punch line for the joke about the air- conditioning coming. It landed well, if I say so myself.

Rob Morgan, Rachel Dratch, Scott Cohen, Rob Morgan, Melanie Nicholls-King and Roland Buck III make up some of the key additional cast.

The Week Of Release Dates: April 27th, 2018 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

G

DYING LAUGHING: New Trailer For Documentary About Comedians, Their Lives & Creative Process.

Dying Laughing (2016), Russell Peters
Dying Laughing (2016), Russell Peters

Dying Laughing is a new documentary that delves into the complicated lives of Stand-up comedians, the craft and their creative process…

I’m looking forward to hearing what many of the current great comics have to say. Names including Russell Peters, Billy Connolly, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart and Amy Schumer to name just a few. I really want to know if all comics really are ‘very damaged people. I’m sure many are but surely there must be exceptions, no?

I didn’t see Ricky Gervais or Louis C.K. in this trailer but I sure hope they too make an appearance.

Dying Laughing Release Dates: Premieres on June 4th (2016), at the LA Film Festival. Further dates to be confirmed.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

OSCARS 2016: A Reminder For Why I Love Chris Rock So Much

Chris Rock, Oscars 2016
Chris Rock, Oscars 2016

During all the Oscars controversy of the last few months, I knew that this year’s chosen host, Chris Rock would make the right choice about whether to present the event or not. I certainly wished that he would. Especially because anyone that has seen any of his standup comedy knows the man to be smart. Precisely as smart and impassioned as the excellent job he did with the 2016 Oscars opening monologue…

I stayed up late so I could listen to Chris Rock’s words as soon as possible. I’m exhausted this morning and regret nothing.

Other key highlights for me included Leonardo DiCaprio’s Best Actor win and Kate Winslet’s reaction as he delivered his speech. Who doesn’t want a friendship like that? There’s also the beauty of the last few words of Best Director winner, Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s acceptance speech…

‘I am very lucky to be here tonight, but unfortunately, many others haven’t had the same luck. There is a line in the film where Glass, to his mixed race son says, ‘They don’t listen to you, they just see the colour of your skin‘ So what a great opportunity for our generation to really liberate ourselves from all prejudice and this tribal thinking and make sure, for once and forever that the colour of our skin becomes as irrelevant as the length of our hair’

It was beautiful.

List of 2016 Oscar Winners

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

TOP FIVE (2014): Chris Rock. Funny, Current And Real, Like Always

Top Five (2014), Rosario Dawson, Sherri Shepherd
Top Five (2014), Rosario Dawson, Sherri Shepherd

The Chris Rock written and directed Top Five is for everyone who had been missing the comic’s famous humour – as well as all fans of the funny.

Top Five is certainly not a stand up comedy set in the traditional sense – and the story keeps getting more and more interesting as it all unfolds.

Top Five (2014), Tracy Morgan
Top Five (2014), Tracy Morgan

You’ll also find several very welcome cameos. I don’t want to spoil it so I’ll say no more about that. Don’t look up who, allow yourself to be pleasantly surprised.

Rosario Dawson, Dawson, Gabrielle Union, J.B. Smoove and Tracy Morgan also star.

Happy Top Five 🙂

G