Based on the book by Ben Fountain and starring Joe Alwyn, Vin Diesel plus Kristen Stewart, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is the latest movie from truly great director, Ang Lee (Life Of Pi (2012), Brokeback Mountain (2005)…
I’m most looking forward to seeing the smart way in which this story comes to life, the way that it shows the realities of war compared with America’s perceptions. I wonder if my favourite war movie will still be The Hurt Locker (2008) after this.
Garrett Hedlund, Chris Tucker and Steve Martin also star.
Whilst in the mood for a good comedy this week, I opted for a buddy cop classic. Starring Chris Tucker, Jackie Chan and directed by Brett Ratner, Rush Hour 2 (2001) is one of my favourites.
The first instalment, Rush Hour (1998) is of course great, but I love Rush Hour 2 more. Not just for the reason that it has the following clip which contains the only instance of Karaoke I have ever been able to enjoy, but because it really is good. Particularly as this time, unlike in the first movie, Jackie Chan’s Lee character cracks a few jokes of his own.
The reason why the karaoke scene above works so well – besides Tucker’s comedic excellence is the fact that the guy ‘singing’ beforehand seems to believe that he’s actually doing a great job; when clearly that couldn’t be more incorrect. Featuring a Michael Jackson classic ‘Don’t Sop Till You Get Enough’ certainly doesn’t hurt the scene either.
If you haven’t already and /or the above clip has convinced you, watch Rush Hour 2 because it’s funny. But be sure to remember that it’s best to start with 1998’s Rush Hour first.
Roselyn Sanchez and Ziyi Zhang are also among the key cast.
Like the rest of the world, I love funny people. Though, sadly I feel like I never seem to be around them enough. Naturally I adore all the great comedians and entertainers out there and one that’s front of mind right now is Chris Tucker.
He’s on my mind because I recently saw the trailer for a new comedy special he has filmed for Netflix. Chris Tucker Live (2015) will be available on 10th July.
I haven’t actually ever seen one of his standup routines but I do love his work in movies. First there was F. Gary Gray’s Friday (1995) where Tucker featured as the memorable Smokey, Friend to Ice Cube’s Craig Jones. Then I saw the Rush Hour series of films, of which Rush Hour 2 was my favourite.
Looking forward to learning more about the comic’s viewpoint and his life.