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SOUL (2020): The Things I Liked…

Soul, the story of Joe Gardner, a musician who ends up transported out of his body, and has to find his way back is both what I expected it to be and not, simultaneously.

Starring Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey and Daveed Diggs; what stood out most about Soul is how visually well-imagined it is. The look and feel had me fully engaged. Whether it was the barber’s fantastic beard, or what the surroundings and occupants of ‘the place in between alive and dead,’ looks and feels like.

Generally, all of Soul is good. However, I enjoyed it most during the scenes when Joe was in the ‘in-between place.’ It’s the conversations and the general cleverness of the details of those moments that impressed me most. I liked these scenes so much that I found I missed the setting when the story was elsewhere.

My main issue with Soul is how unclear the messaging seemed to be at a point or two towards the end. I don’t mean the messaging at the heart of the film; the one about Joe’s evolution/emotional journey. I’m referring to some moments of dialogue that weren’t as clear or easily understood as I’d come to expect from a Disney Pixar film.

Watch Soul for the highly intriguing concept. I wouldn’t say that I found it quite as clever, satisfying or comforting as Inside Out (2015). But it is worth watching. It also helps a little if you like Jazz.

Lastly, there’s beautiful piano music that happens after Joe’s all-important gig that you probably don’t want to miss.

Happy Film Loving

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SNOWPIERCER (2020): New Trailer Starring Jennifer Connelly, Daveed Diggs, Mickey Sumner…

Snowpiercer (2020), Jennifer Connelly, Netflix
Snowpiercer (2020), Jennifer Connelly, Netflix

New action / drama / sci-fi Snowpiercer is a new Netflix series set over seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland. And the remnants of humanity, occupy a gigantic, perpetually-moving train that circles the globe.

Created by Graeme Manson; Jennifer Connelly, Daveed Diggs and Mickey Sumner are among the key cast.

The premise is interesting, and now also a tad closer to reality than it may have been about six months ago. I’ll be watching for all the madness, and for the Diggs / Connelly dynamic.

Having not yet watched the 2013 movie of the same name starring Chris Evans, it’s probably best I do that before seeing this. Especially since it was directed by Bong Joon Ho of Parasite (2019).

Sheila Vand, Lena Hall, Alison Wright, Iddo Goldberg, Aaron Glenane, Karin Konoval, Annalise Basso, Sam Otto and Emma Oliver also star.

Snowpiercer Release Dates: May 17th, 2020 (US); / Netflix…

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SOUL (2020): New Trailer Starring Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, John Ratzenberger, Daveed Diggs…

Soul (2020), Disney Pixar
Soul (2020), Disney Pixar

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


The latest trailer for Disney Pixar’s Soul, just arrived.

Starring Tina Fey, Jamie Foxx, Daveed Diggs and John Ratzenberger, it’s the story of Joe Gardner, a musician who is transported out of his body and must find his way back, with the help of an infant soul.

I’m really looking forward to this one. Looks just about as comforting as one would want it to be. The premise also has me thinking about Netflix’s hit show The Good Place.

Ahmir-Khalib Thompson, and Phylicia Rashad also star.

Soul Release Dates: December 25th, 2020 (US & UK)…

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BLINDSPOTTING (2018): New Trailer From Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Tisha Campbell-Martin…

Blindspotting (2018), Rafael Casal, Daveed Diggs
Blindspotting (2018), Rafael Casal, Daveed Diggs

Starring and co-written by Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, Blindspotting is a new comedy / drama about the intersection of race and class, set against the backdrop of a rapidly gentrifying Oakland.

Directed by Carlos López Estrada; Tisha Campbell-Martin, Janina Gavankar and Jasmine Cephas Jones co-star…

This trailer looks quite promising and for some reason it made me think of Dope (2015), a very clever and well executed movie.

Additional cast includes Ziggy Baitinger, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Ethan Embry and Kevin Carroll.

Blindspotting Release Dates: July 20th, 2018 (US)…

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