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POMS (2019): The Things I Liked…

Poms (2019), Diane Keaton, Jacki Weaver, Netflix
Poms (2019), Diane Keaton, Jacki Weaver, Netflix

This doesn’t seem to be the popular opinion but I actually had a good time watching Poms; a comedy / drama about a group of women in a retirement home who form a cheerleading squad. 

It really can’t be denied that the premise of Poms is quite preposterous in reality, but I didn’t exactly tune in expecting retirement home residents to ‘perform to win’ at a cheerleading competition. I watched Poms for the humour and mostly to see female friendships in action post retirement age. 

Not only did I get exactly what I went in for, I found it beautiful to see older ladies looking out for one another and still embracing life despite any and all challenges. I enjoyed the story, the way it was told. I may even go as far as to say that Poms may just be one of my favourite Diane Keaton movies. Yep. I said it.

It’s likely that some of you lovely regulars to my blog won’t be surprised by my enthusiasm for Poms. I mean, I am a fan of Netflix’s Grace & Frankie and one other comedy with a similar theme called Don’t Talk To Irene (2018). There’s also, of course, the one that started my appreciation of such productions. None other than The Golden Girls.

Give Poms a chance if you’re curious, and especially if you like at least one of the comparable movies / shows mentioned above. Pam Grier, Jacki Weaver and Rhea Perlman were also fun to watch.

Happy Film Loving

G

POMS (2018): New Trailer From Diane Keaton, Pam Grier, Jacki Weaver, Rhea Perlman…

Poms (2019), Jackie Weaver, Diane Keaton, STX Entertainment
Poms (2019), Jackie Weaver, Diane Keaton, STX Entertainment

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Poms(2018).


Starring Diane Keaton, Pam Grier, Jacki Weaver and Rhea Perlman, Poms is a new Zara Hayes directed comedy about a group of women in a retirement home who form a cheerleading squad…

I’m generally quite partial to stories about female friendships. Especially after a certain age. As such I’ll definitely be comparing Poms to other similar movies and stories I’ve enjoyed. The Golden Girls and Grace & Frankie come to mind.

Charlie Tahan, Celia Weston, Bruce McGill and Phyllis Somerville also star.

Poms Release Dates: May 10th, 2019 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

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BOOK CLUB (2018): The Thing I Liked…

Book Club (2018), Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen
Book Club (2018), Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen

I went in to Book Club with the hope that I’d enjoy something similar to the good charm and humour that made the likes of The Golden Girls and Grace & Frankie a hit. My level of disappointment in the film is therefore, at least in part, my own fault. Even though my expectations may have been unfairly high, there still shouldn’t be an excuse for all the things about Book Club that had my head sometimes bowed in disappointment as I sat in the movie theatre.

Co-written and directed by Bill Holderman, Book Club is a comedy about four older women whose lives change forever after they read Fifty Shades of Grey. Generally speaking, I love stories of beautiful friendships between older women. It’s unfortunate that this particular story just wasn’t executed nearly well enough.

One or two moving moments nearer the end aside, the most I did in response to the films humour during the 1 hour, 44 minute run time was smile mildly. The fact that most, if not all of the funniest lines were used in the trailer didn’t help matters.

Book Club (2018), Diane Keaton, Andy Garcia
Book Club (2018), Diane Keaton, Andy Garcia

My biggest issue with Book Club, besides Diane Keaton’s Character’s two annoying daughters has to be the way the whole thing, or at least the first half felt like a rehearsal rather than the finished product. I say this particularly  because the chemistry between the four friends is poor. I didn’t buy their connections. The rhythm of their conversations was off. The lines were sometimes not delivered in a way that rang true to my ears. Another thing I noticed is that Jane Fonda’s character seemed to be on a different level and not necessarily in a bad way. One might argue that her commitment to her character was on a level that the rest of the cast didn’t quite join her on and they should have.

Much like what the Fifty Shades Of Grey movies proved, if the writing / source material is bad, no amount of work during and after the filming process can disguise that truth. Book Club needed more story and character development overall, as well as more rehearsal. More than anything, Book Club for me is now simply another reminder of how hard it is to make a great film, let alone a good one.

If I had to pick a favourite moment besides all the ones when I noticed Don Johnson’s character’s impeccable dress sense, it would be the one piece of moving dialogue that included the words ‘…love is just a word, until someone gives it meaning…’

Watch Book Club if you simply must.

Happy Film Loving

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HAMPSTEAD (2017): The Thing I Liked…

Hampstead (2017), Diane Keaton, Grendan Gleeson
Hampstead (2017), Diane Keaton, Grendan Gleeson

Hampstead is a story of unexpected love between a widow and a man who is technically homeless but not quite. It’s also a film you can watch without having to work too hard. The acting isn’t terrible and the story, though predictable, it moved along quite nicely and provided some small moments of amusement.

What I enjoyed most about Hampstead is the fact that Hampstead is a real place and one of the the most beautiful parts of London, England. It was great to see the beauty of Hampstead captured so well. Pparticularly during spring and summer.

Should I find myself watching it again, it will likely be so I can experience Hampstead the place on film once more. It’s worth it for that.

Another reason you you may watch could be if you’re a big fan of Keaton and /or Gleeson. Otherwise it’s an OK romance / comedy.

For me at least,  It’s Complicated (2009) is still probably my favourite of the mature romance category.

Happy Film Loving

G

HAMPSTEAD (2017): New Trailer From Diane Keaton, Brendan Gleeson, James Norton…

Hampstead (2017), Diane Keaton, Brendan Gleeson
Hampstead (2017), Diane Keaton, Brendan Gleeson

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Hapmstead (2017)


Hampstead is the new drama set in Hampstead, London. that stars Diane Keaton, Brendan Gleeson and James Norton. Directed by Joel Hopkins, it’s a story of unexpected love…

My curiosity about Hampstead is fuelled by the hope that it’s fun and funny in a way that’s reminiscent of  It’s Complicated (2009). Additionally Hampstead, London is a beautiful area I’ve been to a number of times. Now I’m excited to experience it on film for what is likely the first time.

Hampstead Release Dates: June 23rd, 2017 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving

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FINDING DORY (2016): The Things I Liked…

Finding Dory (2016), Nemo (Centre)
Finding Dory (2016), Nemo (Centre)

Finding Dory is a movie you watch because you loved the characters in Finding Nemo and want to spend more time with them.You will indeed have a good time. Nevertheless, the original will almost certainly remain number one in your heart. Reason being, if you’ve seen Finding Nemo (2003) then little about Finding Dory is going to feel fresh and new.

One of the things about Finding Dory that does feel quite new comes in the shape of Frank the octopus, a smart and fun red / orange creature. I also particularly enjoyed the ‘where’s Frank’ game at the very end. Another highlight involves a truck and the sea. It’s a beautiful, moving scene and feels reminiscent of a memorable moment in Inception (2010).

Watch Finding Dory for the nostalgia and because it’s not a bad sequel as sequels go.

Happy Film Loving

G

THE YOUNG POPE (2016): New Trailer Starring Jude Law, Diane Keaton, Silvio Orlando…

The Young Pope (2016), Jude Law
The Young Pope (2016), Jude Law

Paolo Sorrentino, the rightfully celebrated writer/ director is the man behind the brand new HBO / Sky series The Young Pope. Starring Jude Law, Diane Keaton and Silvio Orlando, Law is Lenny Belardo, aka Pius XIII and history’s very first American Pope…

First trailer

Full trailer

My levels of excitement about this show were first high because the trailer looks fantastic, great music and editing. But the joy reached new levels when I learned of Sorrentino’s involvement. After all, he did write and direct Youth (2015), one of the most visually stunning movies I’ve seen in a while. There’s also the The Great Beauty (2013),  2014’S Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner.

I say bring on the stunning cinematography and storytelling. I can’t wait to find out what really drives Pius XIII – because based on this beautiful trailer, it’s not just love and holy duty.

The Young Pope Release Dates: October 21st, 2016 (GER); 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

LOVE THE COOPERS (2015): For Weekend Easy Viewing With A Side Of Romance

Christmas With The Coopers (2015), Olivia Wilde, Jake Lacy
Christmas With The Coopers (2015), Olivia Wilde, Jake Lacy

I would describe Love The Coopers as less like Elf (2003) and more like ABC TV series, Brothers & Sisters.

Directed by Jessie Nelson and starring John Goodman, Diane Keaton, Ed Helms, and Steve Martin, I’d say that Love The Coopers is one of those holiday films that reminds you that every family has its unpleasant tensions and challenging relationships. But the good news is, the tense moments are wisely interspersed with humour and cheer.

The character Olivia Wilde plays is my favourite, partly because I find Wilde rather likeable in real life, but mostly I relate most to aspects of her character above the others in the movie.

I was in the mood to watch something that didn’t demand too much from me and that’s exactly what I got with this movie. Love The Coopers probably won’t make my top 10 favourite Christmas movies list, but it is easy relaxing viewing with a side of romance – and one can always make a little time for something like that.

Anthony Mackie, Jake Lacy, Amanda Seyfried and Marisa Tomei also star.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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