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FLIGHT (2012): For Denzel Washington’s Great Performance & That Excellent Ending…

Flight (2012), Denzel Washington
Flight (2012), Denzel Washington

From the acclaimed director of Forrest Gump (1994) and the much loved Back To The Future movies, Robert Zemeckis, I knew that Flight would be worth my time and not just because it came highly recommended by a fellow film lover. The films’s star is Denzel Washington – another great reason to watch, as is an interest in the story of a skilled airplane pilot whose personal demons lead him to both endanger and save the lives of his passengers

A well written and told story, one of my favourite highlights is the ‘courtroom’ scene towards the end. I knew it was coming and I couldn’t wait. The dialogue and general back and forth with Denzel’s character and the person (s) questioning him proved worth the wait.  Overall though, my absolute favourite moment in Flight has to be the actual ending. That last scene says so very much in just a few simple words. If you haven’t already, I say watch it for the Denzel magic and  much more.

Happy Film Loving

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KEVIN HART – WHAT NOW? (2016): The Thing I Liked…

Kevin Hart - What Now? (2016), Kevin Hart
Kevin Hart – What Now? (2016), Kevin Hart

I wanted Kevin Hart – What Now? to be great, but to my surprise and disappointment, I spent very little time laughing. In trying to figure out why, I’ve reached the conclusion that as someone who’s been a fan of Kevin Hart’s comedy since the days of his earlier standup specials; I’m a Grown Little Man (2009), Seriously Funny (2010) and Laugh at My Pain (2011), I’m at the stage now where I find myself overly familiar with a lot of his jokes. Particularly the ones that reference his father, children, height and the way his vertically challenged status makes him far from a hero whenever his physical wellbeing is threatened. Even though in Kevin Hart – What Now? Hart talks about a few other things including his then fiancé (now wife), I found myself reminiscing about his earlier work. It’s possible that part of the problem is, like any comedy film that could have been better, many of the good jokes and punchlines were heard and laughed at during the  promotional phase.

Hart’s use of digital visual aids to help paint a picture for the audience as he delivered his jokes is a refreshing addition to his routine. Unfortunately though,  I found it mostly distracting. I went in hoping for new jokes that didn’t rely too much on all the traits I already knew about Hart’s comedy persona/ topics, but it wasn’t to be. I guess things can get stale when you and those close to you are the main source material instead of new and potentially more interesting topics. I.e., what’s happening in the wider world.

Kevin Hart - What Now? (2016), Ed Helms, Halle Berry
Kevin Hart – What Now? (2016), Ed Helms, Halle Berry

Besides the less than expected number of jokes I did laugh at, what I enjoyed most of all was the fifteen minute intro to the main event. Kevin Hart, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle, David Meunier and Ed Helms made it fun and funny. Watch Kevin Hart – What Now? if you’re curious enough and / or you’re a very serious Hart fan. I still love Hart. I just much prefer his earlier work.

Happy Film Loving

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MILES AHEAD (2015): New Trailer Starring Ewan McGregor & Don Cheadle

Miles Ahead (2015), Don Cheadle as Miles Davis
Miles Ahead (2015), Don Cheadle as Miles Davis

Exploring the life and music of celebrated jazz musician, Miles Davis; Miles Ahead is directed by and stars Don Cheadle…

I’m really liking the approach taken with this trailer, the style, editing and pace is very engaging. It also looks like Mr. Davis had quite the sense of humour. Something that must have been fun to be around. Except of course, if you’ve somehow wronged him in any way. Bring on the good, good music.

Ewan Mcgregor and Emayatzy Corinealdi also star.

Miles Ahead Release Date(s): April 1st, 2016 (US); April 22nd, 2016 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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