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THE ART OF SELF DEFENSE (2019): THe Thing I Liked…

The Art Of Self Defense (2019), Jesse Eisenberg, Bleeker Street
The Art Of Self Defense (2019), Jesse Eisenberg, Bleeker Street

It was the humour in the trailer for writer / director Riley Stearns’s comedy / drama The Art Of Self Defense that first had my attention. Then came my desire to see Jesse Eisenberg’s character Casey’s interest in self defense actually pay off.

Also starring Alessandro Nivola and Imogen Poots, the first third of The Art Of Self Defense proved quite uncomfortable to watch because it’s never fun to see a vulnerable person being taken advantage of. I therefore couldn’t wait for Casey to finally reap the benefits of his Karate lessons – which he does, but certainly not quite in the way one might expect.

I liked the general outline of Stearn’s story but similarly to Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster (2015)things took a dark turn I wasn’t fully expecting and I found myself wanting to go back to the more humorous phase, even though said phase was mixed in with uncomfortably vulnerable scenes.

There are two or more moments in Stearns’s film that had me questioning the believability of certain goings on. Also, towards the end, the editing had me feeling as though specific scenes had been skipped which unfortunately made the whole experience feel a tad rushed. 

Everyone performed well but my favourite is Nivola’s turn as sensei, because he’s the source of much of the little humour there is, plus his quiet confidence and general air of mystery also proved quite arresting.

Generally speaking, I really can’t say that I enjoyed The Art Of Self Defense more than it annoyed me and / or made me uncomfortable. Should you find yourself particularly curious though, especially if you liked The Lobster in its entirety, perhaps give The Art Of Self Defense a chance.

Happy Film Loving

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VIVARIUM (2019): New Trailer Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Imogen Poots…

Vivarium (2019), Jesse Eisenberg
Vivarium (2019), Jesse Eisenberg

Vivarium is the new sci-fi / mystery starring Jesse Eisenberg, Imogen Poots, and directed / co-written by Lorcan Finnegan.

While searching for the perfect starter home, young couple Tom and Gemma end up following a mysterious real estate agent to a new housing development, but soon realise that they actually can’t leave…

What fresh nightmare is this?

The very kind that has me wanting to watch and find out just how different this will be compared to one of my Jim Carey favourites, The Truman Show (1998).

I’m guessing some kind of alien abduction happened.

Jonathan Aris, Eanna Hardwicke, Shana Hart, Senan Jennings, Molly McCann, Danielle Ryan and Olga Wehrly also star.

Vivarium Release Dates: March 27th, 2020 (UK)…

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BLACK CHRISTMAS (2019): New Trailer For Christmas Horror Movie Starring Cary Elwes, Imogen Poots, Brittany O’Grady…

Black Christmas (2019), Imogen Poots, Universal Pictures
Black Christmas (2019), Imogen Poots, Universal Pictures

Black Christmas which stars Cary Elwes, Imogen Poots and Brittany O’Grady is a horror / mystery about a group of college students who are stalked by a stranger during their Christmas break.

A remake of a 1974 horror movie of the same name, Black Christmas is co-written and directed by Sophia Takal…

At first I thought: ‘This looks a lot like Scream (1996);’ but luckily, by the end of the trailer (which revealed quite a lot), it’s clear that there seems to be more to this story.

On another note, is it just me or does the Christmas season release date of this movie feel a tad wrong? I mean, who wants to be scared around Christmas time? We’re all supposed to be busy being jolly, as clearly mandated by Mr. Clause, no?

Caleb Eberhardt, Simon Mead, Ben Black, Lily Donoghue and Aleyse Shannon also star.

Black Christmas Release Dates: December 13th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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THE ART OF SELF DEFENSE (2019): New Trailer From jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots….

The Art Of Self Defense (2019), Jesse Eisenberg, Bleecker Street
The Art Of Self Defense (2019), Jesse Eisenberg, Bleecker Street

Read my spoiler-free movie review of The Art Of Self Defense (2019)


New comedy The Art Of Self Defensestars Imogen Poots , Alessandro Nivola and Jesse Eisenberg

Directed by Riley Stearns it’s the story of Casey (Eisenberg) , a man who’s randomly attacked on the street and so begins a journey to learn self defense, with the help of a charismatic and mysterious Sensei.

The promise of comedy is why I’m interested and I definitely want to see Casey become less afraid. There’s also the fact that I already like Nivola’s character’s attitude. He reminds me quite a bit of Chris Messina’s Danny Castellano character in The Mindy Project.

Steve Terada, Phillip Andre Botello, Leland Orser, Josh Fadem, Elizabeth Howlett and Chris Lay also star.

The Art Of Self Defense Release Dates: June 21st, 2019 (US)…

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SWEET VIRGINIA (2017): New Trailer From Jon Bernthal, Imogen Poots, Christopher Abbott…

 

Sweet Virginia (2017), Christopher Abbott, Jon Bernthal
Sweet Virginia (2017), Christopher Abbott, Jon Bernthal

Sweet Virginia is the story of a former rodeo champ who befriends a man with violent tendencies. Directed by Jamie M. Dagg; Jon Bernthal, Imogen Poots and Christopher Abbott star…

I’m in because of this trailer’s intriguingly dark quality. I’ve also encountered Bernthal’s face in quite a few trailer thumbnails recently and I just want to to see something else great that he’s in so I can stop thinking of him as the character he plays in The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) and We Are Your Friends (2015). My senses also tell me that there’s a potentially great face-off coming between Bernthal and Abbott’s characters.

Sweet Virginia Release Dates: November 17th, 2017 (US)…

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POPSTAR – NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING (2016): The Thing I Liked…

Popstar - Never Stop Never Stopping (2016), Andy Samberg
Popstar – Never Stop Never Stopping (2016), Andy Samberg

Popstar – Never Stop Never Stopping stars Andy Samberg and it’s a comedy I did not hate. Nevertheless, I was definitely hoping to laugh at least twice as much as I actually did. Instead of laughing, my reaction to many of the jokes was a slight smile. The pace of the movie certainly didn’t exactly help.

If I were forced to pick a favourite moment in the film, nothing really comes to mind except everything I saw in the trailer. The trailer was great, where as the  movie is at best just ok. 

Watch it if you’re a big Andy Samberg and/or The Lonely Planet fan.

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POPSTAR – NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING (2016): New Comedy Trailer From Andy Samberg & Imogen Poots

Popstar - Never Stop Never Stopping (2016), Andy Samberg
Popstar – Never Stop Never Stopping (2016), Andy Samberg

Popstar – Never Stop Never Stopping is a brand new comedy coming this summer and it stars  Andy Samberg as popstar Conner4Real…

Trailer 1

Trailer 2

The story follows the superstar after very disappointing album sales. Very much a perfect place for the comedy to start, if you ask me.

I’m really hoping that this movie will be better than 7 Days In Hell (2015) – which for me, turned out to be much funnier in trailer form.

With cameos from music industry personalities and artists including Simon Cowell, Carrie Underwood and Usher, my fingers are tightly crossed.

Maybe Conner4Real can be the Derek Zoolander (2001) of the music industry. Though, perhaps sans the ‘mental challenges’ that plague the stereotypical male model; or not. It doesn’t really matter as long as it’s funny.

Popstar – Never Stop Never Stopping Release Dates: June 3rd, 2016 (US & CAN); August 26th, 2016 (UK) …

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GREEN ROOM (2015): New Trailer Starring Patrick Stewart & Imogen Poots

Green Room (2016), Imogen Poots
Green Room (2016), Imogen Poots

I like my sleep far too much to watch most horror movies, but something about the new teaser trailer for Green Room, the latest film starring Imogen Poots, Patrick Stewart and Anton Yelchin might just be too intriguing…

I think I’ll be ok as long as Green Room is more thriller/ slasher horror than anything else. On a brighter note, how wonderful is Patrick Stewart’s voice?

Green Room Release Date(s): April 15th, 2016 (US); 13th May, 2016 (UK); Jun 2nd, 2016 (GER)…

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