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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

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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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IRREPLACEABLE YOU (2018): New Trailer From Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michiel Huisman, Christopher Walken…

Irreplaceable you (2018), Michiel Huisman, Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Irreplaceable you (2018), Michiel Huisman, Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Irreplaceable You is a Stephanie Laing directed romance / comedy / drama about a couple for whom ’till death do us part’ is coming coming much sooner than expected.

Key cast includes Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michiel Huisman and Christopher Walken.

I’m in for the comedy and romance. No doubt I’m also going to ‘boohoo’ quite a bit The story rather demands it.

I had no idea that I’d just been looking at Michiel Huisman of The Age of Adaline (2015) and Game of Thrones until 1:09 into this trailer. Perhaps the people behind Superman are correct, spectacles are quite the disguise.

Claire Holt, Jacki Weaver, Brian Tyree Henry, Tamara Tunie and SteveCoogan also star.

Irreplaceable You Release Dates: February 16th, 2018 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

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SMALL CRIMES (2017): New Trailer From Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gary Cole, Macon Blair…

Small Crimes (2017), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Small Crimes (2017), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gary Cole and Macon Blair’s new E.L. Katz directed movie Small Crimes is all about a  disgraced former cop who just got out of jail. He  returns home looking for redemption but things don’t quite go according to plan…

I’m actually not that sure about this trailer. But I am a fan of  ‘that one from Game Of Thrones‘ (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Gary Cole. The latter whose work I’ve enjoyed in many of my favourite comedy / drama films and TV shows. To name just a few, Pineapple Express (2008), VEEP (2012) and The Good Wife (2009).

Small Crimes Release Dates: April 28th, 2017 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

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LAST CAB TO DARWIN (2015): The Thing I Liked…

Last Cab To Darwin (2015), Michael Caton
Last Cab To Darwin (2015), Michael Caton

Directed by Jeremy Sims, Last Cab To Darwin is the story of a terminally ill man called Rex; a man who’s determined to die on his own terms and away from a hospital. To this end, Rex sets off on a long drive to Darwin where he plans to be euthanised.

Starring Michael Caton (Rex), Mark Coles Smith, Ningali Lawford, Jacki Weaver and Emma Hamilton, Last Cab To Darwin is a movie I had to watch because of the interesting subject matter and because of my curiosity about the reactions of others when they found out about Rex’s plans. I also wanted to see if Rex would actually go through with it when the time came – especially since in cases of euthanasia, from what I understand, some people do change their minds at the very last moment.

Generally well acted, my favourite thing about Last Cab To Darwin is Rex’s relationships with the strangers he meets en route to his destination. Particularly the way each one impacts his life and he their’s. In this way, Sims’s film reminded me of how no one really gets anywhere without the kindness strangers.

By the end of the movie, did I learn anything new about euthanasia that I didn’t already know? Not really and that’s fine because what I truly wanted was a well told story of someone else’s experience – and  I got  plenty of that, along  with a healthy sprinkling of humour.

Happy Film Loving

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THE VOICES (2014) I’m Back On The Ryan Reynolds Band Wagon

The Voices (2014): Ryan Reynolds, Sam Spruell
The Voices (2014): Ryan Reynolds, Sam Spruell

The last time I saw Ryan Reynolds in a film was The Proposal (2009). It wasn’t my favourite and kind of kept me away from future Reynolds movies. Having watched The Voices (2014), I can confirm that my attitude has changed.

The Voices is a crime/ comedy film directed by Marjane Satrapi and stars Reynolds as Jerry – a sinister / very unbalanced individual who somehow manages to remain likeable.

You’ll probably find yourself not quite rooting for him as such – on account of the murdering. However empathy will kick in since he’s definitely ‘not well’.

The Voices (2014): Jacki Weaver
The Voices (2014): Jacki Weaver

The way the Director/ Cinematographer presented the world of Jerry, how he sees things as opposed to actual reality is a particular highlight.

Watch it for a pleasantly different turn from Reynolds and good performances from Jacki Weaver,  Anna Kendrick and Gemma Aterton. I was also glad to see great character actor Sam Spruell’s name on the cast list. 

Happy The Voices 🙂

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