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BOOKSMART (2019): The Things I Liked…

Booksmart (2019), Beanie Feldstein
Booksmart (2019), Beanie Feldstein

Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut Booksmart is a comedy set in high school, and one that focuses on two A students who spent so much time working hard that they forgot to party. Now that it’s the last night before graduation, they set about making up for precious lost time.

Starring Kaitlyn Devers, Beanie Feldstein, Jason Sudeikis and Noah Galvin, I think everyone generally performed well and Booksmart is a movie with some parts I really enjoyed. To my surprise though, more so than the comedy focused scenes between Feldstein and Dever, the moments that really commanded my attention were actually the more emotional / dramatic scenes. Scenes like the argument towards the end and the very last scene in the movie.

The funny moments that stood out most include all the ones that featured Sudeikis – even though he’s hardly in it. I especially appreciated the moment the Cardi B. reference happened. There’s also Galvin’s generally great comic timing, delivery and his potentially nightmare inducing rendition of Alanis Morrisette’s classic ‘You Oughtta Know.

The music, cool shooting and editing style, particularly the way the high school experience is captured is certainly memorable.

As for what I loved less about Booksmart, that would be the unfortunate slight cringe factor that stemmed from some scenes between Feldstein and Dever going on too long or coming across as too high energy and overdone. 

I say see it for yourself if you’re curious. It’s certainly highly hyped but there is some cleverness within.

Happy Film Loving

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THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2 (2019): New Trailer From Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, Dove Cameron, Awkwafina…

The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019), Sony Pictures Entertainment

The Angry Birds Movie 2 stars Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Dove Cameron, Awkwafina and Peter Dinklage.

Directed by Thurop Van Orman and John Rice, this time the cute, colourful flightless birds and the green devious piggies are taking their beef to the next level…

Teaser Trailer

Official Trailer

I’m ready for all the colours, fun and the cuteness.

Sterling K. Brown, Bill Hader, Brooklynn Prince, Rachel Bloom, Lil Rel Howery, Nicki Minaj, Eugenio Derbez, Zach Woods and Danny McBride also star.

The Angry Birds 2 Release Dates: August 16th, 2019 (US); October 11th, 2019 (UK)…

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DOWNSIZING (2017): The Things I Liked…

Downsizing (2017), Matt Damon
Downsizing (2017), Matt Damon

Within a few minutes of starting to watch director / co-writer Alexander Payne’s comedy / drama, Downsizing, the thought ‘Oh, no… this  isn’t going to be ridiculous, is it?’ crossed my mind. Starring Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau and Jason Sudeikis, Downsizing is a social satire about a man who decides that he’d have a much better life if he were to shrink himself.

I definitely had a good time watching this movie. This is true even though the film didn’t really get properly exciting for me until it began to deliver on its ‘part-comedy’ categorisation promise; something that finally happens approximately thirty nine minutes in. Everything before that point is ‘kind of engaging’ but it felt slower than one might prefer.

I laughed a pleasing amount in the film and many of the wonderfully funny scenes featured Damon’s clueless Paul Safranek character. I found Paul particularly amusing because he seems to suffer from a kind of ‘blindness’ that I haven’t seen played / written quite as well as it is in this movie for a while. I laughed mostly at him and his apparent cluelessness in several situations.

Beside the memorable comedy performances, I enjoyed the sci-fi aspect of the story and how, knowing the challenges of modern life as well as I think I do, one might actually decide that shrinkage was a good idea.

As engaged as I was with the story as non-action movie, there were moments nearer the beginning where I couldn’t help but half expect Damon’s character to suddenly burst into action-movie-star mode and start running and punching. That didn’t quite happen here but I’m certainly not disappointed either. Though slow in parts, the humour – also delivered well by Waltz and Chau combined with the story plus the moving moments made sure I stayed in my seat.

I say give it a chance, you may just find it as laughter inducing (in parts) as I did.

Happy Film Loving

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KODACHROME (2018): New Trailer From Ed Harris, Elizabeth Olsen, Jason Sudeikis, Bruce Greenwood…

Kodachrome (2018), Jason Sudeikis, Ed Harris, Elizabeth Olsen
Kodachrome (2018), Jason Sudeikis, Ed Harris, Elizabeth Olsen

Kodachrome is the story of an estranged father and son who are travelling to reach a Kansas photo lab before it closes its doors for good.

Directed by Mark Raso; the film’s stars include Ed Harris, Elizabeth Olsen, Jason Sudeikis, Bruce Greenwood…

I thoroughly enjoy looking at great photography. As such, I’d definitely be more interested in this story if I knew I’d get to see all of the photos that made Harris’s character a successful photographer. Since that’s quite unlikely, I could probably settle for the promising cinematography this trailer hints at. There’s also the beautiful bass in Harris’s voice.

Dennis Haysbert, Gethin Anthony, Amanda Brugel and Humberly González also star

Kodachrome Release Dates: April 20th, 2018 (US)…

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DOWNSIZING (2017): New Trailer From Kristen Wiig, Matt Damon, Christoph Walltz, Brigette Lundy-Paine…

Downsizing (2017), Matt Damon, Jason Sudeikis
Downsizing (2017), Matt Damon, Jason Sudeikis

Directed and co-written by Alexander Payne, Downsizing is a movie / social satire about a man who realises that he’d have a better life if he were to shrink himself. Kristen Wiig, Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz and Brigette Lundy-Paine star…

The cast is great and the above synopsis seems perfectly ridiculous and a great predicament for potential humour.

Niecy Nash, Jason Sudeikis, Laura Dern, Neil Patrick Harris and  James Van Der Beek also star.

Downsizing Release Dates: December 22nd, 2017 (US)…

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COLOSSAL (2016): New Trailer From Anne Hathaway, Dan Stevens, Jason Sudeikis…

Colossal (2016), (Anne Hathaway)
Colossal (2016), (Anne Hathaway)

Today’s trailer definitely isn’t the kind of thing I’d been expecting from Oscar winning actress Anne Hathaway. Still, Colossal, a Nacho Vigalondo written and directed movie about a woman (Hathaway) who finds that severe catastrophic events are in some way connected to her present mental breakdown could be absolutely great. Even though the following trailer which also stars Jason Sudeikis and Dan Stevens hasn’t quite managed to convince me just yet…

I’ve decided that I’m going to trust in Hathaway’s choices and hope for the very best. Other cast includes Austin Stowell, Tim Blake Nelson, Miho Suzuki and Rukiya Bernard.

Colossal Release Dates: April 17th (US)…

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THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE (2016): Fun, Funny, Cute…

The Angry Birds Movie (2016), Josh Gad (Chuck), Jason Sudeikis (Red)
The Angry Birds Movie (2016), Josh Gad (Chuck), Jason Sudeikis (Red)

Having only played the Rovio game on which The Angry Birds Movie is based a handful of times, I really didn’t know the back story of why the birds are actually angry. The movie makes it quite clear that the green pigs have plenty to do with it. I’m guessing that the whole thing of having wings but not being able to fly probably adds to the rage just a little.

I enjoyed The Angry Birds Movie more than I expected to. The cuteness of the birds, the comedy, the story and especially Chuck, the yellow bird voiced by Josh Gad. He stands out thanks to the funny dialogue and Gad’s comic timing and entertaining voice work.

During the movie, I did get the urge to download the game and play, just so I could hurt those green piggies.

Watch to see precisely why the piggies deserve to be punished. There’s also the cuteness and well executed comic moments to enjoy and of course, that ending!

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE (2016): An Easter Message From the Hatchlings

The Angry Birds Movie (2016), Cute Hatchling
The Angry Birds Movie (2016), Cute Hatchling

I know the story of The Angry Birds Movie is generally about Red, the one with the eyebrows, but I’m obsessed with the cuteness of the baby birds, a.k.a the Hatchlings…

May these adorable little cuties feature as prominently as possible in the movie. They may not be on the same level of cuteness as the Minions, but the sight of them is seriously smile inducing.

The Angry Birds Movie is out on:  May 13th, 2016 (UK), May 20th, (US)…

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