Top Gun (1986), an action / drama about students at the United States Navy’s elite fighter weapons school – competing to be the best in the class finally has a sequel.
Directed by Joseph Kosinski, key cast includes Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, John Hamm and Ed Harris…
Images of Cruise in aviators and a leather jacket while standing by by a plane. That’s really all I knew about Top Gun. It’s all I knew until I looked up the above original synopsis and as this trailer played, it occurred to me just how much fun Cruise must have making all his movies. He loves planes, motorcycles, speed… In fact, I’m almost certain that he’s not acting in the main picture on this post.
May you also have a passion or passions that makes you smile as broadly.
Glen Powell, Miles Teller, Val Kilmer, Jean Louisa Kelly, Lewis Pullman and Manny Jacinto also star.
Set in a rundown hotel with a dark past, Bad Times At Hotel El Royale, the story of seven strangers with secrets to bury and one last shot at redemption is a movie I can’t say I enjoyed a lot.
There were moments of beautiful cinematography and the absolutely divine brown suede coat on Dakota Johnson’s characters back. I also liked the pay-off in regards to the story of Mile’s Miller, the one hotel employee and what he was found to be capable of. Even though all the characters were well-acted, it was only really Miles Miller, the one hotel employee who’s story most intrigued me, and luckily, kind of paid off in a way that thrilled and surprised.
Where scenes are concerned, the one when Cynthia Erivo’s Darlene completely verbally sizes up Chris Hemsworth’s Billy Lee. That’s a great moment because of the dialogue and Billy Lee’s inability to deny the truth.
As for what I liked quite a bit less in director Drew Goddard’s film, I didn’t enjoy the way the story was structured. I was annoyed by how pointless continuing to watch felt at times as a result. The film’s length, pace, basically the absence of a thoroughly engaging structure / natural flow for the entirety of the movie were the key lowlights.
I say if you’re really curious, give Bad Times At Hotel El Royale a chance. Perhaps you’ll find much to love. For me, my mind often went to other movies I’ve seen that featured many characters but remained thrillingly engaging throughout. I just wish I could name an even more suitable example than Magnolia (1999)right now…
I must be too sensible for this kind of fun because as I watched director Jeff Tomsic’s male friendship comedy Tag, where former classmates play an elaborate game of tag across the country, I definitely thought it silly for grown / middle aged men to be playing a children’s game. Especially the way it’s played in the movie – often resulting in a notable amount of damage to the immediate surroundings.
My sensible ways aside though, it’s unfortunate that I wasn’t very amused throughout the film and that the only scenes that really had me most engaged were the ones featuring Jeremy Renner’s character Jerry. Particularly when he was playing the game. Renner’s stunt work, athleticism and general onscreen charisma helped make Tag that little bit more watchable.
Also starring Ed Helms, Jake Johnson and Jon Hamm, I probably would have had more fun watching Tag if I’d felt like I knew the characters more before the game commenced. What happened before we meet Renner’s character sadly felt more to me like un-amusing filler. Besides Jerry, my favourite thing about Tag is the way it ends and the music choice just before the credits.
Even though I’m not Tag’s biggest fan, I admit that knowing the film was based on a real life group of friends who played the game for 23 years warms my heart a little. It also has me wondering how the movie may be that little bit different from the whole truth.
Watch it if you’re so curious. Maybe you’ll find it funnier than I did.
Baby Driver, an Edgar Wright written / directed action movie about a young getaway driver, one who is forced to take part in a heist that’s doomed to fail isn’t a bad film. I just didn’t love it.
The film’s style is fun, the music is loud and fun, especially if you like the songs. The whole production stylistically is quite the achievement and it’s adequately entertaining. Nevertheless though, for me personally, I found it quite forgettable. This is partly because I’m not quite the key target market. I feel that there was room for the story to work better. For example, without spoiling anything, my biggest issue with Baby Driver is the main ‘change of heart’ at the end. I just didn’t buy it for the character involved.
What I liked most about Wright’s movie is the moment (s) when Elgort’s character starts to run. After all, I have always been quite partial to a good running sequence.
Directed by Drew Goddard, new thriller Bad Times At The El Royale is set in a rundown hotel with a dark past. A hotel where seven strangers with secrets to bury have one last shot at redemption – before everything goes to hell.
Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Jeff Bridges and Cynthia Erivo star…
With such a great cast and promising trailer, I say bring on the style, colour and madness.
Nick Offerman, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman and Bethany Brown also star.
Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms, Jake Johnson and Jon Hamm are the stars of Tag, a Jeff Tomsic directed comedy about agroup of former classmates who organise an elaborate, annual game of tag that takes them all over the country…
Is it fair that I compare every movie about three or more adult male friends having a great time together and being a certain kind of outrageous to The Hangover (2009)? I’m sure it isn’t, but I really can’t help myself.
After watching this trailer, the subject matter of Tag seems a tad juvenile to have me especially intrigued, but what a pleasant surprise it would be if I ended up really liking this film. I love a great comedy and want that to be the case here so I’ll want to give Tag a chance.
Annabelle Wallis, Rashida Jones, Isla Fisher, Leslie Bibb and Hannibal Buress also star.
In Brad Anderson directed Beirut, Jon Hamm is a U.S. diplomat who flees Lebanon in 1972 after a tragic incident at his home. Ten years pass and he’s called back to war-torn Beirut by CIA operatives to negotiate for the life of a friend he left behind.
Rosamund Pike and Shea Whigham also star…
I want to see this so I can have another film to add to my list of favourite Jon Hamm performances, besides Mad Men and Friends With Kids (2011). This character seems to be complex enough to make this movie rather interesting.
I also haven’t watched Baby Driver (2017) yet so there’s still that. Not quite sure how ‘complex’ Hamm’s character is likely to be though.