Maniac is a new Netflix mini-series about two strangers drawn to the late stages of a mysterious pharmaceutical trial.
Executive produced by Cary Joji Fukunaga, (Beasts Of No Nation (2015); Emma Stone, Jonah Hill and Justin Theroux star…
I’m mainly intrigued because of how this reminds me of Inception (2010). I’d also certainly have been more excited if Fukunaga was for sure the writer / director but according to IMDb he simply executive produced the series.
Maniac also stars Sonoya Mizuno, Sejal Shah, Sally field and Billy Magnussen.
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot is the new Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting (1997) co-written and directed movie / biography about John Callahan, a young man who became paralysed after a car accident at age 21, and turned to drawing as a form of therapy.
Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Jack Black and Rooney Mara star…
This one looks like an impressive Joaquin Phoenix performance. Excited to see what Jack Black and Jonah Hill bring to the film; two comedy men who are also good in dramatic roles. Having not heard of John Callahan untill now, maybe this movie treat us to some great drawings.
Lastly, I Just randomly noticed that the three main male actors have ‘J’ names.
My favourite thing about directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s action / comedy 21 Jump Street is… I want to say ‘everything’ because I really had a great time watching this movie. Nevertheless, if I had to choose one thing, its of course the beautiful bromance between Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill’s characters. They play two under achieving cops who are sent back to high school to bring down a synthetic drug ring. It’s a good balance of comedy and action with a soft-ish centre of good old fashioned brotherly bonding.
In addition to co-stars Ice Cube and Johnny Depp, another highlight for me was recognising a younger Brie Larson among the cast. Watch 21 Jump Street for the fun bromance. Though it’s definitely not number one on my top ten bromance movies list (because Pineapple Express (2008)rules); it is a fun and funny ‘adults back in high school’ movie experience with a side of undercover cop action.
Finding out the truth about one’s existence isn’t just a journey important for humans. Frank the sausage from Shopwell’s supermarket has heard some extremely disturbing news about what happens after he and his fellow food product friends are chosen and taken out of Shopwell’s and into ‘the great beyond.’ So begins the mad food horror / comedy / adventure that is Sausage Party, the latest from writing partners Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
Starring Rogen, Michael Cera, Kristen Wiig, Nick Kroll, Jonah Hill, and many more, I found Sausage Party entertaining and definitely filthy. It’s the clever and well written wordplay that makes the comedy. The film’s general look and animation style is another personal highlight. I particularly love the walks of Teresa Del Taco and Frank’s girlfriend Brenda. Yes, we’re talking about animation here but the sexiness is really, undeniable. Then there’s the villainous Douche who is nicely played by Nick Kroll (probably my favourite of his roles, ever).
There’s no writing about Sausage Party without mentioning the, let’s say… ‘good times’ that happen towards the very end. WOW! That’s a great word for it.
After thinking a few times, ‘How on earth are they going to end this?’as the movie played, I’m not mad at what actually happens at the very end – because how else could they have wrapped it up, really? Especially since food is ultimately for eating, potatoes need peeling and no one should ever take ill treatment.
In terms of the things I was at odds with, Sausage Party features some commentary on religion that feels a little odd and out of place. However, at the same time it makes some sense for a world where food both talks and thinks. Nevertheless, it still didn’t quite fit somehow.
Watch this moviefor the smartly written filthy, fun dialogue and the general madness of it all.
Truth be told, Hail, Caesar! proved to be quite the bore. Regrettably I have to confess that I found the trailer far more entertaining than the movie.
The trailer is funny, filled with the glamour, colours and seemingly odd characters of 1950s Hollywood; all good things. I liked the fact that it didn’t give much away in terms of where the story was going or even who the key protagonist might be and it moved at a good pace.
Unfortunately however, a slow pace and inadequately intriguing story that never really goes anywhere are my biggest issues with Hail, Caesar! Part of the problem might be that there were too many stories trying to happen at the same time.
On the positive side, in addition to the humorous moments (the best of which you see in the trailer) what I do like aboutHail, Caesar! is the makeup, glamour and colourful attire worn by the film’s main female characters; the characters played far too briefly by Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton and Veronica Osorio. Had it not been for this highlights, I’m not sure I’d have made it through to the end.
Overall, I think I’d have much preferred to see only the funny moments in the movie; something like the Saturday Night Live comedy sketch format. Basically a feature length version of the scenes such as the funny moments in the trailer. Outrageous suggestion, I’m sure but I really was hoping for more from a Coen brothers written and directed movie. Needless to say, Hail, Caesar! is not my favourite film by the Coens. That title will probably always belong to the excellent No Country For Old Men (2007), a movie I continue to recommend.
Jonah Hill and Miles Teller’s new movie has a certain Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) and 21 Jump Street (2012) vibe. So if you loved those movies, chances are…
I wonder if this story would be as intriguing if it wasn’t based on real people. Namely David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli – the two young men who were hired to arm America’s allies in Afghanistan.
I’m really hoping that the characters in this movie are not as annoying as the trailer music. War Dogs is directed and co-writen by Todd Phillips of The Hangover (2009). So perhaps I ought to be more hopeful.
Sausage Party is the brand new comedy from Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen and James Franco. It’s an animation comedy and the key characters are food…
I wasn’t a big fan of Rogen’s previous movie, The Night Before (2015). But my fingers are crossed with this new ‘food horror.’ The different personalities assigned to all food items is an intriguing thing.
Directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan; the film stars several Rogen regulars, including Michael Cera, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson. Salma Hayek, Edward Norton and Paul Rudd also lend their voices.
Martin Scorsese’s Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) is absolutely dripping with testosterone, not that this should be surprising.
Typical of all other popular accounts of life on Wall Street, there’s plenty, and then some – of the expected excess and debauchery.
Based on a true story about the rise and fall of Jordan Belfort (Dicaprio’s character), the audience, particularly the ambitious will relate to the protagonist’s determination to succeed, as well as get some insight into the many ways the American dream can go very wrong indeed.
With plenty of well written male banter (one of my favourite things), and great performances all round, you will spend a surprising amount of time laughing. Leonardo Dicaprio and his more than qualified supporting cast absolutely deliver.
The Mark Hanna character played by Matthew McConaughey is so entertaining that you’ll find yourself wanting more.
Jonah Hill, an Actor better known for comedy hits including Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s Superbad (2007) is great as Donny Azoff. Azoff’s teeth and hair may be highly questionable, but you’ll see that Hill’s performance certainly isn’t.
Girls will definitely enjoy the film but I have a strong suspicion that boys will love it more.