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HAPPIEST SEASON (2020): The Things I Loved…

Happiest Season (2020), Dan Levy, Kristen Stewart, Hulu
Happiest Season (2020), Dan Levy, Kristen Stewart, Hulu

I haven’t seen all the Christmas movies due for release in 2020 just yet. Especially since it’s not even December as I write this. Nevertheless, let’s just say that it’s going to take something very special to dethrone Happiest Season as my favourite Christmas film of the year.

I found plenty to enjoy in this Clea Duvall co-written/directed story about needing to be exactly yourself, wanting your family’s acceptance and trying hard not to ruin Christmas.

First, there’s the good performances by all, particularly Mackenzie Davis who I’ve been a fan of since Always Shine (2016). Then comes the musical score that I believe is near perfection.

Additionally, Happiest Season manages to feel fresh, even though the holiday/romance/comedy film category is far from new. And the ‘freshness’ is, in part because the central characters are a young lesbian couple. However, it’s simply good writing, editing, acting, music and all else necessary that makes Duvall’s movie the perfect holiday film experience I’ve been needing. Happiest Season is also funny in all the right places. Plus, it features a good mix of memorable dramatic moments too. I say, watch it at once! Because it’s good.

Lastly, like myself, by the end you may feel that you’ve finally come across your favourite Kristen Stewart performance. Especially if you’re not too busy appreciating the noteworthy family wisdom, plus the good examples of friendship and kindness in the story.

Happy Film Loving

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CHARLIE’S ANGELS (2019): The Things I Liked…

Charlie's Angels (2019), Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Charlie’s Angels (2019), Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska, Sony Pictures Entertainment

I wanted Charlies Angels, an action / comedy about three ass-kicking young women who work for a private detective agency to be a good movie. Unfortunately, I can’t quite say that ‘good’ is the word that best fits.  

Part of the reason director Elizabeth Banks’s film isn’t great is firstly, the fact that it offers nothing that hasn’t been seen many, many times before and often better executed. Second, there’s the arguably insufficient chemistry between the three main characters played by Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska. It also really didn’t help that much of the humour – most of which is delivered by Stewart came across as a tad forced.

Lastly, Naomi Scott’s character’s transition from hacker to full blown Angel just seemed unconvincing to me. I mean, the ‘bowl cuts’ sequence was fun but I just couldn’t believe how comfortable she appeared to be in such a high stress predicament. (Could I be projecting here? Maybe a little.)

In terms of what I liked, the on screen presence of the silent, tattooed assassin played by Jonathan Tucker stood out for me in a good way. Plus, newcomer Ella Balinska has me excited to see what her next roles will be. I also did rather enjoy the below line because of the fear it must inspire in the person to whom the words are directed.

Oh baby, baby! You swiped right. I’m your girlfriend now!’ 

Should you find yourself especially curious, give Charlie’s Angels a chance. Otherwise, I trust that you know what to do.

Happy Film Loving

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UNDERWATER (2020): New Trailer From Kristen Stewart, T.J. Miller, Vincent Cassel…

Underwater (2020), Kristen Stewart, 20th Century Fox
Underwater (2020), Kristen Stewart, 20th Century Fox

Scrambling to safety is the name of the game in new William Eubank directed action / thriller Underwater.

Starring Kristen Stewart, T.J. Miller and Vincent Cassel, the story centres around a group of underwater researchers trying to survive after an earthquake devastates their subterranean laboratory…

I’m in for the crazy underwater action footage.

I wonder if any claustrophobes can actually sit through this movie. I’m only kind of one, but not seriously.

Jessica Henwick, John Gallagher Jr., Mamoudou Athie and Gunner Wright also star.

Underwater Release Dates: January 10th, 2020 (UK & US)…

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CHARLIE’S ANGELS (2019): New Trailer From Kristen Stewart, Elizabeth Banks, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska…

Charlie's Angels (2019), Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska, Naomi Scott, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Charlie’s Angels (2019), Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska, Naomi Scott, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Charlie’s Angels (2019).


Charlie’s Angels is an updated version of the action movie released in 2000 and based on the 1970s television series.

With Lucy Liu, Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore now out of the picture; Elizabeth Banks directs Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska as the new Charlie’s Angels…

I watched the 2000 Charlie’s Angels movie a long time ago. As such, I don’t fully recall how I felt about it overall.

Having now seen this new trailer, let’s just say that I’m hopeful this reboot will pleasantly surprise me.

Luis Gerardo Méndez, Jonathan Tucker, Noah Centineo, Sam Claflin, Djimon Hounsou, Patrick Stewart and Robert Maaser also star.

Charlie’s Angels Release Dates: November 15th, 2019 (US); November 29th, 2019 (UK)…

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LOVE, ANTOSHA (2019): New Trailer For Anton Yelchin Documentary…

Love, Antosha (2019), Anton Yelchin
Love, Antosha (2019), Anton Yelchin

At the heart of new Garret Price directed documentary Love, Antosha is Anton Yelchin, the talented young American actor who died suddenly after a freak accident on March 11th, 2016.

Featuring interviews with  J.J. Abrams, Simon Pegg , Sofia Boutella, Kristen Stewart, to name just a few, Love, Antosha offers a portrait of the life and career of Yelchin. Exploring his successes and struggles so that viewers can know the extraordinary man the world was cheated from seeing grow old…

I’ll be watching this one because the level of upset I felt at the news of Yelchin’s untimely passing is something that took me by surprise. I really had to think hard about why I felt so deeply for the loss of an actor I hadn’t even seen in especially many films, let alone met.

I eventually concluded that there was just something about Yelchin’s spirit, his presence and the way he gave through his art. The vulnerability of the characters he played in the useful stories he chose to be part of. He really had a way of connecting with his audience through his character’s truth like no one else I’d seen.

In my efforts to come to terms with the great loss, I decided not to stay upset for too long, but instead to be grateful he was actually here at all. And like that I was able to smile.

Willem Dafoe, John Cho, Drake Doremus, Joe Dante, Jodie Foster, Ben Foster and Bryce Dallas Howard are also featured.

Love, Antosha Release Dates: August 2nd, 2019 (2019)…

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LIZZIE (2018): New Trailer From Kristen Stewart, Chloë Sevigny, Kim Dickens…

Lizzie (2018), Kristen Stewart
Lizzie (2018), Kristen Stewart

Directed by Craig William Macneill, Lizzie is a new psychological thriller about the  infamous 1892 murders of the Borden family.

Kristen Stewart, Chloë Sevigny and Kim Dickens star…

Well done, trailer maker! I’m now most excited to see Sevigny do a great job in this role –  Stewart too – especially since I’m already thoroughly convinced buy her Irish(?) accent.

Jeff Perry, Jamey Sheridan, Ivylyn Nickel, Denis O’Hare and Fiona Shaw also star.

Lizzie Release Dates: September 14th, 2018 (US), November 18th, 2018 (UK)…

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CAFE SOCIETY (2016): The Thing I Liked…

Café Society (2016), Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg
Café Society (2016), Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg

It’s generally understood that Hollywood films about Hollywood tend not to do well at the box office. I’d only been aware of this phenomenon anecdotally until I watched Hail, Caesar! (2015), a movie I along with many others did not love.

I’m yet to see the most recent Hollywood movie about Hollywood. Namely Warren Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply (2016), but I know that it also didn’t do particularly well upon release. The most recent Hollywood movie about Hollywood I’ve watched is Woody Allen’s Cafe Society (2016). I took my time to watch this one for the reasons stated above. It was my love for Allen’s Blue Jasmine (2013), my favourite of his movies, Blake Lively and a general curiosity about Kristen Stewart’s acting that made me finally  tune in. Cafe Society isn’t one of Allen’s most raved about films. Still, if I had to choose between it and Hail, Caesar! (2015), the latter absolutely would not win, except that the costumes in Hail, Caesar! are definitely more fun.

I wasn’t in love with the ending of Cafe Society and I admit to largely losing interest when one or two of the main characters shows up again towards the end; something to do with my general ‘liking’ of Blake Lively and her character, perhaps. Somehow I did manage to make it to the film’s conclusion; rather anticlimactic end I might add. As pleasing as that ending might be to Allen and everyone else, I felt, for want of a better phrase, ‘left in limbo’.

Performance-wise Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart were fine but I loved Steve Carell and Parker Posey more. My favourite thing about Cafe Society is the colour filter and the music. I’m just glad that the film didn’t prove to be a waste of my time to the levels of Hail, Caesar! (2015). I wouldn’t say that ‘You simply must see it! You must!’ because I only found it just OK overall.

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BILLY LYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK (2016) New Trailer From Kristen Stewart, Joe Alwyn, Vin Diesel…

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016), Joe Alwyn.
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (2016), Joe Alwyn.

Based on the book by Ben Fountain and starring Joe Alwyn, Vin Diesel plus Kristen Stewart, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is the latest movie from truly great director, Ang Lee (Life Of Pi (2012), Brokeback Mountain (2005)

I’m most looking forward to seeing the smart way in which this story comes to life, the way that it shows the realities of war compared with America’s perceptions. I wonder if my favourite war movie will still be The Hurt Locker (2008) after this.

Garrett Hedlund, Chris Tucker and Steve Martin also star.

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk Release Dates: October 14th, 2016 (US); January 6th, 2017 (UK); January 26th, 2017 (GER)…

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