Tag Archives: Marisa Tomei

MY COUSIN VINNY (1992): The Things I Liked…

My Cousin Vinny (1992), Joe Pesci
My Cousin Vinny (1992), Joe Pesci

My Cousin Vinny is one of those movies I’ve heard people reference several times over the years. And finally, a few nights ago, the mood hit just right for a classic 90s movie session. Especially after I heard a popular podcaster mention how great Oscar-winning actor Marisa Tomei is in the movie.

My Cousin Vinny, a comedy/crime movie directed by Jonathan Lynn is the story of two New Yorkers, Bill (Ralph Macchio) and Stan (Mitchell Whitfield). Two young men who contact Vinny (Joe Pesci), a loudmouth lawyer with zero trial experience, after they find themselves accused of murder in rural Alabama.  

I’ve been a fan of good courtroom scenes for a long time. And luckily for me, My Cousin Vinny captures those moments well. To the point where the courtroom scenes are my favourite thing about the movie. There are also some amusing scenes to enjoy and good performances by all, including Tomei who is as good and gorgeous as the podcaster insisted.

What I like least about Lynn’s film happens near the start. Particularly when one of my least favourite comedy tropes is used. The one where two people don’t realise that they’re talking about two completely different things. I haven’t found the use of said trope funny since the first time I saw it in a film, TV or stage production. It’s the reason I had to quit watching the cult comedy series Arrested Development. They shamelessly overused it, completely to death! I mean, full disclosure, I did binge-watch a bunch of episodes in one sitting. But surely, the writing formula shouldn’t be that obvious.

I say watch My Cousin Vinny if you’re especially curious. It’s certainly not a bad movie. And it has some highlights. Just don’t be surprised if you don’t love it. Or maybe you will.

Happy Film Loving

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THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND (2020): New Trailer From Judd Apatow, Starring Pete Davidson, Bill Burr, mARISA tOMEI,sTEVE bUSCEMI…

The King of Staten Island (2020), Pete Davidson, Bill Burr, Universal Pictures
The King of Staten Island (2020), Pete Davidson, Bill Burr, Universal Pictures

Read my spoiler-free movie review of The King of Staten Island (2020).


In new comedy / drama The King of Staten Island, standup comic Pete Davidson is Scott, a young man who’s been dealing with a case of arrested development ever since his father died.

Scott spends his days smoking marijuana and dreaming of being a tattoo artist until eventually he has face his grief and take charge of his life.

Directed and cowritten by Judd Apatow; additional key cast includes Bill Burr, Steve Buscemi and Marisa Tomei

I’m in to see how closely what happens in this movie is linked to Davidsons true life story. So far it looks like a lot is the same except they’ve swapped Davidson’s pursuit of a standup comedy career with a career as tattoo artist.

I also want to see this for the comedy greatness of Apatow and Burr; the latter being one of my absolute favourite comedians. He’s just so good! I know he’s not doing standup in this movie but simply seeing one of my favourite funny people, especially while he’s rocking that notable moustache is guaranteed to put a smile on my face.

Maude Apatow, Bel Powley, Pamela Adlon, Kevin Corrigan, Machine Gun Kelly, Jimmy Tatro, Moises Arias, Adriana DeMeo, Hank Strong and Domenick Lombardozzi also star.

The King of Staten Island Release Dates: June 12th, 2020 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

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HUMAN CAPITAL (2019): New Trailer From Liev Schreiber, Marisa Tomei, Peter Sarsgaard, Maya Hawke…

Human Capital (2020), Liev Schreiber, Vertical Entertainment US
Human Capital (2020), Liev Schreiber, Vertical Entertainment US

Liev Schreiber, Marisa Tomei, Peter Sarsgaard and Maya Hawke are the stars of new Marc Meyers directed drama Human Capital.

A story about two families that collide when their children begin a relationship that leads to a tragedy…

The cast is very promising and the story of a very unfortunate event that affects two families and more brings to mind 2019’s Waves. Fingers crossed that Human Capital is also very memorable. I’m intrigued to see how much more both films have in common.

Also, I just worked out that Maya Hawke is Ethan Hawkes daughter. As a long time fan of the latter, I’m looking forward to the young Hawke’s performance even more now.

Alex Wolff, Paul Sparks, Aasif Mandvi, Betty Gabriel, Julia Greer, Fredric Lehne, Christiane Seidel, James Waterston, Daryl Edwards, Dominic Colón and Eva Kaminsky also star.

Human Capital Release Dates

Happy Film Loving

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SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING (2017): New Trailer Starring Tom Holland, Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr., Zendeya…

Spider-Man - Homecoming (2017), Tom Holland
Spider-Man – Homecoming (2017), Tom Holland

Starring Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr.  Zendaya and Jon Favreau, Spider-Man Homecoming, the first Spiderman movie starring holland as the young web slinging superhero has a new teaser trailer…

Teaser trailer

Trailer 1

The truth is, I completely ignored the Andrew Garfield Spider-Man movies. It just seemed far too soon after the Toby Magguire era. The question now is whether I’m I ready for the Holland phase. Robert Downey Jr.’s role may just convince me. We’ll see.

Donald Glover and Michael Keaton also star.

Spider-Man Homecoming Release Dates: July 7th, 2017 (US & UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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LOVE THE COOPERS (2015): For Weekend Easy Viewing With A Side Of Romance

Christmas With The Coopers (2015), Olivia Wilde, Jake Lacy
Christmas With The Coopers (2015), Olivia Wilde, Jake Lacy

I would describe Love The Coopers as less like Elf (2003) and more like ABC TV series, Brothers & Sisters.

Directed by Jessie Nelson and starring John Goodman, Diane Keaton, Ed Helms, and Steve Martin,  Love The Coopers is one of those holiday films that reminds you that every family has its unpleasant tensions and challenging relationships. But the good news is, in this movie, the tense moments are wisely interspersed with humour and cheer.

The character Olivia Wilde plays is my favourite, partly because I find Wilde rather likeable in real life, but mostly I relate most to aspects of her character above all the others in the movie.

I was in the mood to watch something that didn’t demand too much from me and that’s exactly what I got with this movie. Love The Coopers probably won’t make my top 10 favourite Christmas movies list, but it is easy relaxing viewing with a side of romance – and one can always make a little time for something like that, no?

Anthony Mackie, Jake Lacy, Amanda Seyfried and Marisa Tomei also star.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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CAPTAIN AMERICA – CIVIL WAR (2016): New Trailer From Chris Evans & Scarlett Johansson

Captain America - Civil War (2016), Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans
Captain America – Civil War (2016), Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans

A second trailer for directing brothers Joe and Anthony Russo has landed for the 2016 instalment of Marvel’s Captain America

Trailer 1

Trailer 2

I like the first trailer more than the second, thanks to the music and the circumstances of the the characters involved. I’ll watch Captain America Civil War for this reason, as well as another chance to see Chris Evans’ portrayal the rather admirable Steve Rogers.

This instalment of the franchise doesn’t seem to be about saving the world but more about Captain America’s relationship with his childhood friend, Bucky Barnes/ The Winter Soldier and how that effects others including Robert Downey Junior’s Iron Man.

Beyond the above, my personal level of excitement when it comes to superhero movies has definitely dwindled over time. That’s what happens in most instances when you’re fed the same kind of thing repeatedly and with minimal respite. At this time I find myself actually looking forward to the time when this particular series of the Captain America Story is wrapped up. I had to say it.

Release Date (s): April 29th, 2016 (UK), May 6th, 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

THE BIG SHORT (2016): New Trailer Starring Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale & Brad Pitt

The Big Short (2016), Ryan Gosling
The Big Short (2016), Ryan Gosling

Set just before the most recent financial crisis, director Adam McKay’s latest film features some very reliable Hollywood leading actors…

The brilliant cast includes Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Gosling, and Karen Gillan.

Release Date (s): 2016, full dates to be confirmed.

Happy The Big Short 🙂

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CRAZY STUPID LOVE (2011): Steve Carell & Ryan Gosling comedy

Crazy Stupid Love (2011), Steve Carell, Julianne Moore
Crazy Stupid Love (2011), Steve Carell, Julianne Moore

Steve Carrel, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Julianne Moore are the stars of this drama/ romance / comedy. A story about a man whose world is altered after what should have been a romantic dinner date with his wife turns into something else.

Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, I tuned in because of Carell and Moore’s reputations and found myself pleasantly surprised. A big highlight is the scene with the valedictorian speech. That and Gosling’s character, Jacob’s fashion sense.

Watch it for a reminder that humour is tragedy plus time. You’ll go through some emotions but you will certainly laugh as well.

Crazy Stupid Love (2011), Ryan Gosling
Crazy Stupid Love (2011), Ryan Gosling

Along with The Notebook (2004) this movie is without a doubt responsible for a good number of Ryan Gosling crushes.

Happy Crazy, Stupid, Love 🙂

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