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THE BIG SICK (2017): The Thing I Liked…

The Big Sick (2017), Zoe Kazan, Kumail Nanjiani
The Big Sick (2017), Zoe Kazan, Kumail Nanjiani

I’m not sure that I’ve ever seen a feature length movie about an interracial relationship between a caucasian female and a Pakistani male before, but I really like the way the struggles that come with the resultant culture clash and other challenging life events are captured with humour in The Big Sick.

What the lead actors Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan did acting-wise, as the couple in the interracial relationship has resulted in a funny, romantic and definitely dramatic movie; a movie that does a good job of delivering laughs as well as a certain realism to the events that take place. 

Some of the realism is likely helped by the fact that The Big Sick is based on the actual lives of the film’s writers – Nanjiani and wife wife Emily V. Gordon. But really, director Michael Showalter and all the other actors involved, including Holly Hunter, Ray Romano and Adeel Akhtar all deliver well balanced performances.

I for one have zero complaints about the The Big Sick. Certainly not in regards to the pace of the story. You’ll likely shed a tear or two, especially if you’re not, how you say…? ‘completely dead inside.’

One more thing… wasn’t the ending just beautiful?

Happy Film loving

G

HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS (2015): The Things I Liked…

Hello My Name Is Doris (2015), Sally Field
Hello My Name Is Doris (2015), Sally Field

Sally field and Max Greenfield are the stars of Hello, My Name Is Doris, the story of a mature woman who romantically pursues a much younger man. This kind of tale certainly isn’t the sort of thing you see in movies everyday, so, naturally I had to meet Doris for myself.

In meeting Doris, I got to learn about her story and how it relates to her current choices. There are a few dramatic and funny moments in this movie. However, what sticks most in my mind are the scenes that were so uncomfortable to watch that averting my gaze just had to happen. By uncomfortable, I’m referring to the situations the characters get themselves into as opposed to the films execution, which, overall is ok.

The actors did well with their performances but I didn’t like Hello, My Name Is Doris enough for the uncomfortable moments to be worth it. What I did like a lot is the following quote because the meaning is just what a chronic procrastinator like myself needs to remember, always.

‘There are seven days in a week and someday isn’t one of them’

I also like that Hello My Name Is Doris helped me to conclude that essentially, we’re all stalkers when we find something /someone we like enough. But of course, as is the case with most things, there are levels and I for one am on the ‘no restraining order necessary’ category.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS (2015): New Trailer Starring Sally field & Max Greenfield

Hello, My Name Is Doris (2015), Sally Field, Max Greenfield
Hello, My Name Is Doris (2015), Sally Field, Max Greenfield

I can’t be sure that I’ve ever seen Sally field play a leading role before, but I like the idea of Hello, My Name Is Doris…

As is the case for many (I’m guessing), Sally Field’s role as Mrs Gump in Forrest Gump (1994) will forever be the one that sticks in mind when I here her name. A good thing since the movie is brilliant.

Directed by Michael Showalter, I’m expecting Hello, My Name Is Doris to be funny and a refreshingly welcome kind of different.

Release Date (s): March 11th, 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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