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ODE TO JOY (2019): The Things I Liked…

Ode To Joy (2019), Morena Baccarin, Jake Lacy
Ode To Joy (2019), Morena Baccarin, Jake Lacy

Starring Martin Freeman, Morena Bacarrin, Jake Lacy and Melissa Rauch, I laughed several times during Jason Winer’s latest comedy, Ode To Joy. In fact, thanks to a number of fresh jokes I didn’t quite see coming, I can say that Ode To Joy is responsible for some of my most memorable funny movie moments of 2019.

At the heart of the story is Charlie (Freeman), a man who experiences sudden paralysis every time he feels strong emotions – mainly joy. Having developed several techniques for avoiding too much happiness and pleasure over time, things of course get quite complicated for Charlie when he falls in love.

Much of the good comedy in Ode To Joy happens as we learn about the uniqueness of Charlie’s experience of living with his condition, and this is when the film shines most for me. As such, I admit that I found myself wishing that the balance had shifted more in favour of comedy than it did. Especially since when I wasn’t laughing, I was noticing the cliches, imperfections and moments when the suspension of my disbelief was failing.

Overall, I’m still happy I watched Ode To Joy because of the humour mostly, but also because of the unexpected revelation that occurred to me as the movie played. In other words, the fact that there are many joy inducing moments (or in Charlie’s case ‘traps’) out there in the world as we go about our day; if we just pay attention.

Other joy inducing moments I experienced courtesy of Ode To Joy include Baccarin’s character’s relationship with her aunt, Charlie’s connection with his brother and last but not least, the clip hidden in the middle of the credits. at the end. You’ll miss it if you stop too soon once the movie ends, so don’t.

Watch Ode To Joy. You too may find it, though not perfect but quite refreshing and funny in parts.

Happy Film Loving


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ODE TO JOY (2019): New Trailer From Martin Freeman, Morena Baccarin, Jake Lacy, Melissa Rauch…

Ode To Joy (2019), Morena Baccarin, Martin Freeman, IFC Films
Ode To Joy (2019), Morena Baccarin, Martin Freeman, IFC Films

New comedy Ode To Joy stars Martin Freeman, Morena Baccarin, Jake Lacy and Melissa Rauch.

A Jason Winer directed film, at the centre of the story is Charlie. (Freeman). Whenever Charlie experiences strong emotions – namely joy, a sudden bout of paralysis occurs. As a result, Charlie has developed techniques to avoid too much happiness and pleasure . It all appears to be working, but then he falls in love…

The premise is simply too interesting for me to ignore. I myself can’t quite imagine a life devoid of joy. I therefore can’t wait to see how Charlie’s story unfolds. I’d actually watch this movie right this very minute if that were an option.

Ellis Rubin, Jane Curtin, Shannon Woodward, Jackie Seiden, Adam Shapiro, Tyler Bourke, Jason Altman and Alex Perez also star.

Ode To Joy Release Dates: August 9th, 2019 (US)…

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FRAMING JOHN DELOREAN (2019): New Trailer For John DeLorean Documentary Starring Alec Baldwin, Morena Baccarin, Josh Charles…

Framing John DeLorean (2019), Alec Baldwin, IFC Films
Framing John DeLorean (2019), Alec Baldwin, IFC Films

John DeLorean, ultimate con man, the renegade visionary who revolutionised the automobile industry or both?

Starring Alec Baldwin as DeLorean, directors Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce’s documentary recounts the extraordinary life and legend of the controversial automaker…

My main reasons for wanting to see this are Baldwin’s involvement and the fact that the DeLorean is the car from the Back To The Future movies.

Dean Winters, Michael Rispoli, Jason Jones, Dana Ashbrook, Josh Cooke and William Hill also star.

Framing John DeLorean Release Dates: June 7th, 2019 (US)…

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DEADPOOL 2 (2018) New Trailer From Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin…

Deadpool 2 (2018), Ryan Reynolds
Deadpool 2 (2018), Ryan Reynolds

In Deadpool 2, Ryan Reynolds is back as what I’m sure is his most widely loved character; Deadpool, a.k.a Wade Wilson.

There’s more action, more comedy, more of that good and lovable titular wisecracking to be expected, starting with this fun tease of a trailer…

The intro to this trailer is good, of course but that action… that 10 seconds of beautiful action is just superb. I can’t wait to see it all fit into place .

Deadpool 2 Release Dates: June 1st, 2018 (US & UK)…

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DEADPOOL (2016): For The Cool Action & Refreshing Dialogue

Deadpool (2016), Stefan Kapicic, Ryan Reynolds, Brianna Hildebrand
Deadpool (2016), Stefan Kapicic, Ryan Reynolds, Brianna Hildebrand

I’ve loved Deadpool’s star, Ryan Reynolds’s sense of humour and comic timing ever since his television sitcom days in Two Guys, A Girl & A Pizza Place (1998-2001). Fast forward to me watching the first Deadpool trailer in 2015 and there I was with reason to be excited.

Generally speaking, my enthusiasm for the superhero genre has been decreasing steadily in recent years. In other words, for me to get excited about another new superhero franchise, it’d better be refreshingly different somehow.

Besides the movie’s much spoken about uncensored expletives, repeated breaking of the ‘fourth wall’ and the humorous dialogue, there isn’t really much else about Deadpool that’s particularly new compared to the average superhero movie. Not to say that I didn’t have a good time, mind you, because those cool action sequences were a highlight. Overall, I found director Tim Miller’s movie adequately entertaining.

Deadpool (2016), Ed Skrein
Deadpool (2016), Ed Skrein

One thing I did find impossible not to notice as I watched Deadpool is the general attractiveness of the cast. Especially the three main characters played by Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin and Ed Skrein (Ajax). Considering the fact that Reynolds spends a good amount of the movie’s running time in prosthetics that aren’t particularly easy on the eyes, perhaps pressure was felt by the filmmakers to redress the balance. Maybe indeed.

Did anyone else notice how much Ed Skein resembles a rather beefed-up version of Nicholas Hoult? Deadpool is a fun ride. Watch it for the humour, action, etc.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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SPY (2015): It’s Good, People. It’s Good

Spy (2015), Melissa McCarthy
Spy (2015), Melissa McCarthy

Watching a spy movie and not having at least one thing about it reminding you of James Bond – the most famous spy of them all, is near enough impossible. Starring Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law and Jason Statham, the Paul Feig written/ directed Spy is no exception.

Unlike 007 however, spy is a comedy as well as an action film – and a rather good one at that.

An entertaining experience with a well written story, fun dialogue and characters is how I describe the movie. The dynamic between Jason Statham and Melissa McCarthy’s characters is a big highlight. Rose Byrne’s Rayna Boyanov is also another plus.

Spy (2015), Jude Law, Rose Byrne
Spy (2015), Jude Law, Rose Byrne

The other very reliable cast members include Allison Janney, Miranda Hart, Sam Richardson, Morena Baccarin and Bobby Cannavale.

Watch it because it’s good. I found Jude Law’s character a tad annoying at first but it’s not so bad because the movie is a Melissa McCarthy vehicle and Spy is definitely my favourite of her roles since Bridesmaids (2011), also directed by Paul Feig.

Happy Spy 🙂

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DEADPOOL (2016): Ryan Reynolds In Great New Trailer

Deadpool (2016), Ryan Reynolds
Deadpool (2016), Ryan Reynolds

Naturally, after a good trailer trailer comes  an even better…

It’s about time Ryan Reynolds caught a real break. Looks like I’ll be  able to add Deadpool to my list of favourite Reynolds comedy films. So far that list consists of The Voices (2014) and sitcom Two Guys, A Girl & A Pizza Place.

Directed by Tim Miller, the rest of the supporting cast includes Gina Carano, brianna Hildbrand, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Morena Baccarin and Rachel Sheen to name jus a few.

Deadpool Release Date (s): February 10th, 2016 (UK), February 12th, 2016 (US)…

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DEADPOOL (2016): Before The Trailer, First, The Trailer Trailer

Deadpool (2016), Ryan Reynolds
Deadpool (2016), Ryan Reynolds

Film and comic book fans have been going crazy over the recent Deadpool trailer trailer. And no. That’s not a typo. The makers of the film have indeed released an actual trailer, for the trailer…

If like myself you’re a non-reader of comic books or just unfamiliar with the Deadpool story but want to make sense of what you’ve just seen, here’s what wikipedia had to say about this Marvel Comics / X-Force / X-Men Origins character:

‘Deadpool is a disfigured and mentally unstable mercenary with the superhuman ability of an accelerated healing factor. He is known as the “Merc with a Mouth” because of his talkative nature and tendency to break the fourth wall, which is used by writers to humorous effect.’

Based on what I’ve watched of the films star, Ryan Reynolds in terms of other works, he seems well cast as the lead. Particularly regarding his comic abilities.

Deadpool Release Date (s): February 10th, 2016 (UK), February 12th, 2016 (US)…

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