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GIRLS TRIP (2017): The Thing I Like

Girls Trip (2017), Regina King, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish
Girls Trip (2017), Regina King, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish

Girls Trip is a Michael D. Lee (The Best Man Holiday (2013) directed comedy about lifelong friends getting together, in New Orleans for a fun-filled few days after several years apart. 

The film’s main stars Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish all got to shine in their respective roles. However, as everyone has been saying, it is indeed Haddish who absolutely stole the show with her loyal and rather ‘out there’ character – thanks no doubt to her impressive comic timing and delivery.

Girls Trip features a healthy amount of outrageous fun to keep you engaged. As hilarious as it all was, what I loved most about this movie is the way the story of love and general sisterhood between the four friends is handled. A sisterhood enriched with a certain level of realism, particularly in regards to the relationship between Latifah and Hall’s characters, that I wasn’t expecting.

I liked that New Orleans was the setting for this story, if only because it reminded me that I need to make it to that place on day. The setting and the music also had me thinking of Chef (2014), a movie I love and recommend, not just because part of it is also set in New Orleans.

Watch Girls Trip because there’s truth in all the positive feedback. 

Happy Film Loving

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NAKED (2017): It’s…

Naked (2017), Marlon Wayans
Naked (2017), Marlon Wayans

Naked is another movie that’s inspired by Groundhog Day (1993). Except this time, instead of a weatherman, a future groom is forced to relive the same nerve-wracking hours over and over again until he learns what he’s supposed to learn to become a better person.

Directed by Michael Tiddes, part of my issue with Naked is that Marlon Wayans’s character just wasn’t trying hard enough to make it to the wedding. Some of the movie  felt quite silly and sadly not as smart as such a story ought to be. Wayans’s character ended up being too over the top in pats to be amusing. I’ve basically concluded that I’ll probably have to stick to a younger me’s memories of Senseless (1998), one of the few Wayans performances I really enjoyed. There’s also the Scream parody films Scary Movie too, I think.

This year alone I’ve seen 3 movies all for the first time and about characters re-living the same day over and over again. There are a few well executed moments in Naked but not enough to make this movie the kind I recommend.

Watch it if you must, but only if you simply must.

Happy Film Loving

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NAKED (2017): New Trailer From Marlon Wayans, Regina Hall, Dennis Haysbert…

Naked (2017), Marlon Wayans
Naked (2017), Marlon Wayans

Starring Marlon Wayans, Regina Hall and Dennis Haysbert , Naked is all about a soon to be groom who is nervous about his big day and is forced to relive the same nerve-wracking hours over and over again until he gets things right on his wedding day…

Directed by  Michael Tiddes, I want to see this one because I have fond memories of Marlon Wayans after watching Senseless (1998) in my early youth. I also actually  like this trailer. It seems to get more and more amusing with each viewing. The magic is in the way he gives up.

Loretta Devine, Cory Hardrict and Dave Sheridan also star.

Naked Release Dates: August 11th, 2017 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

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GIRLS TRIP (2017): New Trailer For Comedy Starring Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall…

Girls Trip (2017), Tiffany Haddish, Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith
Girls Trip (2017), Tiffany Haddish, Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith

Girls Trip is the latest movie from Malcolm D. Lee; writer and director of two good movies The Best Man (1999) and The Best Man Holiday (2013). Starring Jada Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip is the story of a road trip with four childhood best friends where, (according to the original Rotten Tomatoes’ synopsis) at some point a betrayal is revealed…

Trailer ‘Announcement’

Trailer 1 (Redband)

Now that there may not be a a betrayal story after all,I’m still looking forward to finding out just how different this will be compared to The Best Man. Whatever the similarities and differences, I’m sure that Girls Trip will be good because The Best Man (1999) and The Best Man Holiday (2013) were very well done.

Girls Trip Release Dates: July 21st, 2017 (US)…

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WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS (2016): The Thing I Liked…

When The Bough Breaks (2016), Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall
When The Bough Breaks (2016), Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall

Starring Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, Romany Malco, Theo Rossi, Michael Kenneth Williams and Jaz Sinclair; the Jon Cassar directed When The Bough Breaks is a movie that had some promise. This particular story of a surrogate mother becoming dangerously obsessed with the biological father isn’t quite the best of this genre. 

The film had me doubting things quite early on, especially when I noticed the overly dramatic sounding music used to make Theo Rossi’s character seem more menacing and dangerous. All it did for me was point out what was lacking in the film – script and acting-wise.

The best performances in the movie came from Hall, Chestnut, Malco and Michael Kenneth Williams. In the end, none of it really proved enough to make When The Bough Breaks particularly noteworthy. I actually ended up enjoying some of the cinematography more than I did the story and characters. That lake house especially. I’d love to go there!

This movie is one you watch if you really must. Otherwise it’s likely that only those relatively new to movies / films of this genre or big fans of at least one of the stars involved will likely rate it more highly. If you think I’m wrong, do share your thoughts in the comments below.

Happy Film Loving

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WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS (2016): New Trailer From Morris Chestnut & Regina Hall

When The Bough Breaks (2016), Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall
When The Bough Breaks (2016), Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall

The relationship between a surrogate mother and the couple she’s helping going wrong is the subject of When The Bough Breaks, the latest mystery/ horror/ drama starring Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall…

Trailer 1

‘Lust’ Trailer

Written and directed by Jack Cassar, I’m interested in this movie because of the subject matter. There’s been a few scary stories in the media about relationships between surrogates and couples falling apart. Maybe I’ll learn a thing or two.

As the trailer played, I couldn’t help but wonder that surely both parties signed a contract which would mean such madness shouldn’t get so far. But then again, the law, it’s not and never has been a perfect thing.

When The Bough Breaks Release Dates: September 16th, 2016 (US)….

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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PEOPLE PLACES THINGS (2105): For The Writing, Honesty & Skilled Comic Timing

People Places Things (2015), Jermaine Clement
People Places Things (2015), Jermaine Clement

People Places Things is the brainchild of writer / director, James C. Strouse. It’s also a film that does a good and entertaining job of navigating that complicated space between a significant break up and the next potential relationship.

Starring Jermaine Clement, Regina Hall, Stephanie Allynne and Jessica Williams; Strouse’s comedy possesses a kooky and pleasantly offbeat quality. A quality that can be partly attributed to the limbo state a few of the characters find themselves in, as well as the unapologetic directness and honesty in the way they communicate with each other.

The things that make People Places Things good remind me of my favourite sitcom of all time, Peep Show. Peeps Show is a British comedy series in which the audience hears the dialogue spoken by all the speaking characters, in addition to the internal dialogue of the show’s two stars – everything they think but never dare say.

Watch it for a cast that are amply gifted with good comic timing, the chance to see Regina Hall in a refreshingly different kind of role, to discover the talents of Jermaine Clement and because People Places Things is good and funny.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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PEOPLE PLACES THINGS (2015): Promising Trailer For New comedy Starring Jermaine Clement

People Places Things (2015), Jermaine Clement
People Places Things (2015), Jermaine Clement

It looks like I’m about to enjoy more clever writing and super humour in 2015. Thanks this time to the James C. Strouse written/ directed comedy, People Places Things…

Starring Jermaine Clement, Regina Hall, Jessica Williams, Stephanie Allynne and Michael Chernus, I’m hoping that Strouse’s film is as welcome a surprise as The Little Death (2014) – probably the funniest movie I’ve seen this year.

Happy People Places Things 🙂

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