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NAPPILY EVER AFTER (2018): The Things I Liked…

Nappily Ever After (2018), Sanaa Lathan
Nappily Ever After (2018), Sanaa Lathan

Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour, Nappily Ever After is the story of an African American woman named Violet; particularly her journey to self love / acceptance through her relationship with the hair that naturally grows out of her head.

Starring Sanaa Lathan, Lynn Whitfield, Ricky Whittle and Lyriq Bent, I watched this one because I too have been on my own journey with my afro hair and wanted to see if Violet’s story reflected mine in any way. The similarities are in regards to my experience of some people’s perception of afro hair. Another similarity is my own fantasies and long term wish for my  tightly curled hair to be easier to manage – but without first needing to chemically treat it or actually shave my head.

What I enjoyed most about Nappily Ever After is the self love and acceptance message. A message worth internalising for every human being, regardless of the hair on their head. In fact, it reminded me of one of my favourite quotes of all time by writer / feminist Audre Lorde… ‘If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.’ 

I think overall, the most memorable moment in the movie will always be the scene where Violet shaves her head and all that it meant for her journey.

I only wish that Nappily Ever After hadn’t been quite so predictable in parts. Nevertheless, I say watch it if you’re curious enough about this particular journey of self love and if you just don’t quite get what the big deal about afro hair may be. This movie doesn’t have all the answers, but it’s certainly a start.

Happy Film Loving

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AMERICAN ASSASSIN (2017): The Thing I Liked…

American Assassin (2017), Dylan O'Brien
American Assassin (2017), Dylan O’Brien

American Assassin isn’t exactly a terrible movie, it’s just that director Michael Cuesta’s film didn’t have anything particularly new to show me. At least not until the thing that happens on / in the ocean towards the end. That moment definitely had my attention.

Starring Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan and Dylan O’Brien, I must admit that I struggled to remain interested during numerous scenes that I felt I’d seen many times before in other better executed action thrillers; The Bourne Identity (2002) being one such film.

Performance-wise, O’Brien didn’t do a bad job. As for Taylor Kitsch though, I can’t say I bought into his character’s anger completely.

Assuming that this movie was shot after the Maze Runner – The Death Cure on-set accident, I was certainly happy to see O’brien looking physically well again. Overall, the story of this movie simply wasn’t new enough for me. At least not new in enough ways to prevent it from feeling tedious.

Watch it if you absolutely must. Otherwise, three words: The Bourne Identity (2002). Two more words:  Casino Royale (2006). Three more words: I joke, I have no more words… at this time.

Happy Film loving.

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AMERICAN ASSASSIN (2017): New Trailer From Dylan O’Brien, Sanaa Lathan, Scott Adkins, Michael Keaton…

American Assassin (2017), Dylan O'Brien
American Assassin (2017), Dylan O’Brien

American Assassin stars Dylan O’Brien, Sanaa Lathan, Michael Keaton and Taylor Kitsch. Directed by Michael Cuesta, the story centres on counterterrorism agent Mitch Rapp (O’Brien)…

There’s a hint of good ‘gunplay’ in this trailer; something I do rather enjoy in movies. Nevertheless though, the most this American Assassin trailer has done for me is make me want to re-watch Skyfall (2012). I don’t know if the story just doesn’t seem fresh and new enough or perhaps Daniel Craig’s James Bond just has too big a piece of my heart.

Scott Adkins, and David Suchet also star.

American Assassin Release Dates: September 15th, 2017 (US & UK)…

Happy Film Loving

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THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY (2013): For The Friendships, Humour & Well Executed Dramatics…

The Best Man Holiday (2013), Terrence Howard, Nia Long, Eddie Cibrian
The Best Man Holiday (2013), Terrence Howard, Nia Long, Eddie Cibrian

Taye Diggs, Terence Howard, Nia Long, Sanaa Lathan, Morris Chestnut, Melissa De Sousa, Monica Calhoun and Harold Perrineau are all back and joined by Eddie Cibrian and John Michael Higgins in The Best Man Holiday (2013), the sequel to the 1999 hit, The Best Man.

I don’t remember actually wishing for a sequel but I sure am glad that it came. I’m even more glad because the writer/ director of both movies, Malcolm D. Lee took his sweet time with the second film – something that I find, often leads to a better quality finished product.

The Best Man Holiday (2013), Sanaa Lathan,Taye Diggs
The Best Man Holiday (2013), Sanaa Lathan,Taye Diggs

Set during the holiday / Christmas period, The Best Man Holiday (2013) brings seasonal cheer and laughter – thanks to the fun banter between the characters. As was the case with the first movie, everything is not all big smiles and good times.

The movie has a good mix of memorable comedy and well executed dramatic moments. One of my favourites of the former category has to be John Michael Higgins’s character’s response to Harper (Taye Diggs) when Harper says ‘I don’t even know if biographies is my thing.’

The Best Man Holiday (2013), Taye Diggs, Harold Pirreneau, Eddie Cibrian, Morris Chestnut
The Best Man Holiday (2013), Taye Diggs, Harold Pirreneau, Eddie Cibrian, Morris Chestnut

Watch it if you want to experience some laughter, drama and friendship especially in testing times. If you love the characters as much I do, lets all cross our fingers and hope for something great because a sequel, The best Man Wedding has been announced.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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APPROACHING THE UNKNOWN (2016): New Trailer Starring Mark Strong, Sanaa Lathan & Luke Wilson

Approaching The Unknown (2016), Mark Strong
Approaching The Unknown (2016), Mark Strong

Starring Mark Strong, Luke Wilson and Sanaa Lathan, Approaching The Unknown is a new movie about a mission to Mars not quite going to plan…

Written and directed by Mark Elijah Rosenberg, one thing that seems very clear is that this movie is very unlikely to be incorrectly  categorised as a comedy come award season, 2017. I really, really, really want this to be good but I don’t know…

Approaching The Unknown Release Dates: June 3rd, 2016 (US in theatres and iTunes)…

Happy FilmLoving 🙂

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NOW YOU SEE ME 2 (2016): New Trailer Featuring More Magic, Thrills & Daniel Radcliffe

Now You See Me 2 (2016), Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan,Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg
Now You See Me 2 (2016), Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg

Now You See Me 2, the sequel to 2012’s slick and clever Now You See Me is coming and the trailer promises more seemingly impossible illusions and tricks from the The Four Horsemen…

Directed by Jon M. Chu; Daniel Radcliffe, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Morgan Freeman, Lizzy Caplan, Dave Franco and Michael Caine return along with Mark Ruffalo for more action magic and thrills.

I’m looking forward to plenty, including the character played by Daniel Radcliffe.

Release Date (s): June 9th, 2016 (UK), June 10th, 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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THE PERFECT GUY (2015): New Trailer Starring Michael Ealy & Morris Chestnut Thriller

The perfect Guy (2015), Morris Chestnut, Sanaa Lathaan,
The perfect Guy (2015), Morris Chestnut, Sanaa Lathaan,

The Perfect Guy stars Morris Chestnut, Sanaa Lathaan and Michael Ealy and it has a new trailer.

No one is ever really perfect, of course and this David M, Rosenthal directed movie deals with one scary extreme. The point when a masculine, protective male crosses the line and becomes something else entirely.

The perfect Guy (2015), Sanaa Lathaan, Michael Ealy
The perfect Guy (2015), Sanaa Lathaan, Michael Ealy

Looking forward to seeing how the story plays out; though I can probably guess. Still, I’m hoping that my expectations will be exceeded, especially considering the trailer has already shown what looks like at least 90% of the plot.

Happy The Perfect Guy 🙂

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