In new comedy Here Today, Billy Crystal is Charlie, a veteran comedy writer who meets New York street singer Emma Payge (Tiffany Haddish) and they begin an unlikely friendship.
Written/directed by Crystal, Penn Badgley, Sharon Stone, Kevin Kline, Laura Benanti and Barry Levinson are among the key cast.
The week I become crazy busy and too exhausted to publish a post for nearly three days is the week that this little gem of a trailer is released.
I’m excited because Haddish and Crystal together is a partnership I didn’t know I needed to see until this trailer happened. And as a big fan of stories about beautiful/unexpected friendships, I hope this turns out great.
Anyone else get reminded of Haddish’s brilliant story about her dancing skills? Seeing her relationship with Crystal’s character here took me right back to that great story. If you haven’t heard it already. Treat yourself, at once!
Shiloh Verrico, Joanna Adler, Louisa Krause, Anna Deavere Smith, Susan Pourfar, Nyambi Nyambi, Lisann Valentin and Alex Brightman also star.
Is Ratched, Ryan Murphy’s latest crime/drama/mystery starring Sarah Paulson, Finn Wittrock and Sharon Stone good? I wouldn’t say no. Is it also well-acted, features some great dialogue and is visually pleasing because of the colour-rich cinematography and costume design? Yes. So, with all that said, why did I find it to be a tad taxing to watch this eight-episode mini-series through to the very end?
It certainly didn’t help that the show annoyed me almost immediately. All thanks to the overly dramatic music which persisted throughout episode one. I found no need for the music to be as loud and constant as it was. Luckily, the episodes that followed aren’t as overtaken by the music.
Ratched, the story of Mildred Ratched, a nurse at a mental institution who becomes jaded, bitter and monstrous to her patients opens quite well with some dark happenings. Besides Paulson’s performance and the great dialogue we get to enjoy as soon as we meet Ratched in episode one, I liked Finn Wittrock’s turn as the definitely disturbed Edmund Tolleson.
The whole cast performs very well but it’s Wittrock, Paulson and Sophie Okonedo’s performances that stood out most for me. The latter, particularly in the very last episode. Episodes two to eight contain some twists, turns and more monstrous happenings; some of which you may or may not see coming.
The main reason I’m not overly enthused by Ratched is because the series is the kind that features plenty of scheming, secrets and lies. The kind of scheming, secrets and lies that took me back to the likes of Desperate Housewives, a show I enjoyed mind you. Yet, with Ratched, even though the setting is different, I think I may have fully exhausted my enthusiasm for such stories. That is unless there’s something delightfully different and or the story doesn’t feel rushed which Ratched does, in parts.
In the end, The only reason I stuck with Ratched is to find out how it would end. I think the story will be a lot more impressive if you haven’t seen much out there like it before. As for the ending, I didn’t love it because I wanted a far cleaner conclusion; one with some finality to it. Still, I say give Ratched a chance if you’re curious. There are certainly some highlights to enjoy, even though most of the characters, especially Ratched are not so easily likeable.
From creators Evan Romansky and Ryan Murphy; new Netflix series Ratched stars Sarah Paulson as nurse Mildred Ratched. at a mental institution who becomes jaded, bitter and a downright monster to her patients.
Cynthia Nixon, Sharon Stone, Sophie Okonedo and Nathan George are among the key cast.
This may just be my favourite trailer of 2020 so far. I love the music, the visuals, and most importantly the dialogue. The kind of words that I imagine must have been incredibly fun for Paulson to deliver.
In fact, I was so busy enjoying nurse Ratched’s words as this beautiful trailer played that I forgot Ratched is the infamous and thoroughly monstrous character from Jack Nicholson’s Oscar winning 1975 classic drama, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, a movie I need to rewatch.
I’ll still enjoy all of Ratched’s dialogue as it’s perfectly delivered by Paulson, of course. Even though I may not be able to root for her completely as she goes about wreaking havoc. One things for sure though, I’m on Ratched’s side about the peach stealing incident. That woman/non-lady needs to learn! (I’m half kidding).
Featuring Alec baldwin, Sharon Stone and Benson himself, Harry Benson – Shoot First is a new documentary about the renowned photographer and his works…
Film is absolutely my favourite thing and I’m not sure that it’s possible to love movies without a healthy love and appreciation for photography. Spending hours just looking at arresting images is close to heaven for me. So I’m curious about Benson’s approach to photography as well as the artist behind the photos. But even more than all that, my commitment to this experience is mostly about the promise of a very impressive visual feast.