Tag Archives: Zoe Kazan

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

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MY BLIND BROTHER (2016): The Thing I Liked…?

My Blind Brother (2016), Jenny Slate, Adam Scott, Nick Kroll
My Blind Brother (2016), Jenny Slate, Adam Scott, Nick Kroll

My Blind Brother is a movie about the relationship between two brothers (one of whom is blind) and how their lives are further complicated when a girl comes into the picture.

Starring Nick Kroll, Jenny Slate, Adam Scott and Zoe Kazan, I found My Blind Brother generally quite dull. It felt like a lesser version of a good movie about the relationship between two brothers (one of whom is blind) and how their lives are further complicated when a girl comes into the picture.

As you can imagine, sibling rivalry comes into play in this story but the general element of dull just reminded me that I’m unfortunately completely over watching Nick Kroll play ‘loser’ characters. Adult Beginners (2014) was quite enough in that regard, thank you. Looking on the bright side as one must, I did find Adam Scott mildly entertaining as the entitled blind brother. But that’s it.

Happy Film Loving

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MY BLIND BROTHER (2016): New Trailer From Adam Scott, Jenny Slate, Nick Kroll, Zoe Kazan…

My Blind Brother (2016), Nick Kroll, Adam Scott
My Blind Brother (2016), Nick Kroll, Adam Scott

The theme of new comedy My Blind Brother is sibling rivalry between two brothers. There’s rivalry in their sporting activities and romantic lives. Directed by Sophie Goodhart; Nick Kroll, Jenny Slate, Adam Scott and Zoe Kazan are the stars…

There’s a reasonable chance that this movie will be at least moderately fun. I’ll give it a chance because of Zoe Kazan. She’s not even the main character so, good luck to me.

My Blind Brother Release Dates: September 19th, 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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WHAT IF (2013): For The Comedy & Relatable Love & Life Challenges

What If (2013), Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan
What If (2013), Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan

Thanks to good writing and a very talented cast, What If is funny, kind of kooky, possesses an uncommon realness and features a well chosen musical score.

Daniel Radcliffe, Adam Driver, Zoe Kazan, Rafe Spall, Meghan Park and Mackenzie Davis are the stars of this Michael Dowse directed comedy / romance.

Kazan, an actress I’ve loved since the beautiful Ruby Sparks (2012) is as adorable as ever and the chemistry between her character and that played by Radcliffe is very convincing.

Watch What If for the comedy, the relatable predicaments faced by the characters and the useful wisdom about life and love.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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OUR BRAND IS CRISIS (2015): Sandra Bullock In New Political Comedy/ Drama

Our Brand Is Crisis (2015), Sandra Bullock, Anthony Mackie
Our Brand Is Crisis (2015), Sandra Bullock, Anthony Mackie

The trailer for Sandra Bullock’s new movie, Our Brand Is Crisis just landed…

David Gordon Green, a man I know of because he directed one of my favourite movies, Pineapple Express (2008) is in charge.

Really looking forward to this, mainly because of Bullock but also Zoe Kazan, an actress/ writer I love because she’s the reason for the existence of the movie Ruby Sparks (2012).

Anthony Mackie and Billy Bob Thornton also star.

Release Date (s): October 30th 2015 (US)

Happy Our Brand Is Crisis 🙂

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IT’S COMPLICATED (2009): Good Lighthearted Fun Starring Meryl Streep & Alec Baldwin

It's Complicated (2009), Alec Baldwin, Meryl Streep
It’s Complicated (2009), Alec Baldwin, Meryl Streep

It’s Complicated is a well cast comedy/ romance starring Alec Baldwin and Meryl Streep.

Written and directed by Nancy Meyers, the film follows a divorced couple who reignite their relationship even though one of them has remarried.

The couple’s complicated situation which also includes three grown up children presents a great opportunity for both comedy and drama; something Meyers took great advantage of – evident in the way the subject matter is handled.

It's Complicated (2009), Alec Baldwin, Meryl Streep
It’s Complicated (2009), Alec Baldwin, Meryl Streep

For me, what makes It’s complicated work is Streep and Baldwin’s great onscreen chemistry. The supporting cast which includes Steve Martin, John Krasinski, Zoe Kazan, Lake Bell, Hunter Parrish and Caitlin FitzGerald certainly doesn’t hurt either.

I’m a big fan of Baldwin, thanks in large part to his great work as Jack Donaghy in 30 Rock. As for Meryl Streep, I feel like, to love film is to love her, so there really was no way I would have not watched the film.

Tune in for the subject matter and some good light hearted fun – should you be wanting that sort of thing.

Happy It’s Complicated 🙂

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