Monday, July 16, 2018

Mary Queen of Scots First Preview

First and foremost I am a huge Saoirse Ronan fan, second I love costume drenched dramas even if they skimp on the historical accuracy and third I am an unabashed Anglophile. Someone might as well drop me off at the theater right now.

Mary Queen of Scots starring Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, Guy Pearce, David Tennant and just about everybody with an accent (or can fake one) opens December 7th.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Ideal Home Review

I'm here to today to talk about a Paul Rudd movie but not the one you're thinking of because that movie doesn't need any help. The one I am talking about is Ideal Home starring Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd who is sporting what I must say is a very sexy beard.

Coogan and Rudd play Erasmus Brumble and his partner in life and career, Paul. If you know much about Steve Coogan, I should not have to point out that he carries the absurdly delightful Harry Potter-esque name. He is a celebrity chef and cookbook author while Paul produces his popular Tex-Mex show called Ideal Home. If being sarcastic and snarky are high on your list of relationship goals, you will find Erasmus and Paul quite familiar. Most of the bickering originates with he fact that Erasmus is a convoluted bundle of bravado, rampant insecurities and childish behavior. There's some real affection underneath though and good night of partying with friends seems to soothe out the edges. Their antics could be fun to watch for a while but this is a movie; so some conflict is needed.

One evening while Erasmus is assailing his guests with foodie snob stories, a young kid shows up with a letter explaining he is Erasmus' grandson and he needs someone to take care of him for a while. It turns out Erasmus experimented a bit in the 80's and this resulted in a son who has not exactly gone far from the tree. He's constantly in trouble with the law and in some last minute desperation has sent his son, Bill (Jack Gore), to stay with Erasmus. So here we are with two adult male children taking care of a real adolescent who has an attitude and refuses to eat anything but Taco Bell.

Ideal Home really works for me mostly because of Coogan and Rudd. They play well off of each other and the chemistry (funny or explosive) is a lot of fun. I have always especially loved Steve Coogan. He's played this type of part a couple of times, most successfully for me in Hamlet 2. if you've seen that movie and loved it (don't even talk to me if you didn't) then you will instantly know what I am talking about. He goes all in physically and emotionally as a person just slightly divorced from the reality the rest of us live in. For a real person that can be really annoying but for onscreen laughs it is comic gold. There is some late plotting that explores all the ways that Erasmus' and Paul's relationship is not working and that sucks some air out of the fun balloon. However it's ok because they recover and tug at the heartstrings while supplying the LOLZ.

Everything is ok but not perfect in the end and you are left with a nice but not heavy handed message about the diversity of families. If that is ok with you then I say check out this B+ movie. If it's not then you probably aren't reading this and don't care about my opinion anyway. Ideal Home is in limited theatrical release but available to rent on iTunes and Amazon video.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

BumblebeeTeaser Trailer

A Transformers' movie that does not appear to be a loud, chaotic mess? Who would've thought it was possible. I've never been a Transformers hater so to speak but let's be real, Micheal Bay's obsession with "go big or go home" became cringeworthy at some point since we first met Sam Witwicky in 2007. I'm hoping for some scaled down and earnest storytelling here.

Bumblebee starring Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena will be in theaters December 21st.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

The House With a Clock in Its Walls Trailer #2

I posted the first trailer for this movie and thought it had great casting and an interesting story to tell and now we have a second trailer. It really doubles down on the Harry Potter vibes and fleshes out the storyline quite a bit but there is something I didn't really pay attention to the first time around. This movie was directed bye Eli Roth. He produced both Hostel movies and Cabin Fever; so he leans towards horror that is most definitely not for the kiddies. I'm really interested in what that sensibility will bring to this tween centric fantasy story.

The House with a Clock in Its Walls will be in theaters September 21st.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Welcome to Marwen First Preview

This is definitely the most interesting trailer I have seen this week. Welcome to Marwen, based on a true story, details how Mark Hogancamp discovered an artistic and whimsical way to recover from a vicious attack that left him without much of his memory.

If this piques your interest, I would suggest reading about the real Mark Hogancamp. He seems like quite the character. Oh and I have not mentioned yet that he likes to occasionally cross dress. In a recent interview one of his comments about the movie was, "I hope Steve Carrell has nice legs".

Welcome to Marine starring Steve Carrell, Diane Kruger and Leslie Mann wil premier November 21st.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Dumbo Teaser Trailer

I feel emotionally manipulated by the Dumbo teaser trailer and that's perfectly ok. Disney has always known how to tug at the childhood heart-strings. Enough said.

Dumbo, directed by Tim Burton and starring a whole bunch of people will fly into theaters March 29th 2019.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Ocean’s 8 Review

I can easily imagine the doubts about Ocean's 8 and what was behind continuing the franchise that started with Ocean's 11 in 2001. With an all female cast, could it be a gimmicky ploy by a Hollywood that hears the constant drumbeat of "remake, remake, remake"? I am hear to tell you that Ocean's 8 is a slick, smooth and successful stand alone film.

Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) belongs to what must be a genetically gifted family of charming criminal masterminds that includes her brother, Danny Ocean (George Clooney) from the original Ocean's movies. She is just out of prison on parole and shows off her skills by quickly and easily conning herself into some expensive cosmetics, a new wardrobe and a free hotel room. Right off the bat she has reconnected with former partner Lou (Cate Blanchett) and set out to put together a crew to pull off a heist years in the planning. A movie like Ocean's 8 can live or die on casting alone. Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter play the lovely ladies of larceny who each bring their special skills to the job. The goal is to get a ridiculously expensive hunk of a diamond necklace out of a Cartier vault and on the neck of "it girl" actress Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway). It will then be stolen from that neck and in a way that Debbie and her crew will not even be suspects.

Ocean's 8 is a carefully choreographed movie with everything from the cinematography, the music and even the clothes giving the sophisticated feeling of Ocean's 11 but with added feminine edge. No complaints about the acting at all. Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett who take up a lot of screen time have a natural connection and make their interactions seem effortless. Helena Bonham Carter gets some extra kudos for allowing us to see a past version of herself. The quirkiness remains but no screeching, villainous witch in sight. Instead she is a refreshing character with a lot of real vulnerability. The stage might gets a bit full at times and you'll wish that your favorite character got more screen time but I see it as a natural by product of a movie with such a big cast. One last gushing compliment and then I promise I will stop. For those that appreciate fashion, Ocean's 8 has some fabulous clothes. I think Cate Blanchett comes out ahead. Lou is a whirlwind of well cut suits, layers of jewelry and swagger (I can safely say that part is all her). I don't know if Ocean's 8 will spawn a franchise or rest on it's laurels as a fun summer movie but I give it a A.