Category Archives: comedy

Blocker’s Green and Red Band Trailers

Directed by Kay Cannon, Blocker’s follows three parents who discover their daughters’ pact to lose their virginity at prom. The parents launch a covert one-night operation to stop the teens from sealing the deal.  Leslie Mann (The Other Woman, This Is 40), Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors, Suicide Squad) and John Cena (Trainwreck, Sisters) star in Blockers, the directorial debut of Kay Cannon. She is the writer of the Pitch Perfect series.

 

The Leisure Seeker Trailer and Clips

Directed and co-written by Italian Paolo Virzì, The Leisure Seeker follows a vintage recreational vehicle as John, played by Donald Sutherland and Ella Spencer, played by Helen Mirren take one last road trip from Boston to the Hemingway House in the Florida Keys.

The road trip movie is about John and Ella arriving at the Keys before his Alzheimer’s and her cancer can catch up with them.  The movie is based on a novel, so the story is rich and thought-provoking.

 

Overboard Trailer

Co-written and directed by Rob Greenberg, Overboard follows Leonardo,  played by Eugenio Derbez, a selfish, spoiled, rich playboy from Mexico’s richest family and Kate, played by Anna Faris,  a working-class single mother of three hired to clean Leonardo’s luxury yacht.

Leonardo unjustly fires Kate and refuses to pay her. He falls overboard when partying too hard and wakes up on the Oregon coast with amnesia. Kate shows up at the hospital and, to get payback, convinces Leonardo he is her husband and puts him to work – for the first time in his life.

At first miserable and inept, Leonardo slowly settles in. Eventually, he earns the respect of his new family and co-workers. But, with Leonardo’s billionaire family hot on their trail and the possibility of his memory returning at any moment, makes for a fun and entertaining movie.

Watch the trailer and get a sense of the old Hollywood movies where the audience is in on the gag.

Ocean’s 8 Trailer is Upbeat with Bullock and the Girls

Directed and co-written by Gary Ross, Ocean’s 8,  follows Danny Ocean’s estranged sister Debbie, played by Sandra Bullock, attempts to pull off the heist of the century at New York City’s star-studded annual Met Gala. Her first stop is to assemble the perfect crew: Lou, Rose, Daphne Kluger, Nine Ball, Tammy, Amita, and Constance. These roles are played part and parcel by Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, and Dakota Fanning in an undisclosed role.

Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dog Trailer

Directed and written by Wes Anderson, Isle of Dog looks hilarious with tons of fun to watch over and over again. The trailer is fantastic and I am still laughing.

The story is so cool, which takes place in the future, an outbreak of canine flu leads the mayor of a Japanese city to banish all dogs to an island that’s a garbage dump. The outcasts must soon embark on an epic journey when a 12-year-old boy arrives on the island to find his beloved pet.

Do you recognize those voices? They are Anderson’s cohorts including Ed Norton and Bill Murray with

Bryan Cranston, Jeff Goldblum, Ken Watanabe, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Courtney B. Vance, Fisher Stevens, Harvey Keitel, Liev Schreiber, Scarlett Johansson, and Tilda Swinton.

Cook Off! Trailer

Directed by both Guy Shalem and Cathryn Michon, Cook Off! follows the reality-show shenanigans mix with the cutthroat world of competitive baking in the delectably sly mockumentary.

I am going along with the shows play on words to describe this crazy and nonsensical story as a buffet of quirky contestants prepare for the renowned Van Rookle Farms Cooking Contest. The heat is on to win a one-million-dollar prize.

As the movie follows the contestants and the wily media and celebrity judges descend on a hotel convention area to see which contestants rise, which ones fall, who will reveal their true nature, and who will find love with the contest’s costumed Muffin Man mascot.

I get the impression that we are seeing nothing but improv with the talented cast that includes Cathryn Michon, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone, Gary Anthony Williams, Niecy Nash, Diedrich Bader, Stephen Root, and Sam Pancake. Will the movie be zesty or tasteless?

Perhaps, some viewers will relate the that crazy and give an affectionate nod to ordinary Americans who believe they’re one dollop of spray cheese away from achieving their dreams.

However, this is no British bake off.

The Man Who Invented Christmas Trailer, Poster, Movie Clips, and Featurette

Directed by Bharat Nalluri, The Man Who Invented Christmas follows the magical journey of Charles Dickens, played by Dan Stevens, which led to the development of one of the most classic characters in literature – Ebenezer Scrooge, played by Christopher Plummer. The classic story includes other well-known characters such as Tiny Tim.

Watching this trailer and being a writer, I find myself caught up in the irony of Dickens trying to create one of the most celebrated stories ever.

The movie is based on the book by Les Standiford, who is also a historian and has written several books on poignant times in history.  Nalluri also directed Miss Pettigrew Lives for A Day, which did quite well at the box office.

The Man Who Invented Christmas entertains the story of how Charles Dickens mixed real-life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today.

I am delighted to see Outlander alumni, Scottish actor Bill Paterson, who plays Ned Gowan, Simon Callow, who played Duke of Sandringham, and Annette Badland, who played Mrs. Fritz.

Great little clip, Dickens struggles to concentrate in a household of children.

This looks like a fun movie to see during the holiday season.

It is wonderful to see the process of such a great writer.

Great Featurette, the movie gets under Dicken’s skin.

Just Getting Started Trailer

Written and directed by Ron Shelton, who brought us Tin Cup and Bull Durham, Just Getting Started follows Duke Diver, played by Morgan Freeman, Duke is a freewheeling manager of the luxury Palm Springs resort, the Villa Capri.

The story is about Diver who might have a mysterious past. Yet, he is on top in his game because he’s a pro at making sure that life for the high-spirited residents is one big, non-stop party. But the existing state of affairs is challenged when ex-military charmer Leo, played by Tommy Lee Jones, checks in, triggering a competition between Duke and Leo for the top spot of Alpha male, as well as for the affections of the newly-arrived Suzie, played by Rene Russo.

Duke’s past unexpectedly catches up with him, and Leo and Duke put aside their differences and the two men reluctantly team up to stop whoever is trying to kill Duke, and also save the Villa Capri.

Additional cast includes Jane Seymour, George Wallace, Joe Pantoliano, Glenne Headly, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Graham Beckel, and Elizabeth Ashley.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Trailer, Clips, and Featurettes

Directed by Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a dark comedy that follow Mildred Hays, played by Frances McDormand, who after months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, makes a bold move, commissioning three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby, played by Woody Harrelson. Apparently, Willoughby is the town’s revered chief of police but it such doesn’t look like it in the trailer.

When Willoughby’s second-in-command Officer Dixon, played by Sam Rockwell, an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement is only exacerbated.

This is a great interview about an actor’s process of being the character.

The trailer is hilarious and fun to watch but I still feel Hays’ pain of losing her daughter without the police doing anything about her murder.

The story begins with Mildred Hayes and the three billboards she rents on Drinkwater Road. “I decided the buyer of the billboards was an aggrieved mother and from there, things almost wrote themselves,” McDonagh recalls. “Mildred was someone strong, determined and raging, yet also broken inside. That was the germination of the story.”

Frances McDormand is awesome to watch in the trailer and clip as a modern, female variant of the classic western hero in a showdown-style performance. “I really latched onto John Wayne in a big way as my physical idea, because I really had no female physical icons to go off of for Mildred,” she explains. “She is more in the tradition of the Spaghetti Western’s mystery man, who comes walking down the center of the street, guns drawn, and blows everybody away — although I think it’s important that the only weapons Mildred ever uses are her wits and a Molotov cocktail.”

“I could see it in her walk and her attitude,” says McDonagh. “I think John Wayne did become a touchstone to a degree for Frances. But I also see Brando and Montgomery Clift in there, too.”

Here is a featurette describing McDonagh.