Review of DOWNTON ABBEY – Rated PG

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DOWNTON ABBEY REVIEW

By Mary Cox

PG rated

If you are a fan of the television series “Downton Abbey” you are going to absolutely love this opportunity to spend a couple of hours with the Crawleys of Downton Abbey and their staff.  If you have never watched “Downton Abbey” on television you can still enjoy the elegant writing of Julian Fellowes.

The movie stands alone but like the television show the story is chuck full of twists, turns and tension when it is announced that the King and Queen of England plan to visit Downton Abbey.

There is only one word that describes the cinematography, sets and costumes: majestic.  Everything about this movie is regal; especially the acting.  Even though the television program saw all the characters going their own ways, Fellowes found a way to bring them all back flawlessly.

Michelle Dockery who plays Lady Mary Crawley looked terrific with her new bob hairdo and she seemed a little kinder than before.  Lady Edith, (Laura Carmichael), has never looked better.   Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern returned as Lord and Lady Crawley.

The downstairs staff is back with the Crawleys.  Mrs., Pattimore, (Lesley Nicol) and the irrepressible Daisy, (Sophie McShera), are in the kitchen.  The retired Carson, (Jim Carter), is brought back by Lady Mary.  Mrs. Hughes, (Phyllis Logan) is still head housekeeper. Anna (Joanne Froggatt) and Bates, (Brendan Coyle) have a son.  Anna saves the day when the royal staff come to Downton to replace the staff.

Imelda Staunton plays Maud Bagshaw, a cousin of Violet.  In real life she is Jim Carter’s wife.  You will recognize her from the Harry Potter series.

The banter between Violet Crawley, (Maggie Smith), And Isobel Merton, (Penelope Wilton),  was the highlight of the film for me and provided some of the funniest moments.

I am a fan of the “Downton Abbey” television show and I loved the movie.  I went to two screenings it was so good and I plan to purchase the film because this is a movie that you will want to see over and over; it will stand the test of time.  However, the best way to see the film for the first time is on the big screen.  “Downton Abbey”  needs to be seen on the big screen to do justice to the splendor of the production.

I GIVE THIS FILM 5 STARS

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2” revealed a new trailer this morning that journeys into the enchanted forest, revealing more of Anna & Elsa’s adventure in this highly anticipated feature film – FROZEN 2 Hits Theatres  Nov. 22, 2019.

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Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2” revealed a new trailer this morning that journeys into the enchanted forest, revealing more of Anna & Elsa’s adventure in the highly anticipated feature film – in U.S theatres  Nov. 22, 2019.

The trailer and images introduce the following characters and voice cast:

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  • KING AGNARR – The son of King Runeard, King Agnarr is married to Queen Iduna, and is Anna and Elsa’s father. King Agnarr loves his family, and would do anything to ensure his daughters’ wellbeing and safety. Alfred Molina lends his voice to King Agnarr.
  • YELANA – The unspoken leader of the nomadic Northuldra. She is fiercely protective of her family and community but is known to soften when people show an understanding of nature and their  environment. Martha Plimpton was called on to bring Yelana to life.
  • HONEYMAREN – A member of the Northuldra, Honeymaren is a true free spirit and wants nothing more than to bring peace to the enchanted forest. She is bold and brave, with a reverence for the magic of nature. Rachel Matthews provides the voice of Honeymaren.
  • RYDER  – Eager and fun, Honeymaren’s brother Ryder embraces life with optimism. Ryder’s love of reindeer might just rival Kristoff’s – but unlike Kristoff, Ryder has never roamed the great plains outside of the Enchanted Forest. He longs to embrace the world and venture beyond the magical mist. Jason Ritter lends his voice to Ryder.
  • BRUNI – Curious and cute, this salamander inhabits the Enchanted Forest. Though shy at first, Bruni can’t help but be drawn to Elsa’s icy magic and enjoys the cool snowflake treats she creates.

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U.S. Release Date:  Nov. 22, 2019

Voice cast:  Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff, Sterling K. Brown, Evan Rachel Wood, Alfred Molina, Martha Plimpton, Jason Ritter, Rachel Matthews.

Directed by: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

Produced by: Peter Del Vecho

Why was Elsa born with magical powers? What truths about the past await Elsa as she ventures into the unknown to the enchanted forests and dark seas beyond Arendelle? The answers are calling her but also threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she’ll face a dangerous but remarkable journey. In “Frozen,” Elsa feared her powers were too much for the world. In “Frozen 2,” she must hope they are enough. From the Academy Award®-winning team—directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, producer Peter Del Vecho and songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez—and featuring the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2019.

NOTES:

  • “Frozen,” which opened in 2013, is the highest grossing animated film of all time.
  • “Frozen” won an Academy Award® for best animated feature film of the year. The film’s iconic song, “Let It Go,” with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, also won an Oscar® for best achievement in music written for motion picture, original song.

AD ASTRA – Rated PG-13 – 2 hr. 2 mins        

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AD ASTRA – Rated PG-13 – 2 hr. 2 mins        

Director:  James Gray, Dan Bradley

Cast:  Brad Pitt, Liv Tyler, Ruth Negga, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland

Astronaut Roy McBride undertakes a mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father and his doomed expedition that now, 30 years later, threatens the universe.

NO SPOILERS BELOWAD ASTRA isn’t a movie…it’s a magic trick.  The film gives you some amazing visuals and an outstanding leading man to distract your attention from the fact that the movie’s story is not as great as it seems.  The fact of the matter is, AD ASTRA’s story is weak, but because you’re watching Brad Pitt on screen and another one of his exceptional performances you’re not going to notice that, a lot (if not all) of this movie is below average.  Science aside (which I will get back too), the plot is as basic as it gets, and we’ve heard it a thousand times before. My dad left. My dad died. My dad might still be alive. My journey to find my dad begins now. There is nothing original about AD ASTRA except that it is Brad Pitt’s 1st Space Adventure Movie – (which was extremely fun to write just now, Lmao).  Now let’s talk about the science portion of AD ASTRA because it is atrocious.  I don’t know if the directors were trying to ground this movie in reality or make it more of a fantastical period piece, but either way it didn’t work because of all the “space laws” were pretty much broken and the set pieces just added to that confusion.  If you’re going to make a space movie your sets must follow the rules you are suggesting. For example, in the 2016 film PASSENGERS the film’s “space laws” were followed. Everything in the film looked like things that could not have been invented for a very long time or were not even at all possible.  They had cryo-tubes, a Michael Sheen robot that served you drinks and an amusement park ride that dragged you behind the spaceship you were hitching a ride on. Far fetched and we knew this because the story, set pieces and special effects supported this idea. In AD ASTRA, they do not do this. They make you think this is in our possible near future and a LOT of the stuff in this movie are not possible without some sort of explanation that they do not give to you, which in turn makes the movie distracting.  There’s also some other science in the film that they screw up, like…umm…I don’t know…let’s pick one at random…I know…GRAVITY!!! How do you screw that one up? That should’ve been the third question after they green lit this picture. What genre is the film? Sci-Fi. Who should we cast? Brad Pitt. What are we going to do about gravity in this film? It’s space, it’ll work itself out. No no no no no nooooooooooooooooo! One thing I did like about AD ASTRA is that it has proven once again what movie going audiences have already known for quite some time and that is…”IN BRAD WE TRUST!!!”  Brad Pitt can make a very weak movie with a story that is not written very well, look better than it actually is. Some prime examples of movies from his resume that do just this are the following:

  • THE DEVIL’S OWN
  • ALLIED
  • THE TREE OF LIFE
  • WAR MACHINE
  • THE COUNSELLOR
  • BY THE SEA
  • THE MEXICAN
  • COOL WORLD (Honorable Mention)

Pitt is one of my “ALL TIME” favorite actors and it seems like everything he does, he puts all he has into making the best film possible, but sometimes he’s working with a bad story.  And sometimes having Brad Pitt in your movie is just not enough. So, if you’re a big Sci-Fi movie fan, my suggestion is to stay away from AD ASTRA because it will only piss you off to no end.  But if you’re just a fan of Brad Pitt and don’t care about the laws of science, then it’s totally up to you to watch this one either at the theater or on your couch at home. Until next time, thanks for reading. 

Review of HUSTLERS – Rated R – 1 hr. 49 mins.

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HUSTLERS – Rated R – 1 hr. 49 mins

DIRECTOR/WRITER:  Lorene Scafaria

WRITERS:  Jessica Pressler (Magazine Article)

STARRING:  Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Mercedes Ruehl, Lili Reinhart, Cardi B, Mette Towley, Trace Lysette and Wai Ching Ho.

Inspired by a New York Magazine Article, penned by Jessica Pressler (Julia Stiles), we meet Exotic Dancer Destiny (Constance Wu), trying to make a living in the world of Exotic Dance, not only so she can survive, but to aid her ailing grandmother (Wai Ching Ho) too.  When she finally meets “the Queen” of the Strip club they are both working at, the incredibly gorgeous, and smart Ramona (Jennifer Lopez), Ramona takes Destiny under her wing, and teaches her the ropes of their profession, and how to really make money from the tons of investment bankers, investment brokers, and Wallstreet tycoons that frequent their establishment, each and every week.  When the great fall of 2008 effects everyone’s bank account, including the gentleman that apparently can no longer afford their weekly stripper fix, Ramona, Destiny, Mercedes (Keke Palmer), and new girl on the block Annabelle (Lili Reinhart) decide to take matters into their own hands, coercing these gentleman once again, with their good looks, and dancing techniques, oh, and maybe a little drugging along the way too, before they manage to clean out their bank accounts, in order to continue to live the highlife, they have all grown accustomed to…

I give HUSTLERS a rating of WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD OR NETFLIX:  Even though it seems that there are many other critics singing this films accolades, even determining that Jennifer Lopez’s acting is worthy of some accolades come awards time, I personally think that this film was rather run of the mill, and middle of the road.  I mean, don’t get me wrong, Lopez is perfectly cast in this role, and she is really good in it ~ If I only had her perfectly sculpted body and poll dancing moves at 50, which in itself is truly amazing stuff to view ~ but beyond those facts, I wasn’t so blown away by her performance, that I felt it was Golden Globe or Oscar worthy. I actually thought that Constance Wu’s performance was the best throughout this film, as she channels an entirely different character, than the squeaky clean persona she portrays in last years “Crazy Rich Asians”, and with much more depth and realism that I think I have ever seen from her before.  The most amazing thing about this film, for me actually, was that it is based on real-life events, where these Hustlers made sure that the men that wanted to view “their merchandise”, ended up in a situation that they were all ill-equipped to handle, paying exorbitant amounts of cash-o-la, for not a lot of pleasure, when it was all said and done.  But, if you are thinking that you want to have a super-fun girls night this weekend and catch a slightly better than average chick-flick, then by all means, gather your girlfriends and head out to a theater near you this weekend and catch Wu and Lopez in action, but if you are hoping to see an incredible movie, with Oscar worthy performances, take my word for it, you are going to be rather disappointed, so that is why I am suggesting that you still view this film…you just wait to do it, when you can view it, in the comfort of your own home.

Review of BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON – Rated R – 1 hr. and 44 mins.

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“So funny, so real, and so inspiring, you just have to see it on a big screen near you!” Kathy Kaiser, Matineechat.com

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BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON – Rated R – 1 hr. and 44 mins.

DIRECTOR/WRITER:  Paul Downs Colaizzo 

STARRING:  Jillian Bell, Michaela Watkins, Alice Lee, Mikah Stock, Utkarsh Ambudkar, and Patch Darragh

Have you ever seen a film before that manages to move you to your core, and that’s just as funny, as it is real, with each passing frame?  Well, the Audience Award Winner at this year’s Sundance Film Festival is all that, and so much more, as we get the pleasure of venturing into the messed up life of 20-something party girl Brittany (Jillian Bell), always looking for a good time, and a way to escape her rather mundane existence.  Set to liven up her life through chemistry, Brittany seeks to acquire and experience the effects of recreational Adderall, but, much to her dismay, her physician of choice Dr. Falloway (Patch Darragh), isn’t caving into her request of how to make herself feel better.  Instead, he suggests another way, stressing the importance of living a healthier lifestyle, while conveying how much better she would feel in general, if she could manage to get 50 lbs. off her not so large frame.  And how, pray tell, does one manage to get that much weight off, without a gym membership, which Brittany totally can’t afford, or better yet, how do you get the ambition to take on such a monumental task?  Enter her upstairs neighbor, and running enthusiast Catherine (Michaela Watkins), who of course has the perfect body, the perfect disposition, and apparently, an unlimited bank account.  Apparently trying to deal with her own demons too it seems, Catherine finally convinces Brittany to take on the world by joining her running group, where she meets fellow slacker, turned running groupie Seth (Micah Stock). When our newfound companions decide It’s the perfect time for each of them to gain control of their lives, they set out to train to run the New York Marathon.  But even with Brittany pushing everyone to follow the path they set forth with running the Marathon, it seems that she is still in need of some self-introspection along the way, in order to defy all of her insecurities, and emotional baggage, which apparently have nothing to do with her losing a few more pounds…

I give BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN:  It’s very rare to come across a film that is a true story, and scripted, acted and directed so well, that it manages to move you, without coming across as fake, or contrived, and that my friends is exactly what you are in store for with newcomer Colaizzo’s film, Brittany Runs a Marathon! Comedian Jillian Bell has spread her wings to show us all that she is one heck of a dramatic actress too, as her performance is so superb as Brittany, that it totally transcends all of her previous roles to date. Watkins, Ambudkar and Lee also manage to bring depth to this film in their respective roles, as they all convey a genuineness in this film, that is not only memorable, but moving as well.  Tender, touching and sometimes in-your-face all too real, Brittany Runs A Marathon is one of those uniquely created films, that will manage to not only affect, but totally inspire each and every person who gets the opportunity to view it, regardless of where you are peon your own life’s journey.  There is truly not one scene within this perfectly crafted film that you cannot relate to in one way or another, either from a point of reference earlier in life, or as for me, as I personally shed a tear of two when it came way too close to my present existence, so be prepared for to possibly shed a tear or two along the way as well!  Just know that from its comedic laughs to its heart-wrenching realities of life, Brittany Runs a Marathon is the definite “Must See” film this weekend, even with its limited release here locally, so just plan on taking that 30 minute drive to see this awesomely fabulous film, and I promise you, you won’t be sorry!

Check out the NEW TRAILER for BAD BOYS FOR LIFE – Hits Theaters January 17, 2020

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Genre: Action/Comedy

January 17, 2020

The Bad Boys Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) are back together for one last ride in the highly anticipated Bad Boys for Life.

Directed By:
Adil El Arbi & Bilall FallahScreenplay by:
Joe Carnahan and Chris Bremner

Story by:
Peter Craig and Joe Carnahan and Chris Bremner

Produced by:
Jerry Bruckheimer
Will Smith

Executive Producers:
Doug Belgrad
Barry Waldman
Chad Oman
Mike Stenson

Cast:
Will Smith
Martin Lawrence
Vanessa Hudgens
Alexander Ludwig
Charles Melton
Paola Nunez
Kate Del Castillo
Nicky Jam
and Joe Pantoliano

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Suit up and check out this new clip from Ad Astra, starring Brad Pitt. Get tickets now to see it in theaters September 20th, 2019

 

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Suit up and check out this new clip from Ad Astra, starring Brad Pitt. Get tickets now to see it in theaters September 20.

20th Century Fox has released a special preview of the intense, action-filled “Moon Rover” sequence from AD ASTRA, coming to theaters on September 20, 2019. Starring Brad Pitt, AD ASTRA is a paranoid thriller in space that follows Roy McBride (Pitt) on a mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father and his doomed expedition that now, 30 years later, threatens the universe. Director James Gray (THE LOST CITY OF Z, THE IMMIGRANT) and director of photography Hoyte van Hoytema (INTERSTELLAR, DUNKIRK) researched actual images of the Moon from the Apollo lunar missions to ensure an authentic look that will surely be breathtaking on the big screen.

AD ASTRA stars Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler, and Donald Sutherland.

AD ASTRA arrives in theaters everywhere on September 20, 2019 from The Walt Disney Studios. Pre-order tickets now at adastramovie.comAD ASTRA 
Release: September 20, 2019
Directed by: James Gray
Written by: James Gray & Ethan Gross
Produced by: Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, James Gray, Anthony Katagas, Rodrigo Teixeira, Arnon Milchan
Cast: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler and Donald Sutherland

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A paranoid thriller in space that follows Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) on a mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father and his doomed expedition that now, 30 years later, threatens the universe.

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Celebrate International Dog Day with Downton’s very good boy! Downton Abbey hits in theaters Friday Sept. 20th

Celebrate International Dog Day with Downton’s very good boy!

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The Motion Picture Event

In Theaters on September 20, 2019 

Story: This fall, the worldwide phenomenon DOWNTON ABBEY, becomes a grand motion picture event, as the beloved Crawleys and their intrepid staff prepare for the most important moment of their lives.  A royal visit from the King and Queen of England will unleash scandal, romance and intrigue that will leave the future of Downton hanging in the balance.  Written by series creator Julian Fellowes and starring the original cast.

Director:  Michael Engler

Writer: Julian Fellowes

Producers: Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge, Julian Fellowes

Cast:  Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Matthew Goode, Harry Hadden-Paton, David Haig, Geraldine James, Robert James-Collier, Simon Jones, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Tuppence Middleton, Stephen Campbell Moore, Lesley Nicol, Kate Phillips, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton, Penelope Wilton

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Round Table interview with Marlon Wayans, chatting about his new Netflix film – SEXTUPLETS.

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Round Table interview with Marlon Wayans, chatting about his new on Netflix – SEXTUPLETS.

When you meet someone as authentically genuine and tuned in as Marlon Wayans, you can’t help but to admire him, and his talents. And as you’ll soon find out, his passion for his work, and his family, are what keep him striving to do his best work, each and every time.

As our interview started, Marlon explained how much his sister Diedre loved his new film, “She was so excited about the fact that in this film, I don’t hump anything, she didn’t see my ass, not one time.”  She said “I love this movie; this is for everybody.  This is what the world needs.  They need to play this at the Hong Kong airport…it’s going to heal the world…:”

Tom Stockman from Wearemoviegeeks.com shared with Marlon that he thought this film is his best work, and that it totally wore him out just watching it.  Marlon laughed and said “I’m still tired, I need an IV after this.  I need like 10 of them.  I need to cleanse…this film was like going to war…and I just can’t recover…”

Marlon also shared that this film was the hardest thing he’s ever done…” Like, when I’m shooting a scene and it has four characters in it, I at least have to do it four to five times, and each day is a different character.  It’s not like I had monitors around, oh like this is what I’m doing, I have to remember what I am doing, because there is an ear rig in my ear, so I have to remember what I did as Dawn, in order to react like Alan, but then there is another person in the scene, it’s all interactive.  The camera is always moving.  The motion capture that we did was like doing Avenger technology with a soul plane budget.”

Kevin Brackett of Reviewstl.com asked Marlon if they had to film on greenscreen to get the seamless interaction with all 6 of his characters?  “No not really.  Since we shot it on motion capture camera, your moves have to be in rhythm and your eyelines have to be perfect.  Like the last scene where Ethan and Alan meet each other, and they are circling each other, that is a hard move to do.  I had a stick for my eyes to follow.  And Because I person couldn’t do it in the same rhythm as another, but since they were all me, and my rhythm, I could do it.  If you check out my IGTV you can see what I’ve put up to show what we were doing.  And the last scene in the film with Jasper and Alan, and Russell and the Mom, if you look at the floor, there are marks all over the floor, it’s like a dance.  Everyone is choregraphed to go to all the marks on the floor and then we erase them all, but I’m doing everything in the scene…so when I’m doing Russell and I’m reacting to Allen, they really aren’t having a conversation, it’s me talking to a stick!”

I shared that I thought that filming this way had to be really hard to do.  But Marlon assured us that this is what he was meant to do “It is hard, but this is what I have been training to do my whole life.  This is like when I was five and played “Casey at the Bat” in my PS11 play, this is what I’ve always wanted to do.  It’s what I’ve always dreamt of doing.  I want to be the biggest star in the world, and in the meantime, you have to do the work.  And have the confidence and continue to get better.  That’s why I started doing standup, because stand up allows me to be a more engaging performer, and a better communicator.  It teaches you when you need to let up on the gas, and when to excel.  This is the most appropriate movie I’ve done…audience wise.  I mean I usually go Rated R, crazy, fluids everywhere.  This one is restrained, and everyone can see it.  It’s exciting to have finally made a movie that my Dad can see.

And of course, I had to ask Marlon which one of these fabulous characters he had the most fun playing?  “I had fun playing them all, but I really liked Ethan.  He was a little mischievous, he was a shapeshifter.  He started out trying to steal Alan’s identity, but end’s up having a heart, and you realize that he had a really tough road along the way too.  And as an Actor, Alan and Ethan are identical, so for me, being able to pull off the same guy, but with a totally different feel, I thought that would be impressive to me to pull off…”

To change it up a bit, Tom Stockman of Wearemoviegeeks.com, asked Marlon about a pet project he talked about last time he was in town, about doing a biopic about Richard Pryor which Tom thought he would be perfect for…”This project isn’t happening right now, but I trust God, as I know if it doesn’t happen, it’s not meant to be.  It means that you have to did deeper.   I feel there is always a silver lining.  Getting the role of Pryor, ended up bringing me to the stage.  The method actor in me also brought me to stage to play my comedic hero.  And even though the movie didn’t come to fruition, I stayed on the journey of Comedy.  I did my first special. It’s funny because I started out wanting to play a great, and now, I want to be a great.  So, instead of worrying about doing the Richard Pryor story, I’m living, trying to be the Marlon Wayans story.  And I think having that perspective about my life, that when it doesn’t happen, it wasn’t meant to be, is a good thing.  And now if the movie happens now, because I’ve stayed on this journey, and because I’ve been doing standup, because I’ve been evolving as a comedian, now I can look at that project with my past experience and go, “Where is he at in this part of the standup?  Is he about to film a Special?  Is on tour?  Is he trying to figure it out?  How big is the venue? Is this the first show, the second show or the third show of the night.  I know now how to play the details of it from a performers perspective, because I’ve put in 9 years of method acting by being on a stage every weekend to become a comedian, and when you combine that with my acting skills, I think I could do this project so much more justice now.  And if this project never gets made, I hope at some point in my life, some young comedian will want to do the Marlon Wayans story.

Rocky Knuckles from DeLux Magazine asked Marlon about bringing his entourage of himself, Rick and Mike to another project, and does he feel that he would want to return to his past, to recreate some of his classic work “I would love to bring things back, I would love nothing more than to bring some projects from my past back, because I think society needs those types of films now.  People think people are sensitive.  I don’t think that people are sensitive.  I think people are being programmed to be sensitive, but that’s very unamerican.  We live in a place where our constitution states that we have freedom of speech, we have freedom of thought, we have freedom of opinion and I think we all need to exercise these things, and stop being programmed by social media, as they keep trying to state what the themes of our country are.  We are individuals, and as an individual you have the right to have your own sense of humor.  If I find fun in a funny ass racist joke, I’m going to laugh.  Look, Don Rickles had some really funny racist jokes, why can’t I laugh at that now?   Why would I go “Don Rickles isn’t funny because that is not appropriate? “Don Rickles was funny then, he’s funny now.  Here’s the beautiful thing about White Chicks…they tell me that I couldn’t make White Chicks now?  And I say sure I could, because you know who loves white chicks the most?  WHITE CHICKS!  So, you know what that makes it…a god damn good joke.  A good joke is when the people you are sending up, are laughing the loudest.  So as long as you are doing things with kid gloves, and you are making it an inclusive laugh, there is no wrong in comedy like that.  Offensive is if I do Dawn, and black women hate it, I got a problem.  But if I do Dawn, and Dawn is the black woman’s favorite character, then boo, I did that.  I mean every now and then you are going to get sensitive people, because some people are just raised in a bubble, but that’s not PEOPLE.  But this is the influence of other countries trying to squash our first amendment rights, by changing the narrative throughout our country through social media, through twitter and fake accounts.  And then the media picks it up.  I do standup every weekend, and people laugh at the darkest and craziest joke as long as it’s funny.  If you get “ohhhhh” in the dark, and you bring them back with a big laugh, people are going to respect you for that.”

Kevin Brackett of Reviewstl.com sighted that Marlon has stated in the past how Eddie Murphy has influenced his comedy, as he wondered if he spoke with Eddie about playing the multiple roles in SEXTUPLETS, like Murphy’s done in numerous films? “No, I talked with him when we were making Norbet, and were doing a scene together, and I said this has to be so much fun getting to do so all these characters, and he said, “yeah but man, this is work”. Yeah but you get to stretch and do all these characters, and he says :Heh, I said this is work”.  Now fast forward to my nephew being on the set of SEXTUPLETS, and he’s my stand in, and my body double, and he is like “This has to be so much fun uncle, playing all these characters, and I said to him “This is work…”

And I had to one more question to ask Marlon before our time was through, so I had to know if he channeled any of this family members while performing any of these incredible characters in the film?  “Dawn is a combination of two of my sisters…and Ethan is my sister Diedre and my brother Damon, back in their criminal days…”

Don’t miss your chance to check out the multi-talented Marlon Wayans in his new film Sextuplets, playing NOW on NETFLIX!

AFTER THE WEDDING – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 51 mins.

After the wedding

This Review is brought to you by Kathy Kaiser

AFTER THE WEDDING – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 51 mins.

DIRECTED BY:  Bart Freundlich 

WRITTEN BY:  Susanne Bier, Bart Freundlich and Anders Thomas Jensen

STARRING:  Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, Billy Crudup, Abby Quinn, Will Chase and Azhy Robertson

Let’s venture across the world to an orphanage in India, where Isabel (Michelle Williams) lives out her days, bringing joy to all those around her.  As the orphanage struggles to stay afloat, it seems a certain benefactor has stepped forward to help keep them afloat.  But, this “anonymous source”, located in New York City, is adamite that Isabel venture back to the states to get everything in place, before she will relinquish any of the funds.  And as Isabel soon finds, nothing is ever quite as it seems, when she meets business mogul Theresa (Julianne Moore), who is wrapped up in her own life, to be totally engaged with Isabel once she arrives,  thus suggesting that everything they need to discuss wait until after her daughter Grace’s (Abby Quinn) wedding…

Anxious to return to India as fast as she can, as she longs for her life among the children that she can’t live without, Isabel soon finds that Theresa’s intensions, although not forthright in the beginning, are truly pure and above reproach in the end, thus bringing Isabel to rethink he own life’s journey along the way too…

I give AFTER THE WEDDING a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN:  Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams are both absolutely brilliant in this beautifully written, and even more beautifully portrayed film.  After the Wedding manages to poetically pay tribute to the passion of life, the passion of motherhood, and the sacrifices that every woman in this world will make for those they love.  After the Wedding is truly one of those rare films that draws you in more and more, with each passing frame, and doesn’t let go.  Maybe it’s the fact that many parts of my own life seemed to be flashing before my eyes on screen.  Maybe it’s because I feel that both Moore and Williams should be getting nods for their exceptional performances throughout every inch of this fabulous film.  Or maybe it’s just because there are few films made these days that truly touch on the essence of women, like this film does.  All I know is that when you combine the work of Moore and Williams, with the additional exceptional performances by Billy Cudrup, and Abby Quinn,  you end up with one incredibly moving  film.  And please make sure to bring along some tissues too when you head out to the theater, as if you are a mother, a wife, a lover or a friend, After the Wedding is going to touch you in a way, that few films have done before…

Review of ANGEL HAS FALLEN  – Rated R  – 2 hr.        

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This humble opinion is brought to by you T. K. Edwards

ANGEL HAS FALLEN  – Rated R  – 2 hr.        

Director:  Ric Roman Waugh

Cast:  Gerard Butler, Piper Perabo, Morgan Freeman, Jada Pinkett Smith, Danny Huston, Nick Nolte, Time Blake Nelson

Secret Service Agent Mike Banning is framed for the attempted assassination of the President and must evade his own agency and the FBI as he tries to uncover the real threat.

NO SPOILERS BELOWANGEL HAS FALLEN is the 3rd movie in the Gerard Butler “HAS FALLEN” action movie franchise.  When the first movie (OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN) came out in 2013 it was overshadowed by the fact that the same exact movie (WHITE HOUSE DOWN) came out at the same exact time – just like the following movies:

  • DEEP IMPACT vs. ARMAGEDDON
  • THE PRESTIGE vs. THE ILLUSIONIST
  • CHASING LIBERTY vs. FIRST DAUGHTER
  • BABE vs. GORDY
  • TURNER & HOOCH vs. K-9
  • VOLCANO vs. DANTE’S PEAK 

When the second movie, LONDON HAS FALLEN, came out in 2016 I was pleasantly surprised by the fact they were going to have a “go” at making this a new franchise.  I thought the action in both films was decent and reminded me of old school 1990s movies filled with loads of guns, a ton of bullets, obnoxious explosions and an overload of bloody violence.  Now, with the release of ANGEL HAS FALLEN I know that’s exactly where we’re going with these movies. The “HAS FALLEN” franchise is this generation’s new DIE HARD series and to be honest, I’m weirdly okay with that.  I really like Gerard Butler and I enjoy his character, Mike Banning, in these movies. Butler can handle the action, the drama and the cheesy comedy scattered throughout all of these movies. He is also still young enough to be believable and looks like he can handle his own too.  Another thing that ANGEL HAS FALLEN does that I love and I think helps the series move forward is the inclusion of the same characters from the previous films. This is Morgan Freeman’s third time playing the character Allan Trumbull, but with a little twist this time…he’s the President.  And let’s face it, there’s only so many times Aaron Eckhart can be saved and continue being the President before he says, “You know, I think I’m not going to run next term. Terrorists seem to really want me dead and I’m getting too old for this shit. Let’s pass the torch to Mr. Freeman and see what he does with it”.  One big surprise for me in ANGEL HAS FALLEN was the inclusion of actor Nick Nolte as Mike Banning’s father. I wasn’t expecting too much from him and thought his performance in the movie WARRIOR was his final peak in his career, but once again to my surprise Nolte was one of the best parts of ANGEL HAS FALLEN. His grungy alley cat performance was a perfect fit for his character in the movie and he even brought loads of levity to off the wall action scenes.  All in all, ANGEL HAS FALLEN is exactly what you’re expecting it to be. A good old fashioned action movie. My suggestion is if you have seen the first two HAS FALLEN films and really like them, then go see this third one in theaters, otherwise this is one you should definitely watch at home. Until next time, thanks for reading.

P.S. – There is a bit of a post credit scene at the beginning of the credits and then nothing else follows.  

Kathy vs TK’s view of THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON – Rated PG-13

“Friends are the family YOU CHOOSE…”

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This Review is brought to you by Kathy Kaiser

THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 33 mins.

DIRECTORS/WRITERS:   Michael Schwartz and Tyler Nilson

STARRING:  Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, Bruce Dern, Thomas Haden Church, John Hawkes, and featuring Zack Gottsagen

As we trod down a path less traveled, as this Mark Twainesque adventure unfolds, we meet Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a young man with Downs Syndrome, who by no fault of his own, has been cooped up in an old folks’ home for far too long.  Zak passes his time longing to meet his idol, The Saltwater Redneck (Thomas Haden Church), who is not only a wrestler, but a wrestling instructor too.  When his roommate Carl (Bruce Dern) assists Zak in a rather masterful escape, it seems that he is now on the lam, seeking out a way to find his idol, so he too can learn the art of Wrestling.

When caseworker Eleanor (Dakota Johnson) realizes Zack is on the run, she has to find him, before he gets himself into a situation, that he has no idea how to get out of.  As fate would have it, Zak ends up crossing paths with local hooligan & fisherman Tyler (Shia LaBeouf), who seems to be as lost in his own life, as Zak presently is in his.  So, as these two new compadres make their way in the world, traveling to find Zak’s idol ~ they both soon find too, that you can achieve anything in this life if you put your mind to it, and as long as you have the people who truly love you ~ for you ~ along for the ride…

Writer & Director Michael Schwartz and Tyler Nilson have created a film that exudes from every frame of its being, the beauty and brilliance of one young man’s life, and as authentically genuine and real as it gets.  Shia LaBeouf is exceptional, and I feel, at the top of his game this time around, playing the lost in life, and rather downtrodden Tyler.  Newcomer Zack Gottsagen is absolutely incredible every step of the way too, in this film that Schwartz and Nilson saw fit to write and create, just for him!  Dakota Johnson is fabulous too, playing Zak’s caseworker, as she really shines in this heartfelt and dramatic role.  And once you bring in veteran actors Bruce Dern, John Hawkes and Thomas Haden Church to the mix, The Peanut Butter Falcon soars to new heights, bringing you a passionate story of humanity and kindness, that you absolutely must experience for yourself!  And if this films perfectly crafted storyline doesn’t tug enough at your heartstrings enough to reel you in, the cinematography of this masterpiece in the making sure will, as this film plays out as a love story to our way of life in the bayous, throughout every inch of this film as well.  Suffice to say that The Peanut Butter Falcon is one of those rare films that will touch every fiber of your being by the time it’s through, making it a definite MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN film for me, which shouldn’t be viewed any other way! It truly is one of the most touching and compassionate films I’ve seen in a very long time, and you will totally be doing yourself an injustice if you don’t run out to a theater near you this weekend and catch The Peanut Butter Falcon, in all its glory, as soon as possible

 

This humble opinion is brought to by you T. K. Edwards

THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 33 mins        

Director:  Tyler Nilson & Michael Schwartz

Cast:  Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, Zack Gottsagen, John Hawkes, Thomas Haden Church, Bruce Dern, Jon Bernthal

Zak runs away from his care home to make his dream of becoming a wrestler come true.

NO SPOILERS BELOW

THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON was such a welcome surprise as far as an independent film that had more heart and humor than I was expecting.  The title alone makes people stop and go “bug eyed” if they haven’t heard of it yet. I know when I was telling people about the movie, everyone’s initial reaction to the title was exactly the same, they each said – “What’s the name of the movie?”, followed immediately by, “What the hell is it about?”.  So instead of telling them, I just let the trailer do the talking and I have to say, once again, everyone had the same response which was – “That looks good”, followed immediately by, “I’d see that” (LMAO). I love watching independent movies and I’ll use THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON as an example to why I do.  One: They are always a surprise to me. You never know what you’re going to see when you watch an independent movie because they’re not oversaturated by how much the movie company advertise them. The only way you really know anything about these films is if you do your own research by reading up on them or if you go out of your way to watch the trailer.  That being said, the only way you’re going to see a trailer for this movie is if it starts having a following. A great example of this exact situation is the movie THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE OF EBBING MISSOURI. No one heard anything about that movie until the actors started getting nominated for awards. A second reason I love independent movies is the cast.  The cast of independent films usually give audiences the feeling they care just “that much” more. Maybe it’s because the project hits closer to home for them. Maybe the story is their own. Maybe they want to help their friends to make it. Whatever the reason is, the cast usually gives 120% and that is definitely the case with THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON. Shia LaBeouf stands out front with this point the most.  We all know him from his crazy weird antics he’s been doing the past few years, but what a lot of us have forgotten is the guy is a great actor. He really is. And he shows us just how diverse he can be with his role in this movie. I attribute the success of this whole movie to him. I don’t want to take away from the other lead of this film, Zack Gottsagen, he does a great job too and I would say he’s the heart of the film and the rest of the supporting cast are amazing too, but the driving force of THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON, the thing that moves this machine forward is Shia LaBeouf.  As far as my recommendation for THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON, I would say this one is either one you should see in theaters or wait to watch it at home. Either way, it’s definitely worth watching and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how much you will be taken with both the characters and the story. Until next time, thanks for reading.  

P.S. – There is no post credit scene.