Well, how about these eventful times, eh? Anyone feeling anxious, panicked, worried – well, you’re definitely not alone. The corona pandemic has made its way to almost every country. Including mine, Estonia, which is super tiny with only 1,3 million people and has already over 200 infected (as we know of). Statistically we are not doing so great. Thankfully I have the option to work from home but I can just imagine how stressful it is for those who can’t go to work right now. Sending you all the best and let’s just stay healthy and get this virus contained! In the light of these events and being stuck at home for a while (as if I don’t do that on a regular basis), I decided to share my current favourite HBO shows. Everyone’s been loving on Netflix but HBO deserves some love too!
Well, well, well. It was an important day for television yesterday, when the Emmy awards were given out to the best of the best. I did not watch the Emmy award show itself but I did read through the list of winners, and spent way too long staring at those daring red carpet looks. So I figured I’d talk a little about it and share some of my thoughts about this year’s Emmy awards.
It’s been ages since I last reviewed a TV show, but it’s now time to tackle the second season of Ozark. Going in with high expectations felt inevitable, since I adored the first season so much. Find out if the pressure of expectations got the better of season 2, and whether the Byrde family is close to getting out of trouble.
Before watching Ozark, I thought Mindhunter was definitely going to win my number one spot for best Netflix show of the year. Granted, there are still many promising first place contenders coming up (Stranger Things 2, The Punisher), but I didn’t expect Ozark to push Mindhunter of its pedestal so quickly. Should have seen it coming though, since I’ve always had a soft spot for Jason Bateman, and his character Martin Byrde is especially intriguing.
I have dedicated some paragraphs to spoilers.
Some weeks ago, on a Thursday evening, the latest I’ve gone to the cinema in a while, I intended to enjoy a movie that was going to be thrilling and exciting. Now, it was something, but it wasn’t as thrilling as I hoped it would be. Nevertheless, The Gift was actually a rather interesting psychological movie focusing on a popular topic from a fresh angle. Plus, thanks to this movie, gift giving now has a completely new meaning to me.
Identity Thief marks the first 2013 release I have gotten to see and well, I’m just the opposite of thrilled of that fact. Seriously, what was I thinking with actually watching this movie when I’m well aware of my continues dislike towards the comedies Hollywood is proudly pushing down my throat? Who knows, because among the few laughs I somehow managed to get and the smouldering Jason Bateman, who I usually enjoy, Identity Thief is yet another comedy I did not like.
Keeping things on the fun side (before I do a short summary of this years Emmy Awards) I’m continuing with The Change-Up which I saw a couple of weeks ago. While I have the up-most respect for Jason Bateman (I just like him so much) I find Ryan Reynolds a bit annoying. I think it’s because I have seen him so much and he always seems to play the same characters. But I’m not gonna get into my subjective opinions cause I want to keep this post short.
So, this is another comedy that brings us the body-switch situation but a more grown-up version of this situation. I was quite excited about it before I went to see it and it was probably not a surprise to me that I ended up not liking it. Was it because of the jokes that went too far or was it because the ending was just too messy and weird. The babies in the movie were… well, I just felt sorry for them and I couldn’t really laugh from the heart. I don’t know how to explain but I just didn’t feel it.
Jason Bateman was adorable as always, Ryan Reynolds had the same expressions as always, Leslie Mann gets cast as a mom a lot (cause she is a mom?), Olivia Wilde was the hot assistant (hot being the main emphasis) and this was basically the whole main cast. IMDb has 6,4 for this one and I’m giving it a 2,5 out of 5 cause I’m not feeling the fun, but in other situations it can probably pull off a 3 out of 5.
Due to my Summer brake which means I have a lot of free time on my hands, I managed to go to the cinema twice (in June) – Horrible Bosses was my second choice and I was utterly thrilled about it. It seems that this is my 2011 favorite comedy so far and I think that it has a lot to do with the fact that the cast looks like the crown jewel of Hollywood. Starting with Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day and adding to them their bosses Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell and Jennifer Aniston you would think that nothing can go wrong and that would be the correct way of thinking.
Horrible Bosses tells a simple story about three friends who have horrible bosses and who they decide to kill. Simple as that and with a lot of humor and what can only be described as slightly crazy looking Rachel (Aniston’s most beloved character) with Charlie Day was pretty awesome. It was very interesting for me to watch Jennifer Aniston doing that type of a character because I’m used to her as a soft humor girl but Horrible Bosses showed that she can be a bit crazy-scary-funny as well. Nothing bad about it, it wasn’t too over the top for the plot but I doubt that that kind of a boss can really be real. Talking about real looking bosses, Kevin Spacey did magic with his character, the exact kind of horrible I was imagining before I watched this movie – making his employs do things by cornering them. I wouldn’t want to work with Kevin Spacey as my horrible boss but I would like to work with him as an actor – I think he’s brilliant. Colin Farrell had a lot of make-up and looked awful in a sense that he is a handsome man but in this he was far from it but he still gave a great performance.
Now when talking about the three friends who’s horrible bosses I already covered it’s really hard for me to grasp my thoughts into a solid sentences. First of all, I love all those guys, I liked them before but now it seems I have built up a fake love affair with all three (or if I had to choose one I would go with Bateman). They are all different, although both the Jasons look really similar: Bateman is this clean cut, sophisticated, hot from top to bottom and very sarcastic, Sudeikis is more loose, a bit rough around the edges and definitely more goofy while Charlie is cute as a button and more physical with his humor (his emotions at some moments were priceless). So putting them three together as a trio who were about to empark on a journey that was far from legal was a great casting call and with a solid script it’s no surprise they all signed in. This is exactly what I’m talking about, a solid script with a story that takes you from the beginning to end with lots of laughs and a great cast!
All in all, I liked this movie a lot and I’m totally okay with giving it a 4,5 out of 5. Why not 5, I think that considering its humor and vulgar approach to bosses, it might not be suitable for everybody and a movie that gets 5 should be good for everybody. I might even know why it has a 7,7 score in IMDb – comedies rarely get better grades cause humor is subjective and it’s very hard to get it 100% right with everybody. Horrible Bosses managed to get it right with me and I think that the fact that for me there haven’t been good comedies lately helped this movie out a bit – I just really needed a good laugh!
Since my town (which isn’t that small!) doesn’t have a cinema I decided to “build” one: I know show a variety of movies in my basement to those who bother showing up and who are also invited cause it’s free of charge. So it really isn’t a cinema and thinking about the rather small screen it can hardly be called a TV-watching-space also – which at the moment isn’t the point at all. The point is, that me and some of my friends watched Paul the other night and I think we liked it.
The movie tells a story about two British guys who go to comic-con (I would like to go there as well in the future!) and after that they begin their road-trip to places where aliens have been sighted. Then they find Paul (voice by Seth Rogen)- a friendly, pot-smoking and a funny alien who has escaped the government and wants to go home. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost who play the Brit’s help him and along the way they also pick up Kristen Wiig who plays a ex-Christian who knows a lot of weird curse-sentences. One of my favorite characters in this was actually played by Jason Bateman – I simply love that guy.
Anyway, this was a rather good comedy about an alien although I think that it isn’t better than Men in Black – best alien comedy movie I know. But considering Paul’s good grade on IMDb (7,2) and the fact that Paul is a common name in Estonia (and I like to say that I just watched Paul because I have a friend who has that name as well) I’m thinking this was a 3,5 out of 5. So it falls short of a 4 because I think I could have laughed much more than I did – I always need a little bit more.
In this rate this summer is going to be very funny because another good comedy has released its trailer: Horrible Bosses. One thing that makes this probably my most favorite out of all the comedies this summer is the list of actors in it. Starting with Jason Bateman, Kevin Spacey, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Aniston! This has all the comedy stars in one movie and it seems that it’s all what a great comedy needs. Add the fact that this movie is about bosses who are described as horrible you might even have something in common with it.
As an interesting fact, this movie was co-written by one of the cast members of Bones. Want to guess who? No. Okay. It is John Francis Daley who plays Sweets. Another fact, this movie opens on July 8th.[youtube=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDUpOXfwQUo”]