Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again (***) but why, exactly?

James does the character a fair tribute. This film succeeds largely due to her great impression of Streep's original interpretation. Like the best retracings of characters, though, she paints enough outside the lines so we get to enjoy some amount of growth, even if we know where her story leads. Lily James deserves better than a sequel like this, even if she helps to elevate it to an above average film.

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle (****) – Viva Las Vegan

There is no dip in quality or effort in this film. If you enjoyed the first one and can willingly suspend disbelief when it comes to characters that come and go, you should have no problems here. Vaughn's sense of humor, understanding of visual flair and development of character is still on point here.

Bridget Jones’s Baby (**1/2) Just a little further…

Ultimately this is the story about Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy. In that respect, it feels more stilted than ever. Someone took happily ever after and broke it up only so they could make a couple of sequels. If it were only possible to make a happily ever after sequel that didn't involve the split ups.

Gambit loses the bet

Gambit - 2012 Director Michael Hoffman Starring Colin Firth, Alan Rickman, Cameron Diaz, Tom Courtenay, Stanley Tucci, Cloris Leachman Writers Joel and Etan Cohen Gambit is a film who's pedigree and history is more interesting than the film itself.  It's not for lack of trying, but the original Shirley MaClaine and Michael Caine film nominated for 3 … Continue reading Gambit loses the bet

Cool Papa E’s Favorite Comedy Films of All Time

Live action comedy films are inexpensive to make but they are incredibly hard to master.  It's a generally accepted axiom that there is no generally accepted axiom as to what is universally funny.  That said, most makers of comedy barely even try.  Whether it's the rancid Scary Movie franchise, Tim Matheson's  Animal House / Meatballs … Continue reading Cool Papa E’s Favorite Comedy Films of All Time

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is good, old-fashioned, Anglo-Saxon hi-jinks

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - 2011 Directed by Tomas Alfredson Starring Gary Oldman, John Hurt, Mark Strong, Colin Firth, Ciarán Hinds, Toby Jones, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Dencik, Tom Hardy, Kathy Burke, Simon McBurney Screenplay by Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughan based on the novel by John le Carré There is a intimidation brought on by the specter of a bunch … Continue reading Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is good, old-fashioned, Anglo-Saxon hi-jinks