REVIEW: THE ADDAMS FAMILY (2019)

Starring

Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year)
Charlize Theron (Atomic Blonde)
Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass)
Finn Wolfhard (It)
Nick Kroll (Get Him To The Greek)
Bette Midler (THe Women)
Snoop Dogg (Scary Movie 5)
Allison Janney (Mom)
Elsie Fisher (Despicable Me)
Tituss Burgess (Smurfs: The Lost Village)
Pom Klementieff (Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2)
Martin Short (Mars Attacks)
Catherine O’Hara (Home Alone)
Aimee Garcia (Robocop)

Charlize Theron and Chloë Grace Moretz in The Addams Family (2019)Gomez and Morticia Addams are chased away with the rest of the Addams clan during their wedding ceremony by an angry mob that disapproves of their macabre nature. Grandmama buys Uncle Fester time to evacuate Gomez, Morticia, and Thing. Gomez and Morticia decide to move from New York to New Jersey, a place “no one would be caught dead in.” There, Gomez, Morticia, and Thing find their “perfect” home in an abandoned asylum on a hill. They meet Lurch, an escaped mental patient whom they hit when Thing was distracted driving the car, and immediately recruit him as their butler.The Addams Family (2019)Thirteen years later, the Addams family continue to live their gloomy lives in isolation from the outside world. Gomez prepares his son Pugsley for his upcoming Mazurka, a rite of passage that every Addams family member takes. Morticia struggles to keep their daughter, Wednesday, from wanting to experience the world outside of the mansion after a balloon and confetti appear on their property, as the fog surrounding it begins to lift.The Addams Family (2019)Elsewhere, reality TV host Margaux Needler, who is building a perfect planned community called “Assimilation” so her show will have a successful season finale, discovers the Addams family’s household and becomes determined to rid the town of it when the family refuses to change. Wednesday then meets Margaux’s neglected daughter Parker and convinces Morticia to let her attend junior high school. Pugsley struggles with the complicated traditions and pressure of his Mazurka, even with the guidance of Gomez and Uncle Fester. Grandmama arrives at the house for the event.The Addams Family (2019)At school, Wednesday defends Parker and her twin friends Layla and Kayla from the school bully named Bethany and befriends them after she resurrects some dead frogs and commands them to attack Bethany. Later on, the two discuss their frustrations and change their dressing habits – Parker becomes more gothic and Wednesday dresses more colorfully – to the shock of both of their mothers. After an argument with Morticia, Wednesday decides to run away in secret and stay with Parker for a while, which Pugsley inadvertently tells Morticia.The Addams Family (2019)Wednesday and Parker discover a secret room under Parker’s house revealing that Margaux has planted hidden cameras in every house she designed in town and has been spreading rumors about the Addams family through social media, claiming that they are freaks. Margaux catches the two and locks them in the attic, but Wednesday breaks them out. Margaux rallies an angry mob to attack the mansion just as Cousin Itt and the entire Addams clan arrive for Pugsley’s Mazurka. Even Grandmama’s sister Sloom will be attending to judge the event.The Addams Family (2019)During the Mazurka, Pugsley fails miserably in front of the whole family, but Gomez reassures him that he is an Addams nonetheless. The mob arrives flinging boulders, severely damaging the mansion and trapping the family inside. Pugsley uses his love of bombs and destruction to defend his family and manages to destroy the mob’s trebuchet. Wednesday and Parker join in and help everyone out of the wreckage safely with help of the living tree Ichabod.The Addams Family (2019)As Margaux tries to take control once more, her treachery is revealed to the people. They see that the Addams are not monsters, but a family, and Wednesday states that everyone is weird in their own unique way. Margaux’s agent, Glenn, carries a message from the network stating that her show is now cancelled because Parker was live streaming the whole thing with her phone. As Fester comes up with a compromise to Margaux, Assimilation’s civilians realize the error of their ways. After they work together to rebuild the mansion, the Addams family and Assimilation’s civilians live in peace. Margaux becomes Fester’s business partner, selling homes to the other members of the Addams clan. Pugsley completes his Mazurka. The film ends with an animated recreation of the intro of the 1964 TV show.Charlize Theron and Oscar Isaac in The Addams Family (2019)I went is skeptical that they were going to take a beloved IP like the Adams Family and reboot it into something modern and new. I was pleasantly surprised! It is an absolute joy to watch. Each Adams has the same style and characteristics we know and love, and they were executed seamlessly in this 2019 adaptation. Demented, funny and beautifully disturbing. Combined with a well executed storyline, this is one you can’t miss!

REVIEW: SPY

CAST

Melissa McCarthy (Ghostbusters)
Jude Law (A.I.)
Rose Byrne (X-Men: Apocalypse)
Jason Staham (Fast & Furious 7)
Miranda Hart (Miranda)
Jessica Chaffin (The Heat)
Allison Janney (Mom)
Morena Baccarin (Gotham)
Will Yun Lee (The Wolverine)
Bobby Cannavale (Ant-Man)
Peter Serafinowicz (Shaun of The Dead)
Ben Falcone (Tammy)
50 Cent (Southpaw)
Paul Feig (Sabrina: TTW)
Richard Brake (3 From Hell)

Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is a desk-bound CIA analyst guiding her partner Agent Bradley Fine (Jude Law) on a mission to Varna from a CIA office in the Washington, D.C. area. Fine kills Tihomir Boyanov after he sneezes without first finding a suitcase nuke whose location is known only to Boyanov. Meanwhile, the agency learns that Boyanov’s daughter Rayna (Rose Byrne) might know the location of her father’s device, so they send Fine to infiltrate her home. However, Rayna shoots Fine dead while Susan watches online. Rayna knows the identities of all the agency’s top agents, including Fine and Rick Ford (Jason Statham). Susan, who is unknown to Rayna, volunteers to become a field agent, and her boss, Elaine Crocker (Allison Janney), agrees. Ford quits in disgust over Susan being chosen for the assignment.
Susan is sent to Paris to spy on Sergio De Luca (Bobby Cannavale). Later that night, Ford appears in the hotel Susan is staying at and insists that she will ruin the mission due to being an inexperienced field agent. The next morning, Susan sees an assassin working for De Luca, and one of his contacts, exchanging Ford’s bag for one with a bomb inside it. Susan warns Ford, then catches up to the assassin, but he is killed when they fight. Susan follows De Luca to Rome, where she meets her contact Aldo (Peter Serafinowicz), a suave Italian informant who makes inappropriate advances towards her. Susan meets Rayna in a casino, prevents Rayna’s assassination, and becomes part of her inner circle. When they fly in her private plane to Budapest, the steward kills the bodyguard and pilots and tries to kill Rayna, but Susan subdues him and lands the plane in Budapest.
Rayna believes Susan to be a CIA spy, but Susan convinces Rayna that her father hired her to be Rayna’s bodyguard. In Budapest, the two encounter Susan’s best friend Nancy B. Artingstall (Miranda Hart), who is sent by Crocker to provide back-up. After being shot at in the street, Susan orders Nancy to get Rayna to safety while she pursues the shooter’s vehicle. The shooter turns out to be CIA double agent Karen Walker (Morena Baccarin), who sold Rayna the names of the agents. As she is about to shoot Susan, Walker is killed by an unknown sniper. Later that night, Susan and Nancy accompany Rayna to a party. The contact is De Luca’s associate, Lia (Nargis Fakhri). Nancy creates a diversion so Susan can fight Lia, who is a skilled assassin. Just as Susan is about to arrest Lia, she is fatally stabbed in the chest by an unknown assailant, who turns out to be Bradley Fine. Susan is captured and is told that Fine faked his death so he could become Rayna’s lover.
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After Susan is imprisoned with Aldo in a bunker, Fine appears and reveals to Susan that the real reason he faked his death was to gain intelligence on the device’s location, which could only happen if he gained Rayna’s trust. Fine also reveals that he was the one who assassinated Karen. Susan and Aldo escape after subduing two bodyguards. Eventually, Susan accompanies Rayna and Fine at De Luca’s mansion while posing as a double agent. Chechen terrorist Solsa Dudaev (Richard Brake) and his men arrive to purchase the device for a suitcase full of diamonds. Rayna then reveals the location of the device. However, De Luca, now in possession of the device and doubting that Dudaev can safely smuggle it into the United States, kills him and his men and keeps the diamonds. De Luca intends to sell the device to someone who can transport it to New York City within a week. As De Luca is about to kill Rayna, Ford appears and distracts him, allowing Susan to save Rayna’s life again.
Melissa McCarthy and Nargis Fakhri in Spy (2015)
De Luca escapes with the device and diamonds on his helicopter, with Susan and Ford clinging to the landing gear. Ford loses his grip, causing him to falls into the lake ocean, leaving Susan to confront De Luca in the helicopter alone. After Nancy and Aldo arrive in a helicopter and help Susan kill De Luca, Crocker shows up to recover the device. Rayna is arrested, but it is implied that she has come to like Susan as a friend. After Aldo reveals to Susan that his real name is Albert and he is an MI6 agent, he invites her to dinner should they ever cross paths in London, which Susan accepts. Susan declines a similar offer from Fine and instead opts for a girls’ night out with Nancy. The next morning, Susan is shown screaming after waking up amidst empty champagne bottles, realizing that she has slept with Ford.
I thought Spy would be just another parody of the James Bond-type of movies, cheap and cringy. But I was wrong! This is a highly entertaining and intelligent film. The leading lady Melissa McCarthy excels in this clever action-comedy galore. The ensemble of actors, the script, director’s work all makes for a great film.

REVIEW: THE REWRITE

Starring

Hugh Grant (Paddington 2)
Marisa Tomei (Spider-Man: Far From Home)
Bella Heathcote (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies)
Allison Janney (Mom)
J. K. Simmons (Whiplash)
Chris Elliott (Scary Movie 2)
Aja Naomi King (The Upside)
Karen Pittman (The Bourne Legacy)
Caroline Aaron (21 Jump Street)
Olivia Luccardi (It Follows)
Maggie Geha (Gotham)

Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei in The Rewrite (2014)Keith Michaels (Hugh Grant) is a divorced, washed-up screenwriter whose only successful work was Paradise Misplaced, which won the Best Screenplay Award fifteen years ago. Desperate and low on funds after a prolonged period of unsuccessful pitching, he reluctantly takes up a job teaching screenwriting at Binghamton University in upstate New York.Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei in The Rewrite (2014)Things do not go well for Keith in the beginning; he unintentionally insults fellow professor Mary Weldon (Allison Janney) with his awkward sense of humor; he strikes up a brief relationship with student Karen Gabney (Bella Heathcote) which turns sour quickly. Keith also does not believe in the concept of teaching and is uninterested in his job, as exemplified by his selecting students for his class based on appearance and dismissing them for a month.Marisa Tomei and Steven Kaplan in The Rewrite (2014)After being overtly contested by a resentful Karen about his competence, Keith starts to devote more time and effort to coaching his students and helping them discover their passion and improve their writing; he especially finds great potential in Clem Ronson (Steven Kaplan), a sickly and socially awkward nerd, whose script quickly garners the interest of Keith’s agent, Elle. Keith also forms a bond with mature student Holly Carpenter (Marisa Tomei), a single mother of two who is in a steady but dull relationship. The two of them often disagree on their perspectives on life, where Keith believes that nothing will salvage his stagnant career or mend his relationship with his estranged son Alex, whereas Holly maintains an optimistic outlook on life and believes that with effort, talents can be developed and problems can be solved. Despite their differences, Keith finds enlightenment in Holly’s advice and makes the first move in contacting Alex.Hugh Grant in The Rewrite (2014)However, Keith’s situation worsens when his outline for Paradise Misplaced II gets rejected and he faces expulsion from the school after his short-lived relationship with Karen is exposed. In deep despair, Keith gets into an argument with Holly and decides to leave the school. As a last parting gesture, he accompanies Clem to Manhattan to meet with some Hollywood film producers. Halfway through the meeting, Keith realizes how he has impacted his students and, leaving a newly empowered Clem to resume the meeting by himself, he heads back to Binghamton to save his job — which he manages to do with a heartfelt conversation with Professor Weldon. In a revelation of his renewed perspective, Keith expresses admiration for Holly’s perseverance in life and confesses his love for her. He also declines Elle’s invitation to return to Hollywood, as he has decided to stay in Binghamton to teach and write a screenplay based on his experience there; and he tells Elle not to call during class hours. Keith is welcomed back by his students and reconciles with Karen. The film ends with Keith’s phone flashing with a voicemail from Alex.Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei in The Rewrite (2014)The movie is light but good hearted and Hugh Grant, Marisa Tomei et all make it very worth watching.

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: MOM – Higgledy-Piggledy and a Cat Show

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Higgledy-Piggledy and a Cat Show

MAIN CAST

Anna Faris (Scary Movie)
Allison Janney (I, Tonya)
Mimi Kennedy (The Five Year Engagement)
Jaime Pressly (My Name Is Earl)
Beth Hall (Mad Men)
William Fichtner (The Dark Knight)
Kristen Johnston (3rd Rock From The Sun)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Kate Micucci (The Big Bang Theory)

 

Bonnie invites her troubled AA sponsee Patty to spend Christmas with her and Christy. While the combination of Patty’s sad family status and Christy’s stories of Bonnie’s holiday mayhem and neglect drive Bonnie into a horrified, tearful reflection on her past self, she is able to pull herself out of it and do good work in the present. Elsewhere, Jill annoyingly obsesses over a picture Andy sent from his visit to Minnesota. Later, the group decides to join Wendy for some therapeutic caroling.MOMWhen I thought of Christmas episode and seeing all the promo pics on Instagram, I was hoping it would be full of mom-and-daughter moments while keeping it hilarious as usual, but no, instead of that Patty, a guest character, comes. This is episode is fun and and filled with heartfelt drama to get you ready for the festive season.

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: MOM – Foot Powder and the Barrelworks Pirates

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MAIN CAST

Anna Faris (Scary Movie)
Allison Janney (I, Tonya)
Mimi Kennedy (The Five Year Engagement)
Jaime Pressly (My Name Is Earl)
Beth Hall (Mad Men)
William Fichtner (The Dark Knight)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Kristen Johnston (3rd Rock From The Sun)

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Are Bonnie and Adam ever actually going to get married? That’s a pressing question by the conclusion of this episode. When they first got engaged, it was with the understanding that Bonnie could drag it out for as long as possible. She didn’t have to settle on a date until she was more comfortable with it all. However, she has actively been planning the wedding this season. She has been making commitments for it. The audience also had the understanding that this season was building to that event. And now, Bonnie decides to postpone it once more because they need to invest the money into Adam’s bar. The business isn’t going as well as Adam had hoped. He’s not drawing in a crowd. He’s losing money every month. He didn’t know that it would be this difficult. He feels defeated. He sees this as potentially the dumbest thing he has ever done. That’s insane. But Bonnie is also supportive of him throughout this endeavor. She just asks him to be honest about it with her.UntitledAll of this is only discovered because Christy has to borrow some cookie sheets from Adam’s apartment and learns that he has been renting it out. It’s not a secret that she can keep either. This season has shown her gaining confidence because of law school. She has built many opportunities for herself. But she is still intimidated by her mother and is more than open with information as soon as she starts asking the right questions. As such, this never has the potential to build up into some secret that is being kept from Bonnie. Adam and Christy first think that it’s right to do so. It’s a part of the holiday traditions for the family. But it’s much more meaningful for Bonnie to continue to invest in her fiancé. She wants him to succeed. She reassures him that he won’t lose her if he fails at everything else. She knows how to survive with nothing. She has do so many times before. She won’t let that be the reason to break off this engagement. She will love him no matter what. That’s a profound statement for her to make considering just how crazy she can still be a lot of the time. When she shows her heart though, it can really be meaningful. That continues to be an overwhelming theme of this season too. She supports Adam with the bar and she is fighting to give Tammy a better life outside of prison. Right now, there is a serious threat that her parole will be revoked. She has to find a job that comes with documentation. Otherwise, she will be thrown back into jail to complete the rest of her original sentence. That’s the expectation from her now. It doesn’t matter that she’s been a handy presence for many of the characters at this moment in their lives. She has thrived as a repairwoman. She has helped Bonnie, Adam and Marjorie. As such, it always seemed likely that she would find some kind of legal employment in that particular field. But it also allows the show to have its grand moment of all of the women from the program stand up on Tammy’s behavior to show her new parole officer that she has the determination to make this an actual business. It will prove that she is a responsible and contributing member of society.

CBS_MOM_608_NO_LOGO_IMAGE_1548719_1920x1080That too is a beautiful gift. This episode really puts a spotlight on the friendships of the characters and just how much they are willing to support each other. That’s very nice and pleasant.

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: MOM – An Epi-Pen and a Security Cat

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MAIN CAST

Anna Faris (Scary Movie)
Allison Janney (Spy)
Mimi Kennedy (No Ordinary Family)
Beth Hall (Mad Men)

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An Epi-Pen and a Security Cat

 

GUEST CAST

Patricia Belcher (Bones)
Mary Pat Gleason (The Crucible)

UntitledThe episode begins at a meeting, where Christy reflects on how her life has changed in the last five years, Marjorie thanks the ladies for helping her through the last few weeks, and Bonnie showing off her engagement ring. There are some jokes in this scene, but unfortunately most could be seen coming a mile away. When Bonnie and Christy get home, they discover that their apartment has been robbed. The stolen items include Christy’s laptop, which had her term paper on it. Christy puts up cameras in the apartment, and it’s funny when she observes what Bonnie is doing when home alone. Wendy discovers that Christy’s laptop is being sold online, so the women arrange to meet the person selling it. The woman are surprised when they arrive at the apartment of Mary, another woman from their meeting. In their surprise, they start singing Christmas carols, which was enjoyable. They discover that her grandson lives with her, which leads to a great line from Bonnie: “On Law & Order this is where we would share a knowing look.” Mary is defensive at first, but later discovers that her grandson has been stealing from women at the meeting.CBS_MOM_502_IMAGE_CIAN_thumb_MasterAfter she stops showing up at meetings, Christy and Bonnie go to her apartment. Christy delivers what I think this the funniest line from the episode when she announces herself but not Bonnie when knocking on the door: “Let’s let you be a delightful surprise.” What follows is a sincere scene between Christy, Bonnie, and Mary where they have a meeting of their own. I really appreciated how the show handled this story, and it did a great job of capturing the show’s tone. In the final scene, Bonnie tracks down the person that she stole from years ago and makes ammends, but hilariously tries to negotiate down the amount of a check she offers to write.89id9c9k1l2s The story that this episode told did a great job of capturing one of Mom’s messages, and it did a great job of incorporating Christmas into it.

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: MOM – HORNY-GOGGLES AND A CATERED INTERVENTION


MAIN CAST
Anna Faris (Scary Movie)
Allison Janney (Spy)
Blake Garrett Rosenthal (New Girl)
Matt Jones (Home)
Mimi Kennedy (No Ordinary Family)
Jaime Pressly (My Name Is Earl)
Beth Hall (Mad Men)

HORNY-GOGGLES AND A CATERED INTERVENTION

GUEST CAST
Octavia Spencer (Insurgent)
Sara Rue (Popular)
Lamont Thompson (Mike & Molly)
Christy and Bonnie try to be supportive when Regina (recurring guest star OCTAVIA SPENCER) tells them she doesn’t think she’s an alcoholic. Also, Wendy tries to convince the women to attend a sober holiday dance.
A great Christmas episode that’s hilarious in places whilst showing the problems of alcoholism especially round Christmas. The show has always been good at going from comedy to drama very easily and its nice to end on a funny moment with the dance.