Category Archives: Humour

Love, Simon — New Trailer

“Bliss it was in that dawn to be alive
But to be young was very heaven.”
—William Wordsworth

Yet another reminder, as if I needed one, that I was born decades too early. There was a time when I could really have used a movie like this.

Love, Simon stars Nick Robinson, probably best known to most people for his role in Jurassic World, but most familiar to me from his part in a long and incredibly irritating series of commercials for Cox TV. (He was fine, it was the characterization of his TV father that was bothersome.) Robinson was Spielberg’s first choice to play Parzival in Ready Player One, a part that eventually went to Tye Sheridan.*

Anyhow, this looks like fun. Simon’s parents are played by Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel. I don’t know what role Tony Hale has in the plot, but it’s always good to see Buster from Arrested Development.

Here’s the original trailer:

The US release date is 16 March 2018.

*Tye Sheridan was a member of the cast of The Stanford Prison Experiment, a movie that I’ve never been able to watch all the way through, but probably should. Other Stanford Prison cast members included Miles Heizer, of 13 Reasons Why, Logan Miller, and Nicholas Braun, all of whom are also in Love, Simon, as well as Johnny Simmons and the great Ezra Miller, from The Perks of Being a Wallflower (which also featured the aforementioned Nicholas Braun).

♪ It’s a small world after all. It’s a small world after all. It’s a small world… ♪

Stanford Prison is shaping up to be a 21st century equivalent to 1983’s ensemble film The Outsiders, which was a key step in the early careers of Tom Cruise, Rob Lowe, Matt Dillon, and Patrick Swayze, among others.

This footnote should really be a standalone posting. Maybe in a year or so, I’ll do a whole Six Degrees item about it.


The Magicians — Off to a Good Start

On this season’s first episode of The Magicians, Elliot suddenly realizes that the Fairy Queen is magically using Margo’s missing right eye to spy on the Good Guys, and anticipate their moves. (Long story. Don’t worry about it, just watch the first two series, currently playing on Netflix.) To avoid revealing that he now knows he’s being constantly observed, he shares this insight through coded pop cultural allusions, which are helpfully subtitled for those of us playing along at home.

Warning: Possibly NSFW. The language is presidential.

It’s scenes like this one that make me love the show.

Early Man — New Trailer

Let’s end 2017 on a happy note. This is the new trailer for Early Man, from Aardman Animations and Studiocanal. Voices by Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Richard Ayoade, and Maisie Williams.

Early Man opens on 26 January 2018 in the UK and on 16 February 2018 in the US.

More 2017 British Christmas Ads

A while back I posted some of this year’s Christmas advertisements from the UK. Here are a few more:

Heathrow Airport



My Favourite British Christmas Ad Ever

John Lewis, a chain of British high-end department stores, consistently produces some of the most memorable Christmas ads. The 2017 John Lewis advertisement is at the above link.

Here’s the ad John Lewis from 2014, which I think is their all-time best: