THIS JUST IN! Ted Lasso Season 2 Trailer

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It has been a great week so far with a bunch of new trailers being released. I just posted about Shang-Chi yesterday, around the same time as Leos Carax’s musical ANNETTE that I’ll talk about in another week.

Well, thanks to my hubby who brought his laptop down for lunch as he wanted to watch Apple’s ‘Spring Loaded’ live event, Tim Cook also announced Ted Lasso‘s season 2 teaser, wahoo!!

If there’s one show I’m absolutely in love with this year, it’d be THIS ONE. I’m surprised by that myself as I’m not even into soccer or even sports-type movies/shows. I mean, I have seen a few I enjoy but I’m as clueless about sports as coach Ted is about soccer (or football for UK folks)! 😀

The series follows US American Football coach Ted Lasso heading to the UK to manage a struggling London football team in the top flight of English football.

Though it’s obviously centered around a sport, Ted Lasso is SO much more than just about football. It’s a series that celebrates goodness and wholesomeness. In fact, its tagline says ‘Kindness is making a comeback’ which is so spot on!! It’s sooo refreshing to see a series in 2021 that is so positive and not about being ‘accomplished’ or being at the top of the game. In fact, Ted takes something that’s inherently negative (being hired solely because he does NOT know anything about English football) and turn it around into something positive for everyone because he cares more about people than about winning.

I also adore the fact that it celebrates the underdog as well, not just the team but the people that get overlooked, i.e. Nate whom Ted notice as being quite the team expert that’s key in turning the team around.

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I love every single cast member, but of course Jason Sudekis is the star and he’s absolutely wonderful in this role. I’ve only seen him in comedies but none really made a mark for me until this series. He fits the role so well and so believable as a glass-half-full kind of guy. There are also some dramatic moments on the show and Sudekis proved himself to be a versatile actor to tackle those believably as well.

The supporting cast are superb as well… hard to pick a favorite among them: Hannah Waddingham, Juno Temple, Jeremy Swift, Brett Goldstein, Phil Dunster, Toheeb Jimoh and of course James Lance as journalist Trent Crimm.

Ok so now you’ve got some time to catch up on this series before JULY 23 when season 2 premieres!!

Let’s celebrate with some of my favorite Ted Lasso gifs:

I couldn’t find the gif but this ‘be curious, not judgmental’ quote is definitely my favorite… lots of great life lessons from this show!


Just three more months away until season 2! Are you a fan of TED LASSO?

March Viewing Recap + Movie of the Month

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HAPPY SPRING!! We already hit 70 degrees earlier this week, 20 degrees warmer than what it’s supposed to be in late March in Minnesota. Of course we went back to the 30s immediately, but a 30-40 degree swing is pretty common here, but hey I’ll take even the occasional 60-70 degree early Spring day and today we almost hit 70 again, woot!!

Well, March turns out to be a pretty busy month work-wise that I managed to only watch 10 new-to-me movies! Partly because I had been invited to be one of the jury for an intercollegiate shorts film festival for a local university, Augsburg College. My short film HEARTS WANT had been shown at an Augsburg event a couple of years ago, and since it’s partnering with Twin Cities Film Fest which is near + dear to me, I just had to take part. In additional to this list below, I watched about 18 or so short films this month.

In any case, so here’s what I watched in MARCH:

NEW TO ME MOVIES

French Exit (2020)

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French Exit is a 2020 surreal comedy film starring Michelle Pfeiffer as a Manhattan heiress who moves to Paris with her son (Lucas Hedges) with the little money they have left. It’s a bizarre film and at times I have no idea where the filmmaker was going w/ it, but still worth a watch for La Pfeiffer’s elegantly-quirky performance.

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Where Hands Touch (2018)

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A rites of passage story of a bi-racial teen struggling for survival in Nazi Germany. I had missed this back in 2018 and given I loved Amma Asante’s work (especially Belle), I decided to finally watch it. The performance of Amandla Stenberg as Leyna is terrific, but the forbidden romance story between Leyna and Lutz (George MacKay), a member of Hitler Youth, isn’t as compelling as Asante’s previous work. It does highlight the history of Afro-Germans, but I think that story deserved a better film.

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The Courier (2021)

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Cold War spy Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his Russian source try to put an end to the Cuban Missile Crisis. Stay tuned for my full review coming up next week!

Sentinelle

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Some people on Twitter were calling this female John Wick, but it’s nowhere near as fun. Olga Kurylenko plays a trained French soldier suffering PTSD after a combat mission and uses her lethal skills to hunt down the man who hurt her sister. Started out promising and it tries hard to be edgy, but falls flat and overall a pretty boring, predictable movie with a weak ending.

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Crisis (2021)

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Check out my full review AND interview with writer/director Nicholas Jarecki.

Waking Ned Devine (1998)

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I watched this as part of my St. Patrick’s Day post and it’s such a delightful, funny and quirky movie!

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Justice League – The Snyder Cut (2021)

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I only watched this as my hubby was curious about it. I really tried to be neutral about this, though I absolutely abhorred the original Justice League. Can’t say this one is much of an improvement other than the fact that they improved Cyborg’s character development. But seriously, the darn thing is 4 hours long, if they can’t flesh out at least a single character in that time frame, then what the heck is the point?? Visually it’s just not a beautiful movie either, garish and overly morose.

Honestly I don’t see much artistic merit in this movie, I’m just mourning that $70 mil wasted to do another version of this. I mean, it could’ve made like a dozen indie films that are much more compelling story-wise.

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One Night in Miami (2020)

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I’m so glad I finally saw this! I’ve been too swamped to write a proper review of this but props to Regina King (in her directing debut no less) and screenwriter Kemp Powers for adapting his own play into a solid film. It tells this fictional account of one incredible night where icons Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown gathered discussing their roles in the Civil Rights Movement and cultural upheaval of the 60s. All the actors portraying those historical figures did a terrific job here.

4/5 stars

Arsène Lupin (2004)

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I came across this title on Amazon Prime and given how much I enjoyed Netflix’s LUPIN series, I decided to give it a shot. Romain Duris played the charming gentleman thief, involving a love triangle between a seductive sorceress (Kristin Scott Thomas) and the lovely girl from his childhood (Eva Green). Just the cast alone is intriguing, but the movie is pretty weird and borderline bizarre at times, but the French scenery and costumes are wonderful!

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AUDREY (documentary – 2021)

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I grew up watching Audrey Hepburn and still am in awe of her beauty. It’s fascinating watching this documentary told by those close to her, including her own son Sean Hepburn Ferrer. The ballet scenes are beautiful, evoking her past life as a ballerina, but I think it’s a bit overused. Overall I feel like the documentary feels a bit style-over-substance, which I can see why they did it given Audrey was such a style icon. Still I think the film was made with love and I’m glad it also highlights her remarkable life off-screen as a passionate humanitarian.

 3.5=

 


TV SERIES

Ted Lasso

I just LOVE this series!! I’m going to dedicate a post for it one of these days! It’s rare to see such a defiantly positive show that actually celebrates a good guy and being good to others, there are so many shows that are way too dark + violent these days, so Ted Lasso is just so refreshing!


The Falcon & The Winter Soldier

It’s only two episodes and I’m enjoying the series thus far! I actually reviewed the premiere episode here if you care to check it out. The third episode is the best so far, with familiar faces from MCU.


REWATCHES

MI: Fallout

Greatest Showman

Moulin Rogue!

Civil War

Endgame

The African Doctor


March MOVIE OF THE MONTH

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Yet another film based on a play that ends up being my favorite of the month (last month’s fave was The Father). I’m hoping a local theater would stage the play of this one, given how the commentary on Civil Rights Movement is so timely these days.


Well, what did you watch this past month and what’s YOUR favorite film you saw in March?