Ted Lasso (2020-)

A heartwarming American sports comedy television series, it brings a smile to your face with its well written characters and scenes.

Jason Sudeikis is the embodiment of a cool coach, who turns the approach to training on its head. A whole team of different personalities and cultures, he chooses traditional means to reach out to them; team spirit and patience.

A stellar ensemble cast who provide many funny and emotional moments, the first season makes you glad a second season is on the cards. Mixing American and British humour, you get the best of both!

A much needed and appreciated show!


Angry Birds (2016)

A popular franchise and a film many, including me, were looking forward to. It was such a disappointment!

The film has a faintly beating pulse, with most jokes revealed in the trailer. No laughs were heard, even from the kids! Snack sales were up and I had a rare coffee to keep awake.

A handful of humorous moments in a rushed end, a predictable tale, some metaphors on current issues, few memorable voices, mostly blah!

Such a waste of good talent!


Mother’s Day (2016)

Gary Marshall, known for his multi starrer ‘special day’ movies and classic Pretty Woman, brings us a more casual, chilled out flick which explores the bond that children share with their mothers.

Many issues are addressed in a passing manner, without becoming dramatic. Julia Roberts’ character throws light on the difficult choices many mothers are faced with, whereas Jennifer Aniston’s character shines by bringing a delicate balance in her family life.

Jason Sudeikis is a doting single father to his two daughters whilst Kate Hudson and her sister have their own secrets from their parents. As is tradition, the film culminates on Mothers Day, with various laughs and warm moments.

A ‘mom-com’ that shows us the many traditional and changing relationships between mothers and their kids, it was a fun, light watch.


Race (2016)

Whenever we are reminded of the appalling treatment of the blacks in USA, as recent as early 21st century, we are faced with the sobering fact that how much discrimination is still prevalent today.

This film focuses on that and uses the open abuse of the Jews in Germany as a comparison. The back drop of the pre Second World War tension and the ambition and discipline of a young athlete makes for a remarkable story.

Everything is recreated brilliantly, the nuances are realistic and subtle. There is no resorting to the over dramatic, points are made loud and clear in few lines and fewer gestures. Amongst the cast, Stephan James and Jason Sudeikis leave a lasting impression, whilst a large supporting cast play their role well.

Director Stephen Hopkins (of Ghost and the darkness fame) has handled a multi layered tricky subject very well, with authenticity and sincerity.


Epic (2013)

The ‘epic’ quality in this animated film was the animation itself. Bordering on capturing the natural landscape to 99% perfection, it made nature and all its detail as beautiful it is in real life, but with greater depth and majesty.

The story on the other hand, takes a while to sink in to. Once you are connected, you want to know what will happen, knowing full well how it will turn out. Probably too ‘adult and understated’ in its approach, it may not work fully as a children’s film, as they will take away much lesser than the grown audience.

Celebrities such as Beyonce Knowles, Collin Farrell, Amanda Seyfried, Jason Sudeikis amongst many others lend voices to characters who are fighting an ‘epic’ battle, and are merely the supporting elements set in top notch animation.

A great home or flight watch.


We’re the Millers (2013)

There is something about sophisticated ‘R’ rated humour that has everyone in splits. I use that word to describe this particular genre of adult comedies, because the language has excellent comic timing in the guise of profanity.

Christened ‘America’s Sweetheart’ by USA and many of her fans overseas, Jennifer steps well out of her comfort zone and image to play a convincing stripper. Extremely fit, with fresh ‘Rachel’ style quips, she is a combo of the character we have loved on TV and a bold babe many of us wondered she could pull off.

Jason Sudeikis is a small time drug dealer who lands in a big time soup, courtesy an incident he shouldn’t have gotten involved in. Emma Roberts plays a runaway rebel and Will Poulter the 18 year old virgin (the judgement age having gone down from 40).

What follows next is a crazy road trip, with family dynamics that make ‘dysfunctional seem normal’. Pure Laughter Therapy!