Netflix Release Date:March 10, 2014
Directed by: Malcolm D. Lee
Starring: Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Nia Long, Terrance Howard
So I was coaxed in to watching the first movie in this series by a chick friend of mine and disliked the film thoroughly. It was filled with unnecessary drama, overacting and underwhelming writing. This time the same formula that made the first so utterly un-unforgettable is making a repeat performance in the sequel The Best Man Holiday. It’s all the ridiculous situations of the first film with a Christmas twist.
So, the story starts 15 years after the last movie and the friends haven’t seen much or any of each other in that span of time. They’ve all had a measure of success in those years and have fairly happy lives at least on the surface. Harper, having great success as a writer has come into a financial crisis. His latest book didn’t sell and he can’t get anyone to bite on publishing his new book. His friend Jordan from college tells him to do a biography on his former friend and pro football star Lance. Knowing that Lance would have no part of that he accepts an invitation to join them and their old friends for the holidays from Lance’s wife, Mia, an old flame of his and cornerstone of the ex-buddies’ issues. His motives are to get close to Lance again and use that to do research for his book. Lies, secrets and videotapes help bring the worst out of everyone.
Now, as I mentioned before the acting was not very good even though there are a few actors that can hold their own on screen. The wiring was good for a few moments but not many as most characters found themselves in foolish situations that most normal humans would put themselves in. The feel of the movie felt like a big budget BET made for TV movie. Terrance Howard’s comedic tension breaking moments were highlights of the film but also some were low points as well. Some of the heavy handed Christmas / religious push was grating as it came off as an afterthought so that it fit the holiday season it’s being released in.
Asking the audience to dumb itself down for logic deficient situations is an insult. It did look like the cast had fun making the film and the large amount I money they were paid to make this turd. I’m giving The Best Man Holiday a 1.5 out of 5 and that’s a gift this film should be glad it’s receiving from this reviewer.
Thatsmye Interviews: Les Weiler on Henchin’: the Series
The 8 Episode Series Tries To Encompass A Lot Leaving Fans In A Cliffhanger.
The 2010 “Avatar: The Last Airbender” movie by M. Night Shyamalan faced criticism for its deviations from the beloved animated series. The film struggled with pacing, casting, and a lackluster script, disappointing fans who cherished the source material. In contrast, the 2024 Netflix series has generated positive buzz for its commitment to diverse casting, adherence to the original storyline, and improved character development. The series seems poised to capture the essence of the animated show, offering a fresh and faithful adaptation that resonates with both new and existing fans.
Even though the Netflix series comes closer to the core ideals of the animated series, I feel it lacks heart. Many scenes barely scratch the surface of the relationships between the characters and the push-and-pull relationship between Aang and Zuko. I will admit the CG versions of Momo and Appa are just so gosh darn cute.
The 8 episode series tries to encompass a lot leaving fans in a cliffhanger. It’s worth a watch and I am hanging on for the next season to be announced.
Caesar’s Reign Comes To The Big Screen With New Trailer For Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes
Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is directed by Wes Ball (the “Maze Runner” trilogy) and stars Owen Teague (“IT”), Freya Allan (“The Witcher”), Kevin Durand (“Locke & Key”), Peter Macon (“Shameless”), and William H. Macy (“Fargo”). The screenplay is by Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”) and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (“Avatar: The Way of Water”) and Patrick Aison (“Prey”), based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and the producers are Wes Ball, Joe Hartwick, Jr., p.g.a. (“The Maze Runner”), Rick Jaffa, p.g.a., Amanda Silver, p.g.a., Jason Reed, p.g.a. (“Mulan”), with Peter Chernin (the “Planet of the Apes” trilogy) and Jenno Topping (“Ford v. Ferrari”) serving as executive producers.