Anya Taylor-Joy, Bill Nighy, Miranda Hart and Josh O’Connor are the stars of the new adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel, Emma.
Directed by Autumn de Wilde, Emma is a satire of social class and the pain of growing up. Before finding the love that’s been there all along, young, clever, handsome and rich Emma Woodhouse (Taylor-Joy) must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps…
The humour, beautiful costumes cleverness and sunshine definitely have my attention.
Mia Goth, Callum Turner, Chloe Pirrie, Rupert Graves, Johnny Flynn, Tanya Reynolds, Amber Anderson, Jill Buchanan, Kevin Daigneault and Aisling Turner also star.
Klaus, Netflix’s 2D animated story about the origins of Santa Claus is a movie I wanted to love more than I did.
I really like the above image because it reminds me of Christmas cards I’ve received in the past. I also definitely like the films central message: ‘A true selfless act always begets another.’ I just didn’t thoroughly enjoy the way it was all executed.
Part of the issue for me is the lack of newness and surprise in the story. And when the story did unfold in the expected way – since almost everyone knows Santa’s story, the delivery wasn’t such that I was enthralled or delighted by much of it. I’ve now realised, for better or worse that I’ve come to expect a certain level of delight when watching animated movies and Klaus just didn’t bring it for me.
Lastly, I found that the combination of the animation style, highly muted colours – most of the time, and the pace of the story just didn’t really help matters.
Give Klaus a chance if you’re really curious. Perhaps you’ll be more enthralled and even moved than I.
Home For Christmas is the 6 episode story of perpetually single Johanne (Ida Elise Broch). Johanne is fed up with the constant comments on her relationship status, so she begins a 24-day hunt for a partner to bring home for Christmas.
Additional key cast includes Arthur Hakalahti, Hege Schøyen, Felix Sandman…
I can’t say I immediately understand why the lie at the beginning of this trailer happened, but I do like the idea of a story about a young woman choosing to live her truth, whatever that maybe.
Also, I have to applaud the start of this trailer because the opening dialogue caught my attention immediately. That’s definitely not something that happens frequently for me where subtitled movies are concerned.
Cat Haave, Loekke Calle, Kingsford Siayor and Oddgeir Thune also star.
Directed by award winning photographer Pamela Littky, Most Likely To Succeed is a documentary that follows four teenagers who were voted ‘Most Likely To Succeed during their senior year of high school in 2007.
Filmed over the course of ten years we’ll get to see Peter Hayes, Sarah Kaiser-Cross, Quidrela Lewis and Charles Rider chart their own version of success and navigate the unpredictability of American life in the 21st Century…
I can’t quite picture myself volunteering to do what these teenagers did but as someone who grew up watching quite a few of the 7 Up documentary series which followed the lives of fourteen British children since 1964, I know how interesting this can be.
I’m especially intrigued because I’ve lived through the same periods the teenagers lived through, so I’m looking forward to their take on it all.
In Tell Me Who I Am, life changes dramatically for 18 year old twin brothers Alex and Marcus Lewis. Following a motorcycle accident that leaves Alex with very little memory, Marcus has to decide whether to tell his brother the horrific truth of their childhood or make up a whole new idilic one. Marcus opts for the latter – for reasons including recounting the truth would simply be too much for himself to bear, let alone his twin brother who’s in an extremely vulnerable state.
Fast forward to the present day, several decades later, and though the brothers have written a book about their heartbreaking story, Marcus still hasn’t shared everything with his brother, that is until this documentary. Through the use of old photographs, interviews with both brothers – separately and together, we get to watch an extraordinary story of love, trauma, memory, personal responsibility and healing.
There were definitely moments during director Ed Perkins’s film that had me wishing for the story to move along a little faster. Nevertheless, I don’t regret sitting through all of it. And the reason I won’t be forgetting Tell Me Who I Am any time soon is not so much about the horror of what Alex and Marcus were forced to endure, both inside and out of their family home, a home which quite frankly looks like the set of a nightmare inducing horror film. No.
Tell Me Who I Am will stay with me for the same reason director Julian Schnabel’s At Eternity’s Gate (2019) – the biography of celebrated Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh stays with me. The gift and blessing of siblinghood. Or, more specifically in this case, brotherhood.
I’m almost certain that both Van Gogh and Alex would not have survived much longer without their truly loving brothers. Not to say that Marcus did everything exactly right, but considering all the hurt and trauma he was carrying, how could one really be surprised by his choices?
Lastly, Tell Me Who I Am certainly isn’t ’easy viewing.’ Watch it for a better understanding of the human experience that will likely make you grateful for the existence of good siblings, blood related or otherwise.