Written and directed by William Nicholson; starring Annette Bening, Bill Nighy and Josh O’Connor, Hope Gap is a new drama / romance about a husband who tells his wife that he’s leaving her during a visit with their son.
Additional key cast includes Aiysha Hart, Ryan McKen, Nicholas Burns, Rose Keegan, Steven Pacey…
Can I really take another divorce movie so soon after Marriage Story (2019)? My heart is unsure but my head is saying ‘Yes please! You love Bening and Nighy!’ And just like that I shall. I mean, it’s not released for another one and a half months afterall.
Also, does anyone else think that Bening’s English accent kind of sounds a lot like the ever delightful Emma Thompson?
Derren Litten, Nicholas Blane, Ninette Finch, Sally Rogers, Jason Lines and Steven Pacey also star.
Emilia Clarke, George Michael’s music (which is supposed to be heavily featured) and Emma Thompson are among the key reasons I felt drawn to Last Christmas, the latest comedy / romance from Spy (2015) director Paul Feig.
Also starring Henry Golding, at the centre of the film is Kate, a young woman who works at a Christmas store as Santa’s elf. Kate also happens to be subscribed to making bad decisions; a truth that only starts to change after she meets the seemingly perfect Tom (Golding).
I found myself immediately happy as soon as Last Christmas began, thanks to the beautiful singing at the very beginning. Then came Michelle Yeoh and Thompson’s fun dialogue plus impressive comic and dramatic timing. Another personal highlight is the Covent Garden setting, one of my favourite parts of London.
Overall though, Last Christmas isn’t quite my favourite London based Christmas film – and that’s largely because the story isn’t especially memorable. It really felt watchable at best. The fact that the key revelation towards the end is one I figured out before it was confirmed also didn’t help my enjoyment of Feig’s film. Additionally, I really expected George Michael’s music to be more prominently featured. However, in fairness, it may also be that I’m not quite as familiar with Michael’s back catalogue as I thought.
Last Christmas is kind of ‘easy viewing’ and it’s one you watch if you’re curious enough. Also, maybe watch it for Yeoh and Thompson’s fun performances; plus the rather beautiful singing at the very beginning.
Olympic Dreams is the story of the bond that grows between a young cross-country skier (after her competition ends) and a volunteer doctor.
Directed by Jeremy Teicher; Olympic Dreams stars Nick Kroll, Alexi Pappas…
I’m mostly curious about Kroll’s performance and precisely why his character seemed so taken aback by ‘the lunge’.
There’s also the ‘comedy running’ at 0:42 seconds into this trailer that made me giggle. Especially since Kroll is acting and he chose that level of tired running. Maybe I’m just too familiar with his comic personality. Or, that’s how truly exhausted non-athlete runners look – and I just don’t know.
Starring and written by Kelly O’Sullivan, an unexpected friendship is at the heart of director Alex Thompson’s latest comedy / drama Saint Frances.
Also starring Ramona Edith Williams, Charin Alvarez and Lily Mojekwu, the friendship in question is between a deadbeat nanny and the six-year old she’s responsible for looking after…
Right away I like the realness we get as soon as the trailer starts. I’m excited for what looks to be a beautiful friendship. It’ll be interesting to see how I feel about both Saint Frances and the different but also supposedly ‘saintly’ Saint Maud (2020).
William Drain, Laura T. Fisher, Mary Beth Fisher, Francis Guinan, Lily Mojekwu and Bradley Grant Smith also star.
Based on true stories, Lost Girls stars Amy Ryan as Mari Gilbert. Gilberts’s daughter Shannan disappears, and police inaction drives her to investigate into the gated Long Island community where Shannan was last seen. Her search soon brings attention to an even more grim reality…
Directed by Liz Garbus; additional key cast includes Gabriel Byrne, Dean Winters, Thomasin McKenzie Lola Kirke…
It seems quite clear that Dean Winters’s character isn’t all he ought to be. I’m in for the mystery, plus the great performances by all, especially Ryan and Byrne.
Kevin Corrigan, Miriam Shor, Oona Laurence, Reed Birney, Austyn Johnson, Rosal Colon, Molly Brown, Haskiri Velazquez, Jimi Stanton and Harvey B. Jackson also star.
The Lighthouse, a fantasy / drama / horror about two lighthouse keepers struggling to maintain their sanity while living on a remote, mysterious New England island is a movie that noticeably builds and builds; especially where the tensions between its two characters is concerned. It also becomes more and more intriguing, fantastical and has a permeating sense of dread as it plays, resulting in an ending that makes sense but also left me with some questions.
I definitely can’t deny overall that writer / director Robert Eggers’s 1890s set film is a good one. I enjoyed the cinematography, some of the dialogue and definitely the great performances by Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe. In terms of how I feel about Eggers’s movie in its entirety, for reasons that include the film’s genre (fantasy especially) and the general loudness based on the sounds and noises the two men had to endure; plus the inclusion of much of the less than sanitary / unsavoury aspects of being a lighthouse keeper in the 1800’s, I can’t say that I loved The Lighthouse.
Should you find yourself quite curious, give it a chance because it’s unlike most. It also has that stage play quality, likely due to the dialogue style and single setting. Who knows, you may just find yourself far more enthused by the whole experience overall than I was.
I know for sure that during the movie and when it was over, I desperately wanted to believe that the job and experience of being a lighthouse keeper these days is quite different; at the very least, far more sanitary.
Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington and Joshua Jackson are the stars of Little Fires Everywhere, a new drama / mini-series based on Celeste Ng’s best selling novel of the same name.
Set in Shaker Heights, Ohio in the 1990s, and also starring Rosemarie DeWitt, Jordan Elsas, Jaime Ray Newman and Jade Pettyjohn, this is the story of two families brought together by their children…
There are quite a few things I like about this already. Firstly, not just Witherspoon but Witherspoon playing someone who doesn’t seem to be nice. I also like the pairing of Washington and Witherspoon together; the kind of pairing that has me looking forward to the 2020 The Hollywood Reporter Actress Roundtables on YouTube. I love those!
Then there’s, Jackson; something about the sound of his voice and general cadence is very much like music to my ears.