All posts by Giadreams (themoviemylife.com)

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CHILD 44 (2015): Tom Hardy Shines, As Expected

Child 44 (2015), Tom Hardy
Child 44 (2015), Tom Hardy

Child 44 is a Stalin-era Soviet Union crime thriller directed by Daniel Espinosa.

Based on Tom Rob Smith’s best-selling book of the same name; Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, Vincent Cassel and Joel Kinnaman are the stars.

My main motivation for watching the movie isn’t reading the book because  I haven’t, but the intriguing story, particularly Hardy’s role as a determined investigator of a series of gruesome child murders. Murders that are taking place during a time when the powers that be refuse to admit that murder is even a real thing.

I wanted Child 44 to be as thrilling as the trailer hinted, however, I did find myself wishing for a quicker pace, a shorter film, less distracting accents and an overall better / more thrilling execution.

All the lacking elements aside, Hardy’s performance is good and one of my favourite things about the film. The other is the ending and the tension filled scene on the moving train.

Child 44 (2015), Noomi Rapace, Tom Hardy
Child 44 (2015), Noomi Rapace, Tom Hardy

You may be compelled to watch Child 44 because you’ve read the book and/ or you’re a Tom Hardy fan who wants to see how he was able to deliver a notable physical and emotional performance, in spite of the questionable Russian accents. To that I say, follow your curiosity. I did and I have no regrets, I just simply wish that the general result had been better.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

HE NEVER DIED (2015): New Trailer For Dark Comedy Starring Henry Rollins

He Never Died (2015), Henry Rollins
He Never Died (2015), Henry Rollins

Halloween is close and so it’s time for something scary and dark…

Directed by Jason Krawczyk, He Never Died is a drama/ horror/ comedy, which means that laughing soon after a hearty scream is probable. Just as well since I’m always more likely to watch a scary movie if comedy is also a factor. There’s really no other way I’d have been convinced to see the rather brilliant American Psyco (2000), and more recently The Voices (2014).

Henry Rollins, Steve Ogg, Booboo Stewart and Chantal Craig are the stars of what looks like a refreshingly different story.

Release Date (s): December 18th 2015 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

JANE GOT A GUN (2016): New Trailer Starring Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton & Ewan McGregor

Jane Got A Gun (2015), Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton
Jane Got A Gun (2015), Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton

Directed by Gavin O’Connor, Natalie Portman’s latest, Jane Got A Gun is a western. Something you may have guessed from the title…

It looks like the movie will be good especially with a promising cast that also includes Joel Egerton, Rodrigo Santoro and Noah Emmerich.

May it be as impressive as True Grit (2010) because that movie is fantastic!

Jane Got A Gun Release Date(s): January 29th, 2016 (US); May 20th, 2016 (UK)

Happy Film Loving

G

JOY (2015): New Trailer From David O. Russell, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper…

Joy (2015), Jennifer Lawrence
Joy (2015), Jennifer Lawrence

I loved the teaser trailer for David O. Russell’s latest film, Joy, when I saw it a few months ago. I’m happy to report that the latest trailer is the perfect tease and even more exciting…

Who doesn’t love to watch the perceived underdog take charge and silence the doubters with legendary action? I’m looking forward to everything, including the comedy, dialogue and… everything!

Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez and Isabella Rossellini are the stars.

Release Date (s): December 25th, 2015 (US), January 1st, 2016 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

PIXELS (2015): For The Fans Of The Games…

Pixels (2015), Michelle Monaghan, Adam Sandler, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage
Pixels (2015), Michelle Monaghan, Adam Sandler, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage

Pixels is a  comedy/ action / sci-fi that’s directed by Chris Columbus and stars Adam Sandler, Josh Gad, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan and Peter Dinklage.

The first trailer for the movie didn’t look great. Though the second was an improvement, my conclusion after sitting through the movie is that I’m just not the target market.

I used to play Pac-Man growing up but never enough to call myself a half serious video gaming fan. It’s those who love and/or loved retro video games like Donkey Kong, Pac-Man and Tetris, that will get the most out of Pixels. For everyone else, there are a few funny moments but, overall, ‘silly’ might be a word that comes to mind.

Pixels (2015), Toru Iwatani
Pixels (2015), Toru Iwatani

The best part in the movie besides the soundtrack and what the creator of Pac-Man, Toru Iwatani screams in the trailer? That would be the last twenty minutes of the film, particularly the Donkey Kong phase. Tune in if you absolutely must. I did because of I’m a fan of Gad, Sandler, Dinklage and Pac-Man.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

STAR WARS EPISODE 7 – THE FORCE AWAKENS (2015): Well Done Trailer Maker

Star Wars Episode 7 - The Force Awakens (2015), Harrison Ford
Star Wars Episode 7 – The Force Awakens (2015), Harrison Ford

Star Wars Episode 7 – The Force Awakens, the trailer is here and John Boyega pays a…

Epic looking and with great trailer music, especially at the beginning. Something tells me that writer / director J.J. Abrams is going to make serious fans very proud indeed.

Time for me to get moving and watching the previous films if I don’t want to be completely clueless for what is likely the biggest film event of the year if not of all time.

Release Date (s): December 17th 2015 (UK), December 18th 2015 (US)…

Happy Film loving 🙂

G

MEDITERRANEA (2015) New Trailer About Risking Everything In Hope of Better…

Mediterranea (2015), Koudous Seihon
Mediterranea (2015), Koudous Seihon

Written and directed by Jonas Carpignano, Mediterranea is the story of the experience of two friends who risk their lives in pursuit of opportunity and a brighter future…

The film’s subject matter is both interesting and current.  I feel as though I’m already in a place of empathy and understanding in terms of the protagonist’s motivations. So finding out just how much more I don’t already know will be enlightening.

Koudous Seihon and Alassane Sy are the lead Actors

Release Date (s): November 20th 2015 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

TOMORROWLAND (2015): There Is Something I Liked…

Tomorrowland (2015), Britt Robertson, George Clooney, Raffey Cassidy
Tomorrowland (2015), Britt Robertson, George Clooney, Raffey Cassidy

When I saw the trailer for Academy Award winning director, Brad Bird’s latest sci-fi, Tomorrowland, I wasn’t particularly wowed/ hugely interested. That’s probably because it looked like a kids sci-fi, which it kind of is. Still, I was a little curious, especially with George Clooney as one of the stars.

The future of humanity, optimism and time travel are key themes in Tomorrowland. Its main character is an optimistic teenage science enthusiast played by Britt Robertson. Unfortunately, for reasons I’m not quite certain of, I found myself not really able to connect with Robertson’s protagonist. Not to say that the character’s positive outlook and general optimism didn’t sit well with me, or that it isn’t correct. It’s likely that the general story just didn’t provide the necessary elements required or provide them in the right way (if at all) in order for a connection to happen. It could also be that I’m simply not the target market.

I do have a favourite thing about Tomorrowland and that is the meaning behind the story about ‘feeding the wolf’. Beyond that, Bird’s film just feels like a long winded and not particularly well structured way of saying one thing about the importance of optimism and creativity, especially as it pertains to the future of our planet and everything in it.

Watch Tomorrowland if you absolutely must. However, if you’re just not that curious, the following is a SPOILER / quote of  the feeding the wolf story that I mentioned:

‘There are two wolves and they’re always fighting. One is darkness and despair. The other is light and hope. Which wolf wins…? Whichever one you feed’

Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy, Keegan-Michael Key and Kathryn Hahn also star.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G