Little Woods is the latest from Tessa Thompson and Lily James.
Written / directed by Nia DaCosta, it’s a modern western / crime / drama about sisters Ollie and Deb who are driven to work outside the law to better their lives.
Ollie has been helping people in her town to access Canadian health care and medication. Eventually the authorities sense that something’s going on and Ollie decides to quit, except, then comes a desperate plea for help from her sister…
I definitely didn’t see the interesting pairing of Thompson and James coming. I’m looking forward to seeing how the story plays because sibling dynamics are often intriguing and I could be wrong but something tells me that there might just be some tragedy in store.
Luke Kirby, James Badge Dale, Lance Reddick, Elizabeth Maxwell, Luci Christian, Lawrence Varnado, and Alexis West also star.
Even though Marvel’s Venom is definitely not in my top five list of favourite superhero movies – or my top five list of Marvel movies for that matter, I still found a scene that I loved.
Directed by Ruben Fleischer; starring Tom Hardy, Jenny Slate, Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed, I’m not sure that the worst thing about Venom is the performances. For me, the key issues exist in three areas, the story editing / script, the final version of the fully formed CGI embodiment of Venom and Venom’s actual speaking voice, All these elements left me less impressed than I’d hoped to be.
To give an example of my issue with the story, I know that Brock, who later becomes Venom is supposed to be an antihero but because of his highly inconsiderate behaviour during the Colton Drake interview early on in the movie, I think I had trouble fully being on his side after that. I mean, he’s still the protagonist and I didn’t want him to get hurt; yet I was reasonably annoyed for his girlfriend. As a result, it wasn’t actually until the desperate scene in the restaurant that I was most moved; both by how helpless Brock seemed in those moments and by Tom Hardy’s arresting performance.
Along with a less cartoonish looking CGI version of Venom and Riot, I really did expect a far slicker execution from Marvel Studios overall; one where the finished product hit all the right notes in terms of what makes a good film and had me feeling like: ‘Yes! YES! I knew this would be good!’ instead of: ‘Yeah… it’s really not the best. What a shame.’
Watch it if you’re curious enough and if you’re a serious comic book fan, no doubt you’ll have a better time than I did.
For me, the title of ‘favourite superhero movie’ still belongs to The Avengers (2012).
The story of the The Favouriteis set in the 18th century and centres on England’s Queen Anne (Olivia Colman), whose close friend, Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) steps in to govern England because the queen is too frail.
Director Yorgos Lanthimos’s film starts off relatively pleasantly even though the atmosphere is quite tense. The tension continues and things take a darker turn as the true motivations of the key players surrounding the queen begin to emerge. As a result, I find myself feeling more and more sorry for Anne, especially in her unfortunately frail state and considering the tragedies she’s already endured.
Woven in with the tension and darkness is humour which I enjoyed and a noticeable amount of definitely gratuitous but also well placed profanity. I liked the central performances by Coleman, Weisz and Emma Stone. I’ve never seen Stone’s generally very sweet looking face and big beautiful eyes take quite the less than sweet look they do in this movie. As for Coleman, I always knew she was capable with comedy (Peep Show, my favourite sitcom of all time) and she really does well in this heartbreaking dramatic role. No wonder she’s already won the Golden Globe for Best Performance By An Actress in A Motion Picture.
The makeup and 18th century costumes on both the men and women did well in delivering some fun and entertainment. Especially considering that many men walked around in massive wigs, quite a lot of makeup and ladies, especially the queen wore dresses with rather puffy sleeves and skirts.
The Favourite is not at the top of my list as far as movies about British royalty are concerned but I did have a good time. Watch it because it’s generally good and who knows, you might love it, even more so if you like rabbits.
Starring Jamie Dornan, Jemima Kirke, Alice Eve and Ben Mendelsohn; writer / director Emma Forrest’s Untogetheris a new dramaabout a recently sober writer with a stalled career, who starts an affair with a successful writer.
All the while her sister finds herself drawn to a politically engaged rabbi while dating an agEing rocker.
I’m curious about this one because though this trailer doesn’t exactly have me yelping with joy, I’m curious to find out what the special thing about the story is. Specifically the thing that made all the talented actors involved say ‘yes’ to the script.
And who knows, with Valentines Day soon arriving, this may just be what I’m in the mood for around that time.
Billy Crystal, Lola Kirke, Scott Caan, and Jennifer Grey also star.
Dan Gilroy, the director of my favourite Jake Gyllenhaal movie Nightcrawler (2014) is back with a new crime / fantasy movie, Velvet Buzzsaw which stars Gyllenhaal, John Malkovich, Toni Collette and Billy Magnussen.
After a number of art lovers help themselves to a series of paintings by an unknown artist, a supernatural force enacts revenge to punish all those involved for their greed…
I’m in for Gyllenhaal’s performance and who knows, maybe I’ll love what his does in this movie as much as I appreciate his great work in Nightcrawler.
I’ll keep my fingers crossed that the whole experience isn’t nightmare inducing. At time of writing, Velvet Buzzsaw isn’t categorised as horror, so there is hope.
Zawe Ashton, Natalia Dyer, Rene Russo, Daveed Diggs, Peter Gadiot and Tom Sturridge also star.
Directed by Jonathan Helpert; Anthony Mackie, Margaret Qualley and Danny Huston are the stars of IO.
IO is a new sci-fi movie about one of the last survivors on a post-cataclysmic Earth. A place where a young scientist has dedicated to find a way for humans to adapt and survive, rather than abandon their planet. Unexpectedly, she begins to question her decision following the arrival of another survivor…
I’m intrigued by the premise and I like Mackie, especially ever since I saw his great work in The Hurt Locker (2008).
Then there’s the fact that the last time I put my trust in Netflix and sat down to watch one of their sci-fi movies, namely Extinction (2018), I found myself wanting. I wish my expectations were higher with this, nevertheless move move forward with hope.