Category Archives: Biography

A QUIET PASSION (2016): New Trailer Featuring Cynthia Nixon As American Poet Emily Dickinson

A Quiet Passion (2016), Cynthia Nixon
A Quiet Passion (2016), Cynthia Nixon

Cynthia Nixon, a.k.a. Miranda Hobbes of Sex & The City  is playing celebrated American poet, Emily Dickinson. Directed by Terence Davies, A Quiet Passion tells the story of Dickinson’s early years as a school girl and later when she becomes a recluse and an unrecognised artist…

This one I want to see to learn about the strong, independent and smart Dickinson. I’d also love to watch Nixon in another role I can add to my list of  her best work.

Jennifer Ehle, Duncan Duff, Keith Carradine and Jodhi May also star.

A Quiet Passion Release Dates: April 7th, 2017 (UK); April  14th, 2017 (US)…

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JACKIE (2016): The Things I Liked…

Jackie (2016), Natalie Portman
Jackie (2016), Natalie Portman

Starring ‘acting queen’ Natalie Portman and additional talented cast members that include Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, John Hurt and Billy Crudup, I enjoyed taking in everything the camera focused on in director Pablo Larraín’s Jackie.

The costume and visuals in Jackie are beautiful, especially if you love the 60s aesthetic and fashions. As I watched the story of the former First Lady’s experience in the wake of her husband, John F. Kennedy’s assassination, I found myself feeling a little detached – both emotionally but mostly in terms of my enjoyment of the story structure. I couldn’t help but wonder about how much more I’d have enjoyed the film had it had a more traditional structure and been more than just about Jackie’s grief. My story preferences aside, Natalie Portman – of course delivered a brilliant performance and were it up to me, I’d have handed the Best Actress Academy Award to her.

I kind of see Jackie in a similar way to the way I see American Sniper (2014). By this I mean, both films as a whole are ok, but the lead actors performances are what really makes them worth watching. Back in 2014 I was completely ready to hand the best Actor Oscar to Bradley Cooper, but then I saw Eddie Redmayne’s work in The Theory Of Everything (2014) and that was that. The rightful owner absolutely got the golden statue.

Watch Jackie because ‘Lady Portman is fantastic.

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FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS (2016): The Thing I Liked…

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016), Meryl Streep.
Florence Foster Jenkins (2016), Meryl Streep

Florence Foster Jenkins, the story of a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice is a movie I found to be just ok.

Starring Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg, ‘acting queen’ Meryl Streep and directed by Stephen Frears, I enjoyed the little moments of humour and I appreciated the film as a sweet story of one man’s complicated love for his wife and friend, particularly the lengths he and a number of her friends went to to ‘take care of her’.

It goes without saying that Streep performed well as Jenkins. Helberg and Grant were good too. Ordinarily, I personally can’t imagine myself gladly helping to delude a talentless person I care about into thinking that they were actually talented. Watching Florence Foster Jenkins has ensured that I’d take a little more time to consider it. Even though it all reeks heavily of the most cringe worthy moments in talent shows such as X-Factor and American Idol.

Watch it if you’re curious enough.

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JEREMIAH TOWER – THE LAST MAGNIFICENT (2016): New Trailer For Documentary About Celebrated American Chef, Jeremiah Tower

Jeremiah Tower - The Last Magnificent (2016), Jeremiah Tower
Jeremiah Tower – The Last Magnificent (2016), Jeremiah Tower

Jeremiah Tower – The Last Magnificent is a new documentary about Jeremiah Tower, the American chef who transformed the restaurant industry, helped create the cult of the ‘celebrity chef’ and is a major influence for many of the famous chefs of today…

I’m intrigued by those for whom cooking is a passion because it’s not mine. I want to know about Tower’s influence and the story of the level of greatness he was able to achieve. Unlike the situation when I watched Chef (2014) (my favourite ‘foodie movie’), this time I’ll be sure to have my favourite foods within reach as the movie plays.

Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent Release Dates: April 21st, 2017 (US)…

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MAUDIE (2016): New Trailer From Ethan Hawke, Sally Hawkins, Kari Matchett…

Maudie (2017), Sarah Hawkins
Maudie (2017), Sarah Hawkins

Maudie tells the true story of a fragile arthritic Nova Scotia housekeeper who becomes an artist and beloved community figure. Directed by Aisling Walsh and starring Ethan Hawke Sally Hawkins and Kari Matchett, Maudie is a story of  one woman’s independence and an unlikely love story…

Maudie (2016), Ethan Hawke
Maudie (2016), Ethan Hawke

I’d like to see Maudie because of Ethan Hawke. I also want to see Hawkins do well, especially since she’s in my favourite Woody Allen movie, Blue Jasmine (2013).

Maudie Release Dates: June 16th, 2017 (US); 2017 (UK)…

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THE LOST CITY OF Z (2016): New Trailer With Beautiful Cinematography & Starring Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Tom Holland…

The Lost City Of Z (2016), Charlie Hunnam
The Lost City Of Z (2016), Charlie Hunnam

As I watched the the latest trailer for the James Gray directed movie about great British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, I fell more and more in love with each shot. Starring Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland, I cannot wait to see this movie! The story is of course interesting but my goodness, the visuals! Here are just some of the examples of gorgeous cinematography that caught my eye.

Enjoy!

The Lost City Of Z (2016), Sienna Miller
The Lost City Of Z (2016), Sienna Miller
The Lost City Of Z (2016), Charlie Hunnam
The Lost City Of Z (2016), Charlie Hunnam
The Lost City Of Z (2016), Robert Pattinson
The Lost City Of Z (2016), Robert Pattinson
The Lost City Of Z (2016), Charlie Hunnam
The Lost City Of Z (2016), Charlie Hunnam
The Lost City Of Z (2016), Charlie Hunnam
The Lost City Of Z (2016), Charlie Hunnam
The Lost City Of Z (2016), Charlie Hunnam
The Lost City Of Z (2016), Charlie Hunnam

The Lost City Of Z Release Dates: April 21st, 2017 (US)…

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THE BLING RING (2013): The One Thing I Liked…

The Bling Ring (2016), Emma Watson
The Bling Ring (2016), Emma Watson

Oscar winning filmmaker Sofia Coppola is the reason I chose to watch The Bling Ring. It’s just unfortunate that the resultant experience is quite the disappointment.

In a story based on true events and about fame obsessed teenagers robbing the homes of celebrities in LA, I’m not quite sure precisely what I was expecting but I didn’t anticipate that the movie would have a student film feel and not n a good way.

I’m not certain if the film’s lacking pacing and not particularly engaging style was supposed to represent the teenager’s otherwise slow daily lives and detached attitudes, but it very quickly proved tedious. The only performance that didn’t feel completely underwhelming to me was Leslie Mann’s.

If I were tasked with naming one true winner as a result of The Bling Ring’s existence, I’d choose Kanye West. He’s certainly not in the movie  but his music is featured quite prominently and I’m assuming that means a healthy payday.

The Bling Ring; I say watch it if you must, I’m just not sure that you’ll find it particularly impressive.

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THE LOST CITY OF Z (2016): New Trailer From Tom Holland, Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson…

The Lost City Of Z (2016), Robert Pattinson, Charlie Hunnam
The Lost City Of Z (2016), Robert Pattinson, Charlie Hunnam

Starring Charlie Hunnam, Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson The Lost City Of Z is the real life story of British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett who disappeared whilst searching for a mysterious city in South America…

Trailer 1

 

Trailer 2

I’m intrigued by this movie because of all the stories about what may have happened to Fawcett.

The Lost City Of Z  is based on the best selling book of the same name by David Grann.

Sienna Miller, Angus Macfadyen and Aleksandar Jovanovic also star.

The Lost City Of Z Release Dates: April 21st, 2017 (US)…

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