Category Archives: Biography

OPPENHEIMER (2023): New Trailer From Christopher Nolan, Starring Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Rami Malek, Florence Pugh…

Christopher Nolan’s latest film stars Cillian Murphy, Rami Malek, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon and Florence Pugh.

Biography/historical drama Oppenheimer is the story of American scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer. Specifically the part he played in the development of the atomic bomb.

My all-time favourite movie trailer happens to be for a Christopher Nolan Film. As such, it’s unsurprising that the long-awaited full trailer for his latest work also has me excited to the point I was moved to yelp joyfully as it played.

All my joyful yelping and excitement aside, brilliant and certainly chilling are two words that seem fitting regarding the energy and dialogue present in this trailer. And since Murphy is an actor who always delivers in his performances; if the transformation in his eyes is anything to go by, I can hardly wait to be moved in all the ways I’m bound to be.

Of course, there’s also the stunning cinematography courtesy of Hoyte van Hoytema, who most recently worked on Nope (2022), Tenet (2020) and, Dunkirk (2017).

Robert Downey Jr., Gary Oldman, James Remar, Casey Affleck, Jack Quaid, David Krumholtz, Benny Safdie, Michael Angarano, Josh Hartnett and Kenneth Branagh also star

Oppenheimer Release Dates: July 21st, 2023 (US & UK)…

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CHEVALIER (2022): New Trailer Starring Kelvin Harrison Jr., Samara Weaving, Minnie Driver, Lucy Boynton…

Kelvin Harrison Jr., Samara Weaving, Lucy Boynton and Minnie Driver are the stars of new biographical drama, Chevalier. A Stephen Williams-directed story about the illegitimate son of a slave and a plantation owner who rises to unexpected heights in French society as a composer.

The composer is Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges.

At least two audible yelps of excitement escaped my lips as I watched this trailer. And the reasons are as follows. I am a bigger fan of Kelvin Harrison Jr. than I realised. Particularly after his work in Waves (2019). Secondly, this clever trailer edit grabbed my attention, refused to let go, and I’m not mad about it. Thirdly, hello, compelling true story about an underdog making all his doubters choke almost violently on their words. (admittedly, one of my favourite things in any story). There’s also the charismatic Samara Weaving. 

And last but in no way least, the music, of course, the music. I can’t wait to see all the performances. Especially the musical face-off that happens at 0:35 seconds into the trailer.

Marton Csokas, Sian Clifford, Alec Newman, Alex Fitzalan, Ronke Adekoluejo, Jessica Boone, Jim High, Ben Bradshaw and Sam Barlien also star.

Chevalier Release Dates: AprIl 7th, 2023 (US)…

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THE GOOD NURSE (2022): The Things I Liked…

Often when movies are described as a slow burn, my heart sinks a little because it can mean that the pace is lacking in the most unsatisfying way. Luckily, it just so happens that The Good Nursethe latest biography/crime/drama from Danish director Tobias Lindholm is the kind of slow burn you want people to mean when they describe a movie as such.

Smartly shot, well-edited and acted, Lindholm’s movie is based on a true story about an infamous caregiver who is linked to the deaths of hundreds of hospital patients. 

Oscar winners Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne both deliver notable performances. Additional highlights include the camera work, how dramatic and quieter moments are captured, plus the pairing of Noah Emmerich and Nnamdi Asomugha in their specific roles.

Watch The Good Nurse for a welcome reminder of how highly engaging a film described as a slow burn can be.

The God Nurse Release Dates: October 26th, 2022 (US)…

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THE GOOD NURSE (2022): New Trailer From Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne, Kim Dickens, Nnamdi Asomugha…

Read my spoiler-free movie review of  The Good Nurse (2022).

New biography/crime/drama The Good Nurse follows an infamous caregiver who finds themselves implicated in the deaths of hundreds of hospital patients.

Directed by Tobias Lindholm; Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne, Noah Emmerich and Nnamdi Asomugha are among the key cast.

I’d been missing seeing Redmayne on screen, so I’m watching this for that reason and the chilling fact that this is based on a true story.

As someone who has resisted looking up details about the truth about these characters, I’m now especially curious to understand the thinking behind the ‘one neck, two heads’ artwork above. I’m scared that the truth is far darker than this trailer suggests. There’s of course, also a chance that I’m seriously overthinking matters. Still, I’m cautiously excited to find out.

Malik Yoba, Ajay Naidu, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Maurice J. Irvin, Jennifer Regan, Gabe Fazio, Brooke Stacy Mills and Alix West Lefler also star.

The God Nurse Release Dates: October 26th, 2022 (US)…

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THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE (2021), New Trailer Starring Jessica Chastain, Vincent D’Onofrio, Andrew Garfield…

The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021), Andrew Garfield, Jessica Chastain, Searchlight Pictures
The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021), Andrew Garfield, Jessica Chastain, Searchlight Pictures

Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield and Vincent D’Onofrio are the stars of new drama/biography The Eyes of Tammy Faye.

From director Michael Showalter; what’s on offer is an intimate look at the true story of the extraordinary rise, fall and redemption of televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker.

Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker’s story isn’t one I’m familiar with. And so I look forward to learning about it all thanks to what appears to be excellent performances, and hopefully a well-executed story.

Anyone else notice how super adorable Chastain’s character is, especially at the start of this trailer?

Sam Jaeger, Cherry Jones, Fredric Lehne, Louis Cancelmi, Joe Ando-Hirsh, Randy Havens, Gabriel Olds, Kevin J. O’Connor, Coley Campany, Kimberly Hester Huffstetler, Chandler Head and Meredith Jackson also star.

The Eyes of Tammy Faye Release Dates: September 17th, 2021 (US)…

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RESPECT (2021): New Trailer Starring Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Marlon Wayans, Forrest Whittaker…

Respect (2020), Jennifer Hudson, MGM
Respect (2020), Jennifer Hudson, MGM

I’d call this the ‘final’ Respect trailer, but that would be silly. There’s at least 2 more to go, probably. I’m not necessarily complaining because I do like this edit.

Starring Jennifer Hudson, Tate Donovan, Mary J. Blige, Marc Maron, Forest Whitaker and Marlon Wayans; Respect, the life story of Aretha Franklin is directed by Liesl Tommy.

I’m excited to watch the young Franklin grow up to find her voice, and see the kindness of the people who helped her along the way. I also can’t wait to expereinec the way Franklin’s most iconic song, Respect came to life. Especially after having seen how beautifully the inception of Elton John’s ‘Your Song‘ is captured in Rocketman (2019).

Bring on the music and great performances, because I’m ready for my appreciation for Franklin, Hudson and everyone else involved to grow.

Lodric D. Collins, Joshua Mikel, Marc Maron, Jamaal Burcher, Tituss Burgess, Victoria Paige Watkins and Saycon Sengbloh also star.

Respect Release Dates: August 13th, 2021 (US); September 10th, 2021 (UK)…

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FORD V FERRARI (2019): The Things I Loved…

Ford v Ferrari (2019), Matt Damon, 20th Century Studios
Ford v Ferrari (2019), Matt Damon, 20th Century Studios

Director James Mangold’s action/drama about the battle between car manufacturers Ford and Ferrari to win Le Mans in 1966 is a movie I’m glad to have finally watched. Especially considering that post-viewing, I don’t have anything negative to say about it.

Starring two of my favourites, Christian Bale and Matt Damon, it’s ultimately the verbal gymnastics in Ford v Ferrari that I enjoyed most. The well-written dialogue between the key characters resulted in plenty of entertaining testosterone, ego and passion-fuelled wordplay.

Additionally, there’s the beautiful friendship between Damon’s Carroll Shelby and Bales’s Ken Miles. And lest not forget the high adrenaline, edge of your seat and excellently captured driving footage.

Mangold’s ensemble cast which includes Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe and Noah Jupe is fantastic. As are the several standout scenes. Including the all-important meeting with Enzo Ferrari.

If you haven’t already, watch Ford v Ferrari because you too may just find yourself with the words, ‘Well, that was super badass and sexy’ escaping your lips.

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BIGGIE: I GOT A STORY TO TELL (2021): New Trailer For Documentary About The Notorious B.I.G…

Biggie – I Got a Story to Tell (2021). The Notorious B.I.G., Netflix

The journey from hustler to rap king is what new documentary/biography Biggie – I Got a Story to Tell is all about.

Featuring in-depth interviews and rare behind the scenes footage, the film is a celebration of the life of Christopher Wallace a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G; a Hip-Hop legend renowned for his distinctive flow and autobiographical lyrics.

I’m in for the story of the the talent. And most definitely, to enjoy more of the soul infiltrating and joy inducing rhythms and beats in this trailer. Yep, I said it.

Biggie – I Got a Story to Tell Release Dates: March 1st, 2021, Netflix

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