Category Archives: Biography

I, TONYA (2017): Good, Notable Performances…

I, Tonya (2017), Margot Robbie
I, Tonya (2017), Margot Robbie

I, Tonya, the true story of competitive ice skater Tonya Harding, and the unfortunate events that led to the end of her career is a movie well done. Directed by Craig Gillespie, the film is structured and captured in a way that’s engaging both in style and content.

I found myself impressed by all the performances. Robbie’s portrayal is memorable because of what she was able to achieve both physically and emotionally. There’s been talk of how impressive her solo scene in front of the mirror is and it really is. But the moment that moved me most takes place in the court room, immediately following sentencing.

As Hardings’ abusive mother, Allison Janney did brilliantly. This of course didn’t surprise me because Janney always delivers. Always. The hateful truth of her character was conveyed so perfectly in her entire being and very clearly through her eyes. 

Until this movie, I hadn’t really seen Sebastian Stan in much, except his work in Marvel’s Captain America and Avengers movies; because of what he did with his role as Hardings’ abusive husband, I’m now more interested than ever before in what he does next. Other highlights in Gillespie’s film include the well chosen music.

I say watch this movie for the performances and the story. I’ll in the meantime, busy myself with looking forward to Robbie’s next leading role in a drama.

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CHAPPAQUIDDICK (2017): New Trailer From Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms…

Chappaquiddick (2017), Jason Clarke
Chappaquiddick (2017), Jason Clarke

Jason Clarke, Kate Mara and Ed Helms are the stars of Chappaquiddick, the John Curran directed biography of Ted Kennedy’s life and political career.

Kennedy’s life and career become derailed after his involvement in a fatal car accident that claims the life of young campaign strategist, Mary Jo Kopechne…

I’m intrigued because I want to see Jason Clarke in a leading role and Ed Helms  excel in a dramatic, non-comedic one.

Chappaquiddick Release Dates: April 6th, 2018 (US)…

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THE POLKA KING (2017): New Trailer From Jack Black, Jenny Slate, Vanessa Bayer…

The Polka King (2017), Jack Black
The Polka King (2017), Jack Black

Jack Black, Jenny Slate and Vanessa Bayer are the stars of The Polka King; the true story of a local Pennsylvania polka legend called Jan Lewan.

Written / directed by Maya Forbes and Wallace Wolodarsky, the story focuses on Lewan’s development of a get rich plan that shocked his fans and landed him in jail…

I haven’t seen Jack Black in a movie for ages so I’m really glad he’s back because his energy is a thing of beauty. Looking forward to watching this one because of Mr. Black, of course and for the humour I’m expecting.

Jason Schwartzman, J.B. Smoove and Jacki Weaver also star.

The Polka King Release Dates: January 12th, 2018 (US)…

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SHADOWMAN (2017): New Trailer For Documentary About Street Artist Richard Hambleton…

Shadowman (2017), Richard Hambleton
Shadowman (2017), Richard Hambleton

Shawdowman is a documentary directed by Oren Jacoby about Richard Hambleton, street artist and founder of the street art movement.

Hambleton eventually succumbed to drugs and homelessness and disappeared, until twenty years later when he’s rediscovered and given another chance…

 

I’m watching because I like Hambleton’s shadows. However, I’d probably want them in a less unsettling colour. Something tells me that he may not have liked that much, at all.

Shadowman Release Dates: December 1st, 2017 (US)…

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COCAINE GODMOTHER (2017): New Trailer Starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Juan Pablo Espinosa, Raúl Méndez…

Cocaine Godmother (2017), Catherine Zeta-Jones
Cocaine Godmother (2017), Catherine Zeta-Jones

Directed by Guillermo Navarro; starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Raúl Mendes and Juan Pablo Espinosa, Cocaine Godmother is a TV movie about the life story of Griselda Blanco.

Blanco was the infamous Colombian drug lord of the Medellín Cartel and a pioneer in the Miami-based cocaine trade and underworld in the 1970s and early 80s…

I’m going to guess that it’s likely controversial to have Welsh actor Catherine Zeta Jones  playing Blanco, a Colombian woman. Nevertheless, a part of me is still quite curious to see how it all turns out because Zeta-Jones is great and this trailer doesn’t seem to bad.

This is actually a lifetime movie and I don’t know that those generally have a great reputation. We’ll just have to see.

Cocaine Godmother Release Dates… 2018

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THE MERCY (2017): New Trailer From Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz…

The Mercy (2017), Colin Firth
The Mercy (2017), Colin Firth

The Mercy is the story of Yachtsman Donald Crowhurst, whose disastrous attempt to win the 1968 Golden Globe Race ends up with him creating an outrageous account of traveling the world alone by sea…

I’ll be watching to learn more about the kind of ‘madness’ that drives one to leave their wife and young children behind, to go a on a dangerous solo adventure with a 50/ 50 chance of survival. Particularly an adventure that doesn’t appear to be of benefit to the family left behind.

I of course also want to know about how far Crowhurst took the lies he started telling about his progress.

The Mercy Release Dates: 2017 (US); February 9th, 2018 (US)…

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THE PIRATES OF SOMALIA (2017): New Trailer Starring Evan Peters, Al Pacino, Barkhad Abdi…

The Pirates Of Somalia (2017) Evan Peters, Barkhad Abdi
The Pirates Of Somalia (2017) Evan Peters, Barkhad Abdi

The Pirates Of Somalia is based on the true story of rookie journalist Jay Bahadur’s time with Somali pirates. Bahadur spent time with the pirates for the purpose of providing the first close-up look into who they are, the way they live and the forces that drive them. Directed by Bryan Buckley; Evan Peters, Al Pacino and Barkhad Abdi star..

This could be interesting. Though, at the same time this trailer could have done a better job of selling the movie. I’m not in love with the way it ends. On a separate note, it’s good to see Abdi of Captain Philips (2013) playing a non-pirate role, as far as I can tell.

Melanie Griffith and Russell Posner also star.

The Pirates Of Somalia Release Dates: December 8th, 2017 (US)…

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THE POST (2017): New Trailer Starring Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Sarah Paulson…

The Post (2017), Tom Hanks
The Post (2017), Tom Hanks

Directed by Steven Spielberg and inspired by true events, The Post tells the story of  the cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents and pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher (Meryl Streep) and a hard-driving editor (Tom Hanks) to begin a journalistic battle against the government…

I didn’t realise I missed Meryl Streep so much until I saw her turn around in this trailer. I’m of course going to be watching because of her and Hanks. It’s also going to be an experience to watch all the sexist nonsense that will be directed at her character, Kay Graham.

Sarah Paulson, Carrie Coon, Bradley Whitford, Bob Odenkirk, Matthew Rhys, Zach Woods and David Cross also star.

The Post Release Dates: January 12th, 2018 (US), January 19th, 2018 (UK)…

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