Selena – The Series is a new Netflix music/biography about the late Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez an American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, model, actress, and fashion designer.
Starring Christian Marie Serratos, Madison Taylor Baez and Jesse Posey; we’ll be taken back to the beginning as Selena’s dreams come true, and her family makes life-changing choices on the singer’s journey to success.
Even though I’m not familiar with her music, I’m interested because I know that Quintanilla was a huge inspiration for the likes of Jennifer Lopez and several other music artists. There’s also the fact that her story is unbearably tragic.
Carlos Alfredo Jr., Gabriel Chavarria, Ricardo Chavira, Noemi Gonzalez, Seidy Lopez, Julio Macias, Juan Martinez, Hunter Reese Peña and David Fernandez Jr. also star.
Starring Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins and Tuppence Middleton; Fincher’s film is the story of screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz; particularly his tumultuous development of Orson Welles’ iconic masterpiece Citizen Kane (1941).
Anyone else reminded of Oldman’s great work as a drunk in Friends, season 7 episodes 23 and 24?
This should be interesting because the cast is great, the cinematography looks promising, even with the absence of colour. An absence I hope not to feel too greatly .
Lastly, perhaps I’ll finally get to watch Citizen Kane (1941), probably best to do that before this movie is released.
Tom Burke, Tom Pelphrey, Charles Dance, Leven Rambin, Arliss Howard, Joseph Cross, Elvy, Jamie McShane, Toby Leonard Moore, Sam Troughton and Adam Shapiro also star.
From director Julie Taymor, The Glorias is a new biography that covers the story of feminist icon Gloria Steinem’s itinerant childhood’s influence on her life. Especially as a writer, activist and organizer for women’s rights worldwide.
Judas and the Black Messiah tells the story of Fred Hampton, Chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party, and his fateful betrayal by FBI informant William O’Neal.
Co directed by Ryan Coogler and Shaka King this very promising movie stars Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield and Jesse Plemons.
It’s official, this is my favourite week of movie trailer releases in 2020. First we had Ratched (2020) a couple of days ago and now this. I’ve already watched this trailer countless times and I cannot wait to see what looks like a superb performance from Kaluuya and Stanfield. Two brilliant actors I last saw together in Jordan Peele’s massive hit, Get Out (2017).
This is the kind of movie that I imagine will be really great to see in a movie theatre.
Martin Sheen, Ashton Sanders, Lil Rel Howery, Algee Smith, Jermaine Fowler, Robert Longstreet, Dominique Fishback, Nick Fink and Darrell Britt-Gibson also star.
Starring Ethan Hawke and Eve Hewson, visionary inventor Nikola Tesla is the subject of Tesla, director Michael Almereyda’s new drama/biography. Particularly Tesla’s interactions with Thomas Edison, J.P. Morgan’s daughter Anne, and Tesla’s breakthroughs in transmitting electrical power and light.
Additional key cast includes Kyle MacLachlan, Hanna Gross and Josh Hamilton.
Ethan Hawke, this cool trailer edit and the greatness of Tesla himself are the reason I’m interested. It also helps that Almereyda’s film looks like no biography I’ve ever seen.
Lois Smith, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Jim Gaffigan, Lucy Walters, James Urbaniak, Ian Lithgow, Donnie Keshawarz and Janelle Feigley also star.
Shirley is a new biography / thriller about renowned horror writer Shirley Jackson.
Starring Elisabeth Moss, Michael Stuhlbarg and Logan Lerman, the story centres around the source of inspiration for Jackson’s next book; a young couple that Jackson and her husband invite into their home.
Directed by Josephine Decker; additional key cast includes Odessa Young and Steve Vinovich.
I’m watching because it’s Moss, Lerman, plus it’s a biography so I’m definitely expecting the truth to be stranger than fiction.
Ryan Spahn, Molly Fahey, Adelind Horan, Emily Decker, Ava Langford, Edward O’Blenis and Thomas Racek also star.
With a now famous oeuvre that has attracted millions of fans worldwide, including myself, the biggest revelation wasn’t simply that Klint was great but that she is actually the world’s first abstract artist. One who, for many years wasn’t mentioned anywhere in art history books; an unfortunate result of the usual sexism within the field.
Directed by Halina Dyrschka, I simply had to watch Beyond The Visible – Hilma af Klint to learn about an extraordinary woman. A woman who’s not only now firmly on my list of favourite artists, but one who also happens to be abstraction’s biggest discovery.
Through the use of images of Klint’s art, interviews with surviving family members, art experts and recreations of her most famous pieces, Dyrschka teaches us about the life of Klint, what made her tick and the inspiration behind her great works.
A key highlight of watching Dyrschka’s documentary is getting to look at a fair amount of Klint’s body of work. I definitely savoured every moment the camera was focused on her creations. Perhaps even more so once science, spirituality and ‘that which is invisible to the eye‘ were mentioned as additional sources of inspiration.
In terms of anything I didn’t love about this documentary, that would be the periods mainly at the beginning where it felt like the pace was slower than preferred. There may also be a chance that I was simply impatient to know as much as I could about Klint. Especially since beyond my appreciation of her use of colour, shapes and proportion, I had zero idea about what any of it really meant. By the end, what I knew for sure is that I had an expanded appreciation for science.
Watch Dyrschka’s film if you’re a fan of abstraction, curious about Klint – a woman who knew herself well enough to say, among other things:
‘Within me wells forth such power carrying me forward, that marriage and family happiness are not my destiny.’
There’s of course the art. Definitely watch for more of Klint’s beautiful art.