Category Archives: Biography

THE SILENT MAN (2017): New Trailer From Liam Neeson, Diane Lane, Kate Walsh, Michael C. Hall…

The Silent Man (2017), Liam Neeson
The Silent Man (2017), Liam Neeson

From writer / director Peter Landesman, The Silent Man stars Liam Neeson, Diane Lane, Kate Walsh and Michael C. Hall. It’s the true story of Mark Felt, a man who under the name “Deep Throat” helped journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the Watergate scandal in 1974…

Before this trailer, I knew nothing about The Silent Man and the people / incidents it’s based on. After Neeson’s engaging monologue, I sure hope that the film’s dialogue will be great. Neeson’s words actually took me back to how much I loved the dinner table scene in the first teaser trailer for Black Mass (2015). The memories!

Ike Barinholtz, Marton Csokas, Maika Monroe, Tony Goldwyn and Josh Lucas also star.

The Silent Man Release Dates: …2017 (US)…

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BATTLE OF THE SEXES (2017): New Trailer From Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Elisabeth Shue, Sarah Silverman…

Battle Of The Sexes (2017), Emma Stone
Battle Of The Sexes (2017), Emma Stone

Oscar winning actress Emma Stone’s latest movie Battle of the Sexes has her in the role of former World number one tennis champion, Billing Jean King. OppositeStone is Steve Carell as ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs. Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, Battle of the Sexes tells the true story of a very important 1973 tennis match between King and Riggs…

I’m looking forward to this one because I had no idea about the true story until now. King better win! That being the jist of how I feel. I’m a little less certain that she will because Carell’s character is a hustler after all. But then, this is a Hollywood movie.

Also, I just realised that the only Billie Jean I’d know of up to this point is the one in Michael Jackson’s classic song, ‘Billie Jean’. No doubt that Billie Jean King is NOT the one M.J. is singing about.

Battle Of The Sexes Release Dates: September 22nd, 2017 (US), November 24th, 2017 (UK)…

Sarah Silverman, Austin Stowell, Natalie Morales and Jessica McNamee also star.

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HIDDEN FIGURES (2016): For The Sisterhood, Strength & Determination

Hidden Figures (2016): Taraji P. Henson, Mahershala Ali
Hidden Figures (2016): Taraji P. Henson, Mahershala Ali

Hidden Figures, the movie about the three African American women whose mathematical contributions led to NASA’s first successful space missions is a film that did two important things for me. First it gave myself and many others a long overdue history lesson and second, it reminded me that that even though there’s still a considerable way to go, humanity really has come quite the distance in terms of equality and civil rights.

Seeing the challenges faced by the film’s main characters, the ways they dealt with the obstacles they encountered is really a great and empowering thing for anyone to witness. I particularly adore the sisterhood, strength, determination and good humour between them. By them I of course mean  Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. I see these ladies as the kind of women with personal attributes that many would  probably want for the women and young girls in their life. And I’m not even talking about the mathematical genius.

Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae, there really is no faulting any of the performances in Hidden Figures. Director Theodore Melfi’s movie is a good example of what a well-put-together film can look like. Watch it because it’s thoroughly deserving of all its success. It’s also a beautiful celebration of truly great women and the people good and brave enough to do what was necessary to help them shine.

Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Glen Powell and Mahershala Ali also star.

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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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