Category Archives: Biography

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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THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY (2021): New Trailer From Andra Day, Trevante Rhodes, Garrett Hedlund, Natasha Lyonne…

The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021), Andra Day, Hulu
The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021), Andra Day, Hulu

Andra Day, Natasha Lyonne, Trevante Rhodes and Garrett Hedlund are the stars of director Lee Daniels’s latest music/biography/drama, The United States vs. Billie Holiday.

The story follows the American soul/jazz singer during her career as she’s targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics with an undercover sting operation. An operation led by Federal Agent Jimmy Fletcher, a man with whom Holiday had a tumultuous affair.

I knew Holiday was targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics but I didn’t know that a Federal Agent ex lover was the one behind it.

Even though I’m not very familiar with Holiday’s music, I’m into her boldness, style, strength and unique voice. Plus, it looks like a good performance by all, especially Day is coming our way.

Lastly, I can’t say that I don’t suddenly have an urge to start wearing flowers in my hair, because I do.

Tyler James Williams, Evan Ross, Rob Morgan, Tone Bell, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Dana Gourrier, Melvin Gregg, Erik LaRay Harvey, Miss Lawrence and Tristan D. Lalla also star.

The United States vs. Billie Holiday Release Dates: February 26th, 2021 (US); March 12th, 2021 (UK), Internet…

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PRETEND IT’S A CITY (2021): The Things I Liked…

Pretend it’s a City (2021): Fran Lebowitz, Netflix

What to say about Pretend it’s a City; the new Martin Scorsese presented series about humorist and raconteur Fran Lebowitz.

First of all, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. And by ‘it’ I mean the first episode of a seven-part series. I wish I could have watched more than five minutes of episode two, but I had to stop because I couldn’t get into it.

The use of cinematic music to set the tone as the camera focused on Lebowitz walking through New York City was charming, at first. The charm quickly disappeared for me when I started noticing things that made me enjoy the show less.

I had a specific interview structure in mind for how the show would go and had hoped for a more thorough introduction of Lebowitz at the start. I thought that by the end of episode one, I’d at least have learned about who Lebowitz truly is; besides being known for her humorous observations of life in New York City.

I cannot deny that the way Lebowitz’s mind works is interesting. Yet, unfortunately, the structure of Pretend it’s a City didn’t result in an engaging enough result to keep me watching. I may also have tired of the ‘complaining’ – something Lebowitz is perhaps best known for doing – and doing well.

Even though the show’s focus is Lebowitz, I wanted to see presenter/ interviewer, Scorsese’s face more than once. I mean, it’s been three days since my viewing experience and I’m not even sure that I saw his face at all.

It wouldn’t surprise me if the details I feel are missing from episode one will come in the episodes that follow; in which case, perhaps I’ll give Pretend it’s a City another try. It is presented by the one and only Scorsese, after all. Give it a chance if you’re curious.

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JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH (2021): Trailer 2 Starring Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons, Dominique Fishback…

Judas and The Black Messiah (2020), Daniel Kaluuya, Warner Bros. Pictures
Judas and The Black Messiah (2021), Daniel Kaluuya, Warner Bros. Pictures

Producer Ryan Coogler and director Shaka King’s biography, Judas and the Black Messiah has a second trailer.

Starring Daniel Kaluuya, Lakeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons and Dominique Fishback; Judas and the Black Messiah is the story of the fateful betrayal of Fred Hampton, Chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party.

I’m going to need a box of tissues with this one. And this magnificent cast; Stanfield, Kaluuya, Fishback and Plemons; I cannot wait.

If it wasn’t already clear, because of all the movies that had to be moved from last year to this one, 2021 is going to be quite the year for film. I hope you’re ready.

Lil Rel Howery, Algee Smith, Jermaine Fowler, Martin Sheen, Ashton Sanders, Robert Longstreet, Dominique Fishback, Nick Fink and Darrell Britt-Gibson also star.

Judas and The Black Messiah Release Dates: February 12th, 2021, (US); February 26th, 2021 (UK)…

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PRETEND IT’S A CITY (2021): New Trailer For Martin Scorsese Docuseries Starring Fran Lebowitz…

Pretend it's a City (2021): Fran Lebowitz, Netflix
Pretend it’s a City (2021): Fran Lebowitz, Netflix

Read my spoiler-free movie review of  Pretend it’s a City (2021).


Pretend it’s a City is a new Netflix series presented by legendary film director Martin Scorsese.

Episode one features wry writer, humorist and raconteur Fran Lebowitz. We get to learn more about her fascinating mind as she wanders the New York City streets and sits down with Scorsese.

Similarly to the clueless man in the trailer, Fran Lebowitz is one of those famous people whose faces I recognise; yet I ha no idea what she really did until today.

Now is as good a time to learn as any. Especially since I feel I can never spend enough time with smart, funny women. There’s also the fact that the highly respected Scorsese is the one interviewing her.

Pretend it’s a City Release Dates: January 8th, 2021 (US), Netflix

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THE DIG (2021): New Trailer From Carey Mulligan, Lily James, Ralph Fiennes, Johnny Flynn…

The Dig (2021), Ralph Fiennes
The Dig (2021), Ralph Fiennes

In new drama/biography The Dig, Carey Mulligan is a wealthy widow who hires an amateur archaeologist (Ralph Fiennes) to excavate the burial mounds on her estate, when they make a historic discovery, all while WWII is looming.

Directed by Simon Stone; additional key cast includes Lily James and Johnny Flynn.

I’m not particularly into archeology but the cast is good; James (My favourite Cinderella (2015) and Mulligan who’s simply great in everything.

Ken Stott, Ben Chaplin, Monica Dolan, Arsher Ali, Joe Hurst, Chris Wilson, Eileen Davies, Grant Crookes, Jane Fowler, James Dryden and Ellie Piercy also star.

The Dig Release Dates: January 29th, 2021 (US), Netflix…

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SELENA – THE SERIES (2020): New Trailer From Jesse Posey, Madison Taylor Baez, Christian Serratos…

Selena - The Series (2020), Christian Marie Serratos, Netflix
Selena – The Series (2020), Christian Marie Serratos, Netflix

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.

Selena – The Series Release Dates: December 4th, 2020 (US)…

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