Category Archives: Biography

BEYOND THE VISIBLE: HILMA AF KLINT (2020): New Trailer For Documentary About The World’s First Abstract Artist…

Beyond The Visible - Hilma af Klint (2019),  ZeitgeistFilms
Beyond The Visible – Hilma af Klint (2019), ZeitgeistFilms

From director Halina Dyrschka, Beyond The Visible – Hilma af Klint is a new documentary about the world’s first abstract artist, Hilma af Klint. A Swedish female artist who for many years was nowhere to be found in art history books.

Today Klint is abstractions biggest discovery and attracting millions of fans worldwide.

Looking at the beautiful images in this trailer and the ones on the website of the Guggenheim Museum NY, Klint is officially one of my favourites.

I’ll be watching for the truth and definitely to feast my eye s on all those colours and shapes.

Beyond The Visible – Hilma af Klint Release Dates

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THE GRIZZLIES (2020): New Trailer Starring Ben Schnetzer, Booboo Stewart and Ricky Marty-Pahtaykan…

The Grizzlies (2020), Ricky Marty-Pahtaykan
The Grizzlies (2020), Ricky Marty-Pahtaykan

From director Miranda de Pencier, new biography The Grizzlies is set in a small Arctic town struggling with the highest suicide rate in North America.

Starring Ben Schnetzer, Booboo Stewart and Ricky Marty-Pahtaykan; at at the centre of the story is a group of Inuit students’ whose lives are transformed when they’re introduced to the sport of lacrosse.

I’m in because it’s a true story and I want to see that happy ending for all involved. Perhaps I’ll even pick up some knowledge about lacrosse.

Natar Ungalaaq, Eric Schweig and Will Sasso also star.

The Grizzlies Release Dates

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RESISTANCE (2020): New Trailer From Jesse Eisenberg, Ed Harris, Edgar Ramírez, Clémence Poésy…

Resistance (2020), Jesse Eisenberg, IFC Films
Resistance (2020), Jesse Eisenberg, IFC Films

New drama / biography Resistance is the story of a group of Jewish Boy Scouts who worked with the French Resistance to save the lives of ten thousand orphans during World War II.

Written / directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz, key cast includes Jesse Eisenberg, Ed Harris, Edgar Ramírez, Clémence Poésy

Having recently seen Eisenberg in The Art Of Self Defense (2019) where for much of the film he’s far from empowered, I like that in Resistance his character appears to be brave, heroic and taking charge.

Matthias Schweighöfer, Bella Ramsey, Géza Röhrig, Karl Markovics, Félix Moati, Alicia von Rittberg, Vica Kerekes, Tobias Gareth Elman, Kue Lawrence, Christian Clarke and Aurélie Bancilhon also star.

Resistance Release Dates: March 27th, 2020 (US)…

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BOMBSHELL (2019): The Things I Liked…

Bombshell (2020), Charlize Theron, Lionsgate Movies
Bombshell (2020), Charlize Theron, Lionsgate Movies

I was vaguely aware but definitely didn’t follow the Fox News / Roger Ailes sexual harassment scandal of 2016. 

Set predominantly in the Fox News offices in New York, Bombshell focuses on the experiences of three women in particular (Gretchen Carlson, Megyn Kelly and Kayla Pospisil), while they were employed by Ailes. 

With such a great cast that features Charlize Theron, Margot Robbie, Nicole Kidman, Kate McKinnon and John Lithgow, it was clear right away that Bombshell wouldn’t disappoint performance-wise.

Instead, it was the distracting prosthetics work on Nicole Kidman’s chin that first stood out as ‘not quite right‘. Secondly, due to how the story is structured, by the end it felt as though I hadn’t quite watched a complete film – but rather snippets of specific days in a much bigger story. A story that I may have enjoyed more and felt more connected to, had it dived deeper into the backgrounds of the key characters. Maybe it would have worked better divided into several parts of a mini-series.

Bombshell (2020), Nicole Kidman, Lionsgate Movies
Bombshell (2020), Nicole Kidman, Lionsgate Movies

The last way in which Bombshell ‘isn’t quite right’ is actually through no fault of its own. I had some expectations about seeing a few scenes displaying ‘heartwarming female solidarity‘ between the key characters. A truth that seems more than a tad silly now, especially considering the social climate and apparent rivalries at the Fox News offices.

Overall, director Jay Roach’s movie did a good job of keeping my attention throughout; thanks in large part to the performances which really are the best thing about Bombshell. The prosthetics, particularly on Lithgow are also great.

Watch Bombshell for the ‘inside look’ at how disturbing things really were at Fox News. Just don’t make my mistake and go in expecting too much of the aforementioned heartwarming sisterly stuff’

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THE IRISHMAN (2019): The Things I Liked…

The Irishman (2019), Al Pacino, Netflix
The Irishman (2019), Al Pacino, Netflix

I was never going to forego watching celebrated director Martin Scorsese’s latest, The Irishman; even with the arguably ‘offensive’ three and a half hour runtime.

Starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel and centred around a mob hitman’s recollection of his possible involvement in the killing of American Labour Union leader Jimmy Hoffa in 1975; the dialogue, style and great performances are all reasons why I find The Irishman most memorable. 

As De Niro’s Frank Sheeran (the Irishman), who’s now living in a retirement home recalls his story, there’s definitely a high volume of information shared, some of which you’ll likely soon forget; in part because of the pace of events. Nevertheless, the story, acting and editing still managed to keep me engaged. And just before the one hour, thirty minutes point, that’s when things get especially interesting. It’s when all the great performances start to reveal themselves fully. 

The Irishman (2019), Robert De Niro, Netflix
The Irishman (2019), Robert De Niro, Netflix

Pacino as the incredibly stubborn Hoffa and Stephen Graham as the equally stubborn Tony Pro are two of my favourites, and their scenes together are among the very best. However, the most memorable performance and my overall favourite thing about The Irishman is De Niro’s turn as Frank. I particularly appreciated the moments Frank didn’t have to speak for the audience to grasp a fair amount of the depth of his experience. So impactful were these quiet moments that I can’t hide my disappointed that De Niro didn’t get an acting Academy Award nomination.

I like how Scorsese’s film provides a kind of ‘inside look’ at the life of a mob hitman. The daily realities, the impact on family and the weight of loyalty. Still, a part of me wonders how different The Irishman would be had Scorsese taken the mini-series or multiple part feature film route instead of squeezing so much into one feature. I wonder.

The Irishman is a film to watch because of the great film making team and for a handful of truly memorable, high tension and often humorous scenes that will remind you of just why Scorsese is so highly celebrated. Just make sure you’re fully rested though, and ready to watch and truly listen before committing to the hefty three hours and thirty minutes.

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RESPECT (2020): New Trailer Starring Jennifer Hudson, Marlon Wayans, Forest Whitaker, Tate Donovan…

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

Starring Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker and Marlon Wayans, the time has come for the teaser trailer for Respect, a biography / drama about the life story of legendary R&B singer, Aretha Franklin.

Directed by Liesl Tommy, additional key cast includes Tate Donovan, Audra McDonald, Mary J. Blige, Kimberly Scott…

I know there’s going to be heartbreak but I can’t wait to see the story behind how Franklin’s iconic hit Respect came to be.

Who else could play Franklin, really, besides Hudson? Not sure that I can think of anyone better.

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

Respect Release Dates: August 14th, 2020 (US); August 21st 2020 (UK)…

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WHAT SHE SAID – The Art Of Pauline Kael (2018): New Trailer For Documentary About Celebrated 20th Century Female Film Critic, Pauline Kael…

What She Said - The Art Of Pauline Kael (2018), Pauline Kael
What She Said – The Art Of Pauline Kael (2018), Pauline Kael

What She Said – The Art Of Pauline Kael is a new documentary about the work and life of controversial film critic Pauline Kael.

From writer / director Rob Garver, the film focuses on Kael’s battle to achieve success and influence in the 20th century movie business, and features interviews with Quentin Tarantino, Woody Allen, Lili Anolik, Alec Baldwin…

I hadn’t heard of Kael until now. That’s perhaps not too surprising considering my approach to writing ‘reviews’ / sharing my thoughts on films I’ve seen. I’m nevertheless interested in Kael’s story especially because of her reputation

Francis Ford Coppola, Dick Cavett, Johnny Carson, John Boorman and Carol Baum also make a n appearance.

What She Said – The Art Of Pauline Kael Release Dates: December 25th, 2019 (US)…

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THE TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG (2019): New Trailer From Nicholas Hoult, George MacKay, Charlie Hannum, Russell Crowe…

The True Story Of The Kelly Gang (2019), Charlie Hunnam
The True Story Of The Kelly Gang (2019), Charlie Hunnam

Set during 1870s Australia, The History Of The Kelly Gang is a new crime / biography about Australian bush-ranger Ned Kelly and his gang as they flee from authorities

Based on the novel by Peter Carey, director Justin Kurzel’s key cast includes George MacKay, Russell Crowe, Nicholas Hoult, Charlie Hunnam…

It’s not so much the story of all the killing that interests me, or even the Ned Kelly legend. I mostly want to to find out how well the finished product comes together with the mix of Hoult, Hunnam and Crowe.

Essie Davis, Orlando Schwerdt, Thomasin McKenzie, Earl Cave, Marlon Williams, Sean Keenan and Louis Hewison also star.

The History Of The Kelly Gang Release Dates

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