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.
Directed by Josh Trank; Tom Hardy, Kyle MacLachlan, Matt Dillon and Linda Cardellini are the stars of Capone, a new crime / thriller based on the notorious American mobster Al Capone.
At the age of 47 after spending 10 years in prison, Capone starts suffering from dementia and finds himself haunted by his violent past.
I’m in for a good Hardy performance, and with all those prosthetics he has going on, it’s just as well that I don’t only watch Hardy movies because of his undeniably handsome face.
Knowing that Tony Montana of Scarface (1983) was inspired by the real life story of Al Capone, I’ll have my eyes rested and ready to spot any similarities in the two films. Especially since before even know this truth for sure a few seconds before typing it, some images in this trailer already reminded me of moments in Brian De Palma’s famous classic.
Noel Fisher, Jack Lowden, Kathrine Narducci, Al Sapienza, Tilda Del Toro, Mason Guccione, Sue-Lynn Ansari, Wayne Pére, Jhemma Ziegler, Patti Brindley and Rose Bianco also star.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’