Biography / drama Mary Shelley is about the love affair between poet Percy Shelley and 18 year old Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin. A relationship which resulted in Mary Shelley writing her famous gothic novel Frankenstein.
Directedby Haifaa Al-Mansour; Elle Fanning, Maisie Williams, Bel Powley and Douglas Booth star…
I’m in for the story of a woman who overcame and gave us an example of how to turn heartbreak into something beautiful.
Additional supporting cast includes Jack Hickey, Joanne Froggatt, Stephen Dillane, Tom Sturridge and Ben Hardy.
Directed by Marielle Heller; starring Melissa McCarthy, Dolly Wells and Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me? is based on the true story of Lee Israel.
Israel was a celebrity biographer whose writing fell out of step with current tastes. And so Israel turned her art form to deception…
There’s no doubt in my mind that McCarthy’s performance will prove notable. I just hope that the story’s execution is adequately engaging overall. I’d be even more confident if I didn’t feel as though this trailer had revealed more than it probably needed to.
Also, knowing that ‘acting queen’ Julianne Moore dropped out of playing McCarthy’s role is not a thing that results in increased confidence. Nevertheless, all could still turn out great because as well as being a biography / drama, Can You Ever forgive Me? is also a comedy.
Jennifer Westfeldt, Joanna Adler, Julie Ann Emery, Alice Kremelberg and Anna Deavere Smith also star.
The subject matter of Cocaine Godmother is Griselda Blanco. Blanco was an infamous Colombian drug lord of the Medellín Cartel and a pioneer in the Miami-based cocaine trade and underworld in the 1970s and early 80s.
Being aware of Blanco’s origins, one can understand any controversy that may arise as a result of Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones being cast in the leading role. Zeta-Jones is an Academy Award winning actress; as such, I never imagined she’d do a terrible acting job and she didn’t. Nevertheless, the film certainly didn’t meet its potential.
I have no complaints about any of the acting but I do feel that had the Guillermo Navarro directed biopic been afforded a bigger production budget, perhaps the whole movie wouldn’t have felt as rushed and somehow incomplete as it did.
Watch Cocaine Godmother if you’re curious enough about Zeta-Jones’s performance. Who knows, maybe somewhere in the future, another version of Blanco’s story will get the finish it deserves. Times are always changing after all.
Paterno is a Barry Levinson directed drama / biography about Joe Paterno, the most successful coach in college football history and how he became embroiled in Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal.
Riley Keough and Tess Frazer co-star…
I’ve been ready for a great Al Pacino performance. I’ve been waiting (for far too long in my opinion) and finally, it looks like this movie may just be what I’ve been waiting for. The scenes where Paterno is forced to face tough questions about institutional failure should be a highlight…. fingers crossed.
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot is the new Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting (1997) co-written and directed movie / biography about John Callahan, a young man who became paralysed after a car accident at age 21, and turned to drawing as a form of therapy.
Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Jack Black and Rooney Mara star…
This one looks like an impressive Joaquin Phoenix performance. Excited to see what Jack Black and Jonah Hill bring to the film; two comedy men who are also good in dramatic roles. Having not heard of John Callahan untill now, maybe this movie treat us to some great drawings.
Lastly, I Just randomly noticed that the three main male actors have ‘J’ names.
I, Tonya, the true story of competitive ice skater Tonya Harding, and the unfortunate events that led to the end of her career is a movie well done. Directed by Craig Gillespie, the film is structured and captured in a way that’s engaging both in style and content.
I found myself impressed by all the performances. Robbie’s portrayal is memorable because of what she was able to achieve both physically and emotionally. There’s been talk of how impressive her solo scene in front of the mirror is and it really is. But the moment that moved me most takes place in the court room, immediately following sentencing.
As Hardings’ abusive mother, Allison Janney did brilliantly. This of course didn’t surprise me because Janney always delivers. Always. The hateful truth of her character was conveyed so perfectly in her entire being and very clearly through her eyes.
Until this movie, I hadn’t really seen Sebastian Stan in much, except his work in Marvel’s Captain America and Avengers movies; because of what he did with his role as Hardings’ abusive husband, I’m now more interested than ever before in what he does next. Other highlights in Gillespie’s film include the well chosen music.
I say watch this movie for the performances and the story. I’ll in the meantime, busy myself with looking forward to Robbie’s next leading role in a drama.