Category Archives: Biography

ANTHROPOID (2016): New Trailer Starring Cillian Murphy & Jamie Dornan

Anthropoid (2016), Cillian Murphy
Anthropoid (2016), Cillian Murphy

Set in WII, Anthropoid, Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan’s new movie is based on the true story of the mission to assassinate one of Adolf Hitler’s generals, Reinhard Heydrich…

The trailer is good so I’m intrigued. But watching? That will happen because of Cillian Murphy. I’d also like to see Jamie Dornan in something good.

Toby Jones, Charlotte Le Bon and Anna Geislerová also feature.

Anthropoid Release Dates: August 12th, 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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ALL EYEZ ON ME (2016): New Trailer For Tupac Shakur Biopic Starring Demetrius Shipp Jr. & Danai Gurira

All Eyez On Me (2016), Demetrius Shipp Jr.
All Eyez On Me (2016), Demetrius Shipp Jr.

The Tupac Shakur biopic all major fans have been waiting for finally has a trailer. Starring Demetrius Shipp Jr. as the celebrated late rapper – and Danai Gurira as his mother who recently passed, I’ve seen the trailer and  I’m going to say it; the movie looks good…

Teaser trailer 1

Teaser trailer 2

Directed by Benny boom, what’s quite clear right now is that  All Eyez On Me won’t be an easy watch for a number of reasons. I just hope that by the end I’ll be impressed and proud as I was after Straight Outta Compton (2015)a movie I recommend to fans of good film and storytelling, not just those who know, understand and appreciate the music of N.W.A.

What’s obvious is that Demetrius Shipp Jr. looks a lot like Tupac, but an important question that neither of the above trailers currently answers is whether he actually has Tupac’s flow. I guess we’ll find out in the movie, maybe. Let’s hope.

All Eyez On Me Release Dates: June 16th, 2017 (US)…

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DENIAL (2016): New Trailer From Rachel Weisz & Timothy Spall

Denial (2016), Rachel Weisz
Denial (2016), Rachel Weisz

An acclaimed historian fighting in court to defend historical truth, this is the subject of director Mick Jackson’s latest film, Denial.  Based on a true story, Timothy Spall plays David Irving (a renowned holocaust denier) opposite Rachel Weisz’s Deborah E. Lipstadt…

The subject matter is certainly very interesting to me but  I’ll also watch because Rachel Weisz is yet to disappoint me. Of course, Mr Spall, Andrew Scott and Tom Wilkinson aren’t bad either. Lastly,  who doesn’t love the idea of a good courtroom drama?

Denial Release Dates: September 30th, 2016 (US); February 3rd, 2016 (UK)…

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BREAKING A MONSTER (2016): New Trailer For Documentary About 13 Year Old Heavy Metal Rock Stars, Unlocking The Truth

Breaking A Monster (2016), Unlocking The Truth
Breaking A Monster (2016), Unlocking The Truth

Breaking A Monster is a new Luke Meyer directed documentary about the year the heavy metal band Unlocking The Truth became real rock stars. The story is a special one for reasons including the fact that the band is comprised of three thirteen year old boys from Brooklyn, New York – Alec Atkins, Malcolm Brickhouse and Jarad Dawkins…

I’m curious about this one because of how generally unexpected it is. I’m also inspired by it because it’s an example of people, in this case 13 year old boys visualising what they want, working hard regardless of all the people that may not have believed, making their dreams come true and – weakening long standing stereotypes as they do it.

I’m not much of a heavy metal fan myself, which is unsurprising, I’m sure. The closest I’ve come to giving the genre a real chance would be Metallica’s I Disappear, a song I came across thanks to the Mission: Impossible 2 (2000) soundtrack. I think it’s a good song even though many serious Metallica fans would very strongly disagree.

Breaking A Monster Release Dates: June 24th, 2016 (US)…

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THE DANISH GIRL (2015): For The Story Of Courage…

The Danish Girl (2015), Eddie Redmayne
The Danish Girl (2015), Eddie Redmayne

Directed by Tom Hooper, The Danish Girl is a love story based on a book of the same name by  David Ebershoff. The lives of real people / artists in the 1930s, Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener is at the centre of Hooper’s film. We meet the pair in the lead up to the point that Lili’s journey into becoming a transgender pioneer begins.

Considering the movie’s subject matter and the period in which The Danish Girl is set, you’d be right to assume that life was not easy for Lili long before and especially the moment she decided to be her true self. I find myself very glad to have been exposed to Lili and Gerda’s story at a time when, though very slowly indeed, humanity would appear to be moving in the right direction –  at least as far as the LGBTQ cause is concerned. Everything feels more hopeful as a result.

Performance-wise, though Eddie Redmayne disappointed me with what I’ve come to describe as the career blip of a movie that was Jupiter Ascending (2014). He’s of course still great thanks to The Theory Of Everything (2014) and now, The Danish Girl.

The Danish Girl (2015), Alicia Vikander
The Danish Girl (2015), Alicia Vikander

In her role as Gerder Wegener, I was impressed by Alicia Vikander’s performance. I only wish that I could say that I feel the same about her character’s wigs. Last but absolutely not least, Matthias Schoenearts. It’s simple really; I knew this after watching The Drop  (2014) but I absolutely must watch more of his movies. His work in he Danish Girl is perfectly measured. May we all be blessed with a friend as wise and thoughtful as his character, Hans.

My favourite part of the film overall is the ending. To say more would be to spoil, so if you haven’t already, watch it because it’s worthy.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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EAT THAT QUESTION – FRANK ZAPPA IN HIS OWN WORDS (2016): New Trailer For Frank Zappa Documentary

Eat That Question - Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016), Frank Zappa
Eat That Question – Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016), Frank Zappa

From director  Thorsten Schütte, Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words is a new documentary about the life and career of avant garde musician Frank Zappa. Similar to the style of another recent and great documentary, Listen To Me Marlon (2015)Eat That Question is comprised of archival footage of Zappa’s concert performances and interviews…

Frank Zappa is one of those famous people whose name I’ve heard a few times over the years. If I had been forced to guess why he’s famous, music would be my lucky guess. After today’s trailer, there’s obviously plenty more to him than music and I’m ready to find out more.

‘I’d hate to see anybody with a closed mind, on any topic’ _ F. Zappa

Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words Release Dates: June 24th, 2016 (US)…

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QUEEN OF KATWE (2016): New Trailer From Lupita N’Yongo & David Oyelowo

Queen Of Katwe (2016), Lupita N'Yongo, Madina Malwanga
Queen Of Katwe (2016), Lupita N’Yongo, Madina Malwanga

Starring Lupita N’Yongo, David Oyelowo and Madina Nalwanga, Queen of Katwe is the true story of Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan chess player and one of the first titled female players in Ugandan chess history…

I love stories about people doing extraordinary things, whatever their age. It’s even better if the achievement is greater than what most people believe to be possible. For that would be reminder to never let another person dictate what is possible for you or anyone else who dares to have a dream. I know very little about chess and chess has a small amount to do with the reason I’ll be tuning in.

Ntaire Guma Mbaho Mwine and Russel Savadier also star with Mira Nair as director.

Queen Of Katwe Release Dates: Sep 23rd, 2016 (US & BR)…

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SPOTLIGHT (2015): Great Cast, Good Movie

Spotlight (2015), Mark Ruffalo
Spotlight (2015), Mark Ruffalo

Directed and co-written by Tom McCarthy, Spotlight simply and effectively tells the true story of the Boston Globe’s uncovering of a huge child molestation scandal within the local Catholic Archdiocese. McCarthy’s film is a moving story that deals with the abuse of societies most vulnerable and one that rightly shook the entire Catholic Church to its core.

The main focus of Spotlight is the work of the Globe’s Spotlight team and the people they encounter as a result of their investigations. It’s through their hard work that we get to learn about what happened once they dedicated themselves to the child molestation case. The obstacles they encountered and what it took to get the truth to print. All of this comes together well to create a good mix of tense, suspenseful dramatic and emotional moments.

I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking that Journalists as a group can be quite the irritant at the best of times. But then I encounter a bunch as passionate and dedicated to a worthy cause as the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team and I’m reminded afresh that the heart of the journalist is almost always in the right place.

Being a winner of Best Picture at the 2016 Academy Awards is one reason I had to watch Spotlight. The others include the important story and the excellent cast attached. There’s Stanley Tucci, Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton, John Slattery and of course, Mark Ruffalo, an actor who always seems to make great choices. To put it another way, Spotlight is worthy of your attention. Watch it because it’s good.

Happy Film Loving

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