Category Archives: Biography

NINA (2016): New Trailer From Zoe Saldana & David Oyelowo

Nina (2016), Zoe Saldana
Nina (2016), Zoe Saldana

Today’s trailer is one that I wish I could get more excited about, but there remains one specific thing that just won’t let me…

The thing I’m referring to is the quality of the prosthetics on Zoe Saldana’s face. I simply refuse to believe that Nina Simone’s cheeks were ever that motionless as she spoke.

There are of course, other issues fans of Simone’s music have expressed about this movie. For example, the idea that someone like Viola Davis might have been a better option – for reasons beyond resemblance and Davis’ notable talents and range. I can’t say I disagree with the idea of Viola in this role. The woman is gifted. For me personally, the entire movie is more likely to be a complete waste of time if it isn’t possible to suspend my disbelief because the prosthetics don’t look good.

I guess I’m going to have to find a good Nina Simone documentary. For now though, it’s time to remind myself of why she’s very important to so many and listen to her wonderful voice and music.

Nina Release Dates: April 22nd, 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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SNOWDEN (2016): New Trailer From Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Shailene Woodley

When I first saw the teaser trailer for writer / director Oliver Stone’s new film about Edward Snowden, I was disappointed that it didn’t reveal a little more than the films title – Snowden and a few facts about the protagonist…

Teaser trailer

However, I watched the teaser again some weeks later and was reminded that just because I wanted more footage there and then, doesn’t necessarily mean that I should have had it. Instead of being mad at the tease, my imagination did overtime as I began to picture all sorts of dramatic scenes. Scenes with dialogue as engaging as the brilliant as screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s words in The Social Network  Would’t that be fantastic?

Even if Snowden turns out to be nothing like The Social Network, all that really matters is that it’s good. Just as well then that the below trailer looks mighty promising.

Trailer 1

Trailer 2

Snowden Release Dates: September 16th, 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY (2015): New Trailer Starring Jeremy Irons & Dev Patel

The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015), Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons
The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015), Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons

Written and directed by Matt Brown, The Man Who Knew Infinity is the true story of Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyengar, a self taught mathematician from India who helped take mathematics to where it is today…

I feel like I already know the full story – following this ‘so-called trailer’, However, I’ll still be tuning in because I enjoy movies about people who have achieved great things. I also like stories of  beautiful friendships, such as the one between Iyengar and his mentor, British mathematician, G.H. Hardy.

It really helps that the filmaking team involved just happens to be very promising. To name just a few,  Jeremy Irons, Dev Patel and Toby Jones.

The Man Who Knew Infinity Release Dates: April 8th, 2016 (UK); April 29th, 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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BORN TO BE BLUE (2016): New Trailer From Ethan Hawke & Carmen Ejogo

Born To Be Blue (2016), Ethan Hawke
Born To Be Blue (2016), Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke has a new movie and this time he’s playing jazz musician, Chet Baker…

From Writer / director  Robert Budreau and also starring Carmen Ejogo and Natassia Halabi, Born To Be Blue appeals to me because it’s a come-back story. Who doesn’t need one of those at least once in a while in their life? I’ll be there for the inspiration and the music.

I just noticed that it’s only February 2016, but already we have two biographies about legendary jazz musicians coming up. Just a few weeks ago the trailer for Don Cheadle’s very intriguing  Miles Ahead (2015) was released and it looks good too.

Born To Be Blue Release Dates: March 25th, 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS (2016): New Trailer From Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant & Simon Helberg

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016), Meryl Streep
Florence Foster Jenkins (2016), Meryl Streep

In today’s new trailer for Florence Foster Jenkins, Meryl Streep plays a New York Heiress with a terrible singing voice and dreams of becoming an opera singer…

Teaser Trailer

Full Trailer

I already like the sound of this movie because it seems like an underdog story and it’s directed by Stephen Frears, the man behind The Queen (2006) and High Fidelity (1998).

‘The lady is a lesson in courage and that’s why we love her’ _A quote I love.

Hugh grant, Simon Helberg of The Big Bang Theory (CBS), Neve Gachev and Rebecca Ferguson make up some of the key supporting cast.

Florence Foster Jenkins Release Dates: May 6th, 2016 (UK); November 25th, 2016 (GER)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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MILES AHEAD (2015): New Trailer Starring Ewan McGregor & Don Cheadle

Miles Ahead (2015), Don Cheadle as Miles Davis
Miles Ahead (2015), Don Cheadle as Miles Davis

Exploring the life and music of celebrated jazz musician, Miles Davis; Miles Ahead is directed by and stars Don Cheadle…

I’m really liking the approach taken with this trailer, the style, editing and pace is very engaging. It also looks like Mr. Davis had quite the sense of humour. Something that must have been fun to be around. Except of course, if you’ve somehow wronged him in any way. Bring on the good, good music.

Ewan Mcgregor and Emayatzy Corinealdi also star.

Miles Ahead Release Date(s): April 1st, 2016 (US); April 22nd, 2016 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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FREE STATE OF JONES (2016): New Trailer Starring Matthew MacConaughey & Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Free State of Jones (2016), Matthew McConaughey as Newton Knight
Free State of Jones (2016), Matthew McConaughey as Newton Knight

Set during the American Civil War, in Jones County, Mississippi, director Gary Ross’s latest film, Free State Of Jones tells a true story of defiance and rebellion…

Trailer 1

Trailer 2

Featuring a talented cast that includes Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali and Keri Russell, I’m looking forward to what I’m hoping will be an inspiring tale of courage and conviction.

I’m also excited about the chance to watch and listen to one or more perfectly rousing speeches delivered by McConaughey in his role as as American farmer, soldier and leader of the rebellion, Newton Knight.

Free State Of Jones Release Date(s): May 13th, 2016 (US); May 27th, 2016 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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COLLIDING DREAMS (2016): New Documentary On Zionism & The Israel / Palestine Conflict

Colliding Dreams (2015), Israeli West Bank barrier
Colliding Dreams (2015), Israeli West Bank barrier

Award winning filmmakers Joseph Dorman and Oren Rudavsky are the team behind Colliding Dreams, a new and well titled documentary about the controversial movement of Zionism and the Israel-Palestinian conflict…

Having not watched many documentaries on the film’s subject matter in the past, based on this trailer it looks like Colliding Dreams is going to be both disturbing and informative.

Colliding Dreams Release Date (s): January 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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