Category Archives: Drama

PARASITE (2019): The Things I Loved…

Parasite (2019), Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo, Neon
Parasite (2019), Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo, Neon

Having finally gotten over my aversion to the word that is the title of 2020’s four-time Oscar winning movie Parasite, I can say that it really is as good and as cleverly made as people have been saying. 

With a running time of more than two hours, director Bong Joon Ho and his great cast kept my attention fully focused throughout. In fact, there’s even what felt as long as at least twenty minutes when I just sat there with my mouth wide open and eyes glued. All because what was happening on screen was so arresting, truly unexpected and impressive. 

Ho’s film is a well told story about the relationship and near complete destruction of two families at opposite ends of the wealth spectrum in South Korea. One side trying everything they can to survive while the other is dangerously oblivious to the struggles and true feelings of the far less fortunate among them.

Parasite (2019), Kang-ho Song, Neon
Parasite (2019), Kang-ho Song, Neon

The time we get to spend with the struggling family at the beginning is highly engaging and often amusing. Yet it’s what happens when the two families meet that the true cleverness of Parasite really starts to reveal itself and you soon realise exactly why this movie’s title is perfectly fitting. 

I enjoyed Parasite so much that I already want to see it again just so I can discover what I may have missed. I say definitely, definitely make time for this one if you haven’t already. Parasite is a deserving winner of its five 2020 Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Original Screenplay.

And for any non-fast readers, the subtitles don’t change too quickly. The dialogue is good, often funny and I barely noticed that I had to read to understand what was going on. 

Watch it at once, I say!

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GO BACK TO CHINA (2019): New trailer Starring Anna Akana, Richard Ng, Lynn Chen…

Go Back To China (2019), Anna Akana
Go Back To China (2019), Anna Akana

Go Back To China is a new drama about rich girl Sasha Li (Anna Akana). After blowing through most of her trust fund, Li’s father cuts her off and offers her a deal to go back to China and work for the family toy business.

From writer / director Emily Ting; additional key cast includes Richard Ng, Lynn Chen…

I’m quite sure I know exactly how this will end. Nevertheless, I’m in because it looks like ‘easy viewing fun’ about an example of the Chinese / American experience.

Kelly Hu, Brittany Renee Finamore, Akemi Look, Christina Thomas, Kendy Cheung, Aviva Wang, Ines Laimins, Joe Fiorello and Michelle Lukes also star.

Go back To China Release Dates

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HUMAN CAPITAL (2019): New Trailer From Liev Schreiber, Marisa Tomei, Peter Sarsgaard, Maya Hawke…

Human Capital (2020), Liev Schreiber, Vertical Entertainment US
Human Capital (2020), Liev Schreiber, Vertical Entertainment US

Liev Schreiber, Marisa Tomei, Peter Sarsgaard and Maya Hawke are the stars of new Marc Meyers directed drama Human Capital.

A story about two families that collide when their children begin a relationship that leads to a tragedy…

The cast is very promising and the story of a very unfortunate event that affects two families and more brings to mind 2019’s Waves. Fingers crossed that Human Capital is also very memorable. I’m intrigued to see how much more both films have in common.

Also, I just worked out that Maya Hawke is Ethan Hawkes daughter. As a long time fan of the latter, I’m looking forward to the young Hawke’s performance even more now.

Alex Wolff, Paul Sparks, Aasif Mandvi, Betty Gabriel, Julia Greer, Fredric Lehne, Christiane Seidel, James Waterston, Daryl Edwards, Dominic Colón and Eva Kaminsky also star.

Human Capital Release Dates

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JOKER (2019): The Things I Liked…

Joker (2019), Joaquin Phoenix, Warner Bros. Pictures
Joker (2019), Joaquin Phoenix, Warner Bros. Pictures

I’ve liked Joaquin Phoenix ever since his brilliant performance in Ridley Scott’s much loved Gladiator (2000). I therefore had no doubt he’d deliver a truly memorable performance as Joker, Gotham City’s most iconic villain.

Watching Aurthur Fleck’s journey from social outcast to psychopathic murderer is a viewing experience I enjoyed for more than just Phoenix’s brilliant physical and emotional performance. Before Joker, I don’t think I’d truly paid attention to the lyrics of Frank Sinatra’s That’s Life. The clever use of this song, the film’s musical score and soundtrack is another key highlight. 

Joker (2020), Joaquin Phoenix, Warner Bros. Pictures
Joker (2020), Joaquin Phoenix, Warner Bros. Pictures

Joker is undeniably a good film. Yet, for me personally, there is something about it that meant I found myself not particularly overly enthusiastic post viewing. One might even say that Joker is quite depressing because it’s almost ‘too real,’ when compared with what’s been happening in the US. Another reason it seemed something of a downer is the film’s heavy focus on people who are, to put it lightly, ‘unpleasant’. I of course understand director Todd Phillip’s reasons considering the nature of the story being told. Yet it’s never easy for me when the protagonist is also an anti-hero of the most insane and murderous kind, particularly when there’s no humour involved. 

Overall, what I like most about Phillip’s film, is how well mapped Joker’s journey from victim to anti-hero is. From powerless to fully empowered and in control. From ‘how much more can he take?’ ‘Where can he go from here?’ to ‘There it is’. ‘The camel’s back has completely snapped and there’s no going back

Lastly, I can’t deny that my colour loving self rather enjoyed the red suit, yellow vest, plus  green shirt and hair look. Especially while Joker was on those famous stairs.

You’ve probably already seen it. If not, do it for Phoenix’s performance and all else that’s good about it.

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ENDINGS, BEGINNINGS (2020): New Trailer Starring Jamie Dornan, Shailene Woodley, Sebastian Stan…

Endings, Beginnings (2020), Sebastian Stan, Shailene Woodley
Endings, Beginnings (2020), Sebastian Stan, Shailene Woodley

Set over the course of one year, new drama Endings, Beginnings focuses on a 30 something year-old woman (Shailene Woodley) as she navigates through love and heartbreak.

Directed by Drake Doremus of Like Crazy (2011); additional key cast includes Jamie Dornan, Sebastian…

Something tells me that at the end, she’s going to choose herself. Whatever the choice, may the journey towards it be an interesting and engaging watch. Just kidding.

I can just imagine huge Dornan and Stan fans feeling completely spoilt with this one. And to them I say, ‘calm yourselves!’ – All in jest of course.

Matthew Gray Gubler, Lindsay Sloane, Kelly Albanese, Shamier Anderson, Luke Baybak, Lola Blanc, Janice LeAnn Brown, Garrett Coffey and Sherry Cola also star.

Endings, Beginnings Release Dates: May 1st, 2020 (US)…

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ONLY (2019): New Trailer Starring Freida Pinto Freida Pinto, Leslie Odom Jr., Chandler Riggs…

Only (2019), Freida Pinto, Vertical Entertainment
Only (2019), Freida Pinto, Vertical Entertainment

Freida Pinto, Leslie Odom Jr. and Chandler Riggs are the stars of new sci-fi / drama Only.

From writer / director Takashi Doscher, this is the story of a young couple whose relationship is severely tested after a comet releases a mysterious virus that begins to kill all of the world’s women…

It sounds kind of crazy but I’m no scientist. I wonder how different this will be compared to The Silence (2019)? I’m also getting some A Quiet Place (2018) vibes.

Jayson Warner Smith, Joshua Mikel, Mark Ashworth, Tia Hendricks, Richard Hempton, Noor Naghmi, Kristopher Charles, Maggie Parto and Nicholas Anthony Reid also star.

Only 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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THE SECRET – DARE TO DREAM (2020): New Trailer From Katie Holmes, Josh Lucas, Jerry O'Connell…

The Secret – Dare To Dream (2020), Katie Holmes, Josh Lucas, RoadsideFlix

The Secret – Dare to Dream is a movie adaptation of writer Rhonda Byrnes’s self-help book The Secret. The one that focuses on the power of positive thinking.

Director Andy Tennant’s key cast includes Katie Holmes, Josh Lucas, Jerry O’Connell, Celia Weston…

I haven’t read The Secret, but I’ve heard some arguments for and against it.

Whether this movie will have people believing even more in the power of manifesting what you want into your life or not, I looking forward to finding that out.

Sarah Hoffmeister, Aidan Pierce Brennan, Chloe Lee, Katrina Begin, Sydney Tennant, Samantha Beaulieu, Rosemberg Salgado, Jessie Terrebonne and Betsy Borrego also star.

The Secret – Dare To Dream Release Dates: April 17th, 2020 (US)…

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