Category Archives: Drama

SYNCHRONIC (2019): New Trailer From Jamie Dornan, Anthony Mackie, Katie Aselton…

Synchronic (2019), Anthony Mackie, Well Go USA Entertainment
Synchronic (2019), Anthony Mackie, Well Go USA Entertainment

Jamie Dornan, Anthony Mackie and Katie Aselton are the stars of Synchronic, a new sci-fi/horror/drama about two New Orleans paramedics, whose lives are ripped apart. All after they encounter a series of horrific deaths linked to a designer drug with bizarre, otherworldly effects.

Directed by  Justin Benson and  Aaron Moorhead; additional key cast includes Ally Ioannides, Bill Oberst Jr., Natasha Tina Liu…

This looks dark and quite promising. Also, I’m sure I’m not the only one getting Project Power (2020) vibes. I only wish that there wasn’t so much text interrupting all the clips in this trailer. Am I right or am I right?

Martin Bats Bradford, Devyn A. Tyler, Lawrence Turner, Sam Malone, Aaron Groben, Betsy Holt and Shane Brady also star.

Synchronic Release Dates: October 23rd, 2020 (US)…

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MY ZOE (2019): New Trailer From Julie Delpy, Daniel Brühl, Richard Armitage, Gemma Arterton…

My Zoe (2019), Julie Delpy
My Zoe (2019), Julie Delpy

Written/directed by and starring Julie Delpy; My Zoe is a new drama about a divorced mother who’s trying to protect her daughter following an unexpected tragedy.

Gemma Arterton, Daniel Brühl, and Richard Armitage are among the key cast.

Cloning appears to be the subject so I’m definitely in. Especially as I often wonder whether cloning will become far more popular in our lifetime. And since there’s really no knowing for sure, thank goodness that non-scientist like many of us get to explore the subject matter through film.

Lindsay Duncan, Jördis Triebel, Nina Kunzendorf, Tijan Marei, Nicolette Krebitz, Carolina Vera and Vladimir Burlakov also star.

My Zoe Release Dates: October 5th, 2020 (UK)…

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I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS (2020): The Thing I Liked…

I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020), Jessie Buckley, Netflix

There are some movies I’ll start watching, realise their terrible and quit within ten or fifteen minutes. Writer/director Charlie Kaufman’s latest drama/thriller I’m Thinking of Ending Things is not that kind of movie. One might say it’s worse because I’d hoped to like it far more than I did.

I expected more because I rather enjoyed Anomalisa (2015), and had hoped that I’m Thinking of Ending Things would be similarly pleasing and thought-provoking. It may well be thought-provoking for some, but post-viewing, it did not inspire me to think anything significant, except ‘what a waste of two hours.’ Particularly since the peculiar happenings that inspired me to watch the movie in the first place, never really get explained.

Kaufman’s story of a young woman who comes to question everything she thought she knew about her new boyfriend, upon arriving at his parent’s secluded farm is a film that may have fans raving on about the way it explores loneliness, death, sanity and so on. Yet, I for one didn’t want to work as hard and have as much patience as I’m Thinking of Ending Things requires of its audience.

By the third or fourth time that Jessie Buckley’s character says the words ‘I’m thinking of ending things‘, the film had lost me and I’d got far beyond the point of simply ‘thinking of ending things.’ I wanted to stop watching; yet I needed to see how the story would end.

Buckley, Toni Colette, David Thewlis and Jessie Plemons all perform brilliantly. Still, none of it proved enough for me. Regardless of the ‘stylish’ way the story is edited and told; the scares and other creative choices, it just didn’t result in a satisfying experience for me. Instead it felt incomplete.

I’m sure that very serious fans of Kaufman will likely enjoy this the most. For everyone else, sure, give it a chance if you’re SUPER curious.

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DUNE (2020): New Trailer From Timothée Chalamet, Zendeya, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac…

Dune (2020), Zendeya, Javier Bardem, Timothée Chalamet, Warner Bros. Pictures
Dune (2020), Zendeya, Javier Bardem, Timothée Chalamet, Warner Bros. Pictures

Based on Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel of the same name, new adventure/drama Dune is the latest from Denis Villeneuve (Sicario (2015) and Blade Runner 2049 (2017).

Starring Zendeya, Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson and Oscar Isaac; the story centres around the son of a noble family who’s entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the galaxy…

I for one know very little about the dune story and the 1984 film. Nevertheless, I’m especially curious because of the director and the brilliant cast.

Jason Momoa, Dave Bautista, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Javier Bardem, Charlotte Rampling, David Dastmalchian, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Chen Chang, Sharon Duncan-Brewster and Babs Olusanmokun also star.

Dune Release Dates: December 18th, 2020 (US & UK)…

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MULAN (2020): The Things I Liked…

Mulan (2020), Yifei Liu, Walt Disney Studios
Mulan (2020), Yifei Liu, Walt Disney Studios

Even though I’m aware of the legend of Mulan, I’m not a hundred percent sure I’ve seen the classic animated version, before watching the new live-action film. What I’ve always been aware of however is how popular the story is – and that, combined with the stunning trailer visuals of the Niki Caro directed remake are the reasons I was always going to watch it.

As a fan of stories about underestimated characters who end up going far beyond all expectations, I enjoyed this element of the Mulan story. The tale of a young Chinese maiden who disguises herself as a male warrior to save her father.

The stunning visuals, vibrant colours and Yifei Liu’s physical performance as Mulan are the things that stood out most about Caro’s movie. There’s also the well-scored scene where the triumphant stair climb takes place.

The things I wish were different about Mulan include some of the editing, which didn’t quite flow as seamlessly in parts as I expected. For example, the transition from Mulan thinking about taking her father’s place, to the moment she’s in his armour felt oddly abrupt.

My main issue with Mulan is how oddly soulless it felt. For me, Caro’s film didn’t dive deeply into anything. I say this of course, as someone who hasn’t seen the animated Mulan movie. Nevertheless, I didn’t feel as emotionally captured by the story. At least not in any way close to how Cinderella (2015), my favourite Disney live-action movie made me feel. I still cheered for Mulan, yes. I only wish the story didn’t feel as surface-level as it did.

Watch Mulan if you’re curious and certainly for the visuals and gorgeous rich colours.

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REBECCA (2020): New Trailer From Lily James, Armie Hammer, Kristin Scott Thomas, Keeley hawes…

Rebecca (2020), Lily James, Armie Hammer, Netflix
Rebecca (2020), Lily James, Armie Hammer, Netflix

Lily James, Armie Hammer, Keeley Hawes and Kristin Scott Thomas are the stars of new drama/mystery Rebecca.

Directed by Ben Wheatley and based on the best selling book by Daphne Du Maurier, Rebecca is the story of a young newlywed who arrives at her husband’s imposing family estate on a windswept English coast. A place where she finds herself battling the shadow of his first wife, Rebecca.

The visuals a a key reason. I haven’t read Du Maurier’s book but I imagine this movie will be good, especially since Scott Thomas is involved.

Ann Dowd, Sam Riley, Bill Paterson, Tom Goodman-Hill, Mark Lewis Jones, Ben Crompton, Jane Lapotaire, Jeff Rawle, Lucy Russell, Bryony Miller and John Hollingworth also star.

Rebecca Release Dates: October 21st, 2020 (US)/Netflix…

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FROM THE VINE (2019): New Trailer Starring Joe Pantoliano, Paula Brancati, Marco Leonardi…

From The Vine (2019), Joe Pantoliano, Samuel Goldwyn Films
From The Vine (2019), Joe Pantoliano, Samuel Goldwyn Films

In new drama From the Vine, following an ethical crisis, a downtrodden man travels back to his hometown in rural Italy to recalibrate his moral compass.

Directed by Sean Cisterna; key cast includes  Joe Pantoliano, Paula Brancati and Marco Leonardi.

The gorgeous Italian setting is one of the reasons I’ll watch. Even though the last time I did that I didn’t love the film as much as its images of the Beautiful Italian countryside. Fingers crossed that this time the story will be great too.

From the Vine isn’t categorised as a comedy but the humour also appeals

Kevin Hanchard, Franco Lo Presti, Wendy Crewson, Frank Moore, Sonia Dhillon Tully, Tony Nappo and Tony Nardi also star

From the Vine Release Dates

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AVA (2020): The Thing I Liked…

AVA (2020), Jessica Chastatin, Madman Films

Starring Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and John Malkovich; Ava is one of those films I watched to the very end for three reasons. Firstly because it’s Chastain, Farrell and Malkovich. Second, even though I wouldn’t call AVA good, I hoped to find something I’d like about it. Lastly, Each quarter managed to do just enough to hook me so I’d stay curious enough to want to find out how the next moments would unfold.

Directed by Tate Taylor; Chastain is Ava, a deadly assassin who works for a black ops organisation. While abroad on a high profile hit, things don’t go according to plan and soon our protagonist finds herself a target.

The main issue I found with Taylor’s film is the hugely underdeveloped story and dialogue. There are unfortunately next to zero impressively smart, surprising elements in Ava. A reality that made the movie feel like one of the most ‘basic’ action movies I’ve ever seen.

Even though the three leads can certainly act, none of it proved enough to save Ava. Everyone did the best they could with both the script and stunt direction. Yet, sadly, the action sequences much like the rest of the movie offer minimal delights.

The parts I did enjoy most are the last interactions between Malkovich and Farrell’s characters. It was also great to watch Farrell use his natural Irish accent in a movie again. The last time I saw him do that was in In Bruges (2008).

If you’re extremely curious about Ava, do what you must. Otherwise, maybe watch Atomic Blonde (2017) instead.

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