New sci-fi/crime/drama The One is set a decade after scientists discover that everyone has a gene they share with just one other person. A gene that can help find your perfect partner, the one you’re genetically made for.
But of course, things don’t go quite as smoothly as hoped. Created by Howard Overman; The One stars Hannah Ware, Zoë Tapper and Dimitri Leonidas.
I’m in to see interesting, creative and predictably human ways it all goes horribly wrong.
Amir El-Masry, Lois Chimimba, Eric Kofi-Abrefa, Pallavi Sharda, Jana Pérez, Diarmaid Murtagh, Simone Kirby, Albano Jerónimo, Gregg Chillin, Wilf Scolding, Miguel Amorim, Stephen Campbell Moore, Olivia Chenery and Lois Chimimba also star.
Director James Mangold’s action/drama about the battle between car manufacturers Ford and Ferrari to win Le Mans in 1966 is a movie I’m glad to have finally watched. Especially considering that post-viewing, I don’t have anything negative to say about it.
Starring two of my favourites, Christian Bale and Matt Damon, it’s ultimately the verbal gymnastics in Ford v Ferrari that I enjoyed most. The well-written dialogue between the key characters resulted in plenty of entertaining testosterone, ego and passion-fuelled wordplay.
Additionally, there’s the beautiful friendship between Damon’s Carroll Shelby and Bales’s Ken Miles. And lest not forget the high adrenaline, edge of your seat and excellently captured driving footage.
Mangold’s ensemble cast which includes Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe and Noah Jupe is fantastic. As are the several standout scenes. Including the all-important meeting with Enzo Ferrari.
If you haven’t already, watch Ford v Ferrari because you too may just find yourself with the words, ‘Well, that was super badass and sexy’ escaping your lips.
Monique Rockman, Carel Nel, Alex van Dyk and Anthony Oseyemi are the stars of new drama/fantasy horror, Gaia.
Directed by Jaco Bouwer; Gaia follows Gabi (Rockman), a park ranger on a surveillance mission in a primordial forest. A mission that leads to an encounter with two survivalists living a post-apocalyptic lifestyle. One that involves a very mysterious relationship to nature. Following a series of unexplained happenings, the imminence of a greater threat soon becomes abundantly clear.
The super creepy visuals are why I’m most intrigued. I want to believe that I’ll be able to watch this. However, I am in fact known for being quite the wuss when it comes to scary movies. Right now, what I am is equally horrified and very curious, especially where those mushroom/fungus special effects are concerned. Aren’t you?
In new HBO crime/drama Mare of Easttown, detective Mare Sheehan (Kate Winslet) is trying to do her job while attempting to stop her own life from falling apart.
Set in a small Pennsylvania town, additional key cast includes Guy Pearce, Evan Peters, Julianne Nicholson, Jean Smart
My interest levels were immediately high because it’s Winslet. Then lines like ‘Mare, I know what you’ve been through. And I know you’re worth saving.‘ happened. Now I’m extra curious. Especially since this trailer cleverly reveals very little.
Lastly, bring on the winning Winslet’s transformation, for I am ready.
Angourie Rice, Sosie Bacon, Izzy King, David Denman, Neal Huff, Cameron Mann, James McArdle, Kassie Mundhenk and Ben Miles also star.
Hikari, the teenage biological mother of a young boy decides to contact her son’s adoptive parents to get him back. Such is the premise of director/co-writer Naomi Kawase’s Japanese drama;True Mothers; a film that proved to be quite a pleasant surprise.
During the first third of True Mothers, I found the story structure/editing a tad awkward. However, by the halfway point, Kawase’s movie is more engaging. A truth I attribute in part to the story’s focus on Hikari, who’s rather well-played by Aju Makita.
I liked the surprise of the direction True Mothers took in the second half. The way the film revealed itself as Hikari’s coming-of-age story. And as heartbreaking as some moments are, watching her journey from innocent fourteen-year-old to the unexpected way things progress is an experience I don’t regret.
True Mothers is indeed a story about motherhood and all the various ways the word mother can be applied. Watch it if something about the story particularly intrigues you. And don’t be surprised if by the end of the movie, the thought ‘How wonderful it is to be loved’crosses your mind.
There are some rather good things about Malcolm & Marie; director Sam Levinson’s drama/romance starring Zendaya and John David Washington.
The first is the two lead performances, which, for me, represent some of the actors’ best work. The second is some truly great moments of dialogue that had me thinking, ‘If only I could express myself this clearly during disagreements.’
I’m glad to confirm that there’s humour to be enjoyed early in Levinson’s story about the night a director and his girlfriend decide to iron out the issues in their relationship. I was most amused with the scenes when Malcolm failed to notice that all was not well with Marie.
As tensions escalate, there are triggering scenes when you’ll find yourself appalled at Malcolm’s behaviour. Especially when his ego is shinning incredibly brightly and he’s unable to admit any dependence on Marie. Nevertheless, you soon realise that both parties are flawed and in desperate need of sorting through the issues stemming from their codependent relationship; one in which an imbalance of power is undeniable.
Along with the moments of great dialogue in Malcolm & Marie, some scenes had me incredibly frustrated. To the point where I had to pause the film and do something else. Even though the movie is one hour and forty-six minutes long, at approximately thirty-seven minutes into the couple’s argument, I’d had enough. And as much as I appreciated the self-analysis and honest dialogue they were having, it all began to feel unbearably self-indulgent.
Watching Malcolm & Marie soon had me feeling like someone who couldn’t leave their arguing friends because the three of us were in the middle of nowhere and they’re my ride home.
This one is a movie to watch if you’re particularly curious. For me, I wish the whole experience had been more tightly edited and far less frustrating.
It certainly helps that Peter is quite decent, somewhat mature, and the story feels generally quite grounded in the reality of what life is like for high schoolers in similar predicaments. I enjoyed letting To All the Boys – Always and Forever take me back to the romantic ups and downs of high school life and remembering just how absorbing my high school romances were.
Other highlights include the general look and feel of the visuals, including the colours, illustrations, plus a perfectly fitting, sometimes rebellious soundtrack.
The only parts that had me raising an eyebrow or two involve the situation with the pink sofa on the New York subway. Particularly the expectation that I’m supposed to believe they fully carried it there. There’s also the fact that Peter’s father looks very unlike him and some of his dialogue left me wanting.
I say watch To All the Boys – Always and Forever if you enjoyed the first two movies. The story is wrapped up rather well.