Directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh, All Is True is a new drama about the last days of celebrated playwright William Shakespeare.
Additional key cast includes Judi Dench, Ian McKellan…
Something tells me that ‘epic’ isn’t the word for this production but I rather like Branagh and definitely appreciate Shakespeare… even though his words take take extra time to understand in these here modern times.
Kathryn Wilder, Lolita Chakrabarti, Michael Rouse, Jack Colgrave Hirst and Matt Jessup also star
Finding Your Feet; the comedy / drama about a judgmental, middle class snob, who’s forced to live with her sister in an impoverished inner-city council estate is a pleasant serving of quintessential Britishness.
Starring Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall and Joanna Lumley, director Richard Loncraine’s movie isn’t necessarily the most memorable and the story isn’t especially unpredictable. Nevertheless Finding Your Feet is a nice ‘easy viewing’ reminder of the gift of siblinghood, the ones you’re born into and the ones you choose.
I enjoyed the very British dialogue and its often rather well-timed delivery. One particular line that stood out would be the words: ‘It’s not a panic attack, I’m not that sort of person. I just had a bit of a turn.’
Another highlight was seeing beautiful shots of places in London, England that I recognise.
For the Britishness, humour and siblinghood, etc., watch Finding Your Feet if you’re so curious it does have a certain charm.
Mother!, the Darren Aronofsky directed mystery / horror film about uninvited guests who disrupt a couple’s tranquil existence is a weird movie.
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer, the acting is great of course but what I enjoyed most about the film has nothing to do with acting. As controversial as this is, the beautiful single braid on Lawrence’s head… so effortless and gorgeous. That’s my favourite thing about Mother!
Part of my issue with Aronofsky’s movie is that I can’t say I fully get it. I found myself getting mad at the close-up shots and about an hour into the film, I was thinking: ‘Resolve this mystery already!’
What’s also quite unfortunate about me not really understanding Mother! is that I’m definitely not interested enough to watch it again on the off chance that I may finally get it.
The way Lawrence and Bardem’s characters were so obviously grossly mismatched as a couple rather annoyed me. Bardem’s character’s lack of consideration towards his wife really made me mad and because I didn’t understand why he was being that way, it simply made matters worse.
If you’re an Aronofsky fan, I say give this movie a chance because you may like it. Just remember that Mother! is definitely more mystery than horror, so don’t let the word ‘horror’ dissuade you or get you too excited.
If you think I totally missed the point of this movie, you’re very welcome to enlighten me in the comments below.
Written / directed by Eddie Mensore, Mine 9 is a new drama predominantly set two miles into the earth. A dark, uncomfortable place where nine miners struggle to survive, with only one hour of oxygen remaining following a methane explosion.
Key cast includes Terry Serpico, Mark Ashworth, Kevin Sizemore…
Talk about a death wish! Not only would I have been against going down there at all considering the conditions, the site of the flames at 1:05 into this trailer is more than enough to have me dashing out of there like a shot.
But of course… life and its predicaments are not always that simple. And so I want to watch for the detail of what possessed each man to venture down there. I also would love to see them make it out alive.
Stan & Ollie is the Jon S. Baird directed biography of Laurel and Hardy, the world’s most famous comedy duo.
Starring John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan, the film follows the pair as they embark on a gruelling theatre tour of post-war Britain.
I recently watched a Wired interview on their YouTube channel where the question of whether John C. Reilly had won any awards came up. The answer was no. Fingers crossed that this movie is good enough to change that.
I’m in for the story of a great friendship and because I’ve been a Reilly fan ever since his great work in Magnolia (1999).
Stephanie Hyam, Shirley Henderson, Danny Huston, Nina Arianda and Rufus Jones also star.