Category Archives: Drama

THE PIRATES OF SOMALIA (2017): New Trailer Starring Evan Peters, Al Pacino, Barkhad Abdi…

The Pirates Of Somalia (2017) Evan Peters, Barkhad Abdi
The Pirates Of Somalia (2017) Evan Peters, Barkhad Abdi

The Pirates Of Somalia is based on the true story of rookie journalist Jay Bahadur’s time with Somali pirates. Bahadur spent time with the pirates for the purpose of providing the first close-up look into who they are, the way they live and the forces that drive them. Directed by Bryan Buckley; Evan Peters, Al Pacino and Barkhad Abdi star..

This could be interesting. Though, at the same time this trailer could have done a better job of selling the movie. I’m not in love with the way it ends. On a separate note, it’s good to see Abdi of Captain Philips (2013) playing a non-pirate role, as far as I can tell.

Melanie Griffith and Russell Posner also star.

The Pirates Of Somalia Release Dates: December 8th, 2017 (US)…

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THE POST (2017): New Trailer Starring Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Sarah Paulson…

The Post (2017), Tom Hanks
The Post (2017), Tom Hanks

Directed by Steven Spielberg and inspired by true events, The Post tells the story of  the cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents and pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher (Meryl Streep) and a hard-driving editor (Tom Hanks) to begin a journalistic battle against the government…

I didn’t realise I missed Meryl Streep so much until I saw her turn around in this trailer. I’m of course going to be watching because of her and Hanks. It’s also going to be an experience to watch all the sexist nonsense that will be directed at her character, Kay Graham.

Sarah Paulson, Carrie Coon, Bradley Whitford, Bob Odenkirk, Matthew Rhys, Zach Woods and David Cross also star.

The Post Release Dates: January 12th, 2018 (US), January 19th, 2018 (UK)…

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SWINGERS (1996) Movie Review: The Thing I Liked…

Swingers (1996), Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn
Swingers (1996), Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn

Since I tend to enjoy so much of Jon Favreau’s recent work, I wanted to check out one of his earlier projects. I chose Swingers, a Favreau written comedy in which Favreau plays Mike, a twenty something aspiring actor in Hollywood. Mike is down in the dumps because he left his girlfriend behind in New York. Mike’s friends who are also coping with the mysteries of life and women decide to help him feel less lonely.

To get straight to the point, I enjoyed some humorous moments in Swingers and I’m sure the film was a special feat at the time of release. Nevertheless, I didn’t fall in love with Swingers. Reason one being just how annoying Mike became because of the seemingly ceaseless moping. I actually spent a good portion of the movie wondering about when his friends were going to lose patience with him because I already did, a while back. Reason two, the overuse of the phrase ‘you’re money.’ I’m sure it was likely very cool for some people to say that and often, back then but in the present day, I personally have little to no time for ‘you’re money.’

I know that Swingers isn’t exactly a terrible movie. Granted it’s definitely a film guys will likely enjoy more than ladies. Still, the best I can say is that there was a slight Superbad (2007) vibe – if Superbad was set several years post high school. It’s of course not lost on me the idea that Swingers probably inspired Superbad, That still doesn’t mean that I have to like it now; does it?

Have you seen Swingers? Is there something great that I missed to recognise about this movie? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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IN THE FADE (2017): New Trailer Starring Diane Kruger, Numan Acar…

In The Fade (2017), Diane Kruger
In The Fade (2017), Diane Kruger

Written / directed by Fatih Akin, In The Fade stars Diane Kruger as Katja, a mother seeking revenge after her husband and son are killed a bomb attack…

I’m actually quite excited to witness a great Diane Kruger performance. After all, she did win a Best Actress award at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, for this very role.

In The Fade Release Dates: December 29th, 2017 (US)…

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CARNAGE (2011): The Things I Liked…

Carnage (2011), John C. Reilly, Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz, Kate Winslet
Carnage (2011), John C. Reilly, Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz, Kate Winslet

After seeing the trailer for Roman Polanski’s Carnage, I immediately had high hopes because of the exceptional cast. Namely, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, John C. Reilly and Jodie Foster. These seasoned performers play two sets of parents who decide to meet at one of their homes after their sons are involved in a fight. Before too long, as you can imagine, things get pretty dramatic… and amusing.

Based on the play by Yasmina Reza, understandably 98% of this film is set in one room. This is far from a bad thing because at no point did I yearn for different scenery; everything that happened was just that engaging.

The dialogue in Carnage  is beautifully written and delivered. The lines spoken by Waltz’s character made me laugh the most, thanks in part to his character’s highly committed relationship with his phone. One might even argue that though uncredited, that phone is very much a key member of the cast. 

There’s also the highlight that’s the seriously uptight and judgemental mother played by Foster. I confess that I saw a little bit of myself in all the four main people in this story. However, I shan’t divulge which one person in particular.

I really enjoyed this movie. In some ways more so because I’ve never seen the play. I therefore don’t have anything to compare it to. Besides amusing me, Carnage highlighted the fact that the cause of most, if not all personal conflict is judgement. Particularly judgement of the blatant and unapologetic variety. 

Watch it because it’s good and fun.

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THE PRICE (2017): New Trailer Starring Aml Ameen, Lucy Griffiths, Michael Hyatt…

The Price (2017), Aml Ameen
The Price (2017), Aml Ameen

In The Price, Aml Ameen stars as a young financier struggling with love, family, and more as his ambitions steer him down a criminal path.  Written / directed by Anthony Onah; Lucy Griffiths and Michael Hyatt also star.

The trailer for this movie is edited adequately enough for me to think that perhaps this could be worth watching. I sure hope so because I know there’s always room in my life for a good drama.

The Price Release Dates: November 10th, 2017 (US)…

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GHOST STORIES (2017): New Trailer Starring Martin Freeman, Andy Nyman, Alex Lawther…

Ghost Stories (2017), Alex Lawther
Ghost Stories (2017), Alex Lawther

Ghost Stories is about Professor Phillip Goodman (Andy Nyman), a sceptic that embarks upon a terror filled quest. A quest that leads him to a long lost file containing details of three cases of inexplicable ‘hauntings…’

This well-made trailer has me interested, especially since no definite nightmare inducing visuals were shown. On the other hand… this is only just the teaser trailer; so…

Ghost Stories Release Dates: April 13th, 2018 (UK); 2018 (US)…

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NEWNESS (2017): New Trailer Starring Nicholas Hoult, Laia Costa…

Newness (2017), Laia Costa, Nicholas Hoult
Newness (2017), Laia Costa, Nicholas Hoult

Starring Nicholas Hoult and Laia Costa, Newness is the Drake Doremus directed drama / romance about two millennials navigating a relationship affected by the challenges that come with today’s social media-driven hookup culture…

As I watched this trailer, the last Doremus movie I saw and liked came to mind. Namely Like Crazy (2011) which stars Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones. I found myself thinking, didn’t he already explore this ‘young love’ theme in Like Crazy? As I watched some more, I did eventually notice the difference in that this time he’s exploring open relationships not long distance relationships. Therefore I’m slightly intrigued. I just don’t yet know if I’m curious enough to take the chance and watch. The amount revealed in this trailer certainly doesn’t help matters.

Newness Release Dates

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