Category Archives: Drama

ATHENA (2022): New Trailer From Romain Gavras…

One of the best teaser trailers I’ve seen in a while just landed. It’s for Athena, a brand new drama from acclaimed French director Romain Gavras, and the theme is – you’ll see.

Hello, beautifully engaging trailer edit. Greetings, stunning accompanying music and mysterious letters that turn into:

It is difficult to fight anger; for a man will buy revenge with his soul.’ _Heraclitus, 500 BCE

Just in case all the above wasn’t enough, the name Romain Gavras shows up, a director I remember most fondly for his thought-provoking work in M.IA.’s Born Free.

I can’t wait for more of all the elements that already work so well in this trailer. It’s unlikely to be ‘easy viewing’, of course, especially considering the premise, which follows three siblings hours after the tragic death of the youngest brother.

Still, I can’t deny that I love a good vengeance story. What do you like most about this trailer? Share in the comments below.

Athena stars Dali Benssalah, Alexis Manenti, Karim Lasmi, Anthony Bajon, Ouassini Embarek, Radostina Rogliano, Tarek Haddaji, Sami Slimane, Mehdi Abdelhakmi and Guy Donald Koukissa,

Athena Release Dates

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OFFICIAL COMPETITION (2021): The Things I Liked…

Official Competition (2021), Antonio Banderas, Oscar Martínez, IFC Films
Official Competition (2021), Antonio Banderas, Oscar Martínez, IFC Films

How wonderful it is when the first line of dialogue in a movie puts a smile on your face, while suggesting that its tone is the kind you’ll be glad you experienced.

New comedy/drama Official Competition, which stars Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas and Oscar Martínez is one such film, thanks to its delightful absurdity and amusing ridiculousness.

Directed by Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat, the fun starts just before wealthy businessman Humberto Suárez decides to hire a famous movie director to shoot a smash hit film. And why not? After all, what else is there, following one’s high-profile business success and noteworthy philanthropy?

You probably already agree that a super-inflated ego in action is one of the most amusing things to witness. And this tends to be true whether you are laughing aloud or stifling laughter for fear of repercussions.

Official Competition, a comedy about filmmaking gives you permission to laugh at the art of making movies. Especially the peculiarities of the processes, plus the creative and the less creative individuals involved. 

The few slightly slower moments aside, I had a good time watching Cohn and Duprat’s film. The highly skilled cast is a delight to watch. I especially enjoyed everything José Luis Gómez, who plays wealthy businessman Humberto Suárez does on screen. So much so that I selfishly wish that he appeared in the movie more frequently.

Watch Official Competition if you’re curious, and certainly for the fun, well-written movie-making ridiculousness. 

Now, please excuse me while I go and rewatch the opening scene, my favourite!

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BLACK BIRD (2022): New Trailer From Taron Egerton, Paul Walter Hauser, Greg Kinnear, Ray Liotta…

Black Bird (2022), Paul Walter Hauser, Apple TV+
Black Bird (2022), Paul Walter Hauser, Apple TV+

New crime/drama/thriller series, Black Bird has Taron Egerton as Jimmy Keene, a man sentenced to 10 years in a minimum-security prison. A sentence that could be reduced to zero, if he’d just do one not quite so little thing.

Elicit a confession from Larry Hall (Paul Walter Hauser,) a suspected serial killer so that the FBI can find the bodies of as many as eighteen women.

I can’t even begin to guess if Keene will get out of this alive, especially knowing how prisonguards in TV shows and movies tend to stir up trouble and inappropriately exercise their power. Then there’s the assumption that the FBI care whether Keene survives. I mean, he does seem to be, you know, a full-on criminal.

I’m into this because of the cast and this rather well-edited trailer, even if it is tinged with some sadness since Liotta is no longer with us.

I see a pair of perfectly rich roles for Egerton and Hauser, plus some incredibly tense scenes coming our way. Scenes that are ideal for fans of great prison dramas and mob/crime stories.

Greg Kinnear, Ray Liotta, Sepideh MoafiTrazi Lashawn, Christopher B. DuncanJake McLaughlin, Robert Diago DoQui, Alexander Babara, Cecilia Leal and Rachel Whitman Groves also star.

Black Bird Release Dates: July 8th, 2022, Apple TV+

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SLOW HORSES (2022): Hello, Thrilling Chase…

Why aren’t there more movies with chase sequences as long and satisfying as Mel Gibson’s Apocalyto (2006? I often wonder about this and the answer is probably the same as the reason there aren’t enough films with the unexpectedly masterful execution of Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite (2019); it’s incredibly hard to do.

I say all the above as a big fan of the following clip from Apple TV+’s latest drama/thriller series, Slow Horses.

Starring Jack Lowden, Kristin Scott Thomas and Gary Oldman, the story’s focus on a team of British intelligence agents is intriguing enough. Especially considering that said team serve as a dumping ground department of MI5, thanks to their career-ending mistakes.

Nevertheless, it’s roughly 1.5 months since I saw the above clip, and I still haven’t watched beyond these 20+ minutes.

There are several reasons I’ve been unhurried about committing to Slow Horses. They include the non-film-related things keeping me busy. Also, I am a person for whom a thrilling chase sequence is one of the most fun events a film can have. Remember how exciting all the running in Apocalyto was?

I’d hate to start watching Slow Horses, only to stop because I’m not getting enough of that which had me hooked in the first place; the thrilling chase.

The cast is undoubtedly great, and with clever pacing, great dialogue and more, I may well have a good time, should I decide to surrender; something I may have done more readily had the last 12 minutes of the above clip not caught me off guard.

Finally learning patience and the right mood arising may help get me there. Or, I could be that millennial/ Tik Tok generation type. You know, the ones who are having more and more trouble enduring footage that can’t be categorised as ‘a clip.’ How scary.

Have you seen Slow Horses? Which movie features your favourite chase sequence?

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BRIDGERTON – SEASON TWO (2022): Episode One, World Premiere…

Bridgerton Season 2, (2022), Simone Ashley, Netflix
Bridgerton Season 2, (2022), Simone Ashley, Netflix

At the Bridgerton Season two World Premiere in London’s Tate Modern this week, there were many highlights to take in. Not least of all, the Bridgerton inspired fashion show, venue decorations, and of course, interviews with key cast and creators. 

The first season focused on the fourth Bridgerton child, Daphne Bridgerton, and her love story with the Duke of Hastings. 

The main focus of season two is the eldest Bridgerton child, Viscount Anthony Bridgerton. Specifically his entrance into the marriage market and the fun dynamic between the Viscount and the older Sharma sister, Kate (Simone Ashley).

Having seen episode one of season two, I’m almost certain that the undeniable chemistry and fun dialogue between Anthony and Kate will be the main highlight.

No doubt the costumes, music, romance and humour will hold my attention. But, Anthony and Kate’s exchanges did take me back to Casino Royale (2006), specifically James Bond and Vesper Lynd’s conversation on the Eurostar. 

Let’s hope that the episodes that follow are only more and more engaging come Friday, March 25th, 2022. 

Are you looking forward to this promising new season? I know I’m ready to be pleasantly surprised.

Bridgerton Season 2 Release Date: 25th March 2022, Netflix

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ALI & AVA (2021): New Trailer Starring Adeel Akhtar, Claire Rushbrook, Ellora Torchia…

From writer/director Clio Barnard comes new England-set drama Ali & Ava; a story about two people, both lonely for different reasons, and for whom sparks fly.

Ali & Ava stars Claire Rushbrook, Adeel Akhtar and Ellora Torchia.

It’s the combination of the music and story editing that had me moved; no doubt in part due to the chemistry between the two leads. There’s also my general appreciation of stories about unexpected friendships.

Even with all the above stated, I’m still not sure whether I’ll end up watching Ali & Ava. However, as always, anything is possible as long as the right mood hits. Until that time arrives, I’m going to keep replaying this well-executed trailer.

What are your thoughts on director Barnard’s trailer? Are you moved, intrigued, just into the music, or something else?

Natalie Gavin, Shaun Thomas and Tasha Connor also star.

Ali & Ava Release Dates… March 4th, 2022 (UK)…

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THE UNFORGIVABLE (2021): The Things I Liked…

I’m glad that Sandra Bullock said yes to The Unforgivablea well-executed tale of one woman’s journey to reconnect with her sister after finishing a twenty-year prison sentence.

Directed by Nora Fingscheidt, what stood out immediately, in addition to the excellent performances, is how engaging the story is. I cared about Bullock’s character and couldn’t wait for everything to unfold. At the same time, the pacing and story edit are both so good to the point where I hardly found myself wanting things to move faster.

Then there’s the perfectly complementary musical score and the kind of tense moments that never have one too sure about how things will unfold.

Even though there is one moment where I felt the catalyst that was supposed to lead to a key character’s change of heart was insubstantial, The Unforgivable is still worth watching. 

See it for the generally well-executed story and because Viola Davis, Rob Morgan, Vincent D’Onofrio and Jon Bernthal make up the supporting cast.

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NIGHTMARE ALLEY (2021): New Trailer Starring Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Rooney Mara, Willem Dafoe…

New action/crime/drama Nightmare Alley is director Guillermo del Toro’s latest audio-visual feast.

Starring Bradley Cooper, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette and Willem Dafoe, the story follows an ambitious carny with a talent for manipulating people. Little did he know that the psychiatrist he’s just hooked up with is far more dangerous than he is.

When big hitters like Cooper and Blanchett are involved, one pays attention. And as I often do, I watched the above trailer before reading the synopsis.

Considering how much is going on in just over a minute and a half of this trailer, plus Dafoe’s character’s non-stop dialogue, which I still haven’t really listened to yet, it’s no wonder I had some trouble keeping up. That’s probably part of the reason I wasn’t sure about just how appealing this movie is to me initially. That of course changed as soon as I learned about the ‘manipulation face/off.’

Now I have to watch to see just how intense it’s all going to get. And for the great colours and beautiful lighting, of course.

Tim Blake Nelson, Ron Perlman, Mary Steenburgen, Clifton Collins Jr., Troy James, David Hewlett, Holt McCallany, Paul Anderson and David Strathairn also star.

Nightmare Alley Release Dates: December 17th, 2021 (US); January 21st, 2022 (UK)…

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