Category Archives: Drama

THE LONGEST RIDE (2014): The Good & Bad Things

The Longest Ride (2015), Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood
The Longest Ride (2015), Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood

The Longest Ride is a drama / romance directed by George Tillman Jr and based on a book by Nicholas Sparks.

Starring Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson, the film follows two couples, one young and the other much older whose paths cross one night in North Carolina.

As I watched The Longest Ride, I found myself thinking, ‘enough of this older couple’s story, more of the other, please!’ but their story does get a little more interesting.

The film is quite long and there  are some moments where the dialogue didn’t sound great but I do like what happened at the auction at the end.

Overall, I definitely prefer Dear John (2010) or The Notebook (2004) to this film adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks book.

As for any reasons to watch, you’ll learn a few things about bull riding and you may even find yourself taking note of some of the country music in the musical score. The main reason I tuned in is a curiosity about Scott Eastwood (son of Clint). The good news is, he’s definitely not terrible.

Happy The Longest Ride 🙂

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ABOUT RAY (2015) New Trailer Starring Elle Fanning & Naomi Watts In Transgender Teen Film

About Ray (2015), Elle Fanning, Naomi Watts
About Ray (2015), Elle Fanning, Naomi Watts

A timely and moving new film will be here soon and it stars the undoubtedly talented, Elle Fanning. Directed by Gaby Della, About Ray also stars Naomi Watts, Susan Sarandon and Tate Donovan.

I’m most excited for the the guaranteed brilliant performances and I’m curious about how effectively the subject matter will be handled.

Release Date (s): December 31st , 2015 (US)…

Happy About Ray 🙂

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CINDERELLA (2015): Watch It For The Spectacular Win Against The Bullies & Cate Blanchett, Of Course

Cinderella (2016), Lily James
Cinderella (2016), Lily James

My reason for watching the new version of Cinderella had very little to do with the romance. I watched the movie because of the cast, particularly one of my favourites, super Australian Actress, Cate Blanchett.

The well edited trailer with the perfect musical score also helped, but ultimately, I was most excited to see how Director Kenneth Branagh handled cinderella’s battle with her evil step mother and horrid step sisters.

The film is beautiful thanks to Branagh and his well chosen cast which includes Lily James in the title role, Helena Bonham as the Fairy Godmother and Richard Madden portraying Prince Charming.

Besides having good dialogue and being quite the visual spectacle, the movie had me reflecting on my own experience of courage and the gift of kindness, especially when it comes from the most unexpected place.

Cinderella (2016), Cate Blanchett, Sophie McShera, Holliday Grainger
Cinderella (2016), Cate Blanchett, Sophie McShera, Holliday Grainger

Watch to see a rightful win and of course there is the fairytale romance.

Happy Cinderella 🙂

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SNEAKY PETE (2015): Giovanni Ribisi In Dramatic Ex-Felon Role

Sneaky Pete (2015), Margo Martindale, Giovanni Ribisi
Sneaky Pete (2015), Margo Martindale, Giovanni Ribisi

You may be surprised to learn that in Amazon Video’s latest TV movie trailer, Giovanni Ribisi is playing an ex-felon.

My favourite of the characters Ribisi has played in the past all happen to be in comedies. There’s his portrayal of Frank Buffay Jr. – Phoebe’s younger brother in hit TV sitcom Friends. More recently you can watch him as the creepy moustachioed dad character in Seth MacFarlane’s Ted (2012) and as the somewhat dim-witted Edward in A Million Ways To Die In The West (2014), also from MacFarlane.

Sneaky Pete is directed by David Shore and features a supporting cast that includes Marin Ireland, Margo Martindale, Shane McRae and Bryan Cranston. It would be great to see Ribisi in a new light, so fingers crossed that we won’t want to forget that this particular role ever happened.

Available 7th August on Amazon

Happy Sneaky Pete 🙂

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BEASTS OF NO NATION (2015): Idris Elba Is Terrifying In Intense New Trailer

Beasts of No Nation (2015), Abraham Attah, Idris Elba
Beasts of No Nation (2015), Abraham Attah, Idris Elba

Idris Elba is terrifying in the tension filled trailer for his well titled new movie, Beasts of No Nation. 

With Cary Fukunaga, a brilliant Director best known for television series True Detective directing, the combination of that with Idris Elba’s intensity and young Actor, Abraham Attah’s fresh talent makes for another promising film scheduled for 2015.

Happy Beasts of No Nation 🙂

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ROOM (2015): Brie Larson In Eerie New Teaser Trailer

Room (2015), Brie Larson
Room (2015), Brie Larson

The new trailer for Room, directed by Lenny Abrahamsson and starring Brie Larson doesn’t reveal very much. However, that’s part of what makes it good. Especially if you have an overactive imagination like mine…

I last saw Larson in The Gambler (2015), where she gave a good performance alongside Mark Wahlberg. As such, I’m quite excited to witness more of her talents in this leading role.

Happy eerie Room 🙂

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The 33 (2015): The Chilean Miners Story Starring Antonio Banderas

The 33 (2015) Antonio Banderas, Mario Casas
The 33 (2015) Antonio Banderas, Mario Casas

Directed by Patricia Riggen, The 33 tells the story of the men involved in the 2010 Chilean Mine Accident.

Starring Antonio Banderas, Juliette Binoche, Rodrigo Santoro, Cote de Pablo and James Brolin, emotional is definitely the word…

Get those tissues ready.

Happy The 33 🙂

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EXPERIMENTER (2015): Time To Think About How Good You Are At Obeying Authority

Experimenter (2015), Winona Ryder, Peter Sarsgaard
Experimenter (2015), Winona Ryder, Peter Sarsgaard

Based on the work of real life social psychologist Stanley Milgram, Experimenter focuses on the 1961 radical behavior experiments that Milgram carried out, in order to test the ordinary person’s willingness to obey authority.

With  Peter Sarsgaard, John Leguizamo, Winona Ryder and Anton Yelchin as the leading cast, I’m excited to see  how this intriguing true story plays out.

Happy Experimenter 🙂

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