Written and directed by Jonas Carpignano, Mediterranea is the story of the experience of two friends who risk their lives in pursuit of opportunity and a brighter future…
The film’s subject matter is both interesting and current. I feel as though I’m already in a place of empathy and understanding in terms of the protagonist’s motivations. So finding out just how much more I don’t already know will be enlightening.
Koudous Seihon and Alassane Sy are the lead Actors
Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek and Jessica Alba star in Some Kind Of Beautiful. A Tom Vaughn directed drama/ romance set in England and LA.
Some Kind Of Beautiful is unfortunately not the most well executed movie I’ve seen recently. Its ills include the dialogue, general execution – particularly the lines delivered by Malcolm McDowell and aspects of the story that just don’t make sense to me, in terms of the character’s motivations or lack there of.
I tuned in firstly because I was in the mood for an onscreen romance. Secondly I wanted to watch a movie that wasn’t too demanding of my attention and lastly, I love Salma Hayek, a gifted actress and all round very smart woman.
There are things I did enjoy about Some Kind Of Beautiful and they include the soundtrack, the relationship between the sisters and the sunny LA location. I love to travel, you see. Even when I have to do it using mainly my imagination. 🙂
Watch it if something about the movie strongly appeals or if you really, really must.
The trailer is here for the new film about Jesse Owens, the American athlete who achieved greatness against massive odds…
It’s a shame that upon returning to America after winning 4 gold medals at the Berlin Olympics, Owens wasn’t treated as well as you might expect for an American hero.
During that time, as bad as things were in Nazi Germany, they weren’t great for people of colour in the United States either. Nevertheless, Race, the story of Jesse Owens is still a powerful one, especially for all oppressed people with big dreams.
Directed by Stephen Hopkins; Stephan James stars as Owens with Jason Sudeikis, William Hurt and Jeremy Irons in the key supporting roles.
Directed by Brad Peyton; Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Ioan Gruffudd, and Paul Giamatti are the stars of San Andreas – that California earthquake movie you may have heard about over the summer.
You may also have heard that the visual effects are breathtaking and they are. However, the thing I enjoyed most is actually the unique father daughter relationship. San Andreas isn’t a bad movie, there’s just nothing that feels particularly new about it, therefore making it feel not quite as epic as I’d hoped.
Some random things came to mind as I watched:
On account of all the dust, running, falling and screaming, how much fun was being an extra on this movie, really?
I honestly don’t recall the last time I saw such excellent mother/ daughter casting.
You’d have to be blind not to notice Alexandra Daddario’s eyeballs. If you’ve seen the film, I know you noticed!
I better be careful because I don’t know anyone that would come and rescue me at a time when the traditional emergency services cannot. But then again… you never know. Just don’t rely on it, of course. But still, you never know…
If by this point you’re still curious, watch it for the impressive visual effects and all else that appeals.
Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori and Kiersey Clemons play the three main characters of rick Famuyiwa’s letest, Dope. Blake Anderson, Kimberly Elise, rapper, A$ap Rocky, Zoe Kravitz and De’aundre Bonds make up some of the key supporting cast.
I’ve watched several of writer/ director Rick Famuyiwa’s films in the past. One of them being The Wood (1999); a movie similar to Dope in the way that it’s a comedy/ drama that tells the story of high school friends growing up in one of America’s toughest neighbourhoods, Inglewood, California.
The beauty with Dope is in the complexity and cleverness of the story, the vibrant cinematography and the way Famuyiwa’s film feels like a celebration of the smarts of the high school geek.
Considering where the film takes place, naturally there are some tense and hair raising moments. Moments that will have everyone that has never lived in a similar neighbourhood counting their lucky stars.
The good news is that Dope manages to remain positive and an authentic and fun film experience. One that steers clear of becoming far too grim.
Yes, you’ll probably feel grateful as you watch, but what you’ll remember most are the colours, the funny and clever script, the positive / uplifting music and the seldom celebrated smarts of the geek.
Besides being recognisable as an actress in her own right, I’ve known Blythe Danner as the mother of Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow and as the lovely Lady who often plays a well-meaning mother in films and TV shows; Meet The Parents (2000) and Will & Grace (1998-2006), respectively to name just two.
In the Brett Haley directed I’ll See You In My Dreams, Danner stars and is both charming and engaging. This is a comedy/ drama that follows Danner’s character (Carol) and her experience of life after retirement.
The nature of the relationships between Carol and her female friends was one of my favourite things. Watch it for a bittersweet story well told and a taster of the simple and priceless things you’ll want in later life, including the delightfully unexpected.
Martin Starr, Sam Elliott, June Squibb, Rhea Perlman and Mary Kay Place make up the supporting cast.