Category Archives: Drama

SAN ANDREAS (2015): When Trailer Music Hits The Right Notes

San Andreas (2015): Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino
San Andreas (2015): Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino

I love the music in the new trailer for San Andreas (2015) (nothing to do with the Grand Theft Auto video games).

The general pace and rhythm of this preview provides a welcome contrast to the chaos of the film’s reality.

When I like a trailer, I always really hope that the film is equally good, if not better. To this end, seeing Paul Giamatti’s face helped provide some reassurance. My fingers are crossed for the end result.

One more thing, you don’t see her face in the trailer, (at least I didn’t) but this film is additional evidence of Pop Singer Kylie Minogue’s return to acting.

For those wondering, the song is a version/ sample of The Mamas & Papas ‘California dreaming…’ by Robot Koch & Delhia de France

Happy San Andreas 🙂

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MAGNOLIA (1999): Chaos Masterfully Organised

Magnolia (1999), Philip Seymour Hoffman
Magnolia (1999), Philip Seymour Hoffman

Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia (1999) is the reason the name ‘Denise’ will never be the same for me again. It’s all thanks to a memorable line delivered by Tom Cruise as the infamous misogynist Frank T.J. Mackey.

The delivery of the ‘Denise, Denise, Denise the piece’ line may be somewhat comical, but the comedy of it is in no way the only thing that stays with you once the film ends.

Cruise’s performance is so good that it resulted in a Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe win. Add Philip Seymour Hoffman, William H. Macy, plus so many other great talents to the cast list of an already well written piece, and you have more than a winner.

Magnolia (1999), Julianne Moore
Magnolia (1999), Julianne Moore

Magnolia is the first film that really made me pay attention to all the times in the future when the highly skilled Julianne Moore is listed as a cast member. There are plenty of great scenes to enjoy. I particularly love the drugstore scene from which the above still was captured. So good!

Magnolia (1999), Tom Cruise
Magnolia (1999), Tom Cruise

Anderson’s film is very well executed and focuses in on several relatable life themes including one that reveals what can happen in adulthood when a young person’s support system badly fails them.

The theme that resonated most with me is regret. An important topic so expertly explored that Magnolia is a brilliant reminder for me to do all that I can to avoid it.

Make time for this affecting work of narrative artistry and you’ll see precisely why it’s been described as epic.

Happy Magnolia 🙂

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AMERICAN BEAUTY (1999): Forever Brilliant

American Beauty (1999), Kevin Spacey
American Beauty (1999), Kevin Spacey

For every film lover, there’s at least one or two – perhaps even three films that come immediately to mind whenever they‘re asked that inevitable question. ‘What’s your favourite film?’

My answer is always without hesitation, Director Sam Mendes’ 1999 Oscar winning film debut, American Beauty.

American Beauty (1999), Annette Bening
American Beauty (1999), Annette Bening

I’m yet to watch another film more perfect. Such a beautifully crafted story with excellent dialogue, symbolism and a healthy dose of truth and black humour.

It’s a brilliant commentary on suburbia and life in the classic American small town. American Beauty offers plenty of potentially useful information about the human condition.

There’s a strong theme on the difference between what people work hard to project versus the actual truth. The most interesting version of this is the exterior proclamations of the person who internally actually hates themselves.

As a result of this film, Annette Bening, Kevin Spacey, Chris Cooper, Writer Alan Ball, Director Sam Mendes and more, including the great Cinematographer Conrad L. Hall are forever in my mind, synonymous with brilliance.

American Beauty (1999), Kevin Spacey, Chris Cooper
American Beauty (1999), Kevin Spacey, Chris Cooper

I know one person who called American Beauty boring. Not quite sure what to say to that. Except maybe that it’s unlikely they actually really watched it.

Happy American Beauty, my favourite film. 🙂

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CINDERELLA (2015): Cate Blanchett Is Who…? Watch It And Delight

Cinderella (2015), Cate Blanchett
Cinderella (2015), Cate Blanchett

Not words that would ordinarily come out of my mouth, but I have been hankering  for a Cinderella remake.

With Cate Blanchett as the evil stepmother, is there a a better way to do it? I can hear everyone’s resounding no all at at once.

Cinderella is one of the best fairy tales. Not because of the famous romance, but rather the story of triumph over the unkind and cruel. Particularly doing so without sacrificing one’s character and principles.

I’ve watched the trailer a very high number of times and the great music is a huge part of the reason:

Bring on March 2015!

Happy Cinderella 🙂

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DANNY COLLINS (2015): Trailer of The Week

Danny Collins (2014), Al Pacino
Danny Collins (2014), Al Pacino

Annette Bening, Al Pacino, Christopher Plummer, Bobby Cannavale… It’s hard not to adore all of them – and unsurprisingly, they star in some of the best films ever made.

Today however, it’s all about Danny Collins (2015). As per the following trailer, the signs are really good.

Happy Danny Collins 🙂

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SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS (2014): Guaranteed Fun. I Can Tell

Six Dance lessons In Six Weeks (2014), Gena Rowlands, Cheyenne Jackson
Six Dance lessons In Six Weeks (2014), Gena Rowlands, Cheyenne Jackson

Six Dance lessons In Six Weeks (2014) looks like the kind of light and fun Sunday film experience I’ll be wanting any day now.

A trailer filled with comedy, music, dancing, Cheyenne Jackson and the likeable Gena Rowlands, a.k.a. the older version of Allie from The Notebook (2004), I know I’ll be watching with high hopes.

It helps that the film is based on a successful play.

Happy Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks Trailer 🙂

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THE GAMBLER (2015): Trailer Of The Week

The Gambler (2015), Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman
The Gambler (2015), Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman

I really do enjoy the art of a great trailer. Sometimes even more so than the films they’re for. I haven’t seen many good ones in the last few months. Here’s one I love.

Such super editing must always be highlighted.

Happy The Gambler trailer:-)

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THE ONE I LOVE (2014): So, Here’s Something Different…

The One I Love (2014), Mark Duplass, Elizabeth Moss
The One I Love (2014), Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss

It is well documented that repetition inevitably gets dull and people end up switching off. This is the case with many romantic comedies and generally any genre that repeats the same themes and plot lines continuously and with minimal difference.

The One I Love (2014) can be accused of no such thing. Yes. the narrative contains a classic stage in the long term relationship lifecycle. But the execution is a very refreshing and unexpected difference.

The story is about a married couple trying to find their way back to that great past period in their relationship where happiness was the default setting, and as they begin their journey, rather peculiar things start happening.

I find The One I Love to be more of a drama than a romantic comedy, but it has been labeled as all three (comedy, romance and drama) simultaneously.

Watch it because of the two impressive lead actors. Watch it for the different kind of execution. Watch it because you’re somewhat bored of the formulaic nature of romantic comedies and need something else. And watch because you want to be pleasantly surprised.

Here’s the trailer.

Happy The One I Love 🙂

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