Category Archives: Drama

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING (2014): Watch For Eddie Redmayne’s Award Worthy Transformation

The Theory of Everything is the love story of acclaimed theoretical physicist and cosmologist Professor Stephen Hawking and his wife, Jane.

The Theory Of Everything (2014), Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones
The Theory Of Everything (2014), Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones

For those hoping that The Theory of Everything will delve deeply into the science Hawkings is famous for, that’s not the emphasis here.

High quality performances are seen all round including the portrayal of Jane by Felicity Jones. However, it’s Eddie Redmayne’s incredible 2015 Best Actor Oscar winning turn as Hawking that generates nothing if not the utmost respect for his talents and handwork.

Redmayne manages to expertly embody Hawking’s physicality, emotions and famously mischievous sense of humour through the various stages of his life before and from the onset of motor neurone disorder.

The Theory Of Everything (2014), Eddie Redmayne
The Theory Of Everything (2014), Eddie Redmayne

Directed by James Marsh, this biography / drama for me, is about the beauty of friendship, love and most of all, what is possible with the human spirit.

As Hawking put it himself:

“There should be no boundary to human endeavour. We are all different. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. While there is life, there is hope’.

Happy The Theory Of Everything 🙂

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WHIPLASH (2014): Does Far More Than Help You Reconsider Jazz

Whiplash (2014), Miles Teller
Whiplash (2014), Miles Teller

Coaxing out such stellar performances from his lead Actors, writer/ director, Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash tells the story of a young gifted drummer (Miles Teller) on his journey to greatness.

Shot in just 19 days, Whiplash is brilliantly edited and focuses on the relationship between Teller’s musician and his hugely demanding instructor (J.K.Simmons).

Whiplash (2014), J.K. Simmons
Whiplash (2014), J.K. Simmons

Along with Teller’s finely realised portrayal, Simmons is an actor who had mainly been known to me for his comedic work in the great movie, I Love You Man (2009) and he does a great job as the cold and twisted instructor, Fletcher. So much so that he was blessed with the Best Supporting Actor Oscar.

Coming from a background in jazz drumming himself, Chazelle gives us a memorable film with a fantastic ending you really won’t want to miss. Thanks to Whiplash, I officially have an even greater respect for the creative talents of the one, Miles Teller and an increase in my appreciation of jazz. I said it!

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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THE INTOUCHABLES (2011): A Beautiful Friendship & Laughter, Naturally

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I’ll start by saying I’m glad this is the first movie I’ve seen starring Omar Sy. A truly brilliant introduction and first impression. If you didn’t already know of him or his equally talented costar, Francois Cluzet, you won’t forget either of them after this.

The Intouchables (2011), Omar Sy, Francois Cluzet
The Intouchables (2011), Omar Sy, Francois Cluzet

The Intouchables is a true story about the friendship between two very different people, a wealthy quadriplegic and his far from wealthy caregiver.

Written and Directed by Olivier Nakache plus Eric Toledano and highlighting the pricelessness of true friendship, this well paced French drama / comedy will have you smiling and laughing more times than you can count.

If you thought all that was enough things to love in one movie… there’s also the music.

Happy The Intouchables 🙂

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FOXCATCHER (2014): Steve Carell And Channing Tatum’s Tense And Dramatic Best

Foxcatcher (2014) Steve Carell
Foxcatcher (2014) Steve Carell

Familial discontent, jealousy and the challenges / blessings that come with sibling relationships are some of the themes explored in Director, Bennet Miller’s award winning Foxcatcher.

Based on the true story of Olympic wrestling, gold medalist siblings, David and Mark Schultz , Foxcatcher follows the story of how the brother’s lives are altered with the arrival of wealthy and socially maladjusted wrestling enthusiast, Jon Du Pont (Steve Carell).

Carell’s Du Pont embodies an uncomfortable presence which acts as the catalyst for much of the dramatic tension in Foxcatcher and subsequently guarantees that the viewer is never allowed to relax – for good reason.

Further discomfort comes from Miller’s close focus on the stressful and painful realities of a character’s experience, making for a documentary feel.

Assuming that all the mention of discomfort hasn’t desuaded you from making time for Director Bennet Miller’s latest, let Carell’s stellar transformation into the certainly unbalanced Du Pont and Tatum’s troubled Mark Schultz be enough to convince you. 

At the very least, both Actor’s performances will go some way to silencing any possible doubters of their acting talents.

Foxcatcher (2014), Channing Tatum
Foxcatcher (2014), Channing Tatum

Watch it to see Carell and Tatum do their best work.

Happy Foxcatcher 🙂

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NIGHTCRAWLER (2014): Jake Gyllenhaal At His Darkest & Creepiest Yet

Nightcrawler (2014), Jake Gyllenhaal, Bill Paxton
Nightcrawler (2014), Jake Gyllenhaal, Bill Paxton

This is no horror movie but in the role of Lou Bloom, an L.A. Crime Journalist, Jake Gyllenhaal has never been more gaunt and terrifying.

It’s not just his deep, dark and sunken eyes that might give you nightmares. The audience learns rather quickly that not only is Lou smarter than the average person, he’s also, definitely a sociopath.

Nightcrawler (2014), Jake Gyllenhaal
Nightcrawler (2014), Jake Gyllenhaal

The tensions in this great work, written and directed by Dan Gilroy exist because the audience realises rather quickly that Lou is a little more than just a tad unhinged – which of course, can only mean bad things for all who establish any kind of relationship with him.

Nightcrawler is good and it’s dark, both thematically and aesthetically. There’s some brilliant dialogue here. My favourite moment being Lou Bloom’s parting line in one of his last exchanges with Bill Paxton’s character – as seen in the first picture above.

Besides Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and Bill Paxton’s great work, the character of Rick is a great turn for British Actor Riz Ahmed.

Nightcrawler does a good job of highlighting the kind of world we live in today and the characters it produces; as well as the danger in the vulnerability of the truly desperate.

Happy Nightcrawler 🙂

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THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY (2013): Inspiration For Living

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013), Ben Stiller
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013), Ben Stiller


Walter Mitty is a man who has numerous vivid day dreams about everything he wishes he could be at a given moment but never is.

Directed by funny man, Ben Stiller, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty takes you along on a journey that leads to a point where Walter, as the movie poster suggests, stops dreaming and starts living.

This is definitely an entertaining watch and becomes most interesting and fun from the moment Walter meets the bearded and intoxicated giant (one of my favourite characters). It makes sense that the film becomes very interesting at this point because it’s soon after Walter decides to be adventurous, brave and start living.

For those who realise / feel like they haven’t done much that’s considered noteworthy and want to change that, Stiller’s movie is great inspiration to formulate a plan and take action

You’ll laugh as you watch this fun adventure / drama with several humorous characters to enjoy particularly my personal favourite, the bearded and intoxicated giant.

One of my own personal day (and night) dreams was about going to New York. I’ve been forever curious, so finally  making that particular day – and night dream come true was super.

Happy The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 🙂

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STARRED UP (2013): Super Trailer, Even Better Film

Starred Up (2013), Jack O'Connell
Starred Up (2013), Jack O’Connell

It’s always exciting when you look into the eyes of the character an actor is portraying and it’s immediately clear that you’re about to experience something more than interesting. I first saw Jack O’Connell in the very well edited and scored trailer for this movie, Starred Up  and within seconds I just knew.

Also starring another great British talent Ben Mendelsohn, Starred Up is a brilliantly executed film that follows an explosively violent young man, Eric Love, from the day he’s transferred from a juvenile institution, to the adult prison where his father also happens to reside.Watching the father son relationship really helps answer the most important question for me, and that’s how it is that Eric came to be where he is.

As is often the case in horror movies, because Starred Up is, in a way just that, you’ll find yourself wanting Eric to make it out of jail, in one piece, as soon as possible.

Part of the magic that makes Starred Up so good is the fact that at no point as you watch the film are you actually ever really sure that the young Love will make it. In fact, as time goes on, such a prospect appears more and more unlikely which makes for very tense, gritty and memorable viewing.

If you didn’t already believe that ending up in jail is really best avoided, this movie will convince you, especially if you’re a teenager. Also, as you watch this film, the idea that your own parents might not be so bad after all may come to mind more than once.

Every single performance Starred Up is great. What a brilliant choice casting Jack O’Connell proved to be.Watch this movie for the ‘realness’ and O’Connell’s excellence – from this moment on I’m a massive fan.

Happy Film Loving

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GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM (2014): Trailer Of The Week

So here’s a question…

How grateful do you feel for all your freedoms right about now?

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, Simon Abkarian
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, Simon Abkarian

And now?

Such a cleverly edited film preview.

My imagination is churning thoughts of what will become of Vivianne or her husband.

Happy Gett – The Trial of Viviane Amsalem 🙂

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