Category Archives: Drama

PREPARATIONS TO BE TOGETHER FOR AN UNKNOWN PERIOD OF TIME (2020): New Trailer Starring Natasa Stork, Viktor Bodó, Benett Vilmányi…

Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (2020), Natasa Stork, Greenwich Entertainment
Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (2020), Natasa Stork, Greenwich Entertainment

From writer/director Lili Horvát; Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time is a new drama/romance about Márta (Natasa Stork), a 40-year-old neurosurgeon.

After Marta falls in love, she leaves her shining American career to return to Budapest and start a new life with the man. The only problem is, the love of her life claims that they have never met before.

Who’s the one seeing/ imagining things, him or her? I sure hope the reveal/explanation is satisfying.

Also, on a random side note, I can’t help but wonder how much work it took to fall in that very unique and interesting way at 0:40 into this trailer. I suspect that plenty of rehearsal must have been required.

Viktor Bodó and Benett Vilmányi, Zsolt Nagy, Andor Lukáts, Zsolt Nagy and Péter Tóth also star.

Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time Release Dates: January 22nd, 2021 (US)…

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LOSING ALICE (2021): New Trailer Starring Ayelet Zurer, Lihi Kornowski, Gal Toren…

Losing Alice (2021), Ayelet Zurer, Gal Toren, Apple TV+
Losing Alice (2021), Ayelet Zurer, Gal Toren, Apple TV+

In new eight-part Apple TV+ series, Losing Alice, fascination spirals into a Faustian bargain (a pact whereby a person trades something of supreme moral or spiritual importance, such as personal values or the soul).

All after an ambitious female film director (Ayelet Zurer) meets-and obsesses over-a younger femme-fatale screenwriter.

If someone told me that Zurer was related to Gal Gadot, I’d probably be inclined to believe them. I know that the likeness is mostly because of their shared hair colour and a very similar, if not the same accent, but still I see it

As for this enchanting trailer, I say well done, to the editor. I’m in for the intriguingly dark story. Especially since it looks like we’re going to get a brilliant Zurer performance.

Additional key cast includes  Lihi Kornowski and Gal Toren.

Losing Alice Release Dates: January 22nd, 2021 (US), Apple TV+

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MALCOLM & MARIE (2021): New Trailer Starring Zendaya and John David Washington

Malcolm & Marie (2021), John David Washington, Netflix
Malcolm & Marie (2021), John David Washington, Netflix

Director Sam Levinson’s latest drama/romance has Zendaya and John David Washington as Malcolm & Marie.

Malcolm & Marie is the story of a director and his girlfriend’s relationship. One that is tested after they return home from his movie premiere and await critics’ responses

First and foremost, I love the lighting. It’s not often that black and white movies are as immediately appealing, visually as this.

I’m completely in for what looks like an intriguing relationship story and very promising dialogue. The kind of dialogue that would work brilliantly on a live theatre stage.

Thank goodness, we don’t have to wait too long for this one.

Malcolm & Marie Release Dates: February 5th, 2021 (US), Netflix

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BROTHERS BY BLOOD (2020): New Trailer From Matthias Schoenaerts, Joel Kinnaman, Ryan Phillippe, Maika Monroe…

Brothers by Blood (2020), Matthias Schoenaerts, Vertical Releasing US
Brothers by Blood (2020), Matthias Schoenaerts, Vertical Releasing US

Brothers by Blood, a.k.a, The Sound of Philadelphia, a.k.a, Sons of Philadelphia are the three names for the latest action/crime/drama starring Matthias Schoenaerts, Joel Kinnaman and Ryan Phillipe.

Set within the Philadelphia mob; director Jérémie Guez’s movie is a tale of family, friendships and betrayal.

I’m honestly not sure how this one’s going to turn out. But what I can bet on is a good Schoenaerts’s performance. Fingers crossed that everything else around his performance falls into place. In which case I won’t have to suggest that you’re better off watching/re-watching The Drop (2014); a very good mob story and another notable Schoenaerts role.

Maika Monroe, Paul Schneider, Nicholas Crovetti, Antoni Corone, Felix Scott, Tim Ahern, Nigel Barber, James Nelson-Joyce, Stilian Keli and Carlos Schram

Brothers by Blood Release Dates: January 22nd, 2021 (US)…

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MUSIC (2021): New Trailer Starring Kate Hudson, Maddie Ziegler, Ben Schwartz, Leslie Odom Jr…

Music (2021), Kate Hudson, Hanway Films
Music (2021), Kate Hudson, Hanway Films

Directed by Australian singer/songwriter Sia, Music is a new drama/musical starring Kate Hudson, Maddie Ziegler, Ben Schwartz and Leslie Odom Jr.

Exploring two of Sia’s favourite themes, finding your voice and creating family; Music is the story of Zu (Hudson) and Music (Ziegler). Newly sober, Zu is the older half sister of Music, a young girl on the autism spectrum for whom she’s now become sole guardian.

I’m curious about Ziegler’s acting because playing someone on the spectrum and doing it justice is quite the challenge. Most of all, what I’m in for is the music. And a chance to see Hudson performing again. No doubt being a businesswoman with Fabletics has been keeping her busy.

Juliette Lewis, Mary Kay Place, Hector Elizondo, Tig Notaro, Brandon Soo Hoo, Parvesh Cheena, Christina Veronica, Chris Silcox, Angelina Capozzoli and Blair Williamson also star.

Music Release Dates: February 12th, 2021 (US),

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SYLVIE’S LOVE (2020): The Things I Liked…

Sylvie's Love (2020), Tessa Thompson, Nnamdi Asomugha
Sylvie’s Love (2020), Tessa Thompson, Nnamdi Asomugha

I found plenty to enjoy in writer/director Eugene Ashe’s romance/drama Sylvie’s Love. A delightful movie that’s dreamy, stylish and romantic in a way that’s both old fashioned and modern; thanks to the visual style, costumes, lead character and the 1957 setting.

Starring Tessa Thompson, Nnamdi Asomugha, Aja Naomi King and Regé-Jean Page; Sylvie’s Love is just the kind of well-acted escape one needs from time to time. It’s a film that deals with the kind of predicaments/challenges most, if not all of us can relate to when it comes to friendships, romantic relationships, family and life, in general.

I enjoyed Sylvie’s Love as a story that happens to be about more than the romantic love between Sylvie and Robert (Nnamdi Asomugha), a young man with dreams of becoming a saxophone player. In my mind, the movie should almost be called ‘Sylvie’s Loves’ because it’s also, to a significant extent about her professional aspirations/love. For, she is a woman determined not to lose herself and what matters to her, regardless of external pressures from various angles.

Don’t be surprised if, by the end, Sylvie’s Love has you reflecting on just how helpful it is to have people in your circle looking out for your relationship.

For those who enjoy jazz music, like a little romance and or the costume design in shows such as The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, you’ll likely be glad you watched this one.

Lastly, if you’re wondering whether Sylvie’s Love shares strong similarities with the impressive If Beale Street Could Talk, (2018) the answer is ‘only in the sense that both stories feature the love stories of two young black Americans. Meaning, Sylvie’s Love isn’t going to completely shatter your heart due to a tragic and hugely unjust, racially motivated event.

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LAND (2021): New Trailer From Robin Wright, Demián Bichir, Warren Christie…

Land (2021), Robin Wright, Focus Features
Land (2021), Robin Wright, Focus Features

New drama Land has Robin Wright as Edee Mathis; a bereaved woman who seeks out a new life in Wyoming. A life alone and off the grid.

Directed by Wright herself; additional key cast includes Demián Bichir and Warren Christie.

Every so often I remember that Robin Wright is Jenny from Forrest Gump (1994) and I smile. As a fan of her acting work, I’m intrigued by the experience of a Wright directed movie.

Also Land reminds me of Reese Witherspoon’s Wild (2014), a well told story of redemption and self discovery. I wonder what Edee will discover while in Wyoming.

Kim Dickens, Brad Leland, Barb Mitchell, Sarah Dawn Pledge, Laura Yenga and Finlay Wojtak-Hissong also star.

Land Release Dates: February 12th, 2020 (US)…

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BRIDGERTON (2020): The Things I Liked…

Bridgerton (2020), Phoebe Dynevor, Netflix
Bridgerton (2020), Phoebe Dynevor, Netflix

Set during Regency-era England, Bridgerton is the kind of series most decide to watch because they’re fans of classic costume dramas such as Pride & Prejudice (2005) and Emma (2020)

Other reasons include the reputable production company behind it (Shondaland), the young and undeniably attractive cast, the romance-centric story, plus the show’s general look and feel; mainly the colourful costumes and cinematography. As for me, I tuned in to Bridgerton for most, if not all the above reasons. 

Following the first episode, I realised quickly that I’d got myself into another period drama that’s very similar to the others. You know, the kind where the young adults from rich and powerful families are either excited or fretting about getting married off to an acceptably wealthy suitor. 

Created by Chris Van Dusen, Bridgerton is a tale of wealth, lust, and betrayal as seen through the eyes of the powerful Bridgerton family. It is a show I watched through to the very end because it gave me just enough to keep going. Even though so many of its themes I’ve seen many times before. The good news is that it is well-acted and the cinematography and costumes are a delightful feast for the eyes. 

Bridgerton (2020), Regé-Jean Page, Netflix
Bridgerton (2020), Regé-Jean Page, Netflix

Some key ways Bridgerton is different compared to other costume dramas include the sex, there’s a lot of it. Not quite ‘Game of Thrones a lot,’ but close. There’s also the diverse casting and the way the show satisfyingly adapts modern music to fit the period. 

Bridgerton and one of the most successful ‘costume dramas’ of all time,  Downton Abbey also share some themes. Yet, even though I quit watching Downton after a certain character died in a fatal car crash, I’d say its a better-executed series than Bridgerton. Well, the seasons I watched anyway. 

What frustrated me most about Bridgerton, besides knowing that it isn’t quite as good as the very best, is the way the young characters made mistakes that could have been easily solved with effective communication. Perhaps I’m simply too mature to find some of the antics of the young adult characters in Bridgerton more entertaining than annoying. 

Luckily, there are highlights to enjoy. Particularly in regards to some camera work, cinematography, costume design and the soundtrack. Are all these so good that it’s worth dedicating the eight, hour-long episodes to watch it all? Perhaps not, especially if you’ve seen plenty of period dramas. But, as always, give it a chance if you’re very curious. It may be just what you need. 

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