Category Archives: Drama

DOPESICK (2021): New Trailer Starring Michael Keaton, Rosario Dawson, Kaitlyn Dever, Will Poulter, Peter Sarsgaard…

Dopesick (2021), Will Poulter, Hulu
Dopesick (2021), Will Poulter, Hulu

, New 14-part Hulu series Dopesick is set at the epicentre of America’s struggle with opioid addiction.

Starring Michael Keaton, Kaitlyn Dever, Will Poulter, Rosario Dawson and Peter Skarsgaard; the story goes from the boardrooms of Purdue Pharma, to a distressed Virginia mining community and the hallways of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

The topic of Dopesick is undoubtedly more than timely. The cast is fantastic and I rather this well edited trailer; the kind with just the right type of music. Nevertheless, ultimately, in this case it’s really the inclusion of Poulter, Dawson, Sarsgaard and Keaton that will be the strongest drivers for wether I’ll end up watching

I’m sure 2020 has something to do with it, but, the movies and shows I’m drawn to more strongly these days aren’t necessarily the ones that focus primarily on the capacity of the human for actions/decisions that are devoid of empathy. Especially when it comes to stories based on very real events.

Even with the above said, my curiosity and the right mood could hit at anytime – and before you know it, I’m deep into this story dark, important story.

How curious are you about Dopesick?

John Hoogenakker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Jake McDorman, Arischa Conner, Will Chase and Phillipa Soo also star.

Dopesick Rel;ease Dates: October 13th, 2021, Hulu

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THE SHRINK NEXT DOOR (2021): New Trailer From Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Kathryn Hahn…

The Shrink Next Door is a new Apple TV+ series starring Paul Rudd, Kathryn Hahn and Will Ferrell. One that’s focused on the peculiar relationship between a psychiatrist and his longtime patient.

It’s definitely going to be strange for me, watching Rudd and Ferrell in roles that aren’t strictly comedy.

Also, the idea of Rudd as a seemingly dark character might take some getting used to. Particularly considering how generally likeable he tends to be in most films. Nevertheless, as a big fan of both actors, I can’t wait to see this play out.

Lastly, I chose the above photo of Rudd’s character for the post header because that expression puts a smile on my face each time I look at it.

Casey Wilson, Kesia Brooke, Bob Glouberman, Sarayu Blue and Gable Swanlund also star.

The Shrink Next Door Release Dates: November 12th, 2021, (US & UK)…

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DON’T LOOK UP (2021): New Trailer From Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Timothée Chalamet, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep…

Don't Look Up (2021), Leonardo DiCaprio, (Netflix)
Don’t Look Up (2021), Leonardo DiCaprio, (Netflix)

Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Timothée Chalamet and Leonardo DiCaprio are the stars of new drama/comedy/sci-fi movie Don’t Look Up.

Directed by Adam McKay; at the centre of the story are two low-level astronomers who must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet; the kind that will completely destroy planet Earth.

Great title for a movie about an ‘end of the world event’ coming from above, right?

I’m very ready for the comedy and dramatics that this wonderful cast is going to deliver. Also happy to see Lawrence back. These days I just love seeing DiCaprio in non-biographical movies. I think I got my fill with Catch Me if You Can (2002), The Aviator (2004), J. Edgar (2011); which all seemed to happen in quick succession.

Gina Gershon, Matthew Perry, Mark Rylance, Ron Perlman, Ariana Grande, Jona Hill also star.

Don’t Look Up Release Dates: December 24th, 2021, (US & UK), Netflix…

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SUCCESSION (2018): To Continue, Or Not To Continue, That Is The Question…

How do you tend to decide when to give up on a TV show/series? I usually quit for typical reasons. For example, there’s an actor in the show that I find annoying; that’s a generally typical reason, right? Another would be if the story is silly and not in an enjoyable way. Or the writing is lacking, the location, music, plus the editing is uninspiring.

Additional explanations for why I’ve had to abort viewing sessions include the subject matter leaning too far into the dark side, and I’m neither in the state or mood to endure the onslaught.

I’ve even been known to watch and enjoy all of the first season of a series, only to realise that I must have been especially vulnerable and needy at the time. Because now that season two is here, I find the show thoroughly annoying, plus I’m having difficulty figuring out how I could have liked it so much the previous year. This latter predicament has occurred just once, and the unfortunate series in question was New Girl. (2011-2018) 

More recently, I’ve started watching a show I’ve heard so many people talk about positively. Succession is the name, and it’s an HBO drama series about a family known for controlling the largest media/entertainment company in the world. It’s specifically about how things change when their father steps down as the head of the company.

Succession (2018), Jeremy Strong, HBO
Succession (2018), Jeremy Strong, HBO

I’ve progressed as far as finishing episode one of the first season – and watched one-third of episode two.

Starring Brian Cox, Sarah Snook, Jeremy Strong and Kieran Culkin, the talented cast is certainly more than capable. The writing is noticeably good, and the theme tune (which happens to be my favourite thing about the series so far) is just perfect. As such, my aversion to continuing with Succession might be that I do not want to see families in serious conflict right now. Especially considering how much the anxiety-inducing sibling relationships in Succession leave much to be desired.

I’d probably have relished the chance to watch all of Succession, if I’d come across it at a time when I was still super curious about the dynamics of various kinds of families, particularly that which is different from my own. I may also be mistakenly feeling a little too well-versed in the ins and outs of the human condition. Therefore, I am too sure about how this story is going to turn out.

Or, maybe I’m just not connecting well enough to any of the seemingly unsympathetic characters, yet, and I’m being judgemental. Whatever the truth may be, what I do not want is to quit Succession too early. Could I hold on for the corporate dramatics? Or have I seen a a fair amount of that in other shows like Suits (2011-2019)?

Have you watched Succession? Is it worth continuing with the series? Which shows have you had to quit early recently and why?

Let me know in the comments. 

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THE GUILTY (2021) New Trailer From Jake Gyllenhaal, Bill Burr, Paul Dano, Ethan Hawke…

The Guilty (2021). Jake Gyllenhaal, Netflix
The Guilty (2021). Jake Gyllenhaal, Netflix

Read my spoiler-free movie review of  The Guilty (2021).


Jake Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke, Bill Burr and Paul Dano are the stars of director Antoine Fuqua’s latest, The Guilty.

And action/thriller, the story follows Joe Baylor (Gyllenhaal), a demoted police officer assigned to a call dispatch desk. Baylor finds himself conflicted when he receives an emergency phone call from a kidnapped woman.

I’m pretty sure that Dano and Gyllenhaal are only ever in good movies. I sometimes say things like: ‘I didn’t know I missed (insert name of great actor) until this new trailer.’ But, I’ve been needing an intense Gyllenhaal film for a while now. And knowing that Fuqua, the director of the excellent Training Day (2001) and The Equalizer (2014) is behind this movie has me that little be more excited.

I also happen to have a special place in my heart for 911 responders. Nevertheless, I didn’t miss the part where this trailer states something along the lines of ‘there’s more to the story than meets the eye.’ I guess we’ll have to wait and see just how likeable Gyllenhaal’s character is by the end. I, for one, can’t wait to find out.

Byron Bowers, Riley Keough, Bill Burr, Peter Sarsgaard, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, David Castañeda, David Castañeda, Terence J. Rotolo, Edi Patterson, Adrian Martinez also star.

The Guilty Release Dates: September 21st, 2021 (US); October 1st, 2021 (UK)…

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THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE (2021), New Trailer Starring Jessica Chastain, Vincent D’Onofrio, Andrew Garfield…

The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021), Andrew Garfield, Jessica Chastain, Searchlight Pictures
The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021), Andrew Garfield, Jessica Chastain, Searchlight Pictures

Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield and Vincent D’Onofrio are the stars of new drama/biography The Eyes of Tammy Faye.

From director Michael Showalter; what’s on offer is an intimate look at the true story of the extraordinary rise, fall and redemption of televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker.

Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker’s story isn’t one I’m familiar with. And so I look forward to learning about it all thanks to what appears to be excellent performances, and hopefully a well-executed story.

Anyone else notice how super adorable Chastain’s character is, especially at the start of this trailer?

Sam Jaeger, Cherry Jones, Fredric Lehne, Louis Cancelmi, Joe Ando-Hirsh, Randy Havens, Gabriel Olds, Kevin J. O’Connor, Coley Campany, Kimberly Hester Huffstetler, Chandler Head and Meredith Jackson also star.

The Eyes of Tammy Faye Release Dates: September 17th, 2021 (US)…

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THE KOMINSKY METHOD (2021): The Things I Liked…

The Kominsky Method (2021), Michael Douglas, Sarah Baker, Netflix
The Kominsky Method (2021), Michael Douglas, Sarah Baker, Netflix

Created by Chuck Lorre of Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang TheoryThe Kominsky Method is a California-set comedy/drama series starring Michael Douglas as an ageing actor who now spends his days coaching up-and-coming young actors. 

Also starring Alan Arkin, Lisa Edelstein and Sarah Baker, I watched the first season of The Kominsky Method almost two years ago and I remember thoroughly enjoying it. Season two turned out even better than the first, thanks to Lorre’s expert writing.

Douglas and Arkin are brilliant in their roles. The chemistry between the two actors and their excellent comic timing firmly places The Kominsky Method in the top five of my favourite things that Netflix has ever released. One might say it’s the side of me that’s a sucker for stories of beautiful friendships, but that’s only part of the reason I love the show. 

Watching The Kominsky Method, especially the first two seasons, is a moving experience. One that’s highly likely to result in satisfying laughter as it reminds you of what great writing can look like.

Up to this point, I haven’t said too much about season three, the last instalment of The Kominsky Method. And that’s because even though it features several memorable scenes and bits of dialogue, I can’t deny that at least two things make it less impressive to me than the first two seasons. The absence of Arkin means there’s no Douglas/Arkin chemistry to enjoy. The second disappointment for me is how rushed it felt. And I don’t just mean because it’s six episodes instead of the usual eight.

If you haven’t already watched the show, definitely give seasons one and two of The Kominsky Method a chance. Like me, you may enjoy it so much much that you’ll feel compelled to see how it all ends.

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NO SUDDEN MOVE (2021): New Trailer From Steven Soderbergh, Starring Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro, Brendan Fraser…

No Sudden Move (2021), Don Cheadle, HBOMax
No Sudden Move (2021), Don Cheadle, HBOMax

Director Steven Soderbergh’s latest crime/mystery/drama No Sudden Move stars Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro, Matt Damon and Brendan Fraser.

The story follows a group of criminals who are brought together under mysterious circumstances. When their simple job goes sideways, they have to work together to uncover what’s really going on .

It’s great how this trailer slowly reveals one brilliant actor after another; making it near impossible to decide who I’m most excited to see.

I’m curious about how much like an early Guy Ritchie movie (Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) / Snatch (2000) this Soderbergh film ends up being.

As for a favourite bit of dialogue so far…

I’m going to punch you now, sir. I’m punching you. This is going to be a punch.’

Noah Jupe, David Harbour, Jon Hamm, Ray Liotta, Kieran Culkin, Amy Seimetz, Julia Fox, Frankie Shaw, Bill Duke, Craig muMs Grant and Lauren Rys Martin also star.

No Sudden Move Release Dates: July 1st, 2021 (US)…

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