Category Archives: Drama

1917 (2019): New Trailer From Sam Mendes, Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, Richard Madden, Mark Strong…

1917 (2019), Benedict Cumberbatch, Universal Pictures
1917 (2019), Benedict Cumberbatch, Universal Pictures

1917 is the latest drama from Oscar winning director Sam Mendes.

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, Richard Madden and Mark Strong, it’s a story set at the height of the First World War. Precisely when two young British soldiers are given an impossible mission in a life or death race against time…

Talk about a love story! What a thoroughly intense predicament.

Bring on the award nominations for one of my favourite directors who has been silent for a while but clearly very busy.

I wonder if my guess is correct in thinking that the brother racing to deliver the message doesn’t make it so his friend carries on instead. I’m sure that what ever the truth, this will still be a memorable audio visual experience.

Andrew Scott, Robert Maaser, Anson Boon, Gerran Howell, Daniel Mays, Adrian Scarborough, Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay, Teresa Mahoney, and Justin Edwards also star.

1917 Release Dates: December 25th, 2019 (US); January 10th, 2020 (UK)…

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THE IRISHMAN (2019): New Official Trailer For The Latest Martin Scorsese Movie Starring Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino…

The Irishman (2019), Robert De Niro, Netflix
The Irishman (2019), Robert De Niro, Netflix

The new official trailer for The Irishman, the latest Martin Scorsese movie starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino is finally here.

The Irishman tells the story of a hitman’s recollection of his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa, an American former Labour Union leader…

I’m quite certain that this is one of the most highly anticipated Netflix releases. With Scorsese’s track record and a cast of legends. I look forward to seeing how well this turns out.

Anna Paquin, Jack Huston, Bobby Cannavale, Ray Romano, Jesse Plemons and Stephen Graham also star.

The Irishman Release Dates: September 27th, 2019 (US)…

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THE LIGHTHOUSE (2019): New Trailer From Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe…

The Lighthouse (2019), Robert Pattinson, A24
The Lighthouse (2019), Robert Pattinson, A24

The Lighthouse which stars Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe tells the story of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.

A drama / fantasy and horror film, The Lighthouse is directed by Robert Eggers and also stars Valeriia Karaman…

This intriguing trailer has my attention because of how peculiar it appears to be. The peculiarity in this case equals to humour for me, even though comedy is not the film’s official classification.

As a fan of Dafoe especially, I’m interested in the Pattinson / Dafoe on screen chemistry. I’m not sure they’ve been in a movie together before but I’m definitely looking forward to this – including the fun accent work and dialogue.

The Lighthouse Release Dates: October 18th, 2019 (US)…

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MS. PURPLE (2019): New Trailer From Justin Chon Starring Tiffany Chu, Jake Choi, Alma Martinez…

Ms. Purple (2019), Tiffany Chu, Oscilloscope
Ms. Purple (2019), Tiffany Chu, Oscilloscope

Directed and co-written by Justin Chon, Ms. Purple is a new drama about a woman who reconnects with her estranged brother during the final days of their father’s life.

Key cast includes Tiffany Chu, Jake Choi,  Mark Krenik Alma Martinez…

For those of us who still have our parents, such a predicament often feels too difficult to contemplate. I really just want o see how other people deal with this situation. Especially considering cultural differences.

Alfredo Tavares, Crystal Lee, Tania Verafield, Bridget Wilmes, Courtney Bandeko, Suzshi Lang, Heather Alexander, Octavio Pizano, Dayoung Lee and Virgo Phillips also star

Ms. Purple Release Dates: September 6th, 2019 (US)…

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LIGHT OF MY LIFE (2019): New trailer From Casey Affleck, Elisabeth Moss, Anna Pniowsky and Tom Bower…

Light Of My Life (2019), Casey Affleck, Anna Pniowsky
Light Of My Life (2019), Casey Affleck, Anna Pniowsky

Light Of My life is a new drama written / directed by Casey Affleck.

Starring Affleck, Elisabeth Moss, Anna Pniowsky and Tom Bower, it’s the story of a father who disguises his daughter as his son in order to protect her after a plague wipes out most of the female population…

Talk about a nightmare situation for the few females who survive the plague. I need to see how this play out.

Timothy Webber, Hrothgar Mathews, Jesse James Pierce, Kory Grim, Lloyd Cunningham, Thelonius Serrell-Freed, Patrick Keating and Tommy Clarke also star.

Light Of My Life Release Dates: August 9th, 2019 (US)…

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PAPI CHULO (2018): The Things I Liked…

Papi Chulo (2018), Matt Bomer
Papi Chulo (2018), Matt Bomer

I was drawn to director John Butler’s Papi Chulo, a drama / comedy about a lonely weatherman’s relationship with a Latino immigrant worker because I love stories of beautiful, unexpected friendships. Especially humorous ones with engaging dialogue.

Starring Matt Bomer and Alejandro Patiño, the beautiful friendship at the core of Papi Chulo delivers some funny and moving moments. I was moved as I watched Bomer’s portrayal of the desperation that can often come with intense loneliness, including some of the missteps one can make while seeking a quick fix.

Besides the most moving moments which also includes the final scene in Papi Chulo, one of the film’s highlights for me is the amusing dialogue each time immigrant worker Ernesto (Patiño) spoke to his wife on the phone.

The main thing Butler’s movie didn’t quite deliver on for me is consistently engaging dialogue throughout; a reality that I confess had me tempted to turn to my phone for a game of Tetris a few times.

Watch Papi Chulo if you’re curious enough. There are indeed better loneliness and ‘beautiful, unexpected friendship‘ movies out there but this one also isn’t the worst.

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JOJO RABBIT (2019): New Trailer From Taika Waititi, Rebel Wilson, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson…

JoJo Rabbit (2019), Scarlett Johansson, Fox Searchlight
JoJo Rabbit (2019), Scarlett Johansson, Fox Searchlight

Directed and co-written by Taika Waititi, JoJo Rabbit is a new comedy about a young boy in Hitler’s army who finds out that his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.

Key cast includes Waititi, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson, Rebel Wilson, Alfie Allen…

My question is, how amusing will this satire be considering the time period and subject matter? There’s perhaps extra hope that the result will be good considering all the big names involved. This is my hope.

Stephen Merchant, Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Sitara Attaie, Victoria Hogan, Brian Caspe and Luke Brandon Field also star.

JoJo Rabbit Release Dates: October 18th, 2019 (US), January 3rd, 2020 (UK)…

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LYING AND STEALING (2019): The Things I Liked…

Lying And Stealing (2019), Theo James, Emily Ratajkowski, Vertical Entertainment US
Lying And Stealing (2019), Theo James, Emily Ratajkowski, Vertical Entertainment US

Crime / drama Lying & Stealing has Emily Ratajkowski as an aspiring Hollywood actress with debts, and Theo James as a gifted art thief who wants out of the game. To get straight to the point, I neither love nor hate Lying & Stealing. I was drawn to it mainly because I like the two lead actors.

The premise of Lying & Stealing is nothing new and this is part of the reason the movie isn’t especially notable. What I did like right away about director Matt Aselton’s film is the Yiddish proverb shown at the very beginning: ‘When a thief kisses you, count your teeth’. The second highlight for me is the scene with the bloody nose in the car towards the end – because it’s satisfying and nicely executed. Everything else in-between simply wasn’t bad enough for me to stop watching. In fact, the film seemed to become that little bit more engaging as the conflicts the protagonists were facing got closer to a resolution.

As for the parts of Aselton’s movie that stood out in a bad way, that would be the camera work at the very start of the opening party scene; ‘Unnecessarily dizzying’ is the phrase. So much so that I literally had to shield my eyes. Then there’s the movie’s single sex scene which had me convinced that the filmmakers must have been thinking something along the lines of: ‘OK guys. We have two incredibly attractive people here. It would be madness to miss out on featuring them in at least one intimate scene – even if it is gratuitous. Theo, Emily, let’s get to work!

Last and not necessarily least, the hue of the red wine in the movie. Is it me or was that particular hue of red especially unconvincing? I confess that I actually don’t drink alcohol, so maybe I shouldn’t be the one to comment – but still!

Watch Lying & Stealing, only if you really must.

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