Category Archives: Drama

THE FATHER (2020): New Trailer From Olivia Colman, Anthony Hopkins, Rufus Sewell, Mark Gatiss…

The Father (2020), Anthony Hopkins, Lionsgate
The Father (2020), Anthony Hopkins, Lionsgate

Olivia Colman, Anthony Hopkins, Ruful Sewell and Mark Gatiss are the stars of a new drama The Father.

Directed by Florian Zeller; Hopkins plays a man who refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages. And as he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones and his own mind.

Certainly not a ‘light topic’ but a very interesting one.

The cast is fantastic and this trailer is so good I can hardly wait to watch. I’m looking forward to the truth coming out and for any bad people to disappear from Hopkin’s character’s life.

Olivia Williams, Imogen Poots, Ayesha Dharker and Roman Zeller also star.

The Father Release Dates: December 18th, 2020 (US)…

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EMILY IN PARIS (2020), The Things I Liked…

Emily In Paris (2020), Lily Collins, Netflix
Emily In Paris (2020), Lily Collins, Netflix

I’ve seen one or two review titles say that if you miss Sex and the City (SATC), new series Emily in Paris (EIP) is here to help you out. As a long time fan of SATC and having now seen the new EIP series in full, I’d say that it’s at best a very loose comparison. Besides both SATC and EIP sharing a creator (Darren Star), the other similarities between the series feel very slight indeed.

Starring Lily Collins as Emily, a young American woman who’s hired by a marketing firm in Paris to provide an American perspective, the reason I watched the entire series isn’t so much because I think it’s great. I kept watching to spend some time in Paris,’ a place I’d hoped to revisit in 2020.

The other reason is that I like Collins. And although the EIP story isn’t as well-written as one would hope, I found other elements that kept me watching. In other words, I blocked out all of Emily’s seemingly over the top and forced/exclamations to the generally loved elements of French cuisine, just so I could ‘stay in Paris.

Part of what made SATC so great, besides all the glamorous high fashion, the humour and its much-loved fifth star, the vibrant city of New York is the story of beautiful female friendships. There’s a little bit of that in EIP and room for improvement that a second season will hopefully deliver.

I know very well that EIP isn’t supposed to be SATC and it shouldn’t be. I’m just disappointed that it’s not at least as good in almost every way, including the fashion, which feels less exciting.

If Netflix confirm a second season of Emily in Paris, I’ll give it a chance in hopes that it will have improved. That way, my love of Paris and appreciation of Collins’s charm won’t be the main reason I keep watching, assuming I do. I mean, I probably definitely will.

Give Emily in Paris a chance if you’re very curious.

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MINAMATA (2020): New Trailer From Johny Depp, Bill Nighy, Hiroyuki Sanada…

Minamata (2020), Johnny Depp, Vertigo Releasing
Minamata (2020), Johnny Depp, Vertigo Releasing

Johnny Depp, Bill Nighy and Hiroyuki Sanada are the stars of new drama Minamata. The story of war photographer W. Eugene Smith (Depp) and his journey back to Japan to document the devastating effect of mercury poisoning on the citizens of Minamata, Kumamoto, Japan.

Directed by Andrew Levitas; additional key cast includes Tadanobu Asano, Katherine Jenkins and Jun Kunimura.

As a big Jonny Depp fan, I cannot wait to see this. Even more so since this is one of his more down to earth roles. I’m also in for the kindness and to, at the very least, see that the companies responsible are being less careless with human life.

Lily Robinson, Ryô Kase, Minami, Masayoshi Haneda, Akiko Iwase and Kenta Ogawa also star.

Minamata Release Dates: February 12th, 2021 (US & UK)…

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NEWS OF THE WORLD (2020): New Trailer From tom Hanks, Helena Zengel, Elizabeth Marvel, Mare Winningham,…

News of the World is a new adventure/drama where a widowed Civil War veteran (Tom Hanks) agrees to deliver a girl, taken by the Kiowa people years ago, to her aunt and uncle, against her will.

Directed by Paul Greengrass; they travel hundreds of miles and face grave dangers as they search for a place that either can call home.

Additional key cast includes Elizabeth Marvel, Helena Zengel and Mare Winningham.

I’m interested because it’s Hanks and I wonder if it will be anything like True Grit (2010).

Chukwudi Iwuji, Neil Sandilands, Christopher Hagen, Thomas Francis Murphy, Stafford Douglas, Fred Hechinger, Michelle Campbell and Clint Obenchain also star.

News Of The World Release Dates: December 25th, 2020 (US); January 1st, 2021 (UK)…

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YOUR HONOR (2020): New Trailer From Bryan Cranston, Hope Davis, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Sofia Black-D’Elia…

Your Honor (2020), Bryan Cranston, Showtime
Your Honor (2020), Bryan Cranston, Showtime

New Legal thriller Your Honor stars Bryan Cranston as a respected judge whose son is involved in a hit-and-run accident that leads to a high-stakes game of lies, deceit and impossible choices.

Hope Davis, Sofia Black-D’Elia and Isiah Whitlock Jr. are among the key cast.

I wonder if I’ll enjoy this more than I did Breaking Bad. One other relatively new crime/thriller that Your Honor brings to mind is the very highly rated and good Ozark.

Tony Curran, Hunter Doohan, Lilli Kay, Michael Stuhlbarg, Brittney Tamberg, Jock McKissic, David Maldonado, Keith Machekanyanga and Garrett Kruithof also star.

Your Honor Release Dates: December 2020 (US), Showtime…

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THE BOYS IN THE BAND (2020): The Things I Liked…

The Boys In The Band (2020), Jim Parsons, Netflix
The Boys In The Band (2020), Jim Parsons, Netflix

Starring Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto and Andrew Rannells, the first great thing about director Joe Mantello’s The Boys In The Band is all the performances. 

Second is all the funny moments with great comic timing, and how very well-written and paced it is. 

I love the way the story unfolds like a beautiful play. A truth that makes sense since The Boys In The Band is a film adaptation of Mart Crowley’s play of the same name. A play that features several interesting characters, and manages the tension in scenes so well, that you can’t wait for all to be revealed. 

In addition to capturing several moments of heartbreaking truth brilliantly, other personal highlights include the set design and the way the production is lit. Even though almost all of the action takes place during a party in a New York City apartment in 1968, there isn’t a moment when you find yourself wanting a change of scenery. All because what’s happing inside is thoroughly engaging, thanks to the very watchable complex characters.

Characters with understandable complexities, especially considering the difficulties they faced during that particular time in American history. A time when just being themselves was a far less accepted thing. And it is this reality that’s the underlying fuel. Fuel that results in a perfectly watchable film, thanks to great writing and brilliant performances by all.

Watch The Boys In The Band because it’s good. 

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HIS HOUSE (2020): New Trailer Starring Matt Smith, Sope Dirisu, Mevis Birungi, Javier Botet…

His House (2020), Sope Dirisu, Netflix
His House (2020), Sope Dirisu, Netflix

In new horror/thriller His House, an English town that has an evil lurking beneath the surface is the unexpected destination of a refugee couple who made a harrowing escape from war-torn South Sudan.

Directed by Remi Weekes; starring Sope Dirisu, Matt Smith, Mevis Birungi and Javier Botet, the couple struggle to adjust to their new life.

The Get Out (2017) vibes are strong with this one. Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place. This looks pretty dark. I find myself wondering about the motivations of the people that placed the couple in ‘his house’

Hopefully I won’t be too scared to watch this because I do want to find out how much everyone around the couple knows about what goes on in that house.

Bradley Banton, Vivien Bridson, Yvonne Campbell, Gamba Cole, Rene Costa, Andy Gathergood, Mark Gooden, Marie Hamm, Ty Hurley, Cornell John, John Kamau and John Samuel Kande also star.

His House Release Dates: October 30th, 2020 (US)…

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THE CRAFT (2020): New Trailer From Cailee Spaeny, David Duchovny, Lovie Simone, Michelle Monaghan…

The Craft (2020), Lovie Simone, Gideon Adlon, Cailee Spaeny, Zoey Luna
The Craft (2020), Lovie Simone, Gideon Adlon, Cailee Spaeny, Zoey Luna

A remake of the 1996 film of the same name, new fantasy/horror movie The Craft follows Hannah (Cailee Spaeny) a newcomer to a Catholic prep high school who falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft.

Also starring David Duchovny, Michelle Monaghan, Lovie Simone and directed by Zoe Lister-Jones; the girls soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who anger them.

Teenage me would be very excited about this. As for my non-teen self, I’m intrigued because this trailer isn’t bad (even though the wire work at 1:14 into the above edit seems questionable). I also I can’t remember much about the 1996 movie besides the fact that Neve Campbell is in it.

Just to be clear, I’m not a witch. OK, maybe that one time, for Halloween. I really just want to know more about the nature of their powers.

Zoey Luna, Gideon Adlon, Nicholas Galitzine, Charles Vandervaart, Donald MacLean Jr., Hannah Gordon, Julian Grey and Mike Dara also star.

The Craft Release Dates: October 28th, 2020 (US & UK)…

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