Category Archives: Drama

A SIMPLE FAVOR (2018): The Thing I Liked…

A Simple Favor (2018): Blake Lively
A Simple Favor (2018): Blake Lively

Director Paul Feig’s crime / thriller about a mommy vlogger trying to find out the real reason behind her new best friend’s sudden disappearance is a movie I liked less than I expected to. 

Starring Blake Lively, Henry Golding and Anna Kendrick, what I liked most about A Simple Favor, besides Lively’s character Emily’s great sense of style is her embodiment of a young woman in charge who refuses to take nonsense from anyone.

It’s therefore no wonder then that Kendrick’s outwardly super sweet Stephanie was very much drawn to the clearly inspiring and very fun to watch Emily.

There was a moment after all the key characters seemed to have been established that I wondered where the story was really going. What I most certainly didn’t expect is that I’d find A Simple Favor to be rather unsatisfying overall.

Having never read the book on which this movie is based, I’d prepared myself for a different kind of experience; one that was a fun mystery with entertaining dialogue, but without things taking quite the the dark turn that they did. And when I say ‘dark,’ I’m really mostly referring to the truth behind Emily, her true nature. It’s clear to me now that I simply wanted to like her.

The last time a movie did something similar to me, almost like a bait and switch was The Lobster (2015). And just like the Lobster, I liked the earlier half of A Simple Favor more.

Watch it if you’re so curious, maybe you’ll enjoy the darkness.

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PEPPERMINT (2018): The Thing I Liked…

Peppermint (2018), Jennifer Garner
Peppermint (2018), Jennifer Garner

The kind of happiness that washes over you as you watch an underdog silence all the doubters is a feeling I’ve always enjoyed, and new Pierre Morel (Taken 2008) directed action thriller Peppermint has an adequately satisfying serving of just that. 

Starring Jennifer Garner, John Ortiz, John Gallagher Jr. and Juan Pablo Raba, Peppermint is not quite the best of its genre but there are thrills to be enjoyed. Especially in the scenes where Garner’s character Riley North is in full action movie mode. I very much bought into all her physical capabilities. In fact, I don’t remember the last time I saw a female action star physically handle herself, others and guns with such convincing precision. I mean, it could be that I haven’t watched very many female led action movies, but still.

Of all the movies directed by Morel, I’m quite sure that Taken will always be my favourite. The pace, story and rhythm were near perfect. Peppermint’s pace, story and rhythm were entertaining enough, but I guess the films unsurprising premise and overall execution didn’t help me love it more. 

If you’re curious enough, watch it for the revenge action and to see Riley North unleash hell on criminals who had it coming. 

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THE GANDHI MURDER (2018): New Trailer Starring Stephen Lang, Luke Pasqualino, Joseph K. Bevilacqua, Om Puri…

The Gandhi Murder (2018), Mahatma Gandhi
The Gandhi Murder (2018), Mahatma Gandhi

The Gandhi Murder is a conspiracy theory period drama that tells the story of three police officers in different parts of India. The officers are well aware of the intelligence that Mahatma Gandhi’s life is under threat and must take key decisions that would eventually either save the non-violent Gandhi, or save India, a violent place divided by religion.

Directed by  Karim Traïdia and Pankaj Sehgal Stephen Lang, The Gandhi Murder stars Luke Pasqualino, Joseph K. Bevilacqua…

My reason for wanting to see this one is the long overdue history lesson. I want to learn about an extraordinary and subsequently intriguing human.

Vinnie Jones, Bobbie Phillips Rajit Kapoor, Nassar, Govind Namdeo and Ananth Narayan Mahadevan also star.

The Gandhi Murder Release Dates: January 30th, 2019 (US)…

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BIRD BOX (2018): The Thing I Liked…

Bird Box (2018), Sandra Bullock
Bird Box (2018), Sandra Bullock

Knowing my history with Netflix movies and how I’ve found the vast majority to be quite disappointing, I wasn’t sure how I’d feel after Bird Box. The good news is, I actually enjoyed director Susan Bier’s post apocalyptic sci-fi thriller more than I expected to. 

Intrigued by the story of a how a woman and two children were going to escape the mysterious force that compels all who see it to kill themselves right away, I couldn’t wait to see how the characters would survive, especially since they have to be blindfolded when outside.

As soon as the opening scene in Bird Box started to play, I had a good feeling because of how the scene immediately held my undivided attention. Leading up to the final thirty minutes of the movie there were other very engaging, ‘edge of your seat suspenseful’ moments. However, the best stretch of time and my favourite part of  Bird Box is without a doubt the last thirty minutes. It is the scenes when the key characters are truly most vulnerable and there are endless near disasters happening one after the other. 

Similar to 2017’s A Quiet Place, Bird Box will likely ave you thinking about parenthood and the gargantuan undertaking that it truly is. I enjoyed leading actor Sandra Bullocks performance, plus the moments in the story that moved, thrilled and surprised me, especially the last thirty minutes. 

As for the parts of Bird Box I wish weren’t quite so, those would include approximately thirty minutes into the film when, instead of being fully engaged, I found myself distracted by the fact that I hadn’t seen the ‘monster’ yet and I really wanted to. Secondly, I think there were too many characters ‘in the house;’ one or two of whom proved quite annoying and a number of whom resembled props who were just  there to play their relatively small parts just to move the story along and sometimes provide a fast thrilling moment. 

Thirdly, I understand the reason for the ‘flashback and back to present day’ editing choice. However, it had a little bit of a negative effect on the flow of the story and subsequently had me wondering how different it could all have been if everything had played out in regular order.

Overall I say give Bird Box a chance because it has some great moments and for me personally, it’s definitely an improvement on the last few Netflix movies I saw or tried to see.

Happy Film Loving 

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GRETA (2019): New Trailer From Chloë Grace Moretz, Isabelle Huppert, Maika Monroe, Zawe Ashton…

Greta (2019), Chloë Grace Moretz

Starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Isabelle Huppert, Maika Monroe, and Zawe Ashton; Greta is a Neil Jordan directed thriller about a young woman who befriends a lonely widow, and lives to regret it…

For me, this trailer is two things. One, a healthy reminder to return lost and found items to the police station, not the stranger’s house. Two a movie that couldn’t help but have me get happy for Moretz because she got to work with a ‘Greta’ talent such as Huppert.

Additional cast includes Stephen Rea, Parker Sawyers, Colm Feore, Angela Thompson and Graeme Thomas King also star.

Greta Release Dates: March 1st, 2019 (US); April 19th, 2019 (UK)…

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I’M NOT HERE (2019): New Trailer From J.K. Simmons, Mandy Moore, Sebastian Stan, Max Greenfield…

I'm Not Here (2017), J.K. Simmons
I’m Not Here (2017), J.K. Simmons

I’m Not Here is the story of a man struggling with the tragic memories of his past, in order to make sense of his present. He soon realises that time isn’t quite the enemy he thought it to be.

Directed and co-written by Michelle Schumacher, I’m Not Here stars J.K. Simmons, Mandy Moore, Sebastian Stan, Maika Monroe, Max Greenfield…

Looks like I’m going to be moved, probably to tears watching this one. Still I remain curious about the story but also I want to see how the chemistry is between the actors involved. especially since I don’t think I could have imagined them together all in one film.

Additional cast includes Iain Armitage, Harold Perrineau, Jeremy Maguire and David Wexler.

I’m Not Here Release Dates: Mar 8th, 2019 (US)…

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ALL THESE SMALL MOMENTS (2019): New Trailer From Molly Ringwald, Jemima Kirke, Harley Quinn Smith, Brendan Meyer…

All These Small Moments (2019), Molly Ringwald, Brendan Meyer
All These Small Moments (2019), Molly Ringwald, Brendan Meyer

Written / directed by Melissa Miller Costanzo, All These Small Moments tells the story of  a teenage boy’tumultuous adolescence and how it’s further complicated after he becomes infatuated with a woman he sees on the bus.

Molly Ringwald, Jemima Kirke, Harley Quinn Smith and Brendan Meyer are among the key cast…

It’s the ever intriguing dynamics of the dysfunctional family and the consequences for the children caught in the middle – this is the main reason for my interest in this movie.

Additional cast includes Brian d’Arcy James, Roscoe Orman, David Joseph Craig, Salena Qureshi and Jazzy Williams.

All These Small Moments Release Dates: January 17th, 2019 (US)…

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WHERE’D YOU GO BERNADETTE (2019): New Trailer From Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson…

Where'd You Go Bernadette (2019), Cate Blanchett
Where’d You Go Bernadette (2019), Cate Blanchett

Directed by  Richard Linklater and starring Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, Billy Crudup and Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Where’d You Go Bernadette tells the story of 15-year-old Bee’s attempt to track down her anxiety-ridden mother after she disappears…

I see the words ‘anxiety-ridden’ and the name Cate Blanchett a.k.a ‘acting queen of my heart’ and the excitement is real. I’m looking forward to finding out the circumstances of her disappearance and just watching Blanchett act. 

Where’d You Go, Bernadette Release Dates: March 22nd, 2019 (US)…

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