Category Archives: Drama

TRIPLE 9 (2016): Explosive New Trailer Starring Norman Reedus, Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul…

Triple 9 (2016), Kate Winslet
Triple 9 (2016), Kate Winslet

Just when I feared things were slowing down trailer-wise because Christmas is coming…Chiwetel Ejiofor, Norman Reedus, Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet and Aaron Paul have a brand new trailer and this Red Band version is gritty, riotous and explosive. Perhaps a ‘Valentines day romantic movie’ antidote; especially so considering the US release date is February 2016…

Triple 9 is from John Hillcoat, a name you may recognise because he’s the director behind the rather good Tom Hardy and Guy Pearce movie, Lawless (2012).

I want to take a moment to say well done to the trailer maker because it’s great that very little of the plot has been revealed but yet I’m hooked. It’s probably best that I savour this moment because by the time trailer 2, 3 and maybe even 4 come around, I’ll know far more than I could ever want prior to the movie.

So looking forward to this and very excited to see what looks like a seriously badass turn from Kate Winslet.

Release Date (s): February 19th 2016 (US)…

Happy Triple 9 🙂

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THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (2015): What Twilight Years Ought To Be Like

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015), Diana Hardcastle, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015), Diana Hardcastle, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup

In the first movie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, retired brits take residence at a hotel in India, one they thought would be quite luxurious but soon enough, they realise just how far out of reach luxury really is at the The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Still, they decide to stick around and that’s when the fun begins.

Most of your favourite characters played by Bill Nighy, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Celia Imrie return in director John Madden’s sequel to the 2011 hit.

The sequel centres around young Sonny’s (Dev Patel) dream of acquiring a second hotel. As was the case in the original film, it’s the characters played by the older cast members that are the most entertaining. Particularly Muriel, portrayed by celebrated British actress, Maggie Smith.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015), Maggie Smith, Dev Patel
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015), Maggie Smith, Dev Patel

Dev Patel’s young and enthusiastic Sonny might get a tad grating at times, but overall, like the original, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a touching and fun 2 hours. It also happens to be a great reminder of what getting older can and probably should be like.

Though I prefer the original film, this sequel is fun. Richard Gere and Tamsin Greig play two mysterious characters and of course, Maggie Smith remains in true scene stealing form. My favourite moment being the ‘incident with the tea’ at the very beginning.

Happy The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 🙂

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CRIMSON PEAK (2015): Great Trailer Starring Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska & Jessica Chastain

Crimson Peak (2015), Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska
Crimson Peak (2015), Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska

Crimson Peak might just be my first horror film in a very long time. Considering the stunning beauty of acclaimed director Guillermo Del Toro’s new trailer, it shouldn’t be too surprising…

The stunning cinematography and impressive talent, namely Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Charlie Hunnam, I’d really like to consider myself back into horror movies. At least this particularly seductive gothic romance.

All I need to do now is decide how I feel about potentially losing a week of sleep as a result. Quite likely, especially if Crimson Peak has the same effect on me as watching The Omen (1976) at age 12 once did.  I want to think that I’ve matured since then. Either way, the massive bags under my eyes or lack thereof will let everyone know.

Release Date (s): October 16th 2015 (US & UK).

Happy Scary Film Loving 🙂

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BEGIN AGAIN (2013): For A Great Story, Good Performances, Music & New York

Begin Again (2013), Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo
Begin Again (2013), Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo

I’d been looking forward to watching Begin Again for a while. Being a big Mark Ruffalo fan is one of the reasons. The other is Keira Knightly; but really, the biggest draw of all is the story about individuals who chance upon a way to start over after things unexpectedly fall apart.

The story is great for anyone who can relate to the subject matter as well as if you’re just after a well executed drama set in New York City and with good music at the heart.

Adam Levine, Hailee Steinfeld, Yasin Bey (better known as Hip/Hop artist Mos Def) and Catherine Keener make up the very competent supporting cast.

Written and directed by John Carney, Begin Again is a  universal story beautifully told. The family element, especially the father / daughter relationship between Ruffalo and Seinfeld’s characters is a lovely highlight, as is what James Corden achieves in his role.

Begin Again (2013), Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley, James Corden
Begin Again (2013), Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley, James Corden

Watch it because it’s good and because you can’t be in New York City right now but you really want to be.  In case you find yourself worrying about Keira Knightley’s singing, it’s admittedly not the best but it also isn’t bad enough to kill the film.

Happy Begin Again 🙂

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RUN ALL NIGHT (2015): I tuned In For The Chase

Run All Night (2015), Liam Neeson
Run All Night (2015), Liam Neeson

Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, there’s another reason I watched Run All Night, besides its New York mobster underworld setting and its stars Liam Neeson and Joel Kinnaman. I like how the title implies that the movie is essentially an all night chase sequence.

Run All Night does indeed feature an all night pursuit and you’ll find yourself holding your breath in several tension filled moments. Though, as satisfactory as the chases are, it was very much the less than ideal father/ son relationship between Jimmy Conlon (Neeson) and his son Mike (Kinnaman) that really kept me invested.

Now having seen Run All Night, my favourite movie chases are still delivered by the Mel Gibson directed Apocalypto (2006) and Tony Scott’s Enemy Of The State (1998).

Watch Run All Night if you’re curious about the father son dynamic mentioned above and if you can’t get enough of films that feature Neeson protecting loved ones and taking down bad guys; something he did most brilliantly in Taken (2008).  Otherwise, for your fix of a recent New York City mobster underworld movie, you can’t go wrong with The Drop (2014).

Ed Harris, Boyd Holbrook, Genesis Rodriguez, Common and Bruce McGillalso star in Run All Night.

Happy Film Loving  🙂

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I SMILE BACK (2015): New Trailer Starring Josh Charles & Sarah Silverman As A Troubled Woman

I Smile Back (2015), Sarah Silverman
I Smile Back (2015), Sarah Silverman

Funny woman Sarah Silverman has a new trailer and it’s not a comedy…

The last time I saw Silverman in a serious dramatic role, she was in Take This Waltz (2011). This time round she’s not a supporting actress but the lead. So if you’re a fan of her comedy, make sure you’re in the mood to watch a drama because you probably don’t want to find yourself disappointed because you’re wanting or expecting her to be funny.

Directed by Adam Salky, Josh Charles and Thomas Sadoski also star

Release date (s): October 23rd (2015) (US)

Happy I Smile Back 🙂

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TRUTH (2015): New Trailer From Cate Blanchett & Robert Redford

Truth (2015), Cate Blanchett
Truth (2015), Cate Blanchett

Truth is the latest from Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford and first time director James Vanderbilt…

Topher Grace, Dennis Quaid and Elizabeth Moss also star in this ‘based on a true story’ newsroom drama about the harshly criticised 60 minute report handled by Mary Mapes (Blanchett), and Dan Rather (Redford).

Release date (s): October 16th 2015.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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MEADOWLAND (2015): New Trailer About the Effects Of Loss, Starring Olivia Wilde Luke Wilson & Elizabeth Moss

Meadowlands (2015), Olivia Wilde
Meadowlands (2015), Olivia Wilde

Luke Wilson and Olivia Wilde are the stars of the new movie from Kill Your Darlings (2013) director, Reed Morano…

Meadowland follows the struggle of two individuals and how they’re affected by an unimaginable loss.

I’ll be watching for the interesting subject matter and also because of Giovanni Ribisi, Elizabeth Moss, John Leguizamo and Olivia Wilde. Great trailer music and editing. Just not a fan of the textual interruptions.

Juno Temple and Kevin Corrigan also star.

Release Date (s): October 16th, 2015 (US).

Happy Film Loving  🙂

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