Category Archives: History

VICEROY’S HOUSE (2017): New Trailer From Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Manish Dayal…

Viceroy's House (2017), Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson
Viceroy’s House (2017), Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson

Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson and Manish Dayal are the stars of Viceroy’s House, a Gurinder Chadha directed historical drama set in 1947 and centred around Lord Mountbatten’s part in the partition of India…

This is one for those curious about a dramatisation of what they may not already know about India’s history. Undeniably however,  Viceroy’s House is also probably quite ideal for the serious Downton Abbey fans. I suspect as much because of Bonneville and the upstairs / downstairs dynamic between the inhabitants of Viceroy’s literal house.

Viceroy’s House Release Dates: March 3rd, 2017 (UK); 2017 (US)…

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COLLIDING DREAMS (2016): Great Documentary About Zionism & The Israel / Palestine Conflict

Colliding Dreams (2015)
Colliding Dreams (2015)

Before watching Colliding Dreams, I was one of those people who only had a barely adequate understanding of Zionism and the Israel / Palestine conflict a.k.a the War In The Middle East. The fact that I generally steer quite clear of the news has more than a little something to do with it. Fast forward to now and with thanks to the great work of the film’s award winning directors, Joseph Dorman and Oren Rudavsky, I’m probably as well versed as I’d ever want to be.

Colliding Dreams is a documentary thats most ideal for those, like myself who may not already know as much as they feel they ought to about why the the Middle East conflict has continued for so many years. Dorman and Rudavsky’s documentary is a thorough, well edited factual account. One that combines historical archival footage with images plus interviews featuring ordinary people and those well versed on the subject from both sides of the conflict.

With a running time of just over two hours, this is a film that I approached with the mindset of a student who finally gets that history lesson the’ve been looking forward to all semester. The one that contains a mixture of interesting facts and perspectives they hadn’t even considered.

Within the first four minutes of Colliding Dreams, there’s an analogy of what Zionism actually is which hints at part of the reason why the Israel / Palestine conflict has continued for so long. Especially if you’re anything like me, it’s really  going to be worth your while to stick around until the very end – for even more clarity.

Watch it because it’s good.

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SILENCE (2016): New Trailer From Director Martin Scorsese, Starring Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson…

Silence (2016), Adam Driver
Silence (2016), Adam Driver

Oscar winning director Martin Scorsese’s latest movie doesn’t look like it has a single gangster in sight. Starring Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver as Jesuit priests in the 17th century, the film follows the pair to Japan where they go on a dangerous journey to find their mentor (Liam Neeson) and spread the word about Christianity…

I’m looking forward to finding out what magic Scorsese can create in what looks like a very different genre of film than what we’re used to expecting from the acclaimed director.

Silence Release Dates: December 23rd, 2016 (US) January, 1st 2017 (UK)…

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THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE (2017): New Trailer From Jessica Chastain, Daniel Bruhl…

The Zookeeper's Wife (2017), Jessica Chastain
The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017), Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain and Daniel Bruhl’s new movie, The Zookeeper’s Wife tells the true story of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo during the Nazi invasion…

The Zookeeper’s Wife is directed by Niki Caro and based on Diane Ackerman’s bestselling book. The beautiful animals are one reason to watch this movie. That the story and Chastain’s talents, of course.

The Zookeeper’s Wife Release Dates: March 31st, 2017 (US); May 5th, 2017 (UK)…

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LE RIDE (2016): New Trailer for Philip Keoghan Documentary About Tour De France…

Le Ride (2016), Philip Keoghan Documentary
Le Ride (2016), Philip Keoghan Documentary

Le Ride is the new documentary from cycling enthusiast Philip Keoghan; a story about the first English speaking team to compete in the Tour De France back in 1928. Under-resourced, untested and hailing from New Zealand and Australia, the 4 men were determined to be part of a race that unbeknownst to them, only 41 0f the 168 riders would finish…

My enjoyment of cycling doesn’t really extend beyond it being a leisure activity. I want to see this because underdog stories are great and seeing other people achieve their seemingly impossible to reach goals is nothing if not pure motivation. That’s of course, not to say that the 4 Aussies and Kiwis actually make it to the end. I have no idea about that, but I sure look forward to finding out.

Le Ride Release Dates

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MAYA ANGELOU – AND STILL I RISE (2016): New Trailer For Maya Angelou Documentary

Maya Angelou - And Still I Rise (2016), Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou – And Still I Rise (2016), Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou – And Still I Rise is the new feature length documentary about one of the world’s most remarkable women. Actress, writer, dancer, poet, activist and an inspiration to millions from all over…

Angelou’s story is one I’d love to know even more about, since I’m sure it will only continue to have a positive impact on my life. I envisage an increase in sales of her book, I Know Why A Caged Bird Sings following release.

Maya Angelou – And Still I Rise Release Dates: October 14th, 2016 (US)…

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DUNKIRK (2017): New Trailer From Christopher Nolan Starring Tom Hardy, Harry Styles, Cillian Murphy…

Dunkirk (2017)
Dunkirk (2017)

The first trailer for Dunkirk, the new movie directed by the rightly celebrated writer/ director, Christopher Nolan has landed…

Teaser trailer

Trailer 1

Generally speaking, war movies aren’t my favourite genre of film but I’ll probably try anything once if Nolan is at the helm. This teaser trailer is great tease for the first look. A look that left my heart was threatening to exit my chest by the end. Trailer one reminds me of what makes great trailers.

The stars of the movie include Nolan regulars Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy. Then there’s Mark Rylance and Harry Styles. What a gift it must be for one’s first movie to be directed someone at the level of of Christopher Nolan. If I were in the position of Mr Styles,  I don’t think  I could ever get over such a thing regardless of how  small my part may be.

Dunkirk Release Dates: July 19th, 2017 (FR); July 21st, 2017 (US & UK); July 27th, 2017 (GER)…

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HACKSAW RIDGE (2016): New Trailer From Mel Gibson Starring Andrew Garfield

Hacksaw Ridge (2016), Andrew Garfield
Hacksaw Ridge (2016), Andrew Garfield

Andrew Garfield is the star of Mel Gibson’s latest film, Hacksaw Ridge. Garfield plays real life WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, a man who joins the army but refuses to kill people…

I don’t know what the word is for how this trailer makes me feel but I know I’ll have to be in the right mood to sit and watch. It seems to have a kind of Forrest Gump quality but pulls even harder at the heartstrings; all of which makes me think that the end product is going to be dare I say, overly sappy.

Perhaps I’d be more intrigued had the trailer not revealed so much. All that has been left out of this trailer appears to be the presentation of the Medal of Honour. As continues to be the case, I ‘m missing the good trailers of the past that really cleverly showed you only enough and never too much.

My favourite Mel Gibson directed movie will likely always be Apocalypto (2006).

Sam Worthington, Ryan Corr, Luke Bracey, Vince Vaughn and Hugo Weaving also star.

Hacksaw Ridge Release Dates: November 4th ,2016 (US); (GER)

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