Category Archives: History

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH (2021): Great New Trailer Starring Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemmons…

Judas and The Black Messiah (2020), Daniel Kaluuya, Warner Bros. Pictures
Judas and The Black Messiah (2020), Daniel Kaluuya, Warner Bros. Pictures

Judas and the Black Messiah tells the story of Fred Hampton, Chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party, and his fateful betrayal by FBI informant William O’Neal.

Co directed by Ryan Coogler and Shaka King this very promising movie stars Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield and Jesse Plemons.

It’s official, this is my favourite week of movie trailer releases in 2020. First we had Ratched (2020) a couple of days ago and now this. I’ve already watched this trailer countless times and I cannot wait to see what looks like a superb performance from Kaluuya and Stanfield. Two brilliant actors I last saw together in Jordan Peele’s massive hit, Get Out (2017).

This is the kind of movie that I imagine will be really great to see in a movie theatre.

Martin Sheen, Ashton Sanders, Lil Rel Howery, Algee Smith, Jermaine Fowler, Robert Longstreet, Dominique Fishback, Nick Fink and Darrell Britt-Gibson also star.

Judas and The Black Messiah Release Dates: 2021, exact date to be confirmed.

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THE IRON HAMMER (2020): New Trailer For Documentary About Chinese Volleyball Legend Lang Ping

The Iron Hammer (2020), Lang Ping
The Iron Hammer (2020), Lang Ping

The Iron Hammer is a new documentary about Chinese icon Lang Ping, the first person in volleyball history to have won gold at the Olympics, both as a player and as a coach.

Directed by by Joan Chen; the film follows Ping’s journey in China, to a career coaching abroad, then returning back to China to transform a struggling national team into champions.

My story with volleyball starts and ends with mandatory physical education in high school. ‘Good at it’ I most certainly wasn’t. What I am is interested in Ping’s life story; how she came to be the best, likely against some notable odds.

The Iron Hammer Release Dates: September 1st, 2020 (US)…

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HOLLYWOOD (2020): New Trailer For Ryan Murphy Series Starring Darren Criss, Laura Harrier, Jim Parsons, Samara Weaving, David Corenswet…

Hollywood (2020), Laura Harrier, Netflix
Hollywood (2020), Laura Harrier, Netflix

From creators Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, Hollywood is a new 7 part Netflix miniseries about a group of aspiring actors and filmmakers in post-World War II Hollywood; all trying to make it big – no matter the cost.

Key cast includes Darren Criss, Jim Parsons, Samara Weaving, Laura Harrier and Jeremy Pope.

I simply couldn’t ignore this one. Especially since it seems to want to re-write history whilst showing the dark side of Hollywood. The side that’s fueled by power, ambition and desperation.

I’m also watching for the fashion, and Jim Parsons, (a.k.a Sheldon Cooper). Considering how very particular Parsons’s portrayal of Cooper was on The Big Bang Theory, I enjoy finding out how different he is in other roles.

Holland Taylor, Queen Latifah, Caesar Osiris, Patti LuPone, Dylan McDermott, Colette McDermott, Mira Sorvino, Jake Picking, Nicola Bertram and Kerry Knuppe also star.

Hollywood Release Dates: May 1st, 2020 (US & UK) / Netflix…

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RESISTANCE (2020): New Trailer From Jesse Eisenberg, Ed Harris, Edgar Ramírez, Clémence Poésy…

Resistance (2020), Jesse Eisenberg, IFC Films
Resistance (2020), Jesse Eisenberg, IFC Films

New drama / biography Resistance is the story of a group of Jewish Boy Scouts who worked with the French Resistance to save the lives of ten thousand orphans during World War II.

Written / directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz, key cast includes Jesse Eisenberg, Ed Harris, Edgar Ramírez, Clémence Poésy

Having recently seen Eisenberg in The Art Of Self Defense (2019) where for much of the film he’s far from empowered, I like that in Resistance his character appears to be brave, heroic and taking charge.

Matthias Schweighöfer, Bella Ramsey, Géza Röhrig, Karl Markovics, Félix Moati, Alicia von Rittberg, Vica Kerekes, Tobias Gareth Elman, Kue Lawrence, Christian Clarke and Aurélie Bancilhon also star.

Resistance Release Dates: March 27th, 2020 (US)…

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MISBEHAVIOUR (2020): New Trailer From Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jessie Buckley, Greg Kinnear…

Misbehaviour (2020), Keira Knightley
Misbehaviour (2020), Keira Knightley

Based on a true story, Misbehaviour is a new drama about a group of women who plan to disrupt the 1970 Miss World beauty competition in London.

Starring Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jessie Buckley and Greg Kinnear; Misbehaviour is directed by Philippa Lowthorpe.

Knightley, Mbartha-Raw and Kinnear have me interested. I also want to see how much things have really changed since Miss World 1970. Especially so considering what happened with Miss Universe in 2019.

Keeley Hawes, Suki Waterhouse, Emma Corrin, Rhys Ifans, Lily Travers, Lesley Manville, Phyllis Logan, Lily Newmark, Charlotte Spencer, Ruby Bentall and John Heffernan also

Misbehaviour Release Dates: March 13th, 2020 (UK)…

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DARK WATERS (2019): NEW TRAILER From Anne Hathaway, Mark Ruffalo, William Jackson Harper, Bill Pullman…

Dark Waters (2019), Mark Riffalo, Focus Features

In new biography / drama Dark Waters, Mark Ruffalo is a corporate defense attorney who takes on a chemical company with a lengthy history of environmental pollution.

Additional key cast includes Anne Hathaway, William Jackson Harper, Bill Pullman…

As a Ruffalo fan, his role in Spotlight (2015 ) where his character fought tirelessly for abuse victims came to mind almost immediately as this trailer played. Then followed Julia Roberts’s great work in Erin Brockovitch (2000).

I’m ready to discover any additional similarities and / or differences between the three; as well as to learn more about the DuPont chemical leaks.

Tim Robbins, Victor Garber, Mare Winningham, Bill Camp, Louisa Krause, Kevin Crowley, Daniel R. Hill, Lisa DeRoberts, Denise Dal Vera, Chaney Morrow and Marc Hockl also star.

Dark Waters Release Dates: November 22nd, 2019 (US); January 24th, 2019 (US)…

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THE KING (2019): New Trailer From Robert Pattinson, Timothée Chalamet, BEN MENDELSOHN, Joel Edgerton…

The Perfect Date (2019), Noah Centineo, NetflixThe King (2019), Timothée Chalamet, Netflix
The King (2019), Timothée Chalamet, Netflix

In new historical drama The King, Timothée Chalamet stars as Hal, a.k.a King Henry V of England. Previously a wayward prince, Hal ascends the English throne upon his father’s death, and must navigate the palace snake pit, chaos and inherited war against France.

Directed by David Michôd; key cast includes Ben Mendelsohn, Robert Pattinson, Joel Edgerton, Lily Rose Depp…

Wow! Hello brilliant cast. Cannot wait for all the super acting and all the tensions that stem from being surrounded by people who under estimate you.

Sean Harris, Dean-Charles Chapman, Thomasin McKenzie, Ivan Kaye, Tom Glynn-Carney and Edward Ashley also star.

The King Release Dates: November 1st, 2019 (US & UK)…

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THE RED SEA DIVING RESORT (2019): The Things I Liked…

The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019), Chris Evans, Netflix
The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019), Chris Evans, Netflix

The Red Sea Diving Resort, the historical thriller starring Chris Evans, Michiel Huisman, Alessandro Nivola, Hayley Bennett and Alona Tal is more than two hours long, but it didn’t quite feel that way for me.

Set in the early 1980s, writer / director Gideon Raff’s movie is based on the true story of the international agents and brave Ethiopians who used a deserted holiday retreat in Sudan, as a front to smuggle thousands of Jewish Ethiopian refugees to Israel. 

I enjoyed Raff’s film because it’s well acted, well paced and features a fair amount of nail-biting moments. The entire film is based on the perspective of the main agent, Ari Levinson (Evans). As such we unfortunately don’t really get to know much about the film’s Ethiopian characters. We don’t get to know much about Ari and his team of agents either. This would have been far more noticeable and / or problematic for me, had it not been for Ari and fellow agent Sammy’s (Nivola) friendship. Though still very lightly drawn, it is partly through their relationship that we get to learn a little (still definitely only a little) more about two key people behind the mission. 

The Red Sea Diving Resort absolutely kept me entertained  but because of the focus on keeping the missions interesting rather than clearly painting the characters, I was left with many questions; some of which – and more have been answered by this article… ‘The Real Heroes Of the red Sea Diving Resort Rescue.’

Watch it if you’re curious.

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