Stephen Frears – director of The Queen (2006) which starred Helen Mirren and Michael Sheen has a new movie based on another British monarch, one who’s played by Judi Dench. Also starring Olivia Williams, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard, Michael Gambon and Tim Pigott-Smith, the story of Victoria & Abdul focuses on Victoria’s unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.
Dame Judi Dench and the promising humour are all the reason I need to watch. There is however, my desire to see an ageing female monarch take charge of herself and others with aplomb.
From writer / director Peter Landesman, The Silent Man (New Title – Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House) stars Liam Neeson, Diane Lane, Kate Walsh and Michael C. Hall. It’s the true story of Mark Felt, a man who under the name “Deep Throat” helped journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the Watergate scandal in 1974…
Before this trailer, I knew nothing about The Silent Man and the people / incidents it’s based on. After Neeson’s engaging monologue, I sure hope that the film’s dialogue will be great. Neeson’s words actually took me back to how much I loved the dinner table scene in the first teaser trailer for Black Mass (2015). The memories!
Ike Barinholtz, Marton Csokas, Maika Monroe, Tony Goldwyn and Josh Lucas also star.
Oscar winning director Kathryn Bigelow’s latest movie is all about the 1967 police raid in Detroit, USA that lead to one of the largest citizen uprisings in the history of the United States. John Boyega, Will Poulter, John Krasinski Anthony Mackie and Jack Reynor star…
This is definitely in my list of best trailers of 2017. Boyega and Poulter’s accents sound great – according to my non-American ears. I look forward to the seriously tense scenes that are surely coming my way.
Tyler James Williams, Kaitlyn Dever and Hannah Murray also star.
Hidden Figures, the movie about the three African American women whose mathematical contributions led to NASA’s first successful space missionsis a film that did two important things for me. First it gave myself and many others a long overdue history lesson and second, it reminded me that that even though there’s still a considerable way to go, humanity really has come quite the distance in terms of equality and civil rights.
Seeing the challenges faced by the film’s main characters, the ways they dealt with the obstacles they encountered is really a great and empowering thing for anyone to witness.I particularly adore the sisterhood, strength, determination and good humour between them. By them I of course mean Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. I see these ladies as the kind of women with personal attributes that many would probably want for the women and young girls in their life. And I’m not even talking about the mathematical genius.
Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae, there really is no faulting any of the performances in Hidden Figures. Director Theodore Melfi’s movie is a good example of what a well-put-together film can look like. Watch it because it’s thoroughly deserving of all its success. It’s also a beautiful celebration of truly great women and the people good and brave enough to do what was necessary to help them shine.
Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Glen Powell and Mahershala Ali also star.
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.
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 withthe 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.
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.
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.