InDavid Brent – Life On The Road, Ricky Gervais is back as everyone’s favourite ‘office idiot’ – except that this time, Brent has largely left the office behind in exchange for life on the road as a wannabe rock star. The first ten minutes of David Brent – Life On The Road is a lot like The Office, the hit TV show on which this film is based. Unfortunately though, it’s not quite as fun. I found the whole experience of this movie quite awkward and dare I say, ‘very ten years ago.’ The question of whether I felt just as awkward as the members of Brent’s band throughout most of the film is debatable but the difference is likely negligible. I’d like to say that I found the story arc of Brent’s band’s attitude towards him convincing – particularly by the end but I don’t.
The moments I did enjoy besides the ones in the trailer would be each time the band played a one of their funny songs. I also liked the newness that is the character played by Doc Brown.
Before the movie ended, it was quite clear that perhaps this film wasn’t really needed by fans of the The Office (the UK version) because we’d seen all that awkwardness and lack of self-awareness before – and probably executed more effectively. Still, I’m very happy for the people who are mighty glad that this film exists. I just wish that I could be one of them.
Tom Bennett, Mandeep Dhillon, Rebecca Gethings and Rob Jarvis also star.
Celebrated filmmaker Terrence Malick has a new movie starring Natalie Portman, Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender and Ryan Gosling. Song To Song is about two intersecting love triangles set against the music scene in Austin, Texas…
I want this to be great because I’m a fan of everyone involved. I especially want this to be better than Malick’s previous movie Knight Of Cups (2015), which I’m yet to see but I know the reception wasn’t great. On another note, I’m going to guess that both trailers were edited by the very same person, probably.
Danny Collinsis a well told story of a less than ideal father/ son relationship. This is of course not all that the movie is about but it’s the part that appealed to me the most. The film is moving, engaging and for want of a better phrase, a relaxing watch thanks to the well played characters and the healthy sprinklings of humour.
Directed by Dan Fogelman of Crazy Stupid Love (2011), Bobby Cannavale’s part as the ‘abandoned son’ of a rockstar father is one of my favourites of his roles. Al Pacino is, as always very watchable, as is Christopher Plummer and my dear ‘Lady Bening’. That’s Annette Bening to everyone else. I also really appreciated Jennifer Garner’s performance as the ‘very good wife.’
Since Pacino is a musician in this role, is the music any good..?, you may wonder. It’s by no means a key reason for tuning in; though it isn’t completely terrible either. Watch it for the charm, humour, the story of a difficult father/ son relationship and that of an ageing rocker on a mission to change his life for the better.
Supersonic is a new documentary that offers an in-depth look at the life and music of Oasis, one of England’s most successful rock bands…
The producing team behind the highly praised Amy Winehouse documentary, Amy (2015)are involved in the making of Supersonic – a fact that should only mean good things.
Featuring archive footage and commentary, Mat Whitecross directs with Asif Kapadia (Amy Director) as one of the executive producers. I’d guess that there’s commentary from both Liam and Noel Gallagher but I’m not sure where the brothers were in their famously difficult relationship during the making of this documentary.
By the end of Nowhere Boy I found myself wondering why it is that we don’t see Aaron Taylor-Johnson in more movies. His performance as John Lennon is really quite impressive.
Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, Nowhere Boy tells the story of celebrated musician, activist and The Beatles co-founder John Lennon. We get to find out about the unconventional circumstances of his adolescent years, his relationship with key relatives and of course, the events that lead to the founding of The Beatles.
The movie appealed to me – not so much for the music of the mid 1950s era, even though that is a highlight. The big draw for me was my curiosity about the beginnings of Lennon and as a fan of great acting, I was drawn to the the key cast and their portrayals.
The performances by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kristen Scott Thomas, Ann-Marie Duff and David Threlfall (of TV show Shameless – the original UK version ) really stood out for me. I particularly loved the powerful, well paced and perfectly choreographed confrontation scene towards the end. That moment took me back to my High School and College drama class days when you know that you’re experiencing something that just really works.
Watch it for all the reasons above; 1950’s music, fashion, the story and performances you won’t be forgetting too soon.
Starring Soca music star Machel Montano, Natalie Perera and Staz Nair,Bazodee is a drama/ musical / romance about a dutiful daughter who must review her plans to marry a wealthy suitor after a chance encounter…
I don’t remember having watched a film hailing from Trinidad and Tobago before, so I guess it’s time. May it be as joyful as this trailer suggests.
Directed by Todd Kessler, Kabir Bedi, Valmike Rampersad, Cindy F. Daniel and Rahul Nath also star.
The Tupac Shakur biopic all major fans have been waiting for finally has a trailer. Starring Demetrius Shipp Jr. as the celebrated late rapper – and Danai Gurira as his mother who recently passed, I’ve seen the trailer and I’m going to say it; the movie looks good…
Teaser trailer 1
Teaser trailer 2
Directed by Benny boom, what’s quite clear right now is that All Eyez On Me won’t be an easy watch for a number of reasons. I just hope that by the end I’ll be impressed and proud as I was after Straight Outta Compton (2015), a movie I recommend to fans of good film and storytelling, not just those who know, understand and appreciate the music of N.W.A.
What’s obvious is that Demetrius Shipp Jr. looks a lot like Tupac, but an important question that neither of the above trailers currently answers is whether he actually has Tupac’s flow. I guess we’ll find out in the movie, maybe. Let’s hope.
From director Thorsten Schütte, Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words is a new documentary about the life and career of avant garde musician Frank Zappa. Similar to the style of another recent and great documentary, Listen To Me Marlon (2015), Eat That Question is comprised of archival footage of Zappa’s concert performances and interviews…
Frank Zappa is one of those famous people whose name I’ve heard a few times over the years. If I had been forced to guess why he’s famous, music would be my lucky guess. After today’s trailer, there’s obviously plenty more to him than music and I’m ready to find out more.
‘I’d hate to see anybody with a closed mind, on any topic’ _F. Zappa