Category Archives: Thriller

BEIRUT (2018): New Trailer From Jon Hamm, Rosamund Pike, Shea Whigham…

Beirut (2018), Jon Hamm
Beirut (2018), Jon Hamm

In Brad Anderson directed Beirut, Jon Hamm is a U.S. diplomat who flees Lebanon in 1972 after a tragic incident at his home. Ten years pass and he’s called back to war-torn Beirut by CIA operatives to negotiate for the life of a friend he left behind.

Rosamund Pike and Shea Whigham also star…

I want to see this so I can have another film to add to my list of favourite Jon Hamm performances, besides Mad Men and Friends With Kids (2011). This character seems to be complex enough to make this movie rather interesting.

I also haven’t watched Baby Driver (2017) yet so there’s still that. Not quite sure how ‘complex’ Hamm’s character is likely to be though.

Beirut Release Dates: April 13th, 2018 (US)

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BREAKING IN (2018): New Trailer From Gabrielle Union, Billy Burke, Richard Cabral…

Breaking In (2018), Gabrielle Union
Breaking In (2018), Gabrielle Union

Directed by James McTeigue; starring Gabrielle Union, Billy Burke and Richard Cabralhe, Breaking In is the story of a mother who must fight to protect her family during a home invasion…

I have to learn precisely how Union’s character manages to outsmart the criminals. I also want this movie to be better than Halle Berry’s Kidnap (2017). And there’s really only one way to find out if it is.

Ajiona Alexus, Jason George and Seth Carr also star.

Breaking In Release Dates: May 11th, 2018 (US)…

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NORMAN (2016): There’s Something I Liked…

Norman (2016), Richard Gere
Norman (2016), Richard Gere

Immediately I failed to warm to Norman (Richard Gere). Not that I was supposed to warm to him exactly, but the fact that writer / director Joseph Cedar’s Norman Oppenheimer is quite the massive nuisance made continuing to watch this movie quite the challenge.

I did however find the strength to continue because I wanted to learn about how the life of a small time operator, a.k.a. New York fixer, a.k.a. total ‘bull**** artist’ would dramatically change. I had to see how his life would change for better and worse after he befriends a young politician at a low point in his life.

In my clearly desperate quest to be there when Norman finally got his comeuppance, I encountered a scene I liked a lot. Namely the wonderfully satisfying moment when Norman gets caught out in one of his many, many lies and he’s outsmarted by a target. That beautifully acted moment at the ‘private dinner’ really helped me come to terms with my decision to continue watching this movie.

As is the case in House of Cards, a political drama where those who are constant nuisances to very powerful people tend to ‘expire’ quite quickly, I imagined that at some point Norman might suffer the same fate. In Cedar’s story, Norman doesn’t quite end up ceasing to exist, but as the synopsis promises, his life does become both better and worse.

A great cast that includes Richard Gere, Lior Ashkenazi, Michael Sheen, Steve Buscemi, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Josh Charles didn’t do badly in their roles. I guess I just generally have little patience for Norman-like nuisances and this movie is all about a massive nuisance called Norman.

Watch it if you like or are curious about small time operators, New York fixer types, total ‘bull**** artists’ and that sort of thing.

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MOM & DAD (2018): New Trailer From Nicolas Cage, Selma Blair…

Mom & Dad (2017), Selma Blair
Mom & Dad (2017), Selma Blair

A mass hysteria of unknown origins that causes parents to turn violently on their own kids is the premise of writer director Brian Taylor’s Mom & Dad, a new horror / thriller starring Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair…

This trailer is one I’m featuring not because I think it has plenty of promise, as such. I just wanted to share it because I’m curious about what you think. Especially because I don’t want to give up on the idea of Nicolas Cage one day soon, appearing in a very promising trailer that turns out to be a great movie.

With that said, what are your thoughts?

Mom & Dad Release Dates: January 19th, 2018 (US)…

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OCEAN’S 8 (2018): New Trailer From Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Rihanna…

Ocean's 8 (2018), Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock
Ocean’s 8 (2018), Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock

Directed and co-written by Gary Ross, Oceans 8 is an all-female leading cast that stars Sandra Bullock as Debbie Ocean. Ocean gathers a crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City’s yearly Met Gala.

It looks as though Debbie is supposed to be a relation of Danny Ocean rather than a female Danny Ocean character, in a world where George Clooney’s Danny Ocean never existed. interesting.

I really want Ocean’s 8 to be good and my hopes are relatively high mainly because Cate Blanchett is in it. Such pressure on ‘queen Cate’.

Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Anne Hathatway, Dakota Fanning, Samantha Cocozza and Olivia Munn also star.

Ocean’s 8 Release Dates: June 8th, 2018 (US); June 22nd, 2018 (UK)…

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7 DAYS IN ENTEBBE (2018): New Trailer From Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl, Eddie Marsan…

7 Days in Entebbe (2018), Daniel Brühl, Rosamund Pike
7 Days in Entebbe (2018), Daniel Brühl, Rosamund Pike

7 Days In Entebbe tells the story of four hijackers who in 1976 forced a plane to land in Entebbe, Uganda. All in the effort to free the dozens of Palestinians jailed in Israel.

Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl and Eddie Marsan star while José Padilha directs…

Not that the stories are that similar but Steven Spielberg’s Munich (2005) came to mind as I watched this trailer. If this movie is as good as that, I’ll be delighted. Delighted, I tell you!

7 Days In Entebbe Release Dates: March 9th, 2018 (UK); March 16th, 2018 (US)…

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BLADE RUNNER 2049 (2017): The Things I Loved…

Blade Runner (2049), Ryan Gosling
Blade Runner (2049), Ryan Gosling

Directed by Denis Villeneuve, one of my favourite directors recently; starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford and Sylvia Hoeks, Blade Runner 2049 is likely my favourite movie of 2017. Just like the 1982 film, the pace of the story and action started a tad on the slow side but it really just got better and better as time passed.

Set thirty years from 2019, this sequel focuses on a young blade runner’s discovery of a long-buried secret that leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard (Ford). This may sound like a simplistic synopsis but rest assured, the story is highly engaging.

The various things I like about Villeneuve’s movie include the way Gosling’s character and all the replicants moved and fought; their general physicality was so fun to watch. I also loved the costumes. Now, this part is going to sound odd but I definitely also really enjoyed how easily the tears fell out of the eyes of the characters that cried. Why on earth, you may wonder? Well, one of the reasons is that I dislike quite intensely when tearless ‘crying’ happens on film and in life. If your tear ducts are in good working order and you produce no tears as you ‘cry’, then you’re quite simply lying. Lying through your filthy un-moistened eyeballs! And no, dehydration is not an adequate excuse.

My issues with ‘bad crying’ aside, the acting is really quite brilliant. For example, Jared Leto’s part is a small one but my, oh my is it memorable and impactful. The main female replicant played by Hoeks is just fantastic! I really loved her! She had such brilliant physicality and I couldn’t help but see her as a representation of a strong ‘woman’ in charge. So much so that I pretty much felt empowered throughout, just by looking at her.

Goslings acting range has been questioned by some people who argue that he generally plays the same moody roles over and over again. The thought hadn’t really crossed my mind until I heard this. All I can say now is, Gosling is great in Blade Runner 2049. I bought every single second of his character’s emotional journey – to the point where by the end, I felt pretty badly for him.

Villeneuve managed to capture the same moodiness and well imagined dystopian aesthetic present in the first film, but of course using present day technology. I’m so happy that I didn’t see all the story twists and turns coming. There really isn’t much about this movie that I don’t like. Of course I must mention the stunning cinematography that’s synonymous with Villeneuve’s films.

The slowish start aside, watch it because it’s really rather good. Something tells me that I enjoyed the story even more simply because I’d only just watched the original for the first time the previous night.

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BLADE RUNNER (1982) Movie Review: The Things I Liked…

Blade Runner (1982), Harrison Ford
Blade Runner (1982), Harrison Ford

Directed by Ridley Scott, first released in 1982 and set in 2019, Blade Runner has Harrison Ford playing a police officer (a blade runner) who’s hired to hunt down and assassinate four human-like androids (replicants). Replicants were built for use in dangerous off-world colonisation, but four have gone rogue.

Based on how much sense the story seems to make and how well constructed it is, I can understand why this film is considered by many as one of the best sci-fi movies ever made. Perhaps I’d be even more in love with it had I watched it for the first time nearer the year of release rather than in 2017, 35 years later.

The dystopian world created for Blade Runner is one that can be referred to as a key character in itself because it’s so visually rich, moody and impressive in its execution, especially for its time. I had fun watching this movie because of the world of the story, the actual story, and the way it covers issues that humans may well have to face one day. The only part where I was’t quite sure about the film was during the slower pace at the beginning. As impatient as I was for the action to start, it did become clear by the end that the seemingly slow pace was likely all about portraying what most days were actually like in that world, especially for Ford’s character.

Acting-wise, everyone including Ford and Daryl Hannah all deliver strong performances. Overall though, it’s what Rutger Hauer did with his character Roy that sticks with me the most. I just love the way he sold Roy’s emotional journey to me. Maybe I empathised quite a bit with his goals. Then there’s the line, ‘Wake up, time to die which might just be my favourite movie one liner of all time, probably.

Spotting some of the predictions about the future that seemed quite valid and feasible 35 years ago but are today, still yet to come true was fun. For example, flying cars. Wouldn’t it be amazing if flying car became a thing just in time for 2019? Watch it because it’s good.

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