Category Archives: Thriller

OFFICIAL SECRETS (2019): New Trailer From keira Knightly, Matthew Goode, Matt Smith, Ralph Fiennes…

Official Secrets (2019), Keira Knightley, Entertainment One UK
Official Secrets (2019), Keira Knightley, Entertainment One UK

Starring Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Matt Smith and Ralph Fiennes, Official Secrets is the true story of British whistleblower Katharine Gunn.

Director Gavin Hood’s drama / thriller focuses on Gunn’s role in leaking information to the press. Information about an illegal NSA spy operation created to push the UN Security Council into sanctioning the Iraq war in 2003…

The music in this trailer leaves plenty to be desired. However, because Knightley, Goode and Smith are the stars, I’m in for the promise of good performances.

I want to see how Katharine manages to get away with it for the time that she does. I myself am very likely far to paranoid, appreciative of a clear conscience and a peaceful mind to ever contemplate such a thing.

Cowardice, yes, cowardice. Of course being a law abiding citizen has something to do with it too but also definitely cowardice. That’s the right word for my approach.

Indira Varma, Conleth Hill, Tamsin Greig, Rhys Ifans, MyAnna Buring, Katherine Kelly and Jack Farthing also star.

Official Secrets Release Dates: August 29th, 2019 (US); October 18th, 2019 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving

G

THE PERFECTION (2019): The Thing I Liked…

The Perfection (2019), Allison Williams
The Perfection (2019), Allison Williams

Starring Allison Williams, Logan Browning and Steven Weber, The Perfection is a ‘darker than you expect’ drama /horror / thriller. 

Directed by Richard Shepard, the story follows a musical prodigy who sets upon a sinister path that begins with her seeking out the current star pupil of her former school.

I kind of already knew based on the trailer that Shepard’s movie wouldn’t be the most comfortable of viewings. I just didn’t know that within ten minutes into the film, a thought that crossed my mind would be ‘Am I ready for this darkness?

The darkness that made me uneasy wasn’t anything to do with physical violence, though there is some of that here. It was about the negative energy / vibe that seemed so easy for the audience to see, yet the person the ill-intent was aimed toward appeared completely oblivious. 

As uneasy as this movie made me feel for a number of reasons, I also found it quite engaging, even though something about its execution felt a tad rough around the edges. Another way to say it would be ‘The Perfection is not like Green Book (2018)’. By this I mean, in The Perfection, every single scene didn’t flow perfectly without me having to pause and question any of the story, dialogue or general happenings. The acting was OK but I did not get completely lost in the world of the story.

Give Shepard’s movie a chance because it’s not quite what you think it’s going to be. You’ll definitely go on a ride that won’t be the most comfortable but everything kind of pays off in the most unexpected way.

There are also  one or two – perhaps more moments of stunning imagery. My favourite of which is at the top of this very post. 

Happy Film Loving

G

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD (2019): New Official Trailer For Quentin Tarantino Movie Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt Al Pacino…

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019), Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019), Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino’s latest film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Al Pacino and Margot Robbie has a new trailer.

Ready or not, here is a 2.5 minute tease of a crime / drama / thriller about a TV actor and his stunt double, as they embark on making a name for themselves in the film industry….

So far, I must admit that Once Upon A Time In Hollywood has not quite garnered the same kind of excitement within me as Tarantino’s previous films. I blame that on this trailer appearing to be a slight change of pace / style compared to Tarantino’s other movies. Nevertheless, I still can’t wait to see how he’ll keep things interesting. I mean, the man has never before let us down, right?

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Release Dates: July 26th, 2019 (US); August 14th, 2019 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving

G

EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL & VILE (2018): The Things I Liked…

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019), Lily Collins, Zac Efron
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019), Lily Collins, Zac Efron

Ted Bundy, one of America’s most infamous serial killers is very much at the centre of director Joe Berlinger’s film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. Yet the story is really told from the perspective of Bundy’s longtime girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer. As such, like Kloepfer, we don’t get to be there with Bundy as he commits his shockingly evil crimes (thank goodness!) We also don’t get to know any real shocking  details about the crimes until the trial towards the end. What we do get is a front row seat to watch Bundy some time after he commits a crime and pretends to be as normal and decent as the next guy. It’s sad but like a true psychopath, he succeeded at it. A lot.

Starring Zac Efron, Lily Collins, Jim Parsons and John Malkovich, I watched Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile because of the very interesting subject matter and the new perspective. Another reason is to see Efron succeed in a more serious role than he’s taken on in recent years. I’m happy to say that he does well. I was particularly impressed during the moments he gave the audience a glimpse into the true darkness within his character’s soul. His time at the dog’s home is one such example.

I don’t believe there was a single dull moment during this movie and contrary to what the trailer made many feel, I don’t consider Berlinger’s film to be one that glorifies or celebrates Bundy. It’s instead a movie that portrays Bundy as he was known to be and part of that is that he was sadly almost as charming as he was wicked, evil and vile.

I say watch Berlinger’s movie, Just don’t watch it expecting explanations and / or deep dives into Bundy’s past that highlight what could have led him to such darkness. For this is a film about Bundy but the focus is on Kloepfer’s experience.

Parsons and Malkovich’s characters are memorable. Overall though, it’s really Collins by whom I was most impressed. She may be an actor with a forever youthful face, but the lady has great instincts. Her telling of Kloepfer’s story will have you mad at Kloepfer, sad for Kloepfer and by the very end,a little surprised in general but definitely extremely relieved for Kloepfer.

Happy Film Loving 

G

GRETA (2018): It’s…

Greta (2018), Chloë Grace Moretz, Focus Features
Greta (2018), Chloë Grace Moretz, Focus Features

Greta, a Neil Jordan directed drama / thriller about Frances (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young woman who befriends a lonely widow, and lives to regret it is a film I’d really hoped to enjoy. Also starring Isabelle Huppert and Maika Monroe, the experience of watching Jordan’s movie left me wanting for a more thrilling, even, clever, better-written and structured film.

It’s odd but I think that the idea of Greta’s lunacy along with the idea of the nature of the scary things that were happening actually proved more terrifying than the result of what the acting and the way the story is told really made me feel. 

Performance-wise, I unfortunately still find Moretz’s acting to be generally quite awkward. Huppert didn’t perform terribly but I don’t think the surface level feel of the script helped her much either. The few glimmers of hope in this otherwise mostly disappointingly executed film include the clever set-up that leads to the syringe scene and the dancing that immediately followed. Reason being, this is when we get a little glimpse into the extent of Greta’s ‘crazy’, even though it’s never properly explained. The other kind of highlight is the moments in the film that ‘play on Frances’s reality.’

Overall, besides reminding me of ‘stranger danger’, especially in a big city like New York, Greta confirmed that everyone really ought to be aware of their own vulnerabilities. Especially if people close to you haven’t helped to lovingly point them out.

Watch it, if you’re really curious.

Happy Film Loving 

G

ANGEL HAS FALLEN (2019): New Trailer From Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Jada Pinkett-Smith…

(Angel Has Fallen 2019), Gerard Butler, Lionsgate Movies
(Angel Has Fallen 2019), Gerard Butler, Lionsgate Movies

In Angel Has Fallen, Gerard Butler is back as Secret Service Agent Mike Banning. Benning is framed for the attempted assassination of the President (Morgan Freeman) and as he tries to uncover the real threat, he must evade his own agency and the FBI…

Directed by  Ric Roman Waugh; additional key cast includes Piper Perabo, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Tim Blake Nelson…

I really do love a good chase movie and this appears to be precisely that.

Lance Reddick, Chris Browning, Danny Huston, Michael Landes, Sarah-Stephanie and Sophia Del Pizzo also star.

Angel Has Fallen Release Dates: August 23rd, 2019 (US & UK)…

Happy Film Loving

G

I AM MOTHER (2019): New trailer From Rose Byrne, Hilary Swank, Clara Rugaard…

I Am Mother (2019), Hilary Swank, Netflix
I Am Mother (2019), Hilary Swank, Netflix

In Hilary Swank, Rose Byrne and Clara Rugaard’s latest sci-fi / thriller, I Am Mother, Rudaard is a teenage girl who’s been raised by a kindly robot ‘Mother.’

Mother was designed to repopulate earth following the extinction of human kind. When an inexplicable stranger arrives with alarming news, Mother’s unique bond with her daughter is threatened…

Directed by Grant Sputore, I’m excited to see how the mystery in this story is resolved. There’s also the fact that great actor Hilary Swank said yes to this, so I really hope it’s a good Netflix movie.

Luke Hawker, Tahlia Sturzaker, Jacob Nolan, Summer Lenton, Hazel Sandery and Maddie Lenton also star.

I Am Mother Release Dates: June 7th, 2019 (US & UK)…

Happy Film Loving

G

IT – CHAPTER 2 (2019): New Trailer From James McAvoy, Bill Skarsgård, Javier Botet, Jessica Chastain…

IT - Chapter 2 (2019), Jessica Chastain, Warner Bros. Pictures
IT – Chapter 2 (2019), Jessica Chastain, Warner Bros. Pictures

As established in IT (2017), evil in the shape of scary clown Pennywise likes to revisit the town of Derry Maine every 27 years.

Starring James McAvoy, Bill Skarsgård, Javier Botet and Jessica Chastain, all the young members of the ‘Losers Club’ are now grown up and and living far from Derry.

That is until a devastating phone call takes them right back…

What a delightfully creepy trailer!

I’ve mentioned a few times that I like clowns so I haven’t yet found any of the IT movies especially scary. At least not in a way that’s nightmare inducing. As such, I’ll be watching director Andy Muschietti’s new movie to see if that changes.

I also need to confirm that I won’t find the acting by the young cast members in the 2017 movie more convincing than that of the adults in this new version. Reason being, that was my precise opinion about the performances in the original 1990 IT film.

Bill Hader, Sophia Lillis, Troy James, Jack Dylan Grazer, Finn Wolfhard, Jaeden Martell and also star.

IT – Chapter 2 Release Dates: September 6th, 2019 (US & UK)…

Happy Film Loving

G