Category Archives: Thriller

SPECTRE (2015): Welcome James. It’s Been A Long Time…

Spectre (2015), Daniel Craig
Spectre (2015), Daniel Craig

Sam Mendes, the Director of my favourite film, American Beauty (1999) said yes to making his second James Bond movie – and the first teaser trailer for Spectre (2015) has now arrived.

It looks like we’ll be getting more of the signature breathtaking cinematography, musical score, action sequences and the super dialogue typical of recent Bond films.

With some of Europe’s finest film making talent at the helm – Sam Mendes, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Monica Bellucci and of course, Daniel Craig, all we have left to do now is look forward to the final product and hope that the next trailer or two don’t reveal too much of the plot.

Happy Spectre 🙂

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MAGGIE (2015): I’m liking The Intriguing Stillness…

Maggie (2015), Arnold Schwarzenegger
Maggie (2015), Arnold Schwarzenegger

If I’m completely honest, I haven’t been excited about an Arnold Schwarzenegger film in a while. But… how interesting is this trailer for his latest movie with Abigail Breslin?

Synopsis…‘A teenage girl in the Midwest becomes infected by an outbreak of a disease that slowly turns the infected into cannibalistic zombies. During her transformation, her loving father stays by her side’

I’m also really hoping that the film is more drama / thriller than it is horror. You guessed it, because I’m a massive chicken.

Happy Maggie 🙂

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MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5 – ROGUE NATION (2015): Trailer Of The Week

Mission: Impossible 5 (2015), Tom Cruise
Mission: Impossible 5 (2015), Tom Cruise

I really really, REALLY, want this  Mission Impossible movie to be as thrilling as the trailers. Please, please, Movie Gods, please!

The people behind the franchise have delivered another excellent marriage of pace, music dialogue and visuals. Just one more reason to look forward to July 2015.

Teaser…

Full Trailer…

Final Trailer…

Happy Mission: Impossible 5  🙂

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THE GAMBLER (2014): For The Dialogue & Heart Stopping Moments

The Gambler (2014), Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange
The Gambler (2014), Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange

The Gambler, directed by Rupert Wyatt and starring Mark Wahlberg is a film that centre’s on the troubles Jim Bennet.

Bennett, played by Wahlberg is a man whose continued self destructive behaviour, especially at the most unexpected times, makes it clear to the  audience early on, that here is an individual in the midst of a very serious existential crisis.

It’s apparent that Bennet has pain, but you’ll have to use your imagination for a much deeper explanation than the familial issues hinted at more than twice.

The Gambler (2014), Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman
The Gambler (2014), Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman

This isn’t the type of movie that plays easy. Some may even accuse Wyatt’s film of being somewhat uneven. True or not, the audience is definitely never left comfortable.

Either the viewer is quite rightly concerned for Bennett’s safety and the safety of those he cares about or they’re worried as to why he really doesn’t seem to care much about the consequences of his seemingly reckless actions.

The best thing about The Gambler for me, besides the individual performances (John Goodman being a particular highlight), is the dialogue. An element most would have had a taster of in the very well executed promotional trailer a few months earlier.

My exposure to Mark Wahlberg’s work has been largely focused on his comedic roles, so this was an overdue and welcome difference.

Happy The Gambler 🙂

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THE IMITATION GAME (2014): Alan Turing, Benedict Cumberbatch… 2 British Greats

The Imitation Game (2014), Benedict Cumberbatch
The Imitation Game (2014), Benedict Cumberbatch

Oscar nominated for his moving portrayal of real life computer scientist, mathematician, logician and cryptanalyst, Alan Turing; Benedict Cumberbatch is an Actor whose work I must pay much closer attention to from now on.

His version of Turing, an important man in the history of Britain, especially during the Second World War and how it came to end when it did is brilliant.

Directed by Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game is a thrilling biographical drama that grabs you from the very beginning. You’ll find yourself laughing out loud in several parts, thanks to Graham Moore’s Oscar winning screenplay.

The Imitation Game (2014), Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley
The Imitation Game (2014), Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley

You’re also bound to chance upon feelings of gratitude for the times in which you live – whatever your background. Reason being, when you think about how things actually transpired for Turing in the very end, it’s worse than a great shame. Particularly considering the importance of the work he did in serving his country.

One of my favourite moments is the opening dialogue of Tyldum’s film. Reason being,  it happens to be exactly what I want to say to people I watch movies with – as the voice of the movie. It’s basically what every film commands from audiences that sit down to watch.

The Imitation Game (2014), Benedict Cumberbatch
The Imitation Game (2014), Benedict Cumberbatch

If you haven’t already watched The Imitation Game and you want said opening dialogue to remain a surprise, stop reading now.

‘Are you paying attention? Good. If you’re not listening carefully, you will miss things. Important things. I will not pause, I will not repeat myself and you will not interrupt me.

You think that because you are sitting where you are and I am sitting where I am that you are in control of what is about to happen. You are mistaken. I am in control, because I know things that you don’t know. What I will need from you now is a commitment. 

You will listen closely and you will not judge me until I have finished. If you cannot commit to this, then please leave the room. But if you choose to stay. remember you chose to be here. What happens from this moment forward is not my responsibility. It’s yours. Pay attention.’

Happy The Imitation Game 🙂

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NIGHTCRAWLER (2014): Jake Gyllenhaal At His Darkest & Creepiest Yet

Nightcrawler (2014), Jake Gyllenhaal, Bill Paxton
Nightcrawler (2014), Jake Gyllenhaal, Bill Paxton

This is no horror movie but in the role of Lou Bloom, an L.A. Crime Journalist, Jake Gyllenhaal has never been more gaunt and terrifying.

It’s not just his deep, dark and sunken eyes that might give you nightmares. The audience learns rather quickly that not only is Lou smarter than the average person, he’s also, definitely a sociopath.

Nightcrawler (2014), Jake Gyllenhaal
Nightcrawler (2014), Jake Gyllenhaal

The tensions in this great work, written and directed by Dan Gilroy exist because the audience realises rather quickly that Lou is a little more than just a tad unhinged – which of course, can only mean bad things for all who establish any kind of relationship with him.

Nightcrawler is good and it’s dark, both thematically and aesthetically. There’s some brilliant dialogue here. My favourite moment being Lou Bloom’s parting line in one of his last exchanges with Bill Paxton’s character – as seen in the first picture above.

Besides Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and Bill Paxton’s great work, the character of Rick is a great turn for British Actor Riz Ahmed.

Nightcrawler does a good job of highlighting the kind of world we live in today and the characters it produces; as well as the danger in the vulnerability of the truly desperate.

Happy Nightcrawler 🙂

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THE EQUALIZER (2014): ‘Badassery’ Denzel Washington Style

The Equaliser (2014), Denzel Washington
The Equaliser (2014), Denzel Washington

Director Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington’s The Equalizer makes me think of Taken (2008) and Taxi Driver (1976). It’s unsurprising since all three films feature young girls who end up in very unfortunate predicaments, but luckily for them, an individual takes it upon themselves to do everything they can to make things right.

I love stories like this because not many who find themselves in such precarious situations are as lucky. Seeing ‘baddie’s’ get what they deserve is always fun to watch. I mean, I can’t  even begin to tell you how happy I was at the end of Bryan De Palma’s Carrie (1976). 🙂

The Equaliser (2014), Denzel Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz
The Equaliser (2014), Denzel Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz

If you’re familiar with Washington, let’s face it, there a few who aren’t, then you know you’re in for a fun ride. Laced with action, good dialogue and Denzel style ‘badassery,’ The Equalizer will keep you entertained.

One of the most memorable moments for me is the swift move with the gun at Pushkin’s warehouse. It’s so very quick but certainly just as impressive each time I hit the replay button. I also love the music that starts at approximately 1 hour 45 minutes.

Watch it because it’s good.

Happy Film loving 🙂

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GONE GIRL (2014): It’s Long But Definitely Worth It

Gone Girl (2014), Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike
Gone Girl (2014), Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike

1) I’d heard a lot of good things about Gone Girl. 2) I want to keep up with this Ben Affleck renaissance that’s been plenty discussed since Argo (2012). 3) Gone Girl is based on a successful book…

All these are reasons I knew I’d watch David Fincher’s latest. Mr Fincher himself is of course another reason.

Written by Gillian Flynn and very well acted by its stars, Rosamund Pike especially and Ben Affleck. You’ll be left impressed and probably more than a little scared if not more careful.

Having seen it, I count myself amongst the wowed. I don’t feel the same disappointment some have expressed at the ending. For me it felt just right somehow.

This is a brilliant mystery/ drama/ thriller of a movie. Regardless of the inherent darkness of the story, you’ll have no regrets. Just don’t make the same mistakes as the characters. I.e. Be sure to communicate with your partner when things are bothering you.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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