Category Archives: TV

OUR PLANET (2019): New Trailer For David Attenborough Netflix Documentary…

Our Planet (2019), New David Attenborough Documentary
Our Planet (2019), New David Attenborough Documentary

Our Planet is the new Netflix documentary series from David Attenborough; the British ‘national treasure’ who brought us the beauty that was the Planet Earth series.

Our Planet promises to show us some of the world’s most precious natural habitats – starting with the glorious visuals in the following trailer…

As I watched the above I thought: ‘It’s not David Attenborough though.’ But then the end of the trailer happened and I was more than relieved.

Bring on all the knowledge and superior footage. I’m ready!

Our Planet Release Dates: April 5th, 2019 (Launching Globally on NETFLIX)…

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THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE (2018): New Trailer From Carla Gugino, Michiel Huisman, Mckenna Grace, Timothy Hutton…

The Haunting Of Hill House (2018), Carla Gugino
The Haunting Of Hill House (2018), Carla Gugino

Based on the novel by Shirley Jackson, The Haunting Of Hill House is a new Netflix series about five siblings who grew up in Americas most famous haunted house.

Created by Mike Flanagan; Carla Gugino, Michiel Huisman, Mckenna Grace and Timothy Hutton star…

I’d call this ‘nice and creepy’ for fans of scary movies. I’m not the biggest scary movie fan but I do appreciate this story’s rather compelling premise and how well made this trailer is.

The Haunting Of Hill House Release Dates: October 12th, 2018 (US)…

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MANIFEST (2018): New Trailer For Promising Drama / Mystery Starring  J.R. Ramirez, Josh Dallas, Jack Messina, Melissa Roxburgh …

Manifest (2018), Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh
Manifest (2018), Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh

I’m quite sure that I won’t have time for this new show but I’m sharing this trailer anyway because it’s a 9 minute teaser that gets more and more interesting, leading to at least one truly wow moment.

Created by Jeff Rake and Matthew Fernandez, Manifest is a new NBC drama / mystery series starring J.R. Ramirez, Josh Dallas, Jack Messina, Melissa Roxburgh to name just a few.

Following a turbulent, but routine flight, the passengers and crew of flight MA828 discover that the world has changed in a most unexpected way, and soon a deeper mystery unfolds…

Wasn’t that compelling?

Parveen Kaur, Luna Blaise, Alfredo Narciso and Julienne Hanzelka Kim also star.

Manifest series Premiere: September 24th, 2018 (US)

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I AM THE NIGHT (2018): New Trailer Featuring Great Music / Sound And Starring Chris Pine, Golden Brooks, India Eisley…

I Am The Night (2018), Chris Pine
I Am The Night (2018), Chris Pine

Fauna Hodel was given away by her teenage birth mother to a black restroom attendant in a Nevada casino in 1949. As Fauna begins to investigate the secrets to her past, she follows a sinister trail that swirls ever closer to an infamous Hollywood gynecologist, Dr. George Hodel…

Directed by Pattie Jenkins (Wonder Woman (2017); and based on true events, I Am The Night is a drama / mystery that stars Chris PineIndia EisleyGolden Brooks, Jefferson Mays, Dylan Smith… 

This one isn’t a movie but a six part TV mini-series  I just had to feature it because it looks pretty good and if I’m completely honest, I really find the sound  and music in this trailer to be quite magnificent. I like it so much I’d actually appreciate a three minute long version to listen to more than 3 times.

If I had to guess, I’d say that that spine tingling instrument that comes in near the beginning and definitely at the very end is a xylophone.

Jay Paulson, Shoniqua Shandai, Quintyne Lawrence, Justin Cornwell, Alexander Kanellakos and Hayley Marie Norman also star.

I Am The Night Release Dates

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THE YOUNG POPE (2016): New Trailer Starring Jude Law, Diane Keaton, Silvio Orlando…

The Young Pope (2016), Jude Law
The Young Pope (2016), Jude Law

Paolo Sorrentino, the rightfully celebrated writer/ director is the man behind the brand new HBO / Sky series The Young Pope. Starring Jude Law, Diane Keaton and Silvio Orlando, Law is Lenny Belardo, aka Pius XIII and history’s very first American Pope…

First trailer

Full trailer

My levels of excitement about this show were first high because the trailer looks fantastic, great music and editing. But the joy reached new levels when I learned of Sorrentino’s involvement. After all, he did write and direct Youth (2015), one of the most visually stunning movies I’ve seen in a while. There’s also the The Great Beauty (2013),  2014’S Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner.

I say bring on the stunning cinematography and storytelling. I can’t wait to find out what really drives Pius XIII – because based on this beautiful trailer, it’s not just love and holy duty.

The Young Pope Release Dates: October 21st, 2016 (GER); 2016 (US)…

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WESTWORLD (2016): New Trailer For HBO Series Starring Anthony Hopkins, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris…

Westworld (2016), Evan Rachel Wood
Westworld (2016), Evan Rachel Wood

Set at a futuristic theme park populated by artificial beings, HBO’s new sci-fi series, Westworld is inspired by Michael Crichton’s 1973 movie of the same name.

I’m not exactly the biggest  sci-fi fan but I’ve identified a number of reasons to get excited about Westworld. One of them is a cast list that includes well respected names like Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Wright, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris and Evan Rachel Wood. Another big reason is the writers who are husband and wife team Lisa Joy Nolan and Jonathan Nolan. That’s  Jonathan Nolan, brother to Christopher Nolan and co-screenwriter of some of the best action / sci-fi  movies of recent years; – The Dark Knight (2008)Inception (2010) and Interstellar (2014),  to name just three…

Teaser trailer

Trailer 1

I’m already in love with  Westworld  because of the reasons above – including the trailer. Needless to say I’ll be tuning in. I’m just hoping that when the time comes, the show will end in a reasonably timely manner. You know,  before it becomes annoyingly tedious and not very good… for example, as much as I don’t completely dislike Game Of Thrones, I feel as though it needs to be wrapped up already.

Westworld starts in October 2016 on HBO.

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GAME OF THRONES (2011 – ): I Finally Watched To See What The Hype Is All About…

Game Of Thrones (2011-), Michiel Huisman (Daario Naharis)
Game Of Thrones (2011-), Michiel Huisman (Daario Naharis)

Based on the short stories by George R.R. Martin, my original plan to start watching Game of Thrones – only when the entire show is over has failed. I’m nearly up to date and I get why it’s a hit. The stories, characters, execution and eye candy are all part of the magic.

Soon after starting, I had strong doubts as to whether I could commit to watching the evil of the Lannisters and worse. Believe me, worse evil definitely follows. I eventually persevered but only after I was reassured that the Lannisters get whats coming to them in the following seasons.

To put it very simply, Game of Thrones is a fantasy TV show about the fight between several noble families for ultimate power; the power to sit upon the iron throne and rule over the land.

Game Of Thrones (2011-), Jack Gleeson (Joffrey Baratheon)
Game Of Thrones (2011-), Jack Gleeson (Joffrey Baratheon)

What became clear to me quite quickly as I watched is that there really is only one true royal that the iron throne appears to belong to. The real question is whether the rightful owner will win it. Having not read the books on which Game of Thrones is based, I have no idea – and with the shows reputation for killing characters the audience gets attached to, absolutely anything is possible. Even with all that I think the belief that evil is not going to win in the end is important. It’s part of the reason why I’m sticking with it; to see how evil is ended and everything concluded.

At this current point in season 6, I have to admit that I’m ready for things to be permanently wrapped up. Don’t get me wrong. Though I wouldn’t call myself as completely obsessed, I like the show and some characters. Especially Peter dinklage’s Tyrion Lannister (because of his dialogue), Tom Wlaschiha’s Jaqen H’ghar (because of the general mystery plus the rhythm of his speech). Then there’s Kit Harrington’s John Snow and his impeccable hair, of course.

Game Of Thrones (2011-) Tom Wlaschiha (Jagen H'gher) & Maisie Williams (Arya Stark)
Game Of Thrones (2011-) Tom Wlaschiha (Jagen H’gher) & Maisie Williams (Arya Stark)

As for a few things about the show that I wish weren’t so, I think there are too many different stories and they’re not always the ones you wish you were watching in a given hour long episode.

At one or two moments, I did find myself thinking ‘but does that ring true?’ For example, if you’re likely to be killed very shortly unless someone in the most deep of ‘sleeps’ wakes up and helps, would you not slap them in the face at least once when simply shouting and shaking them isn’t working? I’m not saying the slap would definitely work, but surely you would slap someone? Particularly if a bucket of iced water isn’t an option. It may just be that everyone is just not as smart / violent as I am. Perhaps. Wink, wink.

Game Of Thrones (2011-), Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) & Ciarán Hinds (Mance Rayder)
Game Of Thrones (2011-), Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) & Ciarán Hinds (Mance Rayder)

There’s no doubt that Game of Thrones is good, it’s just a question of whether it’s your kind of good. What has impressed me most about the show isn’t a single character or story line, but rather, the 10-15 minute action sequence when the white walkers attack the wildlings. Epic is most definitely the word. I was gripped for every single second of that, thanks to a great musical score, well choreographed action, good editing and everything else.

Watch it if you’re curious.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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ROOTS (2016): New Trailer Starring Malachi Kirby, Forrest Whitaker and Anna Paquin

Roots (2016), Malachi Kirby
Roots (2016), Malachi Kirby

Today’s movie comes in the shape of a TV mini-series. I don’t ordinarily feature mini-series on here but this trailer…!

British actor Malachi Kirby, Matthew Goode, Forrest Whitaker and Anna Paquin are the stars of Roots – to name just a few. Based on the book by Alex Haley, Roots presents a portrait of American slavery, following the journey of one family, their will to survive and transcend their circumstances.

As many will be aware, this is not the first dramatisation of Alex Haley’s best selling book. The previous version starred LeVar Burton and was released in 1977 to great critical acclaim. I’ll be watching because this trailer looks great and Roots is based on Haley’s own family history.

Other cast members include Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Anika Noni Rose and Tip “T.I.” Harris.

Roots (2016), Anna Paquin
Roots (2016), Anna Paquin

Roots (2016) Release Date(s): May 30th, 2016 (US), simulcast on A&E Studios and Lifetime, in addition to the HISTORY channel.

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