Category Archives: TV

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)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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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.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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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 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, because there really is worse evil to follow. Only after I was told that the Lannisters do get whats coming to them in the following seasons was my clearly sensitive soul able to persevere.

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. Nevertheless, 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 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 rhythm of speech) and Kit Harrington’s John Snow (because of 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 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 shorty 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? Especially if a bucket of iced water isn’t an option. It may be that everyone is just not as violent as I am. Maybe indeed.

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 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 really 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.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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7 DAYS IN HELL (2015): Kit Harrington, Andy Samberg & Fred Armisen In New HBO Comedy

7 Days In Hell (2015), Kit Harrington
7 Days In Hell (2015), Kit Harrington

7 Days In Hell is HBO’s new sports comedy/ TV movie starring Andy Samberg, Kit Harrington, Mary Steenburgen, Fred Armisen and many more including Serena Williams and John McEnroe who play versions of themselves.

Shot in the style of a documentary expose, the TV movie focuses on the rivalry between two fictional tennis players, known to be the greatest of all time and their 2004 match that lasted 7 days. The concept is definitely nuts, but in the very best way.

All I know of Kit Harrington is that he is / was in that massively successful TV Show, Game Of Thrones, a series I’m still  yet to watch, but something tells me that his Seven Days In Hell character, Charles Poole is very different to Jon Snow in an exciting way.

7 Days In Hell (2015), Fred Armisen
7 Days In Hell (2015), Fred Armisen

I’m expecting great performances from the entire cast, but besides Kit Harrington’s character, I really hope there’s plenty of Fred Armisen as the Tennis Historian because my, that accent is really rather good / brilliantly entertaining.

Happy 7 Days In Hell 🙂

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DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES: Thank You Mrs Van De Kamp!

Desperate Housewives, Bree Van De Kamp
Desperate Housewives, Bree Van De Kamp

It’s been more than two years since ABC’s Desperate Housewives came to an end.

Of the four main female characters,  my favourite was definitely Lynette Scavo. She wasn’t perfect but her ingenuity and artfulness when dealing with her adorable yet rather mischievous children was an inspiration.

Whenever the show crosses my mind, I always recall Marcia Cross’ excellent portrayal of Bree Van de Kamp.

A favourite Bree scene would be where she passes out on her front lawn after an extended period of alcoholic excess – only to be awaken by sprinklers turned on by her son, Andrew.

The scene is certainly funny. It’s also a great reminder to always be wary of potentially harmful and addictive pursuits; for it would appear far too easy to yield in moments of great emotional distress.

What impression has Desperate Housewives left on you? Any particular wisdom that sticks?

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