Category Archives: War

JOJO RABBIT (2019): The Things I Liked…

JoJo Rabbit (2019), Scarlett Johansson, Fox Searchlight
JoJo Rabbit (2019), Scarlett Johansson, Fox Searchlight

Jojo Rabbit, a comedy / drama about a young boy in Hitler’s army who finds out that his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home is a movie I found more and more impressive as it played.

Director and co-writer Taika Waititi really did a great job of bringing humour to one of history’s darkest times. Jojo Rabbit is as funny and smart as others have been saying. I appreciate the way it reminds us of just how easily a young mind can be shaped; while also showing us that young minds are smart enough to figure things out for themselves, given the right circumstances.

JoJo Rabbit (2019), Roman Griffin Davis, Fox Searchlight

I watched Waititi’s movie mainly because of the very intriguing and clever premise, the comedy categorisation, the fact that everyone told me to and the brilliant cast. A talent list that includes Scarlett Johansson, Waititi himself and Sam Rockwell, to name just a few.

Besides the cleverness and notable performances, the colours and beautiful imagery will stay with me when I think of Jojo Rabbit. As will the super cute and talented young actors, Roman Griffin Davis and Archie Yates. There’s also the way Jojo Rabbit reminds me of another brilliant World War 2 drama / comedy. Namely Roberto Benigni’s Life Is Beautiful (1997).

Watch Jojo Rabbit because it’s good – and see exactly why Waititi deserved the win for 2020’s Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar.

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GREYHOUND (2020): New Trailer From Tom Hanks, Elisabeth Shue, Stephen Graham…

Greyhound (2020), Tom Hanks, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Greyhound (2020), Tom Hanks, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Greyhound is a new war drama starring Tom Hanks, Elisabeth Shue and Stephen Graham.

Directed by Aaron Schneider and co-written by Hanks, it’s the story of World War II US Navy skipper Ernest Krausemust who must lead an Allied convoy being stalked by Nazi U-boat wolf packs.

I’m in because it’s Hanks and I want to see how how Commander Ernest Krausemust and hopefully many of his men end up making it out alive.

Also, the last time Hanks played a character at sea in Captain Phillips (2013) I had a great time.

Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Karl Glusman, Maximilian Osinski, Matthew Zuk, Lee Norris, Tom Brittney, Rob Morgan, Grayson Russell, Devin Druid, Dave Davis, Michael Benz and Craig Tate also star.

Greyhound Release Dates: May 8th, 2020 (US & UK)…

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WAITING FOR ANYA (2020): New Trailer From Anjelica Huston, Noah Schnapp, Jean Reno, Sadie Frost…

Waiting For Anya (2020), Anjelica Huston, Jean Reno, Vertical Releases
Waiting For Anya (2020), Anjelica Huston, Jean Reno, Vertical Releases

Based on a true story; starring Anjelica Huston, Jean Reno, Sadie Frost and Noah Schnapp, Waiting For Anaya is a new Ben Cookson directed wartime drama. The story of Jo (Schnappp), a young shepherd along with the help of the widow Horcada (Huston) as the help to smuggle Jewish children across the border from southern France into Spain, during World War2.

Additional key cast includes Frederick Schmidt, Thomas Kretschmann, Nicholas Rowe, Gilles Marini…

The moving and well edited trailer grabbed my attention and now I’m compelled to find out if Anya and her father are reunited.

Tómas Lemarquis, Joséphine de La Baume, Elsa Zylberstein, Urs Rechn, William Abadie, Jean-François Balmer, Raj Awasti

Waiting For Anya Release Dates: February 7th, 2020 (US); February 14th, 2020 (UK)…

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THE LAST FULL MEASURE (2019): New Trailer From Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Plummer, Jeremy Irvine…

The Last Full Measure (2020), Sebastian Stan, RoadsideFlix
The Last Full Measure (2020), Sebastian Stan, RoadsideFlix

Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Plummer and Jeremy Irvine are the stars of The Last full Measure the story of Airman William H. Pitsenbarger, Jr., who was awarded the nation’s highest military honour for his actions on the battlefield, thirty four years after his death.

From Writer / director Todd Robinson; additional key cast includes Bradley Whitford, Ed Harris, Michael Imperioli…

I’m simply curious to find out why it had to take thirty four years for Pitsenbarger, Jr. to get the recognition he deserved. I also haven’t seen Stan in a leading role before so this should be interesting.

Diane Ladd, William Hurt, Alison Sudol, Linus Roache, John Savage, Peter Fonda, Robert Pine and Amy Madigan also star.

The Last Full Measure Release Dates: January 17th, 2020 (US)…

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A HIDDEN LIFE (2019): New Trailer From Terrence Malick, Starring August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Nyqvist…

A Hidden Life (2019), August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, FoxSearchlight
A Hidden Life (2019), August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, FoxSearchlight

Written / directed by Terrence Malick, new drama / biography A Hidden Life is the story of Franz Jägerstätter (August Diehl), an Austrian peasant farmer and an unsung hero, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II.

Additional key cast includes Matthias Schoenaerts, Valerie Pachner, Michael Nyqvist…

I’d never heard of Franz Jägerstätter until today. Now I’m looking forward to seeing how the esteemed Malick approaches this story, visually and otherwise. Fingers crossed for some kind of a happy ending.

Jürgen Prochnow, Bruno Ganz, Alexander Fehling, Ulrich Matthes, Karl Markovics and Franz Rogowski also star.

A Hidden Life Release Dates: January 17th, 2020 (UK)…

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1917 (2019): New Trailer From Sam Mendes, Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, Richard Madden, Mark Strong…

1917 (2019), Benedict Cumberbatch, Universal Pictures
1917 (2019), Benedict Cumberbatch, Universal Pictures

1917 is the latest drama from Oscar winning director Sam Mendes.

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, Richard Madden and Mark Strong, it’s a story set at the height of the First World War. Precisely when two young British soldiers are given an impossible mission in a life or death race against time…

Talk about a love story! What a thoroughly intense predicament.

Bring on the award nominations for one of my favourite directors who has been silent for a while but clearly very busy.

I wonder if my guess is correct in thinking that the brother racing to deliver the message doesn’t make it so his friend carries on instead. I’m sure that what ever the truth, this will still be a memorable audio visual experience.

Andrew Scott, Robert Maaser, Anson Boon, Gerran Howell, Daniel Mays, Adrian Scarborough, Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay, Teresa Mahoney, and Justin Edwards also star.

1917 Release Dates: December 25th, 2019 (US); January 10th, 2020 (UK)…

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JOJO RABBIT (2019): New Trailer From Taika Waititi, Rebel Wilson, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson…

JoJo Rabbit (2019), Scarlett Johansson, Fox Searchlight
JoJo Rabbit (2019), Scarlett Johansson, Fox Searchlight

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Jojo rabbit (2019).


Directed and co-written by Taika Waititi, JoJo Rabbit is a new comedy about a young boy in Hitler’s army who finds out that his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.

Key cast includes Waititi, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson, Rebel Wilson, Alfie Allen…

My question is, how amusing will this satire be considering the time period and subject matter? There’s perhaps extra hope that the result will be good considering all the big names involved. This is my hope.

Stephen Merchant, Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Sitara Attaie, Victoria Hogan, Brian Caspe and Luke Brandon Field also star.

JoJo Rabbit Release Dates: October 18th, 2019 (US), January 3rd, 2020 (UK)…

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THE AFTERMATH (2019) Costume Design – Keira Knightley’s Beautiful Outfits…

Read my spoiler-free movie review of The Aftermath (2019)


Today’s post is a celebration of my favourite of Keira Knightley’s beautiful outfits in The Aftermath (2019). I just Love the clothes and the glorious way they’re lit and framed. A big hooray for costume designer Bojana Nikitovic!

The Aftermath (2019), Keira Knightley

This green jacket, white blouse and silver brooch look is my absolute favourite.

The Aftermath (2019), Keira Knightley

And once more with a hat.

The Aftermath (2019), Keira Knightley

I’m sure it’s not at all often that cardigans have looked this good. Am I right or am I right? That double red line detail really makes it for me.

The Aftermath (2019), Keira Knightley

I’ve always known that yellow and red were meant to be together. That beautiful hint of blue definitely adds a very nice touch.

The Aftermath (2019), Keira Knightley

Silk / satin and that light. This one doesn’t show much but I know you know the yellow halterneck dress is just stunning.

The Aftermath (2019), Keira Knightley

Classic and classy are the words for the blue coat and white shirt. And who doesn’t want to be in a restaurant as well lit as this one right here.

Do you happen to have a favourite? It’s OK if your answer is ‘all of them’ because that’s kind of my answer too.

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