Yimou Zhang, celebrated director of Hero (2002) and House of Flying Daggers (2004) has a new wuxia (martial heroes) action movie.
Starring Chao Deng, Li Sun, Ryan Zheng and set in a kingdom ruled by a young and unpredictable king; the military commander has a secret weapon, a look-alike who can fool both his enemies and the king himself…
The visuals in this trailer are impressive and the story has me curious. Yet, I must still confess that I’m probably most looking forward to the spectacle of the ‘bladed umbrella weapon.’ I’m ready.
Qianyuan Wang, Jingchun Wang, Jun Hu, Xiaotong Guan, Lei Wu and Bai Feng also star.
Directed by James Kent; The Aftermath is a World War II drama / romance starring a Keira Knightley, Aleksander Skarsgård and Jason Clarke.
At the centre of the story is a British colonel and his wife who are assigned to live in Hamburg, Germany during the post-war reconstruction. Tensions soon arise between them and the German who previously owned the house…
It’s probably too early to say it but I may already have my favourite trailer of this month. This story looks so very compelling thanks to the edit, music, cast, etc. There’s also the fashion. I’m definitely already loving all the clothes and coats on Knightley.
Kate Phillips, Jannik Schümann, Fionn O’Shea and Tom Bell also star.
Written / directed by Amma Asante (Belle 2013) and inspired by true events, Where Hands Touch is the story of Leyna, a bi-racial teen struggling for survival in Nazi Germany.
Key cast includes Amandla Stenberg, Abbie Cornish, Christopher Eccleston, George MacKay…
The phrase ‘inspired by true events’ has me wondering about the actual truth that inspired this story. This movie may move me as much as Belle did. What I’m almost certain of is that this story is going to break my little heart.
Tom Goodman-Hill, Alec Newman, Olivia Vinall, Will Attenborough and Simon Harrison also star.
A Private War is the true story of Marie Colvin, the fearless rebellious spirit who was driven to the frontline of conflicts across the globe, to give voice to the voiceless.
Directed by Matthew Heineman; Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan, Stanley Tucci and Tom Hollander star…
I’ve always been intrigued by people drawn to such dangerous jobs. Especially since it’s so far removed from what I’d rather be doing. I’m guessing a mixture of purpose and adrenaline are contributing factors to the choice.
Alexandra Moen, Corey Johnson, Raad Rawi, Jérémie Laheurte and Jesuthasan Antonythasan also star.
Directed by Saul Dibb, at the core of the story of Journey’s Endis the unfortunate disintegration of a young officers mental state.
Set in 1918 in Aisne, France; officer Stanhope (Sam Claflin) leads a group of British officers into a dugout where they must await their fate.
Also starring Paul Bettany, Tom Sturridge and Asa Butterfield, I was drawn to this movie as a Claflin fan, a fan who wanted to see him in a new type of role… a less romantic one. I have to say that Claflin’s portrayal of Stanthorpe’s struggles may just be my favourite of his performances yet. I appreciates the fact that his character isn’t fully likeable, yet one can’t help but forgive him.
Another reason I like this film is the truth that, unlike what I’m used to in most war films I’ve seen, I appreciate the way Journey’s End showed me an officers mental troubles whilst still at war, as opposed to once he’d returned home. Equally, I was taken by the attitude of Stanthorpe’s superior(s). Particularly how desensitised and seemingly numb they’d become to the unspoken truth of what was coming. In this way, among others, Journey’s End is a film that left me with plenty to think about. Especially pertaining to how I realise that I may not have truly grasped the meaning of what it is to ‘soldier on’ until after watching this film.
In my heart and mind, The Hurt Locker (2008) is still my favourite of the war films I’ve seen. However, Journey’s End is definitely one I’ll remember for reasons including the performances and perspective(s) I didn’t quite expect.
The Catcher Was A Spy is the story of a man in the midst of a double life; working both as a major league baseball player and a spy…
Directed by Ben Lewin; Paul Rudd, Connie Nielsen, Mark Strong and Sienna Miller star…
I don’t know about you, but I haven’t yet encountered a serious, non-comedic Paul Rudd movie that has me excited enough to see it; so deep is my appreciation of his comedic work. Unlike Steve Carell and a few other actors known first for comedy, I’m just finding it hard to make the shift from a funny Rudd to a serious Rudd. I think it’s going to take a film I simply can’t ignore for me to transition. Will The Catcher Was A Spy be that movie? I’m not quite sure yet but I wish.
Guy Pearce, Connie Nielsen, Jeff Daniels, Hiroyuki Sanada and Shea Whigham also star