Category Archives: War

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

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, 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 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 is also 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 dress is stunning.

The Aftermath (2019), Keira Knightley

Classic and classy are the words for 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’. That’s kind of my answer too.

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THE AFTERMATH (2019): The Things I Liked…

The Aftermath (2019), Keira Knightley, Fox Searchlight
The Aftermath (2019), Keira Knightley, Fox Searchlight

Set in Hamberg, Germany, in director James Kent’s post WWII drama The Aftermath, Jason Clarke plays British colonel Lewis Morgan. Morgan is assigned to live in Hamberg where his wife Rachael (Keira Knightly) reluctantly agrees to join him. The house provided to the colonel is occupied by German architect Stephen (Alexander Skarsgård) and his daughter, who now have to move out with the arrival of the British couple. It is the resultant tensions between the film’s characters inside and outside the house that helped keep me interested in The Aftermath.

I like the way parts of Kent’s film is lit, shot and edited. The latter particularly in regards to the truth of the nature of Morgan’s relationship with his wife. Even though The Aftermath is set during quite a sad time for many of the characters, I didn’t find the experience of watching the movie to be especially depressing – which is probably thanks to all the romance. I mean, they do say that there’s nothing like love to lift one’s spirits.

In addition to the romance, I adored the gorgeous main house in which several scenes are shot. It certainly proved a welcome contrast to all the bombing rubble outside. Another highlight I noticed at trailer stage is Rachael’s attire. It seems as though Knightley always gets to wear great clothing in her movies. Perhaps it’s written into her contract. Either that or she just has the ability to make clothes look fantastic. The latter definitely seems more likely.

Watch The Aftermath if you’re curious. It’s not perfect but there are things to like about it. One thing you may realise by the end is just how perfect the film’s title really is – considering all the various ‘aftermaths’ within.

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SHADOW (2019): New Trailer From Director Yimou Zhang And Starring Chao Deng, Li Sun, Ryan Zheng…

Shadow (2018), Well Go USA Entertainment
Shadow (2018), Well Go USA Entertainment

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.

Shadow Release Dates : May 3rd, 2019 (US)…

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THE AFTERMATH (2019): New Trailer From Keira Knightley, Aleksander Skarsgård, Jason Clarke…

The Aftermath (2019), Alexander Skarsgård
The Aftermath (2019), Alexander Skarsgård

Read my spoiler-free movie review of The Aftermath (2018)


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.

The Aftermath Release Dates: March 1st, 2019 (UK); April 26th, 2019 (US)…

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WHERE HANDS TOUCH (2018): New Trailer From Amandla Stenberg, Abbie Cornish, Christopher Eccleston, George MacKay…

Where Hands Touch (2018), Amandla Stenberg
Where Hands Touch (2018), Amandla Stenberg

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.

Where Hands Touch Release Dates: September 14th, 2018 (US); 2018 (UK)…

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