THE BIG SHORT (2015): For The Entertaining Dialogue & Great Performances

The Big Short (2015), Steve Carell
The Big Short (2015), Steve Carell

You’d think that trying to wrap my ‘non-numbers oriented’ head around the financial market speak of The Big Short might be the hardest thing about the movie. That would be incorrect. I’m afraid having to endure the musical tastes of Michael Burry, Christian Bale’s eccentric character proved far more challenging.

Burry’s penchant for heavy metal aside, the story about the men who saw the credit and housing bubble collapse coming – and proceeded to profit from it is one I enjoyed quite a bit. The narrative structure, dialogue, pace, editing and performances all came together beautifully. Steve Carell was particularly entertaining as Mark Baum. A performance I see as a great follow-up to his notable work in Foxcatcher (2014).

Like The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013), the Wall Street setting of the The Big Short, is very much a boys club and from such situations often come the opportunity for rather entertaining banter, hence my appreciation for the film’s dialogue.

Director, Adam McKay’s film didn’t teach me anything new in terms of how the world works. What it did do is remind me that it pays to have a good understanding of the reality of the bank’s priorities and what that can come to mean for the average person.

Some people have called The Big Short depressing. The reality the film deals with isn’t the kind of news that’ll make your day. However, there’s humour here and the information within the movie, plus its creative execution makes the experience worthwhile.

The Big Short is based on a book of the same name by Michael Lewis. Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Brad Pitt and Christian Bale are the main stars.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

 

BACK IN THE DAY (2016): New Trailer Starring William DeMeo, Michael Madsen & Alec Baldwin

Back In The Day (2016), Willaim DeMeo
Back In The Day (2016), Willaim DeMeo

For all fans of boxing movies, here comes another one…

This trailer isn’t perfect but I’m interested in the fighter’s story. More so than the actual fight sequences. The fighter, Anthony is played by Christian DeMeo (young Anthony) and William Demeo. When Young Anthony’s parents are no longer in the picture, how will the relationship between him and the mob boss that has taken him under his wing play out?  I’m hoping this movie may just be better than the trailer may suggest.

Michael Madsen, Shannen Doherty, Danny Glover, Alec Baldwin and Mike Mike Tyson also star.

Back In The Day Release Dates: May 20th, 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

 

GENIUS (2016): New Trailer Starring Colin Firth, Jude Law & Nicole Kidman

Genius (2016), Colin Firth
Genius (2016), Colin Firth

In Genius, the new movie directed by Michael Grandage, Colin Firth is Max Perkins, the book Editor who oversaw the work of some of America’s best known writers. Namely, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe and Ernest Hemingway…

Genius looks like the kind of movie that’ll be most interesting to writers and fans of the key actors involved. I’m just not sure that this particular cut of the trailer has me that eager to see the film. Only if the inauthenticity of Jude Law’s accent wasn’t so obvious, maybe…

Nicole Kidman, Vanessa Kirby, Dominic West, Laura Linney and Guy Pearce also star.

Genius Release Dates: July 29th, 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

THE SHALLOWS (2016): New Trailer Starring Blake Lively

The Shallows (2016), Blake Lively
The Shallows (2016), Blake Lively

The trailer for Blake Lively’s latest movie, The Shallows has my attention…

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Lively’s character finds herself in a less than desirable predicament involving mother nature and a creature of the deep. I’m excited to see how things pan out for her and to see what new survival skills if any I can acquire in the process.

The shallows Release Dates: June 24th, 2016 (US); July 1st, 2016 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

BEN HUR (2016): New Trailer Starring Jack Huston & Morgan Freeman

Ben Hur (2016), Jack Huston
Ben Hur (2016), Jack Huston

Today’s trailer is an interesting one. It’s the remake of a classic film of the same name and one that is loved by many. The movie is Ben Hur and Jack Huston is the actor in the title role that was first made famous back in 1959 by Charlton Heston…

I don’t know about this trailer. What I do know for sure at this point is that I have to watch Charlton Heston’s much celebrated version before and if I watch this one. This edit just doesn’t have that potentially ‘epic movie look and feel’ I was hoping for.

Morgan Freeman, Nazanin Boniadi, Rodrigo Santoro and Haluk Bilgner are some of the supporting cast in this Timur Bekmambetov directed ‘brother against brother’ tale of vengeance.

Ben Hur Release Dates: August 12th, 2016 (US); August 26th, 2016 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN (2016), New Trailer From Tim Burton, Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Green…

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children (2016), Asa Butterfield, Eva Green
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (2016), Asa Butterfield, Eva Green

From director, Tim Burton and starring Asa Butterfield and Eva Green, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children is today’s trailer…

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Based on a best selling book by Ransom Riggs, I’m sure fans of the story will forgive you in the event that X-Men pops into your mind while the trailer plays.

what I’m most curious about is all the peculiarities imagined by the the author. I’ll certainly be very happy if I find this movie any more original than the peculiarities of the children.

So far I don’t like the trailer song. It feels too annoyingly obvious. The instrumental is ok but the words… Sadly for me, sound is not my peculiarity.

Judi Dench, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris O’Dowd, Allison Janney and Ella Wahlestedt also star.

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children Release Dates: September 30th, 2016 (US), November 3rd, 2016 (GER)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

SAUSAGE PARTY (2016): New Trailer From Seth Rogen, James Franco & Jonah Hill

Sausage Party (2016), Seth Rogen (Voice)
Sausage Party (2016), Seth Rogen (Voice)

Sausage Party is the brand new comedy from Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen and James Franco. It’s an animation comedy and the key characters are food…

I wasn’t a big fan of Rogen’s previous movie, The Night Before (2015). But my fingers are crossed with this new ‘food horror.’ The different personalities assigned to all food items is an intriguing thing.

Directed by  Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan; the film stars several Rogen regulars, including Michael Cera, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson. Salma Hayek, Edward Norton and Paul Rudd also lend their voices.

Sausage Party Release Dates: August 12th, 2016 (US & UK), August 18th, 2016 (GER), September 14th (FR)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

POPSTAR – NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING (2016): New Comedy Trailer From Andy Samberg & Imogen Poots

Popstar - Never Stop Never Stopping (2016), Andy Samberg
Popstar – Never Stop Never Stopping (2016), Andy Samberg

Popstar – Never Stop Never Stopping is a brand new comedy coming this summer and it stars  Andy Samberg as popstar Conner4Real…

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The story follows the superstar after very disappointing album sales. Very much a perfect place for the comedy to start, if you ask me.

I’m really hoping that this movie will be better than 7 Days In Hell (2015) – which for me, turned out to be much funnier in trailer form.

With cameos from music industry personalities and artists including Simon Cowell, Carrie Underwood and Usher, my fingers are tightly crossed.

Maybe Conner4Real can be the Derek Zoolander (2001) of the music industry. Though, perhaps sans the ‘mental challenges’ that plague the stereotypical male model; or not. It doesn’t really matter as long as it’s funny.

Popstar – Never Stop Never Stopping Release Dates: June 3rd, 2016 (US & CAN); August 26th, 2016 (UK) …

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

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