DESIERTO (2015): Terrifying New Trailer Starring Gael Garcia Bernal

Desierto (2015), Gael Garcia Bernal, Alondra Hidalgo
Desierto (2015), Gael Garcia Bernal, Alondra Hidalgo

Starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Desierto is  directed by Jonas Cuaron.  It may look terrifying but it’s  not quite a horror movie;  just in the same way that the brilliant Apocalypto (2006)  is also not a horror film…

I’m ready for the manhunt chase sequences and story of love and survival.

Desierto Release Date (s): October 14th, 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

PEOPLE PLACES THINGS (2015): For The Writing, Honesty & Skilled Comic Timing

People Places Things (2015), Jermaine Clement
People Places Things (2015), Jermaine Clement

People Places Things is the brainchild of writer / director, James C. Strouse. It’s also a film that does a good and entertaining job of navigating that complicated space between a significant break up and the next potential relationship.

Starring Jermaine Clement, Regina Hall, Stephanie Allynne and Jessica Williams; Strouse’s comedy possesses a kooky and pleasantly offbeat quality. A quality that can be partly attributed to the limbo state a few of the characters find themselves in, as well as the unapologetic directness and honesty in the way they communicate with each other.

The things that make People Places Things good remind me of my favourite sitcom of all time, Peep Show. Peeps Show is a British comedy series in which the audience hears the dialogue spoken by all the speaking characters, in addition to the internal dialogue of the show’s two stars – everything they think but never dare say.

Watch it for a cast that are amply gifted with good comic timing, the chance to see Regina Hall in a refreshingly different kind of role, to discover the talents of Jermaine Clement and because People Places Things is good and funny.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

HE NAMED ME MALALA (2015): Plenty You May Already Know But Still Worth It

He Named Me Malala (2015), Malala Yousafzai
He Named Me Malala (2015), Malala Yousafzai

The story of Malala Yousafzai is one that has been extensively covered in the world media (more so in the west). So much so that as I watched the Davis Guggenheim directed He Named Me Malala, I found there to be very little I wasn’t already aware of.

This is not to say that watching He Named Me Malala was a redundant exercise, because I welcomed the opportunity to learn a little more about Malala’s home town and the events that lead to the reason everyone knows her name today.

Guggenheim’s documentary tells you Malala’s story from before she was born to how her life has irrevocably changed since the fateful incident when the Taliban aimed a gun t her head and fired. Her crime, going to school.

I enjoyed learning about Malala; the strong, intelligent and brave teenager who also happens to be incredibly wise beyond her years. I also welcomed the glimpse into the beautiful relationship between Malala and her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai as well as her relationship with her two younger brothers.

As I watched and learned of several unsettling statistics about how millions of people, especially girls around the world are deprived an education, I was reminded of just how true the following statement is.

‘When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace’ _ Jimi Hendrix

The very impatient side of me just really wishes that ‘when’ were a date rather than a question because change for the good of the many seems to be the kind that always takes far too long to arrive.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

THE LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED (2016): New Documentary On The Lives Of Afghani Children

The Land Of The Enlightened (2016)
The Land Of The Enlightened (2016)

From first- time director Pieter-Jan De Pue, The Land Of The Enlightened follows a group of children from the Kuchi Tribe,who live in a minefield around Bagram airfield, Afghanistan…

The Land Of The Enlightened captures the children’s  daily lives, a life that involves digging up personal mines to sell to other children whose job it is to mine precious blue stones (Lappis Lazulli).

I’ll be tuning in thanks to the haunting atmosphere of this trailer. I also want to see a side of Afghanistan that before, I’d only ever have imagined

Release Date (s): February 2016 (Belgium)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

KUNG FU PANDA 3 (2016): Fun New Trailer Starring Jack Black & Angelina Jolie

Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)
Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)

Just when I thought I’d have to wait until the next Minion movie for a serious overload of cuteness…

I’ve seen pandas in real life and let me say, yes they are very cute but pandas can also be incredibly boring! Sitting around and eating bamboo all day long. So… thank heavens for overactive imaginations – the result of which, in this case is the above really fun trailer for Kung Fu Panda 3.

I love that the Kung Fu Panda movies are about finding your true self as well as being funny and cute – something I’m always happy to get more of.

Jack Black, Lucy Liu, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Brian Cranston and Dustin Hoffman are providing just some of the key voices.

Release Date (s): January 29th, 2016, March 11th, 2016 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT (2016): New Trailer Starring Tina Fey & Margot Robbie

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016), Tina Fey
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016), Tina Fey

There’s a new Tina Fey comedy and it’s not Sisters (2015). Starring Fey, Alfred Molina, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton, Whiskey, Tango Foxtrot tells the story of Kim Barker (Fey), a US journalist stationed in Afghanistan and Pakistan…

I really must give full points for the music in this trailer. It does a great job of setting the tone. Generally, I’m most excited about the humour which I think will work as an antidote to the tension-filled Kilo Two Bravo (2014)another war region movie – though certainly not a comedy.

My fingers crossed the film works, especially  since the last comedy set in Afghanistan (Rock the Kasbah (2015) apparently didn’t do so well.

Release Date (s): March 4th, 2016 (US & UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

STORKS (2016): New Trailer Starring Andy Samberg & Kelsey Grammer

Storks (2016), Kelsey Grammer
Storks (2016), Kelsey Grammer

Kelsey Grammer and Andy Samberg are the stars of Storks, a new and intriguing comedy/ animation, Storks

Teaser Trailer

Trailer 1

This movie looks like fun and I’m excited to learn more about the history behind how storks came to be known for delivering babies. I’m also looking forward to meeting the stork I imagine Adam Samberg will be playing.

Release Dates (s): September 23rd, 2016 (US), October 14th, 2016 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

EDDIE THE EAGLE (2016): New Trailer Starring Hugh Jackman & Taron Egerton

Eddie The Eagle (2016), Taron Egerton
Eddie The Eagle (2016), Taron Egerton

Everybody loves a story where the underdog triumphs in the face of great doubt – and so comes the film of Eddie (‘The Eagle’) Edwards, Great Britain’s first Olympic Ski Jumper…

Starring Christopher Walken, Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman and Jim Broadbent, I’m looking forward to this movie because the message is one we can all use from time to time. I’m also excited about the comedy – and I’m not just referring to Taron Egerton’s facial hair.

Eddie The Eagle is directed by Dexter Fletcher. If you didn’t already know, he played the rather memorable ‘Soap’ (the Chef) in one of my favourite British films, Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels (1998).

Release Date (s): February 26th, 2016 (US), April 1st, 2016 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

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