MEDITERRANEA (2015) New Trailer About Risking Everything In Hope of Better

Mediterranea (2015), Koudous Seihon
Mediterranea (2015), Koudous Seihon

Written and directed by Jonas Carpignano, Mediterranea is the story of the experience of two friends who risk their lives in pursuit of opportunity and a brighter future…

The film’s subject matter is both interesting and current.  I feel as though I’m already in a place of empathy and understanding in terms of the protagonist’s motivations. So finding out just how much more I don’t already know will be enlightening.

Koudous Seihon and Alassane Sy are the lead Actors

Release Date (s): November 20th 2015 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

TOMORROWLAND (2015): There Is Something I Liked…

Tomorrowland (2015), Britt Robertson, George Clooney, Raffey Cassidy
Tomorrowland (2015), Britt Robertson, George Clooney, Raffey Cassidy

When I saw the trailer for Academy Award winning director, Brad Bird’s latest sci-fi, Tomorrowland, I wasn’t particularly wowed/ hugely interested. That’s probably because it looked like a kids sci-fi, which it kind of is. Still, I was a little curious, especially with George Clooney as one of the stars.

The future of humanity, optimism and time travel are key themes in Tomorrowland. Its main character is an optimistic teenage science enthusiast played by Britt Robertson. Unfortunately, for reasons I’m not quite certain of, I found myself not really able to connect with Robertson’s protagonist. Not to say that the character’s positive outlook and general optimism didn’t sit well with me, or that it isn’t correct. It’s likely that the general story just didn’t provide the necessary elements required or provide them in the right way (if at all) in order for a connection to happen. It could also be that I’m simply not the target market.

I do have a favourite thing about Tomorrowland and that is the meaning behind the story about ‘feeding the wolf’. Beyond that, Bird’s film just feels like a long winded and not particularly well structured way of saying one thing about the importance of optimism and creativity, especially as it pertains to the future of our planet and everything in it.

Watch Tomorrowland if you absolutely must. However, if you’re just not that curious, the following is a SPOILER / quote of  the feeding the wolf story that I mentioned:

‘There are two wolves and they’re always fighting. One is darkness and despair. The other is light and hope. Which wolf wins…? Whichever one you feed’

Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy, Keegan-Michael Key and Kathryn Hahn also star.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

SOME KIND OF BEAUTIFUL (2014): Not Perfect But There’s Something I LIked…

Some Kind Of Beautiful (2014), Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek
Some Kind Of Beautiful (2014), Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek

Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek and Jessica Alba star in Some Kind Of Beautiful. A Tom Vaughn directed drama/ romance set in England and LA.

Some Kind Of Beautiful is unfortunately not the most well executed movie I’ve seen recently. Its ills include the dialogue, general execution – particularly the lines delivered by Malcolm McDowell and aspects of the story that just don’t make sense to me, in terms of the character’s motivations or lack there of.

I tuned in firstly because I was in the mood for an onscreen romance. Secondly I wanted to watch a movie that wasn’t too demanding of my attention and lastly, I love Salma Hayek, a gifted actress and all round very smart woman.

There are things I did enjoy about Some Kind Of Beautiful and they include the soundtrack, the relationship between the sisters and the sunny LA location. I love to travel, you see. Even when I have to do it using mainly my imagination. 🙂

Watch it if something about the movie strongly appeals or if you really, really must.

Happy Film Loving

G

RACE (2016): New Trailer For The Story Of American Track & Field Athlete, Jesse Owens

Race (2016), Stephan James
Race (2016), Stephan James

The trailer is here for the new film about Jesse Owens, the American athlete who achieved greatness against massive odds…

It’s a shame that upon returning to America after winning 4 gold medals at the Berlin Olympics, Owens wasn’t treated as well as you might expect for an American hero.

During that time, as bad as things were in Nazi Germany, they weren’t great for people of colour in the United States either. Nevertheless, Race, the story of Jesse Owens is still a powerful one, especially for all oppressed people with big dreams.

Directed by Stephen Hopkins; Stephan James stars as Owens with Jason Sudeikis, William Hurt and Jeremy Irons in the key supporting roles.

Release Date (s): February 19th 2016 (US), May 5th 2016 (Germany)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

SAN ANDREAS (2015): For The Visual Effects and…

San Andreas (2015), Carla Gugino, Dwayne Johnson
San Andreas (2015), Carla Gugino, Dwayne Johnson

Directed by Brad Peyton; Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Ioan Gruffudd, and Paul Giamatti are the stars of San Andreas – that California earthquake movie you may have heard about over the summer.

You may also have heard that the visual effects are breathtaking and they are. However, the thing I enjoyed most is actually the unique father daughter relationship. San Andreas isn’t a bad movie, there’s just nothing that feels particularly new about it, therefore making it feel not quite as epic as I’d hoped.

San Andreas (2015), Art Parkinson, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Alexandra Daddario
San Andreas (2015), Art Parkinson, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Alexandra Daddario

Some random things came to mind as I watched:

  • On account of all the dust, running, falling and screaming, how much fun was being an extra on this movie, really?
  • I honestly don’t recall the last time I saw such excellent mother/ daughter casting.
  • You’d have to be blind not to notice Alexandra Daddario’s eyeballs. If you’ve seen the film, I know you noticed!
  • I better be careful because I don’t know anyone that would come and rescue me at a time when the traditional emergency services cannot. But then again… you never know. Just don’t rely on it, of course. But still, you never know…

If by this point you’re still curious, watch it for the impressive visual effects and all else that appeals.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

INGRID BERGMAN IN HER OWN WORDS (2015): New Documentary Looking At The Life Of The Celebrated Actress

Ingrid Bergman In Her Own Words (2015), Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman In Her Own Words (2015), Ingrid Bergman

I love stories of people with big dreams. Especially when they toil to make those dreams come true and succeed. Such is part of the story of Ingrid Bergman, one of the most celebrated actresses of the 20th century and beyond.

Directed by Stig Björkman, Ingrid Bergman In Her Own Words, I look forward to learning more about the core of the artist.

Release Date (s): November 13th 2015 (USA)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

DOPE (2015): For The Cleverness, Comedy, Music & Style

Dope (2015), Kiersey Clemons, Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori
Dope (2015), Kiersey Clemons, Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori

Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori and Kiersey Clemons play the three main characters of rick Famuyiwa’s letest, Dope. Blake Anderson, Kimberly Elise, rapper, A$ap Rocky, Zoe Kravitz and De’aundre Bonds make up some of the key supporting cast.

I’ve watched several of writer/ director Rick Famuyiwa’s films in the past. One of them being The Wood (1999); a movie similar to Dope in the way that it’s a comedy/ drama that tells the story of high school friends growing up in one of America’s toughest neighbourhoods, Inglewood, California.

The beauty with Dope is in the complexity and cleverness of the story, the vibrant cinematography and the way Famuyiwa’s film feels like a celebration of the smarts of the high school geek.

Considering where the film takes place, naturally there are some tense and hair raising moments. Moments that will have everyone that has never lived in a similar neighbourhood counting their lucky stars.

Dope (2015), Zoe Kravitz
Dope (2015), Zoe Kravitz

The good news is that Dope manages to remain positive and an authentic and fun film experience. One that steers clear of becoming far too grim.

Yes, you’ll probably feel grateful as you watch, but what you’ll remember most are the colours, the funny and clever script, the positive / uplifting music and the seldom celebrated smarts of the geek.

Watch it because it’s good.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

JANIS – LITTLE GIRL BLUE (2015): New Trailer For Janis Joplin Documentary

Janis - Little Girl blue (2015), Janis Joplin
Janis – Little Girl blue (2015), Janis Joplin

Before knowing any of her music, Janis Joplin is a name I’m familiar with for being one of those truly gifted and simultaneously tortured musical artists. She, like Curt Cobain, Jimmy Hendrix and most recently Amy Winehouse, all passed away at just 27.

Janis, Little Girl Blue is directed by Amy Berg and delves into what it was that made Joplin great as well as all that eventually resulted in her untimely demise…

Until this trailer, I had no idea that Joplin is partly responsible for the Mercedes Benz song. I guess it might be time to get a little schooled on the First Lady of rock and roll.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

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