THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. (2015): Stylish & Fun

The Man From U.N.C.L.E (2015), Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer
The Man From U.N.C.L.E (2015), Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer

Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Hugh Grand and Elizabeth Debicki star in Director Guy Ritchie’s latest spy movie, The Man From U.N.C.L.E ( U.N.C.L.E meaning United Network Command for Law and Enforcement).

I was initially quite concerned after watching the trailer for The Man From U.N.C.L.E. because I feared that the film would contain one or two very questionable accents. I’m neither Russian nor American, so perhaps I’m not the right person to say, but both Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer’s respective American and Russian accents sound rather above board to me.

As for the movie’s spectacle, I found The Man From U.N.C.L.E. adequately entertaining. The story, style and everything in the film, including all aspects of design, namely the fashion, cars and interiors… all of it plus the dialogue did just enough to keep me watching.

I also really enjoyed a relatively short but beautifully captured moment of rage towards the end of the movie. Though, overall, I strongly doubt whether there’ll ever be a Guy Ritchie movie that could unseat the top positions that

his first two films, Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch (2000) continue to hold in my heart and mind.

Tune in to The Man From U.N.C.L.E. for the design / style and if you haven’t already, make time for Ritchie’s very smart first two movies. They are super!

Happy Film loving 🙂

G

4TH MAN OUT (2015): New Trailer Starring Parker Young & Chord Overstreet

4th Man Out (2015), Chord Overstreet, Evan Todd, Jon Gabrus
4th Man Out (2015), Chord Overstreet, Evan Todd, Jon Gabrus

What happens when one of 4 small town guys comes out of the closet to his 3 unsuspecting best friends?  Starring Evan Todd, Chord Overstreet and Parker Young, this is the premise of 4th Man Out

Directed by Andrew Nackman, I’m glad that 4th Man Out looks like a positive movie about a young man and his evolved best friends. I’m most curious about the small town setting, the journeys of the four main characters and the humour – always the humour.

4th Man Out Release date(s): February 5th, 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

SICARIO (2015): For The Performances, Music, Cinematography & Tension

Sicario (2015), Benicio Del Toro
Sicario (2015), Benicio Del Toro

Set in the US / Mexico border area in the middle of the escalating war on drugs, Emily Blunt plays a ‘fish out of water’ FBI agent recruited by Josh Brolin’s Matt Graver. Benicio Del Toro’s character is the mysterious consultant, Alejandro who Graver brings along for the ride.

‘Bristling with expertly captured tension’ is one way to describe Sicario; whether it’s the tensions between law enforcement and the criminals or the tensions between the film’s main characters. Sicario is excellently scored, filled with stunning visuals and really notable performances, especially from Blunt and Del Toro.

Sicario (2015), Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt
Sicario (2015), Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt

In terms of things that I wish were different about the movie, director Denis Villeneuve’s film has a few stretches of time that had me wishing for more things to happen. I’m sure that when little seemed to be taking place in terms of action and drama, those moments were true representations of what days can be like for the main characters involved. Unfortunately, those moments just made my mind wander elsewhere.

Overall, Sicario is a very good movie. Just don’t expect continuous action/ drama, for this is neither Training Day (2001) nor End Of Watch (2012); both great films.

Other key characters are played by Daniel Kaluuya, Victor Garber, Jon Bernthal and Jeffrey Donovan.

A reminder of the film’s excellent trailer

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

MIA MADRE (2015) New Trailer John Turturro & Margherita Buy

Mia Madre (2015), Margherita Buy
Mia Madre (2015), Margherita Buy

I’m excited about John Turturro and Margheria Buy’s new movie, Mia Madre (My Mother) because it looks like a great character study at a specific moment in time…

It also happens that the main protagonist played by Buy is a female director who is working on a film whilst in the midst of an existential crisis. Both very interesting facts to me.

This Mia Madre trailer is a beautifully edited, featuring good music and intriguing moments of drama and comedy. Giulia Lazzarini and Nanni Moretti (the film’sdirector) also star.

Mia Madre Release Date(s): March 25th, 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

NINE LIVES (2015): New Trailer Starring Kevin Spacey, Christopher Walken & Robbie Amell

Nine Lives (2016), Kevin Spacey (Voice)
Nine Lives (2016), Kevin Spacey (Voice)

In the latest film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld of the 1997 and 2002 Men In Black movies, we have Kevin Spacey playing a businessman trapped in the body of his family cat…

Trailer 1

Trailer 2

First Keanu (2016) and now Nine Lives, it looks this might be the year of the Hollywood movie star cats.

Also starring Robbie Amell, Jennifer Garner, Christopher Walken, Cheryl Hines and Mark Consuelos, the premise of Nine Lives is of course nuts. I’m still hoping to be very pleasantly surprised nonetheless. First because it’s Kevin Spacey; second, Christopher Walken and last but not least, I like the way the words ‘Just drown me’ are delivered in this trailer.

Bring on the good voice work and amusing dialogue for I am ready!

For the cat lovers of the world, if I had to guess I’d say that the gorgeous Mr Fuzzy Pants belongs to the Birman cat variety, a very popular type of cat.

Nine Lives Release Date(s): August 5th, 2016 (US & UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

THE LOBSTER (2015): It’s Good & You May Be Surprised…

The Lobster (2015), Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz
The Lobster (2015), Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz

Starring Colin Farrell, and Rachel Weisz, The Lobster is a sci-fi/ comedy/ romance set in a world that looks like earth but there are very different rules that govern how to live. One rule being, you have to live in a couple. If single you’re sent to a hotel where you’ll have 45 days to find a partner. Should you fail to do so, you get turned into an animal of your choosing.

‘Delightfully nuts’ were the words that came to mind when I first saw the trailer for The Lobster. After experiencing The Lobster I’d say that my words were accurate.

There is one thing I didn’t expect and that is just how dark the film actually gets. I found myself very happily amused from the start to around half way through. Then the darkness sets in and I basically didn’t laugh again until very close to the end.

The Lobster (2015), John C. Reilly
The Lobster (2015), John C. Reilly

The film’s trailer led me to expect more humour than, dare I say, horror. So I found myself somewhat disappointed with the end result. Not to say that The Lobster isn’t good because it’s true what many critics have said, the writing and the concept is original. The film is generally well executed and the movie is funny. I simply just had more fun during the funny moments and much less fun during the dark phase.

The people who love horror and comedy, maybe in equal measure are the one who will have the best time. My favourite thing about writer/ director Yorgos Lanthimos’ movie is that you can hardly accurately guess where the plot will take you next and that, as I’m sure you know is very rare indeed.

Also starring John C. Reilly, Lea Seydoux, Olivia Coleman, Ben Whishaw and Ashley Jensen, watch The Lobster for the humour and the element of difference. Just don’t expect to laugh throughout. If I’m really honest, there actually isn’t that much stopping me from properly labelling The Lobster as a ‘comedy/ horror’ film. However, I am generally quite the wuss, so…

Have you seen it? What did you think?

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE (2016): New Trailer Starring Josh Gad & Jason Sudeikis

The Angry Birds Movie (2016), Josh Gad (Chuck), Jason Sudeikis (Red)
The Angry Birds Movie (2016), Josh Gad (Chuck), Jason Sudeikis (Red)

A new The Angry Birds Movie trailer has landed and I definitely like it more than the teaser

Trailer 1

International Trailer

The use of Michael Jackson’s Bad seems to fit a little better now, perhaps. I can’t wait to find out if I’ll like this movie more than The Secret Life of Pets released two months later

The Angry Birds Movie Release Dates May 13th, 2016 (UK), May 20th, (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

ANOMALISA (2015): For A Unique Experience & The Truth In The Writing / Execution

Anomalisa (2015), David Thewlis as Michael Stone
Anomalisa (2015), David Thewlis as Michael Stone

Written and directed by Charlie Kaufman who also wrote Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004), what can be expected from Anomalisa is a refreshingly unique experience.

Starring the voices of David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tom Noonan, Kaufman’s film is a memorable achievement in storytelling for a number of reasons. Reasons including the writing which feels completely grounded in truth and therefore very relatable. The creative execution through the use of stop-motion animation adds to the general uniqueness. Then there’s the dialogue, its delivery with particular reference to the use of voice and how it is employed.

Anomalisa (2015), Jennifer Jason leigh as Lisa Hesselman
Anomalisa (2015), Jennifer Jason leigh as Lisa Hesselman

All the characters in Anomalisa appear to be wearing masks, something they do throughout the film. What it all means? I haven’t fully concluded just yet. But what I do know is that I enjoyed trying to figure out all that wasn’t immediately obvious. I also appreciated the humorous moments and particularly the character Lisa, played by Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Near the end of the movie, by which point you’ll have a greater understanding of the main character’s predicament, you may find yourself reflecting on the difference between the life you want and the one you have, as well as how you might want to close the gap between the two points.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

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