I saw the names Kevin Spacey and Michael Shannon which led me to immediately watching the new trailer for the Liza Johnson directed comedy, Elvis & Nixon…
In terms of the casting, at first I thought, ‘What? Michael Shannon? As Elvis?’ But then I finished watching the trailer…
Shannon certainly doesn’t bear much of a facial resemblance to Elvis Presley but it does look like he’s succeeded in all the other key areas. I say this having not heard him sing. In fact, I’m not even sure that he’ll sing at all in the film. I’ll be watching for the comedy and the two lead actors.
Evan Peters, Colin Hanks and Alex Pettyfer also star.
Something peculiar and featuring very promising cinematography is coming and it’s called High-Rise…
Starring Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons and Luke Evans, High-Rise is a film about life veering out of control for the residents of a tower block / high rise building. The cinematography, editing and mysterious happenings in this trailer has me curious. I’m hoping that all my guesses about what it could all possibly mean are proven incorrect upon viewing.
Richard Linklater, director of Oscar winning film, Boyhood (2014) is back with Everybody Wants Some, a comedy centred around a group of college baseball players set in the 80s…
The makers have referred to the movie as the ‘spiritual sequel to Dazed & Confused (1993)’, a film I haven’t seen but it’s a comedy set in the 7os and follows the adventures of high schools students on the last day of school.
Everybody Wants Some will probably be my first experience of a Linklater comedy. Should be interesting but probably more so for big fans of 80s music because I’m sure the soundtrack is going to be a big deal.
Wyatt Russell, Ryan Guzman, Zoey Deutch, J. Quinton Johnson, Tyler Hoechlin and Blake Jenner star.
Directed by Luca Guadagnino, A Bigger Splash is a new mystery / crime / drama starring Matthias Schoenaertz, Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson and Ralph Fiennes…
I rather like the vibe of the trailer but not just because it seems to be set in sunny Italy. The music, editing and the little we now know about the characters and tensions so far has me mighty curious.
At this stage it’s probably a safe bet that for the characters of A Bigger Splash, things are unlikely to end well. Also Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) randomly came to mind… I need to re-watch that movie.
Embrace Of The Serpent, the latest film from writer/ director Cirro Guerra is about the search for a sacred healing plant in the Amazon jungle…
It’s the title, absence of colour, ominous music and beautiful visuals that first caught my attention. I like the film’s title because it seems to promise death by the not so loving ’embrace’ of a serpent. If true, I’m curious to see how that would be captured on film. If not, an intriguingly different story is still on the way. I, of course found myself reminded of the brilliant Apocalypto (2006) – if only because of Karamakate, the Amazonian shaman’s attire.
Based on the best selling book by Uzodinma Iweala and directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, Beasts of No Nation is a film responsible for one of my favourite trailers of 2015.
Starring Idris Elba and Abraham Attah, the movie tells the story of a young boy called Agu, his experiences from being a smart, imaginative and relatively happy child in an unnamed African country, to a child soldier fighting in a brutal civil war.
Both of the main actors deliver impressive performances in Fukunaga’s movie. As a first time actor, newcomer Attah does a great job of portraying a child’s emotional journey from a life of relative ease to all that he was forced to become in order to survive. It’s no surprise that young Attah has been nominated for and already won a number of notable awards.
It goes without saying that Beasts Of No Nation won’t be the easiest movie to sit through. But it’s worth it for the story and movie making artistry. There’ll be no finding yourself ‘wanting for memorable scenes’ because you’ll find beautifully scored, choreographed and captured moments. The ‘take the bridge’ sequence being just one.
The fact that plenty of us will probably only ever have to experience most of the unfortunate things that happen in Agu’s story from the other side of a screen will leave you grateful. Perhaps even more grateful for those who happen to be closer to the story than most.
I’m now going to watch the Beasts Of No Nation trailer again – just one more time (for today). I just love it that much. After a while it’ll be time for another viewing of the movie because you know, I probably missed something subtle yet important the first time round.
Burnt stars Bradley Cooper and it’s a film about a talented chef’s journey to get his life back on track following one huge misstep. After watching the Burnt trailer a few months ago, I found myself unsure about how good I may end up finding the finished product.
The expectation was that I would fall in love with the food in the movie whilst enjoying learning about Cooper’s Adam Jones. What I found is that I didn’t fall in love with the food nor did I connect very much with Bradley Cooper’s character.
The lack of connection with the protagonist may have something to do with Adam Jones not being particularly likeable. It could also be the film’s seemingly odd structure and the feeling that the musical score didn’t fit especially comfortably.
In short, Burnt isn’t in the top ten of my favourite Bradley Cooper movies. However, there are one or two things I did like. For example, Uma Thurman’s performance stood out and I liked the way the story had me thinking about teamwork, friendship and redemption. I really enjoyed the interesting information about the Michelin Guide and how the establishment goes about awarding stars to superior hotels and restaurants in Europe. That I really loved.
If you’re after a good movie for food lovers, the kind that will make you wish you could reach into the screen to grab a piece of what the characters are eating, I recommend Chef (2014) and Julie & Julia (2009). Burnt is probably more for rather serious Bradley Cooper fans and those curious about the experience of a successful Chef.
American Sniper (2014)remains my favourite of Bradley Cooper’s performances. I’m not sure that 2015 was his year, though I did love his work in director David O. Russell’s Joy (2015), a great movie.