CRIMSON PEAK (2015): Great Trailer Starring Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska & Jessica Chastain

Crimson Peak (2015), Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska
Crimson Peak (2015), Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska

Crimson Peak might just be my first horror film in a very long time. Considering the stunning beauty of acclaimed director Guillermo Del Toro’s new trailer, it shouldn’t be too surprising…

The stunning cinematography and impressive talent, namely Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Charlie Hunnam, I’d really like to consider myself back into horror movies. At least this particularly seductive gothic romance.

All I need to do now is decide how I feel about potentially losing a week of sleep as a result. Quite likely, especially if Crimson Peak has the same effect on me as watching The Omen (1976) at age 12 once did.  I want to think that I’ve matured since then. Either way, the massive bags under my eyes or lack thereof will let everyone know.

Release Date (s): October 16th 2015 (US & UK).

Happy Scary Film Loving 🙂

G

BEGIN AGAIN (2013): For A Great Story, Good Performances, Music & New York

Begin Again (2013), Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo
Begin Again (2013), Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo

I’d been looking forward to watching Begin Again for a while. Being a big Mark Ruffalo fan is one of the reasons. The other is Keira Knightly; but really, the biggest draw of all is the story about individuals who chance upon a way to start over after things unexpectedly fall apart.

The story is great for anyone who can relate to the subject matter as well as if you’re just after a well executed drama set in New York City and with good music at the heart.

Adam Levine, Hailee Steinfeld, Yasin Bey (better known as Hip/Hop artist Mos Def) and Catherine Keener make up the very competent supporting cast.

Written and directed by John Carney, Begin Again is a  universal story beautifully told. The family element, especially the father / daughter relationship between Ruffalo and Seinfeld’s characters is a lovely highlight, as is what James Corden achieves in his role.

Begin Again (2013), Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley, James Corden
Begin Again (2013), Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley, James Corden

Watch it because it’s good and because you can’t be in New York City right now but you really want to be.  In case you find yourself worrying about Keira Knightley’s singing, it’s admittedly not the best but it also isn’t bad enough to kill the film.

Happy Begin Again 🙂

G

SPECTRE (2015): A Thrilling Piece Of Trailer Perfection

Spectre (2015), Daniel Craig
Spectre (2015), Daniel Craig

The final Spectre trailer has landed and to be honest I feared that it might show far more than I care to see before the movie. I’m delighted  to confirm that it doesn’t…

I’m beyond ready for October 16th (UK release date). Available in the US November 6th, 2015.

Happy Spectre 🙂

G

SPY (2015): It’s Good, People. It’s Good

Spy (2015), Melissa McCarthy
Spy (2015), Melissa McCarthy

Watching a spy movie and not having at least one thing about it reminding you of James Bond – the most famous spy of them all, is near enough impossible. Starring Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law and Jason Statham, the Paul Feig written/ directed Spy is no exception.

Unlike 007 however, spy is a comedy as well as an action film – and a rather good one at that.

An entertaining experience with a well written story, fun dialogue and characters is how I describe the movie. The dynamic between Jason Statham and Melissa McCarthy’s characters is a big highlight. Rose Byrne’s Rayna Boyanov is also another plus.

Spy (2015), Jude Law, Rose Byrne
Spy (2015), Jude Law, Rose Byrne

The other very reliable cast members include Allison Janney, Miranda Hart, Sam Richardson, Morena Baccarin and Bobby Cannavale.

Watch it because it’s good. I found Jude Law’s character a tad annoying at first but it’s not so bad because the movie is a Melissa McCarthy vehicle and Spy is definitely my favourite of her roles since Bridesmaids (2011), also directed by Paul Feig.

Happy Spy 🙂

G

RUN ALL NIGHT (2015): I tuned In For The Chase

Run All Night (2015), Liam Neeson
Run All Night (2015), Liam Neeson

Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, there’s another reason I watched Run All Night, besides its New York mobster underworld setting and its stars Liam Neeson and Joel Kinnaman. I like how the title implies that the movie is essentially an all night chase sequence.

Run All Night does indeed feature an all night pursuit and you’ll find yourself holding your breath in several tension filled moments. Though, as satisfactory as the chases are, it was very much the less than ideal father/ son relationship between Jimmy Conlon (Neeson) and his son Mike (Kinnaman) that really kept me invested.

Now having seen Run All Night, my favourite movie chases are still delivered by the Mel Gibson directed Apocalypto (2006) and Tony Scott’s Enemy Of The State (1998).

Watch Run All Night if you’re curious about the father son dynamic mentioned above and if you can’t get enough of films that feature Neeson protecting loved ones and taking down bad guys; something he did most brilliantly in Taken (2008).  Otherwise, for your fix of a recent New York City mobster underworld movie, you can’t go wrong with The Drop (2014).

Ed Harris, Boyd Holbrook, Genesis Rodriguez, Common and Bruce McGillalso star in Run All Night.

Happy Film Loving  🙂

G

RONALDO (2015): New Trailer For Cristiano Ronaldo Documentary

Ronaldo (2015), Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo (2015), Cristiano Ronaldo

I have very fond memories of watching football matches that featured Cristiano Ronaldo when he was still at Manchester United. The greatness of the athlete was and still is, undeniable.

From award winning director Anthony Wonke, Ronaldo is about what it is that makes the man. Through   unprecedented access to the much celebrated footballer and his inner circle, over 14 months, get to know more of Ronaldo’s story from the beginning through to his life today…

Ronaldo will be good for my general curiosity about extraordinary people. May this documentary be at least half as memorable as Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Pumping Iron (1977).

Release Date (s): November 9th (UK)

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

HITCHCOCK / TRUFFAUT (2015: New Trailer For Documentary About The One That Inspired Your Favourite Movie Directors

Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015),  Alfred Hitchcock
Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015), Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock is a name all fans of film learn about sooner or later. He is the most famous British director and has inspired many directors after him.

In this Kent Jones directed documentary, a selection of some of the best film directors of today talk about how much Hitchcock influenced their own work. Particularly what they learned of Hitchcock’s approach to film making, in French director Francoise Truffaut’s 1966 publication, Cinema According to Hitchcock…

Martin Scorsese, David Fincher and Wes Anderson are three of the directors who share their experience in Hitchcock / Truffaut.

Release date(s)… 

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

I SMILE BACK (2015): New Trailer Starring Josh Charles & Sarah Silverman As A Troubled Woman

I Smile Back (2015), Sarah Silverman
I Smile Back (2015), Sarah Silverman

Funny woman Sarah Silverman has a new trailer and it’s not a comedy…

The last time I saw Silverman in a serious dramatic role, she was in Take This Waltz (2011). This time round she’s not a supporting actress but the lead. So if you’re a fan of her comedy, make sure you’re in the mood to watch a drama because you probably don’t want to find yourself disappointed because you’re wanting or expecting her to be funny.

Directed by Adam Salky, Josh Charles and Thomas Sadoski also star

Release date (s): October 23rd (2015) (US)

Happy I Smile Back 🙂

G

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