THE HATEFUL EIGHT (2015): For Tarantino’s Mastery Of Storytelling & Suspense

The Hateful 8 (2015), Samuel L. Jackson
The Hateful 8 (2015), Samuel L. Jackson

I wasn’t as excited as anticipated after I first saw the first teaser trailer of Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, however I’m thinking that my lacklustre enthusiasm may have had more to do with the film’s genre than anything else.

Admittedly, the western will probably never be my first choice in movie genre but I have absolutely zero regrets post The Hateful Eight and Tarantino’s previous movie Django Unchained (2012), also a western.

Good servings of expert story telling, entertaining dialogue, great music and camerawork are all very present in The Hateful Eight – A film I consider a well sculpted two-plus hours of suspenseful entertainment with an ending you will love.

The cinematography in the movie also manages to stand out even though everything in the film happens at precisely 3 locations.

I liked the pace and the way things really started to build up especially around the moment that the audience starts to hear ‘Silent Night’ on the piano. The tension and suspense at this point is really something to experience and part of the reason Tarantino is considered a master film maker.

The Hateful 8 (2015), Walton Goggins
The Hateful 8 (2015), Walton Goggins

If you hadn’t already guessed, I think that The Hateful Eight is a movie worth seeing. Certainly one I’ll be watching again in the very near future. I don’t know if it’s quite Tarantino’s best but perhaps that would depend on one’s preferred movie genre.

Walton Goggins portrayal of Sheriff Chris Mannix, Tim Roth’s Oswaldo Mobray and  Samuel L. Jackson’s Major Marquis Warren are my favourite of The Hateful Eight characters. The first two because of the humour and the latter thanks to the dialogue, style and undeniable cool.

Watch The Hateful Eight for the story telling and film making mastery. Lastly, if you can make out the first lines of dialogue that come out of the mouth of Jody, played by Channing Tatum, please let me know in the comments below because I couldn’t make sense of it.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

LISTEN TO ME MARLON (2015): Marlon Brando – The Man, The Artist, In His Own Words

Listen To Me Marlon (2015), Marlon Brando
Listen To Me Marlon (2015), Marlon Brando

Listen To Me Marlon is quite the serious affair because it deals with the life of a rather tortured soul, one who succeeded in finding purpose and meaning but also had what was perhaps more than his fair share of personal tragedy.

Written and directed by Stevan Riley, Listen To Me Marlon is a documentary that features Marlon Brando’s own audio recordings. Recordings that tell his story combined with interesting photo and video footage.

Focusing on Brando’s work and touching on his relationship with his parents, his father particularly, we’re presented with insight into the celebrated actor’s childhood. We get to know more about Brando’s journey to acting and everything else that makes the man we’ve come to know of and whose work we continue to enjoy and celebrate today.

Listen To Me Marlon (2015), Martin Luther King Jr., Marlon Brando
Listen To Me Marlon (2015), Martin Luther King Jr., Marlon Brando

Listen To Me Marlon will probably surprise you in a few ways. You may, like I was, find yourself thinking about the giant task of parenthood and how difficult it can be – especially when your own parents are / were quite far from ideal. I loved the wisdom of the movie, including Brando’s views on introspection and self analysis.

Stevan Riley’s documentary will make you glad that you made time to learn more about one of the greatest actors to ever do it. Not just because of the wise and revealing words from Brando himself, but because of the knowledge that though not perfect, Marlon Brando was quite the admirable human being.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT (2015): New Comedy Starring Catherine Deneuve & Benoît Poelvoorde

The Brand New Testament (2015), Benoît Poelvoorde
The Brand New Testament (2015), Benoît Poelvoorde

The Brand New Testament is the latest comedy from Belgian director Jaco Van Dormael and it looks perfectly nuts but in a really good way…

Pili Groyne, Benoît Poelvoorde, Catherine Deneuve, François Damiens and Yolande Moreau make up the talented cast.

I’m looking forward to watching the amusing repercussions of God’s rightly outraged daughter’s actions.

Release Date (s) March 25th, 2016 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

 

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

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