THE HOLIDAY (2006): Good At Christmas & Any Other Time The Mood Strikes

The Holiday (2006), Kate Winslet
The Holiday (2006), Kate Winslet

Set in England and L.A during the festive season, The Holiday stars Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Jack Black and Cameron Diaz.

Written and directed by Nancy Meyers, the stories of the four main and very relatable characters is beautifully told and features just the perfect musical score by the one and only Hans Zimmer.

My favourite scene (like many other people’s, probably) is the one with the tent that features two talented child actresses.

The Holiday is a film to watch when you’re in the mood for a good romance/ comedy, whether it’s Christmas or not. There’s also a a certain Bridget Jone’s Diary (2001) vibe that enjoyed.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

MOJAVE (2015): New Trailer Starring Garrett Hedlund & Oscar Isaac

MOJAVE (2015), Garrett Hedlund
MOJAVE (2015), Garrett Hedlund

In the latest thriller starring Oscar Isaac and Garrett Hedlund, I noticed a few things…

Written and directed by William Monahan, it’s the choice of music that stood out first and not necessarily in a bad way.

I like aspects of the editing and the bass in Hedland’s voice. Though, I am a  tad concerned by what seems to be excessive usage of the word ‘brother.’

My fingers are crossed that Mojave works. Hedlund’s character is interesting to me. I just wonder what the final conclusion will be on Isaac’s performance.

Mark Wahlberg and Dania Ramirez also star.

Release Date (s): January 22nd, 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

G

THE NICE GUYS (2016): New Trailer From Russell Crowe & Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe, The Nice Guys (2016)
Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe, The Nice Guys (2016)

Something very interesting and starring Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling and Kim Basinger is coming for all you crime/ mystery / thriller fans…

Directed by Shane Black and set in the 1970s, it looks like The Nice Guys are bringing great dialogue, fun antics, good music and some welcome twists and turns to keep us guessing.

All we need now is for the next trailer or two of this rather promising movie to please not spoil the entire film by revealing too much. The amount of story already shown in this version feels just right.

Matt Bomer, Keith David and Margaret Qualley also star.

Release Date (s): May 20th, 2016 (US), June 3rd, 2016 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

 

WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS (2015): The Thing I liked…

We Are Your Friends (2015), Zac Efron, Wes Bentley
We Are Your Friends (2015), Zac Efron, Wes Bentley

Directed by Max Joseph, We Are Your Friends (WAYF) is a film someone might watch for one of  the following reasons:

1. They’re curious about making it as a DJ in electronic music and welcome the idea of a film that shows what the journey might be like – especially if they come from ‘the wrong side of the tracks’ – in this case… the wrong side of the Hollywood sign

2. They really, REALLY ‘like’ Zac Efron

3. They more than like Emily Ratajkowski

I watched WAYF because firstly, I don’t mind Zac Efron, second, I’ll always kind of like Wes Bentley – thanks to American Beauty (1999) and finally, I haven’t really seem Emily Ratajkowski in much, so I was curious.

We Are Your Friends (2015), Emily Ratajkowski
We Are Your Friends (2015), Emily Ratajkowski

After the fact, WAYF is not the absolute worst but it did feel like a certain je ne sais quoi was missing. At no point did I get close to the ‘this is a good movie. Wow!’ feeling. Especially in regards to the story, structure, rhythm etc.

Nonetheless, I did enjoy the theme of chasing your dreams, visualising your future – what you want it to be like and moving in that direction whilst blocking out the doubters.

There’s also a rather good ‘This is exactly my dream and it’s about to happen’ moment in the film. That’s my favourite part because I really felt it, thanks to some film making magic/ music, camerawork, atmosphere, etc.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

EYE IN THE SKY (2016): Intense New Trailer Starring Helen Mirren & Aaron Paul

Eye In The Sky (2016), Helen Mirren
Eye In The Sky (2016), Helen Mirren

I just saw a trailer I loved so much I could’t get my fingers to type quickly  enough to publish this post…

Starring Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman and Aaron Paul, I hope Eye in The Sky is as good as hinted by this trailer. Not too hard to believe because acting queen, Helen Mirren is involved and she’s yet to let me down.

Release Date (s): March 11th, 2016 (US); April 8th, 2016 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

WHAT IF (2013): For The Comedy & Relatable Love & Life Challenges

What If (2013), Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan
What If (2013), Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan

Thanks to good writing and a very talented cast, What If is funny, kind of kooky, possesses an uncommon realness and features a well chosen musical score.

Daniel Radcliffe, Adam Driver, Zoe Kazan, Rafe Spall, Meghan Park and Mackenzie Davis are the stars of this Michael Dowse directed comedy / romance.

Kazan, an actress I’ve loved since the beautiful Ruby Sparks (2012) is as adorable as ever and the chemistry between her character and that played by Radcliffe is very convincing.

Watch What If for the comedy, the relatable predicaments faced by the characters and the useful wisdom about life and love.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

THE TRUE COST (2015): Great Documentary About The People Behind Your Clothes

The True Cost (2015), Documentary
The True Cost (2015), Documentary

You’ve probably heard about the tragic stories of inhumane factory working conditions in the developing world. Conditions that have lead to far too may deaths that could have been avoided. You may also have heard about the continued use of such factories by numerous multinational retailers.

The True Cost is a documentary directed by Andrew Morgan and it covers the ills of the fashion industry, particularly the effects of the prioritisation of profit over people and the planet.

I’m glad that I tuned into this documentary because it opened my eyes to a few truths that before, I only had a vague idea about. Morgan’s documentary does a good job of identifying and explaining the root cause(s) of the problems within the fashion industry. But even more than that, the viewer is presented with ideas for positive ways to move forward by some of the great people already working towards and advocating for change.

By the end, I understood that the issues presented in the documentary aren’t the easiest to solve. Even though most people have the best intentions, they’re not always able to play their part. So thank goodness for everyone impassioned enough to do all that they can.

Another thought that went through my mind as I watched… ‘How great things would be if only the World’s empathy deficiency was something that could be fixed with a prompt inoculation.’

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

 

BEFORE MIDNIGHT (2013): For The Writing, Realism & Wisdom

Before Midnight (2013), Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy
Before Midnight (2013), Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy

Before Midnight is the third instalment in the story of Celine and Jesse, a couple who met on a train in Europe and fell in love.

Co-written by its stars Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and director Richard Linklater, Before Midnight, like the two films that came prior is a beautifully written account of a relationship over time. It’s romantic, funny and does a good job of capturing a very real experience of life and love in modern times.

One of my favourite moments is the dialogue during lunch outside in Greece. So smart, wise and just the kind of exchange I love to be part of and/ or witness to.

Watch it because it’s very well done and directed by Richard Linklater, the man who brought us 2014’s Oscar Winning (Best Suporting Actress), Boyhood – another film that embodies a very notable level of realism.

Towards the end, I couldn’t help but conclude that Celine really is quite nuts. But the best thing is that Jesse knows, loves and chooses her all the same and she does the same for him, since he too isn’t exactly a walk in the park either.

Happy film Loving 🙂

G

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