The trailer for Mission: Impossible 5 – Rogue Nation is one of my favourites of 2015. The editing and promise of endless thrills are two of the reasons. Another is the rather reliable cast headed by Tom Cruise and including Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin, Simon and Pegg.
Directed by Christopher McQuarrie, Rogue Nation opens the way action movies ought to; precisely as it plans to go on – thrilling and fast paced. The film succeeds on delivering engaging dialogue, good humour and fun along with the thrills.
There are several great scenes that Impossible Missions Force (IMF) Agent, Ethan Hunt gets involved in. One of the best is the tense and well executed ’impossible’ section of the mission.
Hunt’s relationship with Benji (Simon Pegg) and the dialogue between his team members is another highlight. Watch it because it’s good.
The subject matter of Of Men & War, a Laurent Becue-Renard directed documentary is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Particularly the effects of the disorder on the lives of combat veterans and the people closest to them, years after they return home…
I don’t personally know any veterans myself so I’m looking forward to learning a few things and hoping to see great progress for all the men involved.
Inside Out is an intelligent animated film about a young girl (Riley) and her emotions. Particularly how Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust try to agree on the best way to get through Riley’s days after her surroundings change unexpectedly.
Directed by Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen; Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader, Phyllis Smith and Lewis Black provide the key character voices.
Being an animated movie, cuteness was always likely; but my, oh my is Sadness the cutest! Watch it for a little education on how memories work, why each one is important and Amy Poehlers wonderfully hopeful voice.
Knowing that Nicolas Cage’s career hasn’t exactly seen anything close to the heights of his Face/Off (1997) days, I was hoping that The Runner, directed by Austin Stark would be one step in the right direction.
Having now seen the film, theres plenty worse out there, of course but The Runner just isn’t a movie I would think to recommend. On the positive side, it does move quite quickly and it doesn’t run on too long. The story also highlights the unavoidable fallibility of the human and reminds us that hypocrisy is innate in everyone. As with most things of course, there’s a spectrum.
Connie Nielsen, Peter Fonda and Wendell Pierce also star.
Happy Film Loving. It’s just unlikely that you’ll love this one. 🙂
Sitting through Asif Kapadia’s Amy Winehouse documentary wasn’t easy, though it was absolutely worth it.
Amy tells the story of hugely successful jazz singer Winehouse’s unfortunately short life and career.
Her story is told in her own words and through previously unseen / unheard footage and tracks. Interviews with the people that were closest to her are also featured.
As I watched this heartbreaking story, I was reminded of the truth of just how easily many parents seem to embrace denial. In particular, when it comes to seriously considering the long term effects of their behaviour and actions on their offspring.
Amy is a very well executed documentary and serves as useful food for thought for everyone but especially those thinking of life in the music industry. Having a good grasp of the priorities of the people you choose to surround yourself with is just one key take away.
Most of us could only and are glad to only imagine what it was like to live the nightmare that had become the life of Amy Winehouse. With Kapadia’s documentary, we all have a better idea. I wonder if the people that appeared to have been part of the problem, recognised the role they played and are therefore remorseful. One can only hope.
Watch it for all the reasons above as well as insight into the life and works of a gifted artist.
Antoine Fuqua is the man in the director’s seat for Southpaw, the movie where Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Billy Hope, a successful boxer seeking redemption after an unbearable tragedy derails his life completely.
Gyllenhaal’s physical transformation is noticeably impressive but it comes second to everything he manages to achieve with his character’s emotional journey.
As you watch the movie, you may find yourself cursing testosterone for being the cause of at least one of the bad things that happens to Hope. However, what seems like an absence of good sense likely also plays a large part.
Overall, there’s nothing particularly surprising or refreshingly new in Southpaw. Though there is one key aspect of the plot that would have been a great surprise – had it not been revealed in the trailer months prior.
Watch Southpaw because you like the filmmaking team and you’re curious about the movie’s exploration of redemption, regret, second chances, starting over and of course, the sport of boxing.
Forrest Whitaker, Naomie Harris and Rachel McAdams also star.