COP CAR (2015): Trailer Of The Week

Cop Car (2015), Kevin Bacon
Cop Car (2015), Kevin Bacon

The end of May brings us something very promising. A really good trailer for the new Kevin Bacon film, Cop Car.

It’s directed by Jon Watts and also stars Shea Whigham, Camryn Manheim plus young Actors James Freedson-Jackson and Hays Wellford.

I dare you to watch it and tell me you’re not ready to see it right now.

Happy Cop Car 🙂

G

POINT BREAK (2015): Promising Remake?

Point Break (2015) Luke Bracey
Point Break (2015) Luke Bracey

The original Point Break action film directed by Kathryn Bigelow and starring Patrick Swaze, Keanu Reeves and Gary Busey was a hit. 23 years later, it’s time for a remake.

This time, starring Luke Bracey, Edgar Ramirez, Teresa Palmer and Ray Winstone, director Ericsson Core’s plot appears to be roughly the same except for a new character or two and some added relevance for modern times.

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The good news is, I didn’t find myself laughing out loud at the new trailer the way I did at its predecessor, so that’s a good sign… probably.

1991 Trailer

Happy Point Break 2015 🙂

G

JUST BEFORE I GO (2014): The Good Things

Just Before I Go (2014), Seann William Scott
Just Before I Go (2014), Seann William Scott

We meet the protagonist, Ted, played by Seann William Scott, at a point in his life when he has decided that it’s time to commit suicide – something he tells himself he must do but only after one last trip to his hometown.

Just before I Go is my first Courney Cox directed movie. It’s also the first time I’ve seen Sean William Scott in a serious dramatic role.

An Actor better known for his comedic work in Road Trip (2000) and the American Pie (1999) movies, I’m happy to conclude that Scott didn’t do terribly. Naturally however, I did find myself half expecting him to suddenly deliver a funny line – but that speaks more to the strength of his most memorable work and type-casting than anything else.

The key subject matter of Just before I Go is dark and some challenging real life situations are Featured. But worry not because this is a drama/ comedy, so the laughs do come and several of them courtesy of actor, Garret Dillahunt.

Just Before I Go (2014), Kyle Gallner
Just Before I Go (2014), Kyle Gallner

The best scene, in my view is the one where Ted’s teenage nephew, played by Kyle Gallner opens up to his uncle. Gallner’s character work in the movie is great overall – but especially in this scene.

Watch it if the topic of suicide intrigues you, you’re curious about Courtney Cox as a director or you just have to see Scott in a dramatic role. You could also simply be a big fan of at least one of the filmmakers involved.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

AMERICAN HUSTLE (2013): Exactly As I Thought

American Hustle (2013), Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale
American Hustle (2013), Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale

Director David O. Russell’s film is good and Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner are all great in their roles.

However, I did find myself not as hooked as the story unfolded – at least not early on in the film anyway.

American Hustle (2013), Amy Adams
American Hustle (2013), Amy Adams

It’s not that plenty was’t happening – and at a good pace. It’s likely that I just didn’t identify with or get especially attached to any of the characters. Things did get better, particularly at the moment ‘Edith’s veil’ comes down.

Watch it if you’re curious about the story of a con man trying to keep the upper hand and stay alive when forced to work with the FBI in 70s New Jersey.

Happy American Hustle 🙂

G

BLACK MASS (2015) Trailer 2, Looking forward To The Humour

Black Mass (2015), Johnny Depp
Black Mass (2015), Johnny Depp

Trailer 2 for Black Mass, one of the year’s most promising films is here.

Featuring the brilliant acting talents of Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch and Dakota Johnson, to name just a few, the story of James ‘ Whitey’ Bulger, south Boston’s most infamous violent criminal is looking like something no true film fan is going to want to miss.

After seeing this trailer, what’s suddenly very intriguing is the female characters. Particularly how much denial they were likely in. I guess we’ll all find out in 5/6 months. Something tells me that the soundtrack to this movie  is going to be good.

Happy Black Mass 🙂

G

AMY (2015): Trailer Of The Week

Amy (2015), Amy Winehouse
Amy (2015), Amy Winehouse

A month and a half after the teaser, the full trailer for the highly anticipated Amy Winehouse documentary has arrived. Like many, I’m looking forward to finally seeing the complete film. However, I do know that when it’s released I’ll have to wait to be in the right mood before watching since it’ll definitely be emotional.

Happy Amy 🙂

G

PIXELS (2015) Trailer 2, Definitely More Promising

Pixels (2015) Pac-Man, Toru Iwatani
Pixels (2015) Pac-Man, Toru Iwatani

In Pixels, starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage –  aliens have sent real life video games to end us by pixelation – and of course we must fight! Or at least the best players of each video game character  turned evil must.

The first trailer had me worried, but now…

…I badly want to see it work.

Happy Pixels 🙂

G

PUMPING IRON (1977) Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tonnes of Charisma & Intelligence

Pumping Iron (1977), Arnold Schwarzenegger
Pumping Iron (1977), Arnold Schwarzenegger

Pumping Iron is a 1977 documentary that follows amateur and professional bodybuilders as they prepare for the 1975 Mr. Olympia and Mr. Universe contests.

In this George Butler and Robert Fiore directed documentary film, you’ll meet some of the top bodybuilders of that period, including France’s Serge Nubret, Lou Ferrigno from the USA, Franco Columbo of Italy and of course Arnold Schwarzenegger of the USA via Austria.

Watch and listen to stories of how several of the athletes came to choose their particular paths. Stories that feature all the attributes necessary to compete at such high levels – and for the extraordinary few, win.

Along with Schwarzenegger’s famous charisma, humour, work ethic and focus, look out for two brilliant anecdotes about his response to a family tragedy just before a competition and his ‘advice’ to a massively delusional wannabe.

There are a number of reasons to watch Pumping Iron and being into bodybuilding is only one of them. Me personally, I’m ever curious about the human, greatness and I’m an Schwarzenegger fan.

Happy Pumping Iron 🙂

G

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