KILO TWO BRAVO (2014): New Trailer For Tension Filled British Adventure/ Thriller

Kilo Two Bravo (2014)
Kilo Two Bravo (2014)

Released in the UK in 2014 and directed by Paul Katis, Kilo Two Bravo, the incredibly tense looking thriller – previously known as Kajaki is coming stateside…

This trailer brings to mind one of my favourites, The Hurt Locker (2008), a brilliant film with some of the most excellently captured moments of tension I’ve ever seen on film. It’s also the movie that made Katheryn Bigelow the first woman to ever win a Best Director Academy Award.

The film’s stars include David Elliot, Mark Stanley and Scott Kyle to name just three.

Release Date (s): November 13th 2015 (US)

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

MINIONS (2015): For Their General Adorableness & Super Joy Inducing Qualities

Minions (2015), Stuart, Kevin, Bob (Pierre Coffin)
Minions (2015), Stuart, Kevin, Bob (Pierre Coffin)

Minions is the film I had been waiting and hoping for ever since I saw the first Despicable Me (2010) movie. It was clear for me even then that the minions were the ones I wanted more of.

After spending time dreaming about a minion focused movie, I’m glad to confirm that any fears I had about the end result not being as good as hoped were a complete waste of time.

Directed by Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin and written by Brian Lynch, my favourite thing about Minions besides the adorableness of the yellow, banana loving and happiness inducing beauties is the fact that this time, the audience got to know more about the minions. You learn more of their story, from how they they came to where those blue dungarees to the different personalities of the three main minions, Stuart, Kevin and Bob.

Minions (2015), Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock), Bob, Kevin, Stuart (Pierre Coffin)
Minions (2015), Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock), Bob, Kevin, Stuart (Pierre Coffin)

I haven’t yet met anyone that doesn’t enjoy the minions, though I’m certain that they exist.

I love them so much that I’ve been known to yelp with delight and at head-turning volumes at the sight of them. I was caught off guard with tens of minions plush toys in a busy mall. Looking back, it was quite embarrassing, but who has time for embarrassment, really, when lots of minions soft toys are right in front of you?

Minions (2015), Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock), Herb Overkill (John Hamm)
Minions (2015), Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock), Herb Overkill (John Hamm)

The film isn’t perfect in the traditional sense but it’s hugely loved nonetheless because it doesn’t need to be nor does it need to follow all the traditional rules.

Watch Minions for a fun adventure that’ll leave you with a sizeable smile on your face, praise for the ending and a prayer for an even better next instalment, should it make sense.

Sandra Bullock is great as super villain Scarlet Overkill. Jon Hamm Allison Janney, Michael Keaton, Pierre Coffin, Steve Koogan and Jennifer Saunders provide some of the the voices that bring the other key characters to life.

Watch it and laugh and smile.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

DIRTY GRANDPA (2016): New Comedy From Robert De Niro & Zac Efron

Dirty Grandpa (2016), Robert De Niro, Zac Efron
Dirty Grandpa (2016), Robert De Niro, Zac Efron

Directed by Dan Mazer, Dirty Grandpa looks unapologetically outrageous, so yeah, there’s much to like…

I’m one of those people who really enjoys Robert De Niro in comedy roles. So bring in 2016!

Julianne Hough, Aubrey Plaza and Adam Pally also Star.

Release Dates(s): January 22nd (US & UK), February 3rd (France), March 17th (Germany)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

THE PRICE WE PAY (2015): New Documentary On The History & Current Reality Of Big Business Tax Avoidance

The Price We Pay (2015), Matt Brittin (a Google VP)
The Price We Pay (2015), Matt Brittin (a Google VP)

Directed by Award Winning documentary film maker, Harold Crook’s, the subject matter of The Price We Pay is big-business tax avoidance.

Covering both the history and present day reality, Google and Starbucks are just two of the corporations featured in harbouring profits in offshore havens.

I’m looking forward to two things. First, learning more about the real effects of the practice and second, watching the legal and financial representatives of large corporations feel the heat when their apparently immoral practices are brought to question.

Release Date (s): 30th October 2015 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

THE TAINTED VEIL (2015): New Documentary On The History Of The Hijab & Its Place In The Present

The Tainted Veil (2015), Hijab Documentary
The Tainted Veil (2015), Hijab Documentary

Directed by Nahla Al Fahad, Mazen al Khayrat and Ovidio Salazar, The Tainted Veil is an exploration of the History of the hijab (traditional muslim head scarf), it’s meaning and place in modern society today.

In a debate featuring various guests and extraordinary stories, I’m hoping that The Tainted Veil will leave all who watch it  better informed and with greater understanding.

Release Date (s): December 17th 2015 (US), June 15th 2015 (UK)

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

YOUTH (2015): For The Wisdom In The Stories & The Spectacular Audio Visual Feast

Youth (2015), Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel
Youth (2015), Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel

The music and cinematography in Youth are the first things you’ll notice. Then comes the the dialogue and highly accomplished acting talent in the shape of Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Jane Fonda, Rachel Weisz and Paul Dano.

Youth reminds me of part of the reason why film is such a great love of mine. How through film, all the different forms of artistic expression can come together and be enjoyed, all in one place and in a whole new way.

As I would advise anyone before viewing a movie, watch only when you’re in the right mood for a particular genre of film. I fear that should you not be in the mood for the drama/ non-action/ non-thriller that Youth is, you may judge it unfairly.

Youth (2015), Rachel Weisz
Youth (2015), Rachel Weisz

Youth is the type of film that will likely leave you with plenty to think about; from what constitutes a good friendship, the cost of becoming one of the best in your field, to the things in life that drive us and the unexpected outcomes of the friendships / relationships in our lives.

There is so much to take in that by the end you’ll get the feeling that another viewing needs to happen soon if not immediately. The film is two hours long so immediately is probably not the best way to go. 

Youth is wise and smart. It is funny in parts, though not a comedy. It’s also officially my favourite favourite Michael Caine film.

I loved this movie but embarrassingly, I knew very little of accomplished Italian writer / director Paolo Sorrentino’s work. I’ve since reviewed his filmography and The Great Beauty (2013) is now on my watch list.

Time for me to think about when best to visit Switzerland, for the visual feast that is Youth definitely has me sold.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

CHILD 44 (2015): Tom Hardy Shines, As Expected

Child 44 (2015), Tom Hardy
Child 44 (2015), Tom Hardy

Child 44 is a Stalin-era Soviet Union crime thriller directed by Daniel Espinosa.

Based on Tom Rob Smith’s best-selling book of the same name; Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, Vincent Cassel and Joel Kinnaman are the stars.

My main motivation for watching the movie isn’t reading the book because  I haven’t, but the intriguing story, particularly Hardy’s role as a determined investigator of a series of gruesome child murders. Murders that are taking place during a time when the powers that be refuse to admit that murder is even a real thing.

I wanted Child 44 to be as thrilling as the trailer hinted, however, I did find myself wishing for a quicker pace, a shorter film, less distracting accents and an overall better / more thrilling execution.

All the lacking elements aside, Hardy’s performance is good and one of my favourite things about the film. The other is the ending and the tension filled scene on the moving train.

Child 44 (2015), Noomi Rapace, Tom Hardy
Child 44 (2015), Noomi Rapace, Tom Hardy

You may be compelled to watch Child 44 because you’ve read the book and/ or you’re a Tom Hardy fan who wants to see how he was able to deliver a notable physical and emotional performance, in spite of the questionable Russian accents. To that I say, follow your curiosity. I did and I have no regrets, I just simply wish that the general result had been better.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

HE NEVER DIED (2015): New Trailer For Dark Comedy Starring Henry Rollins

He Never Died (2015), Henry Rollins
He Never Died (2015), Henry Rollins

Halloween is close and so it’s time for something scary and dark…

Directed by Jason Krawczyk, He Never Died is a drama/ horror/ comedy, which means that laughing soon after a hearty scream is probable. Just as well since I’m always more likely to watch a scary movie if comedy is also a factor. There’s really no other way I’d have been convinced to see the rather brilliant American Psyco (2000), and more recently The Voices (2014).

Henry Rollins, Steve Ogg, Booboo Stewart and Chantal Craig are the stars of what looks like a refreshingly different story.

Release Date (s): December 18th 2015 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

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