SHELTER (2015): New Trailer Starring Jennifer Connelly & Anthony Mackie

Shelter (2015), Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Mackie
Shelter (2015), Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Mackie

Written and directed by Paul Bettany, Shelter is not the kind of love story you can expect around Valentine’s day…

Starring Anthony Mackie and Jennifer Connelly, it’s the film’s intriguing character stories, their seemingly unique experience and the New York City setting that has me very curious indeed.

Release Date (s): November 13th 2015 (US limited release), November 27th 2015 (UK)…

Happy Film loving 🙂


WHILE WE’RE YOUNG (2015): Comedy About Some Of The Challenges Of Middle Age

While We're Young (2014), Ben Stiller Naomi Watts
While We’re Young (2014), Ben Stiller Naomi Watts

Witten and directed by Noah Baumbach, While We’re Young stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a middle aged couple, who are having difficulty letting go of the idea of themselves as young. Especially so after they meet and befriend two 25 year olds played by Amanda Seyfried and Adam Driver.

The jokes about ageing are my favourite moments in While We’re Young. I also enjoyed the character study of the man Stiller plays. In particular, the way he’s an example of what it can be like during middle age, when certain paths/ projects that had been an option years before, end up not being committed to or completed.

I really hope that when it’s my turn, I’ll be able to handle the idea of youth being something in my past with at least a touch of grace. However, based on the sizeable meltdown I had when I turned twenty. I wouldn’t advise betting on it.

Happy While We’re Young 🙂


TRIPLE 9 (2016): Explosive New Trailer Starring Norman Reedus, Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul…

Triple 9 (2016), Kate Winslet
Triple 9 (2016), Kate Winslet

Just when I feared things were slowing down trailer-wise because Christmas is coming…Chiwetel Ejiofor, Norman Reedus, Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet and Aaron Paul have a brand new trailer and this Red Band version is gritty, riotous and explosive. Perhaps a ‘Valentines day romantic movie’ antidote; especially so considering the US release date is February 2016…

Triple 9 is from John Hillcoat, a name you may recognise because he’s the director behind the rather good Tom Hardy and Guy Pearce movie, Lawless (2012).

I want to take a moment to say well done to the trailer maker because it’s great that very little of the plot has been revealed but yet I’m hooked. It’s probably best that I savour this moment because by the time trailer 2, 3 and maybe even 4 come around, I’ll know far more than I could ever want prior to the movie.

So looking forward to this and very excited to see what looks like a seriously badass turn from Kate Winslet.

Release Date (s): February 19th 2016 (US)…

Happy Triple 9 🙂


THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (2015): What Twilight Years Ought To Be Like

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015), Diana Hardcastle, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015), Diana Hardcastle, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup

In the first movie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, retired brits take residence at a hotel in India, one they thought would be quite luxurious but soon enough, they realise just how far out of reach luxury really is at the The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Still, they decide to stick around and that’s when the fun begins.

Most of your favourite characters played by Bill Nighy, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Celia Imrie return in director John Madden’s sequel to the 2011 hit.

The sequel centres around young Sonny’s (Dev Patel) dream of acquiring a second hotel. As was the case in the original film, it’s the characters played by the older cast members that are the most entertaining. Particularly Muriel, portrayed by celebrated British actress, Maggie Smith.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015), Maggie Smith, Dev Patel
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015), Maggie Smith, Dev Patel

Dev Patel’s young and enthusiastic Sonny might get a tad grating at times, but overall, like the original, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a touching and fun 2 hours. It also happens to be a great reminder of what getting older can and probably should be like.

Though I prefer the original film, this sequel is fun. Richard Gere and Tamsin Greig play two mysterious characters and of course, Maggie Smith remains in true scene stealing form. My favourite moment being the ‘incident with the tea’ at the very beginning.

Happy The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 🙂


AVENGERS – AGE OF ULTRON (2015): It’s Really For The Comic Book Fans…

Avengers - Age of Ultron (2015), Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth
Avengers – Age of Ultron (2015), Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth

I’m not a comic book reader myself, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed The Avengers, back in 2012.

The main reason I was excited after seeing the trailer – for the sequel is James Spader’s Ultron voice and dialogue. When I did finally watch the movie, I found myself selfishly wanting more screen time for Ultron. He just seemed a lot more interesting than all the other characters; perhaps in part because he’s new to me.

As for how I feel about the film overall, director Joss Whedon hasn’t delivered a bad movie. Even though it felt slow in parts and I found the dialogue about Thor’s hammer at the rather awkward party repetitive. In the most part, I’m just bored of the film’s heroes and tired of the same ‘the world needs saving’ dramatics.

Avengers - Age of Ultron (2015), Mark Ruffalo
Avengers – Age of Ultron (2015), Mark Ruffalo

Besides Ultron, I did enjoy Mark Ruffalo’s portrayal of The Incredible Hulk and the main fight scene between Hulk and Ultron. Beyond that however, saying that I found the film’s trailer more thrilling than the movie is unfortunately, more true than not.

The fact it, it may actually be time for me to leave Avengers to the serious fans who really love the comic books. I say this because it’s unlikely that superhero movie fatigue will ever be a real thing for them. Tuning in to a brand new Avengers movie, for me, will likely be about the hope of seeing a seriously badass scene; like the lift sequence in Captain America: A Winter Soldier (2014) and the majorly thrilling vehicular pursuit of Nick Fury in the same movie. That’s about it.

Watch it if you really must and to see the above mention highlights.

Happy Film Loving 🙂


CRIMSON PEAK (2015): Great Trailer Starring Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska & Jessica Chastain

Crimson Peak (2015), Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska
Crimson Peak (2015), Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska

Crimson Peak might just be my first horror film in a very long time. Considering the stunning beauty of acclaimed director Guillermo Del Toro’s new trailer, it shouldn’t be too surprising…

The stunning cinematography and impressive talent, namely Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Charlie Hunnam, I’d really like to consider myself back into horror movies. At least this particularly seductive gothic romance.

All I need to do now is decide how I feel about potentially losing a week of sleep as a result. Quite likely, especially if Crimson Peak has the same effect on me as watching The Omen (1976) at age 12 once did.  I want to think that I’ve matured since then. Either way, the massive bags under my eyes or lack thereof will let everyone know.

Release Date (s): October 16th 2015 (US & UK).

Happy Scary Film Loving 🙂


BEGIN AGAIN (2013): For A Great Story, Good Performances, Music & New York

Begin Again (2013), Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo
Begin Again (2013), Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo

I’d been looking forward to watching Begin Again for a while. Being a big Mark Ruffalo fan is one of the reasons. The other is Keira Knightly; but really, the biggest draw of all is the story about individuals who chance upon a way to start over after things unexpectedly fall apart.

The story is great for anyone who can relate to the subject matter as well as if you’re just after a well executed drama set in New York City and with good music at the heart.

Adam Levine, Hailee Steinfeld, Yasin Bey (better known as Hip/Hop artist Mos Def) and Catherine Keener make up the very competent supporting cast.

Written and directed by John Carney, Begin Again is a  universal story beautifully told. The family element, especially the father / daughter relationship between Ruffalo and Seinfeld’s characters is a lovely highlight, as is what James Corden achieves in his role.

Begin Again (2013), Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley, James Corden
Begin Again (2013), Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley, James Corden

Watch it because it’s good and because you can’t be in New York City right now but you really want to be.  In case you find yourself worrying about Keira Knightley’s singing, it’s admittedly not the best but it also isn’t bad enough to kill the film.

Happy Begin Again 🙂


SPECTRE (2015): A Thrilling Piece Of Trailer Perfection

Spectre (2015), Daniel Craig
Spectre (2015), Daniel Craig

The final Spectre trailer has landed and to be honest I feared that it might show far more than I care to see before the movie. I’m delighted  to confirm that it doesn’t…

I’m beyond ready for October 16th (UK release date). Available in the US November 6th, 2015.

Happy Spectre 🙂


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