STILL ALICE (2014): Julianne Moore Is Super, If You Didn’t Already Know

Still Alice (2014), Julianne Moore
Still Alice (2014), Julianne Moore

I was always going to watch the 2015 Best Actress Oscar winning, Still Alice.

The Academy Award certainly made that more likely. But really, it’s the film’s talented star, Julianne Moore – an Actress I’ve appreciated immensely since Magnolia (1999).

Moore’s portrayal of the heartbreaking stages of her character’s degenerative condition will remind audiences of why she is so celebrated.

Directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, Still Alice also delivers memorable supporting performances from Kate Bosworth, Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart.

It’s a film for anyone curious about how the diagnosis of early onset Alzheimers might affect a patient’s life and that of their family.

Still Alice (2014), Alec Baldwin
Still Alice (2014), Alec Baldwin

Watch it for all the reasons mentioned, plus the pleasant surprise of seeing Alec Baldwin playing a more likeable character, Kristen Stewart continuing to make good choices, post The Twilight Saga and the highlight that is the great speech at the Alzheimers Association.

Well paced and acted, in Still Alice you’ll also find an uplifting reminder to do as much living as possible.

Happy Still Alice 🙂

G

PREDESTINATION (2014): Why You Need To Be Ready

Predestination (2014), Ethan Hawke
Predestination (2014), Ethan Hawke

Written and directed by film making brothers Michael and Peter Spierig, Predestination is a well acted mystery / sci-fi film, starring Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook.

Due to the time travelling element, this is the kind of movie with plenty going on including a number of twists and turns that come quick and fast, so you’ll certainly need to be ready and alert.

Predestination (2014), Sarah Snook
Predestination (2014), Sarah Snook

As I watched, I found myself comparing Predestination to it’s more thrilling cousin, Inception (2010). Not that both films deal with the same subject matter exactly… but among other things, it didn’t help that one of the characters in the movie looked like a younger version of one of the Actors in Inception. I’ll let you figure out which one.

Watch it anyway if science fiction and particularly time travel are generally your thing. I’m only into sci-fi sometimes.

Happy Predestination 🙂

G

CAMP X-RAY (2014): You’ll Have To Hang In There For The Good Stuff

Camp X-Ray (2014), Kristen Stewart
Camp X-Ray (2014), Kristen Stewart

An unexpected friendship post 9/11, between a young female soldier (Kristen Stewart) and a Guantanamo Bay detainee (Peyman Moaardi) is the premise of Peter Sattler’s Camp X-Ray.

Both leads, Stewart and Moaardi deliver good performances. But there were definite times when I had to check the time because things just weren’t moving fast enough.

Camp X-Ray (2014), Kristen Stewart, Peyman Moaardi
Camp X-Ray (2014), Kristen Stewart, Peyman Moaardi

Perhaps the pace was deliberately slow to give the viewer a better idea of what life at Guantanamo Bay was actually like. Either way, I’m glad I made it to the end because it’s in the last thirty minutes that the best stuff happens.

My curiosities about what could have led to the unlikely friendship I saw in the trailer a few months ago, are satisfied. Watch it if you have the same curiosities and also to get some insight of what life can be like as a female soldier in the U.S. Army.

Happy Camp X-Ray

G

BLACK MASS (2015) Trailer Of The Week

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

Johny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson and Joel Edgerton are the stars of Black Mass, the film that has brought me my favourite trailer of the year… so far. 

Watch it and understand…

May the finished product be as amazing as this brilliant trailer suggests.

Happy Black Mass 🙂

G

STUCK IN LOVE (2012): Family, Love & Writing

Stuck In Love (2012), Logan Lerman, Lily Collins
Stuck In Love (2012), Logan Lerman, Lily Collins

Written / directed by Josh Boone and starring talent that includes Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Lilly Collins, Kristen Bell, Logan Lerman and Nat Wolff; Stuck In Love is a well acted family drama.

Watch it for a look into a year in the life of a family that consists of a successful Writer, his ex wife, their teenage children and particularly how all parties navigate through their own experiences of love.

This movie is definitely not too emotionally taxing. Actually… that may depend on how closely you relate to the character you identify with the most. Still, overall it’s a pleasant watch.

There’s also potential value for any Writers/ aspiring Writers and anyone generally curious about other families. I know I always am.

Stuck In Love (2012), Greg Kinnear, Kristen bell
Stuck In Love (2012), Greg Kinnear, Kristen bell

My favourite part is all the scenes Kristen Bell is in because her fun character is unlike any I’ve ever seen her play before.

Happy Stuck In Love 🙂

G

BLUE JASMINE (2013): Officially My Favourite Woody Allen Film

Blue Jasmine (2013) Cate Blanchett
Blue Jasmine (2013) Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett is the star of what is officially my favourite Woody Allen film, Blue Jasmine. Her performance is fantastic; a brilliantly captivating portrayal of a desperate woman very much on the edge – if not hanging directly off it.

Alec Baldwin, Bobby Cannavale and Sally Hawkins are in the supporting cast.

You’ll find yourself silently willing for Jasmine to make it through, even though she’s not exactly the most likeable character. Nevertheless, her predicament isn’t exactly uncommon and nobody want’s to be in her situation.

It’s interesting how the screen is filled with the most glorious sunshine, when ‘bright and breezy’ is far from what’s going on in the lives of the characters in this very well written and excellently paced film.

Blue Jasmine (2013) Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin
Blue Jasmine (2013) Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin

Watch Blue Jasmine because there is so much useful information about life and particularly why it can be ill-advised to take a detour from your well thought out plans far too hastily.

Watch it to understand the reason Woody Allen is a film making hero for so many and why Cate Blanchett is an absolute gift and probably Australia’s equivalent of Meryl Streep.

Happy Blue Jasmine 🙂

G

BATMAN v SUPERMAN – DAWN OF JUSTICE (2016) Interesting…

Batman v Superman  Dawn Of Justice (2016), Ben Affleck
Batman v Superman Dawn Of Justice (2016), Ben Affleck

I thought I’d be more excited after seeing the Batman v Superman – Dawn of Justice teaser trailer. Perhaps it’s something to do with the fact I’m still living in the past of Christian Bale as the caped crusader…

Not quite sure about my super heroes fighting each other – as the trailer and title suggest. Either way, I hope the film turns out great. Perhaps by 2016 I won’t be so attached to Bale as Batman… probably not. He did such a brilliant job!

Happy Batman v Superman 🙂

G

EVERY SECRET THING (2014) Trailer Of The Week

Like a great film, great trailers are not easy to make.

Every Secret Thing (2014), Elizabeth Banks
Every Secret Thing (2014), Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks, Diane Lane and Dakota Fanning are the stars of the latest brilliant trailer. It’s so interesting that I’m more than ready to watch the movie right this minute.

See for yourself…

It’s good because of the editing, music atmosphere, stars and the masterful tease.

Happy Every Secret Thing 🙂

G

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