BURNT (2015): Bradley Cooper Is A Troubled Chef In Dramatic New Trailer

Burnt (2015), Bradley Cooper
Burnt (2015), Bradley Cooper

A new chef movie is on the way for 2015…

Starring Bradley Copper, Omar Sy, Emma Thompson, Sienna Miller and Lilly James, to name just a few, the   story centres around Adam Jones (Cooper) who movies to London to to start afresh after some bad decisions.

The trailer looks good and dramatic. Peculiarly, IMDb has categorised the film as a comedy. Interesting…

Happy Burnt 🙂

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WOLF TOTEM (2015): New Trailer Based on Best-Selling Book By Jian Rong

Wolf Totem (2015), Ankhnyam Ragchaa
Wolf Totem (2015), Ankhnyam Ragchaa

Based on a hit novel by Jian Rong, Wolf Totem is the new movie from celebrated French Director Jean-Jacques Annaud.

Set amongst the nomadic herdsmen of inner Mongolia, this is a story about the challenge to find one’s true place in the world; a struggle between humans and animals…

Annaud is best known for directing Seven Years In Tibet (1997), Enemy At The Gates (2001) and Two Brothers (2004). I’ll be watching because of his reputation and the main stars of the movie, the stunning wolves, of course.

Happy Wolf Totem 🙂

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THE HATEFUL EIGHT (2015): New Teaser Trailer For Quentin Tarantino Movie

The Hateful 8 (2015), Kurt Russell
The Hateful 8 (2015), Kurt Russell

Quentin Tarantino has a new movie and this time it’s a western that’s centred around bounty hunters and set in post-Civil War Wyoming.

Teaser trailer…

This trailer doesn’t exactly have me yelping with joy just yet, but of course I’m intrigued and I’ll watch because it’s Tarantino and I know many good things including super dialogue and cinematography are coming.

The Hateful 8 (2015), Samuel L. Jackson
The Hateful 8 (2015), Samuel L. Jackson

Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Madsen, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kurt Russell…

Happy Hateful 8 🙂

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PEOPLE PLACES THINGS (2015): Promising Trailer For New comedy Starring Jermaine Clement

People Places Things (2015), Jermaine Clement
People Places Things (2015), Jermaine Clement

It looks like I’m about to enjoy more clever writing and super humour in 2015. Thanks this time to the James C. Strouse written/ directed comedy, People Places Things…

Starring Jermaine Clement, Regina Hall, Jessica Williams, Stephanie Allynne and Michael Chernus, I’m hoping that Strouse’s film is as welcome a surprise as The Little Death (2014) – probably the funniest movie I’ve seen this year.

Happy People Places Things 🙂

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IT’S COMPLICATED (2009): Good Lighthearted Fun Starring Meryl Streep & Alec Baldwin

It's Complicated (2009), Alec Baldwin, Meryl Streep
It’s Complicated (2009), Alec Baldwin, Meryl Streep

It’s Complicated is a well cast comedy/ romance starring Alec Baldwin and Meryl Streep.

Written and directed by Nancy Meyers, the film follows a divorced couple who reignite their relationship even though one of them has remarried.

The couple’s complicated situation which also includes three grown up children presents a great opportunity for both comedy and drama; something Meyers took great advantage of – evident in the way the subject matter is handled.

It's Complicated (2009), Alec Baldwin, Meryl Streep
It’s Complicated (2009), Alec Baldwin, Meryl Streep

For me, what makes It’s complicated work is Streep and Baldwin’s great onscreen chemistry. The supporting cast which includes Steve Martin, John Krasinski, Zoe Kazan, Lake Bell, Hunter Parrish and Caitlin FitzGerald certainly doesn’t hurt either.

I’m a big fan of Baldwin, thanks in large part to his great work as Jack Donaghy in 30 Rock. As for Meryl Streep, I feel like, to love film is to love her, so there really was no way I would have not watched the film.

Tune in for the subject matter and some good light hearted fun – should you be wanting that sort of thing.

Happy It’s Complicated 🙂

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UNBROKEN (2014): A Note On How to Achieve The Impossible, Starring Jack O’Connell

Unbroken (2014), Jack O'Connell
Unbroken (2014), Jack O’Connell

When I saw the trailer for Unbroken in 2014, I became very excited; first because I love Angelina Jolie. Second because Jack O’Connell is one of my recent favourite Actors (he was brilliant in Starred Up (20013) and lastly, the Louis Zamperini story.

Directed by Jolie and with British O’Connell in the starring role, Unbroken is the story of a man (Zamperini) who overcame one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after another.

Zamperini’s story of physical and mental endurance began well before the near fatal plane crash in WW2 that changed the course of his life.

Unbroken (2014), John D'Leo, C.J. Valleroy
Unbroken (2014), John D’Leo, C.J. Valleroy

It is in fact the very vital relationship he had with his family, namely his big brother, Pete, that really helped prepare him for every extraordinary thing he was  able to accomplish in the years that followed.

That goodness for the people who add immeasurable value in the way they encourage and believe in our capabilities, especially when we don’t.

The screenplay was penned by the Cohen brothers, Joel and Ethan, so clearly the film had everything going for it from writers, cast, crew and beyond.

The performances that stick in my mind come from O’Connell, of corse and Miyavi who plays the character of Sergeant Watanabe. Garrett Hedlund, Domhnall Gleeson and Jai Courtney also do a great job

If you haven’t already watched Unbroken, know that it’s a brilliant story of extraordinary strength of the human spirit. One that is so well told that you’ll be glad you had the chance to learn about Mr Zamperini.

As if I needed more reasons to love Angelina Jolie!

Happy Unbroken 🙂

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THE LONGEST RIDE (2014): The Good & Bad Things

The Longest Ride (2015), Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood
The Longest Ride (2015), Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood

The Longest Ride is a drama / romance directed by George Tillman Jr and based on a book by Nicholas Sparks.

Starring Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson, the film follows two couples, one young and the other much older whose paths cross one night in North Carolina.

As I watched The Longest Ride, I found myself thinking, ‘enough of this older couple’s story, more of the other, please!’ but their story does get a little more interesting.

The film is quite long and there  are some moments where the dialogue didn’t sound great but I do like what happened at the auction at the end.

Overall, I definitely prefer Dear John (2010) or The Notebook (2004) to this film adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks book.

As for any reasons to watch, you’ll learn a few things about bull riding and you may even find yourself taking note of some of the country music in the musical score. The main reason I tuned in is a curiosity about Scott Eastwood (son of Clint). The good news is, he’s definitely not terrible.

Happy The Longest Ride 🙂

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ABOUT RAY (2015) New Trailer Starring Elle Fanning & Naomi Watts In Transgender Teen Film

About Ray (2015), Elle Fanning, Naomi Watts
About Ray (2015), Elle Fanning, Naomi Watts

A timely and moving new film will be here soon and it stars the undoubtedly talented, Elle Fanning. Directed by Gaby Della, About Ray also stars Naomi Watts, Susan Sarandon and Tate Donovan.

I’m most excited for the the guaranteed brilliant performances and I’m curious about how effectively the subject matter will be handled.

Release Date (s): December 31st , 2015 (US)…

Happy About Ray 🙂

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