INCORRUPTIBLE (2015): New Documentary About The Fight For Democracy By Senegalese Youth

Incorruptible (2015)
Incorruptible (2015)

Incorruptible is a documentary about Senegal in Spring 2011. A time when the country’s President, Abdoulaye Wade decided to change the constitution to allow for a third term. This proved to be an unpopular decision that brought crisis to Senegal. It also resulted in  an artist-led youth movement to protect one of Africa’s oldest and most stable democracies…

Though I’m not currently up to date on precisely how much progress was made since 2011, I’m hopeful that it’s much more than most people imagine because the end of this trailer has me believing.

If I had to guess, I’d say that  the song from 1:53 is by none other than the most famous artist I know who has roots in Senegal. That would be Akon, of course.

Release Date (s)

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON (2015): More To Love Than Just The Music

Straight Otta Compton (2015), O'Shea Jackson Jr., N.W.A
Straight Otta Compton (2015), O’Shea Jackson Jr., N.W.A

Directed by F. Gary Gray and starring O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell and Paul Giamatti, Straight Outta Compton is the story of Rap group N.W.A (Niggaz Wit Attitudes). It is also one of 2015’s best films.

Already confirmed as the highest grossing musical biopic of all time, this fact alone should be reason enough to cause any film fans yet to see the movie to pay attention.

I’m an N.W.A. fan so I was always going to watch – and as I did so, I couldn’t help feeling like a V.I.P. with an ‘access all areas’ pass. A pass to the story of how one of the seminal groups in rap music’s history came to be.

I absolutely threw my hands up in the air when my favourite tracks played and had a great time because of the music but also because Straight Outta Compton is a well executed film in terms of the story, the style in which it’s shot, editing and everything else in between.

The movie represents the universal struggle of young people working hard to make their dreams come true against great odds. Odds that in this case include hailing from Compton, LA, a place rife with gun violence and racial tensions between police and the black community.

I became emotional when the unavoidable truth of discrimination was presented. A truth that felt even more real because of the fact that it’s still  all happening today, decades after the events in the movie.

By the end of F Gary Gray’s film, I felt gratitude, both for the people out there working hard for change and the fact that my reality today is fortunately quite different.

Watch it because it’s good!

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

AMONG THE BELIEVERS (2015): New Trailer For Documentary About A school Where Future Terrorists Are Trained

Among The Believers (2015)
Among The Believers (2015)

The radical Islamic school, The Red Mosque in Pakistan is where young children are trained to devote their lives to jihad (holy war).

Directed by Mohammed Naqvi and Hemal Trivedi, Among The Believers is a documentary that presents the unsettling realities of what goes on inside the school and the motivations of the the people involved…

As interesting as the the story of those preaching hate is – because it’s useful to have that knowledge and insight, I’m most excited about what those opposed to the teachings  are able to do to make things better.

Release Date (s): December 11th, 2015 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

CAPTAIN AMERICA – CIVIL WAR (2016): New Trailer From Chris Evans & Scarlett Johansson

Captain America - Civil War (2016), Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans
Captain America – Civil War (2016), Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans

A second trailer for directing brothers Joe and Anthony Russo has landed for the 2016 instalment of Marvel’s Captain America

Trailer 1

Trailer 2

I like the first trailer more than the second, thanks to the music and the circumstances of the the characters involved. I’ll watch Captain America Civil War for this reason, as well as another chance to see Chris Evans’ portrayal the rather admirable Steve Rogers.

This instalment of the franchise doesn’t seem to be about saving the world but more about Captain America’s relationship with his childhood friend, Bucky Barnes/ The Winter Soldier and how that effects others including Robert Downey Junior’s Iron Man.

Beyond the above, my personal level of excitement when it comes to superhero movies has definitely dwindled over time. That’s what happens in most instances when you’re fed the same kind of thing repeatedly and with minimal respite. At this time I find myself actually looking forward to the time when this particular series of the Captain America Story is wrapped up. I had to say it.

Release Date (s): April 29th, 2016 (UK), May 6th, 2016 (US)…

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CAROL (2015): New Trailer Starring Cate Blanchett & Rooney Mara

Carol (2015), Cate Blanchett
Carol (2015), Cate Blanchett

There is one reason it took me a while to write about Carol, the latest Todd Haynes directed film starring my favourite; Cate Blanchett and the also generously gifted Rooney Mara. I haven’t really liked the trailers that came before. But a month or so has passed since the first and now comes  this really very beautiful version…

I love this online trailer because a good job was done with the editing and music. I also particularly like the fact that I could quite easily ignore the ‘textual interruptions’ since the footage was still visible in the background. What a wonderful compromise.

I’ll be watching because of the super acting talent, what looks like breathtaking cinematography and the story about the experience of two individuals in a time when life wasn’t as easy for them as it should have been.

Carol is based on the novel, The price Of Salt by Patricia Highsmith.

Release Date (s): November 20th, 2015 (US), November 27th, 2015 (UK), December 17th, 2015 (GER), January 13th, 2016 (FRA)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

THE AGE OF ADALINE (2015): For The Beautiful Romance

The Age Of Adaline (2015), Michiel Huisman, Blake Lively
The Age Of Adaline (2015), Michiel Huisman, Blake Lively

Blake Lively is the star of the Lee Toland Krieger directed fantasy / romance, The Age Of Adaline, a movie about a woman rendered ageless following an accident. 

Also starring Michael Huisman, Ellen Burstyn and Harrison Ford, Krieger’s film deals with the bittersweet realities that arise as a result of Adaline’s unique situation and with particular reference to her romantic life.

I did enjoy the movie, especially the romance even though there was a point towards the end when one of Adalines decisions just felt incredibly rash/ hasty…

I’ve given it a bit of thought and think that if I were afforded the option, I’d probably choose to  have the ageing process slowed down quite a bit rather than stopped completely. That way everyone can hopefully just put it down to good genes.

Did anyone else notice the resemblence between the rather handsome Michiel Huisman and Shia LeBeouf? Not to say that they’re twins of course.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

YOSEMITE (2015): New Trailer From James Franco

 

Yosemite (2015), James Franco
Yosemite (2015), James Franco

Written and directed by Garielle Demesteere, Yosemite is the latest drama starring James Franco. It’s  set in 1985 and tells intertwining stories of three 5th grade friends…

I’m optimistic about this one because the story is intriguing and I like the atmosphere of the trailer; sometimes that’s all you need. Also, as a film fan, I feel like I have to watch at least one of James Farnco’s films that somehow features Palo Alto as a theme. The other one I’m thinking of (and there may be more) is  called Palo Alto (2013).

Release Date (s): January 8th, 2016 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

IN THE HEART OF THE SEA (2015): New Trailer From Chris Hemsworth & Cillian Murphy

In The Heart Of The Sea (2015), Chris Hemsworth
In The Heart Of The Sea (2015), Chris Hemsworth

Starring Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy and Ben Whishaw, In The heart of The Sea tells the story of the the 1820 sinking of Whaleship Essex in the pacific Ocean…

In The heart Of The Sea (2015) Trailer 

Directed by Ron Howard and based on the book by Nathaniel Philbrick, the thing that excites me most about this movie is the special effects. Whales are beautiful, majestic creatures and loving them as I do, I don’t know how easily I’ll be able to look at the whale as the ‘bad guy.’ On second thought, I’m thinking quite easily if I put myself in the place of the crew whose ship just sunk.

In the event that after seeing the In The heart of The Sea trailer, you thought the film was based on a different famous book, namely  Moby Dick by Herman Melville, you’re not alone. For it is the same 1820 event that inspired Melville to write his famous story, first published in 1851.

I’m quite sure I’ll still love whales after watching In The Heart Of The Sea, how ever ‘bad’ this one particular whale may be.

Release Date (s): December 11th, 2015 (US), December 26th, 2015 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

 

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