RACE (2016): New Trailer For The Story Of American Track & Field Athlete, Jesse Owens

Race (2016), Stephan James
Race (2016), Stephan James

The trailer is here for the new film about Jesse Owens, the American athlete who achieved greatness against massive odds…

It’s a shame that upon returning to America after winning 4 gold medals at the Berlin Olympics, Owens wasn’t treated as well as you might expect for an American hero.

During that time, as bad as things were in Nazi Germany, they weren’t great for people of colour in the United States either. Nevertheless, Race, the story of Jesse Owens is still a powerful one, especially for all oppressed people with big dreams.

Directed by Stephen Hopkins; Stephan James stars as Owens with Jason Sudeikis, William Hurt and Jeremy Irons in the key supporting roles.

Release Date (s): February 19th 2016 (US), May 5th 2016 (Germany)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

SAN ANDREAS (2015): For The Visual Effects and…

San Andreas (2015), Carla Gugino, Dwayne Johnson
San Andreas (2015), Carla Gugino, Dwayne Johnson

Directed by Brad Peyton; Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Ioan Gruffudd, and Paul Giamatti are the stars of San Andreas – that California earthquake movie you may have heard about over the summer.

You may also have heard that the visual effects are breathtaking and they are. However, the thing I enjoyed most is actually the unique father daughter relationship. San Andreas isn’t a bad movie, there’s just nothing that feels particularly new about it, therefore making it feel not quite as epic as I’d hoped.

San Andreas (2015), Art Parkinson, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Alexandra Daddario
San Andreas (2015), Art Parkinson, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Alexandra Daddario

Some random things came to mind as I watched:

  • On account of all the dust, running, falling and screaming, how much fun was being an extra on this movie, really?
  • I honestly don’t recall the last time I saw such excellent mother/ daughter casting.
  • You’d have to be blind not to notice Alexandra Daddario’s eyeballs. If you’ve seen the film, I know you noticed!
  • I better be careful because I don’t know anyone that would come and rescue me at a time when the traditional emergency services cannot. But then again… you never know. Just don’t rely on it, of course. But still, you never know…

If by this point you’re still curious, watch it for the impressive visual effects and all else that appeals.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

INGRID BERGMAN IN HER OWN WORDS (2015): New Documentary Looking At The Life Of The Celebrated Actress

Ingrid Bergman In Her Own Words (2015), Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman In Her Own Words (2015), Ingrid Bergman

I love stories of people with big dreams. Especially when they toil to make those dreams come true and succeed. Such is part of the story of Ingrid Bergman, one of the most celebrated actresses of the 20th century and beyond.

Directed by Stig Björkman, Ingrid Bergman In Her Own Words, I look forward to learning more about the core of the artist.

Release Date (s): November 13th 2015 (USA)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

DOPE (2015): For The Cleverness, Comedy, Music & Style

Dope (2015), Kiersey Clemons, Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori
Dope (2015), Kiersey Clemons, Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori

Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori and Kiersey Clemons play the three main characters of rick Famuyiwa’s letest, Dope. Blake Anderson, Kimberly Elise, rapper, A$ap Rocky, Zoe Kravitz and De’aundre Bonds make up some of the key supporting cast.

I’ve watched several of writer/ director Rick Famuyiwa’s films in the past. One of them being The Wood (1999); a movie similar to Dope in the way that it’s a comedy/ drama that tells the story of high school friends growing up in one of America’s toughest neighbourhoods, Inglewood, California.

The beauty with Dope is in the complexity and cleverness of the story, the vibrant cinematography and the way Famuyiwa’s film feels like a celebration of the smarts of the high school geek.

Considering where the film takes place, naturally there are some tense and hair raising moments. Moments that will have everyone that has never lived in a similar neighbourhood counting their lucky stars.

Dope (2015), Zoe Kravitz
Dope (2015), Zoe Kravitz

The good news is that Dope manages to remain positive and an authentic and fun film experience. One that steers clear of becoming far too grim.

Yes, you’ll probably feel grateful as you watch, but what you’ll remember most are the colours, the funny and clever script, the positive / uplifting music and the seldom celebrated smarts of the geek.

Watch it because it’s good.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

JANIS – LITTLE GIRL BLUE (2015): New Trailer For Janis Joplin Documentary

Janis - Little Girl blue (2015), Janis Joplin
Janis – Little Girl blue (2015), Janis Joplin

Before knowing any of her music, Janis Joplin is a name I’m familiar with for being one of those truly gifted and simultaneously tortured musical artists. She, like Curt Cobain, Jimmy Hendrix and most recently Amy Winehouse, all passed away at just 27.

Janis, Little Girl Blue is directed by Amy Berg and delves into what it was that made Joplin great as well as all that eventually resulted in her untimely demise…

Until this trailer, I had no idea that Joplin is partly responsible for the Mercedes Benz song. I guess it might be time to get a little schooled on the First Lady of rock and roll.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS (2015): For The Beauty In The Connections You Have & The Unexpected

I’ll See You In My Dreams (2015), Blythe Danner, Rhea Perlman
I’ll See You In My Dreams (2015), Blythe Danner, Rhea Perlman

Besides being recognisable as an actress in her own right, I’ve known Blythe Danner as the mother of Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow and as the lovely Lady who often plays a well-meaning mother in films and TV shows; Meet The Parents (2000) and Will & Grace (1998-2006), respectively to name just two.

In the Brett Haley directed I’ll See You In My Dreams, Danner stars and is both charming and engaging. This is a comedy/ drama that follows Danner’s character (Carol) and her experience of life after retirement.

The nature of the relationships between Carol and her female friends was one of my favourite things. Watch it for a bittersweet story well told and a taster of the simple and priceless things you’ll want in later life, including the delightfully unexpected.

Martin Starr, Sam Elliott, June Squibb, Rhea Perlman and Mary Kay Place make up the supporting cast.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

HAIL, CAESAR! (2016): New Trailer From Josh Brolin, Channing Tatum & Scarlett Johansson

Hail, Caesar (2016), Tilda Swinton, Josh Brolin
Hail, Caesar (2016), Tilda Swinton, Josh Brolin

It’s a comedy / drama/ musical and it’s from the Coen brothers…

Trailer 1

Trailer 2

I’m really hoping that Hail Caesar! is great, especially since musicals aren’t really my thing. Set during the 1950s, at least it’s also a drama / comedy.

The wonderful cast includes Jonah Hill, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton.

Hail Caesar! Release Date (s): February 5th 2016 (US), February 26th 2016 (UK), February 17th (France), February 18th (Germany)

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

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 🙂

G

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