Directed by Mark Deeble and Victoria Stone, Chiwetel Ejiofor narrates new documentary The Elephant Queen.
Set in the African Savannah, at the centre of this story of love, loss, family and coming home is elephant mother Athena. Athena must do everything in her power to protect her herd when they’re forced to leave their waterhole…
My love for elephants and their gentle nature is the reason I simply have to see this one.
These are just some of the questions that were flying around in my head as the trailer played for new documentary Wrinkles The Clown; a film about a clown in Florida who gets hired by parents to scare their ill-behaved children.
What I like most about director / co-writer Michael Beach Nichols’s movie is that it provides answers to all the questions aI had. Answers delivered by parents, children and a psychology expert. We also get to hear from clowns who only ever aim to bring cheer and others in Florida plus different parts of the U.S. who’ve had some kind of experience with Wrinkles.
Overall, I think the most revealing thing in Wrinkles The Clown is perhaps what the person who dresses up as Wrinkles actually thinks about parents who hire him to scare their children. For me personally, as someone who’s always had an over-active imagination, I really can’t imagine ever concluding that hiring a scary looking clown to scare my ill-behaved currently hypothetical children into good behaviour could ever be a good idea. But then again, my ill-behaved children truly are completely hypothetical.
I admit that Winkles The Clown isn’t exactly in my list of favourite documentaries, especially on account of the story edit but I’m happy to have got answers to all my questions and learned a thing or two about the history of clowns.
Give Winkles The Clown a chance if you’re really, really curious.
Did I already say that I’m over the moon that Sam Mendes is back? He’s already directed at least two of my all time favourite movies And now a film about two young British soldiers (Dean-Charles Chapman and George McKay) tasked with a seemingly impossible mission.
Additional key cast includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Madden, Mark Strong, Colin Firth, Andrew Scott…
I’m excited for this story of sibling love and a desperate race against time. I can’t wait for all the beautiful shots that are synonymous with Mendes films .
It’s highly likely I’ll be hugely moved. I mean… I may or may not have already let a few tears escape while watching this trailer.
Anson Boon, Gerran Howell, Daniel Mays, Robert Maaser, Adrian Scarborough, Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay, Teresa Mahoney, and Justin Edwards also star.
Even though I definitely can’t say I had a great time during all of the two hours and forty nine minute run time of of director Andy Muschietti’s IT Chapter 2, the last hour or so was pretty thrilling.
Starring James McAvoy, Javier Botet, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader and Bill Skarsgård, I had to watch this final installment of the IT (1990)remake because the cast and trailers were great. I was also determined since this was essentially my last chance to see if I found any of the IT movies scary all. I definitely had a lot of feelings throughout but unfortunately, once again, scared really wasn’t one of them. At the very best I was very grossed out by the scene with the 8 plus legged severed head. I enjoyed much of the visual effects and the acting. Unlike in the 1990 IT film, this time both the children and the adult versions of the children performed pretty well.
As for the question of why the first hour and forty minutes of IT Chapter 2 wasn’t great, it certainly didn’t help that due to the editing and some characters looking similar, I didn’t find it easy to follow in terms of who was playing the adult version of whom. The other key reason is the pace. I know that much of the film is set in Derry, Maine which is essentially a slower moving place than a city, but that doesn’t mean the story had to move that slowly, surely? I remember that an hour into the film, I found myself disappointed to not even be half way through the movie.
There were also unfortunately some moments where I couldn’t fully suspend my disbelief. Firstly, the biting of the little girl’s head; how on earth did she not scream? Secondly, at the reunion dinner, how did it take so long for the restaurant workers to check on the disturbance, especially considering all the screaming and banging? Last but not least, the scene where Chastain’s character performs a certain feat of strength towards the end. I just don’t honestly believe she possessed the physical strength required to do what she did.
Overall though, thanks to the good performances – particularly by McAvoy and Chastain, plus the fun special effects, IT Chapter 2 is worth watching, if you’re curious. Especially so if you have more patience than I.
Lastly, I couldn’t help but conclude by the end that Muschietti’s film seems to be quite a good advert for why therapy is important and often a good idea.
Directed / co-written by and starring Prune Nourry, Serendipity is a new documentary about the French-born, New York-based artist’s recent breast cancer diagnosis. A film that aims to capture Nourry’s subsequent evolution of her body, work, soul, and mind…
The art and the story of transformation are the reasons I’m most interested.
Also, the opening sentence to this trailer; how great it would be to have the secret / super power to heal in seconds using only one’s hands?
Clint Eastwood’s latest drama Richard Jewell tells the true story of Richard Jewell, an American security guard who heroically saved thousands of lives from an exploding bomb at the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta, USA.
Starring Paul Walter Hauser, Jon Hamm, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell and Kathy Bates, Eastwood’s film is about the unjust vilification of Jewell by journalists and the press, who falsely reported that he was a terrorist…
What a wonderfully edited trailer. I remember enjoying Hauser’s work in I Tonya (2017) and it looks like he’s truly great in this movie.
Now I can’t wait to find out how things turned out for Jewell.
One more thing… YEAH! Another Eastwood movie! Just had to let that out.
Nina Arianda, Ian Gomez, Deja Dee, Randy Havens, Wayne Duvall, Beth Keener, Mike Pniewski and Mitchell Hoog also star.
Guy Ritchie’s latest action / crime movie The Gentlemen stars Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Colin Farell and Michelle Dockery.
It’s the England based story of a very British drug lord who tries to sell off his highly profitable empire to a dynasty of Oklahoma billionaires…
Ritchie is the director of two of my favourite British films, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch (2000). So of course I’m watching this one. The cast and story looks great. The comes the cherry on top of rather posh British actors speaking in far less posh accents. Such fun!
Jeremy Strong, Henry Golding, Hugh Grant, Jason Wong, Brittany Ashworth, Christopher Evangelou and Eliot Sumner also star.
Dev Patel, Tilda Swinton, Ben Whishaw and Hugh Laurie are among the stars of Armando Iannucci ‘s new drama / comedy, The Personal History of David Copperfield.
Based on the novel by Charles Dickens, Iannucci promises a fresh take on Dickens’ semi-autobiographical story set in the 1840s. We’ll get o watch as Copperfield navigates a chaotic world to find his elusive place within it. From unhappy childhood to storyteller…
‘It was a joke. I’m sorry. I’ve been attempting to learn general men’s humour from a book‘
I love this line and its delivery. Also, I’ve seen bothThe Thick Of It Veep so I’m quite sure this should be good. Bring on the ‘madness!’
Sophie McShera, Aneurin Barnard, Benedict Wong, Peter Capaldi, Rosalind Eleazar, Morfydd Clark, Anthony Welsh, Ruby Bentall and Gwendoline Christie also star.