THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS (2018): Good Documentary…

Three Identical Strangers (2018), David Kellman, Robert Shafran, Eddy Galland
Three Identical Strangers (2018), David Kellman, Robert Shafran, Eddy Galland

Three Identical Strangers is the extraordinary story of three complete strangers who discover by chance that they are identical triplets who were  separated at birth. 

It all starts from the day the first triplet is mistaken for someone else. A ‘someone else’ whom he soon finds out is his identical twin brother. The next hour or so of the film goes on to reveal plenty, including the circumstances that led to the separation of  brothers David Kellman, Robert Shafran and Eddy Galland.

Three Identical Strangers features photographs, reenactments, video footage, interviews with the brothers as well as  with those who know / knew them best. The end result is a well structured Tim Wardle directed documentary with  a fair amount of detail about what actually happened after the brothers were born.

I really haven’t watched nearly enough documentaries in 2018 but I’d definitely recommend Three Identical Strangers as one not to miss. It’s an unfortunate story that’s as engaging, astonishing and  heartbreaking as one might imagine – and more. Bringing to mind the age old debate of nature versus nurture among other complex issues.

My hope by the end of this film is that  such cruel separations are far less likely to occur today than they were decades earlier. With that said, when you’re next in the mood for a good documentary, watch Three Identical Strangers because it’s good. 

Happy Film Loving 

G

ATOMIC BLONDE (2017) : The ThingS I Liked…

Atomic Blonde (2017), Charlize Theron
Atomic Blonde (2017), Charlize Theron

Atomic Blonde, an action / thriller about an undercover MI6 agent on a mission to investigate the murder of a fellow agent, and recover a missing list of double agents is arguably an adequately thrilling experience.

Starring Charlize Theron, and James McAvoy, what stood out most for me about director David Leitch’s film is the style – and by ‘style’ I mean the general look and feel, the colours, clothing, the exciting fight sequences, the way specific moments are shot at a particular angle, making for a more satisfying visual experience. One such example would be the way Leitch captures the scene near the start when McAvoy’s character walks up to the car that just crashed with his colleague (Theron) inside.

Watching a very capable, well-dressed female character in charge of herself and her surroundings was fun. It was an inspiring vision that quickly brought to mind another fictional character with impressive abilities and great style. Namely Sylvia Hoeks’s highly memorable work as Luv in Blade Runner 2049 (2017).

Atomic Blonde is a movie you watch for the thrilling action and mystery. It may not have you megaphone in hand – post viewing and trying to gather everyone to watch it immediately. Nevertheless, by the end you may, like myself find yourself thinking, ‘yeah, that wasn’t terrible. Nor was it exceptionally memorable either but I have no regrets.’

Lastly, when it comes to the question of Theron’s British accent, I don’t think that she did terribly but my ‘expert ear’ did notice a few inconsistencies. Nothing too laughable, mind you.

Watch it for the colours, fights and style. It’s even possibly, quite fun.

Happy Film loving 

G

PIERCING (2018): New Trailer From Christopher Abbott, Mia Wasikowska, Laia Costa…

Piercing (2018), Mia Wasiskowska, Christopher Abbott
Piercing (2018), Mia Wasiskowska, Christopher Abbott

Piercing is the Nicolas Pesce directed thriller / horror about a man with a plan. A man with a plan to check into a hotel, call an escort service and kill an unsuspecting prostitute; and all after kissing his wife and baby goodbye.

Key cast includes Christopher Abbott, Mia Wasikowska, Laia Costa…

The weirdness of the trailer grabbed my attention. What Piercing has to say about a man such as the one in this story, and how he came to have  a plan such as his, that’s what has me most curious.

Probably unsurprisingly, this movie makes me want to re-watch American Psycho (2000).

Wendell Pierce, Olivia Bond, Marin Ireland, Dakota Lustick and Maria Dizzia also star.

Piercing Release Dates: February 1st, 2019 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 

G

STATE LIKE SLEEP (2018): New Trailer From Katherine Waterston, Michiel Huisman, Michael Shannon, Luke Evans…

State Like Sleep (2018), Katherine Waterston
State Like Sleep (2018), Katherine Waterston

State Like Sleep is a new drama starring Katherine Waterston. Waterston plays a woman dealing with the consequences of her celebrity husband’s double life following his suicide.

Written / directed by Meredith Danluck,  Michiel Huisman, Luke Evans and Michael Shannon costar…

I don’t completely like this trailer edit, partly because it’s too jumpy. Still, it’s the mystery that has me interested. 

Rachel Wilson, Mark O’Brien, George Tchortov and Mary Kay Place also star.

State Like Sleep Release Dates: January 4th, 2019 (US)

Happy film Loving 

G

THE EQUALIZER 2 (2018): The Things I Liked…

The Equalizer 2 (2018), Denzel Washington
The Equalizer 2 (2018), Denzel Washington

In The Equaliser 2, Denzel Washington’s Robert McCall is, as aways more than ready to serve up an unflinching justice in the name of the exploited and oppressed. Since in director Antoine Fuqua’s sequel, one of the oppressed happens to be someone McCall loves dearly, he wastes no time in setting up a series of smart manoeuvres that prove arguably as thrilling and unexpected as in the first movie, The Equalizer (2014).

With a well-chosen supporting cast that includes Ashton Sanders (Moonlight 2016), Pedro Pascal and Melissa Leo, I particularly enjoyed the dynamic and chemistry between Denzel and Pascal’s characters. My favourite of the most thrilling moments involves the ‘panic room’ scene. A scene that was almost too intense and suspenseful for my little thriller loving heart to bear.

What unfortunately ensures that The Equaliser 2 is not quite as memorable as the first movie includes the fact that it’s a sequel and therefore has the element of familiarity strongly fighting against it. The other reason for me personally is how the beginning portion of the film felt a little disconnected from the rest of it. 

Overall, I say there’s still enough good stuff going on to make The Equaliser 2 a worthy movie. You will certainly be thrilled, moved and possibly find yourself feeling lucky and grateful, especially for all the good, helpful people you’re knowingly and unknowingly connected to.

Watch it if you’re so curious.

Happy Film Loving 

G

ARTEMIS FOWL (2019)New Trailer From Miranda Raison, Hong Chau, Judi Dench, Josh Gad, Ferdia Shaw…

Artemis Fowl is the new Kenneth Branagh directed  fantasy / adventure about young Irish criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl II.

Starring Ferdia Shaw, Hong Chau, Josh Gad and Judi Dench, Artemis kidnaps a fairy LEPrecon officer called Holly Short  for ransom; so he can fund the search for his missing father…

The name Artemis Fowl sounded familiar yet I until now, I hadn’t  a clue about this story. It’s Disney, right and directed by Branagh  (Cinderella (2015) so I have hope it’ll be worthy.

Nonso Anozie, Adrian Scarborough, Lara McDonnell and Nikesh Patel also star.

Artemis Fowl Release Dates: August 9th, 2019 (US & UK)…

Happy Film loving 

G

FINDING YOUR FEET (2018): The Things I Liked…

Finding Your Feet (2018) Celia Imrie, Imelda Staunton

Finding Your Feet; the comedy / drama about a judgmental, middle class snob, who’s forced to live with her sister in an impoverished inner-city council estate is a pleasant serving of quintessential Britishness.

Starring Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall and Joanna Lumley, director Richard Loncraine’s movie isn’t necessarily the most memorable and the story isn’t especially unpredictable. Nevertheless Finding Your Feet is a nice ‘easy viewing’ reminder of the gift of siblinghood, the ones you’re born into and the ones you choose. 

I enjoyed the very British dialogue and its often rather well-timed delivery. One particular line that stood out would be the words: It’s not a panic attack, I’m not that sort of person. I just had a bit of a turn.’ 

Another highlight was seeing beautiful shots of places in London, England that I recognise.

For the Britishness, humour and siblinghood, etc., watch Finding Your Feet  if you’re so curious it does have a certain charm.

Happy Film loving 

G

MOTHER! (2017): The Thing I Liked…

Mother! (2017), Jennifer Lawrence
Mother! (2017), Jennifer Lawrence

Mother!, the Darren Aronofsky directed mystery / horror film about uninvited guests who disrupt a couple’s tranquil existence is a weird movie. 

Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer, the acting is great of course but what I enjoyed most about the film has nothing to do with acting. As controversial as this is, the beautiful single braid on Lawrence’s head… so effortless and gorgeous. That’s my favourite thing about Mother! 

Part of my issue with Aronofsky’s movie is that I can’t say I fully get it. I found myself getting mad at the close-up shots and about an hour into the film, I was thinking: ‘Resolve this mystery already!’ 

What’s also quite unfortunate about me not really understanding Mother! is that I’m definitely not interested enough to watch it again on the off chance that I may finally get it.

The way Lawrence and Bardem’s characters were so obviously grossly mismatched as a couple rather annoyed me. Bardem’s character’s lack of consideration towards his wife really made me mad and because I didn’t understand why he was being that way, it simply made matters worse.

If you’re an Aronofsky fan, I say give this movie a chance because you may like it. Just remember that Mother! is definitely more mystery than horror, so don’t let the word ‘horror’ dissuade you or get you too excited.

If you think I totally missed the point of this movie, you’re very welcome to enlighten me in the comments below. 

Happy Film Loving 

G

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