THE PERFECTION (2019): The Thing I Liked…

The Perfection (2019), Allison Williams
The Perfection (2019), Allison Williams

Starring Allison Williams, Logan Browning and Steven Weber, The Perfection is a ‘darker than you expect’ drama /horror / thriller. 

Directed by Richard Shepard, the story follows a musical prodigy who sets upon a sinister path that begins with her seeking out the current star pupil of her former school.

I kind of already knew based on the trailer that Shepard’s movie wouldn’t be the most comfortable of viewings. I just didn’t know that within ten minutes into the film, a thought that crossed my mind would be ‘Am I ready for this darkness?

The darkness that made me uneasy wasn’t anything to do with physical violence, though there is some of that here. It was about the negative energy / vibe that seemed so easy for the audience to see, yet the person the ill-intent was aimed toward appeared completely oblivious. 

As uneasy as this movie made me feel for a number of reasons, I also found it quite engaging, even though something about its execution felt a tad rough around the edges. Another way to say it would be ‘The Perfection is not like Green Book (2018)’. By this I mean, in The Perfection, every single scene didn’t flow perfectly without me having to pause and question any of the story, dialogue or general happenings. The acting was OK but I did not get completely lost in the world of the story.

Give Shepard’s movie a chance because it’s not quite what you think it’s going to be. You’ll definitely go on a ride that won’t be the most comfortable but everything kind of pays off in the most unexpected way.

There are also  one or two – perhaps more moments of stunning imagery. My favourite of which is at the top of this very post. 

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ROLLING THUNDER REVUE (2019): New Trailer For Documentary About Bob Dylan By Martin Scorsese…

Rolling Thunder Revue - A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019), Netflix
Rolling Thunder Revue – A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019), Netflix

The spirit of America in 1975 and the joyous music that Bob Dylan performed during the fall of that year is the focus of Rolling Thunder Revue – A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese.

It is both a documentary and concert film that features , besides Dylan himself,  Allen Ginsberg, Patti Smith, Joan Baez…

You know when you hear of an older artist who’s highly celebrated by so many people, especially by a particular generation and a few young- old heads? Yet you yourself know little to none of that artist’s music. Some of their songs may sound familiar but you can’t really name any of it because you’ve never been pulled to purposefully listen. That artist for me is s Bob Dylan. Michael Hutchence of INXS is another and it just so happens Hutchence also has a documentary trailer released in the same week

A part of me is quite curious about both artists, but I think they’ll probably remain the kind I’ll need a super fan to convince me to listen to. Then, before you know it, I’m a serious fan!

It could happen. It may not but it could.

Do you happen to be a Dylan and / or Hutchence fan? Am I really missing out?

Rolling Thunder Release Dates: June 12th, 2019 (US) / Internet…

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LUCE (2019): New Trailer From Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Tim Roth, Kelvin Harrison Jr…

Luce (2019), Octavia Spencer, Neon
Luce (2019), Octavia Spencer, Neon

Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Tim Roth and Kelvin Harrison Jr. are the stars of Luce.

Directed by  Julius Onah, Luce is the story of parents to an adopted son from war-torn Eritrea. Said parents are forced to reckon with their idealised image of their son, after an alarming discovery by a devoted high school teacher…

This rather good trailer edit has me scared. Scared for myself, scared for Spencer’s character because no one is listening to her and scared for Luce’s parents. I’m also very curious about what the alarming secret actually is.

We all know Watts and Spencer are great actors, so I can’t wait to see what Harrison does with this role. They do say that dark characters are more fun to play, after all.

Andrea Bang, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Norbert Leo Butz, Omar Brunson and Astro also star.

Luce Release Dates: August 2nd, 2019 (US)…

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AD ASTRA (2019): New Trailer From Brad Pitt, Ruth Negga, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland…

Ad Astra (2019), Brad Pitt, 20th Century Fox
Ad Astra (2019), Brad Pitt, 20th Century Fox

Directed and co-written by James Gray; starring Brad Pitt, Ruth Negga, Tommy Lee Jones and Liv Tyler, Ad Astra is the story of an Army Corps engineer (Pitt) who’s searching across the galaxy for his father; a man who disappeared twenty years prior.

He’s also on a mission to unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet…

It’s the very likeable Mr Pitt, a promise of good visuals and what looks like a moving story. Everything to like.

The father / son ‘love story’ part makes me think of Interstellar (2014). I’m sure the films are quite difference but I look forward to finding out.

Kimberly Elise, Loren Dean, LisaGay Hamilton and John Ortiz also star.

Ad Astra Release Dates: September 20th, 2019 (US)…

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ONWARD (2020): New Trailer From Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Octavia Spencer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus…

Onward (2019), Disney Pixar
Onward (2019), Disney Pixar

From writer / director Dan Scanlon, Onward is a new Disney Pixar animated adventure starring Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Octavia Spencer, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Set in a suburban fantasy world, Onward is about two teenage elf brothers who embark on a quest to discover if there is still magic out there…

The two moons at 01:33 into this trailer have me intrigued; the same with the idea of usually majestic unicorns as ‘vermin.’

I can’t wait to see how this story about a world of imaginary creatures such as pixies, mermaids, gnomes, unicorns and pet dragons actually unfolds.

Onward Release Dates: March 6th, 2020 (US & UK)…

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ALWAYS BE MY MAYBE (2018): The Things I Liked…

Always Be My Maybe (2019), Keanu Reeves, Netflix
Always Be My Maybe (2019), Keanu Reeves, Netflix

Always Be My Maybe, a comedy about childhood sweethearts who reconnect after they fell out fifteen years ago is quite funny and features a handful of moving but not too overly  sentimental scenes. 

As was the case with the trailer, Keanu Reeves entering the frame is one of the best moments for me because, well, it’s Keanu Reeves – but also because his character is funny and the music that plays as he enters the room could not have been more perfect.

The entire cast led by Ali Wong and Randall Park all perform well and the second most memorable moment for me is the lovely speech delivered at the red carpet event near the end.

There are just two things in director Nahnatchka Khan’s film that had me wanting. Firstly, with the exception of the great music that plays when we first meet Reeve’s character, I found a noticeable absence of music in most scenes when compared to other comedy / romance movies. It’s a thing I wished I didn’t notice because it would probably mean I was too busy being fully engrossed in everything happening on screen with the characters. Secondly, this is just my preference when it comes to comedy / romances but, I missed the rhythm, attitude / atmosphere and music that I often enjoy in a J.Lo movie of the same genre. 

Even with all the above said, give Always Be My Maybe a chance because Reeves is fun and you may just like it more than you expect. 

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FORD v FERRARI (2019): New Trailer From Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe…

Ford v Ferrari (2019), Christian Bale
Ford v Ferrari (2019), Christian Bale

Starring Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Jon Bernthal and Caitriona Balfe, Ford v Ferrari is a new action / drama from Logan (2017) director James Mangold.

It’s the true story of the battle between car manufacturers Ford and Ferrari to win Le Mans in 1966…

I like the pairing of Bale and Damon, and since this is an American movie, I guess we likely already know who ‘wins.’

I’m ready for the dialogue and humour. I also can’t help but wonder how differently the Italians might tell this story.

Ray McKinnon, Josh Lucas, JJ Feild, Noah Jupe, Stefania Spampinato, Tracy Letts, Wyatt Nash and Hélène Cardona also star.

Ford v Ferrari Release Dates: November 15th, 2019 (US &UK)…

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COMA (2019): New Trailer For Russian Movie Starring Milos Bikovic, Lyubov Aksyonova, Aleksey Serebryakov…

Coma (2019)
Coma (2019)

Co-written and directed by Nikita Argunov, new Russian sci-fi Coma stars Milos Bikovic, Lyubov Aksyonova and Aleksey Serebryakov.

The story follows a colossal and mysterious accident after which a young talented architect comes back to his senses in a very odd world that only resembles the reality…

Inception (2010) is one of my favourite movies. This movie reminds me a lot of Inception and so I must see for myself the ways in which it’s different. Additionally, I’m in for the special effects.

Additional cast includes Anton Pampushnyy, Rinal Mukhametov, Vilen Babichev, Albert Kobrovsky and Polina Kuzminskaya.

Coma Release Dates

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