AMY (2015): Revealing Documentary Of The Tragic Amy Winehouse Story

Amy (2015), Amy Winehouse
Amy (2015), Amy Winehouse

Sitting through Asif Kapadia’s Amy Winehouse documentary wasn’t easy, though it was absolutely worth it.

Amy tells the story of hugely successful jazz singer Winehouse’s unfortunately short life and career.

Her story is told in her own words and through previously unseen / unheard footage and tracks. Interviews with the people that were closest to her are also featured.

As I watched this heartbreaking story, I was reminded of the truth of just how easily many parents seem to embrace denial. In particular, when it comes to seriously considering the long term effects of their behaviour and actions on their offspring.

Amy is a very well executed documentary and serves as useful food for thought for everyone but especially those thinking of life in the music industry. Having a good grasp of the priorities of the people you choose to surround yourself with is just one key take away.

Most of us could only and are glad to only imagine what it was like to live the nightmare that had become the life of Amy Winehouse. With Kapadia’s documentary, we all have a better idea. I wonder if the people that appeared to have been part of the problem, recognised the role they played and are therefore remorseful. One can only hope.

Watch it for all the reasons above as well as insight into the life and works of a gifted artist.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

SOUTHPAW (2015): Nothing New But Good Performances All Round

Southpaw (2015), Jake Gyllenhaal
Southpaw (2015), Jake Gyllenhaal

Antoine Fuqua is the man in the director’s seat for Southpaw, the movie where Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Billy Hope, a successful boxer seeking redemption after an unbearable tragedy derails his life completely.

Gyllenhaal’s physical transformation is noticeably impressive but it comes second to everything he manages to achieve with his character’s emotional journey.

As you watch the movie, you may find yourself cursing testosterone for being the cause of at least one of the bad things that happens to Hope. However, what seems like an absence of good sense likely also plays a large part.

Overall, there’s nothing particularly surprising or refreshingly new in Southpaw. Though there is one key aspect of the plot that would have been a great surprise – had it not been revealed in the trailer months prior.

Watch Southpaw because you like the filmmaking team and you’re curious about the movie’s exploration of redemption, regret, second chances, starting over and of course, the sport of boxing.

Forrest Whitaker, Naomie Harris and Rachel McAdams also star.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS (2015): New Trailer Starring Sally field & Max Greenfield

Hello, My Name Is Doris (2015), Sally Field, Max Greenfield
Hello, My Name Is Doris (2015), Sally Field, Max Greenfield

I can’t be sure that I’ve ever seen Sally field play a leading role before, but I like the idea of Hello, My Name Is Doris…

As is the case for many (I’m guessing), Sally Field’s role as Mrs Gump in Forrest Gump (1994) will forever be the one that sticks in mind when I here her name. A good thing since the movie is brilliant.

Directed by Michael Showalter, I’m expecting Hello, My Name Is Doris to be funny and a refreshingly welcome kind of different.

Release Date (s): March 11th, 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

THE HATEFUL EIGHT (2015): Nearly Time For Seriously Stylish Gun Slinging

The Hateful Eight (2015), Samuel L. Jackson
The Hateful Eight (2015), Samuel L. Jackson

I wasn’t as excited as I expected to be after seeing the teaser trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s latest, The Hateful Eight, but after the official full trailer….

I’m excited to meet all the the undoubtedly cool characters and see the story play out in the traditionally spectacular Tarantino fashion.

You don’t really see his face in the trailer but I can tell that the guy on the far right of the screen at 1:30 is Channing Tatum.

Release Date (s): December 25th, 2015 (USA), January 8th, 2016 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (2016): New Trailer For The Alice In Wonderland Sequel

Alice Through The looking Glass (2016), Mia Wasikowska
Alice Through The looking Glass (2016), Mia Wasikowska

I had no idea that what was missing from my life was another Alice in Wonderland movie. That was until I saw the rather beautiful new trailer for Alice Through The looking Glass

Trailer 1

Trailer 2

I remember loving Alice In Wonderland (2010); may this be just as good as it’s predecessor – at the very least. Especially since Tim Burton’s highly imaginative brain isn’t the one in the director’s chair this time.

Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Anne Hathaway, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter make up some of the colourful cast.

Bring on the colours, the rhymes and the brilliant costumes!

Release Date (s): May 27th, 2016 (UK & US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

HARD LABOR (2015): Great New Trailer From Juliana Rojas & Marco Dutra

Hard Labor (2015), Helena Albergaria
Hard Labor (2015), Helena Albergaria

I have no idea how good this movie is going to be, but my, oh my do I love the trailer…

Written / directed by Marco Dutra and Juliana Rojas, Hard Labor is a Brazillian drama / horror film starring Helena Albergaria, Marat Descartes and Naloana Lima. I’m looking forward to how Helena handles business when she has to step up and take charge.

Release Date (s): October 30th, 2015 (USA)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

WARCRAFT (2016): New Trailer From Ben Foster & Travis Fimmel

Warcraft (2016), Travis Fimmel
Warcraft (2016), Travis Fimmel

I don’t usually write about 15 second teaser trailers but the one for Warcraft ooks rather good – and yes, it’s based on that very popular video game by Blizzard Entertainment…

Teaser trailer

Full trailer

Trailer 2

Directed by Duncan Jones; Ben Foster, Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Dominic Cooper and Toby Kebbell are the stars of.

I’m certainly not a gamer, though I think the full trailer may have convinced me to watch.

Release Date (s): June 10th 2016 (US), June 3rd 2016 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

ANOMALISA (2015) New Trailer From Charlie Kaufman & Starring David Thewlis

Anomalisa (2015), Charlie Kaufman
Anomalisa (2015), Charlie Kaufman

Charlie Kaufman, writer of Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004) has a new movie and it’s an intriguing stop-motion drama / comedy…

Interesting… though the trailer would have been more enjoyable if the textual interruptions were grouped together at the end.

What this version implies to me is that the editor doesn’t believe that a version of the trailer without the interrupting text is quite enough to keep people engaged and watching. So we must be rudely reminded over and over again of what others think of the film, instead of just taking in what’s actually happening on screen. There’s a reason why credits in movies are kept to the beginning and end of films, no?

Anyway… Just one of those things that frustrates me as a film fan. I’m still looking forward to Anomalisa because of the talent involved and the suggestion of ‘different.’

David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tom Noonan star.

Release Date (s): December 30th, 2015 (US / Limited), March 11th, 2016 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

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