AMERICAN HUSTLE (2013): Exactly As I Thought

American Hustle (2013), Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale
American Hustle (2013), Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale

Director David O. Russell’s film is good and Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner are all great in their roles.

However, I did find myself not as hooked as the story unfolded – at least not early on in the film anyway.

American Hustle (2013), Amy Adams
American Hustle (2013), Amy Adams

It’s not that plenty was’t happening – and at a good pace. It’s likely that I just didn’t identify with or get especially attached to any of the characters. Things did get better, particularly at the moment ‘Edith’s veil’ comes down.

Watch it if you’re curious about the story of a con man trying to keep the upper hand and stay alive when forced to work with the FBI in 70s New Jersey.

Happy American Hustle 🙂

G

BLACK MASS (2015) Trailer 2, Looking forward To The Humour

Black Mass (2015), Johnny Depp
Black Mass (2015), Johnny Depp

Trailer 2 for Black Mass, one of the year’s most promising films is here.

Featuring the brilliant acting talents of Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch and Dakota Johnson, to name just a few, the story of James ‘ Whitey’ Bulger, south Boston’s most infamous violent criminal is looking like something no true film fan is going to want to miss.

After seeing this trailer, what’s suddenly very intriguing is the female characters. Particularly how much denial they were likely in. I guess we’ll all find out in 5/6 months. Something tells me that the soundtrack to this movie  is going to be good.

Happy Black Mass 🙂

G

AMY (2015): Trailer Of The Week

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

A month and a half after the teaser, the full trailer for the highly anticipated Amy Winehouse documentary has arrived. Like many, I’m looking forward to finally seeing the complete film. However, I do know that when it’s released I’ll have to wait to be in the right mood before watching since it’ll definitely be emotional.

Happy Amy 🙂

G

PIXELS (2015) Trailer 2, Definitely More Promising

Pixels (2015) Pac-Man, Toru Iwatani
Pixels (2015) Pac-Man, Toru Iwatani

In Pixels, starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage –  aliens have sent real life video games to end us by pixelation – and of course we must fight! Or at least the best players of each video game character  turned evil must.

The first trailer had me worried, but now…

…I badly want to see it work.

Happy Pixels 🙂

G

PUMPING IRON (1977) Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tonnes of Charisma & Intelligence

Pumping Iron (1977), Arnold Schwarzenegger
Pumping Iron (1977), Arnold Schwarzenegger

Pumping Iron is a 1977 documentary that follows amateur and professional bodybuilders as they prepare for the 1975 Mr. Olympia and Mr. Universe contests.

In this George Butler and Robert Fiore directed documentary film, you’ll meet some of the top bodybuilders of that period, including France’s Serge Nubret, Lou Ferrigno from the USA, Franco Columbo of Italy and of course Arnold Schwarzenegger of the USA via Austria.

Watch and listen to stories of how several of the athletes came to choose their particular paths. Stories that feature all the attributes necessary to compete at such high levels – and for the extraordinary few, win.

Along with Schwarzenegger’s famous charisma, humour, work ethic and focus, look out for two brilliant anecdotes about his response to a family tragedy just before a competition and his ‘advice’ to a massively delusional wannabe.

There are a number of reasons to watch Pumping Iron and being into bodybuilding is only one of them. Me personally, I’m ever curious about the human, greatness and I’m an Schwarzenegger fan.

Happy Pumping Iron 🙂

G

STEVE JOBS (2015): First Look Teaser Trailer Starring Michael Fassbender

Steve Jobs (2015), Michael Fassbender
Steve Jobs (2015), Michael Fassbender

Just like that it’s here, that Steve Jobs biopic that for a moment there, looked like it may not happen.

Written by Aaron Sorkin, directed by Danny Boyle, starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels, here is the first look teaser trailer.

With film making talent like this, I can barely wait.

Happy Steve Jobs 🙂

G

SONG ONE (2014): For Anne Hathaway & Folk-Rock Music Fans

Song One (2014), Johnny Flynn, Anne Hathaway
Song One (2014), Johnny Flynn, Anne Hathaway

I can confirm that Song One is well-acted and definitely not the kind of feel good romantic comedy that you may be expecting. It’s a hopeful drama but also quite dull and depressing.

The film, written and directed by Kate Barker-Froyland starts with a 19 year-old musician played by Ben Rosenfield getting hit by a car. His sister (Anne Hathaway), in trying to do everything she can to help end his comatose state, crosses paths and starts a relationship with his favourite musician, James Forrester (Johnny Flynn).

Watch it if the themes mentioned above intrigue you and if you’re more than just a casual fan of Anne Hathaway and/ or folk-rock music; otherwise you may find yourself checking the time after hitting play at least once.

I enjoyed the sibling relationship plot line most. ‘In April’ and ‘Little Yellow Dress’ are my favourite tracks from the soundtrack.

Happy Song One 🙂

G

HITCH (2005) The Two Best Scenes

Hitch (2005), Will Smith, Eva Mendes
Hitch (2005), Will Smith, Eva Mendes

Will Smith and Kevin James were well cast in their roles for 2005’s romantic comedy, Hitch. Smith, a Date Doctor/ Consultant and James, the ‘dating-life challenged’ singleton in desperate need of professional help.

Hitch works, in the most part because of the excellent chemistry between the two male leads. I had no issue at all with the film… that is until the last 20 minutes, by which I mean what happens romantically between Mendes and Smith’s characters.

Those last 20 minutes left me unable to recall another time when an element of a story felt so incredible forced. I just couldn’t buy it. The issue isn’t that what happened actually happened, but it’s the way it was written and executed.

It’s always a shame when something that takes place in a film completely forces you to remember that the people on screen are definitely ‘pretending’ because it doesn’t feel as real and realistic as it ought to.

Thankfully however, the memory of the films two funniest scenes will continue to shine bright in my memory. Kevin James’ show stopping dance moves and that little issue the issue with the crayfish. Watch it to experience those moments.

Directed by Andy Tennant; Eva Mendes and Amber Valletta also star.

Hitch (2005), Will Smith, Kevin James
Hitch (2005), Will Smith, Kevin James
Hitch (2005), Will Smith
Hitch (2005), Will Smith

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

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