PREDESTINATION (2014): The Next Ethan Hawke 2014 Hit?

Predestination (2014) Ethan Hawke
Predestination (2014) Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke has been very busy. A fact that makes me, an eternal fan of great acting talent, a very happy so and so. With  more than 5 releases out this year, including the already very well received Boyhood, who can blame me?

A sci-fi thriller from sibling Directors, Michael and Peter Spierig, the premise of Predestination is time travel for the purpose of preventing crimes from taking place. I say the trailer is quite promising. See for yourself:

Did Tom Cruise’s Minority Report (2002) come to mind as this preview played?

Happy Predestination 🙂


LOCK STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS (1998): Brilliant British Film

Lock Stock And Two Smoking  Barrels (1998), Nick Moran
Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Nick Moran

Brother, mother, any other sucker!

Super wordplay. Just one of the the things I love about this movie.

Set in London’s East End, Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels is very entertaining, thanks to the excellent dialogue and incessantly funny male banter.

Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Nick Moran, Jason Statham, Dexter Fletcher, Jason Flemyng
Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Nick Moran, Jason Statham, Dexter Fletcher, Jason Flemyng

From writer / director Guy Ritchie, the film fits comfortably into the comedy / crime genre. There’s no shortage of well crafted characters, some of whom you’d count yourself very lucky to never encounter.

If you’re a seasoned film fan, It may be hard to not have Quentin Tarantino pop into your mind; for reasons including but not limited to the highly quotable dialogue and brilliant soundtrack.

Watch it!‘ That’s my recommendation

Lock Stock And Two Smoking  Barrels (1998), Vas Blackwood
Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Vas Blackwood

Because if you don’t I’ll kill ya.

Just playing, of course. I’m simply quoting the great character pictured above.

Happy Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels 🙂


THAT AWKWARD MOMENT (2014): The Good Things

That Awkward Moment (2014), Zac efron, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller
That Awkward Moment (2014), Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller

The following are three of the best things about Zac Efron’s That Awkward Moment (2014). A story about twenty-something friends living and dating in New York. It’s definitely not a perfect movie – for reasons including, ironically, awkwardness. But these snippets of dialogue are indeed memorable. I’ve even found myself quoting one or two to friends.

1) ‘New York’s charm is that you’re surrounded by things you can’t have’. ‘New York’s charm is it makes you think you can have them’. 

Having been there myself and experienced the energy, I can confirm that both statements are true.

2) ‘Jason. You weren’t there for me. On a day when I really, really needed you. And being there for someone when they need you, that’s all relationships are, Jason. That’s all they are’

Delivered whilst perfectly composed and with all pauses mid-sentence only working to make the statement more impactful in the moment – regardless of how simple the idea and words may be.

3) ‘Guys, in High School I was voted as most likely to have the best eyes’ 

My favourite! This one line makes me giggle every single time.

Happy That Awkward Moment 🙂


SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS (2014): Guaranteed Fun. I Can Tell

Six Dance lessons In Six Weeks (2014), Gena Rowlands, Cheyenne Jackson
Six Dance lessons In Six Weeks (2014), Gena Rowlands, Cheyenne Jackson

Six Dance lessons In Six Weeks (2014) looks like the kind of light and fun Sunday film experience I’ll be wanting any day now.

A trailer filled with comedy, music, dancing, Cheyenne Jackson and the likeable Gena Rowlands, a.k.a. the older version of Allie from The Notebook (2004), I know I’ll be watching with high hopes.

It helps that the film is based on a successful play.

Happy Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks Trailer 🙂


INCEPTION (2010): Only If Other Films Would Stay Away From The Music

Inception (2010), Leonardo DiCaprio
Inception (2010), Leonardo DiCaprio

Part of what makes Christopher Nolan’s Inception (2010) so very good, is Hans Zimmer’s brilliant musical score.

Unfortunately, since the the film’s release, seemingly far lesser movies keep using it. I say ‘seemingly far lesser’ because I can’t actually see myself ever watching any of the offending titles.

I admit, I’m probably too attached to the original film and music, but all the trailers I’ve seen that use the Inception score really don’t look very promising. If they did, I wouldn’t be writing this.

You only have to watch the following Airborne (2012) trailer to see and understand.

Eeewwww indeed! To help get that gross Airborne taste out of your mouth, here are two fantastic Inception trailers…

Inception Trailer 1

Inception Trailer 2

Happy Film Loving 🙂


THE GAMBLER (2015): Trailer Of The Week

The Gambler (2015), Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman
The Gambler (2015), Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman

I really do enjoy the art of a great trailer. Sometimes even more so than the films they’re for. I haven’t seen many good ones in the last few months. Here’s one I love.

Such super editing must always be highlighted.

Happy The Gambler trailer:-)


THE ONE I LOVE (2014): So, Here’s Something Different…

The One I Love (2014), Mark Duplass, Elizabeth Moss
The One I Love (2014), Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss

It is well documented that repetition inevitably gets dull and people end up switching off. This is the case with many romantic comedies and generally any genre that repeats the same themes and plot lines continuously and with minimal difference.

The One I Love (2014) can be accused of no such thing. Yes, the narrative contains a classic stage in the long term relationship lifecycle. But the execution is a very refreshing and unexpected difference in a story about a married couple. A pair trying to find their way back to that great past period in their relationship; a place  where happiness was the default setting. And as they begin their journey, rather peculiar things start happening.

I find The One I Love to be more of a drama than a romantic comedy, but it has been labeled as all three (comedy, romance and drama) simultaneously.

Watch it because of the two impressive lead actors. Watch it for the different kind of execution and  because you’re somewhat bored of the formulaic nature of romantic comedies and need something else. And  lastly, watch because you want to be pleasantly surprised.

Here’s the trailer.

Happy Film Loving



A History of Violence (2005), Viggo Mortensen
A History of Violence (2005), Viggo Mortensen

A small town, suddenly sprinkled with a few non local visitors can only mean trouble, and trouble does come. Especially for Tom Stall, a well regarded local coffee shop owner with a wife and two children.

Directed by David Cronenberg and starring Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello and Ed Harris, there’s much to love and little else left to be desired here.

For those familiar with Cronenberg’s trademark visceral style, this drama/ crime/ thriller definitely has scenes and moments that remind you perfectly of who the director is.

A well written story, that’s brilliantly delivered is the reason A History Of Violence (2005) is one of my favourite films of all time.

What’s brought to mind each time I’m reminded of it, besides the fact that it entertained me like crazy?

Push someone far enough and you’ll be awakened to the truth of who they really are. Chances are, however small, you won’t like what you find.

Happy A History Of Violence 🙂


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