Paterno is a Barry Levinson directed drama / biography about Joe Paterno, the most successful coach in college football history and how he became embroiled in Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal.
Riley Keough and Tess Frazer co-star…
I’ve been ready for a great Al Pacino performance. I’ve been waiting (for far too long in my opinion) and finally, it looks like this movie may just be what I’ve been waiting for. The scenes where Paterno is forced to face tough questions about institutional failure should be a highlight…. fingers crossed.
Hangman, the thriller about a homicide detective and a criminal profiler hunting a serial killer is not a great movie. Starring Al Pacino, Karl Urban and Brittany Snow; within the first quarter of the film, it was already clear to me that the story wasn’t flowing as well as a thriller of this sort ought to, in order to be good – let alone great.
Something didn’t quite gel for me between the characters played by Urban and Pacino. Maybe it’s a lack of chemistry, perhaps the writing, or all the above and then some. I just knew that this wasn’t going to be a serial killer movie that would make me forget even for a second about Se7en (1995), one of the bestof the genre.
As awkward as the story set up felt initially, things did pick up somewhat in terms of happenings that had me paying attention. Still, overall there really isn’t anything in Hangman that will having you insisting that others must watch. I’d usually say ‘watch it if you absolutely must’ at this point. However in this case, by ‘absolutely must’ I’d mean, so you can see for yourself how the film missed the mark in terms of story structure, seamless character background introductions and awkward dialogue that played a part in making generally good actors look bad.
Have you seen Hangman? If so, do share your thoughts in the comments below.
The Pirates Of Somalia is based on the true story of rookie journalist Jay Bahadur’s time with Somali pirates. Bahadur spent time with the pirates for the purpose of providing the first close-up look into who they are, the way they live and the forces that drive them. Directed by Bryan Buckley; Evan Peters, Al Pacino and Barkhad Abdi star..
This could be interesting. Though, at the same time this trailer could have done a better job of selling the movie. I’m not in love with the way it ends. On a separate note, it’s good to see Abdi of Captain Philips (2013) playing a non-pirate role, as far as I can tell.
Al Pacino, Karl Urban and Brittany Snow are the stars of Hangman, a Johnny Martin directed thriller about a homicide detective and a criminal profiler on the hunt for a serial killer…
Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman’s Se7en (1995) has me believing that in every serial killer movie, a member of the investigative team is going to die, or at the very least be targeted by the serial killer. I’m tuning in because of Pacino and the story. I actually haven’t watched a good serial killer drama since the earlier seasons of The Mentalist. I live in hope.
Julian Schnabel – A Private Portrait is new Pappi Corsicato directed documentary about the personal life and public career of New York artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel. Willem Dafoe, Al Pacino and Schnabel’s children are some of the featured friends and people closest to him…
I have to confess that the name Julian Schnabel is one I only vaguely recognised before now. It’s news to me that Schnabel cast Javier Bardem in his first big film role (Before Night Falls (2000). How interesting it is to think that without Schnabel, we may not have had the pleasure of enjoying the talents of Bardem quite in the same way as we’ve been able to.
I’m disappointed that this trailer makes it seem as though Schnabel isn’t actually alive but he is, thank goodness. Bring on more of the beautiful art at 0:34 in the trailer.
Danny Collinsis a well told story of a less than ideal father/ son relationship. This is of course not all that the movie is about but it’s the part that appealed to me the most. The film is moving, engaging and for want of a better phrase, a relaxing watch thanks to the well played characters and the healthy sprinklings of humour.
Directed by Dan Fogelman of Crazy Stupid Love (2011), Bobby Cannavale’s part as the ‘abandoned son’ of a rockstar father is one of my favourites of his roles. Al Pacino is, as always very watchable, as is Christopher Plummer and my dear ‘Lady Bening’. That’s Annette Bening to everyone else. I also really appreciated Jennifer Garner’s performance as the ‘very good wife.’
Since Pacino is a musician in this role, is the music any good..?, you may wonder. It’s by no means a key reason for tuning in; though it isn’t completely terrible either. Watch it for the charm, humour, the story of a difficult father/ son relationship and that of an ageing rocker on a mission to change his life for the better.