The trailer for Mission: Impossible 5 – Rogue Nation is one of my favourites of 2015. The editing and promise of endless thrills are two of the reasons. Another is the rather reliable cast headed by Tom Cruise and including Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin, Simon and Pegg.
Directed by Christopher McQuarrie, Rogue Nation opens the way action movies ought to; precisely as it plans to go on – thrilling and fast paced. The film succeeds on delivering engaging dialogue, good humour and fun along with the thrills.
There are several great scenes that Impossible Missions Force (IMF) Agent, Ethan Hunt gets involved in. One of the best is the tense and well executed ’impossible’ section of the mission.
Hunt’s relationship with Benji (Simon Pegg) and the dialogue between his team members is another highlight. Watch it because it’s good.
Just before I saw the trailer for Aloha, starring Bradley Cooper, I was very much on a high after watching his deservedly Best Actor, Oscar nominated performance in American Sniper (2014).
The Aloha trailer didn’t look terrible, though some of the dialogue didn’t sit as well as one would have liked. As I watched the movie a few months later, the unfortunate truth of the dialogue did come to be, because there I was cringing in parts.
I found the romance between Emma Stone’s character and Brian Gilcrest (Bradley Cooper) a tad forced and unconvincing. It didn’t help that Stone’s character was also rather annoying.
In director, Cameron Crowe’s efforts to capture the seemingly laid back pace of Hawaii, the pace of the movie suffered.
The few beautiful shots of Hawaii’s landscape in the beginning and all the scenes that feature Danny McBride are my favourite things. There were a few other good moments but not significant enough to make Aloha good or worth watching.
It’s all a big shame considering a very talented cast list that includes Rachel McAdams, John Krasinski, Bill Murray and Alec Baldwin.
Happy film loving. Now go and enjoy Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and / or Jerry Maguire (1996) 🙂
It’s Complicated is a well cast comedy/ romance starring Alec Baldwin and Meryl Streep.
Written and directed by Nancy Meyers, the film follows a divorced couple who reignite their relationship even though one of them has remarried.
The couple’s complicated situation which also includes three grown up children presents a great opportunity for both comedy and drama; something Meyers took great advantage of – evident in the way the subject matter is handled.
For me, what makes It’s complicated work is Streep and Baldwin’s great onscreen chemistry. The supporting cast which includes Steve Martin, John Krasinski, Zoe Kazan, Lake Bell, Hunter Parrish and Caitlin FitzGerald certainly doesn’t hurt either.
I’m a big fan of Baldwin, thanks in large part to his great work as Jack Donaghy in 30 Rock. As for Meryl Streep, I feel like, to love film is to love her, so there really was no way I would have not watched the film.
Tune in for the subject matter and some good light hearted fun – should you be wanting that sort of thing.
I was always going to watch the 2015 Best Actress Oscar winning, Still Alice.
The Academy Award certainly made that more likely. But really, it’s the film’s talented star, Julianne Moore – an Actress I’ve appreciated immensely since Magnolia (1999).
Moore’s portrayal of the heartbreaking stages of her character’s degenerative condition will remind audiences of why she is so celebrated.
Directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, Still Alice also delivers memorable supporting performances from Kate Bosworth, Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart.
It’s a film for anyone curious about how the diagnosis of early onset Alzheimers might affect a patient’s life and that of their family.
Watch it for all the reasons mentioned, plus the pleasant surprise of seeing Alec Baldwin playing a more likeable character, Kristen Stewart continuing to make good choices, post The Twilight Saga and the highlight that is the great speech at the Alzheimers Association.
Well paced and acted, in Still Alice you’ll also find an uplifting reminder to do as much living as possible.
Cate Blanchett is the star of what is officially my favourite Woody Allen film, Blue Jasmine. Her performance is fantastic; a brilliantly captivating portrayal of a desperate woman very much on the edge – if not hanging directly off it.
Alec Baldwin, Bobby Cannavale and Sally Hawkins are in the supporting cast.
You’ll find yourself silently willing for Jasmine to make it through, even though she’s not exactly the most likeable character. Nevertheless, her predicament isn’t exactly uncommon and nobody want’s to be in her situation.
It’s interesting how the screen is filled with the most glorious sunshine, when ‘bright and breezy’ is far from what’s going on in the lives of the characters in this very well written and excellently paced film.
Watch Blue Jasmine because there is so much useful information about life and particularly why it can be ill-advised to take a detour from your well thought out plans far too hastily.
Watch it to understand the reason Woody Allen is a film making hero for so many and why Cate Blanchett is an absolute gift and probably Australia’s equivalent of Meryl Streep.
More Bradley Cooper Please! It’s hard not to feel this way after his brilliant Oscar nominated performance in American Sniper (2014). Not to say that his new movie, Aloha is a similar kind of film, of course.
Writer/ Director, Cameron Crowe – the man responsible for the1996 hit, Jerry Maguire is back with the story of a celebrated military contractor (Cooper) who must choose between two love interests, played by Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams.
Love triangles are notoriously tricky, particularly if you’re the one to do the choosing. So lets look forward to seeing how things turn out for the parties involved in Aloha. Maybe we can get a few tips.
Jennifer Lawrence is no where to be seen in this one. But you will find two great comedy Actors in the shape ofAlec Baldwin (30 Rock) and Danny McBride of Pineapple Express (2008), This Is The End (2013) and other Seth Rogen/ Judd Apatow films.