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LONG SHOT (2019): The Things I Loved…

Long Shot (2019), O'Shea Jackson Jr., Seth Rogen
Long Shot (2019), O’Shea Jackson Jr., Seth Rogen

In my entire history of film watching, the very talented Mr. Seth Rogen has only ever let me down one time. I’m of course speaking in terms of his involvement in a movie that turned out to be quite the disappointment. The really great news today though, is this: That absolute letdown of a movie  I’m referring to is definitely not director Jonathan Levine’s latest comedy / romance, Long Shot.

Starring Rogen, Charlize Theron, Alexander Skarsgård and O’Shea Jackson Jr., Long Shot is a film I was always going to see because the cast are among my favourite filmmakers. I just wasn’t sure how the finished product would turn out, considering the somewhat unexpected pairing of Rogen and Theron in a story about an unemployed journalist who decides to pursue his childhood crush. Particularly considering that his crush just happens to be one of the world’s most powerful and unattainable women. 

My initial lack of confidence probably also had something to do with the trailer somehow not being able to truly convey – for me at least, just how the movie was going to play. Luckily, to my very pleasant surprise, I had a great time. The dialogue, pace, story and tone all added up to a beautifully choreographed film that delighted me. I liked it so much it almost made me feel as happy as I was when I first discovered the magic that is Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008).

In terms of what I liked a little less, I vaguely recall the laughs slowing down a tad past the half way point, but that’s barely a complaint now, is it? The bond between Jackson Jr. and Rogen’s characters, Skarsgård’s Prime Minister character, the role played by Andy Serkis and of course ‘Queen Theron;’ all just wonderful. 

Definitely, definitely watch Long Shot if you haven’t already. I certainly won’t be forgetting all the elements it got just right, any time soon.

Happy Film Loving

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THE KILL TEAM (2019): New Trailer Starring Nat Wolff, Alexander Skarsgård…

The Kill Team (2019), Alexander Skarsgard, A24
The Kill Team (2019), Alexander Skarsgard, A24

From writer / director  Dan Krauss, in new based on a true story action / thriller The Kill Team, Nat Wolff is Andrew Briggman, a young American soldier in Afghanistan.

Andrew finds himself struggling with a moral dilemma as a result of his commanding officer’s (Alexander Skarsgård) behaviour…

What a nightmare situation; not being able to trust your own team whose job it is to have your back – and you’re thousands of miles from home.

I’m tuning in to see Wolff’s character hopefully make it out alive. I also can’t wait to see Skarsgård in his role. I don’t remember having seen him playing a villainous character before and I like it.

Adam Long, Jonathan Whitesell, Brian Marc, Osy Ikhile, Rob Morrow, Anna Francolini, Oliver Ritchie and Edd Campbell Bird also star.

The Kill Team Release Dates: October 25th, 2019 (US)…

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THE AFTERMATH (2019): The Things I Liked…

The Aftermath (2019), Keira Knightley, Fox Searchlight
The Aftermath (2019), Keira Knightley, Fox Searchlight

Set in Hamberg, Germany, in director James Kent’s post WWII drama The Aftermath, Jason Clarke plays British colonel Lewis Morgan. Morgan is assigned to live in Hamberg where his wife Rachael (Keira Knightly) reluctantly agrees to join him. The house provided to the colonel is occupied by German architect Stephen (Alexander Skarsgård) and his daughter, who now have to move out with the arrival of the British couple. It is the resultant tensions between the film’s characters inside and outside the house that helped keep me interested in The Aftermath.

I like the way parts of Kent’s film is lit, shot and edited. The latter particularly in regards to the truth of the nature of Morgan’s relationship with his wife. Even though The Aftermath is set during quite a sad time for many of the characters, I didn’t find the experience of watching the movie to be especially depressing – which is probably thanks to all the romance. I mean, they do say that there’s nothing like love to lift one’s spirits.

In addition to the romance, I adored the gorgeous main house in which several scenes are shot. It certainly proved a welcome contrast to all the bombing rubble outside. Another highlight I noticed at trailer stage is Rachael’s attire. It seems as though Knightley always gets to wear great clothing in her movies. Perhaps it’s written into her contract. Either that or she just has the ability to make clothes look fantastic. The latter definitely seems more likely.

Watch The Aftermath if you’re curious. It’s not perfect but there are things to like about it. One thing you may realise by the end is just how perfect the film’s title really is – considering all the various ‘aftermaths’ within.

Happy Film Loving

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LONG SHOT (2019): New Trailer From Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen, Alexander Skarsgård…

Long Shot (2019), Charlize Theron

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Long Shot (2019).


Long Shot is the latest comedy starring Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron and Alexander Skarsgård.

Directed by Jonathan Levine, Rogen is Fred Flarsky, an unemployed journalist who decides to pursue his childhood crush. The only thing is, his childhood crush is Charlotte Field, one of the most powerful and unattainable women on the planet.

Rogen and Theron together seems surprising somehow, yet I definitely do love them both separately so I hope this really works.

Andy Serkis, Randall Park, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Aviva Mongillo, James Saito and Ravi Patel also star.

Long Shot Release Dates: May 3rd, 2019 (US & UK)…

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THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT (2019): New Trailer From Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgård, Salma Hayek…

The Hummingbird Project (2019), Salma Hayek
The Hummingbird Project (2019), Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek, Alexander Skarsgård and Jesse Eisenberg are the stars of The Hummingbird Project, a Kim Nguyen written / directed drama about two high-frequency traders facing off with their former boss.

The prize available is serious money in a fibre-optic cable deal…

I’m in for the showdown, because I love Hayek, I want to see Eisenberg in what looks like a more crazed version of his role as Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network (2010). And lastly, I have to see more of Skarsgård’s character running.

Michael Mando, Johan Heldenbergh, Ayisha Issa, Sarah Goldberg and Kwasi Songui also star.

The Hummingbird Project Release Dates: March 15th, 2019 (US)…

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MUTE (2018): New Trailer From Alexander Skarsgård, Paul Rudd, Justin Theroux…

Mute (2018), Alexander Skarsgård
Mute (2018), Alexander Skarsgård

Alexander Skarsgård, Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux are the stars of Mute, a Duncan Jones directed mystery / sci-fi / thriller about a mute bartender (Skarsgård) who goes up against his city’s gangsters to find out what happened to his missing girlfriend, the love of his life…

The futuristic setting and the resultant visuals are why I’m most interested. Paul Rudd playing a character who doesn’t appear to be sweet and adorable intrigues me. Then there’s Alexander Skårsgard – for reasons including the emotional range he’s likely to achieve in this role (since he can’t speak) and his impressive stature.

Noel Clarke, Nikki Lamborn, Seyneb Saleh and Gilbert Owuor  also star.

Mute Release Dates: February 23rd, 2018 (US)…

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THE LEGEND OF TARZAN (2016): The Thing I Liked…

The Legend Of Tarzan (2016), Alexander Skarsgård
The Legend Of Tarzan (2016), Alexander Skarsgård

Within the first twenty minutes of The Legend Of Tarzan, my thought’s could be summarised with the phrase ‘chop, chop.’ That’s British for ‘hurry up’, ‘move along’, ‘come on!’ etc. The pace was slow and I was eager for the fun jungle action to begin.

The good news is, things did kind of start to happen, though certainly not soon enough. The  scene when Tarzan faces off with the massive gorilla is my favourite, thanks to the action, camera work and Alexander Skarsgård’s convincing physicality. Overall though, the movie proved quite dull and with very little that delighted. The general structure of the story felt odd and I found myself wanting to see more of the young Tarzan’s experiences – because surely it was more interesting than what I was watching.

Some might say that maybe I should have opted for The Jungle Book (2015) if the story of a boy growing up in the Jungle sans parents is what I was really after – and to that I say, ‘touché’. Still, that doesn’t mean that what we have with director David Yate’s The Legend Of Tarzan is close to all that it could have been.

The film’s stars Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie and Christoph Waltz didn’t deliver terrible performances; it’s the execution of the story and final product that just wasn’t great.

For those who may be undecided about whether to bother with The Legend Of Tarzan, I say give it a chance to appreciate Skarsgård’s physical achievements (maybe), for some nice footage of Africa (perhaps) or for human / gorilla fight action (the best part). However, you probably have to go elsewhere for a truly satisfying retelling of writer Edgar Rice Burroughs’s classic story. Especially since the experience of this movie left myself and I’m sure many others wanting.

Happy Film Loving

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THE LEGEND OF TARZAN (2016): New Trailer From Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson…

Tarzan (2016), Alexander Skarsgard
Tarzan (2016), Alexander Skarsgard

Read my spoiler-free movie review of The Legend Of Tarzan (2016).

Starring Alexander Skarsgard, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz and Margot Robbie, guys, we have a new Tarzan movie, The Legend Of Tarzan

Teaser Trailer

Trailer 1

Based on these trailers, Skarsgard was a great choice.

All we have to do now is hope for a truly epic retelling of the Tarzan story. A re-telling that has the humour  just right.

Release Date (s): July 1st, 2016 (US), July 8th, 2016 (UK)…

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