Tag Archives: Amy Ryan

STRANGE BUT TRUE (2019): The Things I Liked…

Strange But True (2019), Nick Robinson
Strange But True (2019), Nick Robinson

Based on the novel by John Searles, Strange But True, a story about a young woman who surprises the family of her deceased boyfriend by telling them she’s pregnant with his child is a good, suspenseful thriller I’m glad to have seen. 

Besides the notable performances by all involved, including Nick Robinson, Greg Kinnear, Margaret Qualley and Amy Ryan; director Rowan Athale’s movie features a central mystery that builds up in a satisfying way. A mystery that had me feeling all kinds of emotions at once. Especially as I began to notice that nearly everyone one isn’t quite who you first think them to be.

The way the film opens and closes with a short reflective voice over reminded me of one of my favourite TV show, Grey’s Anatomy. I feel that Grey’s definitely does a better job with the voice overs overall. Still, I found Athale’s film to be mostly good and well put together. It’s dark, suspenseful and worth the time I dedicated. It was also interesting to see the different ways the key protagonists dealt with grief. As the film showed me, grief can make some people near impossible to be around. Yet with understanding, anything is possible.

Watch it because it’s good.

Happy Film Loving

G

BRIDGE OF SPIES (2015): Worth Your Time…

Bridge Of Spies (2015), Tom Hanks
Bridge Of Spies (2015), Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks is American Lawyer James B. Donovan; a man  whose job it is to defend an arrested Soviet spy played by Mark Rylance.

Directed by Steven Spielberg, before watching Bridge Of Spies, I had anticipated fighting legal dialogue and courtroom dramatics. In truth, there’s a touch of that but not in the traditional sense. Some of my favourite moments of dialogue happened during the negotiation scenes plus in the conversations between Donovan and his CIA contact.

In terms of the film’s look and feel, at first it took me a few minutes to get used to the noticeable reduction in colour in reference to the cinematography, however, considering the Cold War setting of Spielberg’s story, I soon understood.

Hanks’ Donovan is very much a hero; one that I adored because he’s determined and focused on what he believes to be the right and reasonable thing to do; a man of conscience. What’s not to love?

Forrest Gump (1993), one of my favourite Tom Hanks movies came to mind upon reflection because though the characters are quite different, Donovan’s gentle disposition and caring nature took me back to what I loved most about Hanks’ portrayal of Gump.

From the lead actors well measured performances to the dialogue and story, I enjoyed Bridge Of Spies. Another key highlight for me is the beautiful ending and all it said so perfectly without words.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE (2016): The Things I liked…

Central Intelligence (2016), Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson
Central Intelligence (2016), Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson

Central Intelligence is a watchable action/ comedy because of the dynamic between Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson’s characters. As for how believable I found the movie in regards to the way some of the story and action unfolded, let’s just say my disbelief was hardly ever fully suspended.

Watch it for the light entertainment. Just don’t expect to be convinced by everything that takes place.

Jason Bateman’s small part is a highlight as was the message about bullying.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

LOUDER THAN BOMBS (2015): New Trailer From Jesse Eisenberg & Gabriel Byrne

Louder Than Bombs (2015), Isabelle Huppert, Jesse Eisenberg
Louder Than Bombs (2015), Isabelle Huppert, Jesse Eisenberg

The new movie starring Jesse Eisenberg, Gariel Byrne and Devin Druid has my attention because it involves a seemingly dark secret. Norwegian director  Joachim Trier is the man in charge of Louder Than Bombs and the movie’s following trailer has me hypnotised….

For a moment there I thought the trailer was going to reveal the secret alluded to in the trailer. I don’t know what I would have done if that happened. This trailer could have probably done with being a little shorter but things could certainly be worse.

Isabelle Huppert, Ruby Jerins, Rachel Brosnahan and Megan Ketch also star.

Louder Than Bombs Release Dates: April 8th, 2016 (US); April 22nd, 2016 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE (2016) New Trailer From Dwayne Johnson & Kevin Hart

Central intelligence (2016), Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson
Central intelligence (2016), Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson

Trailer of the week just landed people…!

Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber of We’re The Millers (2013), Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart are the stars of what will hopefully be one of my favourite comedies of 2016.

I yelped because that car crash was badass. I laughed because ‘Fat Robbie’ was brilliantly unexpected and I love because the trailer editing is on point. Well done trailer maker! 🙂

Release Date (s): June 17th, 2016 (US), July 1st, 2016 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

BRIDGE OF SPIES (2015): New trailer From Tom Hanks & Steven Spielberg

Bridge Of Lies (2015), Tom Hanks
Bridge Of Lies (2015), Tom Hanks

It’s hard not to pay attention when there’s a new trailer for a Tom Hanks movie. Particularly when said movie is directed by Steven Spielberg…

Should the mention of Hanks and Spielberg not be enough, the Coen brothers, Ethan and Joel Coen make up two thirds of the writing team. Of course this can only mean good things for this ‘based on a true’ story film.

I can’t wait to hear Hanks deliver the fighting dialogue as Lawyer, James Donovan.

Release Date(s): October 16th 2015 (US)

Happy Bridge Of Spies. 🙂

G