The Regime, (previously known as The Palace) is a new HBO mini-series that’s set in an invented Middle European autocracy.
Starring Kate Winslet, Martha Plimpton, Matthias Schoenaerts and Andrea Riseborough,the drama focuses on what’s going on within the walls of the palace as an authoritarian regime is in the midst of unravelling.
Clearly, the Chancellor/dictator isn’t the most decent and likeable of human beings. That doesn’t mean I’m more than a tad disappointed that according to IMDB Winslet will only appear in one episode. Especially since witnessing the power dynamic between her character and that played by Plimpton is why I’m most intrigued.
Also, hearing the words ‘I do like‘ currently has me woohooing every time. I’m telling myself that since this is an HBO production, I’ll eventually get over Winslet’s ‘cameo.’ Let’s see what the non-teaser trailer has to say.
Are you looking forward to spending some time, perhaps a year at the palace?
Guillaume Gallienne, Hugh Grant and Donald Sage Mackay also star.
I’m not surprised that director Brandon Cronenberg’s new sci-fi/thriller Possessor has a moment or two that took me back to the work of his well-established director father, David Cronenberg. A.k.a the man behind one of my favourite crime/dramas, A History of Violence (2005).
The signature both Cronenbergs share is, of course, the visceral violence; something that’s present in Possessor, the story of a secret organisation that drives its agents to inhabit other people’s bodies so they can assassinate targets for money.
One might say that I was never going to love this movie considering its premise of picking unsuspecting strangers to kill. And that’s partly true because I don’t love this movie for reasons including the way the dark premise is executed. However, there’s also the fact that throughout I felt as though something was missing in the narrative structure.
Possessor tried hard to be something; whether it’s clever, engaging or memorable. Unfortunately it just never succeeds at it for me. There’s also the seemingly rushed/confusing last quarter which presented more questions than answers. Furthermore, there’s a moment in the movie where some dialogue about a parasite/worm that suggests Possessor was likely inspired, in part, not just by young Cronenberg’s father, but also by Christopher Nolan’s Inception (2010).
I enjoyed Christopher Abbott and Tuppence Middleton’s performances most. Still, overall, I say only watch Possessor if you absolutely must.
From writer/director Brandon Cronenberg; Possessor is a new sci-fi/thriller about a secret organisation that uses brain implant technology. The technology is ultimately used to drive its agents to inhabit other people’s bodies, in order to commit assassinations for high-paying clients.
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Andrea Riseborough, Tuppence Middleton and Christopher Abbott are among the key cast.
The teaser for this trailer was released weeks ago but I wasn’t sure about it then. However, this version of the trailer combined with the synopsis definitely has me interested.
Directed and co-written by Armando Iannucci, The Death Of Stalin is a drama / biography loosely based on Stalin – the Soviet dictator’s last days. Starring Rupert Friend, Steve Buscemi, Olga Kurylenko, Jeffrey Tambor and Jason Isaacs, the movie depicts the chaos of the regime after his death…
Undoubtedly, I’m in for the humour and the dialogue. How could I not be with beautifully delivered lines such as the following…?
‘Our General Secretary is lying, in a puddle of indignity.’
‘I may as well just shoot myself, like mother.’
I’m guessing that Jeffrey Tambor isn’t actually playing a Russian that grew up in Russia;. Otherwise how would one explain his American accent?
Andrea Riseborough, Paddy Considine, Michael Palin and Roger Ashton-Griffiths also star.
Oscar winning actress Emma Stone’s latest movie Battle of the Sexes has her in the role of former World number one tennis champion, Billing Jean King. OppositeStone is Steve Carell as ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs. Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, Battle of the Sexes tells the true story of a very important 1973 tennis match between King and Riggs…
I’m looking forward to this one because I had no idea about the true story until now. King better win! That being the jist of how I feel. I’m a little less certain that she will because Carell’s character is a hustler after all. But then, this is a Hollywood movie.
Also, I just realised that the only Billie Jean I’d know of up to this point is the one in Michael Jackson’s classic song, ‘Billie Jean’. No doubt that Billie Jean King is NOT the one M.J. is singing about.