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JACKIE (2016): The Things I Liked…

Jackie (2016), Natalie Portman
Jackie (2016), Natalie Portman

Starring ‘acting queen’ Natalie Portman and additional talented cast members that include Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, John Hurt and Billy Crudup, I enjoyed taking in everything the camera focused on in director Pablo Larraín’s Jackie.

The costume and visuals in Jackie are beautiful, especially if you love the 60s aesthetic and fashions. As I watched the story of the former First Lady’s experience in the wake of her husband, John F. Kennedy’s assassination, I found myself feeling a little detached – both emotionally but mostly in terms of my enjoyment of the story structure. I couldn’t help but wonder about how much more I’d have enjoyed the film had it had a more traditional structure and been more than just about Jackie’s grief. My story preferences aside, Natalie Portman – of course delivered a brilliant performance and were it up to me, I’d have handed the Best Actress Academy Award to her.

I kind of see Jackie in a similar way to the way I see American Sniper (2014). By this I mean, both films as a whole are ok, but the lead actors performances are what really makes them worth watching. Back in 2014 I was completely ready to hand the best Actor Oscar to Bradley Cooper, but then I saw Eddie Redmayne’s work in The Theory Of Everything (2014) and that was that. The rightful owner absolutely got the golden statue.

Watch Jackie because ‘Lady Portman is fantastic.

Happy Film loving

G

YOUTH IN OREGON (2016): New Trailer From Christina Applegate, Billy Crudup, Josh Lucas…

Youth In Oregon (2016), Billy Crudup, Christina Applegate
Youth In Oregon (2016), Billy Crudup, Christina Applegate

In the new Joel David Moore directed comedy / drama, Youth In Oregon which stars Christina Applegate, Billy Crudup, Josh Lucas and Frank Langella, Crudup plays a man tasked with driving his father-in-law (Frank Langella) to Oregon to get legally euthanised…

Youth In Oregon will be the second movie I see after Last Cab To Darwin (2016) that involves a long drive to another town to be euthanised. I wonder how this one will turn out. My predictions are clear in my mind but wouldn’t a surprise be nice?

Youth In Oregon Release Dates: February 3rd, 2017 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

G

JACKIE (2016): New Trailer Starring Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig…

Jackie (2016), Natalie Portman
Jackie (2016), Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman is First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, a woman fighting through the pain of grief following the assassination of her husband…

Teaser trailer

Trailer 1

I want to like the teaser trailer but I’m annoyed that I have no idea what she says at the end of the sentence ‘There was a…’ Trailer 1 is brilliant. So beautifuly put together. Well done, trailer maker.

My favourite Portman performance is still her great work in Black Swan (2010). Will that change after Jackie? I’m thinking not but we’ll see. I don’t really know much about Jackie Kennedy except that she was a style icon and her and her husband were much loved. I guess it’s time to learn.

Directed by Pablo Larraín; Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig and Billy Crudup also star.

Jackie Release Dates: December 2nd, 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

G

20TH CENTURY WOMEN (2017): New Trailer From Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Alia Shawkat…

20th Century Women (2017), Annette Bening
20th Century Women (2017), Annette Bening

20th Century Women (not Fox – as I thought at first glance), is the latest comedy/ drama starring Annette Bening, Elle Fanning and Alia Shawkat. Written and directed by Mike Mills, the film looks at love and freedom as explored by three women in 1970s Southern California…

Annette Bening, the main if not only reason I’d watch this movie, is an actress I’ve appreciated since American Beauty (1999)I’m  hoping that that love only grows after this film – especially since I’m not exactly in love with this trailer at present. Though that may change tomorrow, maybe.

Additional cast includes Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup and Laura Wiggins.

20th Century Women Release Dates: January 20th, 2017 (US & UK)…

Happy Film Loving

G

SPOTLIGHT (2015): Time To Watch The Good Guys Win

Spotlight (2015), Mark Ruffalo
Spotlight (2015), Mark Ruffalo

Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery and Stanley Tucci are the stars of Spotlight, a true story about abuse and a gross coverup…

Why empathy / love is key to the eradication of the ills. I’ll be watching because the cast is brilliant plus, I desperately want to see the good guys win.

Release Date (s): November 6th, 2015 (US), January 29th 2016 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

EAT PRAY LOVE (2010): Eat & Love, Clearly The Best Parts

Eat Pray Love (2010), Julia Roberts
Eat Pray Love (2010), Julia Roberts

Eat Pray Love had to be watched because I wanted to know the story of a person who chooses to  drastically change their life because what they have no longer makes them happy.

Said woman (Liz), played by Julia Roberts, decides to embark on a three part journey, travelling from Italy to India then Bali in a period of twelve months. As you can imagine, she meets many interesting people en route.

If you’ve ever been to Italy or dreamt about going, you’ll love the first part of this movie. You’ll like it because it’ll remind you of what makes travelling great and particularly, all the things to adore about Italy. Those curious about what it can mean to be on a ‘spiritual journey’ will get the most out of part two.

Eat Pray Love (2010), Javier Bardem
Eat Pray Love (2010), Javier Bardem

Filipe, (Javier Bardem) and pretty much everything that comes out of his mouth is a personal highlight of the final part of this movie. I particularly like his response to Liz when she says ‘I am so sick of people telling me I need a man.

Watch it if you’re curious about what he says and the adventure such as the one liz chooses.

Happy Eat Pray Love 🙂

G