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THE OLD MAN & THE GUN (2018): The Thing I Liked…

The Old Man & The Gun (2018), Robert Redford
The Old Man & The Gun (2018), Robert Redford

Starring Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek, Donald Glover and Casey Affleck, The Old Man & The Gun is a good, charming – as expected, well acted, engaging and sometimes a little amusing movie.

Part of what makes director David Lowery’s film a unique experience is that unlike most, if not all other bank robber movies you’ve seen, not to say that the pace here is slow because it isn’t, but this one is quite a relaxed experience. Especially when you consider that Forrest Tucker, the real person on whom Redford’s character is based was described by his victims as well mannered and a gentleman; one who even took to smiling as he robbed.

We get to learn a little about Tucker’s life before he becomes a  septuagenarian, yet I still felt as though I needed a whole documentary about him. Particularly since The Old Man & The Gun had me thinking about Tucker’s psychology. How hard did he really try to find something less criminal than robbing banks to make him feel as though he was really living? It’s one thing to be compelled to steal in order to survive, it’s something else to do it because it’s fun and delivers on that ‘alive feeling’.

Considering his polite gentlemanly approach, perhaps Tucker just decided to cause as little harm as possible whilst doing his favourite thing which happened to be criminal and best done whilst pointing a gun. Then again, perhaps not.

My conclusion is this: humans are complicated. Maybe watch The Old Man & The Gun to see an intriguing example of just that. Watch it for the charm and because I think it’s one of Redford’s last movies, if not his very last. I heard he’s retiring.

Lastly, Lowery does well to keep this film engaging but definitely don’t go into this expecting anything like the rather brilliant bank robbing opening sequence of The Dark Knight (2008).Make sure you’re relaxed, in the mood for an easy viewing movie experience and be ready to smile.

Happy film Loving 

G

SURVIVORS GUIDE TO PRISON (2018): A Worthy Hour & Forty Two Minutes…

Survivor’s Guide To Prison (2018), Danny Trejo
Survivor’s Guide To Prison (2018), Danny Trejo

Written / directed by Matthew Cooke, Survivor’s Guide To Prison does cover some truths I was already aware of, thanks to a few TV shows and movies I’ve seen. It also opened my eyes to new facts I hadn’t even thought about. New truths presented by and featuring people of various backgrounds who have valuable inside knowledge about how things often work from the moment you’re arrested through to prison, guilty or not.

As expected, ‘depressing’ is the word for the truth that’s presented in Survivor’s Guide To Prison. You’ll probably need some strength and faith (as I did) to make it to the hopeful bit towards the end. The bit where Cooke’s film shows us that as messed up as the system is and my goodness, it really, really is messed up – specially if you’re a person of colour and not rich; necessary change is possible and though seemingly very slow, change is happening.

When the end of the assault on my faith in humanity finally came, besides wanting change to come much, MUCH sooner, I wished that Survivor’s Guide To Prison showed more examples of organisations and people who are doing all they can to affect change. That likely would have made me feel that little bit more hopeful.

If the message wasn’t already clear, watch it because the stories are compelling and because then you’ll have the knowledge which you’ll hopefully never personally need – like insurance but better.

Happy Film Loving

G

ALMOST CHRISTMAS (2016): The Things I Liked…

Almost Christmas (2016), Mo'Nique, D.C. Young Fly
Almost Christmas (2016), Mo’Nique, D.C. Young Fly

At the heart of David E. Talbert’s Almost Christmas is a dysfunctional family who haven’t all fully dealt with the recent passing of their mother. Starring Mo’Nique, Gabrielle Union, Kimberly Elise, Danny Glover and more, the dysfunction, laughter and mayhem begins when the family comes together for their first thanksgiving without their matriarch.

I wouldn’t call Almost Christmas a terrible movie but I don’t think it’s great either. As well as having some memorable scenes and lines, the film also has a few character story executions that I, as an avid moviegoer have seen far too many times before. Therefore, the complete lack of refreshing newness in these moments just makes them seem like a less than great filler to bulk out the movie instead of all that they could have been .

The answer to the question of what the best thing about Almost Christmas is is simple; Mo’Nique. Her character is fun and probably has the best lines. My favourite of her lines being the one that starts with ‘You, you dumb…!’ Talk about skilled delivery and excellent comic timing! There’s also the great scene at the dinner table just before the above line when the penny starts to slowly drop leading up to everyone finally getting to meet ‘grandma Cheryl’.

Almost Christmas is a movie you watch if you’re curious enough. You will remember the great scenes but you may sense that it could have been better. I  like how the movie reminded me of something I wish everyone would remember always – and that’s the fact that not everybody’s ‘happily ever after’ looks the same – nor should it.

Happy Film Loving

G

COMPLETE UNKNOWN: New Trailer From Rachel Weisz, Michael Shannon, Kathy Bates

Complete Unknown (2016), Rachel Weisz
Complete Unknown (2016), Rachel Weisz

In Complete Unknown which stars Michael Shannon, Rachel Weisz and Kathy Bates, Weisz’s character is a woman who likes to regularly change her identity and start over…

Based on what I’ve seen so far, the character  played by Weisz already kind of annoys me – I’m guessing because of her perceived selfishness. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean I don’t want to understand her.

Complete Unknown Release Dates: August 26th, 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

ALMOST CHRISTMAS (2016): New Trailer From Gabrielle Union, Romany Malco, Omar Epps & Kimberly Elise

Almost Christmas (2016), Romany Malco, Danny Glover, kimberly Elise, Gabrielle Union, Mo'Nique, Nicole Ari Parker
Almost Christmas (2016), Romany Malco, Danny Glover, kimberly Elise, Gabrielle Union, Mo’Nique, Nicole Ari Parker

It’s definitely too early for ‘seasons greetings’ but apparently it’s the right time for a Christmas / Thanksgiving movie trailer.

Almost Christmas is the latest film directed by David E. Talbert and it stars Gabrielle Union, Kimberly Elise Mo’Nique and Danny Glover among others. The movie is a comedy that centres  around a large dysfunctional family and their first Thanksgiving after their mother passes…

The word dysfunctional is what got my attention. The level of outrageous present in this trailer also appeals. I just hope that I’m not as disappointed as I was with Talbert’s previous release, Baggage Claim (2013). The trailer for that movie wasn’t good, so I should have known. But this one does look promising.

Other key cast includes J.B. Smoove, Nicole Ari Parker, Romany Malco, Omar Epps and Jessie Usher.

Almost Christmas Release Dates: November 11th, 2016 (US); November 25th (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

BACK IN THE DAY (2016): New Trailer Starring William DeMeo, Michael Madsen & Alec Baldwin

Back In The Day (2016), Willaim DeMeo
Back In The Day (2016), Willaim DeMeo

For all fans of boxing movies, here comes another one…

This trailer isn’t perfect but I’m interested in the fighter’s story. More so than the actual fight sequences. The fighter, Anthony is played by Christian DeMeo (young Anthony) and William Demeo. When Young Anthony’s parents are no longer in the picture, how will the relationship between him and the mob boss that has taken him under his wing play out?  I’m hoping this movie may just be better than the trailer may suggest.

Michael Madsen, Shannen Doherty, Danny Glover, Alec Baldwin and Mike Mike Tyson also star.

Back In The Day Release Dates: May 20th, 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

 

BEYOND THE LIGHTS (2014): Whatever’s In Your Heart, Do That

Beyond The Lights (2014), Gugu Mbartha-Raw
Beyond The Lights (2014), Gugu Mbartha-Raw

Firstly, I love the name of the female star of the Gina Prince-Bythewood directed Beyond The Lights. If you didn’t already know, It’s British actress Gugu Mbartha-Raw.

The pressures of fame and success as a female in the music business is an important aspect of this carefully handled story – which also stars Minnie Driver, Nate Parker and Danny Glover.

As I watched, I found myself reminded of all the times that famous and wise musicians have emphasised the importance of surrounding oneself with ‘the right people’ –  people who tell you the truth and those who absolutely have your best interests at heart.

Beyond The Lights (2014), Gugu Mbartha-Raw, Nate Parker
Beyond The Lights (2014), Gugu Mbartha-Raw, Nate Parker

There’s also a great message about personal truth and how it can be difficult to accept, but more often than not, when it finally is, therein lies the beginning of a journey toward one’s own version of happiness.

Sometimes being selfish is the only way. Especially since it’s from love of self and learning of / knowing one’s value that you have the strength to do what deep down you know you must.

Watch it because you’re curious about what the world of such a story can be like and because you want to know if and how the protagonist comes to fair under the pressures of both fame and her own personal truth.

Happy Beyond The Lights 🙂

G