Tag Archives: David Thewlis

THE MERCY (2017): New Trailer From Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz…

The Mercy (2017), Colin Firth
The Mercy (2017), Colin Firth

The Mercy is the story of Yachtsman Donald Crowhurst, whose disastrous attempt to win the 1968 Golden Globe Race ends up with him creating an outrageous account of traveling the world alone by sea…

I’ll be watching to learn more about the kind of ‘madness’ that drives one to leave their wife and young children behind, to go a on a dangerous solo adventure with a 50/ 50 chance of survival. Particularly an adventure that doesn’t appear to be of benefit to the family left behind.

I of course also want to know about how far Crowhurst took the lies he started telling about his progress.

The Mercy Release Dates: 2017 (US); February 9th, 2018 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

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WONDER WOMAN (2017): New Trailer Starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright…

Wonder Woman (2017), Gal Gadot
Wonder Woman (2017), Gal Gadot

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Wonder Woman (2017).


I haven’t really paid much attention to many of the Wonder Woman news headlines ever since it was announced that Gal Gadot had won the role. Hearing about the resultant backlash concerning her casting only worked to make me impatient for the day when she hopefully gets to silence all her critics with a brilliant performance…

Trailer 1 (Comic-Con)

Trailer 2

I definitely like the Comic-Con trailer more than I do the one for Justice League (2017) – a trailer that was also released on the same day.

The music, visuals and general ‘badassery’ just speaks to me more. Though not just because the Amazon princess and I are both young ladies.

It crossed my mind that Wonder Woman is kind of a female Captain America. I say this initially because of the shield. I’m sure there are probably other reasons but I’m completely new to this story so I’d just be guessing. I’d love for this Patty Jenkins directed film to be as powerful in its ability to silence the critics of Gadot as Casino Royale (2006) was for critics of Daniel Craig’s casting as James Bond. I’m so very ready.

Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen and Robin Wright also star.

Wonder Woman Release Dates: June 2nd, 2017 (US & UK); June 7th, 2017 (FR);  June 15th, 2017 (GER)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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ANOMALISA (2015): For A Unique Experience & The Truth In The Writing / Execution

Anomalisa (2015), David Thewlis as Michael Stone
Anomalisa (2015), David Thewlis as Michael Stone

Written and directed by Charlie Kaufman who also wrote Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004), what can be expected from Anomalisa is a refreshingly unique experience.

Starring the voices of David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tom Noonan, Kaufman’s film is a memorable achievement in storytelling for a number of reasons. Reasons including the writing which feels completely grounded in truth and therefore very relatable. The creative execution through the use of stop-motion animation adds to the general uniqueness. Then there’s the dialogue, its delivery with particular reference to the use of voice and how it is employed.

Anomalisa (2015), Jennifer Jason leigh as Lisa Hesselman
Anomalisa (2015), Jennifer Jason leigh as Lisa Hesselman

All the characters in Anomalisa appear to be wearing masks, something they do throughout the film. What it all means? I haven’t fully concluded just yet. But what I do know is that I enjoyed trying to figure out all that wasn’t immediately obvious. I also appreciated the humorous moments and particularly the character Lisa, played by Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Near the end of the movie, by which point you’ll have a greater understanding of the main character’s predicament, you may find yourself reflecting on the difference between the life you want and the one you have, as well as how you might want to close the gap between the two points.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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ANOMALISA (2015) New Trailer From Charlie Kaufman & Starring David Thewlis

Anomalisa (2015), Charlie Kaufman
Anomalisa (2015), Charlie Kaufman

Charlie Kaufman, writer of Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004) has a new movie and it’s an intriguing stop-motion drama / comedy…

Interesting… though the trailer would have been more enjoyable if the textual interruptions were grouped together at the end.

What this version implies to me is that the editor doesn’t believe that a version of the trailer without the interrupting text is quite enough to keep people engaged and watching. So we must be rudely reminded over and over again of what others think of the film, instead of just taking in what’s actually happening on screen. There’s a reason why credits in movies are kept to the beginning and end of films, no?

Anyway… Just one of those things that frustrates me as a film fan. I’m still looking forward to Anomalisa because of the talent involved and the suggestion of ‘different.’

David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tom Noonan star.

Release Date (s): December 30th, 2015 (US / Limited), March 11th, 2016 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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MACBETH (2015): New Trailer Starring Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard

Macbeth (2015), Marion Cotillard
Macbeth (2015), Marion Cotillard

Having grown up mostly in England, a place where you learn about William Shakespeare and at least one of his great plays, including Macbeth, I wish I could say that I know the story of of the Scottish Duke  very well. In reality, I’m more aware of the name Macbeth than the story of Macbeth.

Just as well then that a mighty good looking film, starring two of my favourite acting greats is due for release next month. Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard are the stars of of director Justin Kurzel’s adaptation…

 

I can’t wait to take in all the glorious cinematography. if this trailer is anything to go by, the film is going to be visually stunning.

David Thewlis, Elizabeth Debicki and Paddy Considine also star.

Release Dates: October 2nd (U.S. & U.K.)

Happy Macbeth 🙂

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THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING (2014): Watch For Eddie Redmayne’s Award Worthy Transformation

The Theory of Everything is the love story of acclaimed theoretical physicist and cosmologist Professor Stephen Hawking and his wife, Jane.

The Theory Of Everything (2014), Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones
The Theory Of Everything (2014), Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones

For those hoping that The Theory of Everything will delve deeply into the science Hawkings is famous for, that’s not the emphasis here.

High quality performances are seen all round including the portrayal of Jane by Felicity Jones. However, it’s Eddie Redmayne’s incredible 2015 Best Actor Oscar winning turn as Hawking that generates nothing if not the utmost respect for his talents and handwork.

Redmayne manages to expertly embody Hawking’s physicality, emotions and famously mischievous sense of humour through the various stages of his life before and from the onset of motor neurone disorder.

The Theory Of Everything (2014), Eddie Redmayne
The Theory Of Everything (2014), Eddie Redmayne

Directed by James Marsh, this biography / drama for me, is about the beauty of friendship, love and most of all, what is possible with the human spirit.

As Hawking put it himself:

“There should be no boundary to human endeavour. We are all different. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. While there is life, there is hope’.

Happy The Theory Of Everything 🙂

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