Tag Archives: Ethan Hawke

FIRST REFORMED (2018): The Thing I Liked…

First Reformed (2018), Ethan Hawke
First Reformed (2018), Ethan Hawke

In First Reformed, Ethan Hawk is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor who’s plunged into his own tormented past and equally despairing future, after a pregnant parishioner asks him to counsel her deeply troubled husband.

Hawkes notable performance and the special way the movie’s dialogue shines a light on some of the more challenging experiences of the human condition are reasons why director Paul Schrader’s film was worthwhile for me. Challenges including the anguish experienced by those grappling with their religious faith or more generally, those lacking in hope for the future. 

All of First Reformed is engaging but a particularly memorable scene is the face to face conversation between the Reverend and the very troubled husband. I enjoyed listening to the interesting questions asked, some of which are literally answered and some answered through the films impressive execution which features some unexpectedly dark turns.

As a Hawke fan and a general lover of good movies, I say give First Reformed a chance and who knows, you may even find yourself feeling comforted by the knowledge that at some point, you too asked the same questions. And so, in that way, First Reformed is about you / everyone.

Happy Film Loving 

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FIRST REFORMED (2018): New Trailer From Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer, Michael Gaston…

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First Reformed is a drama / thriller about a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor (Ethan Hawke) at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New York. When a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) asks the Reverend to counsel her husband, the clergyman finds himself plunged into his own tormented past, and equally despairing future.

Directed by Paul Schrader, Hawke and Seyfried are joined by Cedric the Entertainer, Michael Gaston, Van Hansis, Ronald Peet…

I’m in for the unique story and a great performance by Hawke. You can just see it in his eyes, can’t you?

First Reformed Release Dates: May 18th, 2018 (US)…

Read my review of First Reformed.

Happy Film Loving

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24 HOURS TO LIVE (2017): New Trailer From Ethan Hawke, Rutger Hauer, Liam Cunningham, Paul Anderson…

24 Hours To Live (2017), Ethan Hawke
24 Hours To Live (2017), Ethan Hawke

In 24 Hours To Live, Ethan Hawke is an assassin seeking redemption after being given a second chance at life. Directed by Brian Smrz, Rutger Hauer and Paul Anderson also star…

I enjoy a great assassin movie. However, I don’t know how good this is going to be but I want to find out because Mr. Hawke usually makes good choices.

24 Hours To Live Release Dates: December 1st, 2017 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

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MAUDIE (2016): New Trailer From Ethan Hawke, Sally Hawkins, Kari Matchett…

Maudie (2017), Sarah Hawkins
Maudie (2017), Sarah Hawkins

Maudie tells the true story of a fragile arthritic Nova Scotia housekeeper who becomes an artist and beloved community figure. Directed by Aisling Walsh and starring Ethan Hawke Sally Hawkins and Kari Matchett, Maudie is a story of  one woman’s independence and an unlikely love story…

Maudie (2016), Ethan Hawke
Maudie (2016), Ethan Hawke

I’d like to see Maudie because of Ethan Hawke. I also want to see Hawkins do well, especially since she’s in my favourite Woody Allen movie, Blue Jasmine (2013).

Maudie Release Dates: June 16th, 2017 (US); 2017 (UK)…

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TRAINING DAY (2001) Movie Review: Good Story, Well Shot…

Training Day (2001), Ethan Hawke
Training Day (2001), Ethan Hawke

Training Day is not a movie you watch if you’re looking for a relaxing film experience. The protagonist through whom we’re introduced to the world in which everything takes place is Jake (Ethan Hawke). Since Jake is comfortable at no point in Training Day, you absolutely won’t be either.

With that important truth out of the way, Training Day is a movie worthy of your time. Not just because of the undeniable talent both in front and behind the camera, it’s a well written crime thriller that will likely leave you grateful that you get to experience the world of the characters only a screen.

Training Day (2001), Denzel Washington
Training Day (2001), Denzel Washington

David Ayer (Suicide Squad – 2016) is responsible for the screenplay Antoine Fuqua (The Magnificent Seven – 2016) directs. I’m convinced  that Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke could not have played their roles any better. Perhaps even more than the great performances, it’s the way the story comes together that I love most. From the effective shooting style to the way events unfold overall, I had an uncomfortable (in a good way) yet  positive experience.

If I had to pick something that maybe could haveimproved my experience, I’d point to the musical score which left me a little wanting. By no means is it as awkward as the score for John Q (2002), but awkward is a word that fits – in parts.

Watch Training Day for some Denzel Washington / Ethan Hawke magic and for the smart way everything comes together. Would I call Training Day my favourite buddy cop movie? It’s close but I think End Of Watch (2012) still has that title.

Happy Film Loving

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IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE (2016): New Trailer From Ethan Hawke, John Travolta & James Ransone

In A Valley Of Violence (2016), Ethan Hawke
In A Valley Of Violence (2016), Ethan Hawke

Ti West is the director of In A Valley Of Violence, the new western starring John Travolta, Karen Gillan and Ethan Hawke. There’s the promise of a little gun play, some revenge,  a sprinkling of misfits and of course, a mysterious stranger…

I wonder which of Ethan Hawkes 2016 westerns I’ll like more, In A Valley Of Violence  or The Magnificent Seven? The gun play in the latter tells me it might win. But then there’s the humour in the former which feels reminiscent of A Million Ways To Die In The West (2014)…

In A Valley Of Violence Release Dates: October 21st 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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THE PHENOM (2016): New Trailer From Ethan Hawke, Paul Giamatti & Johnny Simmons

The Phenom (2016), Ethan Hawke
The Phenom (2016), Ethan Hawke

Starring Ethan Hawke, Paul Giamatti and Johnny Simmons, The Phenom tells the story of the relationship between a major League rookie pitcher, his new sports psychologist and an overbearing father (Hawke)…

I really want this movie to be great and I think I’ll like it. But if for some reason it isn’t and I don’t, I’d like to take a moment to say… ‘Well done trailer maker!’

The Phenom Release Dates: Jun 24th, 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (2016): New Trailer From Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt & Ethan Hawke

The Magnificent Seven (2016), Denzel Washington
The Magnificent Seven (2016), Denzel Washington

Ethan Hawke, Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Martin Sensmeier are The Magnificent Seven. Today marks the release of the teaser trailer…

Trailer sneak peak

Teaser Trailer

Full Trailer

I think it’s time to get excited about some cool and serious gun slinging action.

The Magnificent Seven Release Dates: September 23rd, 2016 (US & UK), September 29th, 2016 (GER)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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