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FAMILY (2018): New Trailer From Taylor Schilling, Brian Tyree Henry, Kate McKinnon…

Family (2018), Taylor Schilling
Family (2018), Taylor Schilling

From writer / director Laura Steinel, Family is the story of Kate.

Kate enjoys her life as a career-focused woman. That is until out of the blue, her estranged brother calls her for help with babysitting his tween daughter for one night. Kate reluctantly agrees but then one night becomes a week…

I’m looking forward to seeing Schilling do well in a role that seems to fit her well. It helps that I have one or two things in common with her character, Kate.

Jessie Ennis, Matt Walsh, Eric Edelstein, Karan Kendrick, Suehyla El-Attar and Heather McMahanalso star.

Family Release Dates...

Happy Film Loving

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THE HOLLARS (2016): New From John Krasinski, Anna Kendrick, Sharlto Copley…

The Hollars (2016), John Krasinski
The Hollars (2016), John Krasinski

Starring and directed by John Krasinski, The Hollars is a family drama / comedy about what happens when a son returns to his home town after learning of his mother’s illness…

I’m tuning into this one for the comedy, intriguing family dynamics and a cast that in addition to krasinski, includes Charlie Day, Anna Kendrick, Richard Jenkins, Josh Groban, Margo Martindale and Sharlto Copley.

The Hollars Release Dates: August 25th, 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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IT’S COMPLICATED (2009): Good Lighthearted Fun Starring Meryl Streep & Alec Baldwin

It's Complicated (2009), Alec Baldwin, Meryl Streep
It’s Complicated (2009), Alec Baldwin, Meryl Streep

It’s Complicated is a well cast comedy/ romance starring Alec Baldwin and Meryl Streep.

Written and directed by Nancy Meyers, the film follows a divorced couple who reignite their relationship even though one of them has remarried.

The couple’s complicated situation which also includes three grown up children presents a great opportunity for both comedy and drama; something Meyers took great advantage of – evident in the way the subject matter is handled.

It's Complicated (2009), Alec Baldwin, Meryl Streep
It’s Complicated (2009), Alec Baldwin, Meryl Streep

For me, what makes It’s complicated work is Streep and Baldwin’s great onscreen chemistry. The supporting cast which includes Steve Martin, John Krasinski, Zoe Kazan, Lake Bell, Hunter Parrish and Caitlin FitzGerald certainly doesn’t hurt either.

I’m a big fan of Baldwin, thanks in large part to his great work as Jack Donaghy in 30 Rock. As for Meryl Streep, I feel like, to love film is to love her, so there really was no way I would have not watched the film.

Tune in for the subject matter and some good light hearted fun – should you be wanting that sort of thing.

Happy It’s Complicated 🙂

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APOCALYPTO (2006): Epic In A Number Of Ways, Especially That Chase Sequence

Apocalypto (2007), Rudy Youngblood
Apocalypto (2007), Rudy Youngblood

Mel Gibson’s Mayan Epic Apocalypto (2006) is tense, gruesome, violent, emotional and contains a big, black, beastly creature I adore. Best of all though, Apocalypto features a wonderfully thrilling hour long chase scene.

I love well crafted dialogue but few things in film are more engaging than a beautifully choreographed chase sequence. The one in this movie is, I think, one of the  very best.

This film is not always the easiest to watch thanks to some challenging scenes. But it is a very entertaining, drama, action and thriller hybrid. At no point did I deliberately avert my eyes from the screen whenever a tough scene was happening. However, my hands did fly up to my mouth and face a few times without warning.

Some people’s dormant misanthropic tendencies may be tested by this great story. But by the end you’ll want to appreciate the smart, quick thinking and undoubtedly strong people in their lives. That’s certainly where my mind was at in the end.

Apocalypto is for fans of great storytelling, big cats (a puma in this instance) and the perfect chase sequence. Watch it because it’s great!

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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MALEFICENT (2014): Definitely Not Your Typical Disney Evil Queen

Maleficent (2014)
Maleficent (2014)

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Angelina Jolie’s portrayal of Maleficent has been criticised for not being evil enough. I think people of this opinion have missed the point of the film entirely.

Not to say that the film is perfect, because the pace did leave  me wanting. But it’s clear to me that, for audiences to buy into the story, Angelina definitely couldn’t look for inspiration for her character from the likes of pre-existing Queens of pure evil. A perfect example being ‘Queen Revenna’ of Snow White And The Huntsman (2012) wonderfully played by Charlize Theron.

No, no, no. Angelina would have to study characters far more complex. I imagine she did because Maleficent is absolutely unlike the traditional evil queen, and that doesn’t make for a lesser film, just a different one.

Besides my issues with the pace of the film, there is one aspect of the story that  I found particularly hard to accept…

…now, I may be overthinking things since I’m not the film’s key demographic. But nevertheless… with Maleficent being not just a fairy with powers, but ’the strongest of the fairies’, I expected that she would have the means to regenerate her wings. And if she couldn’t do this, I imagined she would at least use her magic to locate the wings – once she’d used the same special powers to learn that her wings had not been completely destroyed. Am I alone in this?

I certainly have no regrets at all about watching the film. The difference was refreshing. Plus,  I LOVE Angelina Jolie! She could almost lead me anywhere. Probably.

Happy Maleficent 🙂

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