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50 FACTS ABOUT ME | TheMovieMyLife

The 50 Facts About Me videos are one of my favourites on YouTube. So, naturally it was only a matter of time before I was brave enough to unleash my particular brand of peculiar to share with you, my lovely readers! I hope you enjoy my fourth ever YouTube video (The first one is crazy awkward!).

I hope you enjoy my fourth ever YouTube video (The first one is crazy awkward!).

As always…

Happy Film Loving

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DEADPOOL (2016): For The Cool Action & Refreshing Dialogue

Deadpool (2016), Stefan Kapicic, Ryan Reynolds, Brianna Hildebrand
Deadpool (2016), Stefan Kapicic, Ryan Reynolds, Brianna Hildebrand

I’ve loved Deadpool’s star, Ryan Reynolds’s sense of humour and comic timing ever since his television sitcom days in Two Guys, A Girl & A Pizza Place (1998-2001). Fast forward to me watching the first Deadpool trailer in 2015 and there I was with reason to be excited.

Generally speaking, my enthusiasm for the superhero genre has been decreasing steadily in recent years. In other words, for me to get excited about another new superhero franchise, it’d better be refreshingly different somehow.

Besides the movie’s much spoken about uncensored expletives, repeated breaking of the ‘fourth wall’ and the humorous dialogue, there isn’t really much else about Deadpool that’s particularly new compared to the average superhero movie. Not to say that I didn’t have a good time, mind you, because those cool action sequences were a highlight. Overall, I found director Tim Miller’s movie adequately entertaining.

Deadpool (2016), Ed Skrein
Deadpool (2016), Ed Skrein

One thing I did find impossible not to notice as I watched Deadpool is the general attractiveness of the cast. Especially the three main characters played by Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin and Ed Skrein (Ajax). Considering the fact that Reynolds spends a good amount of the movie’s running time in prosthetics that aren’t particularly easy on the eyes, perhaps pressure was felt by the filmmakers to redress the balance. Maybe indeed.

Did anyone else notice how much Ed Skein resembles a rather beefed-up version of Nicholas Hoult? Deadpool is a fun ride. Watch it for the humour, action, etc.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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BATMAN v SUPERMAN – DAWN OF JUSTICE (2016): Great New Trailer Starring Ben Affleck & Henry Cavill

Batman v Superman Dawn Of Justice (2016), Henry Cavill
Batman v Superman Dawn Of Justice (2016), Henry Cavill

The Batman v Superman – Dawn of Justice trailer I’ve been waiting for has finally arrived! It’s all I ever really wanted to see…

This final trailer feels like something to get excited about. I’m now thinking of Henry Cavill and Ben Afflecks characters as two angry men and the words positively intense come to mind. Just look at their faces in these photos.

Release Date (s): March 24th, 2016 (FR & GER); March 25th, 2016 (US & UK)…

Batman v Superman Dawn Of Justice (2016), Ben Affleck

Happy Film Loving  🙂

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JOY (2015): Great Story & Performances

Joy (2015), Jennifer Lawrence
Joy (2015), Jennifer Lawrence

A determined woman taking charge of her destiny and going after her dreams – especially when no one else believes, that for me is the subject matter of David O. Russell’s Joy; the movie that just got Jennifer Lawrence another Best Actress Golden Globe win.

In Lawrence’s third movie with Oscar Winning director, Russell, she’s joined by his other two favourite actors, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro. There’s also Isabella Rossellini, Virginia Madsen, Elizabeth Rohm and Edgar Ramirez, all of whom deliver notable performances. I found Rossellinni and Madsen’s characters particularly entertaining

Joy (2015), Isabella Rossellini, Elizabeth Rohm
Joy (2015), Isabella Rossellini, Elizabeth Rohm

The journey you get to go on in the story of Joy will make you laugh, cry and cheer. As you do at least two of the above, you may also notice the beauty in the cinematography, filming style, dialogue and perfect pace of the movie. All of these elements come together and make Joy a lot of fun to watch. Another plus is the many useful lessons for aspiring business people with big lofty ideas / dreams.

Watch it because it’s good and because you know that making it in life and business can be hard but do you really know just how hard? Joy, who comes in the shape of a seriously badass Jennifer Lawrence is happy to show you, as well as remind you that it’s never really over until you decide.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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FANTASTIC BEASTS & WHERE TO FIND THEM (2016): New Trailer Starring Eddie Redmayne & Colin Farrell

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (2016), Colin Farrell

All J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and Wizard fans can rejoice, for there is a new trailer to excite you all…

Teaser trailer 1

Teaser trailer 2

Comic Con trailer

Written by Rowling, directed by David Yates and featuring a cast that includes Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller and Jon Voight, I’m intrigued by these first two teasers. The first, though a tad long winded, the second one is fantastic.

I’m also hoping that fans of good film will have a great time alongside Rowling fanatics.

Release Date (s): November 18th, 2016 (US & UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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KUBO & THE TWO STRINGS (2016): New Trailer Starring Charlize Theron & Matthew McConaughey

Kubo & The Two Strings (2016)
Kubo & The Two Strings (2016)

Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara and George Takei are the stars of an intriguing new animation…

Directed by Travis Knight, I don’t know much about the story, but those visuals sure have my attention. Right now I’m guessing that  what’s coming is an adventure with a tiny  but mighty protagonist.

Release Date (s): August 19th, 2016 (US), September 9th, 2016 (UK)

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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YOUTH (2015): For The Wisdom In The Stories & The Spectacular Audio Visual Feast

Youth (2015), Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel
Youth (2015), Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel

The music and cinematography in Youth are the first things you’ll notice. Then comes the the dialogue and highly accomplished acting talent in the shape of Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Jane Fonda, Rachel Weisz and Paul Dano.

Youth reminds me of part of the reason why film is such a great love of mine. How through film, all the different forms of artistic expression can come together and be enjoyed, all in one place and in a whole new way.

As I would advise anyone before viewing a movie, watch only when you’re in the right mood for a particular genre of film. I fear that should you not be in the mood for the drama/ non-action/ non-thriller that Youth is, you may judge it unfairly.

Youth (2015), Rachel Weisz
Youth (2015), Rachel Weisz

Youth is the type of film that will likely leave you with plenty to think about; from what constitutes a good friendship, the cost of becoming one of the best in your field, to the things in life that drive us and the unexpected outcomes of the friendships / relationships in our lives.

There is so much to take in that by the end you’ll get the feeling that another viewing needs to happen soon if not immediately. The film is two hours long so immediately is probably not the best way to go. 

Youth is wise and smart. It is funny in parts, though not a comedy. It’s also officially my favourite favourite Michael Caine film.

I loved this movie but embarrassingly, I knew very little of accomplished Italian writer / director Paolo Sorrentino’s work. I’ve since reviewed his filmography and The Great Beauty (2013) is now on my watch list.

Time for me to think about when best to visit Switzerland, for the visual feast that is Youth definitely has me sold.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

CHILD 44 (2015): Tom Hardy Shines, As Expected

Child 44 (2015), Tom Hardy
Child 44 (2015), Tom Hardy

Child 44 is a Stalin-era Soviet Union crime thriller directed by Daniel Espinosa.

Based on Tom Rob Smith’s best-selling book of the same name; Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, Vincent Cassel and Joel Kinnaman are the stars.

My main motivation for watching the movie isn’t reading the book because  I haven’t, but the intriguing story, particularly Hardy’s role as a determined investigator of a series of gruesome child murders. Murders that are taking place during a time when the powers that be refuse to admit that murder is even a real thing.

I wanted Child 44 to be as thrilling as the trailer hinted, however, I did find myself wishing for a quicker pace, a shorter film, less distracting accents and an overall better / more thrilling execution.

All the lacking elements aside, Hardy’s performance is good and one of my favourite things about the film. The other is the ending and the tension filled scene on the moving train.

Child 44 (2015), Noomi Rapace, Tom Hardy
Child 44 (2015), Noomi Rapace, Tom Hardy

You may be compelled to watch Child 44 because you’ve read the book and/ or you’re a Tom Hardy fan who wants to see how he was able to deliver a notable physical and emotional performance, in spite of the questionable Russian accents. To that I say, follow your curiosity. I did and I have no regrets, I just simply wish that the general result had been better.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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