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WAITING TO EXHALE (1995): The Things I Liked…

Waiting To Exhale (1995), Whitney Houston
Waiting To Exhale (1995), Whitney Houston

Directed by Forest Whitaker (I had no idea he directed! The shame…) and based on Terry McMillan’s novel of the same name, Waiting To Exhale tells the story of four very different female friends and their relationships with the opposite sex.

Starring Angela Bassett, Whitney Houston, Loretta Devine and Lela Rochon, this one’s perfect for a fun ‘girls night in.’ There’s comedy, romance,  drama – definitely drama and the kind of female relationships that remind you of how great it is to have reliable girl friends. Whitaker’s film smartly deals with a number of recognisable and well-acted predicaments faced by many women seeking a life partner.

The entire cast performed well and a major highlight without a doubt is Bassett’s portrayal as ‘a woman scorned’ in an unforgettable and very quotable scene. I first watched Waiting To Exhale when I was eighteen years old. I didn’t know it until this most recent viewing but this movie, along with a few other memorable Bassett films really helped form part of what makes me the independent and empowered lady that I am today. No wonder I love Bassett so!

Waiting To Exhale is clearly a number of things to me. It’s also a good reminder of a couple of truths. Firstly, that we should never take leave of our senses when presented with the option to get involved with a married man. Second, one must always think twice, thrice, then think again and then some more before sacrificing one’s own dreams for someone else’s. 

The friendship dynamic between the women brought Sex & The City to mind and I just love the way the film’s  strong sisterhood theme is beautifully punctuated by a perfect ending. Watch it for the sisterly love, the moments of humour and that good Angela Basset scene! Did I mention that the soundtrack for this movie was a massive success?

Happy Film Loving

G

HOW IT ENDS (2018): New Trailer From Theo James, Forest Whitaker, Kat Graham…

How It Ends (2018), Theo James
How It Ends (2018), Theo James

How It Ends is the story of a desperate father trying to get home to his pregnant wife in the chaotic aftermath of a mysterious apocalyptic event.

Theo James, Forest Whitaker and Kat Graham star while David M. Rosenthal directs

‘Please be good, please be good, please be good…!’ Just my heart felt wishes for this movie. I’d really love to love a Netflix movie as much as I did the first Netflix movie I remember seeing; Cary Joji Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation (2015). Please, Netflix.

Kerry Bishé, Grace Dove, Mark O’Brien, Eric Keenleyside and Nancy Sorel also star.

How It Ends Release Dates: July 13th, 2018 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

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CITY OF LIES (2018): New Trailer From Johnny Depp, Forest Whitaker, Toby Huss…

City Of Lies (2018), Forest Whitaker
City Of Lies (2018), Forest Whitaker

Directed by Brad Furman (The Infiltrator  (2016); starring Johnny Depp, Forest Whitaker and and Toby Huss, City Of Lies is a new crime / drama about the investigation in to the murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious BIG…

I didn’t realise how much I missed a character played by Johnny Depp – one where his face wasn’t almost completely hidden by makeup and prosthetics until I saw him in this trailer.

The subject matter is almost to dark and disturbing for me personally to watch but curious, I remain. I also trust that Depp and Whitaker will make it worthwhile. …

City Of Lies Release Dates

Happy Film Loving

G

 

ARRIVAL (2016): New Trailer From Director Denis Villeneuve Starring Amy Adams, Forrest Whitaker, Jeremy Renner

Arrival (2016), Amy Adams
Arrival (2016), Amy Adams

Starring Amy Adams, Forrest Whitaker and Jeremy Renner, in Arrival, alien space crafts have landed on earth and it’s America’s expert linguist Dr Louise Banks (Adams) whose job it is to figure out whether or not they come in peace…

Teaser Trailer

Full Trailer

I’m excited about Arrival because of its director, Denis Villeneuve. His delivery of atmosphere, tension, a brilliant musical score and cinematography in Sicario (2015) was fantastic. As such, we can all expect to be delighted whilst being equally terrified.

I’m looking forward to seeing what the aliens fully look like. Fingers crossed that when we get to see them, the CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) won’t leave too much to be desired.

Something else we can probably all prepare to see in Arrival is a brilliant performance from Amy Adams. Her character is clearly terrified but the people around her don’t seem to be very attuned to that fact.

Arrival Release Dates: November  10th, 2016 (GER); 11th, 2016 (US & UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

ROOTS (2016): New Trailer Starring Malachi Kirby, Forrest Whitaker and Anna Paquin

Roots (2016), Malachi Kirby
Roots (2016), Malachi Kirby

Today’s movie comes in the shape of a TV mini-series. I don’t ordinarily feature mini-series on here but this trailer…!

British actor Malachi Kirby, Matthew Goode, Forrest Whitaker and Anna Paquin are the stars of Roots – to name just a few. Based on the book by Alex Haley, Roots presents a portrait of American slavery, following the journey of one family, their will to survive and transcend their circumstances.

As many will be aware, this is not the first dramatisation of Alex Haley’s best selling book. The previous version starred LeVar Burton and was released in 1977 to great critical acclaim. I’ll be watching because this trailer looks great and Roots is based on Haley’s own family history.

Other cast members include Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Anika Noni Rose and Tip “T.I.” Harris.

Roots (2016), Anna Paquin
Roots (2016), Anna Paquin

Roots (2016) Release Date(s): May 30th, 2016 (US), simulcast on A&E Studios and Lifetime, in addition to the HISTORY channel.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

TAKEN 3 (2014): Why It’s Worth Watching

Taken 3 (2014), Liam Neeson
Taken 3 (2014), Liam Neeson

If you must watch only one Taken movie, please watch the original (Taken 2008) because it’s the very best.

Taken 2 (2012) was ok and Taken 3 is quite the fun ride. Even though there isn’t much of a ‘taking’ so to speak, in Taken 3, the dynamic of the chase between Bryan Mills (Neeson) and the smart police officer played by Forrest Whitaker more than makes up for it.

Taken 3 (2014), Forest Whitaker
Taken 3 (2014), Forest Whitaker

There’s also a fantastic scene towards the end at Santa Monica airport involving a Porsche and a plane. So good, I would have yelped louder had it not been for the neighbours.

Watch it because you’ve watched the original, the second and now you want to see how it all wraps up and because it’s good.

Happy Tak3n 🙂

G

TAKEN 3 (2015) Trailer: You’ll Be Pleasantly Surprised

Taken 3 (2015), Liam Neeson
Taken 3 (2015), Liam Neeson

Taken (2008) was brilliant. Taken 2 (2012) was alright. Taken 3…?

You’ll be relieved to see that the story, by writers Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen looks quite different.

Can’t say that this is the final instalment, but I’m certainly glad to see the wonderfully voiced Liam Neeson playing seriously badass, ex-government operative, Bryan Mills once again. Bring on 2015!

Happy Tak3n 🙂

G