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THE WIFE (2018): The Thing I Liked…

The Wife (2019), Glenn Close
The Wife (2018), Glenn Close

Imagine being way past middle age and finding yourself ill at ease with your life choices. This is the situation Joan Castleman (Glenn Close) finds her self in as travels to Stockholm with her husband, where he’s due to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Featuring good performances by all involved, especially Close, I enjoyed this story and the way it handles regret. I particularly liked how expertly Close portrayed the complicated emotional journey of a woman in a specific predicament that is the kind of situation most modern independent women should hopefully no longer find themselves in. 

I’m quite certain that my favourite movie about regret will probably always be Magnolia (1999). Yet, The Wife too is memorable in the way it handles the subject. I felt badly for Joan, not so much because of the life she chose but because she let what seemed like other people’s negative experiences change the direction of her entire life. 

Another way to look at Joan’s story is to conclude that she fell in love, and that truth took priority over all else – including her own morality and the kind of treatment and respect a person really ought to demand in every situation.

More than anything, for me, The Wife is a reminder to think, think and think again before you sacrifice a key part of yourself for another – especially in the name of love. 

It is also just a well acted movie you should see if the themes intrigue you enough. 

Lastly, fun fact! The actress who plays young Joan’s is actually Glenn Close’s real life daughter, Annie Starke.

Happy Film Loving 

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THE WIFE (2018): New Trailer From Glenn Close, Christian Slater, Max Irons, Jonathan Pryce…

The Wife (2018), Glenn Close
The Wife (2018), Glenn Close

The Wife is a Björn Runge directed drama about a woman who questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband, where he’s due to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Glenn Close, Christian SlaterMax Irons, Jonathan Pryce and Elizabeth McGovern star…

What an interesting story and such a hefty sacrifice. I can’t wait to see more of the truth that Close brings to her role. My heart broke just looking at her face in this trailer.

Harry Lloyd, Alix Wilton Regan and Carolin Stoltz also star.

The Wife Release Dates: August 3rd, 2018 (US); September 28th, 2018 (UK)…

Read my spoiler free movie review of The Wife.

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THE WILDE WEDDING (2017): The Thing I Liked…

The Wilde Wedding (2017), Patrick Stewart, Glenn Close.png

The Wilde Wedding, the Damian Harris written and directed movie about a retired actress who remarries for the fourth time had me feeling a tad disinterested immediately. Reason being, I found that I didn’t connect with the narrator at the beginning. I also felt that there were too many characters, none of whom proved particularly interesting.

For me, this film just plodded along and I continued watching in hopes that things would improve. Especially considering the main cast  – John Malkovich, Patrick Stewart and Glenn Close.

I’m glad to say that things did get interesting and more dramatic somewhere past the halfway point. And I certainly didn’t anticipate the way it ended. However,  is it enough for this to be a movie worth recommending? Not really. It’s Complicated (2009) is more fun, in my opinion.

The thing that stood out most for me overall about this movie actually has nothing to do with the story, but rather the truth about one of the actors. I’m speaking of Australian actor Yael Stone, a.k.a. Lorna Morello from Orange Is The New Black. The lady is a wonderful actor especially in Orange Is The New Black and she’s clearly gifted with accents, for in this movie her character is convincingly British. 

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FATHER FIGURES (2017): New Trailer From Owen Wilson, Ed Helms, Christopher Walken, Glenn Close…

Father Figures (2017), Owen Wilson, Ed Helms
Father Figures (2017), Owen Wilson, Ed Helms

In new comedy Father Figures, Owen Wilson and Ed Helms play fraternal twin brothers who just found out that their father is in fact very much alive, contrary to what their mother (Glenn Close) had told them their whole life. Directed by Lawrence Sher, the brothers set off on a road trip to find their dad…

I think there’s some hope that this will be a movie I can watch and enjoy. I certainly hope so; since the concept isn’t particularly ridiculous.

J.K. Simmons, Kat Williams, Christopher Walken and Ving Rhames also star.

Father Figures Release date: December 22nd, 2017 (US); February 16th, 2018 (UK)…

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THE WILDE WEDDING (2017): New Trailer From Glenn Close, Patrick Stewart, John Malkovich, Minnie Driver…

THE WILDE WEDDING (2017), Patrick Stewart, Glenn Close
THE WILDE WEDDING (2017), Patrick Stewart, Glenn Close

From writer / director Damian Harris, The Wilde Wedding is a new comedy about a retired actress who remarries for the fourth time, to a renowned english writer. Glenn Close, Patrick Stewart, John Malkovich and Minnie Driver star…

First of all, to anyone who didn’t recognise Sir Patrick Stewart with hair, what kind of movie fan are you? Jokes aside, I’ll be watching because the cast is great. There’s also the fact that this trailer looks good and reminds me so much of one of my favourites, It’s Complicated (2009).

Yael Stone, Peter Facinelli, Grace Van Patten and Noah Emmerich also make an appearance.

The Wilde Wedding Release Dates…

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THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS (2016): The Thing I Liked…

 

The Girl With All The Gifts (2016), Gemma Aterton, Glenn Close
The Girl With All The Gifts (2016), Gemma Aterton, Glenn Close

Melanie (Sennia Nanua) is a special young girl. A young girl who’s taken along on a journey of survival with her teacher (Gemma Aterton) and a scientist (Glenn Close).

Directed by Colm McCarthy and set in a dystopian future in what looks like London, England, The Girl With All The Gifts is an adequate zombie movie. It’s not quite the kind you may be expecting in some respects but it’s worth it to hang in there for the ending, my favourite part.

The Girl With All The Gifts (2016), Sennia Nanua
The Girl With All The Gifts (2016), Sennia Nanua

I don’t recall getting particularly terrified as I watched, probably because gore isn’t necessarily the core focus of McCarthy’s movie. The Girl With All The Gifts is a relatively smart zombie movie. Personally I find the idea of zombies a tad more ridiculous and unreal than the idea of vampires – as odd as that may seem. And yes, I’m pretty sure that I wouldn’t survive a zombie apocalypse.

Watch The Girl With All The Gifts if you’re intrigued enough and to find out about the refreshing difference that is the ending.

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THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS (2016): New Trailer Starring Gemma Arterton, Glenn Close & Sennia Nanua

The Girl With All The Gifts (2016), Sennia Nanua, Gemma Arterton
The Girl With All The Gifts (2016), Sennia Nanua, Gemma Arterton

Starring Gemma Arterton, Sennia Nanua, Glenn Close and Paddy Considine, The Girl With All The Gifts is based on the best selling book by  Mike Carey and directed by Colm McCarthy.

Set in a less than perfect future where survival is dependant on a teacher, a scientist and a young girl called Melanie the trailer is quite promising…

I’m glad that the movie isn’t a straight horror film but a drama / horror / thriller, meaning  I can watch it and still sleep soundly that same night.

The Girl With All The Gifts Release Dates: September 23rd, 2016 (UK)…

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