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LITTLE FISH (2019): The Things I Liked…

Little Fish (2020), Jack O'Connell, IFC Films
Little Fish (2020), Jack O’Connell, IFC Films

Little Fish, Jack O’Connell and Olivia Cooke’s sci-fi/romance about a memory loss virus that threatens to erase the history of a couple’s love and courtship is more cleverly-executed than expected.

It’s important to note that director Chad Hartigan’s Little Fish is a story that focuses more on the couple’s relationship rather than the science of the virus. Little Fish is a beautiful yet heartbreaking love story. One that for me, proved quite watchable in the most part because both leads are great performers. And the portrayal of life with memory loss is captured well. It’s just unfortunate for me that my favourite moments do not happen until close to the end.

I did believe the relationship between O’Connell and Cooke’s characters, However, I didn’t find myself as absorbed with it all; likely in part, on account of the story edit or general editing style. Additionally, the timing of the release of Little Fish may not help everyone’s enjoyment of it. Particularly since it may feel more than a little too real, pandemic-wise for some.

When forced to weigh Little Fish against other movies that spend at least 90% of the time looking closely at a central romantic relationship, I wouldn’t say that Hartigan’s film is my favourite. I’m afraid that ‘coveted title’ belongs to Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones’s Like, Crazy (2011).

Overall, I say give Little Fish a chance if you’re curious. After all, a fair number seem to enjoy it. And there truly is a clever moment or two near the end. Just be sure to pay attention.

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LITTLE FISH (2020): New Trailer From Jack O’Connell, Olivia Cooke, Soko…

Little Fish (2020), Olivia Cooke, IFC Films
Little Fish (2020), Olivia Cooke, IFC Films

Read my spoiler-free movie review of  Little Fish (2019).

New sci-fi/romance Little Fish stars Jack O’Connell and Olivia Cooke; a couple fighting to hold their relationship together as a memory loss virus spreads and threatens to erase the history of their love and courtship.

Little Fish is directed by Chad Hartigan; with additional key cast including Soko, Raúl Castillo and David Lennon.

I’m very interested because of the compelling predicament and as a fan of O’Connell. Also, I need to know if they’ll get a vaccine in time and how the virus chooses its victims.

Mackenzie Cardwell, Ross Wirtanen, Heather Decksheimer, Natalie Farrow, Ronald Robinson, Wyatt Cameron, Morgana Wyllie, Monique Phillips, Paul Almeida and Toby Hargrave also star.

Little Fish Release Dates: February 5th, 2021 (US)…

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JUNGLELAND (2019): The things I Liked…

Jungleland (2019), Charlie Hunnam
Jungleland (2019), Charlie Hunnam

Good performances by Jack O’Connell and Charlie Hunnam are what I was looking for when I decided to watch new Max Winkler directed drama Jungleland. A story in which Hunnam and O’Connell play two brothers fighting against their circumstances, as they travel across the country for a no holds barred boxing match. The kind that lands them both in a fight for their lives.

Good performances by Hunnam and O’Connell is exactly what I got, along with brotherly and on-screen chemistry so believable that I’d be delighted to learn of another O’Connell/Hunnam project.

In addition to the two lead performances, other highlights include the music and the personally pleasing surprise, that for a movie with boxing as a key element, there isn’t much boxing going on. There is definitely some boxing which looks good. However, tough luck for those who were looking for more than five or so minutes of actual boxing footage.

As for what Jungleland didn’t quite deliver for me, quite simply, that would be a less cliched story. Nevertheless, I say watch Jungleland for the aforementioned highlights and particularly if you don’t mind a story that doesn’t offer much story-wise that you haven’t seen before.

Lastly but not least, should you happen to know of any upcoming projects starring Hunnam and O’Connell, please feel very welcome to make my day by letting me know.

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JUNGLELAND (2019): New Trailer From Charlie Hunnam, Jonathan Majors, Jack O’Connell…

Jungleland (2019), Jack O'Connell
Jungleland (2019), Jack O’Connell

Read my spoiler-free movie review of  Jungleland (2019).

New drama Jungleland has Charlie Hunnam and Jack O’Connell  as brothers trying to escape their circumstances. They travel across the country for a no holds barred boxing match that turns into a fight for their lives.

Directed by  Max Winkler; additional key cast includes Jonathan Majors, Jessica Barden, Fran Kranz and John Cullum.

Firstly, I like the music in this trailer and second, I’m in for a great O’Connell performance, an actor I’ve been excited about after seeing him in what is probably my favourite prison-based movie of all time, Starred Up (2013).

Nick Mullen, Meredith Holzman, Owen Burke, Johnno Wilson, Ken Cheeseman, Michael Tow, Jere Shea, Patrick M. Walsh and Frank Ridley also star.

Jungleland Release Dates: November 6th, 2020 (US)…

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TRIAL BY FIRE (2018): New Trailer From Jack O’Connell, LAURA DERN, Emily Meade, Joshua Mikel…

Trial By Fire (2019)/ Jack O’Connell, RoadsideFlix

Trial By Fire is the true and tragic story of Cameron Todd Willingham, a man executed in Texas for killing his three children after scientific evidence and expert testimony that could have proven his innocence were suppressed.

Directed by Edward Zwick, Trial By Fire stars Jack O’Connell, Laura Dern, Emily Meade, Joshua Mikel…

It’s going to be sad but it’s O’Connell and Dern’s performances that are the reason I’m drawn to this one. I also wonder if I’ll be surprised by how those guilty of suppressing vital evidence that could have saved Willingham, may even begin to defend their actions.

Jade Pettyjohn, Jeff Perry, Chris Coy, Jason Douglas, McKinley Belcher III, Carlos Gómez, Rhoda Griffis and Elle Graham also star.

Trial By Fire Release Dates: May 17th, 2019 (US)…

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MONEY MONSTER (2016): The Thing I Liked…

Money Monster (2016), Jack O'Connell
Money Monster (2016), Jack O’Connell

Money Monster is not on my list of favourite thrillers because even though the cast is stellar, the story and its execution proved not completely worthy of their efforts. There were a few somewhat thrilling moments but nothing proved enough to make the movie all that the trailer had me hoping for.

Jack O’Connell (Kyle) and Julia Roberts are my favourite things about the Jodie Foster directed film. Not to say that George Clooney was bad, but I must confess that his character’s dance moves at the start of the film were especially awkward. So much so that having to experience that made me lose quite a bit of respect for the entire production as a whole.

I doubt that anyone will be missing much if they don’t bother with Money Monster. O’Connell’s performance and the resolution of Kyle’s story is the reason I kept watching to the very end. How could I not after experiencing his great work in  Starred Up (2013)Watch Money Monster if you really, really must.

Here’s a little taster of what it’s like when Clooney’s character breaks into dance. Deliberately awkward or not, I doubt that it helped the movie.

Money Monster (2016), George Clooney
Money Monster (2016), George Clooney

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TULIP FEVER (2016): New Trailer From Alicia Vikander, Christoph Waltz & Dane DeHaan

Tulip Fever (2016), Alicia Vikander
Tulip Fever (2016), Alicia Vikander

A well edited trailer with good music, visuals and a brilliant cast has arrived. Starring Alicia Vikander, Judi Dench, Christoph Waltz, Dane DeHaan, Jack O’Connell and Cara Delevigne, Tulip Fever, is a drama / romance set in 17th century Amsterdam…

After Judi Dench’s first few words, my thoughts went straight to, ‘thank goodness we live in different times’. My second, third and fourth thoughts, ‘Girl In A Pearl Earing (2003)’. Lastly, ‘my goodness, isn’t Alicia Vikander’s face quite something?’

I like everything about this movie so far. May it deliver on the promise.

Tulip Fever Release Dates: July 15th, 2016 (US)…

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MONEY MONSTER (2016): New Thriller Starring Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell & George Clooney

Money Monster (2016), Julia Roberts
Money Monster (2016), Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts,  Jack O’Connell, George Clooney and Dominic West are the stars of Money Monster, a brand new thriller directed by Jodie Foster and set on Wall Street…

I’m most excited because Julia Roberts is always great, the movie looks good and one of my favourite young actors, Jack O’Connell is in it. Time to ready ourselves for the tense and emotional ride.

Money Monster Release Date(s): May 13th, 2016 (US); May 27th, 2016 (UK); March 31st, 2016 (Ger)…

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