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POSSESSOR (2020): The Thing I Liked…

Possessor (2020), Christopher Abbott, Neon
Possessor (2020), Christopher Abbott, Neon

I’m not surprised that director Brandon Cronenberg’s new sci-fi/thriller Possessor has a moment or two that took me back to the work of his well-established director father, David Cronenberg. A.k.a the man behind one of my favourite crime/dramas, A History of Violence (2005)

The signature both Cronenbergs share is, of course, the visceral violence; something that’s present in Possessor, the story of a secret organisation that drives its agents to inhabit other people’s bodies so they can assassinate targets for money. 

One might say that I was never going to love this movie considering its premise of picking unsuspecting strangers to kill. And that’s partly true because I don’t love this movie for reasons including the way the dark premise is executed. However, there’s also the fact that throughout I felt as though something was missing in the narrative structure. 

Possessor tried hard to be something; whether it’s clever, engaging or memorable. Unfortunately it just never succeeds at it for me. There’s also the seemingly rushed/confusing last quarter which presented more questions than answers. Furthermore, there’s a moment in the movie where some dialogue about a parasite/worm that suggests Possessor was likely inspired, in part, not just by young Cronenberg’s father, but also by Christopher Nolan’s Inception (2010).

I enjoyed Christopher Abbott and Tuppence Middleton’s performances most. Still, overall, I say only watch Possessor if you absolutely must.

Happy Film Loving

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POSSESSOR (2020): New Trailer Starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Andrea Riseborough, Tuppence Middleton, Sean Bean…

Possessor (2020), Andrea Riseborough, Neon
Possessor (2020), Andrea Riseborough, Neon

Read my spoiler-free movie review of  Possessor (2020).


From writer/director Brandon Cronenberg; Possessor is a new sci-fi/thriller about a secret organisation that uses brain implant technology. The technology is ultimately used to drive its agents to inhabit other people’s bodies, in order to commit assassinations for high-paying clients.

Jennifer Jason Leigh, Andrea Riseborough, Tuppence Middleton and Christopher Abbott are among the key cast.

The teaser for this trailer was released weeks ago but I wasn’t sure about it then. However, this version of the trailer combined with the synopsis definitely has me interested.

I’m extra intrigued since Possessor is directed by the son of David Cronenberg, director of A History of Violence (2005) and Eastern Promises (2007).

Rossif Sutherland, Christopher Jacot, Deragh Campbell, Hanneke Talbot, Gabrielle Graham, Rachael Crawford, Hrant Alianak, Raoul Bhaneja and Gage Graham-Arbuthnot also star.

Possessor Release Dates: October 9th, 2020 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

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WHITE BOY RICK (2018): New Trailer From Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brian Tyree Henry, Bel Powley, Richie Merritt…

White Boy Rick (2018), Matthew McConaughey
White Boy Rick (2018), Matthew McConaughey

White Boy Rick is based on the true story of Richard Wershe Jr.,  a teenager who became an undercover informant for the FBI in the 80s and was arrested for drug-trafficking and sentenced to life in prison.

Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brian Tyree Henry, Richie Merritt and Bel Powley star, while Yann Demange directs…

I feel as though there’s so much of this story that I’ve seen before – but hopefully there’s enough difference to keep it interesting. I’d probably be less enthused if it wasn’t for McConaughey. He looks to be in great form based on this trailer.

Additional cast includes Eddie Marsan, Richie Merritt, Bruce Dern and RJ Cyler.

White Boy Rick Release Dates: September 14th, 2018 (US)… December 7th, 2018 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving

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ANNIHILATION (2018): New Trailer From Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Oscar Isaac, Gina Rodriguez…

Annihilation (2018), Natalie Portman
Annihilation (2018), Natalie Portman

Annihilation is the latest movie starring Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Oscar Isaac and Gina Rodriguez. Adapted from novelist Jeff VanderMeer’s best seller of the same name, Portman plays a biologist on a dangerous secret expedition where the laws of nature don’t apply…

There are a number reasons I want to watch this. 1.) Acting queen and all round smart woman, Natalie Portman. 2.) Alex Garland, writer and director of my favourite Alicia Vikander movie, Ex Machina (2015)  – I’m still fantasising about a sequel that I know will very likely never happen.) 3.) This trailer is great! It made me so happy that I punctuated watching it with the words ‘Yeah baby!’ and the thought, ‘This is what I’ve been waiting for.’ I’m so ready. I just hope it isn’t too similar to Arrival (2016), a movie I’m still yet to watch.

Tessa Thompson, David Gyasi, Cosmo Jarvis and Sonoya Mizuno also star.

Annihilation Release Dates: February 23rd, 2018 (US & UK)…

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LBJ (2017): New Trailer From Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, C. Thomas Howell, Bill Pullman…

LBJ (2017), Woody Harrelson
LBJ (2017), Woody Harrelson

In LBJ, Woody Harrelson stars as the President of the United States of America. Directed by Rob Reiner, the drama / biography tells the true story of Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) – from his young days in West Texas to his time in the White House…

I want to see this so I can marvel at the seemingly great prosthetics on Harrelson’s face. I’m also curious about the story since it’s, in a way the other version of events that we didn’t get to see in Jackie (2016).

At this moment in time however, I may  need a break from movies set at The White House. You see, I’m half way through season three of House Of Cards and my goodness is it dark and intense!

LBJ Release Dates: November 3rd, 2017 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

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GOOD TIME (2017): New Trailer From Robert Pattinson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Barkhad Abdi…

Good Time (2017), Robert Pattinson
Good Time (2017), Robert Pattinson

In Good Time Robert Pattinson plays a bank robber whose brother ends up in jail after  a botched bank robbery. What follows is a twisted odyssey through New York City’s underworld in an increasingly desperate and dangerous attempt to get his brother out. Directed by Ben and Joshua Safdie; Barkhad Abdi (from Captain Philips -2013), Jennifer Jason Leigh and Lucas Elliot Eberl also star…

I find the first 17 seconds of this trailer awkward but everything that follows is good and intriguing. It looks as though Good Time could be an important role for Pattinson. May it be as good as this tailer suggests. That way I’ll maybe, at last have a favourite Robert Pattinson movie.

Good Time Release Dates: August 11th, 2017 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

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MORGAN (2016): New Trailer From Paul Giamatti, Kate Mara, Jennifer Jason Leigh…

Anya Taylor Joy (Morgan)
Anya Taylor Joy (Morgan)

Starring Kate Mara, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Paul Giamatti and Boyd Holbrook, Morgan is the story of an artificial being whose continued existence is to be decided by a corporate risk-management consultant…

I’m a fan of Alex Galand’s Ex Machina (2015) and as I watched the above trailer, it occurred to me that this movie may just be the closest that Ex Machina fans will ever get to a sequel. Not ideal but I’ll take it.

Morgan Release Dates: September 2nd, 2016 (US & UK); September 21st, 2016 (FR); November 24th, 2016 (GER)…

Directed by Luke Scott; Michael Yare, Anya Taylor Joy and Boyd Holbrook also star.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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ANOMALISA (2015): For A Unique Experience & The Truth In The Writing / Execution

Anomalisa (2015), David Thewlis as Michael Stone
Anomalisa (2015), David Thewlis as Michael Stone

Written and directed by Charlie Kaufman who also wrote Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004), what can be expected from Anomalisa is a refreshingly unique experience.

Starring the voices of David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tom Noonan, Kaufman’s film is a memorable achievement in storytelling for a number of reasons. Reasons including the writing which feels completely grounded in truth and therefore very relatable. The creative execution through the use of stop-motion animation adds to the general uniqueness. Then there’s the dialogue, its delivery with particular reference to the use of voice and how it is employed.

Anomalisa (2015), Jennifer Jason leigh as Lisa Hesselman
Anomalisa (2015), Jennifer Jason leigh as Lisa Hesselman

All the characters in Anomalisa appear to be wearing masks, something they do throughout the film. What it all means? I haven’t fully concluded just yet. But what I do know is that I enjoyed trying to figure out all that wasn’t immediately obvious. I also appreciated the humorous moments and particularly the character Lisa, played by Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Near the end of the movie, by which point you’ll have a greater understanding of the main character’s predicament, you may find yourself reflecting on the difference between the life you want and the one you have, as well as how you might want to close the gap between the two points.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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