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MOTHER! (2017): The Thing I Liked…

Mother! (2017), Jennifer Lawrence
Mother! (2017), Jennifer Lawrence

Mother!, the Darren Aronofsky directed mystery / horror film about uninvited guests who disrupt a couple’s tranquil existence is a weird movie. 

Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer, the acting is great of course but what I enjoyed most about the film has nothing to do with acting. As controversial as this is, the beautiful single braid on Lawrence’s head… so effortless and gorgeous. That’s my favourite thing about Mother! 

Part of my issue with Aronofsky’s movie is that I can’t say I fully get it. I found myself getting mad at the close-up shots and about an hour into the film, I was thinking: ‘Resolve this mystery already!’ 

What’s also quite unfortunate about me not really understanding Mother! is that I’m definitely not interested enough to watch it again on the off chance that I may finally get it.

The way Lawrence and Bardem’s characters were so obviously grossly mismatched as a couple rather annoyed me. Bardem’s character’s lack of consideration towards his wife really made me mad and because I didn’t understand why he was being that way, it simply made matters worse.

If you’re an Aronofsky fan, I say give this movie a chance because you may like it. Just remember that Mother! is definitely more mystery than horror, so don’t let the word ‘horror’ dissuade you or get you too excited.

If you think I totally missed the point of this movie, you’re very welcome to enlighten me in the comments below. 

Happy Film Loving 

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X-MEN – DARK PHOENIX (2019): New Trailer From James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner…

X-Men - Dark Phoenix (2018), Sophie Turner
X-Men – Dark Phoenix (2018), Sophie Turner

In X-Men Dark Phoenix, the X-Men must decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all the people living in the world. Reason being, Jean Grey has began to develop incredible corrupting powers that will turn her into a Dark Phoenix.

Directed by Simon Kinberg; key cast includes James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner…

I just recently finished watching Captain America – Civil War (2016) and the plot of Dark Phoenix reminds me of  it. I’m blaming that for my slightly subdued enthusiasm. Well, that and the fact that this trailer didn’t quite induce the expected yelp of excitement it’s predecessors did. I actually thought that the Lawrence, McAvoy and Fassbender phase of X-Men had been wrapped up. I’m not mad that it hasn’t yet, but I just wish that overall, this trailer had me more enthused.

My favourite line so far is ‘I’ve seen evil, and I’m looking at it now.’ It’s therefore unsurprising that what I’m most excited about overall is Sophie Turners ‘good girl gone bad’ performance.

Tye Sheridan, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, Alexandra Shipp, Ato Essandoh and Summer Fontana also star.

X-Men Dark Phoenix Release Dates: February 5th, 2019 (UK); February 14th, 2019 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

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RED SPARROW (2018): New Trailer From Jennifer Lawrence, Matthias Schoenaerts, Joel Edgerton, Jeremy Irons…

Red Sparrow (2018), Jennifer Lawrence, Charlotte Rampling
Red Sparrow (2018), Jennifer Lawrence, Charlotte Rampling

In the Francis Lawrence directed Red Sparrow which stars Jennifer Lawrence, Matthias Schoenaerts, Joel Edgerton and Jeremy Irons, a Russian spy falls for a CIA officer and considers becoming a double agent…

I’m in because the cast is great. I also want to see how it  all unfolds since the story is already being compared to that of Angelina Jolie’s Salt (2010) as well as Marvel’s Black Widow.

Joely Richardson, Ciarán Hinds, Charlotte Rampling and Mary-Louise Parker also star.

Red Sparrow Release Dates: March 2nd, 2018, (US & UK); March 1st, 2018 (GER)…

Happy Film Loving

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PASSENGERS (2016): The Thing I Liked…

Passengers (2016), Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt
Passengers (2016), Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt

My favourite thing about Passengers is what it has to say (however little) about our need for human to human connection. Besides this and the beautiful images of space towards the very end, the experience of Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt’s latest film can be described as ‘a not very good in-space romantic comedy’ with moments of bad dialogue and arguably questionable chemistry.

I don’t think that Passengers is bad because the actors, Lawrence, Pratt, Michael Sheen and Laurence Fishbone did a particularly bad job. It’s disappointing because there’s a certain hollow / under-developed feel about the story. The fact that  you can more or less count the number of characters on one hand has very little if anything to do with it. Even with the movie’s most loved star Jennifer Lawrence and Morten Tyldum, director of one of 2014’s best films – The Imitation Game (2014), Passengers could not be saved from its built-in emptiness nor could it be saved from the thoughts that came to my mind as I watched… 

‘Oh dear’

‘This is actually not very good’

‘My, that was a bad line’

Watch Passengers if nothing will stop you. Otherwise you will likely be longing for all that seems to be missing.

Happy Film Loving

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PASSENGERS (2016): New Trailer From Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen…

Passengers (2016), Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence

Passengers is the new sci-fi / adventure movie starring Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt and Michael Sheen. Everything takes place aboard a spacecraft that’s en route to a distant colony planet whilst carrying thousands of people. Things get particularly interesting when a malfunction in the spacecraft’s sleep chambers results in two passengers being prematurely awakened – 90 years earlier than planned…

Indeed the acting star power of this movie is off the charts. But the thing that excites me most is the fact that Passengers is directed by Morten Tyldum, the man behind The Imitation Game – one of  2014’s very best movies. I can’t wait to see how well this story is constructed. My eyes definitely glistened at ‘You die, I die!’

Laurence Fishburne, Marie Burke and Aurora Perrineau also star.

Passengers Release Dates: December 21st, 2016 (US); December 23rd, 2016 (UK); January 5th, 2016 (GER)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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WINTER’S BONE (2010): The Things I liked…

Winter's Bone (2010), Jennifer Lawrence
Winter’s Bone (2010), Jennifer Lawrence

Winter’s Bone is a movie I was drawn to because it’s known as the one that put Jennifer Lawrence on the map and for good reason. Her performance is perfectly measured and very convincing.

I particularly appreciate her character, Ree’s strength and her commitment to her family’s well being given her father’s recent and unexplained absence.

With the movie’s Ozark Mountain setting in mind, I can I understand the likely reasoning for its semi-leisurely pace. Nevertheless, I did find myself wanting things to move a little faster – and for the camerawork to be less shaky in parts.

Overall, I wouldn’t say that I regret watching Winter’s Bone because the story and the performances were good. I just wouldn’t insist that anyone else should absolutely see it… unless something about it, like the fact that it’s the film that put Jennifer Lawrence on the map really, really calls to you. Another reason that may call to someone  is Tom Hawkes in his role as Ree’s uncle, Teardrop, a great performance and definite highlight.

Based on the book by Daniel Woodrell, Winter’s Bone is directed by Debra Granik. Garrett Dillahunt, Shelley Waggeer and Lauren Sweetser make up of some of the key supporting cast.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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A BEAUTIFUL PLANET (2016) New Documentary Showing Planet Earth From Space

A Beautiful Planet (2016), Narrated by Jennifer Lawrence
A Beautiful Planet (2016), Narrated by Jennifer Lawrence

A Beautiful Planet is a new documentary that follows a group of astronauts as they capture footage of planet earth from outer space…

The visuals are certainly very appealing. I’m also excited to learn a few interesting things that a non-scientist like myself has absolutely no clue about.

I very suddenly have a strong desire to watch Gravity (2012).

A Beautiful Planet Release Dates: April 29th, 2016 (US), exclusively at IMAX and IMAX 3D cinemas …

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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