Starring Jennifer Hudson, Kelvin Harrison Jr and Jeffrey Wright; Monster follows the dramatic journey of a smart, likeable film student whose world comes crashing down after he’s charged with felony murder.
Directed by Anthony Mandler, additional key cast includes Nasir Jones, John David Washington and Tim Blake Nelson.
This movie has thatWaves(2019) feel. Particularly the way that it’s about a young man with plenty of promise. One whose life suddenly takes a seriously tragic turn.
It was so comforting to see Wright’s face in this trailer. I look forward to learning more about his character’s experience of parenthood.
Rakim Mayers, Jharrel Jerome, Jennifer Ehle and Paul Ben-Victor also star.
There are some rather good things about Malcolm & Marie; director Sam Levinson’s drama/romance starring Zendaya and John David Washington.
The first is the two lead performances, which, for me, represent some of the actors’ best work. The second is some truly great moments of dialogue that had me thinking, ‘If only I could express myself this clearly during disagreements.’
I’m glad to confirm that there’s humour to be enjoyed early in Levinson’s story about the night a director and his girlfriend decide to iron out the issues in their relationship. I was most amused with the scenes when Malcolm failed to notice that all was not well with Marie.
As tensions escalate, there are triggering scenes when you’ll find yourself appalled at Malcolm’s behaviour. Especially when his ego is shinning incredibly brightly and he’s unable to admit any dependence on Marie. Nevertheless, you soon realise that both parties are flawed and in desperate need of sorting through the issues stemming from their codependent relationship; one in which an imbalance of power is undeniable.
Along with the moments of great dialogue in Malcolm & Marie, some scenes had me incredibly frustrated. To the point where I had to pause the film and do something else. Even though the movie is one hour and forty-six minutes long, at approximately thirty-seven minutes into the couple’s argument, I’d had enough. And as much as I appreciated the self-analysis and honest dialogue they were having, it all began to feel unbearably self-indulgent.
Watching Malcolm & Marie soon had me feeling like someone who couldn’t leave their arguing friends because the three of us were in the middle of nowhere and they’re my ride home.
This one is a movie to watch if you’re particularly curious. For me, I wish the whole experience had been more tightly edited and far less frustrating.
Tenet, Christopher Nolan’s latest action/sci-fi movie is, as expected, a notable cinematic experience. Nolan’s story of a protagonist on a mission that unfolds beyond real-time, as he journeys through a world of international espionage is a film that pulls you in immediately in a brilliantly immersive way, thanks to the engaging action and powerful musical score.
Like in Nolan’s much-loved Inception (2010), you will need to pay close attention as Tenet plays. The complexity of the story and great production demands it. Yet, whether or not you’re a science expert, you will still be able to follow what’s going on enough to enjoy this movie, just as long as you pay attention.
Another bit of good news is that even though both Tenet and Inception are action/sci-fi movies that sometimes aesthetically appear similar, I’d say that that’s mainly because the film making team is the same because the stories are quite different.
Forced to choose a favourite of the two, I’d opt for Inception because I connected to the story, and especially DiCaprio’s Dom Cobb character more than I did to John David Washington’s ‘the protagonist’.
As for specific highlights, the character I enjoyed watching most is Kenneth Branagh’s Andrei Sator. Once you meet him, you won’t soon forget. At least I did not. For me, the main stand out scenes happen towards the end starting with a memorable scene that involves several vehicles on the road including a fire truck. Everything after that just gets better and better until the satisfying end that may or may not leave the door wide open for a sequel.
There are just two things I didn’t love about Tenet. The first one being that I wasn’t fully convinced by the ‘love connection’ between Elizabeth Debicki’s Kat and the protagonist. And by love, I don’t mean romantic love. I just didn’t understand why he cared so much for Kat, a seemingly random woman even though her story is empathy inducing. Perhaps it’s the time not being linear aspect of Tenet that didn’t allow for everything I needed to see, in the order I needed to see it to fully understand why Washington’s the protagonist truly cared for Kat as much as he did.
The second thing that would have made Tenet better for me is similar to the first; I wanted to connect to Washington’s character more and sooner. It seemed as though too much of his personal story was kept a mystery.
Overall, there’s certainly more to love about Tenet than not. As such, watch it because there is only one Christopher Nolan, and we must enjoy his creative gifts while we can!
Lastly, I will be watching Tenet again next week because I want to experience everything that it does so well all over again.
Christopher Nolan’s new sci-fi/action/drama Tenethas a brand new trailer, and of course it’s good!
Starring Robert Pattinson, John David Washington, Himesh Patel and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, the subject is international espionage, time travel/ inversion, and evolution.
As I’ve come to expect with Christopher Nolan trailers, this too is well edited and builds up in a great way.
There’s almost no watching this trailer without 2010’s Inception coming to mind. I just hope that I can keep up with all the ‘time travel science’ because, let’s just say that it took me several listens before I understood what Hulk was saying in Avengers – Endgame (2019) when he explained how time travel actually works:
‘Changing the past doesn’t change the future. If you travel to the past, that past becomes your future and your former present becomes your past, which can’t now be changed by your new future.‘
In all honesty, I may have misspoken about actually finally understanding the above explanation. But I do plan to make sense of it soon, with regular attempts.
Kenneth Branagh, Elizabeth Debicki, Michael Caine, Clémence Poésy, Yuri Kolokolnikov, Himesh Patel, Martin Donovan, Carina Velva, Dimple Kapadia and Andrew Howard also star.
Blackkklansman is the true story of Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado who successfully infiltrated the local Ku Klux Klan and became the head of the local chapter.
Starring John David Washington, Adam Driver and Topher Grace, Blackkklansman is an engaging, suspenseful and entertaining experience from start to finish.
Considering the backdrop of a very racially tense time in America, director Spike Lee does a good job of delivering tension and suspense mixed in with humour and iconic imagery of the 1970s. From the style, fashion, music as well as the general mood and atmosphere. Lee serves it all up without forgetting the all important message, particularly in reference to the past and present encouragement of racial violence by political forces.
I enjoyed the general cleverness of Lee’s directorial execution as well as the execution of Stallworth’s police investigation. The brotherhood between the investigative team is also a highlight, along with the vision of so many healthy looking afros and being reintroduced to the following rather joyful song…