Sweet Virginia is the story of a former rodeo champ who befriends a man with violent tendencies. Directed by Jamie M. Dagg; Jon Bernthal, Imogen Poots and Christopher Abbott star…
I’m in because of this trailer’s intriguingly dark quality. I’ve also encountered Bernthal’s face in quite a few trailer thumbnails recently and I just want to to see something else great that he’s in so I can stop thinking of him as the character he plays in The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) and We Are Your Friends (2015). My senses also tell me that there’s a potentially great face-off coming between Bernthal and Abbott’s characters.
Pilgrimage is the Brendan Muldowney directed adventure / drama set in 13th century Ireland. Starring Tom Holland, Jon Bernthal and Richard Armitage, the story centres around a group of monks who are tasked with escorting a sacred relic across an Irish landscape that’s fraught with peril…
I don’t know if it’s because Game of Thrones is just around the corner, but I’m kind of in the mood for a movie about an adventure fraught with peril. Perhaps this one will be good.
Shot Caller is the new crime / thriller starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lake Bell, Jon Bernthal and Max Greenfield. Directed by Ric Roman Waugh, Coster-Waldau is a newly released prison gangster who’s forced by the leaders of his gang to orchestrate a major crime on the streets of Southern California…
The initial trailer for this movie didn’t look particularly great. Plus, I’ve seen enough prison drama movies to be able to guess quite accurately the way things will progress If nothing else, this movie will will be a good reminder of just how quickly one’s life can change because of one mistake. As a fan of Mr Coster-Waldau and lady Bell, I’m willing to give Shot Caller a chance.
In Wind River, Elizabeth Olsen is an FBI agent who teams up with the town’s veteran game tracker (Jeremy Renner) to investigate a murder that occurred on a Native American reservation. Written and directed by Taylor Sheridan; Jon Bernthal and Kelsey Asbille also star…
This one appeals because I want to know if the town’s veteran game tracker (Renner) is the killer, plus I want to see more of the beautiful creatures at 1:55 in the above trailer; big cats are my favourite, after all.
Set in the US / Mexico border area in the middle of the escalating war on drugs; Emily Blunt plays a ‘fish out of water’ FBI agent recruited by Josh Brolin’s Matt Graver. Benicio Del Toro’s character is the mysterious consultant, Alejandro who Graver brings along for the ride.
‘Bristling with expertly captured tension’ is one way to describe Sicario; whether it’s the tensions between law enforcement and the criminals or the tensions between the film’s main characters. Sicario is excellently scored, filled with stunning visuals and really notable performances, especially from Blunt and Del Toro.
In terms of things that I wish were different about the movie, director Denis Villeneuve’s film has a few stretches of time that had me wishing for more things to happen. I’m sure that when little seemed to be taking place in terms of action and drama, those moments were true representations of what days can be like for the main characters involved. Unfortunately for me, those moments just made my mind wander elsewhere.
Overall, Sicario is a very good movie. Just don’t expect continuous action/ drama, for this is neither Training Day (2001)nor End Of Watch (2012); both great films.
Other key characters are played by Daniel Kaluuya, Victor Garber, Jon Bernthal and Jeffrey Donovan.
I wasn’t sure what to make of the initial trailer for Zac Efron’s latest movie, We Are Your Friends, but after watching the second, my mind is changed.
Movies that have characters working hard, sacrificing and dedicating their energy to whatever it is that makes them come alive are always appealing. Especially when the characters are faced with outside pressure to do the contrary.
Directed by Max Joseph and featuring a supporting cast that includes Wes Bentley, Emily Ratajkowski and Shiloh Fernandez, I’ll definitely be watching – for the story the promise of good electronic/ dance music.