Based on the best selling novel by Ann Patchett, Bel Canto is a new drama / thriller about a world-renown opera singer who’s invited to perform for a wealthy industrialist in South America. Things take an unfortunate turn when she becomes trapped in a hostage situation.
Directed by Paul Weitz; Julianne Moore, Ken Watanabe and Christopher Lambert star…
I want to tune in because of Moore and Watanabe. My only concern is that the whole experience may fall short because it’s very obviously not Moore singing.
I wonder if I’d be as apprehensive if I thought the opera singer’s singing voice actually sounded like it could belong to Moore.
Thorbjørn Harr, Sebastian Koch, Melissa Navia, Bobby Daniel Rodriguez, Olek Krupa and Elsa Zylberstein also star.
This isprobably unsurprising since Kingsman – The Golden Circleis a sequel but I did not enjoy this movie as much as the original. In director Matthew Vaughn’s sequel, the Kingsman head offices are blown up and the kingsmen must team up with an allied spy organisation in the US.
Not that Kingsman – The Secret Service (2014)was super realistic, but something about this follow-up felt quite ridiculous. Starting with the opening scene; somehow it just didn’t feel as thrilling as I’d ordinarily expect. Part of the problem is that I found myself immediately disappointed with the story’s choice of villain, the one we meet in the first few minutes. There’s also the fact that everything happened so suddenly in the first few minutes, whereas I somehow wanted or perhaps expected to be eased into the action, as odd as that may sound.
This movie has one or two fight sequences that harked back to the first film. These scenes played a little too ‘the same’, for my liking. In this way they reminded me of part of the reason why Quantum Of Solace (2008) was such a terrible follow-up to the brilliant Casino Royale (2006). It tried too hard to almost repeat so much of what worked so very well in the first movie.
As for the matter of the main villain of vaughn’s movie, let’s just say that I have officially found a Julianne Moore performance I do not like. In the role of the villain, I did not fully buy into her evil. Is her face simply far too angelic for the kind of evil required? Maybe. What I know for sure is that I didn’t see it in her eyes or feel it through her words and I needed to.
Luckily, there is some good news here; namely the beautifully executed ‘singing scene’ towards the end. I was moved. Overall though, my favourite scene in this film has to be the ‘infiltration’ of Poppy’s compound. That’s the moment I saw a fight scene that truly felt as though it belonged to Kingsman – The Golden Circle. Rather than something borrowed from Kingsman – The Secret Service and as a result, felt quite tedious.
Wonderstruck is the latest movie from Todd Haynes, a director most recently known for his great work on Carol (2015). Starring Julianne Moore, Millicent Simmonds, Michelle Williams and Oakes Fegley, the movie tells the story of a young boy in the Midwest at the same time as telling a tale about a young girl in New York from fifty years ago. Both children seek the same mysterious connection…
The content of this trailer intrigues me a little but it’s really the names Julianne Moore and Todd Haynes that will having me tuning in. The story is based on Brian Selznick’s best selling book of the same name.
Directed and co-written by George Clooney, Suburbicon stars Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac in what looks like a 1950s set story about a home invasion that disturbs a quiet family town…
The humour plus the talents of Matt Damon and Julianne Moore are my key reasons for tuning in. There’s also the 1950s iconography including the spectacles on Damon’s characters face to look forward to.
Glenn Fleshler, Jack Conley, Noah Jupe and Gary Basaraba also star.
In Kingsman – The Golden Circle, the Kingsman headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage. Upon discovering an allied spy organization in the US. The two elite secret organisations must work together to defeat a common enemy…
Before the First Kingsman movie, Kingsman – The Secret Service, I mostly knew the film’s director Matthew Vaughn as an excellent producer to one of my favourite British directors, Guy Ritchie.Look at him now! I can’t wait to see what looks yet another very welcome and thrilling festival of style, action and adventure.
I don’t actually recall how things were left with Sofia Boutella’s very cool ‘Gazelle’ character in the first movie, but my hope is that this new instalment will be so good that I barely miss her, if at all.
Directed by Rebecca Miller, Maggie’s Plan stars Julianne Moore, Ethan Hawke & Greta Gerwig in story that centres around a young woman who is eager to start a family on her own. The only thing is, she ends up becoming a mistress and breaking up the marriage of her professor lover and his wife (Moore)…
As you can tell from the trailer, there’s quite a lot going on. I like that Maggie’s Plan has been categorised as a comedy. Although, I don’t recall laughing let alone smiling more than once during the trailer. The most exciting thing about this movie, for me is brilliant actress, Julianne Moore. Even more so because she’s sporting what sounds like a European accent.
Travis Fimmel, Bill Hader, and Maya Rudolph make up other key supporting cast.
Steve Carrel, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Julianne Moore are the stars of this drama/ romance / comedy. A story about a man whose world is altered after what should have been a romantic dinner date with his wife turns into something else.
Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, I tuned in because of Carell and Moore’s reputations and found myself pleasantly surprised. A big highlight is the scene with the valedictorian speech. That and Gosling’s character, Jacob’s fashion sense.
Watch it for a reminder that humour is tragedy plus time. You’ll go through some emotions but you will certainly laugh as well.
Along with The Notebook (2004) this movie is without a doubt responsible for a good number of Ryan Gosling crushes.
Trailer 1 of The Hunger Games, Mocking Jay Part 2 arrives and it’s clear that the makers had the word ‘epic.’ in mind. Huge fans of the franchise will be overjoyed and might even scream. I’m not the biggest fan so I didn’t, but I do understand.