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COLLATERAL BEAUTY (2016): The Thing I Liked…

Collateral Beauty (2016), Will Smith
Collateral Beauty (2016), Will Smith

I may have shed a tear or two because Collateral Beauty is a story about a father unable to function after his six year old daughter passes, but that doesn’t mean it was a ‘weepy’ holiday film done well.

Starring Will Smith, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley, Edward Norton,  Naomie Harris and Jacob Latimore, the signs that the David Frankel directed  movie wasn’t going to be the best experience overall, started with me finding myself irritated by Will Smith’s mourning face – within the first 20 minutes. Not really great since he spends at least 95% of the film wearing said face.

In addition to my apparent impatience with seemingly prolonged periods of misery, I was disappointed that Collateral Beauty didn’t come together as well as I’d hoped. There’s something about the pace and edit that didn’t sit well with me. Mainly however, I find myself leaning towards the quality of the story as another reason for why my experience was underwhelming. Perhaps I didn’t get to spend enough time with Howard (Smith)  before his tragedy. Had I done so, I may have cared more deeply about his distress. Most of the cast if not all are almost too talented for their performances to be the problem.

Collateral Beauty (2016), Edward Norton, Kate Winslet, Michael Peńa
Collateral Beauty (2016), Edward Norton, Kate Winslet, Michael Peńa

The few moments of humour between Winslet, Norton and Pena’s characters is my main highlight. I also liked the dialogue when Keira Knightly’s character is literally on stage and reading her lines to the young man played by Latimore. I was quite taken at this point. Beyond these few brief moments where I’m really engaged, the only other aspect of Collateral Beauty that made me happy is the imagery of New York City. I really do miss that place.

Watch this movie if nothing will stop you but I’d say don’t expect great things.

Happy Film Loving

G

COLLATERAL BEAUTY (2016) New Trailer From Will Smith, Kate Winslet, Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren…

Collateral Beauty (2016), Edward Norton, Will Smith
Collateral Beauty (2016), Edward Norton, Will Smith

Collateral Beauty is a movie all about how one man makes it back after a tragedy sets him off on a downward spiral. Directed by David Frankel, the talented cast includes Will Smith, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley, Edward Norton…

I can’t wait because I love ‘Lady Winslet’ That’s how I like to refer to my favourite actresses and generally any inspiring female. I’d say Lady Mirren too but she’s already a Dame, you see.

This movie  is definitely going to make some people cry. Not me though. (LIES!)

Michael Peña and Naomie Harris also star.

Collateral Beauty Release Dates: December 16th, 2016 (US); December 30th, 2016 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

THE DRESSMAKER (2015): For The Story, Fashion & Style

The Dressmaker (2016), Kate Winstlet
The Dressmaker (2016), Kate Winstlet

The Dressmaker is a fun revenge drama set in a rural small town in Australia. I use the word ‘fun’ because of the dialogue, characters, cinematography and the haute couture fashion and colours of the 1950s.

The character played by Hugo Weaving is the source of several laughs and a definite highlight. As always, the film’s star, Kate Winslet delivers a wonderful performance. The movie’s beautiful soundtrack, courtesy of composer, David Hirschfelder is also another plus.

The Dressmaker (2015), Kate winslet, Liam Hemsworth
The Dressmaker (2015), Kate winslet, Liam Hemsworth

Directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse and based on the novel by Rosalie Ham, watch The Dressmaker because it’s good and  you probably won’t be able to guess how things are going to unfold until they do.

Sarah Snook, Judy Davis, and Liam Hemsworth also star. Here’s the trailer for a taster.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

THE HOLIDAY (2006): Good At Christmas & Any Other Time The Mood Strikes

The Holiday (2006), Kate Winslet
The Holiday (2006), Kate Winslet

Set in England and L.A during the festive season, The Holiday stars Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Jack Black and Cameron Diaz.

Written and directed by Nancy Meyers, the stories of the four main and very relatable characters is beautifully told and features just the perfect musical score by the one and only Hans Zimmer.

My favourite scene (like many other people’s, probably) is the one with the tent that features two talented child actresses.

The Holiday is a film to watch when you’re in the mood for a good romance/ comedy, whether it’s Christmas or not. There’s also a a certain Bridget Jone’s Diary (2001) vibe that enjoyed.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

TRIPLE 9 (2016): Explosive New Trailer Starring Norman Reedus, Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul…

Triple 9 (2016), Kate Winslet
Triple 9 (2016), Kate Winslet

Just when I feared things were slowing down trailer-wise because Christmas is coming…Chiwetel Ejiofor, Norman Reedus, Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet and Aaron Paul have a brand new trailer and this Red Band version is gritty, riotous and explosive. Perhaps a ‘Valentines day romantic movie’ antidote; especially so considering the US release date is February 2016…

Triple 9 is from John Hillcoat, a name you may recognise because he’s the director behind the rather good Tom Hardy and Guy Pearce movie, Lawless (2012).

I want to take a moment to say well done to the trailer maker because it’s great that very little of the plot has been revealed but yet I’m hooked. It’s probably best that I savour this moment because by the time trailer 2, 3 and maybe even 4 come around, I’ll know far more than I could ever want prior to the movie.

So looking forward to this and very excited to see what looks like a seriously badass turn from Kate Winslet.

Release Date (s): February 19th 2016 (US)…

Happy Triple 9 🙂

G

THE DRESSMAKER (2015): A Charming New Trailer Has Landed

The Dressmaker (2015), Kate Winslet
The Dressmaker (2015), Kate Winslet

Starring Kate Winslet, Hugo Weaving, Sarah Snook and Liam Hemsworth, The Dressmaker is a revenge drama about a glamorous woman, who returns to her rural Australian small town…

I’ll watch because I love Winslet and yes, also definitely because Liam Hemsworth looks dreamy. But mostly because I love Kate Winslet.

The Dressmaker (2015), Liam Hemsworth
The Dressmaker (2015), Liam Hemsworth

The Dressmaker Release Dates: September 23rd, 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

STEVE JOBS (2015): Time For The Michael Fassbender Interpretation

Steve Jobs (2015), Kate Winslet, Michael Fassbender
Steve Jobs (2015), Kate Winslet, Michael Fassbender

Two of my favourite UK Actors, Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet star in the story of Apple cofounder, Steve Jobs.

Like many, I’m already very aware of the story of the celebrated visionary, but of course I’ll watch the film, if only just take in the artistry of the Actors, the magic of dialogue king/ screen writer, Aaron Sorkin and Director Danny Boyle.

Another highlight is the appearance of one of my favourite funny men, Seth Rogen in another serious role, this time as the other half of the Apple founding team, Steve Wozniak.

Now? The trailer…

Release Date (s): October 23rd (US), November 13th (UK).

Happy Steve Jobs 🙂

G

STEVE JOBS (2015): First Look Teaser Trailer Starring Michael Fassbender

Steve Jobs (2015), Michael Fassbender
Steve Jobs (2015), Michael Fassbender

Just like that it’s here, that Steve Jobs biopic that for a moment there, looked like it may not happen.

Written by Aaron Sorkin, directed by Danny Boyle, starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels, here is the first look teaser trailer.

With film making talent like this, I can barely wait.

Happy Steve Jobs 🙂

G