It’s generally understood that Hollywood films about Hollywood tend not to do well at the box office. I’d only been aware of this phenomenon anecdotally until I watched Hail, Caesar! (2015), a movie I along with many others did not love.
I’m yet to see the most recent Hollywood movie about Hollywood. Namely Warren Beatty’sRules Don’t Apply (2016), but I know that it also didn’t do particularly well upon release. The most recent Hollywood movie about Hollywood I’ve watched is Woody Allen’sCafe Society (2016). I took my time to watch this one for the reasons stated above. It was my love for Allen’s Blue Jasmine (2013), my favourite of his movies, Blake Lively and a general curiosity about Kristen Stewart’s acting that made me finally tune in. Cafe Society isn’t one of Allen’s most raved about films. Still, if I had to choose between it and Hail, Caesar! (2015), the latter absolutely would not win, except that the costumes in Hail, Caesar! are definitely more fun.
I wasn’t in love with the ending of Cafe Society and I admit to largely losing interest when one or two of the main characters shows up again towards the end; something to do with my general ‘liking’ of Blake Lively and her character, perhaps. Somehow I did manage to make it to the film’s conclusion; rather anticlimactic end I might add. As pleasing as that ending might be to Allen and everyone else, I felt, for want of a better phrase, ‘left in limbo’.
Performance-wise Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart were fine but I loved Steve Carell and Parker Posey more. My favourite thing about Cafe Society is the colour filter and the music. I’m just glad that the film didn’t prove to be a waste of my time to the levels of Hail, Caesar! (2015). I wouldn’t say that ‘You simply must see it! You must!’ because I only found it just OK overall.
Based on the book by Ben Fountain and starring Joe Alwyn, Vin Diesel plus Kristen Stewart, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is the latest movie from truly great director, Ang Lee (Life Of Pi (2012), Brokeback Mountain (2005)…
I’m most looking forward to seeing the smart way in which this story comes to life, the way that it shows the realities of war compared with America’s perceptions. I wonder if my favourite war movie will still be The Hurt Locker (2008) after this.
Garrett Hedlund, Chris Tucker and Steve Martin also star.
Woody Allen, writer and director of one of my favourite films Blue Jasmine (2013) is back. Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart and Blake Lively are the stars of Café Society, a movie set in the 1930s about a young man who moves to live and work in Hollywood…
Having just recently watched the unfortunate disappointment that isHail, Caesar! (2016), I don’t know about another movie about Hollywood from way back when. I may end up liking this. One can only wait and see.
Equals is the new sci-fi/ drama movie from Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart…
Directed by Drake Doremas, I know that love makes fools of us all but what kind of madness must have taken place for love to become outlawed? This is why I have to watch, also because of Ridley Scott’s involvement.
I’m hoping that Kristen Stewart and Jessie Eisenberg’s new film, American Ultra ends up delivering all the thrills suggested in it’s fun looking mad and chaotic trailer.
Directed by Nima Nourizadeh (Project X (2012), the film appears to be one of those stoner comedy / adventure movie types; kind of like one of my favourites, Pineapple Express (2008) – how great that would be.
I’m looking forward to seeing both Stewart and Eisenberg in different types of roles than I’m used to. However I might just be more excited about the characters played by John Leguizamo, Topher Grace and Connie Britton.
I was always going to watch the 2015 Best Actress Oscar winning, Still Alice.
The Academy Award certainly made that more likely. But really, it’s the film’s talented star, Julianne Moore – an Actress I’ve appreciated immensely since Magnolia (1999).
Moore’s portrayal of the heartbreaking stages of her character’s degenerative condition will remind audiences of why she is so celebrated.
Directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, Still Alice also delivers memorable supporting performances from Kate Bosworth, Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart.
It’s a film for anyone curious about how the diagnosis of early onset Alzheimers might affect a patient’s life and that of their family.
Watch it for all the reasons mentioned, plus the pleasant surprise of seeing Alec Baldwin playing a more likeable character, Kristen Stewart continuing to make good choices, post The Twilight Saga and the highlight that is the great speech at the Alzheimers Association.
Well paced and acted, in Still Alice you’ll also find an uplifting reminder to do as much living as possible.
An unexpected friendship post 9/11, between a young female soldier (Kristen Stewart) and a Guantanamo Bay detainee (Peyman Moaardi) is the premise of Peter Sattler’s Camp X-Ray.
Both leads, Stewart and Moaardi deliver good performances. But there were definite times when I had to check the time because things just weren’t moving fast enough.
Perhaps the pace was deliberately slow to give the viewer a better idea of what life at Guantanamo Bay was actually like. Either way, I’m glad I made it to the end because it’s in the last thirty minutes that the best stuff happens.
My curiosities about what could have led to the unlikely friendship I saw in the trailer a few months ago, are satisfied. Watch it if you have the same curiosities and also to get some insight of what life can be like as a female soldier in the U.S. Army.