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SLOW HORSES (2022): Hello, Thrilling Chase…

Why aren’t there more movies with chase sequences as long and satisfying as Mel Gibson’s Apocalyto (2006? I often wonder about this and the answer is probably the same as the reason there aren’t enough films with the unexpectedly masterful execution of Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite (2019); it’s incredibly hard to do.

I say all the above as a big fan of the following clip from Apple TV+’s latest drama/thriller series, Slow Horses.

Starring Jack Lowden, Kristin Scott Thomas and Gary Oldman, the story’s focus on a team of British intelligence agents is intriguing enough. Especially considering that said team serve as a dumping ground department of MI5, thanks to their career-ending mistakes.

Nevertheless, it’s roughly 1.5 months since I saw the above clip, and I still haven’t watched beyond these 20+ minutes.

There are several reasons I’ve been unhurried about committing to Slow Horses. They include the non-film-related things keeping me busy. Also, I am a person for whom a thrilling chase sequence is one of the most fun events a film can have. Remember how exciting all the running in Apocalyto was?

I’d hate to start watching Slow Horses, only to stop because I’m not getting enough of that which had me hooked in the first place; the thrilling chase.

The cast is undoubtedly great, and with clever pacing, great dialogue and more, I may well have a good time, should I decide to surrender; something I may have done more readily had the last 12 minutes of the above clip not caught me off guard.

Finally learning patience and the right mood arising may help get me there. Or, I could be that millennial/ Tik Tok generation type. You know, the ones who are having more and more trouble enduring footage that can’t be categorised as ‘a clip.’ How scary.

Have you seen Slow Horses? Which movie features your favourite chase sequence?

Happy Clip Loving.


MILITARY WIVES (2020): The Things I Liked…

Military Wives (2020), Kristin Scott Thomas, Sharon Horgan, Transmission Films
Military Wives (2020), Kristin Scott Thomas, Sharon Horgan, Transmission Films

Miltary Wives is a movie I don’t regret watching. Set in England and directed by Peter Cattaneo of The Full Monty (1997, it’s a story about the relationships between a group of women who form a choir to lift their spirits while their partners are away serving in Afghanistan.

Starring Kristin Scott Thomas (Kate) and Sharon Horgan (Lisa), I wanted to see Military Wives for a better understanding of what life can be like for the wives. Also, both Thomas and Horgan are great dramatic and comedy acting talents. Talents whose skills really shone through during the funny and the tension filled moments between Kate and Lisa.

Another reason I was drawn to Military Wives is the music I heard in the trailer. Particularly Cindi Lauper’s brilliant Time After time. A song I definitely selfishly wanted performed in its entirety at least once in Cattaneo’s film. We do get to hear Lauper’s song sung by the choir, just unfortunately for me, not fully – let alone more than once.

As for what I liked a little less about Cattaneo’s film, I did notice a few moments in the first half when some of the comedy quips by a couple of the wives (not Thomas or Horgan) felt a little wooden and not particularly well timed. The other downside is that there isn’t much that’s particularly new about Military Wives. I didn’t learn much Iabout the military wife experience that I wasn’t already aware of. Plus, the plot is quite reminiscent of 2003’s Calendar Girls. Both movies are funny and feature women working through their differences so they can deliver something for the greater good.

The best moments for me, besides the humour and the music is whenever the camera was on the two leading ladies. I enjoyed watching women taking care of each other. All the singing, especially when the choir’s skills had improved even had me contemplating joining a singing group. I didn’t because I’m busy but the idea was nice for a while.

Also, if it helps, the most heavily featured song in Military Wives, the one performed at the Festival of Remembrance at the end is written by hit making song writing duo Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers.

Happy Film Loving


MILITARY WIVES (2020): New trailer Starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Sharon Horgan, Emma Lowndes…

Military Wives (2020), Kristin Scott Thomas, Transmission Films

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Military Wives (2020).

Military Wives is a new drama / comedy Kristin Scott Thomas, Sharon Horgan and Emma Lowndes.

From director Peter Cattaneo, Military wives is a story where being at the centre of a media sensation and global movement is the last thing a group of women expected; when they formed a choir while their partners away serving in Afghanistan…

I’m in for the story of an experience I’ve never had and what sounds like a great performance of Cyndi Lauper’s classic, ‘Time After Time.‘ I also like that this trailer has me thinking of the rather charming Calendar Girls (2003).

Gaby French, Lara Rossi, Amy James-Kelly, India Ria Amarteifio, Jason Flemyng, Laura Checkley, Karen Sampford, Sophie Dix and Robert Whitelock also star.

Military Wives Release Dates: March 6th, 2020 (UK); March 27th, 2020 (US)…

Happy Film Lovng


THE PARTY (2017): New Trailer From Kristin Scott Thomas, Timothy Spall, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Patricia Clarkson…

The Party (2017), Cillian Murphy, Emily Mortimer
The Party (2017), Cillian Murphy, Emily Mortimer

The Party is a new drama / comedy that starts as a celebration and ends with blood on the floor. The film’s very talented cast includes Kristin Scott Thomas, Timothy Spall, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Patricia Clarkson…

Watching this rather good trailer reminded me so much of how much I love this kind of film. The kind where adults are stuck in a relatively confined space and they’re forced to resolve any issues they may have with each other, usually resulting in brilliant comic moments. In case my description doesn’t paint a clear enough picture, watch Roman Polanski’s Carnage (2011), a film with great dialogue and a truly brilliant cast, not unlike this one.

Written and directed by Sally Potter; Bruno Ganz also stars.

The Party Release Dates: October 13th, 2017 (UK)…

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DARKEST HOUR (2017): New Trailer From Gary Oldman, Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn, Kristin Scott Thomas…

Darkest Hour (2017), Gary Oldman
Darkest Hour (2017), Gary Oldman

Darkest Hour is directed by Joe Wright (Atonement (2007) and  stars Gary Oldman, Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn and Kristin Scott Thomas. The movie tells the story of Winston Churchill’s most defining trial: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation…

I’ll see this because Oldman is great and it sounds as though he may have nailed Churchill’s voice. There’s also Churchill’s very famous inspirational quotes to look forward to.

Darkest Hour Release Dates: November 22nd, 2017 (US); January 12th, 20018 (UK)…

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