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THE MIDNIGHT SKY (2020): The Things I Liked…

The Midnight Sky (2020), George Clooney, Netflix
The Midnight Sky (2020), George Clooney, Netflix

George Clooney’s latest acting/directorial effort The Midnight Sky has scenes that will likely stay with you for quite some time. Scenes linked to the visual presentation and specific performance moments.

Set in a post-apocalyptic world where the earth has suffered a mysterious global catastrophe; Clooney’s character is Augustine, a lonely scientist on a race to stop an astronaut and her team from returning back to earth.

Before watching the movie, I encountered a review headline for The Midnight Sky that used the word ‘boring.’ Now, as any serious Clooney, Kyle Chandler, Felicity Jones and David Oyelowo fan would do, I had to find out for myself if I agreed.

Post viewing, I must say that even though the films tense and anxiety-inducing moments initially kept me engaged, there soon a came a time or two when I reached for my phone; partly due to the story editing and things happening at a slower pace than preferred. However, I was also trying to distract myself from emotional stress. That caused by the bleak realities of Augustine and the astronauts’ situations.

There’s even a specific scene where you know a tragedy is happening any moment now. And you’re not sure you want to hang around to see it unfold; partly because you’re mad that you were able to guess what was coming next. But you’re also displeased because you’re not a big fan of the continued depressing mood of the story and you want some normalcy again.

Curiosity about the ending, the acting, plus visual moments that impressed are what kept me watching The Midnight Sky. Generally, everyone performs well. Two specific highlights being the closeup of David Oyelowo’s character’s profile as he digests the meaning of a very unsettling bit of news. And the second is every time the camera was on young Caoilinn Springall who plays Iris.

The most visually impressive moments include the colour-rich scene at the beginning that features Jupiter. Another at a later stage involves the removal of a helmet.

Give The Midnight Sky a chance if you’re curious. The premise is certainly intriguing. It’s just unfortunate that I’m convinced there’s a more engaging story, with better character development and maybe even a less moody/depressing creative execution I could have enjoyed more.

Happy Film Loving

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THE VANISHING OF SIDNEY HALL (2017): New Trailer From Logan Lerman, Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler…

The Vanishing Of Sidney Hall (2017), Logan Lerman
The Vanishing Of Sidney Hall (2017), Logan Lerman

Written / directed by Shawn Christensen, The Vanishing Of Sidney Hall tells the story of a young writer who finds accidental success and unexpected love, then he disappears without a trace.

Logan Lerman, Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler, Blake Jenner and Michelle Monaghan star…

I’m in because of Lerman. I also appreciate a good mystery and this one looks quite promising.

The Vanishing Of Sidney Hall Release Dates: 2018 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

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GAME NIGHT (2018): New Trailer From Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams…

Game Night (2018), Rachel McAdams, Jason Bateman
Game Night (2018), Rachel McAdams, Jason Bateman

In Game Night, Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams are part of a group of friends who meet regularly for game nights. This particular game night though, things are very different. Very different indeed and fun for the audience…

First of all, I’m really glad that Rachel McAdams is back! I haven’t seen her in a movie since Southpaw (2015). Second, I wish this movie was out already because it looks just like the kind of fun I need this weekend. Oh well.

Billy Magnussen, Kylie Bunbury, Sharon Horgan, Lamorne Morris and Camille Chen also star.

Game Night Release Dates: March 2nd, 2018 (US); March 4th, 2018 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving

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CAROL (2015): The Thing I Liked…

Carol (2015), Cate Blanchett
Carol (2015), Cate Blanchett

Set in 1950s New York, Carol is a story of the romantic love between an aspiring photographer and an older woman.

Directed by Todd Haynes and starring Cate Blanchett (‘Queen Blanchett’, in my heart) and Rooney Mara, I enjoyed the film most for the beautiful musical score, the make-up, costume and the general look and feel  of New York in the 50s.

Carol has some well-executed tense moments, especially considering the forbidden and often unspoken nature of the love between Blanchett and Mara’s characters. I did also find myself feeling a little detached from the story; something I blame on the film taking too long to reveal the true cause / nature of the tensions between Carol and her husband. I did eventually become less detached, particularly as the feminist theme became more and more apparent – by which point I felt terribly sorry for Carol and Therese, given their circumstances and society at the time.

Watch Carol for the story, because it’s beautiful and you never know, you may be inspired to try harder with your personal style after looking at the costumes in this movie. I was certainly inspired. That is until the next morning when I awoke and took a close look at my to-do list and priorities.  

Happy Film Loving

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MANCHESTER BY THE SEA (2016): New Trailer From Michelle Williams, Casey Affleck, Kyle Chandler…

Manchester By The Sea (2016), Casey Affleck, Kyle Chandler
Manchester By The Sea (2016), Casey Affleck, Kyle Chandler

In Manchester By The Sea which stars Michelle Williams, Casey Affleck and Kyle Chandler, an uncle (Affleck) is forced to take care of his nephew (Chandler) who’s father just passed…

I’m interested in this story because I’ll no doubt learn a thing or two about what to do / what not to do in such predicaments. I also just want to see how uncle and nephew will end up helping each other grow.

One last reason I’m excited is the fact that the wonderfully talented Michelle Williams in a movie again. It’s simply been too long!

Directed by Kenneth Lonergan; Matthew Broderick, Tate Donovan and Gretchen Mol also star.

Manchester By The Sea Release Dates: November 18th, 2016 (US); January 13th,  2017 (UK); January 19th, 2017 (GER)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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CAROL (2015): New Trailer Starring Cate Blanchett & Rooney Mara

Carol (2015), Cate Blanchett
Carol (2015), Cate Blanchett

There is one reason it took me a while to write about Carol, the latest Todd Haynes directed film starring my favourite; Cate Blanchett and the also generously gifted Rooney Mara. I haven’t really liked the trailers that came before. But a month or so has passed since the first and now comes  this really very beautiful version…

I love this online trailer because a good job was done with the editing and music. I also particularly like the fact that I could quite easily ignore the ‘textual interruptions’ since the footage was still visible in the background. What a wonderful compromise.

I’ll be watching because of the super acting talent, what looks like breathtaking cinematography and the story about the experience of two individuals in a time when life wasn’t as easy for them as it should have been.

Carol is based on the novel, The price Of Salt by Patricia Highsmith.

Release Date (s): November 20th, 2015 (US), November 27th, 2015 (UK), December 17th, 2015 (GER), January 13th, 2016 (FRA)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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