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STRUGGLE THE LIFE & LOST ART OF SZUKALSKI (2018): The Thing I Liked…

Struggle – The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski (2018), Stanislav Szukalski
Struggle – The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski (2018)

Directed by Ireneusz Dobrowolski; produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and his father George DiCaprio, the images of Szukalski’s art featured in the trailer for Struggle – The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski really grabbed my attention.

Whilst teaching us about the story of Poland’s greatest artist who also happens to be unknown by most, Dobrowolski’s documentary shares captivating imagery and closeups of Szukalsi’s work – and does this in a way that proves his genius undeniable. A genius that is no more obvious to me than at the point towards the end when we see Szukalski grinding away at a new material he’s about to turn into something highly detailed and truly special.

Struggle – The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski (2018), Stanislav Szukalski
Struggle – The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski (2018), Stanislav Szukalski

I enjoyed looking at all the great artwork and being introduced to the many important characters in Szukalsi’s life. A life often marked by great hardships. I didn’t learn too much about his psychology as I’d hoped but I did learn about his relationship with the DiCaprio’s and about some of the things that make him complicated and like many very talented artists, a true survivor. 

Struggle – The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski (2018)
Struggle – The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski (2018)

The most memorable moment for me in Struggle is when Szukalski says that before starting a piece of work, he first pictures it in his mind in every detail. This moment is memorable for me because I’ve seen the detail of his work and there’s certainly plenty to picture. 

Considering all the challenges throughout his life, how wonderful that Szukalski had his art and imagination to get him through. That and the great friends that entered his life, especially in the later years. Particularly Glenn Bray. Thank goodness for Glenn, the reason why Struggle is possible.

Watch it because you’re curious and to see evidence of his greatness.

Happy Film Loving 

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SPIELBERG (2017): New Trailer For Documentary About Steven Spielberg, Featuring Leonardo Dicaprio, Cate Blanchett…

Spielberg (2017), Steven Spielberg.png

Featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Martin Scorsese, Christian Bale and Tom Hanks – to name just a few; Spielberg is a new Susan Lacy directed documentary about the highly respected director Steven Spielberg’s career…

I’ll watch to learn more about Spielberg. I also just want to listen to a bunch of my favourite filmmakers talk about movies.

Spielberg Release Dates: October 7th, 2017 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

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BEFORE THE FLOOD (2016): A Worthy Addition To Leonardo DiCaprio’s Filmography

Before The Flood (2016), Leonardo DiCaprio
Before The Flood (2016), Leonardo DiCaprio

As I started to watch Before The FloodLeonardo DiCaprio’s climate change documentary, it took me a few seconds to adjust to the fact that the DiCaprio was talking to me and as himself; not as an character in one of his many well received Hollywood movies. The good news is that I did eventually get myself together in time to learn some surprising truths about global warming. For example, without dropping any spoilers, the unexpected way certain parts of the planet will be impacted as climate change continues and greater action isn’t taken to fight it.

Through conversations that DiCaprio has with several knowledgeable people in the field, Before The Flood shows us the damage we have done and continue to do to our planet. We get to see precisely where we’re headed as a result and are exposed to the harsh realities of why the people with the power have continued to ignore what is happening.

Thanks to the hardwork of many who understand climate change to be a real issue, everything is not all doom and gloom. For example, business magnate, investor, engineer, and inventor Elon Musk; NASA astronaut Dr. Piers Sellers; Professor of Economics at Harvard University, Gregory Mankiw and many more including ordinary people around the world are dedicated to the cause.

Not that I needed more reasons to appreciate DiCaprio’s work but it’s hard not to admire a person so passionate about a cause which impacts all of us. It’s particularly great to see that understanding his own position, he does what he can to affect positive change. Before The Flood is a worthy documentary and my favourite moment is DiCaprio’s entire conversation towards the end with Dr. Piers Sellers. When you see, you’ll understand.

In conclusion, I recommend, I recommend, I recommend.

Happy Film Loving

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THE IVORY GAME (2016): New Trailer For Documentary About The Fight Against Africa’s Illegal Ivory Trade

The Ivory Game (2016)
The Ivory Game (2016)

The Ivory Game is a new Netflix documentary about the work of wildlife activists working to end the illegal trading of ivory in Africa…

I don’t really want to imagine a world without elephants and so I must watch, as upset as I’m sure to be whilst doing so.

The Ivory Game Release Dates: November 4th, 2016 (US & UK)…

Happy Film Loving

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BEFORE THE FLOOD (2016): New Trailer For Leonardo DiCaprio Climate Change Documentary

Before The Flood (2016), Leonardo DiCaprio
Before The Flood (2016), Leonardo DiCaprio

Before The Flood is the Leonardo DiCaprio executive produced and narrated documentary about climate change, endangered species, ecosystems and native communities around the world…

Though not a drama, thriller or an action movie, as a lifelong appreciator of DiCaprio’s work, there is no question I’ll be tuning in with enthusiasm. I’m also hoping to learn a few things that perhaps other similar documentaries haven’t covered in quite the same way.

Before The Flood Release Dates: October 21st, 2016 (US)

Happy Film Loving

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OSCARS 2016: A Reminder For Why I Love Chris Rock So Much

Chris Rock, Oscars 2016
Chris Rock, Oscars 2016

During all the Oscars controversy of the last few months, I knew that this year’s chosen host, Chris Rock would make the right choice about whether to present the event or not. I certainly wished that he would. Especially because anyone that has seen any of his standup comedy knows the man to be smart. Precisely as smart and impassioned as the excellent job he did with the 2016 Oscars opening monologue…

I stayed up late so I could listen to Chris Rock’s words as soon as possible. I’m exhausted this morning and regret nothing.

Other key highlights for me included Leonardo DiCaprio’s Best Actor win and Kate Winslet’s reaction as he delivered his speech. Who doesn’t want a friendship like that? There’s also the beauty of the last few words of Best Director winner, Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s acceptance speech…

‘I am very lucky to be here tonight, but unfortunately, many others haven’t had the same luck. There is a line in the film where Glass, to his mixed race son says, ‘They don’t listen to you, they just see the colour of your skin‘ So what a great opportunity for our generation to really liberate ourselves from all prejudice and this tribal thinking and make sure, for once and forever that the colour of our skin becomes as irrelevant as the length of our hair’

It was beautiful.

List of 2016 Oscar Winners

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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THE REVENANT (2015): Great Movie, The Trailer Did Not Lie

The Revenant (2015): Leonardo DiCaprio
The Revenant (2015): Leonardo DiCaprio

Alejandro González Iñárritu is the director of The Revenant, a much talked about movie with a brilliant cast. Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter and Domhnall Gleeson to name just a few.

In addition to the talented film making team, all anyone really needs to know before watching is that The Revenant is a tale of vengeance, the very highly justifiable kind.

Iñárritu is well known for his innovative shooting style and the way in which The Revenant is shot is no different. Not to say that you’re going to find anyone appear to be levitating as is the case in Birdman (2014) – Iñárritu’s previous Oscar winning movie. However, as the film’s magnificent teaser trailer revealed back in July 2015, you’re going to experience some very impressive things that you probably haven’t experienced before. There’s also the original musical score and beautiful wintery cinematography.

If all I’ve mentioned so far still isn’t reason enough to watch, there’s the possibility that The Revenant may just result in a long overdue Best Actor Oscar win for Leonardo DiCaprio. I mean, did you see the standing ovasion he received at the Golden Globes when his name was called for Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture (Drama), for this very movie?

Bring on February 28th 2016, an Oscars presentation that will be interesting for several reasons.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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THE REVENANT (2015): Trailer Of The Week From Leonardo DiCaprio & Tom Hardy

The Revenant (2015), Leonardo DiCaprio
The Revenant (2015), Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy… There are very few other names that get me as excited about the release of a brand new trailer than these two, and what a beauty we have here…

Teaser Trailer…

Full Trailer…

The Revenant, is from Alejandro González Iñárritu, the Director of the 2015 Best Picture Oscar winning film, Birdman (2014)

Based on this stomper of a  teaser, the film’s tale of vengeance might just be the one. You know, the film that finally gets that Best Actor golden trophy in the hands of… 

Happy Revenant 🙂

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