Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino’s latest film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Al Pacino and Margot Robbie has a new trailer.
Ready or not, here is a 2.5 minute tease of a crime / drama / thriller about a TV actor and his stunt double, as they embark on making a name for themselves in the film industry….
So far, I must admit that Once Upon A Time In Hollywood has not quite garnered the same kind of excitement within me as Tarantino’s previous films. I blame that on this trailer appearing to be a slight change of pace / style compared to Tarantino’s other movies. Nevertheless, I still can’t wait to see how he’ll keep things interesting. I mean, the man has never before let us down, right?
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 Szukalskireally 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.
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.
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.
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.
As I started to watch Before The Flood, Leonardo 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.
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’