Directed by Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) – starring Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Scarlett Johansson and Liev Schreiber, Isle of Dogs is set in Japan and tells the story of a 12 year-old boy’s odyssey in search of his dog…
I know it’s a Wes Anderson movie which means it’s going to be noteworthy. Nevertheless, I’m not yet especially excited. Perhaps it’s something to do with the overall seemingly sleepy tone.
Tilda Swinton, Greta Gerwig, Jeff Goldblum, Frances McDormand, Harvey Keitel, Ken Watanabe and Bill Murray also star.
Starring Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts and Elisabeth Moss, Chuck is the story of the life of heavyweight boxer Chuck Wepner; the fighter that inspired Sylvester Stallone to write the Rocky movies…
I’m certainly not a major boxing fan since I haven’t yet watched any of the Rocky films. But I am interested in the story of the man who inspired them. Also, this looks like a great role for Schreiber.
Directed and co-written by Tom McCarthy, Spotlight, simply and effectively tells the true story of the Boston Globe’s uncovering of a huge child molestation scandal within the local Catholic Archdiocese. This is a moving story that deals with the abuse of societies most vulnerable and one that rightly shook the entire Catholic Church to its core.
The main focus of McCarthy’s movie is the work of the Globe’s Spotlight team and the people they encounter as a result. It’s through their hard work that we get to learn about what happened once they dedicated themselves to the child molestation case; the obstacles they encountered and what it took to get the truth to print. All of this comes together nicely to create a good mix of tense, suspenseful and dramatic moments.
I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking that Journalists as a group can be quite the irritant at the best of times. But then I encounter a bunch as passionate and dedicated to a worthy cause as the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team and I’m reminded afresh that the heart of the journalist is almost always in the right place.
Being a winner of Best Picture at the 2016 Academy Awards is one reason I had to watch Spotlight. The others include the important story and the excellent cast attached. There’s Stanley Tucci, Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton, John Slattery and of course, Mark Ruffalo, an actor who always seems to make great choices. – To put it another way, Spotlight is worthy of your attention. Watch it because it’s good.
Starring Chloe Grace Moretz, The 5th Wave, a story about aliens trying to claim our planet as their own is a film that could have been so very good. But instead I found it boring, unsurprising and lazy.
My key issues with the movie lie in the script, editing, performances, story and general execution. It ended up feeling like a film that was rushed and made long before the story and script were ever properly ready.
Performance-wise I can’t really fault Liev Schreiber and a few others. Chloe Grace Moretz on the other hand… I’ve seen her in four movies so far. For two of those films I have zero complaints. But for the other two, one of which is The 5th Wave, I found her performance to be varying levels of unconvincing. To be fair, Moretz isn’t the only one that I feel didn’t adequately embody their character, but she is the key protagonist, hence my focus.
One unfortunate script / editing faux pas that sticks to mind happens towards the end as 3 characters converse. One of them, let’s call him person A; he says, ‘My plan is to do such and such.’ All three people continue to talk amongst themselves for a minute. Person A then leaves. Within a few seconds, person B says to person C, ‘We better go, because I think person A is going to do such and such’. In my mind I’m thinking ‘Er… there is no thinking he’s going to do it because he just told you he’s going to do it, no?!
My disappointment had now peaked, but still I calmed down enough to recognise that the main target market for The 5th Wave is clearly young adults and teenagers. in otherwords, not me. As such I wonder what they think about it all. What are their thoughts on the seemingly forced romance/ love triangle that unfortunately is just too much like The Hunger Games (2012)?
Mad is not how I’d feel if I were to find out that a sequel to The 5th Wave is not going to happen. Of course that all depends on how much money this movie, however bad it may be, actually made.
Directed by J Blakeson and based on the book by Rick Yancey. The 5th Wave is a movie you watch it if you absolutely must. Otherwise just enjoy the trailer instead.
Apocalyptic films are here to stay people! Here comes one more starring Chloe Grace Moretz…
The 5th Wave is intriguing, though I love Moretz best in the original Kick-Ass (2010) movie. I found her performance just so, so inIfI Stay (2014). My fingers are crossed that The 5th Wave surprises me most pleasantly.
Live Schreiber, Maika Monroe, Ron Livingston, Maria Bello and Nick Robinson also star.
Release Dates: January 15th 2016 (U.S.), January 22nd 2016 ((U.K.)