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EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL & VILE (2018): The Things I Liked…

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019), Lily Collins, Zac Efron
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019), Lily Collins, Zac Efron

Ted Bundy, one of America’s most infamous serial killers is very much at the centre of director Joe Berlinger’s film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. Yet the story is really told from the perspective of Bundy’s longtime girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer. As such, like Kloepfer, we don’t get to be there with Bundy as he commits his shockingly evil crimes (thank goodness!) We also don’t get to know any real shocking  details about the crimes until the trial towards the end. What we do get is a front row seat to watch Bundy some time after he commits a crime and pretends to be as normal and decent as the next guy. It’s sad but like a true psychopath, he succeeded at it. A lot.

Starring Zac Efron, Lily Collins, Jim Parsons and John Malkovich, I watched Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile because of the very interesting subject matter and the new perspective. Another reason is to see Efron succeed in a more serious role than he’s taken on in recent years. I’m happy to say that he does well. I was particularly impressed during the moments he gave the audience a glimpse into the true darkness within his character’s soul. His time at the dog’s home is one such example.

I don’t believe there was a single dull moment during this movie and contrary to what the trailer made many feel, I don’t consider Berlinger’s film to be one that glorifies or celebrates Bundy. It’s instead a movie that portrays Bundy as he was known to be and part of that is that he was sadly almost as charming as he was wicked, evil and vile.

I say watch Berlinger’s movie, Just don’t watch it expecting explanations and / or deep dives into Bundy’s past that highlight what could have led him to such darkness. For this is a film about Bundy but the focus is on Kloepfer’s experience.

Parsons and Malkovich’s characters are memorable. Overall though, it’s really Collins by whom I was most impressed. She may be an actor with a forever youthful face, but the lady has great instincts. Her telling of Kloepfer’s story will have you mad at Kloepfer, sad for Kloepfer and by the very end,a little surprised in general but definitely extremely relieved for Kloepfer.

Happy Film Loving 

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TOLKIEN (2019): New Trailer From Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Mimi Keene…

Tolkien (2019), Nicholas Hoult
Tolkien (2019), Nicholas Hoult

Tolkien is the new biography / drama about J. R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit.

Starring Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins and Mimi Keene; director Dome Karukoski’s film will explore the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among fellow outcasts at school…

Trailer 1

Trailer 2

On account of fantasy not being my favourite genre, though I am quite curious about this Tolkien story, I’m more excited for big fans of the The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit movies.

I kind of just need to find out if I react to Tolkien the same way I did to The Lord Of The Rings movies.

Tolkien Release Dates: May 3rd, 2019 (UK); May 10th, 2019 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

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EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL AND VILE (2019): New Trailer From Zac Efron, Lily Collins, Angela Sarafyan, John Malkovich…

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019), Zac Efron, Lily Collins

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)


Starring Zac Efron, Lily Collins, Angela Sarafyan and John Malkovich, the story of Extremely Wicked is told from the perspective of Bundy’s longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer…

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is a new Joe Berlinger directed biography / crime / thriller that chronicles the crimes of American serial killer Ted Bundy.

I want to believe I’ll be more impressed with the finished film than I currently am with the music choice and edit of this trailer, not that it’s terrible.

I also haven’t yet figured out whether releasing this trailer around the same time as the Netflix Ted Bundy documentary is a good idea. Either way, I want Efron to do well in this role.

Kaya Scodelario, Haley Joel Osment, Jeffrey Donovan and Jim Parsons also star.

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile Release Dates: May 3rd, 2019 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving

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TO THE BONE (2017): New Trailer From Lily Collins, Keanu Reeves, Carrie Preston, Liana Liberato…

To The Bone (2017), Lily Collins
To The Bone (2017), Lily Collins

In To The Bone which stars Lily Collins, Keanu Reeves, Carrie Preston and Liana Liberato, Collins plays a young woman dealing with anorexia for whom hope comes in the shape of an unconventional doctor (Keanu Reeves)…

I’m interested to take in what this movie has to say about anorexia and how it says it. If I’m really honest though, another really big reason I’ll tune in is because I loved Carrie Preston’s character (Elsbeth Tascioni) in the hit drama series The Good Wife (2009 – 2016) and I’m curious to see her in what looks like a very different type of role.

Written and directed by Marti Noxon, To The Bone also stars Lili Taylor, Brooke Smith and Hana Hayes.

To The Bone Release Dates: July 14th, 2017 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

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OKJA (2017): New Trailer Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Tilda Swinton, Lily Collins…

OKJA (2017), Tilda Swinton
OKJA (2017), Tilda Swinton

Jake Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano and Lilly Collins are the stars of Okja, a Joon-Ho Bong directed movie about a young girl’s efforts to stop a huge multi national company from kidnapping her best friend, a massive animal named Okja…

Teaser Trailer

Official Trailer

The official trailer looks great, plus Jake Gyllenhaal and Paul Dano are in this so not only am I hopeful, I can feel that it’s going to be great.

Okja Release Dates: 2017 (USA)…

Happy Film Loving

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RULES DON’T APPLY (2016): New Trailer From Warren Beatty, Lily Collins, Alden Ehrenreich

Rules Don't Apply (2016), Lily Collins, Annette Bening
Rules Don’t Apply (2016), Lily Collins, Annette Bening

Set in Hollywood in 1958, Rules Don’t Apply focuses on the relationship between three key characters working in hollywood. Namely, an aspiring actress her driver and the eccentric billionaire that employs them. Alden Ehrenreich, Lilly Collins, and Warren Beatty play the main roles. Beatty is also the film’s writer and director…

After finding that I didn’t quite enjoy the last movie I saw about Hollywood in the 1950s (Hail, Caesar! (2015), as much as I hoped I would, I’m not sure how this is going to turn out. Though, Annette Bening is one of my favourite actresses s0 we’ll see.

Annette Bening, Alec Baldwin and Chace Crawford also feature.

Rules Don’t Apply Release Dates: November, 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

STUCK IN LOVE (2012): Family, Love & Writing

Stuck In Love (2012), Logan Lerman, Lily Collins
Stuck In Love (2012), Logan Lerman, Lily Collins

Written / directed by Josh Boone and starring talent that includes Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Lilly Collins, Kristen Bell, Logan Lerman and Nat Wolff; Stuck In Love is a well acted family drama.

Watch it for a look into a year in the life of a family that consists of a successful Writer, his ex wife, their teenage children and particularly how all parties navigate through their own experiences of love.

This movie is definitely not too emotionally taxing. Actually… that may depend on how closely you relate to the character you identify with the most. Still, overall it’s a pleasant watch.

There’s also potential value for any Writers/ aspiring Writers and anyone generally curious about other families. I know I always am.

Stuck In Love (2012), Greg Kinnear, Kristen bell
Stuck In Love (2012), Greg Kinnear, Kristen bell

My favourite part is all the scenes Kristen Bell is in because her fun character is unlike any I’ve ever seen her play before.

Happy Stuck In Love 🙂

G

LOVE, ROSIE (2014): In Love, Timing Is Everything

Love, Rosie (2014), Liliy Collins, Sam Claflin
Love, Rosie (2014), Liliy Collins, Sam Claflin

Love, Rosie: a story about two people who’ve been friends for a very long time and share feelings for each other but somehow they never seem to get it together.

It’s the kind of predicament where you find yourself thinking, if only one of them spoke honestly, just once about what was in their heart, things would be very different.

But, sometimes everything is supposed to be just as it is at that time. Of course this is not at all comforting when you’re in the middle of it all and timing is not on your side.

Love, Rosie (2014), Liliy Collins
Love, Rosie (2014), Liliy Collins

This is one of those love stories that isn’t too typical of the romantic comedy genre and the onscreen chemistry between Sam Claflin and Lily Collins, the leads of Director Christian Ditter’s movie is really quite something.

Watch it for the reasons above, and wonder how Lily Collins got that British accent just right. There’s also a a beautiful father/ daughter relationship to enjoy.

Happy Love Rosie 🙂

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