Darkest Hour is directed by Joe Wright (Atonement (2007) and stars Gary Oldman, Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn and Kristin Scott Thomas. The movie tells the story of Winston Churchill’s most defining trial: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation…
I’ll see this because Oldman is great and it sounds as though he may have nailed Churchill’s voice. There’s also Churchill’s very famous inspirational quotes to look forward to.
In The Exception which takes place during the onset of World War II, Jai Courtney is a German Soldier who falls in love with a young Jewish Dutch woman (Lily James). What he really ought to be focusing on instead is his job of investigating whether the Dutch resistance has planted a spy to infiltrate the home of Kaiser Wilhelm in Holland…
Directed by David Leveaux, the biggest pull to watch this movie, for me is that I want love to win. I’m also a Lily James fan since I think she made for a great Cinderella – even though someone refereed to her performance as ‘bored and lifeless.’ There’s also Christopher Plummer, an actor who’s good in everything he appears in.
Starring Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lilly James, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx and directed by Edgar Wright, Baby Driver is the new action / crime / thriller about a young getaway driver who has been coerced into taking part in a heist job that’s doomed to fail….
What a great role for Elgort to land. I want to see this simply because it looks good. Jon Berthal, Eiza González, Flea and Sky Ferreira also star.
Burnt stars Bradley Cooper and it’s a film about a talented chef’s journey to get his life back on track following one huge misstep. After watching the Burnt trailer a few months ago, I found myself unsure about how good I may end up finding the finished product.
The expectation was that I would fall in love with the food in the movie whilst enjoying learning about Cooper’s Adam Jones. What I found is that I didn’t fall in love with the food nor did I connect very much with Bradley Cooper’s character.
The lack of connection with the protagonist may have something to do with Adam Jones not being particularly likeable. It could also be the film’s seemingly odd structure and the feeling that the musical score didn’t fit especially comfortably.
In short, Burnt isn’t in the top ten of my favourite Bradley Cooper movies. However, there are one or two things I did like. For example, Uma Thurman’s performance stood out and I liked the way the story had me thinking about teamwork, friendship and redemption. I really enjoyed the interesting information about the Michelin Guide and how the establishment goes about awarding stars to superior hotels and restaurants in Europe. That I really loved.
If you’re after a good movie for food lovers, the kind that will make you wish you could reach into the screen to grab a piece of what the characters are eating, I recommend Chef (2014) and Julie & Julia (2009). Burnt is probably more for rather serious Bradley Cooper fans and those curious about the experience of a successful Chef.
American Sniper (2014)remains my favourite of Bradley Cooper’s performances. I’m not sure that 2015 was his year, though I did love his work in director David O. Russell’s Joy (2015), a great movie.
Starring Bradley Copper, Omar Sy, Emma Thompson, Sienna Miller and Lilly James, to name just a few, the story centres around Adam Jones (Cooper) who movies to London to to start afresh after some bad decisions.
The trailer looks good and dramatic. Peculiarly, IMDb has categorised the film as a comedy. Interesting…
My reason for watching the new version of Cinderella had very little to do with the romance. I watched the movie because of the cast, particularly one of my favourites, super Australian Actress, Cate Blanchett.
The well edited trailer with the perfect musical score also helped, but ultimately, I was most excited to see how Director Kenneth Branagh handled cinderella’s battle with her evil step mother and horrid step sisters.
The film is beautiful thanks to Branagh and his well chosen cast which includes Lily James in the title role, Helena Bonham as the Fairy Godmother and Richard Madden portraying Prince Charming.
Besides having good dialogue and being quite the visual spectacle, the movie had me reflecting on my own experience of courage and the gift of kindness, especially when it comes from the most unexpected place.
Watch to see a rightful win and of course there is the fairytale romance.
Not words that would ordinarily come out of my mouth, but I have been hankering for a Cinderella remake.
With Cate Blanchett as the evil stepmother, is there a a better way to do it? I can hear everyone’s resounding no all at at once.
Cinderella is one of the best fairy tales. Not because of the famous romance, but rather the story of triumph over the unkind and cruel. Particularly doing so without sacrificing one’s character and principles.
I’ve watched the trailer a very high number of times and the great music is a huge part of the reason: