As you may have heard and read by now, the latest film from Robert Redford, Jason Segel and Rooney Mara, The Discoveryhas a rather memorable first five minutes – and it’s true.
Written and directed by Justin Lader and Charlie McDowell respectively; the team who brought us the rather good ‘The One I Love (2014);The Discovery is a drama / mystery set two years after it’s scientifically proven that there is indeed an afterlife.
In addition to the opening scene, I did enjoy some of the discussion about what happens in the afterlife – particularly the exploration of whether it’s actually real. There are also one or two more unexpected things that take place later on in the movie that had me surprised, in a good way. Nevertheless, I feel as though had it not been for the good opening scene, there would be much less to say about The Discovery. Reason being most of the film is more ‘OK-ish’ than great. Sure, tune in for the first five minutes and if you’re curious enough, continue on.
Silly, with several funny and moving moments, plus all the right messages for the christmas season is just one way to describe Elf, starring Will Ferrell in the title role.
Directed by Jon Favreau, I’ve heard many people refer to Elf as their favourite Christmas movie. I can’t say it’s mine but Ferrell does a positively memorable job with his character.
If you weren’t already a fan of Ferrell, it’s quite likely that after the movie, you’ll recognise and applaud his capabilities. Just make sure you’re in the mood for some silly.
Zooey Dechanel’s beautiful singing voice and the characters played by Faison Love and Peter Dinklage are a few of my favourite things about the movie.
Watch it for a reminder of why so many people can’t help but look forward to Will Ferrell in comedy roles. Daddy’s Home (2015) is Ferrell’s latest comedy which will be here just in time for Christmas 2015.
7 Days In Hell is HBO’s new sports comedy/ TV movie starring Andy Samberg, Kit Harrington, Mary Steenburgen, Fred Armisen and many more including Serena Williams and John McEnroe who play versions of themselves.
Shot in the style of a documentary expose, the TV movie focuses on the rivalry between two fictional tennis players, known to be the greatest of all time and their 2004 match that lasted 7 days. The concept is definitely nuts, but in the very best way.
All I know of Kit Harrington is that he is / was in that massively successful TV Show, Game Of Thrones, a series I’m still yet to watch, but something tells me that his Seven Days In Hell character, Charles Poole is very different to Jon Snow in an exciting way.
I’m expecting great performances from the entire cast, but besides Kit Harrington’s character, I really hope there’s plenty of Fred Armisen as the Tennis Historian because my, that accent is really rather good / brilliantly entertaining.
What I can confirm first and foremost is that Song One is well-acted and definitely not the kind of feel good romantic comedy that you may be expecting. It is indeed a hopeful drama but it’s also quite dull and depressing in parts.
The film, written and directed by Kate Barker-Froyland starts with a 19 year-old musician played by Ben Rosenfield getting hit by a car. His sister (Anne Hathaway), in trying to do everything she can to help end his comatose state, starts a relationship with his favourite musician, James Forrester (Johnny Flynn).
This is one you watch if the story and themes mentioned above intrigue you. Another reason would be if you’re more than just a casual fan of Hathaway and / or folk-rock music. Otherwise it’s likely that you’ll find yourself checking the time after hitting play – and more than once.
I enjoyed the sibling relationship aspect of the story most. Lastly, ‘In April’ and ‘Little Yellow Dress’ are my favourite tracks from the soundtrack.