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FORD V FERRARI (2019): The Things I Loved…

Ford v Ferrari (2019), Matt Damon, 20th Century Studios
Ford v Ferrari (2019), Matt Damon, 20th Century Studios

Director James Mangold’s action/drama about the battle between car manufacturers Ford and Ferrari to win Le Mans in 1966 is a movie I’m glad to have finally watched. Especially considering that post-viewing, I don’t have anything negative to say about it.

Starring two of my favourites, Christian Bale and Matt Damon, it’s ultimately the verbal gymnastics in Ford v Ferrari that I enjoyed most. The well-written dialogue between the key characters resulted in plenty of entertaining testosterone, ego and passion-fuelled wordplay.

Additionally, there’s the beautiful friendship between Damon’s Carroll Shelby and Bales’s Ken Miles. And lest not forget the high adrenaline, edge of your seat and excellently captured driving footage.

Mangold’s ensemble cast which includes Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe and Noah Jupe is fantastic. As are the several standout scenes. Including the all-important meeting with Enzo Ferrari.

If you haven’t already, watch Ford v Ferrari because you too may just find yourself with the words, ‘Well, that was super badass and sexy’ escaping your lips.

Happy Film Loving 

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THE DEPARTED (2006): The Things I Liked…

The Departed (2006), Leonardo DiCaprio, Warner Bros. Entertainment
The Departed (2006), Leonardo DiCaprio, Warner Bros. Entertainment

I remember watching Martin Scorsese’s The Departed when it was released in 2006. A film I just had to see because of Scorsese, but also thanks to the triple A-list acting talents of Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg and Matt Damon. 

It’s been more than 10 years since then, and Scorsese’s highly rated crime/thriller about an undercover cop and a mole in the police who are trying to identify each other, while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston remains a notable film.

As good as it is, I’m not sure if The Departed is the kind of movie that loses a portion of its shine over time. Or, myself being caught up in ‘Leo Mania‘ in 2006 made me rate it a little more highly than it may have deserved, because I did rate it VERY highly indeed. It could also just be that this isn’t the first time I’ve seen the film; therefore, chances are, I won’t feel it’s as great as it was at first viewing. Either way, today I’d say that the first half of the movie is good, but it’s really in the second act that things get most thrilling.

Can I continue to call The Departed my favourite Scorsese movie? Maybe not. Even though I still think it’s one of his best. And besides the example of what a good crime/thriller can look like, I’ll also remember The Departed for being the first time I heard a croissant referred to as ‘a French doughnut.’ 

For anyone who’s never watched The Departed, part of what makes the movie notable, besides the great story and cast is it doesn’t end the way you expect. Thank goodness that ten-plus years was enough for me to forget the ending, almost entirely. I mean, I did remember the rat on the window sill, but that’s it.

Watch it because it’s good and it is definitely a classic after all.

Happy Film Loving

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JAY AND SILENT BOB REBOOT (2019): New Trailer From Kevin Smith, Chris Hemsworth, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck…

Jay & Silent Bob Reboot (2019), Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes

2001’s cult classic Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back has a sequel coming. This time the two friends Jay and Silent Bob are returning to Hollywood to stop a reboot of ‘Bluntman and Chronic,’ a movie about their alter egos.

Written/ directed by Kevin smith; this movie, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot stars much of the original cast including Smith himself, Jason Mewes, Ben Affleck, plus new faces Chris Hemswoth, Matt Damon…

I don’t believe I’ve watched the original movie but I am curious. I’m also always intrigued by movies with a star-filled cast list.

Melissa Benoist, Joe Manganiello, Val Kilmer, Rosario Dawson, Grant Gustin, Justin Long, Jason Biggs, Kate Micucci and Jason Lee also star.

Jay & Silent Bob Release Dates: October 15th, 2019 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

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FORD v FERRARI (2019): New Trailer From Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe…

Ford v Ferrari (2019), Christian Bale
Ford v Ferrari (2019), Christian Bale

Read my spoiler-free movie review of  Ford v Ferrari (2019).


Starring Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Jon Bernthal and Caitriona Balfe, Ford v Ferrari is a new action / drama from Logan (2017) director James Mangold.

It’s the true story of the battle between car manufacturers Ford and Ferrari to win Le Mans in 1966…

I like the pairing of Bale and Damon, and since this is an American movie, I guess we likely already know who ‘wins.’

I’m ready for the dialogue and humour. I also can’t help but wonder how differently the Italians might tell this story.

Ray McKinnon, Josh Lucas, JJ Feild, Noah Jupe, Stefania Spampinato, Tracy Letts, Wyatt Nash and Hélène Cardona also star.

Ford v Ferrari Release Dates: November 15th, 2019 (US &UK)…

Happy Film Loving

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DOWNSIZING (2017): The Things I Liked…

Downsizing (2017), Matt Damon
Downsizing (2017), Matt Damon

Within a few minutes of starting to watch director / co-writer Alexander Payne’s comedy / drama, Downsizing, the thought ‘Oh, no… this  isn’t going to be ridiculous, is it?’ crossed my mind. Starring Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau and Jason Sudeikis, Downsizing is a social satire about a man who decides that he’d have a much better life if he were to shrink himself.

I definitely had a good time watching this movie. This is true even though the film didn’t really get properly exciting for me until it began to deliver on its ‘part-comedy’ categorisation promise; something that finally happens approximately thirty nine minutes in. Everything before that point is ‘kind of engaging’ but it felt slower than one might prefer.

I laughed a pleasing amount in the film and many of the wonderfully funny scenes featured Damon’s clueless Paul Safranek character. I found Paul particularly amusing because he seems to suffer from a kind of ‘blindness’ that I haven’t seen played / written quite as well as it is in this movie for a while. I laughed mostly at him and his apparent cluelessness in several situations.

Beside the memorable comedy performances, I enjoyed the sci-fi aspect of the story and how, knowing the challenges of modern life as well as I think I do, one might actually decide that shrinkage was a good idea.

As engaged as I was with the story as non-action movie, there were moments nearer the beginning where I couldn’t help but half expect Damon’s character to suddenly burst into action-movie-star mode and start running and punching. That didn’t quite happen here but I’m certainly not disappointed either. Though slow in parts, the humour – also delivered well by Waltz and Chau combined with the story plus the moving moments made sure I stayed in my seat.

I say give it a chance, you may just find it as laughter inducing (in parts) as I did.

Happy Film Loving

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DOWNSIZING (2017): New Trailer From Kristen Wiig, Matt Damon, Christoph Walltz, Brigette Lundy-Paine…

Downsizing (2017), Matt Damon, Jason Sudeikis
Downsizing (2017), Matt Damon, Jason Sudeikis

Directed and co-written by Alexander Payne, Downsizing is a movie / social satire about a man who realises that he’d have a better life if he were to shrink himself. Kristen Wiig, Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz and Brigette Lundy-Paine star…

The cast is great and the above synopsis seems perfectly ridiculous and a great predicament for potential humour.

Niecy Nash, Jason Sudeikis, Laura Dern, Neil Patrick Harris and  James Van Der Beek also star.

Downsizing Release Dates: December 22nd, 2017 (US)…

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SUBURBICON (2017): New Trailer From Director George Clooney, Starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac…

Suburbicon (2017), Julianne Moore, Matt Damon
Suburbicon (2017), Julianne Moore, Matt Damon

Directed and co-written by George Clooney, Suburbicon stars Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac in what looks like a 1950s set story about a home invasion that disturbs a quiet family town…

The humour plus the talents of Matt Damon and Julianne Moore are my key reasons for tuning in. There’s also the 1950s iconography including the spectacles on Damon’s characters face to look forward to.

Glenn Fleshler, Jack Conley, Noah Jupe and Gary Basaraba also star.

Suburbicon Release Dates: November 3rd, 2017 (US); November 23rd, 2017 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving

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THE GREAT WALL (2016): New Trailer From Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal, Andy Lau…

The Great Wall (2016), Matt Damon
The Great Wall (2016), Matt Damon

Matt Damon’s latest movie is about the construction of The Great Wall of China. Directed by Yimou Zhang, the film is a thriller / mystery also starring Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, Andy Lau and Tian Jing…

Trailer 1

Trailer 2

I’ll tune in because of Damon and Pascal, the latter of whom just happens to have played Oberyn Martell, my favourite character in Game Of Thrones.

The visuals in the first trailer are beautiful. However, I do find the edit and textual interruptions annoying. May the finished product be a far more positive experience.

The great Wall Release Dates: December, 2016 (CH); February 17th, 2017 (US); February 24th, 2017 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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