Set during the American Civil War, in Jones County, Mississippi, director Gary Ross’s latest film, Free State Of Jones tells a true story of defiance and rebellion…
Featuring a talented cast that includes Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali and Keri Russell, I’m looking forward to what I’m hoping will be an inspiring tale of courage and conviction.
I’m also excited about the chance to watch and listen to one or more perfectly rousing speeches delivered by McConaughey in his role as as American farmer, soldier and leader of the rebellion, Newton Knight.
A film about male strippers with Channing Tatum in the leading role isn’t something that’s particularly easy to ignore; even when you suspect that it may not be amazing.
The first time I watched the Steven Soderbergh directed story about a male stripper with a plan, I have to admit, I was probably too distracted by the dance moves and baby oil.
It was during the second viewing a few years later that I found myself appreciating Soderbergh’s vision a little more. Not to say that the film is now in my list of favourites because it did feel a tad long. However, this time round the lead character’s story and internal struggle is the thing I paid attention to and I’m glad I did.
Matthew McConaughey is very entertaining as Dallas; the seasoned male stripper in charge. Joe Manganiello, Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez, Cody Horn and Olivia Munn also star.
I can’t say that I’ve heard great things about the sequel, MagicMike XXL (2015). But what you hear all depends on who’s asked and what motivated them to watch.
The nearly three hour running time is part of the reason why I hadn’t yet, plus, I believe it important to be in the right mood for a particular type of film before watching.
From Christopher Nolan, the director who brought us the hugely successful Inception (2010) and the recent Batman trilogy, the cast for Interstellar includes Matthew McConaughey, Ann Hathaway and Jessica Chastain, to name just a few.
Nolan has once more delivered a memorable film. One that features some stunning space imagery, a handful of nail biting/ tense moments – and at the heart, a powerful and extraordinary father/ daughter love story.
If you happen to be into astronomy and science, you’ll likely love this film even more, because it covers space exploration for the purpose of saving human kind from extinction – and it’s not afraid to dive into the science.
Like Inception (2010),Interstellar deals with a few non-simplistic concepts and therefore requires your full attention. I think I managed to keep up quite well, even though science isn’t my subject. That said, please be so kind as to not test me!
Martin Scorsese’s Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) is absolutely dripping with testosterone, not that this should be surprising.
Typical of all other popular accounts of life on Wall Street, there’s plenty, and then some – of the expected excess and debauchery.
Based on a true story about the rise and fall of Jordan Belfort (Dicaprio’s character), the audience, particularly the ambitious will relate to the protagonist’s determination to succeed, as well as get some insight into the many ways the American dream can go very wrong indeed.
With plenty of well written male banter (one of my favourite things), and great performances all round, you will spend a surprising amount of time laughing. Leonardo Dicaprio and his more than qualified supporting cast absolutely deliver.
The Mark Hanna character played by Matthew McConaughey is so entertaining that you’ll find yourself wanting more.
Jonah Hill, an Actor better known for comedy hits including Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s Superbad (2007) is great as Donny Azoff. Azoff’s teeth and hair may be highly questionable, but you’ll see that Hill’s performance certainly isn’t.
Girls will definitely enjoy the film but I have a strong suspicion that boys will love it more.