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PASSENGERS (2016): The Thing I Liked…

Passengers (2016), Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt
Passengers (2016), Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt

My favourite thing about Passengers is what it has to say (however little) about our need for human to human connection. Besides this and the beautiful images of space towards the very end, the experience of Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt’s latest film can be described as ‘a not very good in-space romantic comedy’ with moments of bad dialogue and arguably questionable chemistry.

I don’t think that Passengers is bad because the actors, Lawrence, Pratt, Michael Sheen and Laurence Fishburne did a particularly substandard job. It’s disappointing because there’s a certain hollow / under-developed feel about the story. The fact that  you can more or less count the number of characters on one hand has very little – if anything to do with it. Even with the movie’s most loved star Lawrence and Morten Tyldum, director of one of 2014’s best films – The Imitation Game (2014), Passengers could not be saved from its built-in emptiness nor could it be saved from the thoughts that came to my mind as I watched… 

‘Oh dear

This is actually not very good

My, that was a bad line

Watch Passengers if nothing will stop you. Otherwise you will likely be longing for all that seems to be missing.

Happy Film Loving

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NORMAN (2016): New Trailer From Richard Gere, Dan Stevens, Michael Sheen…

Norman (2017), Richard Gere
Norman (2017), Richard Gere

The trailer for Norman, the latest movie starring Dan Stevens, Richard Gere, Michael Sheen and Steve Buscemi looks peculiar. Witten and directed by  Joseph Cedar, Norman is the story of Norman Oppenheimer, a small time operator who befriends a young politician at a low point in his life. Three years later, when the politician becomes an influential world leader, Norman’s life dramatically changes for better and worse…

May the changes that happen in Norman’s life make for very interesting viewing because the cast is good. I’m also quite curious about what it really takes to be a so-called ‘operator.’

Charlotte Gainsbourg, Lior Ashkenazi and Jonathan Avigdori also star.

Norman Release Dates: April 14th, 2017 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

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PASSENGERS (2016): New Trailer From Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen…

Passengers (2016), Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence

Passengers is the new sci-fi / adventure movie starring Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt and Michael Sheen. Everything takes place aboard a spacecraft that’s en route to a distant colony planet whilst carrying thousands of people. Things get particularly interesting when a malfunction in the spacecraft’s sleep chambers results in two passengers being prematurely awakened – 90 years earlier than planned…

Indeed the acting star power of this movie is off the charts. But the thing that excites me most is the fact that Passengers is directed by Morten Tyldum, the man behind The Imitation Game – one of  2014’s very best movies. I can’t wait to see how well this story is constructed. My eyes definitely glistened at ‘You die, I die!’

Laurence Fishburne, Marie Burke and Aurora Perrineau also star.

Passengers Release Dates: December 21st, 2016 (US); December 23rd, 2016 (UK); January 5th, 2016 (GER)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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7 DAYS IN HELL (2015): Kit Harrington, Andy Samberg & Fred Armisen In New HBO Comedy

7 Days In Hell (2015), Kit Harrington
7 Days In Hell (2015), Kit Harrington

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.

7 Days In Hell (2015), Fred Armisen
7 Days In Hell (2015), Fred Armisen

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.

Happy 7 Days In Hell 🙂

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