Lily James, Armie Hammer, Keeley Hawes and Kristin Scott Thomas are the stars of new drama/mystery Rebecca.
Directed by Ben Wheatley and based on the best selling book by Daphne Du Maurier, Rebecca is the story of a young newlywed who arrives at her husband’s imposing family estate on a windswept English coast. A place where she finds herself battling the shadow of his first wife, Rebecca.
The visuals a a key reason. I haven’t read Du Maurier’s book but I imagine this movie will be good, especially since Scott Thomas is involved.
Ann Dowd, Sam Riley, Bill Paterson, Tom Goodman-Hill, Mark Lewis Jones, Ben Crompton, Jane Lapotaire, Jeff Rawle, Lucy Russell, Bryony Miller and John Hollingworth also star.
Following Murder on the Orient Express (2017), a new murder mystery movie directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh is here. Gal Gadot, Russell Brand, Armie Hammer and Rose Leslie are among the key cast.
Death on the Nile has Hercule Poirot (Branagh) investigating the murder of a young heiress while, while he’s on vacation on the river Nile.
I still need to watch Murder on the Orient Express. I’m a little intrigued by this new story but in truth, I’m mostly interested in the style and elegance on that boat.
Tom Bateman, Adam Garcia, Jennifer Saunders, Letitia Wright, Sophie Okonedo, Annette Bening, Emma Mackey, Dawn French, Nikkita Chadha and Ali Fazal also star.
My favourite thing about the latest Dakota Johnson, Zazie Beetz and Armmie Hammer horror / mystery Wounds is how well writer / director Babak Anvari captured the tension; especially in the first thirty minutes.
All about the the strange things that start happening to a bartender after he picks up a phone left at his bar, I found that things started to go wrong for me when Hammer’s character made / didn’t make a decision that seemed so obvious to me. And because the rest of the story hung ever so loosely on his character’s decision – one that I did not buy, the film simply lost me and my trust.
In light of this, the real main issue with Wounds is that it barely makes sense. By the very end, I decided that Anvari’s movie is based on a script that needed much more work. Yes, there are moments that were well written and acted but the glaring gaps in the script were simply that, far too glaring.
If you’re a die-hard Hammer and Johnson fan, then sure give it a chance if you’re especially curious, and also if you don’t mind swarming bugs. I definitely watched the swarming bugs scenes through my fingers. Otherwise, it’s very much the tension in the first half of the film that’s most notable.
Have you seen Wounds, the film with the ‘very appealing’ name? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
On The Basis Of Sex, the Mimi Leder directed biopic about US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and her notable achievements especially in her fight for equal rights is… it’s a movie I’m disappointed to say isn’t quite all I’d hoped.
Prior to viewing and thanks to the trailer, I had a certain idea of what this movie might be like. However, my bubble of great expectations burst quite early on, thanks to the rather annoying opening song. And not too long after that, it became quite clear to me that something important was missing from Leder’s movie. The missing element (better script and / or execution) made a big chunk of On The Basis Of Sex feel quite flat and unexciting.
Bearing in mind the huge impact of Ginsburg’s work in the United States and beyond, I really expected a more ‘epic feeling’ finished product. Instead the thought that ‘an opportunity has definitely been missed here’ entered my mind and never left.
The scene in the US Supreme Court at the end is certainly the best. Especially because of the words and delivery of the all important rebuttal. I also couldn’t help but notice how wonderful it surely must have been for Ginsburg to have a support system as great as those in her immediate family. Namely, Martin Ginsburg and their daughter Jane. I really did want to love this one, but it simply wasn’t to be.
Watch it for the US Supreme Court scene, the clothes worn by Felicity Jones and if you’re really, really curious. Just know that the documentary RBG (2018) is better.
Written / directed by Stanley Tucci, Final Portrait tells the story of Swiss painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti. Set in Paris, France, Geoffrey Rush is Giacometti and Armie Hammer plays critic and old friend, James Lord. Lord sits for a portrait and so begins the creation of one of Giacometti’s masterpieces…
Geoffrey Rush is always memorable and that’s my main reason for watching. I’m also open to discovering another artist’s genius. Lastly, I don’t think I’ve seen a movie directed by Tucci before so hopefully this will be good.