Tag Archives: Octavia Spencer

HIDDEN FIGURES (2016): For The Sisterhood, Strength & Determination

Hidden Figures (2016): Taraji P. Henson, Mahershala Ali
Hidden Figures (2016): Taraji P. Henson, Mahershala Ali

Hidden Figures, the movie about the three African American women whose mathematical contributions led to NASA’s first successful space missions is a film that did two important things for me. First it gave myself and many others a long overdue history lesson and second, it reminded me that that even though there’s still a considerable way to go, humanity really has come quite the distance in terms of equality and civil rights.

Seeing the challenges faced by the film’s main characters, the ways they dealt with the obstacles they encountered is really a great and empowering thing for anyone to witness. I particularly adore the sisterhood, strength, determination and good humour between them. By them I of course mean  Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. I see these ladies as the kind of women with personal attributes that many would  probably want for the women and young girls in their life. And I’m not even talking about the mathematical genius.

Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae, there really is no faulting any of the performances in Hidden Figures. Director Theodore Melfi’s movie is a good example of what a well-put-together film can look like. Watch it because it’s thoroughly deserving of all its success. It’s also a beautiful celebration of truly great women and the people good and brave enough to do what was necessary to help them shine.

Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Glen Powell and Mahershala Ali also star.

Happy Film Loving

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THE SHACK (2016): New Trailer From Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Tim McGraw…

The Shack (2016), Sam Worthington
The Shack (2016), Sam Worthington

Starring Sam Worthington, Tim McGraw, Octavia Spencer and Radha Mitchell; director Stuart Hazeldine’s The Shack tells the story of a grieving man who’s invited to meet with God…

Going by this trailer, it looks as though Spencer is playing God herself. Wanting to find out how that plays out is reason enough for me to watch.

I also definitely want to see the film’s depiction of heaven. If you’ve read the book by William P. Young on which this movie is based, I guess you already know. Otherwise you may just find yourself equally curious.

The Shack Release Dates: March 3rd, 2017 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

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ZOOTOPIA (2016): Good Movie, Beautiful Message…

Zootopia (2016), Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin)
Zootopia (2016), Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin)

My favourite types of Disney animated movies are the ones that do a great job of highlighting the importance of self belief  and following your heart; especially in the face of great opposition. Ratatouille (2007) is my favourite of this genre; then came Brave (2012) and now Zootopia.

Starring the voices of Idris Elba, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jenny Slate and Jason Bateman, there is plenty to adore besides the well delivered positive messages. For one, that brilliant DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) scene. To say more about the scene would be to spoil, so refrain I must.

I love the story, the very well imagined city of Zootopia and everything in it – including the design and all the little touches of humour that have nothing to do with dialogue. There’s also the classic Disney animated cuteness and a great main song for the soundtrack – Shakira’s ‘Try Everything

You probably have already but watch Zootopia again. I’ve seen it twice and will again to remind myself to keep my inner Judy Hopps at  the ready, always.

Happy Film Loving

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THE FREE WORLD (2016): New Trailer From Elisabeth Moss, Boyd Holbrook, Octavia Spencer…

The Free World (2016), Elisabeth Moss, Boyd Holbrook
The Free World (2016), Elisabeth Moss, Boyd Holbrook

In director Jason Lew’s latest movie The Free world, Boyd Holbrook is a recently released former convict and Elisabeth Moss, a married woman with an abusive husband. One fateful day, the two meet and a connection soon happens…

Chances are that things aren’t going to end very well for both characters. The move from an abusive husband to a recent former convict isn’t exactly the the best trajectory for a woman, but I am looking forward to seeing how it all unfolds.

The Free World Release Dates: September 23rd, 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

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HIDDEN FIGURES (2017): New Trailer Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe…

Hidden Figures (2017), Taraji P. Henson
Hidden Figures (2017), Taraji P. Henson

Starring Taraji P Henson, Janelle Monae and Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures tells the true story of 3 African American women whose mathematical abilities / contributions led to NASA’s first successful space missions..

I just love when people achieve far more than other’s expectations of their abilities. Taraji P. Henson and Octavia are wonderful actresses so i can’t wait to see the inspiring story of mathematician Katherine Johnson on the big screen.

Jim Parsons, Kevin Costner and Kirsten Dunst also star while Theodore Melfi directs.

Hidden Figures Release Dates: January 13th, 2017 (US); February 24th, 2017 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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BAD SANTA 2 (2016): New Trailer From Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox & Kathy Bates

Bad Santa 2 (2016), Billy Bob Thornton
Bad Santa 2 (2016), Billy Bob Thornton

Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates and Tony Cox are back for Bad Santa 2, a sequel to the 2003 original that featured a whiskey swilling conman and his angry little sidekick…

Red Band Trailer

Clean Trailer

I haven’t watched Bad Santa (2003) because, to put it simply the trailer didn’t convince me. I have a general fear that this sequel will be bad partly because sequels usually are. However I’ve decided to commit to watching the original. Which will hopefullymean that I can look forward to well-delivered profanity-filled lines from the very worst,  possible Santa Claus ever.

Bad Santa 2 Release Dates: November 23rd, 2016 (US); November 23rd, 2016 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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THE DIVERGENT SERIES – ALLEGIANT (2016): New Trailer From Shailene Woodley & Theo James

The Divergent Series - Allegiant (2016), Zoe Kravitz, Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Maggie Q
The Divergent Series – Allegiant (2016), Zoe Kravitz, Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Maggie Q

I haven’t watched a single film in The Divergent Series. It’s likely that I won’t any time soon but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy the execution of their latest trailer for Allegiant, the last instalment…

The music (a remix of ‘Tris’ by Ellie Golding) combined with the minimal dialogue and imagery is quite the audio visual experience.

For those really into the series… The Divergent Series: Allegiant Release Date(s): March 11th, 2016 (UK); March 18th, 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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