Starring Michelle Dockery, Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling and Emily Mortimer, The Sense Of An Ending tells the story of a reclusive man who’s forced to relook at his flawed conduct as a young man and re-think his current situation in life…
This one I want to see to find out about the extent of Broadbent’s character’s regrets and precisely what he can do to redeem himself if possible. I simply must know the hand he played in his best friend’s demise.
Directed by Ritesh Batra and based on the novel by Julian Barnes, I really like this trailer – including the music. The cast is so good that it simply must deliver.
1) I’d heard a lot of good things about Gone Girl. 2) I want to keep up with this Ben Affleck renaissance that’s been plenty discussed since Argo (2012). 3) Gone Girl is based on a successful book…
All these are reasons I knew I’d watch David Fincher’s latest. Mr. Fincher himself is of course another reason.
Written by Gillian Flynn and very well acted by its stars, Rosamund Pike especially and Ben Affleck. You’ll be left impressed and probably more than a little scared if not more careful. Having seen thi srather memorable film, I count myself amongst the wowed. I don’t definitely share the same disappointment some have expressed at the ending. For me it felt just right somehow. Gone Girl is a brilliant mystery / drama / thriller of a movie. Regardless of the inherent darkness of the story, you’ll have no regrets. Just don’t make the same mistakes as the characters. In otherwords, be sure to communicate with your partner when things are bothering you.
Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia (1999) is the reason the name ‘Denise’ will never be the same for me again. It’s all thanks to a memorable line delivered by Tom Cruise as the infamous misogynist Frank T.J. Mackey.
The delivery of the ‘Denise, Denise, Denise the piece’ line may be somewhat comical, but the comedy of it is in no way the only thing that stays with you once the film ends.
Cruise’s performance is so good that it resulted in a Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe win. Add Philip Seymour Hoffman, William H. Macy, plus so many other great talents to the cast list of an already well written piece, and you have more than a winner.
Magnolia is the first film that really made me pay attention to all the times in the future when the highly skilled Julianne Moore is listed as a cast member. There are plenty of great scenes to enjoy. I particularly love the drugstore scene from which the above still was captured. So good!
Anderson’s film is very well executed and focuses in on several relatable life themes including one that reveals what can happen in adulthood when a young person’s support system badly fails them.
The theme that resonated most with me is regret. An important topic so expertly explored that Magnolia is a brilliant reminder for me to do all that I can to avoid it.
Make time for this affecting work of narrative artistry and you’ll see precisely why it’s been described as epic.
You have to go into Locke (2013) with the mindset of someone who knows that this will be a different kind of film. The kind with self imposed parameters for the purpose of exploration of what is creatively possible.
Ivan Locke is a desperate man in the midst of a balancing act between trying to sort out his personal life whilst also attempting to salvage the remainder of his professional integrity. The most intriguing part being that all the action takes place inside his car.
You see Mr Locke causing immense distress with phone call after phone call. But what is at least for me, even more interesting are the silences and the dialogue he has with himself.
Fans of Tom Hardy’s well documented acting prowess will want to watch this. As will enthusiasts of Colin Farrell’s Phone Booth (2002), another film that succeeded in keeping the audience engaged, regardless of the single location setting.
There are a few things Locke will cause you to reflect upon. One of them is the quality of the relationships you’ve built with your colleagues, friends and acquaintances. Watch it because it’s good, a great Hardy performance.