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BLADE RUNNER 2049 (2017): The Things I Loved…

Blade Runner (2049), Ryan Gosling
Blade Runner (2049), Ryan Gosling

Directed by Denis Villeneuve, one of my favourite directors recently; starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford and Sylvia Hoeks, Blade Runner 2049 is likely my favourite movie of 2017. Just like the 1982 film, the pace of the story and action started a tad on the slow side but it really just got better and better as time passed.

Set thirty years from 2019, this sequel focuses on a young blade runner’s discovery of a long-buried secret that leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard (Ford). This may sound like a simplistic synopsis but rest assured, the story is highly engaging.

The various things I like about Villeneuve’s movie include the way Gosling’s character and all the replicants moved and fought; their general physicality was so fun to watch. I also loved the costumes. Now, this part is going to sound odd but I definitely also really enjoyed how easily the tears fell out of the eyes of the characters that cried. Why on earth, you may wonder? Well, one of the reasons is that I dislike quite intensely when tearless ‘crying’ happens on film and in life. If your tear ducts are in good working order and you produce no tears as you ‘cry’, then you’re quite simply lying. Lying through your filthy un-moistened eyeballs! And no, dehydration is not an adequate excuse.

My issues with ‘bad crying’ aside, the acting is really quite brilliant. For example, Jared Leto’s part is a small one but my, oh my is it memorable and impactful. The main female replicant played by Hoeks is just fantastic! I really loved her! She had such brilliant physicality and I couldn’t help but see her as a representation of a strong ‘woman’ in charge. So much so that I pretty much felt empowered throughout, just by looking at her.

Goslings acting range has been questioned by some people who argue that he generally plays the same moody roles over and over again. The thought hadn’t really crossed my mind until I heard this. All I can say now is, Gosling is great in Blade Runner 2049. I bought every single second of his character’s emotional journey – to the point where by the end, I felt pretty badly for him.

Villeneuve managed to capture the same moodiness and well imagined dystopian aesthetic present in the first film, but of course using present day technology. I’m so happy that I didn’t see all the story twists and turns coming. There really isn’t much about this movie that I don’t like. Of course I must mention the stunning cinematography that’s synonymous with Villeneuve’s films.

The slowish start aside, watch it because it’s really rather good. Something tells me that I enjoyed the story even more simply because I’d only just watched the original for the first time the previous night.

Happy Film Loving

G

 

BLADE RUNNER 2049 (2017): Beautiful Cinematography In New Trailer For Denis Villeneuve Movie Starring Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto…

Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Jared Leto
Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Jared Leto

The new  highly anticipated Blade Runner 2049 movie is coming in October 2017. Directed by Denis Villeneuve; starring Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto and Harrison Ford, I’m quite sure that you’ve already seen the visual feast that is the films trailer. Still, it’s worth it to scroll on through the following beautiful images that showcase some of the gorgeous cinematography – and by the end, the trailer you shall find….

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Ryan Gosling
Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Ryan Gosling
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

My Favourite! ↓↓↓↓ 😊

Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Jared Leto
Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Jared Leto
Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Mackenzie Davis
Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Mackenzie Davis
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Blade Runner Release Dates: October 5th, 2017 (GER); October 6th, 2017 (US & UK)…

Happy Film Loving

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LA LA LAND (2016): Good Film, Better For Fans Of Musicals

La La Land (2016), Emma Stone
La La Land (2016), Emma Stone

Starring Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, John Legend and J.K. Simmons, La La Land is the love story of a jazz pianist and an aspiring Hollywood actress. It is a well told story that features great dramatic performances, good dialogue, beautiful cinematography, music and costume; I particularly love ‘that yellow dress’.

Written and directed by Damien Chazelle of Whiplash (2014), La La Land is is a good movie that’s understandably most loved by fans of musicals. I must confess that generally speaking, I’m not into musicals. Call it a consequence of my impatient nature but most of the time, I’d much rather words were spoken rather than sang. The pleasing rhythm of well written dialogue will always be preferred by me, over the sounds of what is arguably often mediocre singing where musicals are concerned. And if the singing isn’t mediocre, I find the voices to be regularly, quite tedious.

In La La Land, there’s just no faulting the dramatic performances. The cast are a trust worthy bunch acting-wise. As for when it came to Gosling and Stone flexing their vocal chords in the name of song, there are definitely some moments of questionable vocal ability.

La La Land (2016), Emma Stone
La La Land (2016), Emma Stone

I enjoyed the opening song at the start of La La Land, the big ‘audition number’ that Stone sings towards the end and the instrumental as the closing credits began. The rest of the music I honestly could have done without.

Watch La La Land for all the reasons it won all those Oscars and because it genuinely isn’t a bad film. If Chazelle’s Whiplash managed to convince you that jazz isn’t all bad, La La Land is additional material to strengthen his argument.

Happy Film Loving

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SONG TO SONG (2017): New Trailer From Natalie Portman, Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling…

Song To Song (2017), Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling
Song To Song (2017), Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling

Celebrated filmmaker Terrence Malick has a new movie starring Natalie Portman, Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender and Ryan Gosling. Song To Song is about two intersecting love triangles set against the music scene in Austin, Texas…

I want this to be great because I’m a fan of everyone involved. I especially want this to be better than Malick’s previous movie Knight Of Cups (2015), which I’m yet to see but I know the reception wasn’t great. On another note, I’m going to guess that both trailers were edited by the very same person, probably.

Song To Song Release Dates: March 17th, (2017); 2017 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving

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BLADE RUNNER 2049 (2017): New Trailer From Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Jared Leto…

Blade Runner 20149 (2017), Harrison Ford
Blade Runner 20149 (2017), Harrison Ford

Directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas and Jared Leto, the sequel for Blade Runner (1982) is coming in 2017. In the new instalment, the year is 2049 – three decades after the events of the original film, there’s a new blade runner in town and after he unearths a long standing and potentially dangerous secret, he must seek out the original blade runner who’s been missing for 30 years…

Trailer 1

Trailer 2

Is it bad that a massive film enthusiast such as myself has never watched Blade Runner? Even worse perhaps, I actually thought it was an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie. Whatever the answer, now that one of my favourite directors of recent years is attached to the movie along with Gosling, I know I really need to get firmly on board because I may actually be missing out in a major way.

Blade Runner Release Dates: October 5th, 2017 (GER); October 6th, 2017 (US & UK)…

Happy Film Loving

G

LA LA LAND (2016): New From Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend and J.K. Simmons

La La Land (2016), Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone
La La Land (2016), Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone

When I realised that La La Land, the new movie starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone  was written and directed by the same person (Damien Chazelle) who brought us 2014’s Oscar winning movie, Whiplash, I knew something worthy was coming.

The premise of the film is simple; a jazz pianist falls in love with an aspiring actress in Los Angeles (a.k.a. La La Land)…

Teaser 1

Teaser 2

On account of director Chazelle’s musical backdround, it’s unsurprising that music is once again a key theme in one of his movies. If somehow you haven’t already seen Whiplashdo so at once!

The La La Land trailer peaks my interest only slightly at this point. It’s probably something to do with the edit and what I imagine is my slight disinterest in watching Stone and Gosling as a couple once more. I first saw them cast opposite each other romantically in  Crazy Stupid Love (2011). My fingers are crossed that I end up enjoying La la Land more than I anticipate. Especially considering my natural aversion to musicals.

John Legend, J.K. Simmons, Finn Wittrock, Rosemarie DeWitt and Sonoya Mizuno also star.

La La Land Release Dates: December 16th, 2016 (US); January 13th, 2017 (UK)…

Happy Film loving 🙂

G

THE BIG SHORT (2015): For The Entertaining Dialogue & Great Performances

The Big Short (2015), Steve Carell
The Big Short (2015), Steve Carell

You’d think that trying to wrap my ‘non-numbers oriented’ head around the financial market speak of The Big Short might be the hardest thing about the movie. That would be incorrect. I’m afraid having to endure the musical tastes of Michael Burry, Christian Bale’s eccentric character proved far more challenging.

Burry’s penchant for heavy metal aside, the story about the men who saw the credit and housing bubble collapse coming – and proceeded to profit from it is one I enjoyed quite a bit. The narrative structure, dialogue, pace, editing and performances all came together beautifully. Steve Carell was particularly entertaining as Mark Baum. A performance I see as a great follow-up to his notable work in Foxcatcher (2014).

Like The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013), the Wall Street setting of the The Big Short, is very much a boys club and from such situations often come the opportunity for rather entertaining banter, hence my appreciation for the film’s dialogue.

Director, Adam McKay’s film didn’t teach me anything new in terms of how the world works. What it did do is remind me that it pays to have a good understanding of the reality of the bank’s priorities and what that can come to mean for the average person.

Some people have called The Big Short depressing. The reality the film deals with isn’t the kind of news that’ll make your day. However, there’s humour here and the information within the movie, plus its creative execution makes the experience worthwhile.

The Big Short is based on a book of the same name by Michael Lewis. Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Brad Pitt and Christian Bale are the main stars.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

 

THE NICE GUYS (2016): New Trailer From Russell Crowe & Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe, The Nice Guys (2016)
Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe, The Nice Guys (2016)

Something very interesting and starring Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling and Kim Basinger is coming for all you crime/ mystery / thriller fans…

Directed by Shane Black and set in the 1970s, it looks like The Nice Guys are bringing great dialogue, fun antics, good music and some welcome twists and turns to keep us guessing.

All we need now is for the next trailer or two of this rather promising movie to please not spoil the entire film by revealing too much. The amount of story already shown in this version feels just right.

Matt Bomer, Keith David and Margaret Qualley also star.

Release Date (s): May 20th, 2016 (US), June 3rd, 2016 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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