The Catcher Was A Spy is the story of a man in the midst of a double life; working both as a major league baseball player and a spy…
Directed by Ben Lewin; Paul Rudd, Connie Nielsen, Mark Strong and Sienna Miller star…
I don’t know about you, but I haven’t yet encountered a serious, non-comedic Paul Rudd movie that has me excited enough to see it; so deep is my appreciation of his comedic work. Unlike Steve Carell and a few other actors known first for comedy, I’m just finding it hard to make the shift from a funny Rudd to a serious Rudd. I think it’s going to take a film I simply can’t ignore for me to transition. Will The Catcher Was A Spy be that movie? I’m not quite sure yet but I wish.
Guy Pearce, Connie Nielsen, Jeff Daniels, Hiroyuki Sanada and Shea Whigham also star
As I watched the the latest trailer for the James Gray directed movie about great British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, I fell more and more in love with each shot. Starring Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland, I cannot wait to see this movie! The story is of course interesting but my goodness, the visuals! Here are just some of the examples of gorgeous cinematography that caught my eye.
Starring Charlie Hunnam, Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson The Lost City Of Z is the real life story of British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett who disappeared whilst searching for a mysterious city in South America…
I’m intrigued by this movie because of all the stories about what may have happened to Fawcett.
The Lost City Of Z is based on the best selling book of the same name by David Grann.
Sienna Miller, Angus Macfadyen and Aleksandar Jovanovic also star.
Something peculiar and featuring very promising cinematography is coming and it’s called High-Rise…
Starring Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons and Luke Evans, High-Rise is a film about life veering out of control for the residents of a tower block / high rise building. The cinematography, editing and mysterious happenings in this trailer has me curious. I’m hoping that all my guesses about what it could all possibly mean are proven incorrect upon viewing.
Burnt stars Bradley Cooper and it’s a film about a talented chef’s journey to get his life back on track following one huge misstep. After watching the Burnt trailer a few months ago, I found myself unsure about how good I may end up finding the finished product.
The expectation was that I would fall in love with the food in the movie whilst enjoying learning about Cooper’s Adam Jones. What I found is that I didn’t fall in love with the food nor did I connect very much with Bradley Cooper’s character.
The lack of connection with the protagonist may have something to do with Adam Jones not being particularly likeable. It could also be the film’s seemingly odd structure and the feeling that the musical score didn’t fit especially comfortably.
In short, Burnt isn’t in the top ten of my favourite Bradley Cooper movies. However, there are one or two things I did like. For example, Uma Thurman’s performance stood out and I liked the way the story had me thinking about teamwork, friendship and redemption. I really enjoyed the interesting information about the Michelin Guide and how the establishment goes about awarding stars to superior hotels and restaurants in Europe. That I really loved.
If you’re after a good movie for food lovers, the kind that will make you wish you could reach into the screen to grab a piece of what the characters are eating, I recommend Chef (2014) and Julie & Julia (2009). Burnt is probably more for rather serious Bradley Cooper fans and those curious about the experience of a successful Chef.
American Sniper (2014)remains my favourite of Bradley Cooper’s performances. I’m not sure that 2015 was his year, though I did love his work in director David O. Russell’s Joy (2015), a great movie.
Starring Bradley Copper, Omar Sy, Emma Thompson, Sienna Miller and Lilly James, to name just a few, the story centres around Adam Jones (Cooper) who movies to London to to start afresh after some bad decisions.
The trailer looks good and dramatic. Peculiarly, IMDb has categorised the film as a comedy. Interesting…
Familial discontent, jealousy and the challenges / blessings that come with sibling relationships are some of the themes explored in Director, Bennet Miller’s award winning Foxcatcher.
Based on the true story of Olympic wrestling, gold medalist siblings, David and Mark Schultz , Foxcatcher follows the story of how the brother’s lives are altered with the arrival of wealthy and socially maladjusted wrestling enthusiast, Jon Du Pont (Steve Carell).
Carell’s Du Pont embodies an uncomfortable presence which acts as the catalyst for much of the dramatic tension in Foxcatcher and subsequently guarantees that the viewer is never allowed to relax – for good reason.
Further discomfort comes from Miller’s close focus on the stressful and painful realities of a character’s experience, making for a documentary feel.
Assuming that all the mention of discomfort hasn’t desuaded you from making time for Director Bennet Miller’s latest, let Carell’s stellar transformation into the certainly unbalanced Du Pont and Tatum’s troubled Mark Schultz be enough to convince you.
At the very least, both Actor’s performances will go some way to silencing any possible doubters of their acting talents.
Watch it to see Carell and Tatum do their best work.
There are obvious moral issues that come up as a result of the subject matter of Eastwood’s American Sniper, but that isn’t really what the film is about.
Instead, it’s a story that touches on the effects of war on the psyche of someone who’s job – simply put, is to kill anyone that poses an immediate danger to the Soldiers he’s hired to protect in Iraq, post 9/11.
Bradley Cooper does a brilliant job of portraying Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S military history – and he does it to great effect more with well placed silences than words.
If you know the Chris Kyle story, you already know how this movie ends and towards the end you’ll be glad about how Eastwood dealt with the the last few scenes; particularly what you don’t see just before the real life footage begins.
In terms of Eastwood’s body of work, American Sniper is good, but it’s no Million Dollar Baby (2004) or Gran Torino (2008).
Some have said the film feels more like a dictation of the subject’s life than an actual movie and I don’t completely disagree. It’s worth watching anyway because you’re curious and you know Bradley Cooper good.