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THE POST (2017): New Trailer Starring Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Sarah Paulson…

The Post (2017), Tom Hanks
The Post (2017), Tom Hanks

Directed by Steven Spielberg and inspired by true events, The Post tells the story of  the cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents and pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher (Meryl Streep) and a hard-driving editor (Tom Hanks) to begin a journalistic battle against the government…

I didn’t realise I missed Meryl Streep so much until I saw her turn around in this trailer. I’m of course going to be watching because of her and Hanks. It’s also going to be an experience to watch all the sexist nonsense that will be directed at her character, Kay Graham.

Sarah Paulson, Carrie Coon, Bradley Whitford, Bob Odenkirk, Matthew Rhys, Zach Woods and David Cross also star.

The Post Release Dates: January 12th, 2018 (US), January 19th, 2018 (UK)…

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SPIELBERG (2017): New Trailer For Documentary About Steven Spielberg, Featuring Leonardo Dicaprio, Cate Blanchett…

Spielberg (2017), Steven Spielberg.png

Featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Martin Scorsese, Christian Bale and Tom Hanks – to name just a few; Spielberg is a new Susan Lacy directed documentary about the highly respected director Steven Spielberg’s career…

I’ll watch to learn more about Spielberg, of course. I really also just want to listen to a bunch of my favourite filmmakers talk about movies.

Spielberg Release Dates: October 7th, 2017 (US)…

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READY PLAYER ONE (2018): New Trailer From Steven Spielberg Starring Tye Sheridan,  T.J. Miller, Ben Mendelsohn, Hannah John-Kamen… 

Ready Player One (2018)
Ready Player One (2018)

In Steven Spielberg’s latest movie Ready Player One, gamers compete inside a massive video game universe to find an ‘Easter egg’ (item, trivia or surprise buried within the game) hidden by the network’s recently deceased creator.

The finder of the Easter egg is promised the creator’s fortune. Soon enough Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) becomes the first player to successfully navigate the first level of the test, leading to a high-stakes international race to crack the game’s code. Based on the novel by Ernest Cline, Ready Player One also stars  Hannah John-KamenT.J. MillerBen Mendelsohn, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance…

I haven’t read the book so my mind is threatening to race with all the twists, turns and obstacles the story is likely to have, in order to keep things interesting. The promising special effects is another key reason to watch. I refuse to let Spielberg’s last disappointing movie (The BFG, 2016) prevent me from getting excited. I am officially looking forward to this story.

Ready Player One Release Dates: March 30th, 2018 (US & UK)…

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THE BFG (2016): The Thing I Liked…

The BFG (2016), Ruby Barnhill, Mark Rylance
The BFG (2016), Ruby Barnhill, Mark Rylance

The idea of a movie based on Roald Dahl’s famous children’s book The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) had me excited because I vaguely recall enjoying the story as a child. Having seen the Steven Spielberg directed film, it’s clear for me that this is one of those instances where the book may definitely be much better than the movie.

The lovely nostalgic walk down memory lane I’d been hoping for isn’t what transpired here. My biggest issue with Spielberg’s film is the pace which is so slow that at one point when the ‘bad giants’ were looking for a human child for their afternoon snack, I may have uttered the words ‘Just find her and eat her already, so that this massive let down can finally be over!’

Things didn’t get interesting and engaging for me until the part that takes place at the palace towards the end. Another positive is the narration at the very end.

Prior to my The BFG experience, I’d actually been thinking about re-watching the Spielberg classic, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) – but I’m no longer sure about that now. The BFG has reminded me that sometimes re-living stories and/or  re-watching films I loved as a child, especially if they were made with children as the target audience may result in those films not being well received by my adult brain. One such example would be The Never Ending Story (1984). I really wouldn’t recommend revisiting that.I  did and I ended up wishing that I’d let it remain as magical as my young brain remembered.

I just hope that children, the key target audience for The BFG have a good time when they watch. Should I finally muster the courage to re-visit E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, I’ll certainly share my thoughts on here. Until next time…

Happy Film Loving

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BRIDGE OF SPIES (2015): Worth Your Time…

Bridge Of Spies (2015), Tom Hanks
Bridge Of Spies (2015), Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks is American Lawyer James B. Donovan; a man  whose job it is to defend an arrested Soviet spy played by Mark Rylance.

Directed by Steven Spielberg, before watching Bridge Of Spies, I had anticipated fighting legal dialogue and courtroom dramatics. In truth, there’s a touch of that but not in the traditional sense. Some of my favourite moments of dialogue happened during the negotiation scenes plus in the conversations between Donovan and his CIA contact.

In terms of the film’s look and feel, at first it took me a few minutes to get used to the noticeable reduction in colour in reference to the cinematography, however, considering the Cold War setting of Spielberg’s story, I soon understood.

Hanks’ Donovan is very much a hero; one that I adored because he’s determined and focused on what he believes to be the right and reasonable thing to do; a man of conscience. What’s not to love?

Forrest Gump (1993), one of my favourite Tom Hanks movies came to mind upon reflection because though the characters are quite different, Donovan’s gentle disposition and caring nature took me back to what I loved most about Hanks’ portrayal of Gump.

From the lead actors well measured performances to the dialogue and story, I enjoyed Bridge Of Spies. Another key highlight for me is the beautiful ending and all it said so perfectly without words.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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THE BFG (2016): New Trailer From Steven Spielberg & Mark Rylance

The BFG (2016), Ruby Barnhill, Mark Rylance as The Big Friendly Giant
The BFG (2016), Ruby Barnhill, Mark Rylance as The Big Friendly Giant

Today’s trailer is for The BFG (The Big Friendly Giant), the latest film from Mark Rylance and director Steven Spielberg.

Based on the classic children’s book of the same name by Roald Dahl, The BFG is the story of a young girl called Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) and her encounter with a giant (Rylance). Sophie’s big new friend is different because unlike his giant peers, The BFG is kind and completely uninterested in eating little boys and girls…

I wasn’t a fan of the original edit of The BFG trailer released a few weeks ago, but this new version I like.

Rylance and Spielberg last worked together on Bridge Of Spies (2015); the film that lead to a Best Supporting Actor Oscar win for Rylance.

I’m certain I’ll enjoy this movie because it’s Spielberg and because I remember loving the book.

The BFG Release Dates: July 1st, 2016 (US & CAN); July 21st, 2016 (GER); July 22nd, 2016 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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BRIDGE OF SPIES (2015): New trailer From Tom Hanks & Steven Spielberg

Bridge Of Lies (2015), Tom Hanks
Bridge Of Lies (2015), Tom Hanks

It’s hard not to pay attention when there’s a new trailer for a Tom Hanks movie. Particularly when said movie is directed by Steven Spielberg…

Should the mention of Hanks and Spielberg not be enough, the Coen brothers, Ethan and Joel Coen make up two thirds of the writing team. Of course this can only mean good things for this ‘based on a true’ story film.

I can’t wait to hear Hanks deliver the fighting dialogue as Lawyer, James Donovan.

Release Date(s): October 16th 2015 (US)

Happy Bridge Of Spies. 🙂

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