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THE LAND OF STEADY HABITS (2018): The Things I Liked…

The Land of Steady Habits (2018), Ben Mendehlson
The Land of Steady Habits (2018), Ben Mendehlson

The Land Of Steady Habits is the story of Anders (Ben Mendelsohn), a man who retires from his finance job and leaves his wife in order to renew his lust for life.

Things don’t quite go as smoothly as hoped for poor Anders. Directed by Nicole Holofcener, this story feels very real and true. It features a fair number of lost and hurt / hurting people trying, as well as others who don’t appear to be trying especially hard. Outside of Anders, whose journey intrigued me, I wanted to know more about why each person was really behaving the way they were but we never get to know about what makes up the other lost and hurting people in Anders’s circle. Certainly not as much as my curious mind desired anyway.

The unexpectedness of the humour in Holfcener’s film, the good performances and the unpredictability of the very human story is why I liked it. In addition to confirming that Mendelsohn’s American accent isn’t bad, The Land Of Steady Habits reminds me of how invaluable good family and friendships are, especially when things don’t quite work out.

Give it a chance if the protagonist’s situation intrigues you. It’s a little bit of a slow burn, just as life can be sometimes, but not slow enough that I wanted to stop before the end.

Happy Film Loving

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KONG – SKULL ISLAND (2017): The Things I Liked…

Kong - Skull Island (2017), Tom Hiddleston.
Kong – Skull Island (2017), Tom Hiddleston

Telling the origin story of King Kong – the giant movie monster that looks like an ape, Kong -Skull Island follows a group of scientists who enter an uncharted island in the Pacific looking for monsters. They do not arrive with peaceful intentions and therefore end up having to fight to escape with their lives.

If you’ve seen at least one previous King Kong movie, then you know that at some point, Kong ends up in New York city against his will. None of that happens in director Jordan Vogt-Roberts’s fun adventure, at least not in this first instalment. What we do get to see resembles something an aggressor might expect to face when they force their way into a person’s home uninvited; a bloody good fight for survival.

I admit that a tear or two escaped my eyes a I watched the movie. Reason being, I’m a sensitive soul and Kong was peacefully minding his business before ‘the bad men came’. In the name of full disclosure, I may have also shed a few tears because of the knowledge that a certain handsome and well-voiced Mr. Tom Hiddleston may probably never, ever, personally escort me to safety through a treacherous jungle… let alone across a busy street.

Besides the good performances by Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson and John C. Reilly – to name just a few, the well choreographed human vs monster and monster vs monster showdowns, the story, special effects, musical score and cinematography all did a great job of keeping me engaged throughout.

Watch Kong – Skull Island because it’s good.

Happy Film Loving

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BLOOD FATHER (2016): New Trailer Starring Mel Gibson

Blood Father (2016), Mel Gibson
Blood Father (2016), Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson, the director of one of my favourite movies (Apocalypto, 2006) is back in front of the camera in Blood Father

Directed by Jean-François Richet, this movie appeals to me because it’s got something of that Taken (2008) vibe about it. Fingers crossed that the trailer isn’t the best thing about this film.

It’s been so long since I saw a Mell Gibson movie that I forgot how how much I like the bass in his voice.

William H. Macy, Elisabeth Rohm, Erin Moriarty, Thomas Mann and Diego Luna also star.

Blood Father Release Dates: August 25th, 2016 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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MEMORIA (2015): New Trailer Starring James Franco, Sam Dillon & Thomas Mann

Memoria (2015), James Franco
Memoria (2015), James Franco

Memoria is James Franco’s latest movie and it looks…

Creepy. Yes creepy is the word I was looking for. Eery probably fits too. Either way I’m interested. I’m interested because Memoria is a Palo Alto, California based story about a young man (Sam Dillon) trying to find his place in the world. It doesn’t help that he’s unsatisfied by his social group, has a dysfunctional family life and is having zero luck with the girl he likes.

I want to see how it ends because this trailer has captured my imagination, thanks in part to the rather relaxing music trailer music. I also really want the young man to make it through and win.

Thomas Mann, Teo Halm, Luna Blaise, Shauna Bloom and Bella cohen aslo star. Director credits go to Vladimir de Fontenay and Nina Ljeti.

Memoria Release Dates: April 1st, 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

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