Tag Archives: Wes Bentley

PETE’S DRAGON (2016): New Trailer Starring Bryce Dallas Howard & Robert Redford & Oakes Fegley

Pete's Dragon (2016), Oakes Fegley
Pete’s Dragon (2016), Oakes Fegley

You wish for a movie about a kid that grows up in a jungle/ forrest; a boy who manages to survive against the odds thanks to his animal friends and you get three in one year. First the Jungle Book (2016), then The Legend Of Tarzan (2016) and now Pete’s Dragon (2016)…

Starring Oakes Fegley (who I have to say kind of reminds me of a young Cara Delevigne) Robert Redford and Bryce Dallas Howard, it will be interesting to see just how different all three films are considering the similarities they share. Something tells me that at least once, all of them will have a moment where the young protagonist from each movie jumps off a cliff as per 1:11 in the above trailer.

Oona Laurence, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Isiah Whitlock Jr. and Marcus Henderson also star.

Pete’s Dragon Release Dates: August 12th, 2016 (UK & US); August 25th, 2016 (GER)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS (2015): The Thing I liked…

We Are Your Friends (2015), Zac Efron, Wes Bentley
We Are Your Friends (2015), Zac Efron, Wes Bentley

Directed by Max Joseph, We Are Your Friends (WAYF) is a film someone might watch for one of  the following reasons:

1. They’re curious about making it as a DJ in electronic music and welcome the idea of a film that shows what the journey might be like – especially if they come from ‘the wrong side of the tracks’ – in this case… the wrong side of the Hollywood sign

2. They really, REALLY ‘like’ Zac Efron

3. They more than like Emily Ratajkowski

I watched WAYF because firstly, I don’t mind Zac Efron, second, I’ll always kind of like Wes Bentley – thanks to American Beauty (1999) and finally, I haven’t really seem Emily Ratajkowski in much, so I was curious.

We Are Your Friends (2015), Emily Ratajkowski
We Are Your Friends (2015), Emily Ratajkowski

After the fact, WAYF is not the absolute worst but it did feel like a certain je ne sais quoi was missing. At no point did I get close to the ‘this is a good movie. Wow!’ feeling. Especially in regards to the story, structure, rhythm etc.

Nonetheless, I did enjoy the theme of chasing your dreams, visualising your future – what you want it to be like and moving in that direction whilst blocking out the doubters.

There’s also a rather good ‘This is exactly my dream and it’s about to happen’ moment in the film. That’s my favourite part because I really felt it, thanks to some film making magic/ music, camerawork, atmosphere, etc.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS (2015): New Trailer Featuring Zac Efron, Emily Ratajkowski & Good Music

We Are Your Friends (2015), Zac Efron
We Are Your Friends (2015), Zac Efron

I wasn’t sure what to make of the initial trailer for Zac Efron’s latest movie, We Are Your Friends, but after watching the second, my mind is changed.

Movies that have characters working hard, sacrificing and dedicating their energy to whatever it is that makes them come alive are always appealing. Especially when the characters are faced with outside pressure to do the contrary.

Directed by Max Joseph and featuring a supporting cast that includes Wes Bentley, Emily Ratajkowski and Shiloh Fernandez, I’ll definitely be watching – for the story the promise of good electronic/ dance music.

Happy We Are Your Friends 🙂

G

KNIGHT OF CUPS (2015): The Trailer That Keeps on Giving

Knight Of Cups (2015), Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett
Knight Of Cups (2015), Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett

If you’ve glanced upon a few of my posts, you may know that I adore the work of Cate Blanchett. But what I’m yet to properly express is my appreciation for the talents of Christian Bale. To talk about that I need another post.

Today however, I sat at my computer as usual, hopeful for some new trailer delights – when Knight of Cups (2015) happened.

First I saw Director Terrence Malick’s name and like a good and loyal canine, up my ears went. Then Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett’s faces appeared. (Yes and yes!) By this point I was sure that my excitement had peaked. But then…

Natalie Portman! I haven’t seen my dear ‘Lady Portman’ in something amazing since Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan (2010). So right now, happiness is most definitely me.

The idea that I’ll be able to maintain any semblance of calm on the day I go see Knight of Cup is very, very wrong. Until then, I have this…

It’s not particularly the best / most thrilling trailer I’ve ever seen, but the talent… Oh the talent!

Happy Knight of Cups Trailer 🙂

G

AMERICAN BEAUTY (1999): Forever Brilliant

American Beauty (1999), Kevin Spacey
American Beauty (1999), Kevin Spacey

For every film lover, there’s at least one or two – perhaps even three films that come immediately to mind whenever they‘re asked that inevitable question. ‘What’s your favourite film?’

My answer is always without hesitation, Director Sam Mendes’ 1999 Oscar winning film debut, American Beauty.

American Beauty (1999), Annette Bening
American Beauty (1999), Annette Bening

I’m yet to watch another film more perfect. Such a beautifully crafted story with excellent dialogue, symbolism and a healthy dose of truth and black humour.

It’s a brilliant commentary on suburbia and life in the classic American small town. American Beauty offers plenty of potentially useful information about the human condition.

There’s a strong theme on the difference between what people work hard to project versus the actual truth. The most interesting version of this is the exterior proclamations of the person who internally actually hates themselves.

As a result of this film, Annette Bening, Kevin Spacey, Chris Cooper, Writer Alan Ball, Director Sam Mendes and more, including the great Cinematographer Conrad L. Hall are forever in my mind, synonymous with brilliance.

American Beauty (1999), Kevin Spacey, Chris Cooper
American Beauty (1999), Kevin Spacey, Chris Cooper

I know one person who called American Beauty boring. Not quite sure what to say to that. Except maybe that it’s unlikely they actually really watched it.

Happy American Beauty, my favourite film. 🙂

G