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THE LIGHTHOUSE (2019): New Trailer From Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe…

The Lighthouse (2019), Robert Pattinson, A24
The Lighthouse (2019), Robert Pattinson, A24

The Lighthouse which stars Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe tells the story of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.

A drama / fantasy and horror film, The Lighthouse is directed by Robert Eggers and also stars Valeriia Karaman…

This intriguing trailer has my attention because of how peculiar it appears to be. The peculiarity in this case equals to humour for me, even though comedy is not the film’s official classification.

As a fan of Dafoe especially, I’m interested in the Pattinson / Dafoe on screen chemistry. I’m not sure they’ve been in a movie together before but I’m definitely looking forward to this – including the fun accent work and dialogue.

The Lighthouse Release Dates: October 18th, 2019 (US)…

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LOVE, ANTOSHA (2019): New Trailer For Anton Yelchin Documentary…

Love, Antosha (2019), Anton Yelchin
Love, Antosha (2019), Anton Yelchin

At the heart of new Garret Price directed documentary Love, Antosha is Anton Yelchin, the talented young American actor who died suddenly after a freak accident on March 11th, 2016.

Featuring interviews with  J.J. Abrams, Simon Pegg , Sofia Boutella, Kristen Stewart, to name just a few, Love, Antosha offers a portrait of the life and career of Yelchin. Exploring his successes and struggles so that viewers can know the extraordinary man the world was cheated from seeing grow old…

I’ll be watching this one because the level of upset I felt at the news of Yelchin’s untimely passing is something that took me by surprise. I really had to think hard about why I felt so deeply for the loss of an actor I hadn’t even seen in especially many films, let alone met.

I eventually concluded that there was just something about Yelchin’s spirit, his presence and the way he gave through his art. The vulnerability of the characters he played in the useful stories he chose to be part of. He really had a way of connecting with his audience through his character’s truth like no one else I’d seen.

In my efforts to come to terms with the great loss, I decided not to stay upset for too long, but instead to be grateful he was actually here at all. And like that I was able to smile.

Willem Dafoe, John Cho, Drake Doremus, Joe Dante, Jodie Foster, Ben Foster and Bryce Dallas Howard are also featured.

Love, Antosha Release Dates: August 2nd, 2019 (2019)…

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JOHN WICK (2014): The Things I Liked…

John Wick (2014), Keanu Reeves, Lionsgate
John Wick (2014), Keanu Reeves, Lionsgate

Everything that happens at the start of John Wick may not feel as perfectly put together story-wise as one might prefer. However, it isn’t long after the beginning and / or end that one realises the story and sometimes the dialogue didn’t feel especially polished for a reason. The reason being, the main focus of John Wick is really the fight choreography, stylish shots and shoot-out fun. That isn’t to say that you can’t have both a very well put together story and fun shoot-out action in the same movie. You just won’t necessarily get that here.

Directed by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, I liked seeing Keanu Reeves as a highly skilled and certainly well-dressed hitman. I had fun as the camera followed him as he moved around the city of New Yorkenacting revenge against the people who killed his precious dog.

It’s clear now why post John Wick viewing, ‘All that for a dog?‘ was a common question asked by a number of people. The story could have been executed in a way that meant such a question never even arose but the filmmakers had other plans. And anyway, for me, the killing spree wasn’t so much about the dog but rather, everything that the very precious dog represented.

All things considered, John Wick isn’t my favourite revenge movie. It also isn’t the worst. The moments that featured a noticeable light blue wash over the film’s imagery, denoting the coldness of the characters, their actions and mindset were one of the key highlights.

I’m quite certain that it’s not just me who kept picturing how a good a John Wick video game might look as the movie played. I definitely imagine that those who like shoot out games, don’t mind relatively graphic violence and enjoy stylishly executed cinema will have the best time.

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AT ETERNITY’S GATE (2019): The Things I Liked…

At Eternity's Gate (2018), Willem Dafoe, CBS Films
At Eternity’s Gate (2018), Willem Dafoe, CBS Films

There’s plenty of beauty in director Julian Schnabel’s At Eternity’s Gate, a biography / drama about highly celebrated artist Vincent Van Gogh. The beauty lies first and foremost in the stunning cinematography, but also in the dialogue, editing and musical score.

As a big fan of colour and light, there’s certainly plenty of it to take in and enjoy  in Schabel’s movie; whether it’s the scenes in nature that Willem Dafoe’s Van Gogh is mesmerised by, or the beautiful blue of the jacket on the artist’s back.

Thanks to Schabel’s great execution, I enjoyed At Eternity’s Gate in its entirety. Even the heartbreaking moments that highlighted the truth of just how challenging Van Gogh’s experience of life must have been. The moments of suffering he endured made me sad and simultaneously grateful that he, at the very least had one of the most loving brothers anyone could ever wish for.

So engaging and immersive is the viewing experience of At Eternity’s Gate that it felt as though I was often there with Van Gogh; whether running with him through the beautiful vistas, laying down to take in the beauty of the sky and surrounding nature or even during his most tormented periods. Periods when there was next to zero colour in his days.

Watch At Eternity’s Gate because you appreciate visual art. Watch it to learn some truths about Van Gogh and for the mesmerising footage of an artist at work. By the very end, you may even be inspired to take  a trip to Amsterdam for the  Van Gogh Museum; or perhaps pick up some paint and brushes.

Time for me to look up Schnabel’s other films.

At Eternity’s Gate also stars Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac, Mads Mikkelsen, Mathieu Amalric, Niels Arestrup…

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VOX LUX (2018): New Trailer From Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Christopher Abbott, Willem Dafoe…

Vox Lux (2018), Natalie Portman
Vox Lux (2018), Natalie Portman

Starring Natalie Portman and written / directed Brady Corbet, Vox Lux is a new drama / musical about the unusual set of circumstances that end up bringing unexpected success to a pop star.

Jude Law, Christopher Abbott, Willem Dafoe and Jennifer Ehle also star.

I’m drawn to what looks like the humour and kookiness of this movie. I also just want to see the talented Portman perform in a role I didn’t exactly expect her to play.

Vox Lux Release Dates: December 7th, 2018 (2018)…

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AT ETERNITY’S GATE (2018): New Trailer From Willem Dafoe, Mads Mikkelsen, Oscar Isaac…

At Eternity's Gate (2018), Willem Dafoe
At Eternity’s Gate (2018), Willem Dafoe

At Eternity’s Gate is a Julian Schnabel directed  biography that takes us inside the world and mind of a person who, despite skepticism, ridicule and illness, created some of the world’s most beloved and stunning works of art.

If you hadn’t already guessed based on the above picture, the artist in question is of  course, Vincent van Gogh who’s played by Willem Dafoe. Also starring Mads Mikkelsen, Oscar Isaac and Rupert Friend, At Eternity’s Gate features scenes based on Van Gogh’s letters, common agreement about events in his life that present as facts, hearsay, as well as purely invented moments.

Other key cast includes Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Niels Arestrup…

This trailer reminds me so much of how painful the lives of many great artists often are.  ‘Maybe God made me a painter for people who aren’t born yet.’ Such heartbreaking words because of all that it could possibly mean.

Definitely looking forward to this one and I’m quite sure that Dafoe and Mikkelsen will do a wonderful job in their roles.

At Eternity’s Gate release Dates: November 16th, 2018 (US)…

Read my spoiler free movie review of At Eternity’s Gate.

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THE FLORIDA PROJECT (2017): New Trailer From Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Prince, Valeria Cotto, Caleb Landry Jones…

The Florida Project (2017), Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Prince
The Florida Project (2017), Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Prince

The Florida Project is a drama set in the shadows of Disney World and tells the story of a precocious 6-year-old called Moonee. Moonee courts mischief and adventure with her playmates and bonds with her rebellious, caring mother. Directed and co-written by Sean Baker; the film’s stars include Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Prince, Valeria Cotto, Caleb Landry Jones

I’m interested in the story and it looks as though the main little girl (Brooklynn Prince) is quite the talent. A big part of me also just wants to look and look and look at the beautiful purple building.

The Florida Project Release Dates: October 6th, 2017 (US); January 12th, 2018 (UK)…

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MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (2017): New Trailer From Kenneth Branagh, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penélope Cruz, Daisy Ridley…

Murder On The Orient Express (2017), Johnny Depp
Murder On The Orient Express (2017), Johnny Depp

Murder On The Orient Express has a very impressive cast list; one that includes, Kenneth Branagh who’s also the film’s director, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penélope Cruz, Daisy Ridley and Josh Gad – to name just a few.  Based on Agatha Christie’s famous novel of the same name, this mystery / crime / drama is set on a lavish train ride through Europe. A ride that has thirteen strangers stranded on a train and everyone is a murder. suspect. It’s up to Hercule Poirot (Branagh) to race against time to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again…

The very talented cast, the fashion, cinematography and story are all great reasons to watch this version of Murder On The Orient Express. The filming style teased in this trailer is equally very appealing, along with Hercule Poirot’s accent; particularly the way he says ‘evil.’

Murder On The Orient Express Release Dates: November 3rd, 2017 (UK); November 10th, 2017 (US)…

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