Saturday, September 13, 2014

Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence reunited in Serena

Like most, I enjoy a good chemistry between actors and probably will choose to see a film simply based on that alone. Like Rock Hudson and Doris Day. Clive Owen and Julia Roberts, and recently Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. So you can imagine my joy, when I heard about Serena - a film Cooper and Lawrence star in scheduled to hit theaters late November.

Here's what happened when I finally took a glimpse of the trailer, and although I am aware trailers are not a true representation of a film. This one left a bad taste in my mouth. Not sure if it was because the trailer was poorly put together or the period film, not flattering to either actor. Cooper and Lawrence in my opinion belong in modern films. But I don't want to sway you either way. Please see the trailer and let me know what you think?

*Just some interesting Trivia: Actors Toby Jones, who played Hitchcock, and Christian McKay who portrayed Orson Welles - both having done a fine job in my opinion in those films (click on the links to see the films), are portraying mediocre roles in Serena - not using their full potential.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Jennifer Aniston - Cake and the Toronto Film Festival

I've been away for a while mostly because I've been travelling to promote my books. Just as the celebrity travel to promote their films. There is much to report from the TIFF (Toronto Film Festival) and I promise to roll up my sleeves and get right to it - detailing my views on films and such for the next coming year.

Cake, a film I followed from the original announcement until it's debut at the TIFF. The film stars Jennifer Aniston of course and one I actually cringed when I heard she'd be making. I guess we have typecast the A-lister to play nothing but funny and often times have a hard time seeing her in sad films. I read a review written here about the film and felt a little sad by the harsh comments and critique of Aniston's work. I get it, she may not have been able to deliver the role as expected but then again, this is something we are not used to seeing from Aniston. We expect her to be happy and golden all the time, fully in make-up with perfect hair and a body to die for. Well, I have to say I admire her efforts to step away from the expected and do something so out-of-character for 'forever Rachel.' It's gutsy, it's a grown-up effort to say -get over it- I feel comfortable doing this film.

I did see Aniston in Derailed a while back (2005) - very excited for the match up with her being my favorite female actor  and Clive Owen for being my favorite male actor. I have to admit I didn't like her in the role of Lucinda, but at the time she was going through troubles in her personal life, so the bleak images of her somewhat fit. This time around I am not sure about Claire in Cake. I'd have to wait and see when the film opens nationwide to make my fair assessment. Until then I leave you with this

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Magic In The Moonlight - A Woody Allen Film

It's funny - some films are promoted and advertised with the actors attached ot the movie - to get the buzz going. Woody Allen films are not as such. I think if you say its a Woody Allen film - it matters not who the actors are - it's a Woody Allen Film. Which by the way I've seen them all.

Here's the latest - I knew they were making a while back and followed the progress for months on end and to our delight the film was released July 25th in the US. I think I need to copy and paste the synopis here from the actual film site because to reword all this is crazy in my opinion, when the description below will do just fin.

"Chinese conjuror Wei Ling Soo is the most celebrated magician of his age, but few know that he is the stage persona of Stanley Crawford , a grouchy and arrogant Englishman with a sky-high opinion of himself and an aversion to phony spiritualists' claims that they can perform real magic. Persuaded byMore his life-long friend, Howard Burkan, Stanley goes on a mission to the Côte d'Azur mansion of the Catledge family: mother Grace, son Brice, and daughter Caroline. He presents himself as a businessman named Stanley Taplinger in order to debunk the alluring young clairvoyant Sophie Baker who is staying there with her mother. Sophie arrived at the Catledge villa at the invitation of Grace, who is convinced that Sophie can help her contact her late husband, and once there, attracted the attention of Brice, who has fallen for her head over heels. From his very first meeting with Sophie, Stanley dismisses her as an insignificant pip-squeak who he can unmask in no time, scoffing at the family's gullibility. To his great surprise and discomfort, however, Sophie accomplishes numerous feats of mind-reading and other supernatural deeds that defy all rational explanation, leaving him dumbfounded. Before long, Stanley confesses to his beloved Aunt Vanessa that he has begun to wonder whether Sophie's powers could actually be real. If they were to be true, Stanley realizes that anything might be possible, even good, and his entire belief system would come crashing down. What follows is a series of events that are magical in every sense of the word and send the characters reeling. In the end, the biggest trick this film plays is the one that fools us all."

The film which I haven't seen has rated from 3-4 star, I think a norm for Woody Allen films these days, but that's not why we need to see the movie. We need to see it because its Woody Allen. :) and a period film with wonderful costumes and set.

Anyway, in the US a film opens in one month and the next month it's on DVD-rental so since Magic In The Moonlight was released July 25th - I am certain its on DVD - so I will wait and make my final analysis then. Let me know if you've seen it and what do you think?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Pierce Brosnan - November Man

Pierce Brosnan

You know it is a bad thing to be typcast, but then again for some actors, its a good thing - they do it so perfectly when cast in the same type of role over and over again. Pierce Brosnan is one of those actors and to me the second best Bond - after Sean Connery of course.

So, Brosnan has November Man coming out in a few weeks or so, with a sequel (yeah!) and another thriller project titled I.T. - not too much action, but along those lines. 

What do you think? Are you excited?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Action Packed Film Updates

London Has Fallen

1. London Has Fallen (sequel to Olympus Has Fallen) with my favorite action hero now - Gerard Butler - has a possible director nearly or finally attached to the project and he is Fredrik Bond (who was at one point attached to Pirates No 5) Anyway, hopefully the filming will begin soon and perhaps just perhaps I'll have a small tiny part in the film, a woman in distress which Butler's character needs to save. (Wishful thinking of course)

 Ving Rhames / Tom Cruise

2. Mission Impossible 5 News: Ving Rhames has joined the cast in  MI-5 which I am having trouble patiently waiting for to be released. Apparently there were talks Jeremy Renner was going to replace Tom Cruise but the fact MI-4 proved to be such a hit, that plan was reworked. Tom Cruise still the leading actor and Jeremy Renner in a supporting role. What do you think of the new cast?

 Jackie Chan

3. Oh my god!!! It's Jackie Chan in Expandable 4?  Good news, I guess. Well the story behind the story is that he actually turned Stallone down several times in the past for Expandable 3 and Rush Hour 4. So, it's nice to see him again hopefully not for just 5 minutes. Although I am not a fan of Expandables, I think I will make an exception just to get a glimpse of Jackie Chan onscreen in the US.


4. Uh-hum Paul Rudd as a superhero in Anti-Man. He plays a thief turned superhero with the help of a scientist/mentor played by Michael Douglas. Very interesting indeed or not?

Friday, August 15, 2014

Johnny Depp - Mordecai Film Trailer

Yes, Yes and yes. So very glad to have come across the teaser trailer for Mordecai with John Depp - scheduled to open February 2015.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014