Trolls
Trailer Tuesday

Trailer Tuesday vol. 46: Annabelle 2, Billie Joe Armstrong, Flock of Dudes + more!

Two films that did well at the box office return this week in the form of their sequels: Fifty Shades Darker and Annabelle 2. Clearly two quite different films but both with a sense of darkness (no, I’m not just talking about fifty shades getting darker!). The word dark has lost all meaning. Let’s move on!


1. Fifty Shades Darker
When it is released? 10th Feb 2017 (UK and USA)
What is it about? While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her.
Immediate thoughts? I wonder if this will have more substance than the first one seemed to have.. (sorry for judging without seeing but..)

2. Trolls
When it is released? 21st Oct 2016 (UK), 4th Nov 2016 (USA)
What is it about? From the creators of Shrek comes the most smart, funny, irreverent animated comedy of the year, DreamWorks’ Trolls. This holiday season, enter a colorful, wondrous world populated by hilariously unforgettable characters and discover the story of the overly optimistic Trolls, with a constant song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomach. Featuring original music from Justin Timberlake, and soon-to-be classic mash-ups of songs from other popular artists, the film stars the voice talents of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Russell Brand, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar, Ron Funches, Icona Pop, Gwen Stefani, and many more. DreamWorks’ TROLLS is a fresh, broad comedy filled with music, heart and hair-raising adventures. In November of 2016, nothing can prepare you for our new Troll world.
Immediate thoughts? Ouch! My emotions ;(

3. Annabelle 2
When it is released? 26th May 2017 (UK), 19th May 2017 (USA)
What is it about? Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.
Immediate thoughts? oooooowwwww. I haven’t seen the first one, but of course this looks creepy!

4. The Caretaker
When it is released? 30th Sep 2016 (USA)
What is it about? A young woman returns home to care for her gravely ill grandmother, only to begin sleepwalking and envisioning spirits.
Immediate thoughts? WHY, WHY WOULD YOU PLAY A STUPID GAME IN THE MIDDLE OF A HORROR FILM?!

5. Christine
When it is released? 14th Oct 2016 (USA)
What is it about? The story of 1970s TV reporter Christine Chubbuck.
Immediate thoughts? Things just got interesting.

6. Ordinary World
When it is released? 14th Oct 2016 (USA)
What is it about? An aging punk rocker copes with life after rock.
Immediate thoughts? Erm, Billie Joe Armstrong!!

7. Nocturnal Animals
When it is released? 4th Nov 2016 (UK), 9th Dec 2016 (USA)
What is it about? An art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband’s novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a veiled threat and a symbolic revenge tale.
Immediate thoughts? Myyyyystery! Also I’m totally nocturnal soo..

8. Flock of Dudes
When it is released? 30th Sep 2016 (USA)
What is it about? A 30-something year old decides to “break up” with his best buds in order to finally grow up.
Immediate thoughts? Heh, I like the idea of a break-up film between friends, in the style of a couple!

9. Harry and Snowman
When it is released? 30th Sep 2016 (USA)
What is it about? Dutch immigrant, Harry deLeyer, journeyed to the United States after World War II and developed a transformative relationship with a broken down Amish plow horse he rescued off a slaughter truck bound for the glue factory. Harry paid eighty dollars for the horse and named him Snowman. In less than two years, Harry & Snowman went on to win the triple crown of show jumping, beating the nations blue bloods and they became famous and traveled around the world together. Their chance meeting at a Pennsylvania horse auction saved them both and crafted a friendship that lasted a lifetime. Eighty-six year old Harry tells their Cinderella love story firsthand, as he continues to train on today’s show jumping circuit.
Immediate thoughts? While I don’t necessarily agree with show jumping or horse racing, the connection between animals and humans always gets me, and Harry and Snowman seems to be no exception!

What did you think of the trailers this week? Anything take your fancy?

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Collateral Beauty
Trailer Tuesday

Trailer Tuesday vol. 45: Free Fire, The White Helmets, Supersonic + more!

I love this week of Trailer Tuesday simply because it includes the man himself, Will Smith. Isn’t that reason enough to keep reading? It’s not? Oh. Well I think it is… but if you really need more than Will Smith, you can also have a Netflix documentary in Syria, a hilarious shoot-out, the secrets of Oasis and John Lennon, and a thief who steals a river… or something like that.


1. Collateral Beauty
When it is released? 30th Dec 2016 (UK), 16th Dec 2016 (USA)
What is it about? A tragic event sends a New York ad man on a downward spiral.
Immediate thoughts? I have my suspicions about how this will end… but I won’t tell you just in case it’s true ;P It could be reaaaal cheesy, but I love Will Smith and it made me emosh so I’m including it!

2. The White Helmets
When it is released? 16th Sep 2016 (Netflix)
What is it about? As daily airstrikes pound civilian targets in Syria, a group of indomitable first responders risk their lives to rescue victims from the rubble.
Immediate thoughts? Hundreds of bombs, every day?

3. Free Fire
When it is released? 31st Mar 2017 (UK), 2017 (USA)
What is it about? Set in Boston in 1978, a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival.
Immediate thoughts? An injection of comedy in an otherwise serious and violent scene gives Free Fire a lot of promise!

4. Supersonic
When it is released? 14th Oct 2016 (UK)
What is it about? An in-depth look at the life and music of Manchester-based rock band, Oasis.
Immediate thoughts? Not knowing much about Oasis, this would definitely be interesting to watch… All I know is that they are one of the biggest British bands, I had no idea they rose to fame in just 3 years!

5. The Lennon Report
When it is released? 7th Oct 2016 (USA)
What is it about? The unheard true story of the moments after John Lennon was shot as seen through the eyes of those who lived it. Alan Weiss, an ambitious young news producer, finds himself in a position to break the biggest story of the year following a violent motorcycle accident. The emergency department at Roosevelt Hospital discovers a John Doe shooting victim is the worlds biggest rock star and struggles to keep the news quiet while working to save his life.
Immediate thoughts? The truth is always so interesting, isn’t it?

6. The River Thief
When it is released? 14th Oct 2016 (USA, internet)
What is it about? Diz (Joel Courtney) is a reckless teenage drifter living life on the run. Abandoned by his parents as a child, he looks out for himself and doesn’t accept handouts. He takes whatever he wants and runs. Jaded and determined to answer to no one, Diz lives a life marked by thievery and abandonment. Things change for Diz when he floats into a small town on the Snake River. There he is confronted by an unflappable old man named Marty and falls for Marty’s guarded granddaughter, Selah. When Diz robs a local drug-dealing crazy, he becomes the owner of a giant pile of cash and the target of two vicious killers. With more money than he knows what to do with, and criminals at his heels, Diz puts the people he’s learned to care about in danger, still trying to win Selah. But some things can’t be stolen or bought. The River Thief is a film about guilt, self-sacrifice, and accepting life as a gift.
Immediate thoughts? While I’m not sure about it, I’m sort of intrigued by The River Thief… But I can’t put my finger on why.

Thank you for reading 🙂 Let me know if you have a favourite trailer this week!

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Breaking a Monster
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Trailer Tuesday vol. 37: Breaking a Monster, the Internet, Meet the Hitlers + more!

It’s always nice to have a short Trailer Tuesday from time to time. And the time is now. Speaking of the now at the time that is now, I think it would be wise to watch, if nothing else, the trailer for Energizing Our World, I hope it will make everyone, anyone, think. Oh, I just realised something. This entire TT is made up of documentaries. How lovely!


1. Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World
When it is released? 19th Aug 2016 (USA)
What is it about? Werner Herzog’s exploration of the Internet and the connected world.
Immediate thoughts? The internet is a big chunk of my life. Let’s start learning about it, shall we?

2. Meet the Hitlers
When it is released? 2016 (USA)
What is it about? Meet the Hitlers is a feature documentary that examines the relationship between names and identity, by exploring the lives of people who are linked by the name ‘Hitler.’ The film raises important questions about the meaning of names, and explores complex issues like immigration, racism, and tolerance. Yet it’s ultimately a character-driven story, offering an intimate portrait of its subjects, whose reactions to their name span the spectrum of human experience, from tragedy to comedy, and heartbreak to hope.
Immediate thoughts? Gosh, it’s not something you think of often, the fact that a name can change your life so much. I’d love to find out what the Hitlers think about it.

3. Energizing Our World
When it is released? Unknown, but it’s important anyway
What is it about? ‘Energizing Our World’ creates a synergy of topics of sustainability in areas of water, energy, agriculture and architecture with interviews of leading, cutting edge innovators, world leaders, NGO and University with a non political bias. Filmed in locations of Costa Rica, Spain, the Netherlands, and the US, we take the audience on a visual quest of passion and resilience of hope for our planet now and in the future.
Immediate thoughts? Just listen. Watch and listen, please. “The time to do something, the time to react, is now.”

4. Breaking a Monster
When it is released? 24th Jun 2016 (USA)
What is it about? BREAKING A MONSTER chronicles the break-out year of the band UNLOCKING THE TRUTH, following 13-year-old members Alec Atkins, Malcolm Brickhouse and Jarad Dawkins as they first encounter stardom and the music industry, transcending childhood to become the rock stars they always dreamed of being.
Immediate thoughts? Jeeeeese they seem interesting. I wanna see what these kids can do!

I hope you found a documentary you liked this week! …Why is every film on this week’s TT a documentary?! Le sigh. I feel like I’ve missed something… and I don’t mean another documentary! 😉 Let me know if you’ve seen any trailers (documentary or not!) you liked recently!

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Never Back Down
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The Movies Tag Q25: Favourite compilation soundtrack?

QUESTION: Favourite compilation soundtrack?
ANSWER: Never Back Down

I guess this wouldn’t be a common answer, but this is the only film that has sent me out looking for the soundtrack and concluding my search with adding said soundtrack to my library. Never Back Down is a film that no-one would suspect me of liking. It is a fighting film. Not my kind of thing. Alas, I thought it was special. Emotional, but still a fighting film, so not that emotional.

Of course, the music helped it into my good books! Rock, alternative, and rap songs all feature in this hard-hitting (and therefore appropriately compiled) soundtrack. But it’s not just songs to get you pumped: it’s a mix of YEAH!! and yeaaaah. Translation: it’s got a good range of high-energy, let’s do this songs, and chill, deeper songs. Plus, it introduced me to many bands and artists I hadn’t heard of before, but which were totally up my street having grown up listening to mostly ’emo’ and rock music.

If you’re looking to discover some not-new-but-still-brilliant music, then look it up! I would particularly recommend Someday, Crank That (Travis Barker Remix), All Around Me, You Are Mine, Be Safe, and of course My Generation (but that goes without saying!). Otherwise, I would definitely suggest you give the film a go. I actually haven’t seen it in a few years, so I’ll have to re-add it to my watch list too 🙂


Let me know your favourite compilation soundtrack too! I’d love to hear! See you next week!

 

 

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Wall-E
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The Movies Tag Q24: Favourite film score?

QUESTION: Favourite film score?
ANSWER: We’ll see!

 

I’ll start by saying this post is late because it is so difficult to pick my favourite film score! Perhaps even more difficult than picking my favourite film… I’m either going to have to pick multiple film’s scores, or, pick just one piece from one film score.

I can’t decide. I’ll do both.

So, multiple film scores. I love the scores for The Hobbit, The Dark Knight, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Lord of the Rings (all of the films from the respective franchises of course). Also the first How to Train Your Dragon (not that I have anything against the second, I just really love the first!).

As for a specific piece from one film score, hmmm. I love Hello Zepp by Charlie Clouser, the Saw theme tune. Define Dancing by Thomas Newman from Wall-E is beautiful. Do you know what? I think it’s got to be Define Dancing. It sends me into a dream every time I hear it, and the title is just as perfect as the audio-visual companionship, as you’ll see.

I am a dancer, but I struggle a hell of a lot with it. This piece makes you forget everything you thought you knew about dance. Who is to say who can dance and who can’t? Who is to say what dance is, and how good someone is at it? This piece gives me hope, and it can give others like me hope too. That’s why I love it.


What are your thoughts on my score picks? What is your one favourite piece? I really believe music and sound is worth 50% of a film, so I love to hear new scores! I have been known to watch a film after I’ve heard it’s score, rather than the other way around, so shove all your beloved scores my way any day! 😀 

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Singin in the Rain
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The Movies Tag Q23: Favourite old film?

QUESTION: Favourite old film?
ANSWER: Singin’ in the Rain

What constitutes an ‘old’ film? Type ‘old films’ into Google and articles promising to reveal the ‘100 top classic films’ or a similar amount populate the first page. Does this mean that old equals classic? Is every classic an old film? I don’t think so, no, to either of these questions. So why does Google think so? I guess this is a question for another time…

If we are to go by dates, I’d say ‘old’ means anything made before 1970. There are many other ways to define old regardless of age, but for now we will use this, the (somewhat) easiest way.

So my choice is Singin’ in the Rain, starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor. It’s an easy one, because I don’t have many choices for my answer: I am not a big fan of ‘old’ films. Singin’ in the Rain is one of those films you have heard of, you know the song, but you may never have seen before, at least for those who weren’t around when the film was first released (or, at least, for me). You know it’s good, cause it’s a classic, but you’ve just never got round to seeing it yourself. Today’s the day you should watch it. Find out what makes it a classic! You won’t regret it.

Watching it for the first time in this era of film enables us to have an appreciation for the incredible filmmaking talent of the 50s, when they didn’t have the production techniques and visual effects the industry wrings now. Not to mention it features some incredible choreography! The next morning I bet you will still be singing the songs and revelling at the vibrancy the film maintains. It’s wonderful!


If I could pick more than one answer, I would also pick West Side Story, so if Gene Kelly (or rain!) isn’t your thing, but you love dancing, give it a go 🙂 and let me know what your favourite old film is!

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The Movies Tag

The Movies Tag CHRISTMAS BONUS!

Last week’s Movies Tag post, question 19, brought us to the end of the ‘Favourite [insert genre here] film?’ questions. I’ve decided to risk being put on next year’s naughty list by deviating from the set list, and adding an extra favourite film question! 

And of course, seeing as it is the Christmas weekend, it seems only fitting to make it a special Christmas themed post. Therefore, today’s question is…


QUESTION: Favourite Christmas film?
ANSWER: The Snowman

The Snowman is, as far as I can remember, the first Christmas film I ever watched. It’s only about 30 minutes long, unsurprisingly, as every frame is lovingly hand-drawn. The atmosphere is cleverly set up solely through music. The absence of dialogue somehow makes it all the more magical, dream-like, and focused on the emotion. It gets me every time!

I would say I’d be surprised if you haven’t already seen it, but it turns out my very own best friend hasn’t even seen it! I find this rather unbelievable, especially with the release of The Snowman and the Snowdog a few years ago, which brought the franchise back into focus and fresh in our minds. It is truly a classic, and I recommend it to all this Christmas weekend, whether you’ve seen it before or not!

Plus, it’s usually on TV around this time so you have no excuse not watch it 😉


Merry Christmas everyone!

 

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