Ricki and the Flash
I saw this last week and was expecting a real dud on a par with something like Rock of Ages. What we got was a sensitive, considered and damn enjoyable story of a woman who was struggling with her choices. I’m as surprised as you are.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
One of the big hits from this year’s Sundance Film Festival (winning the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic) and surely the month’s catchiest, rhymiest title.
We differ in opinions over Tom Hardy’s acting ability here at Spooool, for my money the man’s a fine actor but really needs to be a little clearer in his delivery. He has grunted, murmured and scowled his way through a few too many roles.
But then you think of something like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy or last year’s Locke and you’re reminded of the range and characterisation that he can bring to a role. Here’s hoping this double-header of playing opposite himself will have inspired another big performance.
It’s only got 40% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, but it’s the new Woody Allen. Need I say more?
Shyamalan’s best picture since The Village! Or so the press coverage would lead you to believe. It’s a low-budget horror which he financed himself and cast with mostly unknown actors – Kathryn Hahn aside.
The man could do with a bit of a win after a string of flops and disappointments as long as your arm. (Apologies to the one person who actually like The Last Airbender.)
Are you impressed by ensemble cast lists? I am.
Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson, and Jake Gyllenhaal.
A Girl at My Door
A July film coming out in September? Eh?
July Jung’s debut looks like a terrible mysterious Korean drama with rave reviews for the two lead actresses Bae Doo-na and Kim Sae-ron. The film played at Cannes 2014, playing the Un Certain Regard programme there.
The poster alone sold this to me, with Dane DeHaan looking great kitted out as James Dean. The fact the two actors are/were 5″ 7′ is the icing on the cake to a height fetishist like me.
Robert Pattinson stars opposite DeHaan as Jimmy Dean’s photographer Dennis Stock.
Older Than Ireland
This played the Galway Film Fleadh back in July, receiving very good reviews (including our own guest review from Carol Mulligan) and taking home the gong for Best Irish Feature Documentary.
The film is Alex Fegan’s follow-up to The Irish Pub and it promises to be another nice look at Irish life. One to line up for your folks on a Sunday matinee at your local cinema perhaps.
Matt Damon is stuck in space. Only, unlike Interstellar, we’re allowed to talk about it.
Based on the hit novel and directed by Ridley Scott, this looks like a fantastic insight into the psychological and physical impact of abandoned isolation.
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