The Meddler – Review

Laughs a plenty, comforting maternal moments and one hell of a moustache on J.K. Simmons are at the forefront of The Meddler. Glancing at the title, one can only guess how this film is going to pan out and law of averages, you probably guessed right. Sarandon shines in this sickly sweet Scafaria directed mother, daughter comedy – yet all we get is a generic formula here and sadly not much else.

Such an actress as Susan Sarandon is a diamond in the rough. Pure talent that simply oozes off the screen and this woman certainly does everything she can with her quirky widower Marnie she plays here. This clearly torn up woman after the death of her late husband filling her life with meaningless tasks and seemingly pokes her nose in everyone’s business. Sometimes such meddling benefits, yet when she constantly bombards every aspect of her grown up director of a daughter’s life, things start to take their toll. As much as Lori allows her mother to interfere, Marine takes things one step too far and it takes to getting on a plane and throwing herself into a creative project to truly escape her constant phone calls and texts – well for a second or two anyway.

The Meddler’s biggest problem is that we all know what is coming a mile off. Despite the down to earth dynamic that these two share, there is still something that tugs here making us think we haven’t witness anything original. Perhaps this is trying so hard to be sentimental that all you really yearn for is a scene that isn’t drenched in sad music or overly cliched. At times it seemed a few of the male characters were just placed there for the sake of it – written in because that’s the Hollywood way of writing, instead of this woman truly exploring herself and what she can take from the world. By the by, the humour such goes hand in hand with such characters.

Rose Bryne plays Lori with enough damage and charm whilst J.K. Simmons brings enough smoothness to his leather clad, motorcycle riding ex cop come film set security guard to easily be in the running for a new age, chicken loving retired Bond. As Marnie finds something she didn’t quite expect she would find, she also helps a lesbian couple fund their dream wedding and does eventually tone it down with her daughter, allowing the film to become a rather nifty tale. Not to mention her southern yank accent gives way for humour on every count.

The Meddler certainly has it’s moments; as Marnie accidentally wonders onto a film set a certain magic awakens in her. Of course, the fact that her daughter is a successful writer/ director and we see her shoot a pilot in Hollywood no less (no, not the guy who flies the plane!) this is sure to spark electricity in all the budding filmmakers out there.

On one hand a mediocre story, that sadly Sarandon can’t save and on the other a fun, loving, feel good flick that is sure to make you smile and possibly want to call your mother just to check that she is okay…



Jack Reacher: Never Go Back – Brand New Trailer!

So the trailer is here. Yes Jack Reacher, an action film that I am pretty sure nobody watched has returned to our screens and, frankly, it looks just as dull and uninspiring as the previous entry.

Although Tom Cruise certainly looks excited to be back in the role.

Never Go Back, alarmingly not a dance competition film featuring Cruise, revolves around our least favourite spy uncover a shady plot and must go on the run/or run to save the world. Honestly, this looks like every spy or rogue agent movie that you’ve seen ever.

The only good thing is Colbie Smulders who is literally a queen. Other than that, the film is literally a-pass.

What do you think?


Barry Lyndon – BFI Trailer!

BFI’s restoration team is certainly one of the best. Often they grab historical pieces of cinematic art and pull modern audiences into screens to witness the movies in all their glory. From Orson Welles to Stephen Spielberg, decorated artists and pioneers of industry are celebrated!

The BFI, now, have tackled Staley Kubrick;s Oscar and BAFTA winning masterpiece Barry Lyndon. And here is a brand new trailer.

The film is a historical movie that revolves around the titular character who is a young Irish lad that is suddenly thrust into 18th Century nobility.

The trailer has been enthusiastically approved by Jan Harlan, Stanley Kubrick’s Executive Producer, who said:

“The trailer does the film justice. Brilliant. I am looking forward to watching the film again.” And he’s not wrong. With a modern version of George Frideric Handel’s ‘Sarabande’ adding more dramatic impact to the screen, Barry Lyndon feels fresh and invigorated.


Looking: The Movie – Brand New Trailer!

For those who don’t know about Looking, the HBO show was a critically acclaimed series that was unfortunately cancelled after three seasons because – a lot of the time – studio executives don’t know shit.

To answer the questions the last season left us, there will be a brand new film.

Looking: The Movie revolves around three close friends who are living in San Francisco and are exploring the options made available to the new generation of gay men. The film sees Patrick return to the city to celebrate a momentous event

Directed by Andrew Haigh, who already gifted us with 45 Years and the best LGBT movie of all time Weekend, Looking: The Movie has a brilliant future ahead, especially as the film was . Although the television to film sea is a choppy one to navigate, this film looks to have all the right elements to it.


American Honey – Brand New Trailer!

Andrea Arnold is one of our best directors. Without a doubt. The director has crafted some impossible provocative films from Fish Tank to Wasp and recently picked up the Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival with this astonishing film – American Honey which now has a brand new trailer!

Starring Sasha Lane, Riley Keough, and Shia LeBeouf, the film revolves around a teenage girl who joins a crew of travelling magazine sales folk and gets caught up in their world of partying.., and dangerous crime.

I’d tentatively say that the future of female directors is getting better and people are genuinely seeing ladies of cinema as something more than romantic comedy pushers (which, by the way, has been chattered to me by men for a long time.)

Focusing on the movie though and it’s impossible not to feel a tingle of pulsating shivers down you as the hypnotic images unfold on screen. It certainly looks as though Arnold has crafted one of her best films yet!


The Birth of a Nation – Brand New Trailer!

The Birth of a Nation follows the true story of Nat Turner (writer/director Nate Parker), a slave and preacher in Southampton, Virginia.

After reaching an agreement with his owner, Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer), who is in the crux of a personal financial crisis, Nat agrees to use his preaching to subdue unruly slaves – resulting in his witnessing countless acts of violence (as well as being targeted himself). In the wake of these atrocities, he arises to lead a rebellion of slaves against their oppressors.

After its debut at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize in the US Dramatic Competition, The Birth of a Nation will be released internationally this October.

This new trailer promises us a hauntingly powerful two hours against a deep and unsettling backdrop as Nat Turner explores the very real violence and racism of the antebellum South.