The Foreigner – Brand New Trailer!

Jackie Chan is a global hero. He’s been kicking ass for decades. So much so, he recently one an Honorary Academy Award for his work. His a legend, so we’re excited for him to grace our cinematic soil again.

The film revolves around a Vietnamese immigrant who heads to London for the revenge of his daughters death due to a terrorist attack. Teaming up with British official Hennessey, he hunts down the name of the bombers to deliver the revenge.

I’m not saying this looks stupid as hell but it does. With Pierce Bronson, this is going to be a silly action thriller but, somehow, we are super stoked for this!


The Foreigner is out later this year! 

London Heist – Brand New Trailer!

London Heist features quite possibly the most generic title known to man; within it we literally have the location and premise of the film, if the writer threw in a couple more adjectives, then there is a good chance that you wouldn’t need to see the film after it had been summarised in all the trailers and film posters.

To top off the dull-as-dishwater title, the film itself looks positively average and filled with hackneyed clichés as a group of career criminals who perform “one last, big score” to get revenge on the people who killed someone important to the protagonist and stole their money.

Expect gunfights, car chases, and lots of swears as Ray Winstone v2.0 mugs his way across the screen.

Do we really have to sit through all this again?

London Heist is out on DVD and Digital Download July 17th

5 Amazing Musical Biopics

Musicians and the world of the music industry has been celebrated and vilified in every single way. Everyone on this planet enjoys a good tune or two but the popular and glitzy showbiz world of musical celebrities has its troubles and toils. Many a good artist succumbs to its ways and, often, their lives are cut short. The behind the scenes or on camera escapades are often immortalised on the big screen by filmmakers who wish to show us a glimpse into their world.

With the release of All Eyez On Me, the biopic of Tupac Shakur, we’re looking at the best musical biopics.

Honourable Mention: Marion Cotillard’s La Vie en Rose and Bob Dylan’s film I Am Not There deserve some nods here.

Sid and Nancy (1986)

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Sid & Nancy is an uncomfortable, yet enthralling cult film that sees established performer Gary Oldman capture the essence of Sid Vicious and the anarchy within him. Made in the late eighties, director Alex Cox developed a story as honestly as he could, unafraid to show a musician and his wife in the mess of their love. The harshness involved will catastrophically course through you and make you uncomfortable but herein lies the brilliance: The movie is going to make you as uncomfortable as possible by being unafraid to show the devastation and wantonness of a couple unravelling in the worst way because of their love.  The scummy stains of drug abuse permeates the cinematography and scene set-up as it’s hard viewing, especially as the pair take to self-harm to feed their addiction to kicks. It’s a hard watch, but also necessary.

Control (2007)

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Ian Curtis was a tortured soul. Plighted with epilepsy and mental illness, his mind cocooned itself and haunted him for years. Finding solace in his music and work with Joy Division, he struggled with fame and admiration that ultimately lead to his untimely suicide. Control is an astute black and white masterpiece that tackled the brutality of suffering from an unseen illness whilst being thrust into the limelight. Sam Riley in the lead role tackles the icon with a fantastic understanding of Curtis and his life. Conveying his melancholy music that is still idolised today as well as the difficulties,  Anton Corbijn does a marvellous effort here. Special mention has to go to Toby Kebbell’s Rob Getton, a humorous addition to the film.

What’s Love Got to Do With It (1993)

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Earning lead actors Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett Academy Award nominations, the true and turbulent life of Tina Turner is brought to life in this haunting yet visceral biopic. The story starts from childhood, and sees Turner rise to become a star whilst dealing with the horrors of domestic abuse by the hands of her husband. Angela Bassett is a powerhouse performer who captures the devastation and determination of Tina in an impressive portrayal. Fishburne is equally brilliant and ultimately terrifying as the controlling Ike. Rumour has it that Fishburne only came onboard because of Bassett and it isn’t too hard to believe, together they flourish with extraordinary on-screen chemistry.

Walk the Line (2005)

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To me, it’s shocking that Joaquin Phoenix hasn’t received an Academy Award. Sure, he’s a bit bizarre but you’d hand one to Casey Affleck before Phoenix? No, uh-uh, not cool. Anyway, he has been nominated numerous times, including his performance as the iconic Johnny Cash in Walk the Line. The film sees his rise from childhood (as usual) into the iconic country star, only for it to nearly fall apart thanks to his drug addiction. However, through it, he finds solace in his long-time singing partner and lover June Carter, played by Reese Witherspoon in the actual Oscar winning role. Compelling, perforated by Phoenix’s impressive embodiment of Cash is certainly a necessary watch.  Just, come on already, give that man a golden gong!

Ray (2004)

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Jamie Foxx’s performance as the blind piano player and singer Ray Charles has earned critical acclaim across the globe. The story is usual biopic garb that peppers musician backstory including a tragic childhood, an illness, and an addiction to drugs. However, it’s the character of the famed musician and his influence throughout the civil rights movements. Foxx is compelling as the lead, able to showcase the good with the bad. It’s a powerful film that is backed by Ray’s genius music which includes Hit The Road Jack and Georgia, On My Mind. It’s no wonder Foxx scooped up the Academy Award with it!

All Eyez on Me is out in cinemas now! 

Win Hidden Figures on DVD!

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment celebrates the incredible untold true story of three brilliant African-American women working at NASA, with the home entertainment release of Hidden Figures arriving on Digital Download 19th June 2017, and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD on 3rd July 2017. To celebrate, we’re giving away 2x DVDs!

Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. This stunning achievement restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race between Russia and the U.S.A., and galvanised the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

Directed by Theodore Melfi (St. Vincent), and written by Allison Schroeder (Pineapple Express), Hidden Figures was nominated for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Octavia Spencer at the 89th Academy Awards®.

To be in with the chance of winning, just answer this question:

In Hidden Figures, what was the name of the spaceship in which John Glenn successfully travelled into orbit in?

  1. Friendship 7
  2. Voyageur 1
  3. Orion

Comment below with your answer to win! We’ll pick winners on the 10th July!

Hidden Figures is available on Digital Download from 19th June 2017, and Blu-ray™, 4K Ultra HD and DVD on 3rd July 2017

East End Film Festival: Forgotten Man – Review

As we become more aware of the social problems that are right under our noses, we need to find more ways of spreading the word and pushing for a change, and the best way to achieve such a worthy goal is through performance pieces, either on stage or on screen.

Forgotten Man embraces the latter option to set out its message and make you think about the attitudes of the general populace towards the homeless community.

The plot of Forgotten Man revolves around Carl (Obi Abili), a struggling actor who is working with a theatre troupe formed of people who are, or have been, homeless. After the opening night of their latest play is disrupted by a fistfight between one of the actors and an audience member, Carl meets Meredith (Eleanor McLoughlin in her debut film) while still in costume and the two begin a relationship – built on a lie. As the couple continue to see one another Carl’s past begins to become more of an issue, before it all finally reaches breaking point.

The film uses some gorgeous cinematography throughout, from the opening credits sequence following a cyclist through the streets of London, to the lovingly close-up shots of Meredith and Carl as they spend the day together. Almost every shot is a visual treat that adds colour to the film. An impressive feat, as the film itself is shot in black and white.

Complementing the visuals is a soundtrack to die for. The music gives off a melancholic and soulful vibe that resonates with the tone of the film. The score undercuts some of the more emotional scenes whilst raising the higher points of the movie to new levels.

Whilst the audio and video both create a beautiful and evocative experience, the driving force behind the plot comes from protagonists Carl and Meredith. Abili and McLoughlin have a very touching chemistry, a point reinforced by Abili’s subtle facial expressions of unease as he attempts to portray himself as a wealthy socialite. It is from his difficult interactions with the upper class that a large portion of the comedy is derived which is particularly noticeable whilst attending a recital with several pretentious academics and Meredith’s aunt (played by Jerry Hall.) The comedy is awkward, but in a very delightful way, and helps relieve the tension created by some of the more serious matters broached over the course of the film.

Forgotten Man is a very moving and thought provoking film that helps shine a light on the homeless, as well as addressing some of the more unintentionally insensitive claims made by those of us who don’t have to suffer the extremes of the elements. The entire affair is lovingly produced and brilliantly portrayed, with each act broken up by a brief piece of poetry by Errol McGlashan, who is a member of Cardboard Citizens, a theatre troupe formed predominantly by people who were once homeless. There is a lot of heart put into the production, and a lot to learn from it. It may not focus on the down-and-outers who sleep rough every night, but it makes a successful effort to break down the barriers between the two groups; homeless and the rest of us and make everyone seem a little bit more human.

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Raindance Film Festival – Trailer!

We certainly love our film festivals here at We Make Movies on Weekends! A great selection of undeniably brilliant movies from across the globe with a bunch of film lovers chatty loudly about them. We just love festivals. And we’re excited for the upcoming Raindance Film Festival!

Raindance Film Festival is one of the largest in Europe that champions independent filmmakers as well as showcasing workshops, panel discussions, and more for upcoming artists to hone their craft.

This year boasts to be stellar as always. The trailer is inspired by Rick Darge and blends film and reality.

What do you think?

The programme for the 25th Raindance Film Festival will be announced on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017.