When We First Met – Brand New Trailer!

OK. I’ll be honest: The idea of Adam Devine travelling back in time to try and get a girl despite her being engaged seems so ludicrous that I

And then I saw it was from the creator of The DUFF, Ari Sandel. I had the same initial reaction and The DUFF is pleasantly surprising. So some interest has been piqued.

Using a magical photobooth, Noah tries different versions of the night he met “the love of his life,” with varying results.

This could be predictable or sweet or both but probably is going to melt into the background of Netflix this year. What do you think?


When We First Met is out later this year! 

London Critics Circle Awards 2018 – The Winners

Saturday night brought us the next chapter of the 2018 awards season, what an amazing array of talent it was. It didn’t occur to me during the year just how great 2017 was, but seeing all these wonderful films lined up for the accolades really puts it into perspective. Here are the winners of the 2018 London Critics Circle Awards.

The big winner of the night was Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, taking home awards for Best Film, Best Actress for Frances McDormand and Screenwriter of the Year, whilst McDonagh himself lost Best Director to The Florida Project’s Sean Baker. If you were sick of seeing Gary Oldman picking up the awards based purely on predictability, then rejoice at the fact that Call Me By Your Name’s Timothee Chalamet took home Best Actor, with Phantom Thread’s Lesley Manville and Paddington 2’s Hugh Grant also earning some surprise wins in the supporting categories.

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Paddington 2 was also up for Best British/Irish Film, though lost out to Christopher Nolan’s war epic Dunkirk. The British/Irish actor and actress of the year were Daniel Kaluuya and Sally Hawkins respectively, while Francis Lee picked up British/Irish Breakthrough of the Year for his intimate drama God’s Own Country. Some much needed love for Blade Runner 2049 came when production designer Dennis Gassner won Technical Achievement of the Year, and Elle and I Am Not Your Negro took home Foreign Film of the Year and Documentary of the Year respectively. Finally, the Dylis Powell award – Named after the British film critic – was awarded to Kate Winslet for her cinematic work.

An excellent list of winners, and some genuinely refreshing ones too. It’s nice to have an award show that’s just a little bit different to every other one, offering more praise to other filmmakers who may not have been noticed otherwise. But we still have plenty of awards to go, so don’t lose the love just yet.

 

Unsane – Brand New Trailer!

I know what you are thinking: Didn’t Steven Soderbergh retire?

But, if we’re being honest, we’re totally happy that he keeps coming back to do films. Especially thrillers as intriguing as Unsane. 

Taking a leaf out of Sean Baker’s book, Unsane is shot entirely on iPhone. It stars Claire Foy as a woman being stalked. After an altercation, she begins seeing him everywhere and in attempt to rationalise her fear, she goes to a facility. However, she winds up being committed and events start to spiral.

Also starring Juno Temple, this looks to be a creepy and fucked up film that we’re totally onboard for. What do you think?


Unsane is out 23rd March! 

The Hero – Review

Movies are other people’s dreams.

Walking the line between fiction and reality isn’t exactly something new, countless films and TV shows have done that job very successfully. The Hero is one of the latest of its type, playing with our perception of what is fiction and what isn’t. The difference between the two here is, seemingly, harder to spot than what you might think.

The film follows an ageing actor, Lee, who found great success during the Western Era of film, dealing with his terminal illness. To do so, he will try to reconcile matters with his daughter and trying to bring his dream film to life, a final stand-off for his former glory, whilst founding a new passion with a younger woman.

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The actor is played by Sam Elliott, the golden voiced performer who found great success with Westerns and, like many actors of that time, later struggled to make the jump and adapt to a post-Western Hollywood. However, if The Hero is any indication, Elliott has perfected his craft with every passing year. Here he delivers a truly sincere performance without which the film would tumble and fall, since the script is nothing we haven’t seen before, feeling quite raw in some places and overdone in others.

The supporting cast is also very good, specifically Laura Prepon and Krysten Ritter. The latter is in a relatively short amount of the film but delivers a heartfelt outing as Lee’s daughter, a woman who has distanced herself from her father (or was it the other way around?) to the point where the two became mere acquaintances, whilst the former plays the actor’s new love interest. Yes, unfortunately we are still writing plots about a young woman falling in love with an old man. Prepon’s character does make fun of that situation later in the film, however. The chemistry between Prepon and Elliott is great nonetheless and they do make their scenes together work and be some of the best moments of the film. Despite not liking how the relationship is written, I can’t deny that their last moment is moving, with Prepon reading out a poem whilst the camera focuses on Elliott’s reaction to it. It’s a powerful moment and by far the best scene of the film.

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The ending left me a bit confused. I understand what the film was going for: a sense of loop and repetition around Lee’s life, but we’ve never seen that repetition before, so the ending doesn’t feel earned, instead it feels out of place. Perhaps it is a scene too long. Perhaps I just didn’t get it.

Ultimately, The Hero is a story of a man trying to find a second wind. An individual that has to stop looking back on his former glories and face forward, even if what’s ahead of him is uncertain.


The Hero is out on DVD & Blu-Ray now!

Submergence – Brand New Trailer!

Here at We Make Movies on Weekends, we’re massive fans of James McAvoy (Everyone bar editor: No, Sarah, you are.) The actor has rightly paid his dues and deserves more praise for his intricate ways of performing.

Now playing opposite Alicia Vikander in the latest Wim Wenders’ film, we’re delighted by the latest film Submergence.

The movie sees Danielle and James, two strangers who meet in a hotel in Normandy. When they become worlds apart, they find themselves more drawn to each other.

This film looks magnificent and poetic, with strong leading performers. What do you think?


Submergence is out 18th May