The Biography of P.T. Barnum who had this vision and was ahead of his time a the greatest show on earth as he called it.
Here is a terrific piece of musical who has songs like hip hop and avoided to put the classic music into it smart move. It is purely entertaining with great dancing numbers. The film starts with the title song “The Greatest Show,” with repetitive thumping percussion, Hugh Jackman (P.T. Barnum) in red long coat and top hat takes us on a dazzling tour, The all number is perfect choreography. The story takes us when his father and him as a young boy goes to this house (Rich people) and Barnum got interested to this young girl the daughter of his father’s customer. Than you see him all growing up and getting an idea of what he wants to do with his life. Both his wife and kids having almost nothing coming from nothing and marrying the daughter of a rich man and they were happy the way it is. However P.T. Barnum had an idea in mind. He launches out on his own, creating a theatre in the heart of New York City. He gathers together people with special talents as well as those with physical abnormalities (a big bearded lady, Siamese twins, a dwarf who would eventually be known as General Tom Thumb, Barnum’s first “breakout star”). The audition sequence is fun to watch and Jackman is dazzling in it. Not all people loved what he was doing but Barnum was so taken by being recognised in he was consumed by it. He even promised his wife that they will have a big house. He discover other talent Jenny Lind,(Rebecca Ferguson) the “Swedish Nightingale,” whom Barnum took on a whirlwind concert tour through America. Even meet the queen of England. Overall the casting is perfect and it is entertaining as hell . By the way Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus folded up its tent for good, after 146 years of uninterrupted operation soon after the film got released, due to the pressure of animal activist and poor attendance. Do not miss this one.
Cast: Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg, Romain Duris
The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the will power of his mother who devoted all her energy to convince his Grandfather to pay the ransom due to the fact he was a billionaire.
Ridley Scott has said that is his last film he is going to direct, so to me he goes out with a bang. He will have a foot in the cinema by just producing. The story focuses on the trio’s awesome performances: Michelle Williams as Gail Harris, the mother of an abducted heir to the Getty fortune; Charlie Plummer as the heir, John Paul Getty III; and Christopher Plummer as the grandfather, John Paul Getty, was the richest man in the world at the time of the kidnapping. (The two Plummers are not related.)
The thing is here is that John Getty here is so cheap it is not even funny to the point you will see how he spent his money to avoid paying taxes. So you think at first that he does not want to negotiate with terrorists but he comes down he is cheaper than scrooge. In the mix of it all John Paul Getty III ’s parents was getting divorced due to the fact that his father discovered drugs and free love. His grandfather had his reasons not to pay. Money will do usually thing to some people it will deformed their mind. Like i said you will see a scene where J. Getty stays in a nice star hotel but washes his own clothes and sheets because he doe not want to spent more on Laundromat. His stubbornness of not willing to pay the $17 Million could of getting his grandson killed. Wahlberg here plays Fletcher Chase who plays a negotiator for Getty and his right hand man plus he is in charge of security. The mother had to endure this nightmare plus she was patient, I would kill the grandfather myself even tortured him. The film was shot in location in Italy, London, and Jordan. It is beautifully well shot. Plummer embodies the character so completely that he must had to breathe, eat and think like a Getty. to make it so believable. As Ridley Scott would say” that is all folks. “
Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is back to his hometown by news that his older brother, Joe, has died. Joe, an unbelievable nice man (Kyle Chandler), had congestive heart failure for a long time, so his death, while wrenching and sad, could not have been entirely unexpected so we are told in the flashback . What Joe’s 16-year-old son, Patrick (Lucas Hedges), and Lee face together is an enormous grief and a big decision that Lee has to make.
The film opens with Lee a handy man for 2 building his life is miserable he has to put up with complaints from the tenants, who also complain about him to his boss. You see this man used by his job who lives downstairs in a one room apartment. Later in the flashback you will see in what kind of pain he is in. How did he live with himself then to top it all off his brother died now he is faced with: he has to look after Patrick, whose mother (Gretchen Mol) is out of the picture. Lee has to meet with lawyers and funeral directors. He drives his nephew to band practice, he forgets where he parked the car. He has to figure out what to do about Joe’s commercial fishing boat and what to say about Patrick’s complicated romantic situation. surprisingly there is some funny moments in there to break up this melodrama. Later Lee is faced to see again his ex-wife Randi (Michelle Williams ) which is not an easy task from both of them.
But Manchester by the Sea is about Lee and his family, their houses and boats and drinking habits and marriages. It has sentimental and ideological value, it is about life, trying to overcome tragedy and how they deal with it. A masterpiece yes it is but after that one you are going to want to see a comedy , because damn this melodrama can be exhausting watching the 2 hour of it. I am seriously going to need several glasses of wine.
Cast: Michelle Williams, Kristin Scott Thomas, Matthias Schoenarts, Ruth Wilson, Margot Robbie, Sam Riley In 2004, two novels were published in a single volume under the title Suite Française. It is the journal belonging to Irène Némirovsky, a French Jew who wrote about the experience of living under Nazi occupation in wartime. Unfortunately there were to be 5 books publish but Iréne was murder in Auschwitz before she published the third book. Némirovsky’s daughter finally got the nerve to read her mother journal and the rest his history in the making.
Director Saul Dibb’s movie is the second novel and tells the story of a small village in France that finds itself under the german occupation. Lucille Angellier (Michelle Williams ) whose husband left to fight for France and may or may not be dead. She lives with her mother-in-law Madame Angellier (Scott-Thomas), a wealthy landowner despised by most of her poor tenants. Well she is a tough woman and wants her money don’t matter what no excuses. When the german takes over the village commander Bruno von Falk (Mattias Schoenarts) is assigned to stay at the Angellier’s home, much to the displeasure of Madame Angellier. Bruno and Lucille found that they have a love for classical music but soon fall in love with each other.
Thee is a great story well written and well filmed by Dibb. My mom actually sold an apartment to Kristin Scoot Thomas in Paris, she said she is a very nice woman who is also very smart. The affair is the center of the story here. Dibb shows here the tension when the german comes into the village people do not know what to expect and they are walking on egg shells. The middle class rooms over for the germans while the poor suffers a little more. The habitant of the village will do anything to save their own skin they even rat on each other. The poorer of the village struggles to fit in and starve. Some of them steal food form the rich. It is an emotional story her with a bit of romance going on but let’s not forget the atrocity of the war here. Of course there is other romances going on here. The cinematography is awesome in this film I love the village in France I have been in some of them already there are awesome and have a lot of history. Also I want to say here if you have a chance to see Un village Français the french series is about the occupation of a village. i al quiet fond of it. I think it is going to get the 7 seasons in 2016. If you get a chance to watch it do it is quiet good. Now back to the film there keep in mind it is loosely based on a true story. there is fictional element thrown in there.
Cast: Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh
My Week With Marilyn is based on the true story of a young man named Colin Clark,(Eddie Redmayne) who talked his way into a job on “The Prince and the Showgirl” (1957), a movie being directed in England by Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh). Ho! Yes after Marilyn’s husband went back to New York, the week that follows was a disaster and that is when Colin came in and Marilyn took an interest in the young boy then 23, She was 30, (that lucky bastard) We all wanted to be in his shoes. There is a suggestion that they had sex but the movie was coquettish. She was smart but she had no confidence what so ever. In her acting, she fell into the Method guru Lee Strasberg, and his second wife named Paula. Marilyn was incapable to make a move without her. This pissed off Lawrence Olivier big time because Lawrence considered considered acting a job to train for and work at without any bloody nonsense. Colin Clark recorded it in a diary, which later became a book. Julia Ormond plays Vivien Leigh, Olivier’s wife, who sees through him and is afraid that Lawrence is going to fall for Marilyn which she tells Colin to keep an eye on him. Judi Dench is Dame Sybil Thorndike, who’s acting is perfect who explains to Olivier that it doesn’t matter if Monroe can’t act, because when she’s onscreen, nothing is going to care if she can act or not. The cinematography in this film is perfect, it is well filmed especially in the country of England where there is châteaux and the beautiful forest that surround it. The movie is accurate is recreating the filming of the movie directed by Lawrence Oliver. You might not seen this film because you might hear about it but is a must see. Check out the beautiful performance of Michelle Williams who played Marilyn Monroe.