Episode 404 – Toronto International Film Festival – Update #3 #TIFF2018

In our second Podcast from TIFF 2018, we talk about:

22 July

Director – Paul Greengrass

Cast:

  • Anders Danielsen Lie
  • Jonas Strand Gravli
  • Jon Øigarden
  • Isak Bakli Aglen
  • Seda Witt
  • Maria Bock
  • Thorbjørn Harr
  • Ola G. Furuseth

The Wedding Guest

Director – Michael Winterbottom

Cast:

  • Dev Patel
  • Radhika Apte
  • Jim Sarbh

Tel Aviv on Fire

Director – Sameh Zoabi

Cast

  • Lubna Azabal
  • Kais Nashef
  • Maisa Abd Elhadi
  • Yaniv Biton

Free Solo

Directors

  • E. Chai Vasarhelyi
  • Jimmy Chin

Cast

  • Alex Honnold
   

American Woman

Director – Jake Scott

Cast

  • Sienna Miller
  • Christina Hendricks
  • Aaron Paul
  • Will Sasso
  • Amy Madigan

 

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Episode 404 – Toronto International Film Festival – Update #2 #TIFF2018

In our second Podcast from TIFF 2018, we talk about:

Beautiful Boy

Director – Felix van Groeningen

Cast

  • Steve Carell
  • Timothée Chalamet
  • Maura Tierney
  • Amy Ryan

Boy Erased

Director – Joel Edgerton

Cast

  • Lucas Hedges
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Joel Edgerton
  • Russell Crowe

Dogman

Director – Matteo Garrone

Cast

  • Marcello Fonte
  • Alida Baldari Calabria
  • Edoardo Pesce
  • Nunzia Schiano
  • Adamo Dionisi
  • Francesco Acquaroli
  • Gianluca Gobbi

Farming

Director – Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Cast

  • Damson Idris

  • Kate Beckinsale

  • John Dagleish

  • Gugu Mbatha-Raw

  • Jaime Winstone

  • Genevieve Nnaji

  • Zephan Amissah

  • Tom Canton

  • Theodore Barklem-Biggs

   

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Episode 403 – Toronto International Film Festival – Update #1 #TIFF2018

It’s been a few years since we last covered the Toronto International Film Festival, but we are back in a big way this year with this the first of our ‘Live from the Fest’ Podcasts.  In this episode we discuss:

Loro

Director – Paolo Sorrentino

Cast

  • Toni Servillo
  • Elena Sofia Ricci
  • Riccardo Scamarcio
  • Kasia Smutniak

Outlaw King

Director– David Mackenzie

Cast

  • Chris Pine
  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson
  • Billy Howle
  • Florence Pugh
  • Tony Curran
  • Stephen Dillane
  • Sam Spruell

Hotel Mumbai

Director – Anthony Maras

Cast

  • Armie Hammer
  • Dev Patel
  • Nazanin Boniadi
  • Tilda Cobham-Hervey
  • Anupam Kher
  • Jason Isaacs

Gloria Bell

Director – Sebastián Lelio

Cast

  • Julianne Moore
  • John Turturro
  • Michael Cera
  • Caren Pistorius
  • Brad Garrett
  • Jeanne Tripplehorn
  • Rita Wilson
  • Holland Taylor

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Episode 402 – Kin / Operation Finale

In this week’s Podcast we review:

– Kin

– Operation Finale

Sincere apologies for the poor sound quality of this Podcast.  Clean sound will return with our next recording.

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Episode 401 – Juliet, Naked / The Meg / Crazy Rich Asians

Episode 401 of Moviewallas brings reviews of:

  

– Juliet, Naked

– The Meg

– Crazy Rich Asians

Our rather ‘challenging’ Netflix picks are:

– Tusk

– Hardcore Henry

– Enemy

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PAPILLION | Review

Sometimes the time that one ends up paying for the crime isn’t always justified and in the movie PAPILLION Henri “Papillon” Charrière (Charlie Hunnam) pays a hefty price for stealing a small fortune of diamonds for a local gangster. His biggest crime however may be that he bestows said diamonds on his girlfriend  Nenette (Eve Hewson) instead. In retaliation, his gangster boss frames Papillon for a murder he had nothing to do with which earns him a life sentence at the infamous penal colony in French Guiana.
Directed by Michael Noer, written by Aaron Guzikowski and based on the epic true story and international, best-selling books, “Papillon” and “Banco,”  PAPILLION (so called because of the butterfly tattoo that Henri has engraved on his chest) unfolds as we encounter the numerous escape attempts by our main protagonist along with his meek side kick, currency forger Louis Dega (Rami Malek), who is sentenced to life for producing counterfeit bonds.
Powerful stand out moments occur mostly when we see the effect of hopelessness on the human spirit.  Charlie Hunnam, manages to play broken beautifully.  However, the movie would have greatly benefited from providing more story related to the time between escape attempts and then later, the movie would have felt more complete if we could have seen the impact of the trials and tribulations that prisoners endured during long periods of solitary confinement and how this impacted their lives in freedom if they managed to escape.  What plays well in the movie is the stark physical and emotional contrast between Hunnam and Malek and how each manages to show strength and loyalty to the other in times of need.  PAPILLION also  represent an opportunity to understand how France used a system of confinement and prisoners to help build one of their colonies.
PAPILLION opens in cinemas on August 24th, check local listings for show times

Episode 400 – Christopher Robin / BlacKkKlansman / Mission: Impossible – Fallout

It’s time for Moviewallas.  We celebrate our Episode 400 Milestone with reviews of:

– Christopher Robin

– BlacKkKlansman

– Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Our Netflix picks this week are:

 

– Locke

– Hans Zimmer – Live in Prague

– The Rover

For a limited time this episode will also be available on YouTube:

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McQueen | Review

Most people aren’t interested in fashion or those designers who make fashion famous.  Most people will however recognize the name Alexander McQueen; the young protege who was as famous for making avant guard clothing as well as living an equally avant guard lifestyle and who at the tender age of forty would succumb to taking his own life having reigned as one of the most influential and original artists of our time
McQueen is a compelling and engaging must-see documentary about Lee Alexander McQueen who was born and raised in an East London working class neighborhood.  Lee as he was better known to his friends and family was likely predestined to have become a plumber, brick layer or cab driver like his father as opposed to one of the creators of the “Cool Britannia” movement that combined fierce romanticism and punk poetry in the 90s making him a reigning and sometimes controversial King of style.  This rags-to-riches story told through archival footage and by those people who knew and loved him to a fault show a thrilling portrait of a complex man who was equally talented and burdened emotionally.
McQueen is equal parts inspiring, sad and haunting and manages to provide a glimpse behind the curtain of a competitive and complicated world where reputation seems to be as important as the end product.  Filmmakers Ian Bonhote and Peter Ettedgui do an incredible job of showing a unique account of someone obsessed with drawing clothes to McQueen’s meteoric rise as the top designer at the house of Givenchy in Paris.
What is perhaps most impressive about this documentary other than seeing the creation of beautiful clothing (that will forever be remembered as art) is the story behind the creator himself and just how the genius came to be.
“The most important question we wanted to answer was how this shy working class young man with no connections became Alexander McQueen” says Eddegui.  Well, they certainly succeeded.
McQueen will open in San Diego at the Hillcrest Cinema on August 10 2018, check local listings for show times in other Cities

Episode 399 – Eigth Grade / Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot

In this podcast we discuss:

 

– Eight Grade

– Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot

Our Netflix picks are:

  • Sausage Party
  • The Gift
  • Love & Friendship

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Episode 398 – Skyscraper / Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again

Ok Super Troopers, it’s time for more Moviewallas.  This week we discuss:

 

  • Skyscraper
  • Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Our Netflix picks this week are:

  • Fandry
  • Sairat
  • Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

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