Category Archives: true stories

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot Trailer and Poster

Directed by Gus Van Sant, who brought us notable movies like To Die ForMilk, The Sea of Trees, Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot is based on a true story.  The movie follows Joaquin Phoenix, a Van Sant alumni, as he performs John Callahan lust for life with a quirky knack for off-color jokes and an obvious drinking problem.

The tragedy begins with an all-night bender and ends in a catastrophic car accident. John wakes up to the reality of being confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.

The movie is his journey back from rock bottom, his honesty and wicked sense of humor turn out to be his saving grace. He builds friends with an oddball AA group while finding out that love is not beyond his reach. He develops a talent for drawing irreverent and sometimes shocking cartoons that bring him notoriety. 

The movie is brought to us by Amazon Studios, which means I am a Prime member and will be able to see it as soon as it leaves the movie theaters.  I look forward to taking a peek at the acting chops of some fine actors in this movie including Rooney Mara, Jack Black, and Jonah Hill.

Check out the trailer and notice both Jack Black and Jonah Hill are taking a serious turn in this poignant story.

Faith-based I Can Only Imagine Trailer and Clips

Co-directed by Andrew Erwin and Jon Erwin, I Can Only Imagine follows a true story based on a song by possibly the most popular faith-based song ever played on Christian radio – I Can Only Imagine by MercyMe. 

The story follows Bart Millard, who the lead singer of the Christian band MercyMe.  His relationship with his troubled father played to the core by Dennis Quaid.  I saw a dynamic clip of Quaid playing a very emotionally torqued father. I encourage you to see the movie, just to Quaid, amazing.

The message in the movie, which is totally Christian, nobody is ever too far from God’s love —  or too far from an eternal home in Heaven.

The movie also stars Cloris Leachman, Trace Adkins, Michael Finley, Priscilla Shire, and Madeline Carroll.

 

Winchester Trailer

Directed by the Spierig brothers, Winchester looks like a fancy horror story that is true. The movie follows Sarah Winchester, played by Oscar winner Helen Mirren, who lives on an isolated stretch of land 50 miles outside of San Francisco where the most haunted house in the world is built. Sarah Winchester is the heiress to the Winchester fortune from the famous Winchester rifles, and she continues to build her house 24/7. A true mania that lasts for decades.

But Sarah is not building for herself, for her niece, played by Sarah Snook or for the troubled Doctor Eric Price, played by Jason Clarke, whom she has summoned to the house. She is building a prison, an asylum for hundreds of vengeful ghosts, and the most terrifying among them have a score to settle with the Winchesters.

The Winchester house is a well-known tourist attraction. Even though I live in Northern California, I have never visited this house but friends have told me about it, and I have seen the billboards around Interstate 80 promoting the Winchester House as a mysterious home, nothing about it being haunted.

The trailer shows a horror movie at its best. This will be a fun movie to watch, especially with Mirren in the starring role.

 

The Miracle Season Trailer

Take a look at who is starring in this movie. Oscar winners William Hurt and Helen Hunt are fantastic as a parent of a tragic death and a coach who must pull her champion team together and maintain a winning streak, unlike any other volleyball team.

Directed by  Sean McNamara, The Miracle Season follows a champion volleyball team that lost their star player to a tragic auto accident. The town, school, and team go through the process of snapping back to determining winners.

With such an awesome cast, I am sure this movie will not go unnoticed. The ending is predictable but still, it will be fun to watch as long as it doesn’t get too mushy.  Watch the trailer and see for yourself.

7 Days In Entebbe Trailer

Directed by José Padilha (Narcos, Elite Squad), 7 Days in Entebbe follows the inspired true events of the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight en route from Tel Aviv to Paris.

Watching the trailer, I can sense the gripping terror of the passengers and those who attempted to rescue the hijack victims. The movie shows the most daring rescue mission ever attempted.

Written by Gregory Burke, who also wrote 71, a gripping film about Ireland’s Civil War, 7 Days in Entebbe unique and talent cast includes Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), Daniel Brühl (The Zookeeper’s Wife), Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes), Ben Schnetzer, Lior Ashkenazi, and Denis Ménochet.

Molly’s Game Trailers and Featurette

Directed by Arron Sorkin, Molly’s Game follows Molly Brown, played by Jessica Chastain, a true story of a beautiful, young, Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons.

Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business giants and finally, unbeknown to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was her criminal defense lawyer Charlie Jaffey, played by Idris Elba, who learned there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led people to believe.

Kevin Costner plays Larry Brown, Molly’s father, and Graham Greene plays the Judge Foxman with other talented actors like Michael Cera, Jeremy Strong, Chris O’Dowd, and Bill Camp.

The trailers show a great movie about a story that will unravel and bring to light the true meaning of honesty and be true to oneself.

The featurette has Arron Sorkin talking about the movie along with Jessica Chastain.

The Post Trailer

There are some real powerhouses in Steven Spielberg’s The Post. It is about an era when the newspapers sometimes had it right and new their duty to report the truth despite the flak from governmental interference.

Here we have Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee and Meryl Streep as Kay Graham together under the direction of Spielberg’s mastery of timing in brilliant company. We follow them as they come to terms of printing classified information about the Vietnam War.

A time in history about an unlikely partnership between The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham, the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee, as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. If you know the story or read Graham’s book, you know these two people overcame their differences risking their livelihoods and careers – and their very freedom – to help bring long-buried truths out to the open.

Three powerhouses are working together, which I find super exciting and worth seeing. The movie also includes an ensemble cast including Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Plemons, Matthew Rhys, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford and Zach Woods.

All the Money in the World Trailer

Directed by Ridley Scott, All the Money in the World follows the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III, played by Charlie Plummer, and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother Gail, played by Michelle Williams to convince his billionaire grandfather, played by Kevin Spacey, to pay the ransom.

Getty Sr. refuses, and Gail attempts to sway him as her son’s captors become increasingly volatile and brutal. With her son’s life in the balance, Gail and Getty’s advisor, played by Mark Wahlberg, become unlikely allies in the race against time that ultimately reveals the true and lasting value of love over money.

Watching the movie’s trailer, the acting is superb and the story will drive the movie. I didn’t even recognize Spacey, which is awesome. It looks like he is truly playing a different role than is usual tough guy image.  Michelle Williams as the distraught mother is brilliant. I am sensing Mark Walberg is in a career-defining role.

The story is straight from the headlines and based on a true story. All the Money in the World looks like a winner.

Phantom Thread Trailer

The movie is set in the allure of 1950’s post-war London. When the story follows renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock, played Daniel Day-Lewis, and his sister Cyril, played by Lesley Manville, is at the focal point of British fashion. They dress royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock.

Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, played by Vicky Krieps. Krieps looks phenomenal in the trailer. She is known for starring in French and mainly German movies.  She soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love.

Daniel Day-Lewis is a brilliant actor. I heard he is retiring, and this movie may be his last, but I can’t confirm it. Phantom Thread is an odd title for me because what is so mysterious about fashion design? Why does this director have to show so much angst in a life that is successful and charismatic?  Can’t we just happy with our success and enjoy ourselves?

Understanding the story clip below is interwoven with Q & A conference held with the director and cast. Quite lovely.

Interesting clip, what do you think Woodcock is thinking?

Goodbye Christopher Robin Trailers, Featurettes, and Interviews

Winnie the Pooh will always be in the soul of children of all ages. There is something about Pooh’s innocence that draws readers to his adventures. Seeing these trailers, featurettes, and interviews, audiences will gain a deeper understanding of the reasons for A.A. Milne stories about these awkward and unique animals in the forest.