Love Actually [extensive cast] Emma Thompson. Hugh Grant. Alan Rickman. & the list goes on.
My top favorite Christmas film. Love. Joy. Screwy & Screw-ups.
All of London is in love — or longing to be — in Four Weddings and a Funeral writer Richard Curtis’ first directorial effort. Billed as “the ultimate romantic comedy,” Love Actually involves more than a dozen main characters, each weaving his or her way into another’s heart over the course of one particularly eventful Christmas. The seemingly perfect wedding of Juliet (Keira Knightley) and Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor) brings many of the principals together, including heartsick best man Mark (Andrew Lincoln), who harbors a very unrequited crush on Juliet. There’s also recent widower Daniel (Liam Neeson), trying to help his lonely stepson Sam (Thomas Sangster) express his true feelings to a classmate. Across town, devoted working mother Karen (Emma Thompson) tries to rekindle the passion of her husband, Harry (Alan Rickman), who secretly pines for a young colleague of his. In the same office, the lonely Sarah (Laura Linney) not-so-secretly pines for a man just a few desks away (Rodrigo Santoro), who returns her affections but may not be able to dissuade her neuroses. Providing the unofficial soundtrack for all of the couples is an aging rocker (Bill Nighy) who just wants to cash in and get laid — but even he might find a meaningful relationship in the most unlikely of places. A working print of Love Actually premiered at the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi
Rating: R (for sexuality, nudity and language)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Length: 2h 15m
Directed By: Richard Curtis
Written By: Richard Curtis
Studio: Universal Pictures
Just Remember The Magic Always Returns
Mary Poppins Returns | Official Trailer (Delightful)
Mary Poppins Returns in theatres December 19!
In Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” an all new original musical and sequel, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss. Emily Blunt stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any ordinary task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and Lin-Manuel Miranda plays her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London.
Mary Poppins . . . Emily Blunt
Jack . . . Lin-Manuel Miranda
Ben Whishaw . . . Michael Banks
Emily Mortimer . . . Jane Banks
Julie Walters . . . Banks’ housekeeper Ellen
Banks’ Children . . . Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh . introducing Joel Dawson
Fidelity Fiduciary Bank’s William Weatherall Wilkins. . . Colin Firth
Mary’s eccentric cousin Topsy . . . Meryl Streep
Balloon Lady(Treasured character from the PL Travers books) . . . Angela Lansbury
Mr. Dawes, Jr (Retired Chairman of the Bank) . . . Dick Van Dyke
Director . . . Rob Marshall
Screenplay . . . David Magee
Screen Story . . . David Magee . Rob Marshall . John DeLuca
Based upon the Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers
Producers . . . John DeLuca . . . Rob Marshall . . . Marc Platt
Executive Producer . . . Callum McDougall
Music Score . . . Marc Shaiman (Film Features All New Original Songs)
Music . . . Marc Shaiman
Lyrics . . . Scott Wittman . Marc Shaiman
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
The Coen Brothers
Ethan & Joel Coen for ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Rating . . . R (for Bloody, Bloody Violence in the Coen Brothers’ fashion)
Length . . . 2h 8m
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a six-part Western anthology film, a series of tales about the American frontier told through the unique and incomparable voice of Joel and Ethan Coen. Each chapter tells a distinct story about the American West. (For a more detailed description of the Coen Brothers film go to this LINK). I’m not usually a Western Film Fan but I am an avid Coen Brothers Fan. Enjoyed all of their films no matter how violent they can be. This films looks and sounds intriguing. All prepared to watch it on Netflix after November 16th 2018. (See below for more details.)
Watch The Ballad of Buster Scruggs only on Netflix Streaming Service and in Theatres starting November 16th 2018. Its first appearance was at the New York Film Festival on Saturday October 6th & on Tuesday October 9th 2018.
A Star Is Born (2018)
Rating . . . R
Length . . . 2h 15min
Genre . . . Drama . Music . Musical
In Theatres 5 October 2018 (USA)
A musician helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral.
Stars: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott
Director: Bradley Cooper
Writers: Eric Roth (screenplay by), Bradley Cooper (screenplay by)
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day. Written by Twentieth Century Fox
Rating . . . PG-13
Length . . . | 2h 14min
Genre . . . Biography . Drama . Music |
Release . . . 2 November 2018 (USA)
Rami Malek . . . Freddie Mercury
Lucy Boynton . . . Mary Austin
Gwilym Lee . . . Brian May
Director: Bryan Singer
Writers: Anthony McCarten (story by), Peter Morgan
Rating . . . R
Length . . . 1h 51m
Genre . . . Biography . Drama . History
Release in UK 25th January 2019
Colette is pushed by her husband to write novels under his name. Upon their success, she fights to make her talents known, challenging gender norms.
Stars: Keira Knightley, Eleanor Tomlinson, Dominic West
Director: Wash Westmoreland
Writers: Richard Glatzer (screenplay by), Wash Westmoreland
After World War II, Hitler’s deadliest lieutenant escaped.
Operation Finale (2018)
Rated . . . PG-13 disturbing thematic content and related violent images, and for some language
Genre . . . Biography | Drama | History | Thriller
15 years after World War II, a team of secret agents are brought together to track down Adolf Eichmann, the infamous Nazi architect of the Holocaust.
Stars: Mélanie Laurent, Haley Lu Richardson, Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley
Director: Chris Weitz