Films to Get Excited About

I haven’t been writing much, so this is just a quick post to get back into the swing of things…These are 3 films coming out in the New Year that look amazing.

 La La Land

Release date (UK):
17th January 2017

Written and directed by:
Damien Chazelle

Starring: 
– Ryan Gosling
– Emma Stone
– John Legend
– Rosemarie DeWitt
– J. K. Simmons

Genre:
Romantic musical comedy-drama

Synopsis:
‘La La Land’ is  about Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress who waits on movie stars, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a jazz musician who plays cocktail party gigs in dingy bars, both of whom aspire for greater things. As success hits, the fabric of their love affair begins to fray, and the American Dream they worked so hard to maintain begins to tear them apart.

Why to be excited:
This film is written and directed by Damien Chazelle, who wrote and directed ‘Whiplash’ (2014), which is one of my favourite films about music. Chazelle did such a fantastic job of recreating the passion/emotion musicians feel at striving to hit their musical potential in ‘Whiplash’ (both J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller did amazing jobs), so I am extremely excited to see what he does with this musical. ‘La La Land’ has the appearance of a classic Hollywood style romance film (with the movie studio settings, the mood lighting and the romantic colours), which I adore. I only like certain romance films, and this has the winning composition to be included in this list. It looks really classy, and Ryan Gosling is devastatingly handsome, and I can’t wait to watch this….

 

 

 

Split

Release date (UK):
20th January 2017

Written and directed by:
M Knight Shyamalan

Starring: 
– James McAvoy
– Haley Lu Richardson
– Anya Taylor-Joy
– Kim Director
– Betty Buckley

Genre:
Psychological Thriller

Synopsis:
‘Split’ is about a man named Kevin (James McAvoy), who experiences extremely bad schizophrenia (a mental illness where Kevin is able to change his body chemistry with his thoughts – he essentially has a split personality). He kidnaps a car of 3 girls, and holds them captive. They then have to deal with Kevin’s 23 different personalities in order to help them escape. However, a final personality (“The Beast”) begins to materialise…

Why to be excited:
This film is written and directed by M Knight Shyamalan, who is best known for his film the ‘The Sixth Sense’ (1999), which in my eyes is an absolute classic, and still retains the impact it had on me when I first watched it! Similarly, last year I watched ‘The Visit’ (2015), which is another psychological thriller that I frequently recommend to people as it blew me away. This is because M Knight Shyamalan’s films are predominantly psychological thrillers, which have a style that border on horror (as they are so dark). Their psychological element toys with your mind, and make you unsettled and captivated in the same instance, which is why they leave such a lasting impression. From the advert, I can tell that ‘Split’ will no less do this, especially with James McAvoy at the helm. Definitely another film I am extremely excited to see!

 

 

 

 

Live by the Night

Release date (UK):
13th January 2017

Directed by:
Ben Affleck

Written by:
Ben Affleck and Dennis Lehane

Starring:
– Zoe Saldana
– Ben Affleck
– Elle Fanning
– Scott Eastwood
– Chris Sullivan
– Sienna Miller

Genre:
Gangster crime thriller

Synopsis:
‘Live by Night’ is set in 1920s America during the Prohibition era, when an underground network of gangsters helps to ensure the flow of booze to speakeasies across the country. Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck) is the son of the Boston Police Superintendent, but turns his back on his strict upbringing for the spoils of being an outlaw. However, Coughlin crosses a powerful mob boss by stealing his money and his moll, which ultimately ends badly.

Why to be excited:
I studied American Studies at University, and this my favourite era in American history (I love the music, literature, fashion, and overall culture of the 1920s). There is something about gangster films that are so seductive and badass, that it’s just hard to get a gangster film wrong. Furthermore, there are a lot of big names behind this film (it is produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, and is edited by Oscar-winning William Goldenberg – to name a few), and is written and directed by Affleck himself. I am so excited about this, as the last film I watched with him in (that he had written and directed) was ‘The Town’ (2010), which was a modern-day bank robber film, and was just perfect. ‘Live by the Night’ has the same potential.#
2017 looks amazing for films (especially with the Oscars just around the corner).
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