If you’re in search of a first rate documentary to check out in theaters this month, Sea of Shadows should fit the bill. Directed by Richard Ladkani (The Ivory Game) and executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, the project focuses on the push to save the vaquita porpoise, an endangered whale species that resides near the Sea of Cortez.
Mexican drug cartels cast their nets in the vicinity to catch totoaba, a fish that is highly valuable in the Chinese market for its supposed medicinal purposes, and vaquita have become collateral damage in this illegal fishing. Ladkani approaches the subject from different vantage points, as we witness a group of scientists mounting an ambitious operation to save the vaquita. Broadcast journalist Carlos Loret De Mola is also prominently featured in the doc, as well as a non-profit conservation organization called Sea Shepherd.
Sea of Shadows is not your average talking head documentary, as it puts us right into the action of various missions to either expose an operation or patrol the ocean. Opening July 12, this project from National Geographic Documentary Films won the Sundance Audience Award.
Also covered on this episode of CinemAddicts are my reviews of Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love, The Farewell and Phil, a feature which marks Greg Kinnear’s directing debut. Take a listen below!
Hampstead centers on Emily (Diane Keaton), a widow who’s living in the upper class confines of London’s most desirable neighborhoods. Emily’s sheltered life takes a turn for the unexpected after she meets an Irish squatter named Donald (Brendan Gleeson) who has been living off the land across her apartment. For years Donald has lived off the land, living in a makeshift cabin and doing his best to keep to himself.
When his home is threatened when real estate developers come knocking on his door, Emily teams up with Donald to stop the process and keep his home. These mismatched loners ultimately form a romantic bond, but can it weather the stress caused by their respective fight against this planned development?
Keaton and Gleeson both deliver resonant work in what ends up being a light and engaging comedy. Now playing in select theaters and available on VOD, Hampstead is worth a watch if you’re a fan of romantic comedies and are enthusiasts of the lead actors. Other films covered on the latest episode of CinemAddicts include Funan, I Am Mother, and Maiden. Take a listen below!
On the latest episode of CinemAddicts, we review several movies (Brightburn, John Wick 3, Booksmart) that made a respective splash back in May and we also provide a preview for this month’s biggest releases (Dark Phoenix and Toy Story 4).
Also reviewed on our program is The Biggest Little Farm, a first rate documentary about a couple who purchase a 200 acre farm in Moorpark, California. Emmy winning documentarian John Chester, who directed the film, and his wife Molly left the confines of Los Angeles to create an organic farm filled with animals, vegetables and fruit. Since the land is essentially barren and abandoned, the Chesters’ ambitious goals won’t be achieved overnight.
The Biggest Little Farm chronicles eight years in their journey, and watching their respective victories and heartache makes for immersive and ultimately inspiring viewing. For more information on the film as well as Apricot Lane Farms, check out their official site.
It was back in 2001 when Anne Hathaway starred in The Princess Diariesand, in effect, began her road to stardom. Earlier this year Hathaway divulged that a third installment was a possibility as a script had been written. The actress and Julie Andrews are both interested in another go round, which is great news.
We covered the roundtables for The Princess Diariesway back when, and during our first interview with Hathaway she expressed her love for the project. “The great part about the film is it does have a lot of really important messages in it but it doesn’t address it in any sort of preachy or didactic way,” said Hathaway. “I think it really is very straightforward and something that everyone could relate to and it’s not sappy. It’s not cheesy or corny. It’s a really good movie and I’m really proud of it.”
Andrews’ iconic work includes The Sound of Musicand Mary Poppins(she also performed a great rendition of “Getting To Know You” for The King and I studio cast recording), so it was understandable if Hathaway was a bit nervous the first time she met the actress. Click on the media bar to hear Anne Hathaway discuss the first time she met Julie Andrews: The full interview of Hathaway is available on the latest episode of Matt and Greg Used To Interview Movie Stars.
Ethan Hawke delivered one of last year’s finest performances in the critically acclaimed film First Reformed, and now he’s playing Pat Garrett in the Western The Kid. Directed by Vincent D’Onofrio (who also has a brief role in the feature), The Kid Centers on a young boy named Rio (Jake Schur) whose life is forever changed thanks to Billy the Kid (Dane DeHaan) and Garrett. Leila George, who’s D’Onofrio’s daughter, co-stars as Rio’s sister and Chris Pratt plays their menacing uncle.
D’Onofrio, Hawke, and Pratt worked together on The Magnificent Seven so The Kid is a reunion of sorts. , The Kid hits theaters March 8.
Other movies previewed on the podcast include the upcoming Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn film Dragged Across Concreteand the Travis Fimmel headlined heist flick Finding Steve McQueen. Take a listen to this month’s episode of CinemAddicts:
On this month’s episode of CinemAddicts, we cover Arctic and Piercing, two under the radar films that are definitely worth your attention.
Arcticcenters on Overgard (Mads Mikkelsen), a man who is stranded in the freezing cold after a plane crash. After a helicopter pilot (Maria Thelma Smáradóttir) crash lands in the same area, he attempts to beat all odds and lead both of them to safety. Directed and penned by Joe Penna (it’s co-written by Ryan Morrison), Arctic is a visually arresting and resonant look at pushing forward even through the bleakest of conditions.
Directed by Nicolas Pesce (The Eyes of My Mother), Piercing centers on a man (Christopher Abbott) who is attempting to commit the perfect murder. His intended victim is an erratic call girl (Mia Wasikowska) who may turn that tables on him during one fateful evening. Pesce, a fan of giallo cinema and director Brian De Palma (the film has several eye catching split screen sequences), is in full command of his material, and if you don’t mind a little blood in your storytelling, then Piercing should be worth your time.