Sweet Country – Photo courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films. (CR: Mark Rogers)
A Quiet Place, a highly anticipated thriller starring John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, opens nationwide Friday. That film is getting a ton of great word of mouth, but on the latest episode of CinemAddicts we spotlight Sweet Country, an excellent film that also hits theaters that weekend.
Sweet Country, set in 1929 Australia, centers on an Aboriginal man named Sam (Hamilton Morris) who kills another person in self defense. Believing escape is the only way, he runs away with his wife into the Outback and is tracked down by his kindhearted boss (Sam Neill) a principled lawman (Bryan Brown). Filled with beautiful compositions, stellar acting and self-assured directing from Warwick Thornton, Sweet Country is a must see film, especially if you love Westerns.
Also covered in the podcast is the recently released Sharon Stone flick All I Wish and The House of Tomorrow, a Shout! Factory release that hits theaters April 27. We also delve into some of the bigger releases coming out this month including the aforementioned A Quiet Placeand You Were Never Really Here. Take a listen to the latest episode of CinemAddicts below!
October is upon us and the most highly anticipated film of the month is Blade Runner 2049. Already receiving stellar reviews, Blade Runner 2049 may be one of the rare movies that improves upon the iconic original. Directed by Arrival and Sicario filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, the feature marks the return of former LAPD blade runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford). Ryan Gosling is simply known as K, the officer who’s searching for Deckard. Blade Runner 2049 opens nationwide October 6.
Critics darling Todd Haynes (Carol, Far from Heaven) is back with Wonderstruck, a storyline that follows the journey of two children living in different time periods. Julianne Moore, who previously worked with Haynes in Far From Heaven and Safe, reunites with Haynes in the feature that’s adapted by Brian Selznick’s book. Wonderstruck opens in limited release October 20.
Better Watch Out, the Harry Dean Stanton headlined Lucky, and Una (which features Carol actress Rooney Mara) are also covered on the latest episode of CinemAddicts. Take a listen below and feel free to comment!
It Comes At Night is a survivalist thriller that centers on Paul (Joel Edgerton) a family man who’s determined to keep his son (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) and wife (Carmen Ejogo) in a world where people are dying from a mysterious plague (or is it a creature?).
Directed and written by Trey Edward Shults, It Comes At Night co-stars Christopher Abbott as a man who wanders into Paul’s home in the abandoned woods seeking food and shelter for his own family. With humanity on the brink of extinction, it’s hard to trust anyone but family, and Paul must decide if letting strangers into his home is the best way to go. A total nail-biter until the very end and filled with great performances, It Comes At Night is definitely worth a look.
Also covered on this episode ofCinemAddicts is a preview of June movies we’re looking forward to, as well as our thoughts on the highly anticipated flick Wonder Woman.
Directed by Ceyda Torun, Kedi is a film that will have a direct appeal to cat lovers. That being said, 79-minute documentary takes an intriguing look at the street cats who roam Istanbul and the people who find themselves inextricably attached to them.
A healthy share of memorable stories are found in Kedi, as we discover a lady who’s a guardian to a multitude of cats in an attempts to find her own sense of peace. Another man recounts how, after the tragic sinking of his boat, a cat lead him to an unexpected discovery. The documentary is a piece that should have universal appeal, as the people who are bonded with these cats all have interesting stories to tell.
Also covered on this week’s CinemAddicts podcast is a review of several projects under the Oscar Shorts banner. My personal favorites where the shorts Sing, which details a young girl’s journey with her school choir, and the documentary Joe’s Violin, the story of a Holocaust survivor’s bond with a school studen who temporarily inherits his violin. Take a listen to this week’s podcast below!!
On this week’s episode of CinemAddicts, we go in search for Gold, an ambitious narrative featuring Matthew McConaughey as a prospector who doesn’t give up on his dreams. Other films covered on this week’s show include the indie comedy/thriller Get The Girl and the acclaimed documentary O.J.: Made in America.
Although Gold delves into Kenny Wells’ (McConaughey) relationship with his longtime girlfriend Kay (Bryce Dallas Howard), that union takes a backseat to his friendship and collaboration with geologist Michael Acosta (Edgar Ramirez). Kenny and Michael brave the Indonesian jungles to find this seemingly impossible quest for gold, and their journey serves as the film’s most memorable moments. Unfortunately, director/writer Stephen Gaghan’s tale doesn’t hit on every level and ends up being a bit derivative and two dimensional for its own good. Ramirez and McConaughey both deliver solid work, and they’re the best part of Gold.
Director Eric England’s Get The Girl starts off as intentionally innocuous romantic comedy but takes a detour into darker territory after a lonely guy named Clarence (Justin Dobies) stages a fake kidnapping to impress the woman (Elizabeth Whitson) he loves. When the woman’s life is actually endangered during the operation, Clarence must turn the tables on the kidnappers (aka his collaborators!) and save the day. Armed with shoestring budget, England crafts a diverting and twisted tale of love and vengeance that isn’t afraid to throw a healthy share of comedy into the proceedings.