A Long Way Down | Review

Based on author Nick Hornby’s 2005 novel “A long Way Down“, the film was directed by Pascal Chaumeil and stars Imogen Poots, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul & Pierce Brosnan (The November Man).

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Plot: Four strangers who happen to meet on the roof of a  building on New Year’s Eve, each with the intent of committing suicide. Their plans for death in solitude are ruined when they meet as they decide to come down from the roof alive – however temporary that may be.

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Review: It’s a depressing subject but it’s not a depressing film. It’s Dark, weirdly funny, and smart. It tackles suicide in a very tasteful way, it’s not sugar coated but it’s true, suicidal people are not just suicidal and the movie is true to that. I’ve never completed suicide but the characters felt real to me, with ups and downs, secrets and layers to them.

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Which brings me to the cast, it’s an unlikely assemble to me but it is a very good one, each characters bring something to the table and they’ve chosen actors who could, and did, bring these characters to life. Toni Collette is as usual on top of her game and Pierce Brosnan is no where near James Bond, which is great. Aaron Paul is mysterious and brooding and lastly Imogen Poots

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From beginning to end we get right in the thick of it. The film got a little far fetched at times but in all it was moving and funny. The emotional states and circumstances that drove them to consider suicide are there but it’s not dragging the movie down.

What do you think of this Nick Hornby film adaptation? Would you have picked an entirely different cast or change a few actors? And lastly which of the four characters was your favorite? Share your thoughts comment section below or suggest an old movie based on novel for the Throwback Thursdays movie articles.

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TV Review: Witches of East End (Season Review)

Brought to the screen by Maggie Friedman, “Witches of East End” is based on a book series of the same name by Melissa De La Cruz. The show stars Julia Ormond, Jenna Dewan, Rachel Boston as the Beauchamp witches, and Eric Winters & Daniel DiTomasso as the Gardiner warlock brothers.

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Premise: Centers on the adventures of a mother and her two adult daughters, both of whom unknowingly are their family’s next generation of witches, who lead seemingly quiet, uneventful modern day lives in Long Island’s secluded seaside town of North Hampton. When one of the daughters becomes engaged to a young, wealthy newcomer, a series of events forces her mother to admit to her daughters they are, in fact, powerful and immortal witches. (Source: Lifetime) 

That was in season one but now things are little different.

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Review: I watched the first season but I wasn’t particularly glued to the show. I watched it because I liked the cast and it had been a while since there was an interesting show about Witches. Everything was set up slowly, each episode bringing a tiny piece of the puzzle and these witches and warlocks started to make “sense.”

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The second season was a completely different story. They have upped the game, it’s better, darker and more entertaining. The portal was opened and an even bigger otherworldly element was added into the show. It was a slow start though, much like the previous season was a little about the girls stepping into their powers, the Gardiner boys discovered theirs. The darker undertone of the season helped handling the boys’ relationship to their powers differently. Aspects of their personality got heightened and we got to see how they turned out and it’s not always pretty.

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New season means new guest stars and for a 13 episode series there were a lot of them, which is why I am left with a bitter sweet feeling about that. The season was riddled with a lot of twist and turns, interesting new characters, but some of the storylines were handled sloppily. The big baddy was a little disappointing, his minions were far more crazy and felt like the real villains than he did. 

But the finale brought on new and interesting plots and I am excited to see what’s to come. What about you? 

The Homesman | Trailer

The Homesman adapted from Glendon Swarthout’s eponymous novel, The Homesman celebrates the ones we hear nothing of: the brave women of early pioneers in 1850s in America. It’s the devastating story of  these women whose hearts and minds were broken by a life of bitter hardship in the American West. A “homesman” must be found to escort a handful of them to a sanitarium but none of the county’s men steps up. Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank), a resourceful ex-teacher, and spinster finds a low-life claim jumper George Briggs (Tommy Lee Jones) to help her. Thus begins a trek east, against the tide of colonization, hardship, Indian attacks, ice storms, and loneliness.

Gone Girl | Trailer

Gone Girl is one of the movie I am excited about and I honestly that I had shared the trailer but I was told I didn’t (thx gulk).

  • DIRECTOR: David Fincher
  • SCREENPLAY: Gillian Flynn (also Author of the novel)
  • CAST: Ben Affleck, Rosemund Pike, Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, David Clennon, Carrie Coon. 

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Seventh Son | Trailer

Seventh Son is about a young farmer named Thomas Ward. Thomas is the seventh son of a seventh son and as tradition dictates he will have to train to become a Spook (someone who protects the country from witches, ghouls, etc.). Most apprentice have failed to survive the training and the only question is will Thomas survive?

The movie is adapted from Joseph Delaney’s Novel The Spook’s Apprentice stars a lot of amazing actors among which are Jeff Bridge (The giver, Tron), Julianne Moore (Don Jon, Carrie), Ben Barnes (Narnia, Stardust) and Kit Harrington (Game of Thrones, Pompeii). It’s Directed by Sergey Bodrov – I honestly don’t know who he is.

Months ago, I saw the first trailer and it shone a light on a book series that I didn’t know about. I thought the trailer was interesting and entertaining. Knowing that it is based on a book series I figured that I would have a richer experience of this universe by reading the books but I didn’t have time to do it. The second trailer is about just as good as the first one but it didn’t add to my desire to read the books. So should I read the books or wait for the movie to come out?

White bird in a blizzard | Trailer

White bird in a blizzard is the movie adaptation of Laura Kasischke’s novel. It is set in the 1980s and is about the chaotic turn a teenage girl’s life takes after her mom disappears.

It stars the talented Eva Green (300 Rise of an Empire, Penny Dreadful), Shailene Woodley (Divergent, The Fault is in our stars), Christopher Meloni (Man of Steel, Law & Order: SVU) and Thomas Jane (Hung).

I have been dying to see that movie, the trailer looks good, I’m not worried about it because the actors are fantastic so I know they’ll do a good job. And it’s a decent director so all is good. The movie was presented at Sundance Film Festival back in January, which when I first heard about it but I haven’t seen it in movie theatres yet. There’s talk of an internet release for the 25th of Septembre but my point is as soon as I see the movie I’ll write about it.