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Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (2017)

Director: Paul McGuigan

Writer: Matt Greenhalgh (Screenplay) Peter Turner (Memoir)

Starring: Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Vanessa Redgrave, Stephen Graham

 

Plot: A romance sparks between a young actor and a Hollywood leading lady.


Tagline – A True Story of What Happens When a Hollywood Legend Discovers Romance

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Wonderful Drama

 

Story: Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool starts as actress Gloria Graham (Bening) learns about being sick, turning to fellow actor Peter Turner (Bell) and old friend to care for her in Liverpool. We look back at how the two first met, shared a bond over movies as Gloria hasn’t had the same impact in Hollywood that she once did.

The two had a romance and with Gloria back in his life the 30-year-old Peter must deal with the memories he had with Gloria and the future that might not have her in.

 

Thoughts on Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool

 

Characters – Peter Turner is the aspiring actor in Liverpool, he meets the Hollywood elite in Gloria, he had a romance with the older woman and now he must look back on that time when she returns sick. He knows he has fallen in love, but knows in the long-term it just couldn’t happen. Gloria Grahame is the Hollywood elite, an Oscar winner that isn’t in the limelight like she once was. In Liverpool she meets Peter that brings new life to her life, which was famous for the number of husbands she has been through. We do have Peter’s family that support Gloria when she returns sick, questioning why Peter can’t be as supportive as he could be.

PerformancesAnnette Bening is fantastic in this leading role, this is one of the best acting performances of 2017 and was criminally under-appreciated when it came to awards season. Jamie Bell returns to an English based movie 17-years after Billy Elliott, he shows us that his talent was always there and can be one of the most reliable actors in Hollywood, given the right material. The supporting cast are all wonderful too.

StoryThe story is told in two parts, the first is when the sick Gloria returns to the life of Peter, this brings us the second part as we look back on their relationship, from both points of view when it comes to different moments that happen. This adds so much more to this story, because when certain moments happen you can understand both the characters reactions to what is happening and support them both. The idea of a normal up and coming actor getting into a romance with an older Hollywood legend plays out well two, because it shows how love can come from different places and with this being based on the real memoir of Peter it adds to the natural feel about it all.

Biopic/Romance This is based on the memoirs of Peter Turner, this will show what drove him to reach the next level of acting while being able to say he was the one that fell in love with the actress. The romance side of the film shows us just where these two people who came from different backgrounds could fall in love.

SettingsThe film shows us the harder life of an up and coming actor in Liverpool would be living in, the world that Gloria once was from and the one they could have together.


Scene of the Movie –
New York argument, from both points of view.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Not enough people saw this one.

Final ThoughtsThis is a movie that all film fans should be going to see, it is a wonderful story about two people that fall in love, based in truth as the young actor meets Hollywood elite, where age was never a barrier for the two.

 

Overall: Film fans go and watch.

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LIES WE TELL – UK Release Date 2nd April

LIES WE TELL

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A film by Mitu Misra

Starring: Gabriel Byrne, Sibylla Deen, Mark Addy, Jan Uddin and Harvey Keitel 

Stars of Pulp Fiction and Miller’s Crossing are brought together for Mitu Misra’s  unflinching, award-winning British thriller about loyalty and revenge, a Northern Noir in the tradition of Mike Hodge’s Get Carter and Mike Figgis’ Stormy Monday.

When his billionaire boss Demi (Harvey Keitel) dies, chauffeur Donald (Gabriel Byrne) is given one final job – to wipe out any evidence of Demi’s relationship with his mistress, the enigmatic and beautiful Amber (Sibylla Deen). Donald’s task soon unravels when Amber’s life is threatened, and he finds himself her reluctant protector. Unwittingly drawn into a dangerous urban underworld, he encounters dark, harrowing practices, and a sinister underworld figure who will test him to his very limits.

LIES WE TELL is a unique, gritty thriller that portrays an ordinary man confronting extraordinary circumstances. The cast includes Golden Globe winner Gabriel Byrne (IN TREATMENT, MILLER’S CROSSING), Oscar-nominated screen legend Harvey Keitel (PULP FICTION, RESERVOIR DOGS), Mark Addy (GAME OF THRONES, THE FULL MONTY), Nicholas Farrell (CHARIOTS OF FIRE), BAFTA-winner Gina McKee (OUR FRIENDS IN THE NORTH), Toyah Willcox (QUADROPHENIA), Emily Atack (THE INBETWEENERS), Sibylla Deen (HOME AND AWAY), and Jan Uddin (SHANK).

Gabriel Byrne was the recipient of ‘Best Actor Award’ at the Nottingham International Film Festival in October 2017.

A-Z Bonus Review Month – S – Search Party (2014)

Director: Scot Armstrong

Writer: Mike Gagerman, Andrew Waller, Scot Armstrong (Screenplay) Mike Gagerman, Andrew Waller (Story)

Starring: Adam Pally, T.J. Miller, Thomas Middleditch, Shannon Woodward, Alison Brie, J.B, Smoove

 

Plot: A pair of friends embark on a mission to reunite their pal with the woman he was going to marry.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Comedy Adventure

 

Story: Search Party starts when Nardo (Middleditch) is about to get married to Tracy (Woodward), a stoned stag party leads Nardo telling his best friends Evan (Pally) and Jason (Miller) he is having second thoughts. Come the wedding day Jason interrupts the wedding leading to Tracy storming and Nardo going after her.

With Evan about to get a promotion he must put his career on at risk to travel to Mexico with Jason to rescue him and reunite the couple. What follows is a serious of comical events through the next through days.

 

Thoughts on Search Party

 

Characters/PerformanceEvan is the friend about to get his career on path but his friendship with Jason finds himself in trouble. Nardo is the friend who is about to get married but ends ups stranded in Mexico trying to win his girlfriend back. Jason is the screw up of the friends who always puts his friends in problems, he needs to look at his own situation and learn to grow up with this adventure.

Performance wise, Adam, TJ and Thomas all give good performances showing their comedy abilities throughout.

StoryThe story shows how three best friends all going on different paths will stay there for each other no matter what happens even if their personal lives are going in different direction. The adventure across Mexico is fun throughout and the madness the characters go through make for to get back together.

Adventure/ComedyThe adventure side is all fun as we get to see how far the friends would go to help each other with the comedy all coming off in the right places.

SettingsThe settings add to the comedy adventure the characters find themselves on.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good comedy that does have plenty of laughs even if the laughs are slightly more risky in places.

 

Overall: Sit back and enjoy the comedy.

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