Some good films this week. I'm preparing to launch my latest book The Troubles Keeper. I did have an expected release date of the 14th October. However I've pushed that back another week because I'm still going through final edits. This book has received such amazing reviews on Good Reads that I want the final product to be as polished as possible. So far it has over 65 ratings with a score of 4.35 out of 5. So I'm thrilled and very proud of this novel.
Here's a link to Goodreads.com/book/show/32570256-the-troubles-keeper
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Inferno ✪✪✪ ½ Opened October 13
I read Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. Let me rephrase that. Like most readers of these books, I inhaled them. Nothing was important enough to interrupt until you'd finished.
The first two films in the trilogy of the same name (2006 & 2009), directed by Ron Howard, who also directed this one, were a bit of a letdown. However, because the suspense is based on the character's solving a puzzle mystery it was hard to tell if knowing the outcome dampened the enjoyment of the film.
This book I hadn't read. The word in reading circles was that it wasn't great, and so I didn't seek it out. I found this film much more entertaining than its predecessors. But I'm not sure if its because I didn't know where they were going. Although I have read a few reviews since, which have also said it was the best of the trilogy.
All actors are solid and the Italian and various international settings are just glorious. If you've been to Italy, you will no doubt lean to your fellow film goer (hopefully, you know them) and whisper, "I've been there."
Great action film with just a couple of slow, unnecessary scenes that most likely appear to remain a little truer to the novel. Note: Tom Hanks has been very busy this year with three releases so far (Sully, Hologram for a King).
Tom Hanks reprises his role as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon in director Ron Howard and screenwriter David Koepp's adaptation of author Dan Brown's bestselling novel Inferno, which finds Langdon using Dante's The Divine Comedy as a tool in the race to prevent a devastating global pandemic. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Deepwater Horizon ✪✪✪✪ Opened October 6
Directed by Peter Berg (Battleship, Friday Night Lights, Hancock) who also directed Mark Wahlberg in Lone Survivor is becoming well known for his action films. He even makes a cameo in the opening scenes.
Wow! When the sh*&^%$ hits the fan on an oil rig, it doesn't just hit, it cascades into something hugely horrific. Deepwater Horizon was an ultra-deepwater, dynamically positioned, semi-submersible offshore drilling rig owned by Transocean. On April 21, 2010 they experienced a blowout, which is basically a build up of pressure in the pipes they are drilling down through. The subsequent, possibly avoidable explosion killed 11 crewmen. The fireball was visible 64km away. These type of fires, as we have seen in Kuwait, are near impossible to extinguish. The Horizon sank and the well gushed oil until it was capped on the 15th July, months later. It became the largest oil spill in US waters.
This is a riveting action drama led capably by everyman actor Mark Wahlberg. He really can play most parts so well. Kurt Russell is the rig manager and he's also convincing. I love that he's back in the mix with films. He's been a favorite of mine since childhood. John Malkovich as the company representative who cares more about the money than listening to engineers is compelling too.
A fascinating, terrifying film made all the more frightening as it is based on real events. I've learned that when you land on an oil rig do check if they've done adequate pressure testing. If not, get off immediately.
On April 20th, 2010, one of the world's largest man-made disasters occurred on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. Directed by Peter Berg (Lone Survivor), this story honors the brave men and women whose heroism would save many on board, and change everyone's lives forever.
Masterminds (not reviewed) Opened October 13
I didn't attend the preview of this one, but I'm sure you can decide from the trailer if it's for you.
In this action comedy based on true events, directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite; Nacho Libre), David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) discovers the true meaning of adventure far beyond his wildest dreams. He is an uncomplicated man stuck in a monotonous life. Day in and day out he drives an armored vehicle, transporting millions of other people's money with no escape in sight. The only glimmer of excitement is his flirtatious work crush Kelly Campbell (Kristen Wiig) who soon lures him into the scheme of a lifetime. Along with a group of half-brained criminals led by Steve Chambers (Owen Wilson) and an absurdly faulted love story.
Joe Cinque's Consolation (not reviewed) Opened October 13
showing at Luna Leederville and various other cinemas limited.
In early 1997 Anu Singh, a beautiful law student at the Australian National University, confides in friends that she plans to kill herself to put an end to a mysterious illness. With doctors unable or unwilling to help, Anu’s engineer boyfriend, Joe Cinque, attempts to get to the bottom of her condition. But Anu’s mental and emotional state disintegrate, and her plans grow more macabre.
Joe Cinque’s Consolation by award winning filmmaker Sotiris Dounoukos, is the adaptation of Helen Garner’s best-selling account of these true-life events: an examination of collective and individual responsibility, and a crime that shocked Australia.
Q&A screening event on Sunday 16 October with special guest award winning filmmaker Sotiris Dounoukos at Luna Cinemas Leederville following the 4.00pm session.
The afternoon will be hosted by Adam Shand, Walkley Award winning journalist, author and broadcaster with twenty-five years experience in television, print and online media and currently Drive Host 882 6PR.Helen Garner's multi-award winning book will be on-sale at the screening courtesy of Oxford Street Books . Sotiris will be available for book signing after the Q&A
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