Previews: Rules Don’t Apply Trailer, Doctor Strange, More!

Lots of film-related goodness this week, including the new Rules Don’t Apply trailer, Hacksaw Ridge, Doctor Strange and more…

Rules Don’t Apply Trailer

Here is the latest Rules Don’t Apply trailer. The film is directed by Warren Beatty, who stars as Howard Hughes. The film is about a relationship between Hughes’ driver (played by Alden Ehrenreich) and an aspiring young actress (played by Lily Collins). Rules Don’t Apply is one of a number of recent films set in Hollywood’s Golden Age, following Café Society and  Hail, Caesar!. Beatty’s film is scheduled for release soon.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Trailer

Here is the new trailer for action-thriller Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. The film is a follow up to 2012’s Jack Reacher. This instalment sees To Cruise return as the title character. I am hoping that filmmakers keep the same tone as the original film, even if there is no Werner Herzog. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back hits cinema and IMAX screens on 20th October 2016.

Doctor Strange Poster

Doctor Strange Poster

Here is one of the Doctor Strange character posters. Tilda Swinton joins a stellar cast (Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Womg, and Mads Mikkelsen) in Marvel’s latest film. Cumberbatch stars as Dr Stephen Strange, a neurosurgeon who sets out to repair himself following an accident. Doctor Strange is out in UK cinemas on 25th October 2016.

Moana Featurette

Here is Moana star Dwayne Johnson and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda talk about mutual love and respect in this new featurette. The film is about a teenager who sets out on a mission to complete her ancestors’ unfulfilled quest. Moana will be released in UK cinemas on 2nd December 2016.

Fences Trailer

Denzel Washington directs Fences, based on August Wilson’s award-winning play. Wilson also writes the screenplay for the film, which is about a man struggling to raise his family in the 1950s. Also starring the brilliant Viola Davis, Fences is set for release soon.

20th Century Women Trailer

Writer-director Mike Mills follows 2011’s Beginners with 20th Century Women. The film is about three women at different eras of the 20th century. Starring Annette Benning, Greta Gerwig, and Elle Fanning, 20th Century Women will be released in 2017.

Hacksaw Ridge Trailer

Mel Gibson directs war drama Hacksaw Ridge. The film is about the true story of Desmond Doss, a soldier during World War II who saved many of his compatriots without firing a weapon. Starring Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, and Teresa Palmer, Hacksaw Ridge will be released in cinemas soon.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Trailer

Here is the final trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The film is based on the magical world created by J.K. Rowling. Starring Eddie Redmayne, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is out in 3D on 18th November 2016.

Dogs on Film

This year cinema has offered some treats for fans of dogs on film. I was intending to write a ‘best films of the year’ list, but this seemed so much more important. Here is a list of the most memorable cinematic dogs of 2011. I haven’t seen every film released this year, so there is a chance I have missed the most fantastic dog on film. Therefore, this is a list of the best from films I have seen; feel free to make suggestions in the comments below.

1. Uggy

The Artist is perhaps the finest film released in 2011, and Uggy the finest dog. Irrepressibly cute, this silent movie canine does everything from starring in movies to saving lives. Often a scene stealer, Uggy is integral to The Artist, and undoubtedly adds to the film’s captivating charm.

2. Snowy

It would not be an exaggeration to assert that Snowy is better than his human companion Tintin on all levels in The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn. Snowy is far smarter and more observant than the boy detective, and is miles ahead in terms of natural charisma. Yet Tintin gets all the glory. Go figure.

3. Arthur

The adorable Arthur is the sidekick to Hal and then his son Oliver in Beginners. Arthur talks through the medium of subtitles, which is truly a delight to behold. Arthur’s comments are insightful and sometimes poignant, more than one may expect from a canine companion. Beginners is a great film, and is all the more enchanting with the inclusion of Arthur.

4. Tulip

The honey badger of the list, Tulip has no time for social airs and graces. Instead, Tulip does whatever she likes, sometimes to the displeasure of her owner in My Dog Tulip. Despite her uncouth ways, Tulip proves to be a loyal and affectionate companion, although others who come into contact with her may disagree.

5. Skeletor

The reason Skeletor features on this list is predominantly because he is named after He-Man’s arch nemesis. A retired greyhound, Skeletor is bought as a companion to Adam, who is diagnosed with cancer in 50/50. In spite of his minor role, Skeletor is memorable for his doe-eyed expressions.

Film Review: Beginners

When a subtitled dog isn’t even the best thing about a film, you know you are on to a winner. Mike Mills’ Beginners is a well-crafted film that offers great performances.

After his mother dies, graphic designer Oliver is shocked by his father’s announcement that he is gay. As Oliver comes to terms with this, his father is diagnosed with cancer. Oliver reflects upon his father’s outlook on life as he embarks on a new relationship with actress Anna…

The story of Beginners is told through a series of flashbacks. In addition to this, the film breaks with the story with short interludes that amusingly summarise different periods in Oliver’s family’s life. These seem to reinforce the point that throughout different times in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries things are the same but different. They chart the changing attitude to different types of relationships; the images of people and landscapes seem to highlight the subtlety of these shifts.

Mills’ film is an affecting drama. The tone of Beginners is reflective rather than bleak. Given the themes that are encompassed, it would not have been surprising if the film had been overly sombre. Instead, there is a pensive atmosphere. The execution of the film is fantastic, all the elements come together very well. The script is great; the characters are believable and the dialogue thoughtful and convincing.

The themes in Beginners can be identified with almost universally. The film concerns itself with love, relationships and grief; themes that most will be able to relate to. The film is also about same-sex relationships. This issue is dealt with sensitively and positively. The film has a point to make, but it carefully guides rather than patronising.

In spite of the serious themes, Beginners also features one of the most adorable dogs to have ever appeared on screen. Arthur, the endlessly faithful companion, is very much a character in his own right. The dog is subtitled, adding a quirky factor to the film. Although the emphasis remains on the human characters, Arthur is a welcome addition and could have been featured more prominently.

Christopher Plummer is fantastic as Hal. He is utterly convincing in the role, and has great chemistry with all of his co-stars. Ewan McGregor also offers a great performance as Oliver, effectively conveying the character’s sadness. Mélanie Laurent is immensely watchable as love interest Anna.

Beginners is a great drama made all the more unique by some of the more quirky elements. Although it will not entice everyone, many should find resonance in the film.