General diary entries


People who know me, know that I love going to the cinema.
You can’t beat a couple of hours of complete escapism with a good film shared with other filmgoers.

Now, we are seeing a bit of a shift in how films are being made and released and I don’t know that I’m entirely comfortable with it.

There are three films, due for release later this year that I am really looking forward to, however, the chances of me seeing them on the big screen are practically zero because they have been made by Amazon Prime and Netflix.

They will be getting theatrical releases at ‘select’ cinemas, but their main release will be on the Prime and Netflix channels.

Here in the UK, ‘select’ cinemas usually means that if you don’t live in London, or are prepared to add travelling costs to your cinema ticket, you probably won’t get to see it on the big screen.

So I have virtually resigned myself to the fact that I won’t get to see these films in the cinema, which takes out half the fun.

Another way of looking at it is that my favourite actor, Adam Driver, who happens to be in two of the above mentioned films, has a habit of making films that aren’t mainstream. He likes his quirky directors and unusual stories and the type of films he tends to end up making only get short limited releases in the cinema anyway. Sometimes I have to travel outside of my home town to get to see his films, so having them released directly to Prime or Netflix isn’t such a bad thing…… except I like to see films at least once on the big screen. For the effect.

Anyway, the past week has seen trailer releases for these three films.

The first is ‘The Report’ starring Adam Driver.

Based on a true story, Adam plays idealistic Senate staffer Daniel J. Jones, tasked by his boss to lead an investigation into the CIA’s post 9/11 Detention and Interrogation Program, uncovering shocking secrets.
The Guardian quotes “Fresh off his first Oscar nomination for BlackKklansman, Driver is a total natural with often difficult, demanding and intimidatingly wordy material. Like the script, he’s similarly unflashy and unquestionably convincing as a man doggedly following through with his convictions with so many of his info-stuffed monologues deserving quiet applause. It’s a restrained performance that he almost disappears into and acts as further proof of his versatility, dialling back the charm or confidence that might have typified many of his previous roles”.

The film has already premiered at the Sundance Film festival. Whether or not it has Oscar potential remains to be seen. I have everything crossed for Adam and I really can’t wait to see it.

The second film is ‘Marriage Story’ also starring Adam Driver alongside Scarlett Johansson.
An incisive and compassionate look at a marriage breaking up and a family staying together.

So far, I like the advertising for this film. There are always two sides to every story in the breakdown of a marriage and that’s where there has been some clever marketing with two posters and two trailers. One of each from the wife’s perspective and one of each from the husband’s.

Again, the film will be shown at various film festivals later this year and have a limited theatrical release before airing on Netflix. There is no date for UK release yet.

The third film is ‘The King’ starring Timothee Chalamet.

I adore little Timmy and this young man is going to go a long way in his career.
I first saw him in ‘Call Me by Your Name’. It was an absolutely incredible performance from such a young actor.
I have since seen him in Miss Stevens, Ladybird and Beautiful Boy.
In ‘The King’, Timothee plays Hal, the wayward prince and heir to the English throne, who is crowned King Henry V after his tyrannical father dies. The young king must navigate palace politics, the war his father left behind, and the emotional strings of his past life.

The trailer for ‘The King’ was released this week and all I can say is that it looks absolutely stunning! I love a good costume drama and this looks like it will hit the spot nicely. It has a fantastic cast in Timothy Chalamet, Joel Edgerton and Ben Mendolsohn with my only quibble being Robert Patinson.

The film will be premiering at the Venice Film Festival in September before being released on the Netflix channel.

I seriously doubt that Amazon and Netflix making movies for release on their platforms will make much of a dent in people going to the cinema, but it does take away some of the magic of being able to see these masterpieces in their full intended glory.

I just hope they don’t get overlooked when it comes to awards season.

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