Creator: Shonda Rhimes Stars: Viola Davis, Alfred Enoch, Billy Brown Genre: Drama, Crime, Mystery
This show has no equal. Giving the audience only a glimpse into the past at ever turn, How to Get Away with Murder is my drug of choice. The brilliance of its design is slipping just enough information to entice you and then a little more, then a little more, and so on. It is a craving you cannot get rid of, not that you want to. Good thing Netflix has season one ready for us to consume.
Director: Kevin Macdonald Screenwriter: Jeremy Brock, Tony Grisoni, Book: Meg Rosoff Genre: Drama, Romance
Love has the power to take you anywhere. How I live now, adapted from a novel by Meg Rosoff, tells a story of a teenage girl, Daisy (Saoirse Ronan) who tries to survive World War III along with her cousins. Director Kevin Macdonald brings the humanity and suffering of the characters to the surface of this film. Giving it an edge and a heart racing feel to the movie, he keeps you wondering what could happen next. For a cursed Daisy who feels nothing but hate and abandonment, especially for her father, decides quickly she has to grow up in order to survive. And just as she is finally finding love, it’s ripped away leaving her with only a desperate hope to find it again. This is a movie of survival, willpower, and love for a coming of age Daisy, who only wants to find that love once more.
Director: Roland Emmerich Director: Antoine Fuqua Screenwriters: James Vanderbuilt Screenwriters: Creighton Rothenberg Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Summer is full of nothing but fun times at the pool, melting ice cream, and patriotic movies. What more could anyone want! This summer has brought just that. While both movies take a similar concept, it is hard not to compare. Now without giving too many spoilers away, you’ll be comparing theme side by side at your local Redbox. Both have plenty of violence, guns and explosions but one clearly has a higher death rate. And that movie is Olympus Has Fallen (OHF for short). Though as a Channing Tatum fan, of course we find him handsome to look at in White House Down (WHD for short). But I found his acting a bit flat on the big screen this time. Jamie Foxx who plays President Sawyer on the other hand was funny and entertaining to watch. I have to give it to OHF because on one does action better than my man Gerard Butler. So I can fully say in my opinion Olympus Has Fallen supremely surpasses the lesser White House Down.
Director: Cate Shortland Screenwriters: Cate Shortland, Robin Mukherjee Based on Novel “The Dark Room” by: Rachel Seiffert Genre: Drama, Thriller
From the history channel and books, we learn early on of the true evils of World War II and the waves of devastation that ripped through the world. Lore is a grigging story taking place at the end of this war. A young girl, Lore played by German actress Saskia Rosendahl, is a forced to take charge of her siblings to travel across miles with no one to turn to but her sworn enemy. This young girl, only 14 years of age, has been engrained from her birth with her parents’ Nazi beliefs. With Hitler dead and the end of the war, Lore is relieved to see her father once again, but soon both parents are taken. Then life as she knew changed forever in an instant. This gruesome backdrop sets the scene that will leave you with permanent chills and unforgettable images. Director Cate Shorland’s sophmore film surpasses any limitaions put in her way. The Australiam film shot in Germany with mostly English subtitles is unlike any Holocaust story told before. From the point of view of the Nazi war criminals’s children, we see the innocents tainted by their parents’ beliefs. With the brilliant you cast and enticing cinematography brings tension to film that cuts our breath stort and leaves us gasping for more.