‘Becoming Jane’ Is The Right Amount Of Beautiful And Romantic 10 Years Later

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I love a good biographical film. I also love a good period drama, but it sometimes seems hard to bring the two together. Sometimes one element is there and works well, and other times the other element is just flat and uninteresting, which ultimately makes it hard to like all aspects of the final film. And sometimes, they come together in just the right way. Enough for any audience member, with an open mind, to enjoy the story that’s before them.

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‘Molly’s Game’ Looks Like a Game Worth Playing In First Trailer

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“Do you know about me?”

That’s what Jessica Chastain asks Idris Elba in this first trailer, and while many will probably say, “No”, I can see that being an answer that won’t be true much longer. How do you inform the widest possible audience about a particular event or person who did something monumental, even if it was illegal? You make a movie. More often than not, more people will always respond to something if it’s put before them as a film.

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‘First They Killed My Father’ Offers Powerful Images In First Trailer

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No matter how long ago an event occurred, or how terrible it was, film can be a kind of blessing. While watching a film about horrific events can be difficult, you can learn so much. Perhaps you didn’t know anything about what the film is covering. Perhaps you just forgot. Perhaps you didn’t know a specific incident or person or hadn’t seen it portrayed from a certain viewpoint. Whatever it may be, now you have a chance to change that. What will you take away?

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‘The Disaster Artist’ Appears To Be Anything But A Disaster In First Teaser Trailer

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When you hear about a film for so long, you’re bound to jump at the opportunity to watch any footage of it. It doesn’t matter what the footage is. It could be some behind the scenes video, a 30 second teaser for the teaser (which I still blame Ridley Scott and Prometheus for), some featurette that teases a little and provides insights, while not giving you too much of anything (ahem, First They Killed My Father, which was also a great video), or something else to pique your interest. However, every now and then a trailer just does something else. The unexpected. You pretty much just have to roll with it.

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‘The Post’ Offers Plenty of Journalism Intrigue and Thrills in First Trailer

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Historical and biographical films are great for numerous reasons. Chief among them is that new light can be brought to issues long since passed, debated, and filed away as an important chapter in history. Sometimes that’s all a film can do, as not many probably know about the events depicted in a given film. Other times, like with the award winning Spotlight, to name one recent example, a fresh angle can be used to remind the world of a terrible time and event, and show that, sadly, things haven’t really changed all that much.
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20 Years On: “Selena”

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When it comes to biographical films, or biopics as they’re sometimes called, the ability to craft a compelling narrative isn’t always that easy, even when it seems like it should be. There’s so much that’s occurred in the subject’s life, that whittling it down to what’s crucial and will draw people in seems impossible. How does someone pick and choose what’s most important? How will they know if it’s enough to paint a decent picture of who the subject was and what they went through? Continue reading

31 Days of Oscar: “Coal Miner’s Daughter”

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The biographical film has clearly been around for some time, with varying degrees of success, which also seems to depend on the films subject(s). A biographical film, or biopic as they’re sometimes referred as, can do a lot of things, even if there are some slight liberties with history being taken. However, the one thing that seems to be tough to get right is the pace of the film. Depending on how the events unfold, you could be captivated the whole time or be working hard to keep yourself awake and even slightly interested. Continue reading