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Indie Spotlight- Moon Dogs

Posted by Gui on September 6, 2017

In an ongoing effort to help aspiring filmmakers and promote independent films, particularly those struggling with distribution and releases, we periodically feature films in our ‘Indie Spotlight’ series for your consideration. Moon Dogs (2017) 93min Genre:     Comedy, Drama Director:  Philip John Cast:       Jack Parry-Jones, Christy O’Donnell, Tara Lee…and more Writers:   Derek Boyle and Raymond Friel […]

Patti Cake$ (2017)

Posted by Gui on September 1, 2017

Review 108min Genre:       Drama Director:    Geremy Jasper Cast:         Danielle Macdonald, Siddharth Dhananjay, Cathy Moriarty… Writer:      Geremy Jasper -Synopsis- On the rundown streets of the garden state, New Jersey youngster and unlikely aspiring rapper ‘Patricia Dombrowski’ (aka ‘Killa P’) struggles to break the bleak grip of her environment and make her dreams come true—with the help […]

England Is Mine (2017)

Posted by Gui on August 6, 2017

Review 94min Genre:       Fact-based, Drama Director:    Mark Gill Cast:         Jack Lowden, Jessica Brown Findlay, Simone Kirby…and more Writers:     Mark Gill and William Thacker -Synopsis- Critical of the local music scene and disenchanted with Britain in the late 70s, a young Lancashire lad channels his writing talents and a grating personality into revolutionising popular music, as […]

Baby Driver (2017)

Posted by Gui on June 26, 2017

Review 113min Genre:       Action, Crime, Romance, Thriller Director:    Edgar Wright Cast:         Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Kevin Spacey…and more Writer:      Edgar Wright -Synopsis- A gifted but damaged young getaway driver for a ruthless crime boss struggles to break the shackles of his criminal life, after becoming caught between a blossoming romance and his commitment to one […]

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Posted by Gui on April 29, 2017

Review 136min Genre:       Comic-Book, Action, Adventure, Comedy Director:    James Gunn Cast:         Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Kurt Russell…and more Writers:     James Gunn, Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning… and more -Synopsis- The Galaxy’s move beloved misfits are back!, now finding themselves celebrities after saving billions from the whims of the evil ‘Ronan’, determined to keep the Galaxy safe […]

T2 Trainspotting (2017)

Posted by Gui on January 27, 2017

Review 117min Genre:     Drama Director:  Danny Boyle Cast:       Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller…and more Writers:   Irvine Welsh and John Hodge -Synopsis- Twenty years after taking the money and running, ‘Renton’ returns to Edinburgh to find a new purpose in life and try to make amends with former best mates ‘Sick Boy’ and ‘Spud’. […]

Sing (2016)

Posted by Gui on January 26, 2017

Review 108min Genre:     Animation, Comedy, Family Directors: Christophe Lourdelet and Garth Jennings Cast:       Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane Writer:    Garth Jennings -Synopsis- With his failing family theatre threatening to go under, an enterprising Koala hatches a scheme to host a huge singing competition for the city’s animal residents. But things quickly get out of […]

Moana (2016)

Posted by Gui on December 2, 2016

Review 103min Genre:      Family, Animation, Adventure Director:   Ron Clements, Don Hall, John Musker… and more Cast:        Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Temuera Morrison…more Writers:    Jared Bush, Ron Clements, Don Hall… and more -Synopsis- Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and newcomer Auli’i Cravalho star in Disney’s animated Polynesian adventure following the exploits of a bold precocious teenager and […]

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)

Posted by Gui on August 24, 2016

Review 86min Genre:       Comedy, Mockumentary Directors:   Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone Cast:         Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer…and more Writers:     Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer -Synopsis- Andy Samberg stars in a satirical music “mockumentary” featuring fellow members of pop parody group “The Lonely Island”, and a host of American pop & comedy stars; […]

David Brent: Life on the Road (2016)

Posted by Gui on August 20, 2016

Review 96min Genre:        Comedy, Mockumentary Director:     Ricky Gervais Cast:          Ricky Gervais, Doc Brown, Jo Hartley…and more Writer:       Ricky Gervais -Synopsis- Ricky Gervais stars, writes and directs a comedy spin-off of his own creation ‘The Office’, as the infamous bumbling office manager tries his hand at rock stardom… of course with a camera crew on […]

La La Land Teaser Trailer

Posted by Gui on July 13, 2016

Writer/director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) takes his Jazz sensibilities to Tinseltown in a musical dramedy, starring Ryan Gosling as a jazz musician who falls for Emma Stone’s aspiring young actress in L.A. Directed by Damien Chazelle and starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and J.K. Simmons among others. Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical UK Release: 16th of November   […]

Sing Street (2016)

Posted by Gui on May 18, 2016

Review 106min Genre:       Comedy, Drama, Romance Director:    John Carney Cast:         Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Jack Reynor, Lucy Boynton…and more Writer:       John Carney -Synopsis- In 1980s recession-hit Ireland, a teenager rebels against society’s norms and escapes family strife by forming a “New-Romantic” band to impress a girl in an 80s coming-of-age musical comedy from the director of ‘Begin […]

Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

Posted by Gui on May 14, 2016

Review 117min Genre:      Comedy Director:   Richard Linklater Cast:        Blake Jenner, Glen Powell, Zoey Deutch…and more Writer:     Richard Linklater -Synopsis- Writer/director Richard Linklater gives the early 1980s American college experience his ‘Dazed and Confused’ treatment in this free-spirited coming-of-age college comedy, following the fortunes of baseball-playing frat boys as they navigate the perilous waters of college […]

Green Room (2016)

Posted by Gui on May 11, 2016

Review 95min Genre:      Horror, Thriller Director:   Jeremy Saulnier Cast:        Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Patrick Stewart…and more Writer:     Jeremy Saulnier -Synopsis- A young underground punk band’s gig at a remote rural Oregon Roadhouse turns into a brutal nightmare after they witness a murder; hunted by the club’s skinhead patrons and their ruthless leader, our “heroes” struggle […]

I Saw the Light (2016)

Posted by Gui on May 8, 2016

Review 124min Genre:      Fact-based, Drama Director:   Marc Abraham Cast:        Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Cherry Jones…and more Writers:    Marc Abraham, Colin Escott -Synopsis- Tom Hiddleston stars in a musical biopic chronicling the life and times of Country & Western music legend Hank Williams, from his prodigious talent and rise to fame, to the struggles with his […]

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

Posted by Gui on May 7, 2016

Review 110min Genre:      Fact-based, Comedy, Drama Director:   Stephen Frears Cast:        Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg…and more Writer:     Nicholas Martin -Synopsis- Meryl Streep stars in a comedy/drama based on the remarkable true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, an early 20th century New York heiress and socialite who became an opera singer despite having a voice […]

Miles Ahead (2016)

Posted by Gui on April 23, 2016

Review 100min Genre:      Fact-based, Drama Director:   Don Cheadle Cast:        Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor, Emayatzy Corinealdi…and more Writers:    Steven Baigelman, Don Cheadle, Stephen J. Rivele… more -Synopsis- Don Cheadle writes, directs and stars in his unique cinematic portrait of jazz trumpeter and music giant Miles Davis, a stylized biographical drama about a difficult and complicated genius […]

The Jungle Book (2016)

Posted by Gui on April 17, 2016

Review 106min Genre:      Family, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy Director:   Jon Favreau Cast:        Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Idris Elba…and more Writers:    Justin Marks & Rudyard Kipling -Synopsis- Disney’s CGI-heavy 21st century version of Rudyard Kipling’s iconic story, following the fortunes of an orphan who’s raised in the jungle by his talking animal friends in this epic fable […]

Top 5 Classical Music Movie Moments

Posted by Gui on April 14, 2016

We at FilmPhonic love a great original score, but we can’t resist wonderful visuals set to the backdrop of an often unrelated iconic classical melody that somehow works perfectly… and gives us a timeless movie moment. There are many examples but we’ve tried to pick our Top 5, what’s yours?   #5: The Marriage of […]

Youth (2015) (English Language)

Posted by Gui on January 28, 2016

Review 124min Genre:      Comedy, Drama Director:   Paolo Sorrentino Cast:        Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz…and more Writer:     Paolo Sorrentino -Synopsis- In an exclusive clean-living Swiss Alpine retreat, a retired composer and his film director friend reflect on life’s loves, loss and regret, while the drama surrounding their eccentric fellow guests unfolds and a special […]

Frank (2014) (English Language)

Posted by Gui on December 17, 2015

Review 95min Genre:      Comedy, Drama Director:   Lenny Abrahamson Cast:        Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal Writers:    Jon Ronson & Peter Straughan -Synopsis- A young man’s mundane life in small-town Ireland is transformed when he joins a bizarre underground experimental pop band fronted by an enigmatic singer who never removes his oversized cartoon costume head, as […]

10 of the Best: Maurice Jarre Film Scores

Posted by Gui on November 15, 2015

Week 2 November 2015 This week we celebrate 10 of the most memorable film music scores by legendary composer Maestro Maurice Jarre, whose work ranges from ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ to ‘Jacob’s Ladder’, we have only included a small section from the main themes and strongly advise you buy the full soundtracks to enjoy them in […]

Straight Outta Compton (2015) (English Language)

Posted by Gui on August 26, 2015

Review 147min Genre:      Fact-based, Drama Director:   F. Gary Gray Cast:        O’Shea Jackson Jr., Jason Mitchell, Paul Giamatti…and more Writers:    Jonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff , Alan Wenkus … and more Gritty ghetto biopic drama chronicling the rise of rap supergroup NWA on the dangerous streets of Compton Los Angeles, from authority-resistant local gangster-rap heroes to genre-defining […]

10 of the Best: John Barry Film Scores

Posted by Gui on July 19, 2015

Week 3 July 2015 This week we celebrate 10 of the most memorable film music scores by Jazz musician turned legendary British composer and “sound of Bond” John Barry, whose work ranges from ‘Midnight Cowboy’ and ‘Zulu’ to ‘Goldfinger’, we have only included a small section from the main themes and strongly advise you buy […]

Amy (2015) (English Language)

Posted by Gui on July 3, 2015

Review 128min Genre:    Documentary, Fact-based Director: Asif Kapadia Cast:      Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse, Tony Bennett…and more From the team that gave us the unforgettable ‘Senna‘ comes a gripping and candid look at the remarkable and ultimately tragic life of British singer Amy Winehouse, featuring rarely seen home video as well as archive footage and paparazzi […]

10 of the Best: Alan Silvestri Film Scores

Posted by Gui on June 21, 2015

Week 4 June 2015 This week we celebrate 10 of the most memorable film music scores by longtime Robert Zemeckis collaborator Alan Silvestri, whose work ranges from ‘Back to the Future’ and ‘Forrest Gump’ to ‘The Avengers’, we have only included a small section from the main themes and strongly advise you buy the full […]

10 of the Best: Howard Shore Film Scores

Posted by Gui on June 6, 2015

Week 2 June 2015 This week we celebrate 10 of the most memorable film music scores by Oscar-winning composer Howard Shore, frequent David Cronenberg collaborator and the musical heart of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, we have only included a small section from the main themes and strongly advise you buy the full soundtracks […]

Danny Collins (2015) (English Language)

Posted by Gui on May 28, 2015

Review 106min Genre:    Comedy, Drama Director: Dan Fogelman Cast:      Al Pacino, Annette Bening, Bobby Cannavale…and more Writer:   Dan Fogelman Danny Collins is a pop-star in the twilight of his career living comfortably and excessively on past glories whose life is changed by a long lost letter from John Lennon, the message is strong enough to […]

10 of the Best: Jerry Goldsmith Film Scores

Posted by Gui on May 24, 2015

Week 4 May 2015 This week we celebrate 10 of the most memorable film music scores by versatile Oscar-winning composer the late Jerry Goldsmith, whose films range from Patton and Alien to The Omen, we have only included a small section from the main themes and strongly advise you buy the full soundtracks to enjoy […]

10 of the Best: Music Playing Scenes

Posted by Gui on March 29, 2015

Week 4 March 2015 This week we feature 10 of the most iconic and entertaining scenes featuring music playing in non-musical films. Let us know what you think and please keep tuned for more weekly videos. Welcome to the FilmPhonic “10 of the Best” video series, where we put together 10 of the best examples […]

10 of the Best: Danny Elfman Film Scores

Posted by Gui on March 21, 2015

Week 3 March 2015 This week we celebrate 10 of the most memorable film music scores by the unique and prolific Danny Elfman, we have only included a small section from the main themes and strongly advise you buy the full soundtracks to enjoy them in all their glory. Let us know what you think […]

10 of the Best: Ennio Morricone Film Scores

Posted by Gui on March 1, 2015

Week 4 February 2015 This week we celebrate 10 of the most memorable film music scores by the great Ennio Morricone, a man who changed the tradition and concept of the Movie score forever, we have only included a small section from the main themes and strongly advise you buy the full soundtracks to enjoy […]

10 of the Best: Elmer Bernstein Film Scores

Posted by Gui on February 15, 2015

Week 2 February 2015 This week we celebrate 10 of the most memorable film music scores by the great Elmer Bernstein, we have only included a small section from the main themes and strongly advise you buy the full soundtracks to enjoy them in all their glory. Let us know what you think and please […]

Whiplash (2014) (English Language)

Posted by Gui on January 16, 2015

107min Genre:      Drama, Music Director:   Damien Chazelle Cast:        Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Paul Reiser…and more Writers:    Damien Chazelle A talented and ambitious young jazz drummer struggles to navigate the waters of an ultra-competitive New York music conservatory overseen by a feared and unforgiving instructor. Young writer/director Damien Chazelle, a former Jazz drummer himself, manages to […]

10 of the Best: John Williams Film Scores

Posted by Gui on January 3, 2015

Week 1 January 2015 This week we celebrate 10 of the most memorable film music scores by the great John Williams, we have only included a small section from the main themes and strongly advise you buy the full soundtracks to enjoy them in all their glory. Let us know what you think and please […]

10 of the Best: Hans Zimmer Film Scores

Posted by Gui on December 14, 2014

Week 2 December 2014 This week we celebrate 10 of the most moving film music scores by the great Hans Zimmer, we have only included a small section from the main themes and strongly advise you buy the full soundtracks to enjoy them in all their glory. Let us know what you think and please […]

Get On Up (2014) (English Language)

Posted by Gui on November 24, 2014

139min Genre:    Biography, Drama Director: Tate Taylor Cast:      Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Viola Davis …and more Writers:  Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth & Steven Baigelman The life of The Late Great music legend James Brown gets the big-screen treatment à la Ray and Walk The Line, Chadwick Boseman stars in a story spanning Brown’s tough childhood […]