Bits & Pieces: The Festive Edition

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We get sent a lot of film treats here at BRWC, so here’s a place we can share them with you.  They’ll be clips, trailers, images and posters, links and all sorts.  Enjoy.


The Netflix original series The OA, which launched Friday, is from visionaries Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij (Sound of My Voice, The East), who created and wrote the eight chapter, mind-bending odyssey together. The show begins with a missing blind girl in her twenties, Prairie Johnson (Brit Marling), who comes home to the community she grew up in with her sight restored. Some hail her a miracle, others a dangerous mystery, but Prairie won’t talk about her seven years missing with the FBI or her parents.

Other cast members include Emory Cohen (Brooklyn, The Place Beyond the Pines), Scott Wilson (The Walking Dead, Junebug), Phyllis Smith (The Office), Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter, Fury, Dig), Alice Krige (Star Trek: First ContactSilent Hill), Patrick Gibson (The Tudors), Brendan Meyer (Mr. Young, The Guest) and newcomers Ian Alexander and Brandon Perea.



Marling stars in the series and Batmanglij directs all episodes. Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Sarah Esberg from Plan B (Oscar winning producers of 12 Years a Slave) and Michael Sugar from Anonymous Content (True DetectiveThe Knick) are executive producers of the series, along with Marling and Batmanglij. The OA is a Netflix production.

Ttwo clips have been made available for MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, which has recently been nominated for four SAG Awards®​ and five Golden Globe® Awards including Best Motion Picture – Drama.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role (Casey Affleck)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Lucas Hedges)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role (Michelle Williams)
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

The ‘​I’m Working On It’ clip here: https://youtu.be/jXVf50xRq8g

And the ‘Not Moving’ clip: https://youtu.be/KvvZsqmziUY

GOLD is the story of Kenny Wells (McConaughey), a modern-day prospector,  hustler, and dreamer, desperate for a lucky break. Left with few  options, Wells teams up with an equally luckless geologist to execute a  grandiose, last-ditch effort: to find gold deep in the uncharted jungle  of Indonesia.

Check out the brand new trailer for Sense8: A Christmas Special HERE and a message from Co-Creator of Sense8, Lana Wachowski HERE.

Martin Scorsese’s Silence tells the story of two Christian missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) — at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden. The celebrated director’s 28-year journey to bring Shusaku Endo’s 1966 acclaimed novel to life will be in cinemas on New Year’s Day.

‘See Martin Scorsese’s films on the big screen as part of BFI’s Scorsese season and Scorsese-curated screenings of restored classics at BFI Southbank’

The official trailer for GOING IN STYLE, the upcoming comedy directed by Zach Braff and starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin. GOING IN STYLE is released in cinemas on 7 April.

That’s your lot for now, more soon enough.


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Alton loves film. He is founder and Editor In Chief of BRWC.  Some of the films he loves are Rear Window, Superman 2, The Man With The Two Brains, Clockwise, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Trading Places, Stir Crazy and Punch-Drunk Love.

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