Reminiscence 2019

As Deadline reports today, it seems that Australian superstar Hugh Jackman and White Queen star Rebecca Ferguson will work together

The movie is to start shooting this Autumn

again after The Greatest ShowmanWestworld executive producer Lisa Joy apparently wants to make her directorial debut out of science fiction adventure REMINISCENCE that she has scripted herself.


In the futuristic movie, Hugh Jackman will play a private detective and a psychologist who deals in recapturing vivid cherished memories for clients. When a mysterious new female client (Rebecca Ferguson) arrives seeking his help it becomes the beginning of an epic romance but when she suddenly disappears he finds himself lost without her and has to unravel her past layer by layer in order to

Rebecca Ferguson will play the mysterious lady Hugh falls for.

find her. The story is set slightly in the future in a Miami that has been changed by global warming, with much of the city submerged underwater. The project will be offered to major studios next week in Berlin.

‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile’






The REAL Ted Bundy




Zac Efron plays serial killer Ted Bundy and Lily Collins a single Seattle mother he seduces in Joe Berlinger’s film.

Not to say that Zac Efron was born to play Ted Bundy, but the former High School Musical teen heartthrob is more than a bit convincing as the seductive, prolific and diabolical serial killer of young women in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. Venerated documentary stalwart Joe Berlinger, who just happens to also have a four-part Netflix docuseries on the same subject, Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, currently on view, does a cogent, propulsive job putting the appallingly prolific murderer’s story onscreen, and such material customarily finds an interested public.

Largely avoiding the opportunity to exploit the violence of Bundy’s extensive criminal career, during which he killed at least 30 women and probably more in the 1970s, Michael Werwie’s fine, smartly structured screenplay centers instead on his relationship with a young Seattle woman, Liz Kloepfer (Lily Collins), whom he never harmed.

So handsome and charming was this young law student that he didn’t have to seduce women, they came after him, and it made no difference to Ted that Liz had a young daughter. He knew how to treat ladies well, or so it seemed; as it happens, there was an unusual spike in killings of young women in the Seattle area, 1970-74.

With Efron playing him, it’s very easy to believe in Ted’s ability to insinuate himself into the lives of innumerable women. Why he grew so attached to Liz — and why he didn’t eventually kill her — remains unclear. But he did develop a bad habit of getting pulled over at night by the cops, which perplexed him. Worse than that, when he and Liz visited a dog pound to possibly choose one, a very intuitive hound began growling at the young man intensely. It didn’t find a home that day.

Suspicions of something amiss were soon aroused in humans as well. In Utah he was accused and eventually sentenced to prison for aggravated assault in 1976, by which time homicide investigators took an interest in him. Thus triggers a particularly engaging stretch of the film, as the French prison escape novel Papillon becomes Ted’s bible and he eventually busts out of not just one but two jails.

Perhaps Ted’s biggest mistake is ending up in Florida, where authorities revered the death penalty and weren’t about to let the now famous outlaw escape again. “I’m gong to fry you,” a local sheriff promises after Bundy is hit with two charges of first degree murder.

Berlinger attacks the story in a rough-and-ready style only somewhat more refined than what he employs in documentaries, and the approach feels entirely appropriate. It also displays the versatility of cinematographer Brandon Trost, who most recently shot the more classically composed Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Up to this point, Efron’s Bundy been smooth, resourceful and unflappably confident. But in the climactic act, the character and the actor raise their games considerably as the murder trial commences. Far from contrite, he is madly confident and has entirely won over the blind support and love of an old friend, Carole Anne Boone (Kay Scodelario), with whom he manages to find ways to engage in passionate congress within courthouse walls, to the point of impregnating her.

The trial is a dynamite affair, which Bundy takes over after firing his attorney. The trial judge, played with and for great amusement by John Malkovich, fancies himself as a sage and wit. Efron flies higher than ever here, investing his character with an illusory confidence that’s entertaining even when the character and legal charges fully live up to the film’s title.

All along, Bundy has tried to maintain contact with his seemingly genuine love, Liz (whose kid mysteriously disappears from the narrative in the later-going). Where many other women fell for Bundy in the worst way, Liz was able to survive, for reasons that are never explored. Indeed, the psychological aspect of the killer’s prolific career is simply not addressed.

Still, it’s quite a story, which Berlinger moves along with unrelenting energy. He also gets good marks across the board for his work with the actors, an uncertain issue when it comes to documentary makers trying to cross over to the dramatic sphere. The director’s only previous dramatic feature, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, was a creative fiasco, one that put him off fictional stories for two decades. He’s done more than a little better this time.

Venue: Sundance Film Festival (Premieres)

Production: Cota Films, Voltage Pictures

Cast: Zac Efron, Lily Collins, Kay Scodelario, Jeffrey Donovan, Angela Sarafyan, Dylan Baker, Brian Geraghty, Jim Parsons, John Malkovich, Haley Joel Osment

Director: Joe Berlinger

Screenwriter: Michael Werwie, based on the book The Phanton Prince: My Life With Ted Bundy by Elizabeth Kendall

Producers: Michael Costigan, Nicolas Chartier, Ara Kershishian, Michael Simkin

Executive producers: Zac Efron, Michael Werwie, Jonathan, Deckter, Jason Barrett

Director of photography: Brandon Trost

Production designer: Brandon Tonner-Connolly

Costume designer: Megan Stark Evans

Editor: Josh Schaeffer

Music: Marco Beltrami, Dennis Smith

Casting: Neely Eisenstein

Running time: 108 minutes

Knightfall S2


Although the airing time ain’t any time soon (June, 2019) History has revealed the first teaser for the second season of their KNIGHTFALL epic series showing us Tom Cullen as Landry, the leader of the Templars, and

The new season should start this June on History Channel worldwide
Mark Hamill as a battle hardened Knight Templar veteran of the Crusades who survived a decade of captivity in the Holy Land and is tasked with training the new initiates to the Order. He probably won’t agree morally with

New season will have Spartacus: War of the Damned Aaron Helbing as the brand new show runner and executive producer
Landry who impregnated the French queen, even though she was the wife of his best friend the king, and then watched her getting killed by her husband for her treachery and adultery. The sword in the teaser obviously announces a divide within the order.

explore this dark time in history from the Templar perspective, embracing an authentically grittier, darker, and more brutal Medieval period than has ever been seen before. Tom Forbes joins the cast as Prince Louis of France, Clementine Nicholson as his wife Princess of Burgundy, Genevieve Gaunt is his sister princess Isabella of France.


Mindhunter 2017


Circa 1977


Set in 1977 – in the early days of criminal psychology and criminal profiling at the Federal Bureau of Investigation– Mindhunter revolves around FBI agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany), along with psychologist Wendy Carr (Anna Torv), who originate the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit within the Training Division at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. They interview imprisoned serial killers in order to understand how they think, with the hope of applying this knowledge to solving ongoing cases.

I found this fascinating series on Netflix in 2018.  I’m now binging it for a second time, waiting on the second season.


Valentine’s Day Massacre

The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre is the name given to the 1929 Valentine’s Day murder of seven members and associates of Chicago’s North Side Gang. The men were gathered at a Lincoln Park garage on the morning of Valentine’s Day, where they were made to line up against a wall and shot by four unknown assailants. The incident resulted from the struggle between the Irish North Siders and their Italian South Side rivals, led by Al Capone, to control organized crime in the city during Prohibition.[2] Though the perpetrators have not been conclusively identified, former members of the Egan’s Rats gang, working for Capone, are suspected of a significant role as are members of the Chicago Police Department who are said to have had personal revenge as their motive following the killing of a police officer’s son.

Victor Hugo (series)

Victor Hugo is a four episode mini series

One of our favourite production companies Beta Film has a new historical series VICTOR HUGO! 1848, Paris under Siege: Victor Hugo (Yannick Choirat) is torn between his family, his mistresses and political turmoil – never mind finally completing his classic novel Les Miserables. Although Hugo is a confirmed Royalist, he supports the Republic and Louis Napoléon Bonaparte (Stefan Konarske), who is soon to become president, convinced that he will initiate social reforms. But when the new government is formed and Hugo is overlooked for office, he realizes that he has been used. Furious at the

The series aired last November in most of the French speaking countries

deception, he and his sons launch a daily newspaper to give the people a voice. Nor is it less chaotic on the home front, as he is juggling his love life between two mistresses and his long suffering wife and mother of his children. When

The full title of the series is Victor Hugo Enemy of the State

Napoléon seizes power and his sons are jailed for insurrection, Hugo insists that his wife and daughter leave Paris, where he remains, devoting himself wholeheartedly to the resistance. Openly denouncing repression, he is declared Enemy of the State and has to face disgrace and exile.



While he’s busy at NBC preparing The Guilded Age epic drama, Downton Abbey’s creator Julian Fellowes will turn his novel BELGRAVIA into

Jamestown director is helming the new series

another series for ITV. It is set in the 19th century when the upper echelons of society began to rub shoulders the emerging industrial nouveau riche. The story itself begins on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, when the Duchess of Richmond throws a party in Brussels for the Duke of Wellington. Among the guests are James and Anne Trenchard, who are living on the profits of newfound trading success. Their young daughter Sophia has caught the eye of Edmund Bellasis, the son and heir of one of the richest and most prominent families in England. Twenty-five years later, when the two families are settled into the newly developed area of Belgravia, the events of the ball, and the secrets, still resonate. Carnival Films will produce.