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Little Children (2006)
A refreshing film of brilliance and compassion
Right from the outset you can tell this film was given a lot of care and attention. From the smooth narration to the slick direction, you are sucked in right from the start. Suburban America is portrayed giving you a glimpse of a world that is truly apple pie and stars and stripes. Being a perfect husband or wife, conforming to those around you no matter how unfilled you may be. Longing for something else. These are the situations surrounding Sarah and Brad (Kate Winslet and Patrick Wilson) both unsatisfied and let down by there partners and friends can they find solace in each other? Although completely different this film does have echos of American Beauty, the slightly comic narration, the intimate and personal portrayal of peoples private thoughts and feelings all add up to make this film very convincing and real. Raw and sad in some parts but lightened up in others with a simple humour that is found in everyones life from time to time. It's a hard film to place in a genre, it's not a chick flick or a comedy but it's romantic and funny, just a really good film to be enjoyed by anyone who's been in love. Top marks to Tod Field for excellent screenplay and direction. Well worth a watch. 8/10.
Alpha Dog (2006)
A reasonably good film with a few holes in it.
First the good news, Timberlake fans will most probably love this film and I must pay him his dues, he did play the role well. There were other good cameos from the likes of Willis and Stone, who also played convincing roles. Based loosely on a true story the film does move on quite well making you want to watch it all the way through. Displaying the lives of rich kids in America dabbling in drugs until, you guessed it, everything spirals out of control. For me where the film slightly looses it's edge is when you realise there all hopped up on cannabis but they are acting like they are on harder substances such as amphetamine or crack cocaine. The director obviously asked them to act as crazy and demented as they possibly could and it made it feel a little silly and clichéd to me. On the whole worth watching once but not one to buy for the DVD collection.
A certain must for Twin Peaks fans
Being an avid fan of the cult series Twin Peaks, the prequel movie Fire Walk With Me was greatly anticipated and received. I do believe watching the series first will help the viewer understand the movie a lot better. And despite the one major question being answered "Who killed Laura Palmer?" in the wake of it's revelation it leaves more questions to be asked. Different people have different views and opinions on what the whole Twin Peaks thing is about. I believe that this is part of the beauty of both the movie and the series, Lynch leaves it up to you to decide what you think has really happened. As with other works i.e Mullholland Drive your own interpretation is a key element to the enjoyment of the film. Sheryl Lee really bought Laura Palmer to life for me, and although she featured in the series as Madeline (laura's cousin) she was somewhat missing in the T.V show, here in Fire Walk With Me you can really start to understand Laura Palmer and all the darkness that lies around her. The now dead Frank Silva who plays BOB is in my mind on of the most frighting characters in film history. With other great performances from the likes of Ray Wise, Kyle MacLachlan and David Lynch himself this is a must see for Twin Peaks fans who want to gain access to the last seven days leading up to the death of Laura Palmer. A haunting classic with some answers, but not enough. 10/10.
A crazy film entailing the use of Meth-amphetamine
I really enjoyed this film, right from the opening credits the direction makes you feel slightly dizzy and intoxicated yourself. The characters are all portrayed in a realistic way and you kind of forget that they are polished Hollywood stars. With the feeling of a fly on the wall documentary this film shows with little effort the dirty side of meth-amphetamine and the phychosis that comes with it. The state of Brittany Murphy and Mena Survari is priceless and will probably never been seen again other than in this movie. If you've ever got high you will appreciate this film, if you have not then it will just be a curious insight into a world few people know. The animation's and added clips are a bonus and help to make this film visually entertaining. Slightly risky and on the edge as well as controversial, I really enjoyed it, give it ago "get spun".