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On one level, this film is extremely funny slapstick, but it's very clever too. For me one of the funniest bits was when Aladeen hangs on a wire above the streets of New York and gets rid of a health drink which he says has as much potassium as three bananas and then he gets rid three bananas from another pocket, in case the drink didn't work. He also voids himself of his pooh (he's been a bit constipated) to make himself lighter. Of course it lands on someone's head. Aladeen lists many of the 'advantages' of having a dictatorship in his speech to the United Nations. Some of his arguments, I noticed particularly the point about allowing banks to gamble with people's money and having the prisons mostly populated by one ethnic group are actually features of certain western democracies. I was laughing all the way through this speech! It's a laugh out loud film, although some of Aladeen's apparent exploits as a dictator, talked about, not demonstrated, were a little bit too near the knuckle for me. I particularly loved the way he made up names for himself out of notices and the way he took over the running of the shop. The whole film is clever and i probably need to see it more than once to appreciate all of it.
This, for me, is a "watch again" film. My "watch again" films create a world I'd like to go back to. I don't know if it is the magic of India, but "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" has the same attraction for me as "Passage to India". This is in spite of the fact "Passage to India" is set in the era of the British Raj and "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is in modern India. The film is funny and quaint and sentimental with a superb cast. I have to single out Maggie Smith especially. There were aspects of her character I know only too well. The concept of Britain not wanting its elderly people any more, "so they can come here" is great too. I loved the way in which things were resolved and characters seemingly defeated by life and sinking into an elderly lethargy, found new roles and a new lease of life.
This film was over much too quickly and created a world I didn't want to leave. It is a demonstration of the film- makers art to be able to explain everything visually. After seeing The Artist I wondered if we ever needed sound in films. George Valentin's smile is infectious. Without speech, facial expressions are everything. The sequence when sound is added is visually witty and funny. Above all the music is great. Rather than reproduce music from the time, the elements of the 1920s style have been reworked into an original and thoroughly enjoyable film score. Elements of the film could stand alone. It could be enjoyed in complete silence. The photography is stunning. The clothes and sets are stylish. The music is great. Together they sparkle.
The Woman in Black. A dark Gothic tale which uses every creepy trick in the genre and finishes in a plethora of loose ends! The filming, where you can see it, is good. A lot of the atmosphere is generated by the music and loud bangs will make you jump. There are few characters who appear to be sane and the story line takes spite and hatred into infinity. If you know England, the Yorkshire village is filmed near the Essex marshes, which perhaps only have the east coast in common. The village and its people are like in the comedy series "The league of Gentlemen". Not much in the film is understated or left the the imagination. it perhaps would have been creepier if it had been. The ending is a bit predictable, fatalistic and expected. The most disturbing aspect of the film, from my point of view, is that superstition, ignorance, spite and hatred are the dominating themes. It wouldn't appeal to a tidy mind. The bereaved hero, Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) has gone to a Gothic house ( which looks like Satis House in Rochester, Kent) to sort out the estate. The mess of papers is never sorted out. The house never gets on the market. Disturbed minds are never sorted out. Wherever there might appear to be normality is an undercurrent of extreme insanity. I really liked the vintage car and the vintage railway scenes, although I am reliably informed that the locomotive used dates from the 1930s not the 1910s. I once stayed in a Yorkshire Inn, which had that kind of atmosphere. I decided to go into the small communal lounge upstairs where there were a lot of stuffed animals around the room, the rain beat against the window panes and the wind howled around the eaves. I put the television on and the film Damon Omen started. I heard an uneven rhythmic tramp on the wooden staircase which led to corridor outside the room I was in. The door opened with a creak. My heart was racing by this time. There stood the black- bearded landlord and it was his wooden leg I had heard on the stairs. We both jumped in surprise to see each other. I decided the warmth of the open fire in the flag-stoned bar and a draught Theakston's Old Peculiar with my friends was preferable to watching Damon Omen on my own that night. I was reminded of that incident when I watched The Woman in Black.
This film is a treat to watch. I was keen to see it, but had reservations about watching scenes from world war one. I had no need to worry. The whole thing was beautifully handled and even the filming of the trenches and the front were carefully composed and lit. Joey the horse is the lead actor. And what an actor! What a handsome horse! He certainly stole the film. Some scenes stay with me. The race with the car, the friendship with the black horse, the Geordie regiment bagpipe player in the trench, the German soldiers helping the worn out horses drag those great guns up the slope. Joey bolting through the barbed-wire fencing. A friend I was with remarked afterwards that Roses of Picardy had not been written in 1914 and that the record it was being played on was from about three decades later. These are really small details in what appeared to me to be a meticulously researched film. I hope it has a world wide audience. It deserves one.
I was a schoolchild in London in 1957, so I watched this programme expecting to see the London I remember recreated. I had to go to school on the tube and underground. I was from north London, but quite a few of my school friends came from East London. When I went to tea with them after school, their homes were clean and perfectly respectable. One thing I do remember though, was the warehouses and the docks were strictly out of bounds, although we could, and did, play on the bomb sites. I still have friends who were brought up in East London in the 1950s. I think this series is based on the exceptional cases rather than the normal ones. Certainly there were homes in the area, which had survived the bombing and had outside toilets and tin baths. In my experience, my friends' Mums kept their flats immaculately clean inside. The, houses, warehouses and the dock walls were all blackened with soot from the railways. 1957 was before the clean air act and fogs and smogs were common. It was good to see people getting about by bicycle, cars were few in the 1950s and mostly black saloons. I don't remember meeting or seeing any exceptionally large families. All the friends and family I had and now have, who were born and brought up in east London, are either only children, or have one or two siblings. I will watch the rest of the series with interest.
I was keen to see this film from its publicity posters. I thought the clock looked like the clock on the Musee d'Orsay art gallery in Paris, which used to be Quay d'Orsay railway station, near the river Seine. I have since found out the railway station is Gare Montparnasse. What a treat to have the whole thing re-created in this beautiful film. There are so many facets to it, that I can only give an overall impression. I was totally engaged from the beginning. I wasn't sure about the 3D until I was completely amazed by the effects, especially sparks from the brakes of a locomotive which seemed to fly out into the audience and the smoke which appeared to linger in the auditorium. How brilliant is that! I love the cameos of station life, the flower girl with the fresh flowers which came in on the early train, the zealous gendarme with the mechanical leg, the lady with the dog and her admirer. Those who linger on the station like the smoke from the engines and those who pass through, hardly noticing anything. This film has everything to engage the enthusiast such as re- created steam locomotives, books and an Aladin's cave of a bookshop (like Shakespeare and Co). It demonstrates the mechanics of early film making, weaving the pioneers of the art into the story with a skill which engaged me completely, and tying it into the intricate mechanics of clockwork, a theme which runs through the film. Hugo is crafted to achieve an appeal to all generations. Our family group ages ranged from 8 to 65 and we were all completely bowled over with it. The whole story is carefully explained using the medium of quality film. Wonderful!
I loved this film. A great cast of brilliant actors took on the roles of the equally brilliant and charismatic actors who made the film "The Prince and the Show Girl" in the 1950s. I read the book, I heard the radio adaptation and now I've seen the film. "My week with Marilyn" is very enjoyable, more so than the film which it is about. One of the most charming scenes is with Derek Jacobi at the Windsor Castle library, showing Marilyn some of Leonardo da Vinci's drawings. The huge social and cultural chasm between the Hollywood film star and the English stage actor was beautifully illustrated cinematically. The film showed the human being behind the image in Marilyn's case, in contrast to Olivier, the dedicated and committed stage actor, completely out of his depth with her. I was particularly amused the way Olivier would insist on Marilyn's exact adherence to the script down to the tiniest word, to the detriment of her naturalness and confidence. The end may have been a little fanciful, but very entertaining.
I enjoyed every minute of The Adventures of Tin Tin. The story in not only fast moving, it's beautifully designed all the way through including the opening graphics. The carefully drawn Herge comic-strip style book has been translated into film perfectly. Tin Tin books, are not just fun to read, they are imaginatively adventurous and carefully designed and drawn. Translating all this so faithfully into CGi 3D and 2D film format is a brilliant achievement. I didn't want it to end. We watched it in 2D, as we all have slightly imperfect eyesight and find watching an entire feature film in 3D a bit uncomfortable. I suspect anyone with a lazy eye or astigmatism might have difficulty in really enjoying a film in 3D. I found myself smiling all the way through the film. Although it is an exciting adventure, it also has a really entertaining storyline. The pickpocket who catalogued and archived all the wallets he stole, Snowy's stunts when Tin Tin is kidnapped, the timing of the stunts, the bumbling Thomson twins and the brilliantly swashbuckling Captain Haddock. Probably, as with the books, this is a film I would want to watch again and again. The exciting and stylish world of Tin Tin offers such delightful escapism, I think I will want visit it again.
I really enjoyed this film. Gary Oldman's portrayal of George Smiley was brilliantly enigmatic. I liked the way the characters and locations were introduced verbally by another character and then visually in the film, so it was always clear where the action was taking place and who was in the scene. All the complex threads of the story were followed clearly. I remember trying to follow Tinker, Taylor, Soldier Spy when it was televised in days before video recordings were available and, if you missed an episode, you lost the plot! Not so with this film, which with a strong cast and intelligent filming makes for a completely engaging film. It will keep you guessing and get you trying to work out who the mole is to the very end. It was great to watch and the music was well chosen, complementary and not intrusive, never obscuring the dialogue. It makes a change for a film to challenge you to try to anticipate the twists and turns of the plot. This is definitely a watch-again film and I look forward to seeing more like it.
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