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I have not got a clue where to start with Sleeping Beauty. I have not
got a clue what i was watching but most of the time although i found it
strangely compelling and interesting in a voyeuristic kind of way.
Emily Browning stars as a young woman who makes her money in every way she can although seemingly not needing the money . She get a job as a nude silver service waitress for a strange group of retired man and woman and it involves a ritual of which she could never have imagined.
Although this film is extremely strange and obviously has hidden meanings that are so hidden i couldn't find them , i still found this film to very watchable. Emily Browning is stunningly beautiful and i could watch her all day long and i think that's the hook i had on this film.
I can't see this film appealing to many people but i wouldn't say it's a total disaster. If you like your films arty , then you will love it , but if you like structure and explanation then Sleeping Beauty mike make you nod off.
Zzzzzzzzzz Has it finished yet!? I should have known better really . A
film starring a group of has been comedians rated 13pg was always a
recipe for disaster and so it proved.
Tower Heist revolves around a multi millionaire Arthur Shaw ( Alan Alda) who resides in a penthouse apartment in a tower bock which is managed by Josh ( Ben Stiller). It turns out Shaw is a con man and has taken all the employees money telling them he was investing it but instead he takes it for himself. When the staff find out thy plot to steel the money back from show by taking part in a heist.
This is one of the most pointless films i have seen in a very long time. It's neither a comedy or thriller. It lacks any drama and it wont appeal to teenage kids because the dated cast. What it needed was some risky comedy and some proper violence / action and it should have been pitched to adults.
Eddie Murphy adds to his endless list of awful films and Mathew Broderick looks like he has been out of the acting game too long. Gabourey Sidibe cannot act and Casey Aflleck looks out of place.
This film felt like it was on for hours and really struggled to concentrate on the story because it was so mind numbingly dull.
Tower Heist is one to avoid.
On TV at the moment there is a TV series running called " Death Row"
which is directed by Werner Herzog . Obviously while filming the series
( or visa versa) he made this film . Released in the UK this week ,
Into The Abyss is an interesting look at death row and one of it's
inmates but sadly not half as interesting as the the TV series.
I like Werner Herzog. He's the most German sounding German your ever likely to hear but with it he's a very interesting film maker. He is extremely honest in his direction and has a charming naivety about him that makes his film extremely watchable.
This film follows inmate Michael Perry who , along with an accomplice killed three people without reason or thought. We see scene of crime videos which are quite harrowing and interviews with Perry himself and he seems like a reasonable young man . He admits he did the murders yet seems unfased about it. The problem is , is that Herzog does not pressure him enough about why he did it or even what he is going through on Death Row. Because of that the film is quite boring and quite sterile.
Another problem is the lack of time he gets with the inmate and that he had no time with him close to his execution.
This could have been so much better but i feel Herzog had his hands tied which prevented him making the film he really wanted to show.
Cropsey was said to be a a mythical monster / man that lived on Staten
Island , New York who supposedly kidnapped and killed children. The one
big problem with this monster is that he was not so mythical, in fact
he was very real and he goes by the name of Andre Rand.
I don't know what it is about the 1970's but people seemed to be incredible slow and somewhat naive. On Staten Island children went missing over a long period of time but nobody seemed that bothers , including the police. Parents still let there kids out and they still went missing . People were odd and especially in America or were they?
The one thing Cropsey shows is that people had a completely different mindset back then and that's the overriding impression this film gives me.
On Staten Island there used to be an horrific mental institute. One of which you only see in horror films. There is original footage of how the kids housed in this hospital were treated and it's very , very disturbing.
The film makers try to get to the bottom of who killed these kids by interviewing family and witnesses but none seem that credible. You start to believe that there has been a miscarriage of justice with Andre Rand but despite the lack of evidence , he and his lawyers do themselves no favours.
Ultimately this is a frustrating film because unlike the Paradise Lost documentaries this answers very little.
MARGIN CALL - 8 out of 10 There has been much said about the fanatical
crash and there have been some superb documentary films explaining what
went wrong and why but this is the first fictional film that explores
the impact it had at the very top of one major fanatical institution
and highly enjoyable it is too.
Margin Call revolves around a day in a company that finds out that it is about to crash. It shows the way these ruthless companies treat their staff and how the people at the very top seem to get away with murder while they play with imaginary Dollars and millions of descent peoples lives.
I can't even begin to explain what really happened with the financial crash and i'm not sure many bankers can but it doesn't really matter when watching Margin Call. All you need to know is that it happened and that there are massive reverberations that come from it.
This film has a great cast - Kevin Spacey , Paul Bettany and Jeremy Irons are just a few and they do a great job. They are totally believable and considering the tiny budget of the film ( 2 Million Pounds), they totally believe in the script.
Well worth watching.
THE GREY - 8 out of 10 A few years ago you would never have thought
that Liam Neeson would become a star of action movies. We were used to
him playing political and historical roles but four years ago he made a
fantastic action movie called Taken which had a big cult following and
despite a quite release at the cinema , became very popular through
word of mouth . The Grey is another just like it. It Hardly got a
mention when released but since has been praised by critics and quite
Neeson star as an oil rig worker who , along with his workmates , has a plane crash in the icy wilderness . There are several survivors but thanks to a hungry pack of wolves they might have wished they hadn't survived the crash.
Although on the surface this may look like a man versus wolves film , if you dig a little deeper it's more than that. Sure there are lots of action scenes involving the fight against the pack of wolves but it's also about a man and his relationship with his partner and to a certain extent god. Do either exist ?
Neeson is excellent , as is the rest of the cast and the film looks great and In a funny sort of way the battle with the wolves is more of a distraction than the main focus of the film.
The Grey is a really good movie ( although not as good as Taken) and is highly recommended if your after something a bit different.
PARADISE LOST 3 : PURGATORY - 9 out of 10
If there is one thing that you should be proud of in Britain it's our justice system. Be thankful that we don't have the clowns in our courts that were involved in the court case that sent The West Memphis three to prison back in 1993 and who still have influence as to the outcome of the lives of these three innocent men.
This is the third film of The Paradise Lost documentaries about three men sent to prison for the murder of three 8 year old boys back in 1993. It starts by covering some old ground that we have seen in the first two films then follows the fight to get the men ( they were only teenagers when it happened) freed and even has insight into who possibly could have been the real killer.
I have found all three documentaries fascinating but his one has to be the best of the lot. It is still immensely harrowing because it shows very upsetting scenes of crime footage of the dead 8 year old boys ( and i still question why we need to see those pictures ) and because of new DNA techniques it comes some way to helping the three who incarcerated - but not in a way that is satisfactory.
It shows up the deep flaws in the American justice system and how blinkered these ageing judges are that have the fate of so many people in their wrinkled little hands.
You don't have to have seen the first two films because it quite self explanatory as to what has happened and i recommend that everyone gets to see this fascinated film. I don't think it will be the last either.
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 - 5 out of 10 Enough is enough. Hollywood just
does not know when to stop do they? The first paranormal activity was a
brilliant horror film made on a shoestring budget . The second was good
too but not a patch on it's predecessor . Before you know it a third is
out but with no thought given to a proper script or a credible
storyline. now the series is tainted because of no 3 and guess what ?
Paranormal Activity 4 is on production. Enough already !!
This is the convoluted prequel that involves two sisters , one of who attracts a supernatural being called Toby.
We see the same format as the original . The man of the house decides to tape everything that is happening with a Video recorder ( it's set in the late 80's) and we see in real time what is going on with Toby and the younger daughter. Noises , doors moving and people being chucked all over the place. It takes 40 minutes for anything to happen and when it does it's just dull.
The final 15 minutes turn into a farce with a plot twist that is so annoying you want to put your foot through the screen but sadly this film isn't worth the energy.
They have done to the Paranormal Activity franchise what they did to the Saw series.... Murdered it.
RAMPART - 6 out of 10 There have been many great bent cop movies. The
Departed , Copland and my favourite , Training Day are just a few and
although Rampart starts in the same vain as these it dies a death
pretty much like the villains officer Dave Brown comes across.
Officer Dave Brown has a history . A history of doing things his own way and without regard to the law. The more he tries to defend himself , the more money he owes the lawyers and the more he has to get money in unlawful ways.
Woody Harrelson is perfect in the role as a bent cop . he carries it off perfectly but it's a shame the script is so dull. It's almost as if the director didn't know where to take this film and he just ended it without a satisfactory ( or unsatisfactory) outcome.
The whole relationship thing with the women in his house is very confusing and a side story that just waters down what could have been a really good film.
I'm pretty sure the makers of this film were expecting this to be much better received by it's audiences and if director Oren Moverman would have taken a leaf out of Antoine Fuqua or James Mangold's book it might have been.
PROJECT NIM 6 out of 10 This the the story of Nim , a chimpanzee who
was taken away from his mother at birth and as part of an experiment ,
put with a human family to see how would act with learning to sign and
living without his own kind. The problem is that the incompetent people
in charge of the project cared nothing of Nim and therefore his life
was ultimately a really bad one.
Herbert Terrace , the head of the project , comes out of this really badly. Not only was he pervert who slept with the young girls who worked with him ( god knows what they saw in him) he also didn't care what happened to Nim. A nasty little man that should be ashamed of himself.
The documentary has lots of archive footage of Nim and the many people who worked with him but it still did not have the affect on me that it obviously did on others. Perhaps it's because i didn't really feel for the ape. It bit too many people to feel much sympathy with him.
This documentary is described on the poster as Great , Powerful and breathtaking .Sadly, It was none of these.
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