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One Hour Photo (2002)
A very underrated Robin Williams film
After hearing the tragically sad news this week I decided I wanted to watch some of Robin's films. Mrs Doubtfire is probably my favourite film of Robin's but I also decided to watch One Hour Photo. This is a film I'd never heard of but the premise sounded intriguing. I was also keen to see how well Robin could do a 'serious' role as I'd only ever really seen him in comedies.
I was very impressed with this film. The plot is extremely creepy and thought provoking. The acting is very good and Robin plays Sy the Photo Guy to perfection. He is a very strange character, his actions are disturbing and it's intriguing to find out more and more about this character as the film goes on. The film overall is pretty intense and does well to avoid some movie clichés. I felt it was a very unique film in its own kind of way.
I was quite surprised to see it rated at only 6,8. I think more people need to become aware of this great little film. I will give it an 8.5/10.
R.I.P Robin Williams
The Double (2013)
Jesse Eisenberg is great in this stylish thriller
This film from Richard Ayoade was a joy to watch due to its stunning visuals. Everything about it looked great and its unique style worked well. It is quite atmospheric and thought provoking with tense thriller music throughout the film. Also nice to see a little cameo from Richard Ayoade's IT Crowd partner, Roy (Chris O'Dowd).
Jesse Eisenberg is great in the lead role. He plays two different characters, they look exactly the same but have completely different personalities.
It is quite a strange film with an interesting premise but ultimately the story overall isn't overly satisfying. It's very well made but I have no desire to watch it again.
I would say its a 7/10.
One of the best films of 2013
Finally got round to watching Her and I had high hopes after all the praise it had received. It did not disappoint.
Everything about this film is pretty much perfect for me. The cinematography is beautiful, the pacing is just right, the acting is superb, the characters are likable and the plot is very unique. Joaquin Phoenix is excellent as Theo and Scarlett Johansson voices Samantha to perfection.
One thing that did take my by surprise is that the film had quite a few laugh out loud moments which is always good. The storyline was unique and manages to play with your emotions as a viewer.
Outstanding 10/10. Would highly recommend.
Uplifting short film
Connect is a very uplifting short film about a girl on a bus.
It's very simple but puts a smile on your face as we see her outlook on life change through the power of her imagination.
Tuppence Middleton is great for the role with her unique style and beauty, she makes you smile herself anyway!
She makes a connection with a guy on the bus and the message of this short film is put across very well using imagination and body language. No words are said. Life is precious so be sure to see the world in a more positive light.
Very good. 8/10. Looking forward to seeing more of Tuppence Middleton on my screens in the future. Very good in Black Mirror and Cleanskin as well.
The Liability (2012)
Much better than expected
The Liability is a good little film. It is about Adam who crashes his mum's boyfriend's car so he is sent out to work as a driver for hit-man Roy. Sounds like a simple storyline but it takes a few twists and turns and in the end I felt like it done most things right.
The film is straight to the point and doesn't try to be anything special. The acting is good. I was very impressed with Jack O'Connell who I loved in Skins. Tim Roth and Peter Mullan were also very good.
The film has a nice mixture of action and tension as well as a bit of comedy for good measure. It's quite a serious subject but Adam sees the lighter side of things. The last 10-15 minute of the film was more dramatic and serious and I liked how it ended.
Overall I thought it was a good film that deserves a higher rating. It's a low budget film so don't set your expectations high and you may be pleasantly surprised.
Fish Tank (2009)
A slow burner that never really takes off
Fish Tank is a film that I had high expectations for but it fell considerably short of the mark. The premise of the film sounds like a great drama but for me it just didn't work. First of all the film is way too long for what it is, its 2 hours long and hardly anything happens! This easily could've had 30 minutes edited out as some scenes added absolutely nothing to the story.
The film started off good but after an hour I began to realise that nothing special would happen. It was basically just watching a girl walk around her estate, swear at some people, try and free a horse, dance a bit, go home, leave the house again, dance some more and that's really all there was to it. Some of the stuff that was happening was just cringe worthy. The shaky camera was also rather annoying.
The actors done a good but this film could have been so much more. Too long and not enough happening, disappointed.
Black Books (2000)
Outstanding British comedy
Black Books is another fine example of just how good British comedy can be. This sitcom is set in a book shop and has 3 main characters. Bernard who is the owner, he is very sarcastic and doesn't like having customers in the shop; he will do anything possible to get rid of them. Then there is his assistant Manny who will do what ever Bernard says. Lastly there is Fran who is always drinking wine and trying to find a relationship.
These 3 characters all compliment each other well and provide the audience with plenty of laughs. Some of the stuff they go through is hilarious as well as something that most can relate to. I would say it's a mix between Bottom and The IT Crowd.
The 1st and 2nd series where extremely funny and it felt like it was a laugh a minute. The 3rd series was also very good apart from 1 or 2 episodes which didn't quite hit the spot for the entire episode. One of my favourite scenes is Manny making toast in the bath! Overall it is a great comedy series with 3 lovable characters who all add something to the show. You can buy all 3 series on DVD for a cheap price so I would highly recommend.
Had more potential
This British thriller film is about Alice Creed who is kidnapped for ransom by two blokes( Vic and Danny), they take her to a flat with soundproof walls and tie her to a bed while they wait for the money from her father. The film is straight to the point.
The film gives off a very tense atmosphere in the first 45 minutes or so as we see Vic and Danny overlooking Alice. Some of the scenes are uncomfortable to watch but of course that adds to the tension. Gemma Arterton gives a fantastic performance.
I really liked the way this film was going but it took a turn for the worse just over half way through. There ended up being too many twists and turns and in the end it became too far fetched. It was very gripping when they kept it simple, just the 3 of them in the room. Silly decisions were made and all sorts of relationships were discussed and it just became unbelievable. It was too complex when it really didn't need to be.
Overall it is a good watch but I feel it had potential to be an excellent film had they kept it simple.
Winter's Bone (2010)
Atmospheric but stumbles over the line
Winter's Bone is a good film. The plot is quite simple but still manages to be very gripping to watch. The atmosphere is tense and edgy and I really was intrigued all the way through the film.
Winter's Bone is about a teenage Ozark Mountain girl, Ree, who is in search of her father. She is caring for her younger siblings as well as her mother who is sick. There is some trouble with her missing father and unless she finds him she is at risk of losing her home. We see Ree go to extreme lengths to protect her family and try and get to the bottom of things.
The atmosphere is very tense and the film is shot beautifully. Jennifer Lawrence gives another fantastic performance (well worthy of that Oscar nomination). My main problem is that the ending seemed a bit abrupt. From the description I read about the film I thought there would be a lot more to the story about her father. All in all a good film though.
Just brilliant! Cap will blow you away.
Wow, this film absolutely blew me away. The plot is good and the action scenes are just breathtaking. It is basically 2 hours of non stop action. Fighting, flying, explosions, shooting, it has everything.
Chris Evans is just great as Captain America. The costumes look brilliant every single fight scene had me on the edge of my seat. Captain America pretty much destroys everyone who stands in his path. Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow is absolutely incredible as well, she needs her own movie!
I can't recommend this highly enough. I think even those who are not fans of this genre may like it purely for the action. I'm a huge fan of Marvel movies and this is definitely one of the best ones.
Without giving too much away, just go and watch it and be prepared to be blown away. Literally.