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The Killer Inside Me (2010)
Difficult to watch, but an engaging film
I'd read about the controversies, and I was apprehensive about watching - but I am a fan of Michael Winterbottom and thought the debates I'd heard about the film warranted giving it a proper viewing.
As a note: I'm one of those people who 'jump' at the slightest thing during a film. I even asked the guy taking the tickets on the way in - is this going to make me jump, he laughed and said 'umm well, it's not easy to watch'.
I didn't though, what I did find - was that the film was difficult to watch during certain scenes, extremely difficult on occasion (in fact, someone in the row behind actually ran out during one scene).
But I didn't feel that the film glamorised violence, in fact - it demonstrated what result of real violence actually is (and it isn't people jumping up at the last second after being beaten to a pulp and shooting the perpetrator).
I haven't read the base novel, but have heard that it was considered unfilmable - this film was extremely watchable and engaging.
Kudos to Casey Affleck, Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson for their performances.
I find it hard to summarise my experience watching this film - but it was totally engaging, abhorrent yet funny on occasion.
That is the kind of experience I expect from a well made, thought provoking film.
A really engaging episode
I was a bit skeptical about this episode before watching. Written by Richard Curtis - so perhaps some kind of Brit Rom Com type approach. Or, perhaps - a Black Adder kind of approach would be taken.
I was more than pleasantly surprised.
The bad points, the 'monster' - well, lets just admit it - it's invisible for budgetary reasons. And when you can see it - well, it looks a bit like it was drawn by a 10 year old! The good points, I'm really liking Matt Smith as the Doctor - I like the references to previous incarnations (William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton this week). I like the way he is quirky, in ways that make me reminiscent of Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker. I like the fact he plays the Doctor as such a pragmatic but insightful soul.
I thought the story with Vincent Van Gough worked really, really well. I've visited the asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, near Arles where Van Gough stayed for a year just prior to his death, and whilst the episode isn't a factual historical reference to how he was as an individual - I think that Tony Curran's acting really conveyed his mental anguish.
The final scenes when Van Gough was taken to the the Musée d'Orsay in Paris - and shown how much respect there was for his work, was fantastically acted by all (Tony Curran, Bill Nighy, Matt Smith and Karen Gillen).
After Vincent was taken back from Arles, and The Doctor and Amy went back to the museum - my 8 year old asked 'Will Van Gough Die?'.
The most impressive part of the episode for me, was the way a UK TV show, mainly aimed at children didn't skirt around the issue of mental illness - which purveyed Van Goughs life. And as part of the program - showed that no matter what to you try to do for some people, sometimes it won't change their life entirely.
Doctor Who: Flesh and Stone (2010)
Matt's Doctor is Shining Through
It was great to see Matt Smith fully taking ownership of his 'Doctor', with The Doctors new personality and quirks beginning to surface in this episode.
The back story (or is that front story) for River Song was really good, I can't wait to see the next instance of that, when The Pandorica Opens.
Genuinely scary, particularly the moment where you see The Weeping Angels actually move because Amy can't open her eyes. The episode 'Blink' was similarly scary, which is what Doctor Who has always been about.
I tend to really enjoy Steven Moffat's episodes, and this was another great example.