Movie Review : 12 Years a Slave

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Based on the true story, Solomon Northup (Ejiofor) is a well-respected and happily married father of 2 young children. The year is 1841 and Solomon makes a very decent living as a musician. Overnight he loses everything …. he is betrayed, drugged and shipped south to New Orleans where he is sold into slavery.

In the week or so it takes for the sea journey south, every attempt is made to strip these slaves of their humanity and dignity. When they are sold …. in an actual shop…. they are stood naked and poked and prodded as if they were nothing but animals. Children are ripped screaming from their mothers. Families are torn apart.

Heartbreaking.

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Swedish Marines lip-synch ‘Greased Lightning’

Because Swedish marines …..聽 馃槢

Movie Review – Paranormal Activity : The Marked Ones

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For anyone who thought the Paranormal Activity franchise was dead….. think again.

Jesse (Jacobs) and Hector (Diaz) are best friends who have just turned 18 and graduated from high school. They are typical teenagers who film everything and cannot help but get themselves involved when some strange and very weird things happen in the apartment downstairs. They start by spying on the woman downstairs…. who their deeply religious Mexican community think is a bruja (witch) …. and soon after, Jesse starts to change. He becomes possessed. By what is still unclear.

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Movie Review : The Wolf of Wall Street

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Based on the movie’s protagonist Jordan Belfort’s memoir of the same name, this is the latest Scorsese / Di Caprio collaboration (there have been 4 others) and has been nominated for a slew of Oscars this year, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor. Not too shabby but this IS Scorsese after all.

Is it 1987 and Jordan Belfort is a driven and ambitious young man. Declaring that he ‘always wanted to be a stockbroker’ and after no luck working for others, he and his new BFF Donnie Azoff (Hill) decide to start-up their own firm. Belfort is a born talker and could, as they say, sell ice to Eskimos. All it takes is some balls, a dubious press article (yes I know but this is the decade of greed, boys and girls) and his fellow scumbags and beating down his door to work with him.

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Movie Review – Jack Ryan : Shadow Recruit

 

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Based on the character created by Tom Clancy, Pine is the 4th actor to portray CIA Agent Jack Ryan, who has now appeared in 5 movies. Apart from this last instalment, there has been ….

The Sum of All Fears (2002) Played by Ben Affleck

Clear and Present Danger (1994) Played by Harrison Ford

Patriot Games (1992) Played by Harrison Ford

The Hunt for Red October (1990) Played by Alec Baldwin.

This, however, is the first movie not based on a Clancy book. So it’s a stand alone within the franchise. But is that a good thing?

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Movie Review : 47 Ronin (3D)

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The legend of the 47 Ronin ….. a Ronin being a wandering samurai who had no lord or master …. is a tale of loyalty, bravery and most importantly honour. You can read a really interesting but concise article on the real 47 Ronin here. I have read that this legend is to the Japanese what the legend of Gallipoli is to Aussies ( I can’t find where I read that so cannot link back)

With this all in mind, knowing Keanu was the lead actor and having read some scathing reviews, I went into this movie expecting very little. Now, I love me some Keanu but let’s face it, the boy doesn’t always make the best choices. But he does have a lifetime pass…..

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Movie Review : The Book Thief

 

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Based on Australian author Markus Zusak’s bestselling novel of the same name, this tells the story of Liesel (N茅lisse), a child sent to live with foster parents during the early years of World War II. When she arrives, she has a book with her and her new father Hans (Rush) encourages her to read. It is through this love of words that Liesel can escape the horrors of her life and foster the writer within.

Her parents Hans and Rosa (Watson) are struggling to earn a living, due in part to their continued reluctance to join the Nazi party. Of course, they appear to toe the line by flying the swastika and letting Liesel join the Hitler Youth but at home it is quite a different story.

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2014 BAFTA Film Award Nominations

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Winners will be announced during the BAFTA ceremony, hosted by Stephen Fry, at London鈥檚 Royal Opera House on February 16, 2014.

 

BEST FILM
12 YEARS A SLAVE Anthony Katagas, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen
AMERICAN HUSTLE Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, Jonathan Gordon
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca
GRAVITY Alfonso Cuar贸n, David Heyman
PHILOMENA Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan, Tracey Seaward

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
GRAVITY Alfonso Cuar贸n, David Heyman, Jon谩s Cuar贸n
MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM Justin Chadwick, Anant Singh, David M. Thompson, William Nicholson
PHILOMENA Stephen Frears, Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan, Tracey Seaward, Jeff Pope
RUSH Ron Howard, Andrew Eaton, Peter Morgan
SAVING MR. BANKS John Lee Hancock, Alison Owen, Ian Collie, Philip Steuer, Kelly Marcel, Sue Smith
THE SELFISH GIANT: Clio Barnard, Tracy O鈥橰iordan

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
COLIN CARBERRY (Writer), GLENN PATTERSON (Writer) Good Vibrations
KELLY MARCEL (Writer) Saving Mr. Banks
KIERAN EVANS (Director/Writer) Kelly + Victor
PAUL WRIGHT (Director/Writer), POLLY STOKES (Producer) For Those in Peril
SCOTT GRAHAM (Director/Writer) Shell

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
THE ACT OF KILLING Joshua Oppenheimer, Signe Byrge S酶rensen
BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR Abdellatif Kechiche, Brahim Chioua, Vincent Maraval
THE GREAT BEAUTY Paolo Sorrentino, Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima
METRO MANILA Sean Ellis, Mathilde Charpentier
WADJDA Haifaa Al-Mansour, Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul

DOCUMENTARY
THE ACT OF KILLING Joshua Oppenheimer
THE ARMSTRONG LIE Alex Gibney
BLACKFISH Gabriela Cowperthwaite
TIM鈥橲 VERMEER Teller, Penn Jillette, Farley Ziegler
WE STEAL SECRETS: THE STORY OF WIKILEAKS Alex Gibney

ANIMATED FILM
DESPICABLE ME 2 Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin
FROZEN Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
MONSTERS UNIVERSITY Dan Scanlon

DIRECTOR
12 YEARS A SLAVE Steve McQueen
AMERICAN HUSTLE David O. Russell
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS Paul Greengrass
GRAVITY Alfonso Cuar贸n
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET Martin Scorsese

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
AMERICAN HUSTLE Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell
BLUE JASMINE Woody Allen
GRAVITY Alfonso Cuar贸n, Jon谩s Cuar贸n
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
NEBRASKA Bob Nelson

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
12 YEARS A SLAVE John Ridley
BEHIND THE CANDELABRA Richard LaGravenese
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS Billy Ray
PHILOMENA Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET Terence Winter

LEADING ACTOR
BRUCE DERN Nebraska
CHIWETEL EJIOFOR 12 Years a Slave
CHRISTIAN BALE American Hustle
LEONARDO DICAPRIO The Wolf of Wall Street
TOM HANKS Captain Phillips

LEADING ACTRESS
AMY ADAMS American Hustle
CATE BLANCHETT Blue Jasmine
EMMA THOMPSON Saving Mr. Banks
JUDI DENCH Philomena
SANDRA BULLOCK Gravity

SUPPORTING ACTOR
BARKHAD ABDI Captain Phillips
BRADLEY COOPER American Hustle
DANIEL BR脺HL Rush
MATT DAMON Behind the Candelabra
MICHAEL FASSBENDER 12 Years a Slave

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
JENNIFER LAWRENCE American Hustle
JULIA ROBERTS August: Osage County
LUPITA NYONG鈥橭 12 Years a Slave
OPRAH WINFREY The Butler
SALLY HAWKINS Blue Jasmine

ORIGINAL MUSIC
12 YEARS A SLAVE Hans Zimmer
THE BOOK THIEF John Williams
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS Henry Jackman
GRAVITY Steven Price
SAVING MR. BANKS Thomas Newman

CINEMATOGRAPHY
12 YEARS A SLAVE Sean Bobbitt
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS Barry Ackroyd
GRAVITY Emmanuel Lubezki
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Bruno Delbonnel
NEBRASKA Phedon Papamichael

EDITING
12 YEARS A SLAVE Joe Walker
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS Christopher Rouse
GRAVITY Alfonso Cuar贸n, Mark Sanger
RUSH Dan Hanley, Mike Hill
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET Thelma Schoonmaker

PRODUCTION DESIGN
12 YEARS A SLAVE Adam Stockhausen, Alice Baker
AMERICAN HUSTLE Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler
BEHIND THE CANDELABRA Howard Cummings
GRAVITY Andy Nicholson, Rosie Goodwin, Joanne Woodlard
THE GREAT GATSBY Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn

COSTUME DESIGN
AMERICAN HUSTLE Michael Wilkinson
BEHIND THE CANDELABRA Ellen Mirojnick
THE GREAT GATSBY Catherine Martin
THE INVISIBLE WOMAN Michael O鈥機onnor
SAVING MR. BANKS Daniel Orlandi

MAKE UP & HAIR
AMERICAN HUSTLE Evelyne Noraz, Lori McCoy-Bell
BEHIND THE CANDELABRA Kate Biscoe, Marie Larkin
THE BUTLER Debra Denson, Beverly Jo Pryor, Candace Neal
THE GREAT GATSBY Maurizio Silvi, Kerry Warn
THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Peter Swords King, Richard Taylor, Rick Findlater

SOUND
ALL IS LOST Richard Hymns, Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor, Micah Bloomberg, Gillian Arthur
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith, Chris Munro, Oliver Tarney
GRAVITY Glenn Freemantle, Skip Lievsay, Christopher Benstead, Niv Adiri, Chris Munro
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Peter F. Kurland, Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff
RUSH Danny Hambrook, Martin Steyer, Stefan Korte, Markus Stemler, Frank Kruse

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
GRAVITY Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould, Nikki Penny
THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, Eric Reynolds
IRON MAN 3 Bryan Grill, Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Dan Sudick
PACIFIC RIM Hal Hickel, John Knoll, Lindy De Quattro, Nigel Sumner
STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Ben Grossmann, Burt Dalton, Patrick Tubach, Roger Guyett

BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION
EVERYTHING I CAN SEE FROM HERE Bjorn-Erik Aschim, Friederike Nicolaus, Sam Taylor
I AM TOM MOODY Ainslie Henderson
SLEEPING WITH THE FISHES James Walker, Sarah Woolner, Yousif Al-Khalifa

BRITISH SHORT FILM
ISLAND QUEEN Ben Mallaby, Nat Luurtsema
KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES Megan Rubens, Michael Pearce, Selina Lim
ORBIT EVER AFTER Chee-Lan Chan, Jamie Stone, Len Rowles
ROOM 8 James W. Griffiths, Sophie Venner
SEA VIEW Anna Duffield, Jane Linfoot

THE EE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public)
DANE DEHAAN
GEORGE MACKAY
LUPITA NYONG鈥橭
WILL POULTER
L脡A SEYDOUX

 

Movie Review : Saving Mr Banks

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Mary Poppins, the book and the movie, are classics. There is no need to elaborate further on either one because if you are bothering to read a review of Saving Mr Banks, you are already familiar with one or the other……and possibly both.

But this is the story of the book’s author PL Travers (Thompson) and her struggle with Walt Disney (Hanks) to have the movie made just as she wanted. Mrs Travers was not about to have her beloved Mary Poppins turned into a Disney cartoon and Disney was not about to take no for an answer. He had promised his daughters when they were children that he would make them a movie about Mary Poppins and he was not about to break that promise. Disney was also an astute businessman so lets not forget that.

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Movie Review – August: Osage County

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Based on Tracey Letts’ Pulitzer prize-winning play of the same name, this is the story of the Weston’s….. a family so dysfunctional, so broken that you think things could not be any worse for them.

Well you would be wrong.

Headed by the drug addled cancer survivor mother聽 Violet (Streep), the family’s 3 daughters Barbara (Roberts), Ivy (Nicholson) and Karen (Lewis) are summoned聽 home when their father Beverley (Shepard) goes missing. And yes, you do get the feeling that should their mother have gone missing, they may not even have answered the phone let alone come home.

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