A powerful, gut-wrenching and intense movie of murder and revenge.… MoreA powerful, gut-wrenching and intense movie of murder and revenge. Featuring strong performances that very much stay with its audience, particularly Tzahi Grad's performance as the father who's determined to do anything to find the last "remains" of his daughter. With some very disturbing scenes of torture that almost guarantee to make anyone cringe with disgust and shock; these moments are where the film gets its power from. Along with this, there are some rare moments of humour that are clever yet rather sadistic, especially how the father writes a bedtime story for the killer and then reads it to him, even though its not the most pleasant of stories. Ultimately this film shows that a very powerful film can come from anywhere that's not Hollywood. This is one of the best films I have seen this year.
I find it fascinating how this created controversy in both the USA and… MoreI find it fascinating how this created controversy in both the USA and the UK for very different reasons. A certain scene of sexual violence was considered too extreme and endorsing (according to the BBFC). Whereas the film sparked controversy over in America for being propaganda for vigilantism. However, these don't stop Death Wish from being a powerful and interesting story about how one man's perception on the world changes and how he reacts to it. Charles Bronson does give an impressive performance in which you can understand and sympathise with his character of Paul Kersey. It may not look the most appealing of films, but it's strong, intense and you (sometimes) agree with how Kersey handles certain situations.
My second Tarantino film that I've watched, which has been one of few… MoreMy second Tarantino film that I've watched, which has been one of few Western films that I truly admire and re-watch more than once. I know there has been criticism towards the racism presented in this film, however the film is set during the slavery years, so it has contextual justification. Once again there is a superb cast, from the dynamic Jamie Foxx as the lead, from the sophisticated Leonardo DiCaprio and wise cracking Samuel L. Jackson. Once again, Christoph Waltz is the true highlight as he becomes the charismatic, witty and law bringing bounty hunter. With a faster pace and bloodier action than his previous work, Django Unchained is likely to keep almost anyone entertained from start to end. Congratulations to Quentin Tarantino and Christoph Waltz on both winning their second Academy Awards of Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor.
I'll be honest this was the first Tarantino film I've ever watched.… MoreI'll be honest this was the first Tarantino film I've ever watched. However, if this is good, I can't wait to see his better films, like Pulp Fiction or Reservoir Dogs. With a superb opening with such an intense pace, from these 20 minutes, it's very clear of how powerful a performance Christoph Waltz gave, especially the fact he won the Oscar he surely deserved. The rest of the film is packed with violence, some good laughs and some intense moments in which hell breaks loose within seconds. To top this off, Christoph Waltz is backed up with Brad Pitt (Fight Club), Michael Fassbender (Prometheus) and even Director Eli Roth (Hostel). Overall, Inglorious is a superb feature, that is compared way too much with Tarantino's earlier work, which has a nice twist within its WWII setting. A must watch for action and Tarantino fans.
A fascinating documentary based on one of the longest running actors… MoreA fascinating documentary based on one of the longest running actors around; Harry Dean Stanton. While giving information on his famous acting career, the real focus in this feature is his lesser known career as a country singer. And he's a very good one indeed. The film talks of how most of how most of his songs reflect certain aspects of his life and you can really see and hear the emotion as he sings each lyric. I also admire how they point out one of Stanton's specialities, as an actor, of how he doesn't think on his lines and pretty much presents them so naturally that they don't feel scripted. As a fan of Harry Dean Stanton, I went to see it during the Sensoria Film Festival weekend, and I more than appreciated it. Even if you don't know very much on Stanton, this documentary is still worth a try if you want to learn more on this superb musician/actor.
While Christmas is a lovely time to watch films that suit that time of… MoreWhile Christmas is a lovely time to watch films that suit that time of the year, I feel that Robert Zemeckis' A Christmas Carol shouldn't be missed. It may not be the most iconic or essential Chrismas movie, however, it definitely one of the better adaptations of Charles Dickens classic, as well as being a personal favourite. With some superb multi roles from Jim Carrey, who is Scrooge and the 3 ghosts of Christmas, whereas Gary Oldman is Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim. These superb leads receive Colin Firth, Bob Hoskins and Robin Wright as perfect supporting roles. Ultimately, the visuals were astounding, particularly of how the motion capture makes the characters more human than previously seen in animation. Although I'm aware there are those who aren't fond of the visuals, at least the characters don't look as creepy as those seen in Zemeckis' previous animated work 'The Polar Express'. Overall, I have been watching this every Christmas season because I feel it fits perfectly for such a time of the year. An unmissable Christmas treat that is perfect for the family.
A truly powerful and moving film that features strong themes of… MoreA truly powerful and moving film that features strong themes of emotion and loss. With a unique yet enjoyable soundtrack, this helps create a form of contrast to the film's deeper themes. It's clever of how this film has a discreet theme of mocking capitalism; a woman who lives a high life of money and jewellery, who then loses everything and is forced to live in what the majority of people have to live with and she still can't accept reality. Normally I'm not fond on films where the entire film is focused on one performance. However, Cate Blanchett's performance is an exception as almost anyone can connect to her as we've all felt the reality of struggling, as well as the pain of loss. While I haven't watched many of Woody Allen's films, I truly admired this film and am looking forward to seeing his earlier masterpieces. If Blanchett is to receive an nomination for Best Actress, she'll have my vote to receive the award.
This film was better than expected. The majority of the film's humor… MoreThis film was better than expected. The majority of the film's humor is food themed and is rather funny as they are very easy to catch on to. With some nice characters, I feel that the incredible voice cast of Bill Hader (Tropic Thunder), Anna Faris (Scary Movie), Mr T (The A Team) and my personal favorite, Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead Trilogy) more than successfully added greater quality to these characters. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs also features an emotional theme of the development of the relationship between father and son; which to me, is rather significant as its a nice reminder of how "fathers always try to express their love and compassion for their sons". This film is a colorful, unique feature that is worth a try for its food like humor and wondrous voice cast. Overall, this is close to a very 'well done' meal that is likely to satisfy its customers.
The Cornetto Trilogy comes to an end with this awesome closing chapter… MoreThe Cornetto Trilogy comes to an end with this awesome closing chapter that's filled with just as many laughs and wit as its awesome predecessors; Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz. This time both Simon Pegg and Nick Frost play superb yet very different characters that further add to the film's humor. In this installment, Pegg and his band of friends return to the "Golden Mile" to finally reach the pub called The World's End in their home town. However, with a sci-fi mix to the comedy genre in the film, there is something wrong with the residents and this puts constant threat and danger on our heroes. Just like Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz, The World's End features plenty of action that doesn't lose the audience's attention. This newest chapter still keeps characteristics seen from the other films; from pubs and gore (so to speak), to fences (my favourite) and of course, Cornettos. For fans of the trilogy, there is a nice references to the Cornetto ice cream, so keep an eye out for it. This is a nice conclusion to this unique trilogy; a trilogy that will continue to be revisited by many. Well done Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
A truly sophisticated and wondrous film that never loses its sparkle.… MoreA truly sophisticated and wondrous film that never loses its sparkle. With its multiple and mind challenging twists that are continuously debated over, a film that's talked about like this is one that won't be forgotten anytime soon. Aside from its superb story, The Prestige is packed with powerful performances; from the rising tension and competition between Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman, to Scarlett Johansson being caught between the rivalry of the magicians, to the words of wisdom from Michael Caine and David Bowie as the infamous Nikola Tesla. This is one of Christopher Nolan's better yet less recognized works that will never cease to grip its audience and continues to deliver one powerful show of revenge, mystery and the shocking choices that our rival leads are willing to make.