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Goodbye (for now)

November 12, 2015
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Hey guys,

On Saturday I am off travelling to Australia! Going by myself and I’m very excited. Not sure how long I’m going for, but my working visa is for a year so who knows! So that means I won’t be posting on here very much, or maybe at all! I’m looking forward to meeting new people and having new adventures and experiences. I’ll hopefully keep you guys updated on my travels, or just check my instagram. I start off in Sydney and I plan to be there for a couple of months and then see what other people’s plans are when I get there and get chatting to people. I’ve not been on a plane…or even outside England in the last seven or eight years. Crazy. I don’t leave until Saturday though, so will keep posting until then

Goodbye for now!

Jack

2015, Film, Film Reviews, News

Macbeth

October 17, 2015
macbeth

Cert: 15  Running Time: 113 minutes.

Informed by three witches that he will become King of Scotland, warrior thane Macbeth prevaricates in pursuit of his ambitions and is driven to regicide and tyranny by his ruthless wife.

This is the very painting of your fear.

This review contains light spoilers.

I didn’t think I would see a more visually stunning film than Mad Max: Fury Road this year but Macbeth might have just topped it.  Macbeth has always been one of my favourite plays, so I approached this with some trepidation. With the opening ten minutes, those fears disappeared.

Before the greatly anticipated Assassin’s Creed movie next year, which apparently could be the first ever successful video game movie adaptation, director Justin Kurzel and actors Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard team up first for the new adaptation of the famous Shakespeare play Macbeth. I’ve got to say, after seeing Macbeth recently I can say with confidence that I have quite good hopes for the Assassin’s Creed movie, mainly in regards to the action sequences and visuals.

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Inside Out

September 21, 2015
insideout

Cert:Running Time: 102 minutes.

After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.

Do you ever look at someone and wonder, “What is going on inside their head?” Well, I know. Okay, I know Riley’s head.

This review contains spoilers.

Ever thought they were voices in your head? Inside Out gives us a look inside Riley’s head. She’s an 11 year old girl who has just moved from her home in Minnesota to go to San Francisco where she knows no-one. Joy, Fear, Sadness, Disgust, and Anger try to help Riley through the change but when Joy and Sadness get lost in the recesses of Riley’s mind, the young girl starts having a crisis.

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Film Viewing Log: August 2015

August 28, 2015
AUGUST2015
No.FilmDirector/YearGrade
084.TrainwreckJudd Apatow, 2015B *
085.UnfriendedLevan Gabriadze, 2015D- *
086.Hot PursuitAnne Fletcher, 2015C- *
087.While We’re YoungNoah Baumbach, 2015B *
089.Muppets Most WantedJames Bobin, 2014C- *
090.MaleficentRobert Stromberg, 2014F
091.Wet Hot American SummerDavid Wain, 2001C+ *

* First Time Viewings

 

2015, Film, Film Reviews, News

The Age of Adaline

August 19, 2015
adaline

Cert: 12A  Running Time: 110 minutes.

A young woman, born at the turn of the 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After many solitary years, she meets a man who complicates the eternal life she has settled into.

As the years passed, Adaline credited her unchanging appearance to a combination of a healthy diet, exercise, heredity, and good luck.

 

The Age of Adaline could be best described as The Twilight Zone meets Nicholas Sparks. It tells the story of Adaline Bowman, who through a series of fantastic phenomena, she has remained as a 29 year old for eight decades. She has to experience a life of solitude and separation, because she cannot age with those that she is closest to in her life. That is until she meets the charming Ellis, a generous philanthropist who is persistent in his pursuit of her. Will she finally let go and give in to love? Or will she continue to keep running for the rest of her everlasting life.

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While We’re Young

August 13, 2015
young

Cert: 15  Running Time: 96 minutes.

A middle-aged couple’s career and marriage are overturned when a disarming young couple enters their lives.

For the first time in my life I’ve stopped thinking of myself as a child imitating an adult.

Noah Baumbach’s film concerning a documentary filmmaker and his wife who have lost their friends to the baby track is disappointing. The couple, Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts, meet up with a younger couple played by Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried, re-spark their lives but questions creep in about what the younger couple is really after, and what is the right path in life.

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2015, Film, Film Features, Viewing Log

Film Viewing Log: July 2015

August 4, 2015
JULY2015

Didn’t get to watch much this month. Boo!

No.FilmDirector/YearGrade
080.TomorrowlandBrad Bird, 2015C+ *
081.Sherlock HolmesGuy Ritchie, 2009B
082.JunoJason Reitman, 2007B+
083.InsurgentRobert Schwentke, 2015D *

* First Time Viewings

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Tomorrowland

July 31, 2015
tomorrowland

Cert: 12a  Running Time: 130 minutes.

Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory.

Dreamers need to stick together… It’s not programming, it’s personal.

To say that Tomorrowland is a disappointment isn’t really fair. If this reviewer were eight years old, it would seem like one of the best movies ever. It’s the difference between someone able to appreciate all the “gee whiz” elements and someone able to ask all sorts of inconvenient questions about the plot. So take the kids and check your cynicism at the door.

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