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Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Filed under: — Helen on January 27th, 2014 08:01:47 pm

inside llewyn davis film posterInside Llewyn Davis comes at a time when piracy and the internet are making it harder than ever for musicians to make money out of their music. People are buying music less and less from shops and getting everything online at a cheaper rate. With this and the still recent financial crisis in mind, this film about a struggling musician is a story bound to strike a chord with many people. Llewyn’s efforts to get himself heard has the potential to resonate with any person who has struggled to find work  in a changing marketplace. 


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Bernie (2011)

Filed under: — Helen on January 15th, 2014 11:01:55 pm

Bernie_posterBernie is the true story of Assistant Funeral Director Bernie Tiede (Jack Black), who after confessing to the crime of murdering his friend and employer  Marjorie Nugent (Shirley MacLaine) and concealing it for months, received the support of almost the whole town of Carthage, Texas. Their wish for Bernie to be found innocent was so strong that the District Attorney actually had to have the trial moved to another town in order to ensure  a fair trial.
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Beautiful Creatures (2013)

Filed under: — Helen on December 6th, 2013 04:12:29 pm

beautiful creatures film posterBeautiful Creatures is a romantic fantasy film centred around a small town character who falls in love with a mysterious stranger who has supernatural powers.  Sound familiar? It’s impossible not to draw comparisons between this and Twilight, as the central story is almost the same, just with the genders being reversed. The supernatural character is the girl, and she is a witch or ‘caster’, rather than a vampire.
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Captain Phillips (2013)

Filed under: — Helen on October 25th, 2013 01:10:34 pm

captain phillips posterCaptain Phillips is the story of an ordinary man who finds himself caught up in extraordinary circumstances. Based on real events that took place in 2009 when an American cargo ship was hijacked by Somali pirates and the Captain was held hostage for days at sea, Captain Phillips is a gripping thriller that successfully manages to maintain tension throughout. That is an impressive  feat considering a large portion of the film is set in the confined space of a small lifeboat.
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Blackfish (2013)

Filed under: — Helen on September 15th, 2013 04:09:01 pm

blackfish film posterBlackfish is a documentary about the captive killer whale Tilikum, who has a proven track record of killing people. During a performance at Seaworld Orlando in 2010, he grabbed his trainer during a performance and killed her.  The tragic event got media attention worldwide as it made people question not only the moral debate of keeping whales in captivity, but also the safety of the humans working with them. Can any amount of training prepare someone for what to do when a killer whale does something unexpected?
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A Field in England (2013)

Filed under: — Helen on August 5th, 2013 09:08:49 am

a-field-in-england-movie-posterA Field in England grabbed headlines when it was revealed it was  to be launched simultaneously across a number of mediums, including cinemas,Film4 tv channel, and DVD. This innovative release method ensured the film got wide publicity, as this was the first time in the UK a film had used this experimental release method. The film itself is also extremely experimental, blending 17th century civil war history, with hallucinogenic drug taking. It is also shot in black and white, giving a surreal effect, which adds to the film’s overall bizarreness. This movie feels more like a piece of art than a film, but it was so weird,  it merits discussion.
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Ruby Sparks (2012)

Filed under: — Helen on July 1st, 2013 05:07:56 pm

ruby sparksRuby Sparks is a romantic comedy which also has a fantasy element to the plot that gives it an interesting likeable edge over other films in that genre. Most romantic comedies contain an unintentional fantasy element, as they never seem to show a relationship that could be real, only an idealised version of the perfect romance. In contrast, the actual relationship in Ruby Sparks is very real and shows a couple struggling to make their relationship work. The fantasy element here comes from the fact that the woman in the relationship starts off as a figment of the man’s imagination. He accidentally conjures his dream girl to life only to find the relationship they begin is far from perfect .
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Catfish (2010)

Filed under: — Helen on May 19th, 2013 11:05:04 am

catfish film posterCatfish is a documentary that has often been labelled as fake. This is because the events that unfold in front of the camera are so fascinating and unbelievable, it is difficult to watch without questioning the film’s authenticity and the improbability of all this being caught on camera. The filmmakers have consistently denied this though and claim that although some of the scenes were reconstructed after the events had taken place, the majority of what the viewer sees is genuine. The difficulty of establishing what is real and what is not turns out to be an exciting part of the film though and adds to the mystery of the story being told.
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Les Miserables (2012)

Filed under: — Helen on March 1st, 2013 09:03:11 pm

Being a huge fan of the theatre production of Les Miserables, I was a little wary about going to see the film. I was worried it would not be well done and that the singing would be nowhere near as good as the stage performances I’ve seen.  However, after hearing that audiences have been regularly standing up to give the film applause, I decided to go give it a go. The songs were not butchered as I had feared and the majority of the cast give first rate performances that would not be out of place on Broadway.
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This is 40 (2013)

Filed under: — Helen on February 23rd, 2013 07:02:25 pm

This is 40 is the ‘sort of sequel’ to Knocked Up. The two main characters from that film have disappeared and instead the focus is on Debbie (Leslie Mann) and Pete (Paul Rudd), the quarreling married couple who were the best thing about Knocked Up and are now both about to celebrate their fortieth birthday and are struggling to accept the path their lives have taken.
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