Archive for the ‘Fifteen Again’ Category

You have found my humble review, and for those who decide to read my views I appreciate it, as I’m sure that whatever I have to say will have little bearing on whether you actually go and see this film. We all know you will. Besides there are a million more reviews of this film anyway.

A word of warning, if you have not seen part one of this two part endeavour, or it is not relatively fresh in your mind, I urge you to do so. This film picks up right where the last finished and you will be feeling a little lost if you go in cold.

In fifteen words;

A little rushed at points, spectacular at others. Subplot weaknesses. Veteran actors are superb. Heartfelt.

This film contained all of the action missing from part one, and yet I still think part one was better. It was more artistic, the cinematography was far superior and it conveyed a real feeling of mood. I was left yearning for the sparkle, the magic that was present in The Prisoner of Azkaban was enchanting, not the case in The Deathly Hallows Part 2. There’s no discovery, or learning of magic. More a case of ‘We know spells… Crucio.’ (I know it’s a curse and not necessarily a spell!) Perhaps the magical mojo was there and I have lost the desire to feel it. Either way I am privileged to have grown up alongside this story and its characters. For this reason there is no doubt that this film is a fitting and grand end to the Potter franchise. I did enjoy it, and I’m sure you will too. All in all, ‘Mischief Managed’.

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With the films currently offered by the mulitplex’s, somewhat lacking over the last/current week, I have found my self re-watching films I own to fill a gap.

The Henley Regatta last week reminded me of The Social Network. The scene in which the regatta is featured is a breathtaking example of the artistic capabilities of depth of field/deep focus photography. Just as well I bought it on blu-ray then! Might I add the film on blu-ray has no adverts, once it loads your straight to the disc menu, what a novel approach! Brilliant.

In fifteen words The Social Network is;

Sustained rhythmic perfection in a script that’s humours and dramatic. Sean Penn is Tyler Durden.

Is it a film I like? Yes, quite a lot.

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It seems that the release of a Malick film is somewhat of an occasion, given that Mailck has only released five feature films in just short of 40 years. So when Tree of Life won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, my ears pricked further. Tree of Life was released on the 8th it seemed logical to go and see it.

I made the jaunt to Newcastle, to the Tyneside Cinema to see this film; it was the only place locally that was showing it. Had never been there before until yesterday and can thoroughly recommend it. If you are ever in the North East of England and want to see an independent film look them up, http://www.tynesidecinema.co.uk/

So after watching the film, which was quite a bewildering experience due to the gravitas of its content, I set about the difficult task of reviewing it in 15 words. If you are already aware of its content or have seen the film you might appreciate the difficulty of this task, but that is the challenge. My fifteen carefully chosen words are;

Visually stunning, powerful and beautiful. Abstract. Celestial. Dinosaur. Actively thought provoking. VFX tour-de-force.

Do I like it? The jury is still out. What I can say is that if the rumours of a six hour directors cut are true, I won’t be watching it.

If you have seen it or plan to, I’d be interested in your opinion.

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Gave the King’s Speech a re-watch tonight. Saw it at the cinema upon release and I always feel that generally most films are better with a second viewing. In fifteen words here it is;

A pertinent script, both intense and humorous. The interplay between Firth and Rush is outstanding.

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I haven’t been to the cinema recently so can’t pick a recent film, however a quick glance to the DVD collection and I see Brief Encounter starring back. So in 15 words;

Stifled middle classes, British identity and thwarted passion. Pantomimes in June anyone? A timeless classic.

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