Thursday, 8 December 2016

Blogger Picks | November

Emily | The Sweetest Thing - Rainy Day Edge at Palais Royale
Helena | Brooklyn Blonde - Clarkson
Kat | With Love From Kat - Fall Tones in Chelsea
Sarah | That Pommie Girl - Pretending It's Still Summer
Anna | Anna Saccone Joly - Emilia's Frozen Themed Birthday
Steph | Chalk Kids - Our Iceland Family Travel Diary
Christine | Hello Fashion - 3 Combos To Transition Your Holiday Dresses Throughout the Season
Caitlin | Southern Curls and Pearls - The Best Autumn LBD
Helena | Brooklyn Blonde - The Perfect Leather
Jules | Jules Sebastian - It's Black. It's White
Coury | Fancy Treehouse - Goldie is 4
Wendy | Wendy's Lookbook - NYC Autumn Colours: Plaid Scarf and Burgundy Boots

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Monday, 5 December 2016

The Gift (Joel Edgerton, 2015)

Cast: Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton

Summary: A young married couple's lives are thrown into a harrowing tailspin when an acquaintance from the husband's past brings mysterious gifts and a horrifying secret to light after more than 20 years.

Genre: Thriller, Mystery

Watched: September 2016

The Gift is Joel Edgerton's directorial debut and I have to say he does a pretty impressive job, not only as director but also as an actor.

I don't think I've seen him in anything before this but I think he does an absolutely fantastic job here. He does creepy incredibly well but somehow still manages to make you like him.

Then there was Jason Bateman. I've seen Hancock and I really enjoyed his performance, I think it was the perfect blend of comedy and drama for him but I didn't think he would be any good in something so serious.
I was definitely wrong about that. Bateman absolutely proves himself for me and does an excellent job as Simon.

Although the film is about Gordon(Joel Edgerton) and Simon (Jason Bateman), it is definitely Robyn (Rebecca Hall) who comes across as the main character. Who again is also brilliant.
I love the interaction between all three characters, but thing I loved the most was that I spent the majority of the film trying to figure out who the bad guy actually is.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story and I even loved the ambiguous ending. I was 100% rooting for Gordon and I really wanted him to get some sort of revenge, but deep down I think he's actually quite a nice guy and that he wouldn't really go that far. Or would he?

Rating: 9/10
One Final Word: EXCELLENT!

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Friday, 2 December 2016

Film | In the Cinema - December

December 2nd

Bleed For This - The inspirational story of World Champion Boxer Vinny Pazienza who, after a near fatal car crash, which left him not knowing if he'd ever walk again, made one of sports most incredible comebacks

Mr. Right - A girl falls for the "perfect" guy, who happens to have a very fatal flaw: he's a hitman on the run from the crime cartels who employ him.

Sully: Miracle on the Hudson - The story of Chesley Sullenberger, an American pilot who became a hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River in order to save the flight's passengers and crew.
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Moana - A young woman uses her navigational talents to set sail for a fabled island. Joining her on the adventure is her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui.
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The Unknown Girl - A doctor attempts to uncover the identity of a patient who died after she refused her treatment.

Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hyptnotism - An orphan who practices hypnosis faces off against a bank robber who wants her book on the art form.

December 7th

Office Christmas Party - When his uptight CEO sister threatens to shut down his branch, the branch manager throws an epic Christmas party in order to land a big client and save the day, but the party gets way out of hand...

December 9th

The Birth of a Nation - Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher in the antebellum South, orchestrates an uprising.

Snowden - The NSA's illegal surveillance techniques are leaked to the public by one of the agency's employees, Edward Snowden, in the form of thousands of classified documents distributed to the press.

I Am Not A Serial Killer - In a small Midwestern town, a troubled teen with homicidal tendencies must hunt down and destroy a supernatural killer whilst keeping his own inner demons at bay.

Life, Animated - A coming of age story about a boy and his family who overcame great challenges by turning Disney animated movies into a language to express love, loss, kinship and brotherhood.

Chi-Raq - A modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago.

The Pass - Nineteen-year-old Jason and Ade have been in the Academy of a famous London football club since they were eight years old. It's the night before their first-ever game for the first team - a Champions League match - and one of them kisses the other.

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Sunday, 27 November 2016

Hush (Mike Flanagan, 2016)

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Cast: Kate Siegel, John Gallagher Jr., Samantha Sloyan, Michael Trucco

Summary: A deaf writer who retreated into the woods to live a solitary life must fight for her life in silence when a masked killer appears at her window.

Genre: Thriller

Watched: May 21st, 2016

Like most films I've watched this year I found this gem on Netflix (it really has become my favourite things this year!), and after seeing the poster and reading the description I knew I had to see it.

There have been plenty of home invasion films like this, but this film is made a lot more scarier just by having a deaf protagonist.

I love how as soon as the film starts we're put into Maddie's (Kate Siegel) shoes with the films incredible sound design. As we watch Maggie cook dinner we can hear everything from the onions being sliced to eggs sizzling away in the pan, before zooming in on Maddie's face and the sound falling away.

I remember thinking around this point I wonder who the deaf character is because I could hear everything around me, which I know is a ridiculous thought to have. Just because I can hear what's happening around me, that doesn't meant that the person beside me isn't deaf.
Hush (2016) Still

I probably should have realised that Maddie was deaf when the sound fell away the closer we got to her face, but it was so subtle that I didn't realise it was missing until it came back in.

Even then I didn't realise that I still didn't realise Maddie was deaf, it was only until she began signing with her next door neighbour that I made the connection.

I thought this film was brilliant and I loved the story. I really enjoy films that get you talking and thinking about what you would do if you were in that situation and this is definitely one of them!

Rating: 9/10
One Final Word: Very Good

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Thursday, 24 November 2016

Monsters: Dark Continent (Tom Green, 2014)

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Cast: Johnny Harris, Sam Keely, Joe Dempsie, Jesse Nagy, Nicholas Pinnock

Summary: Ten years on from the events of Monsters, and the 'Infected Zones' have now spread worldwide. In the Middle East a new insurgency has begun. At the same time there has also been a proliferation of Monsters in that region. The Army decide to draft in more numbers to help deal with this insurgency.

Genre: Drama, Sci-fi

Watched: May 8th, 2016

I really enjoyed Gareth Edward's Monsters film, so as soon as I heard that they were making a sequel I added it to my list of films to watch.

I don't go to the cinema as often as I should, so I said to myself that I would wait for this film to be released on DVD before I would watch it. Instead I ended up adding it to my Netflix watchlist and then I avoided watching it because I had heard a number of bad reviews about it.

A lot of people were complaining about the lack of monsters and how the film is instead a war film disguised as a Sci-Fi film.
I 100% agree that this film feels very different in comparison to the first Monsters because it does focus much more on the war side of things then the monsters themselves.
Monsters Dark Continent (2014) Still

However I actually don't mind that the monsters don't play a bigger part in the sequel. With Monsters although they are a very important part of the story (and they do play a bigger part), they're not the focus which I think is also the case with Dark Continent.

The main thing both films have in common is that they deal very much with human connections and the connections we make with people in times of struggle and/or conflict.
I did think that it was a bit long winded but all in all I liked Dark Continent and I would happily watch it again.

Rating: Good
One Final Word: 7/10

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