Monday, 22 August 2016
Pete Middleton and James Spinney's deeply moving documentary is part drama, part documentary about theologian John Hull's descent into blindness. Much like Clio Barnard's The Arbor, the film uses actors lip syncing to actual audio recordings of the film's subjects, namely John Hull (Dan Renton Skinner) and his wife Marilyn (Simone Kirby).
Friday, 19 August 2016
This sort of sequel/prequel stars Emily Blunt as Queen Freya who builds her own kingdom following the framing of her lover (Colin Morgan) who Freya killed as she believed that he killed her baby. After this massive betrayal, Freya flees to build her own kingdom and turns the Northern Lands into a frozen wasteland, in this frozen wasteland a heartbroken Freya bans all her subjects from falling in love. However, Huntsmen Eric (Chris Hemsworth) and Sara (Jessica Chastain) do exactly this and when they are caught in the act they are sentenced to death. The pair try to escape, but whilst Eric is escape Sara is killed.
For Victoria (Laia Costa) a night out in Berlin turns in a tumultuous one as she becomes entangled in a debt owed by a newly found friend. To pay the debt owed to one of Berlin’s most notorious underground criminals, the gang must rob a bank but without proper planning its doesn’t go entirely smoothly.
Thursday, 18 August 2016
Welcome to Thursday Movie Picks Hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, This week's theme is movies where crime goes awry. I committed a crime once that went awry, I tried to steal a lollipop and got caught and then banned from my local corner shop.
Note that there may be spoilers for The Killing
Wednesday, 17 August 2016
There’s more than just a pinch of Rosemary’s Baby in David Farr’s feature debut The Ones Below where a woman (played by Clemence Posey), who has just recently given birth, is convinced that her neighbours are tormenting her, even the film’s 'lala' lullaby soundtrack bares a strong resemblance to the soundtrack in Polanski’s 1968 chiller. Rosemary’s Baby is not the only Polanski work that the film has some similarity, the uncomfortable dinner sequence is like something from Carnage and the London setting matches the setting of his 1965 film Repulsion. Sadly, however, The Ones Below isn’t quite on a par with the previously mentioned Polanski works. It certainly has its chills and tension but the film takes a disappointingly straightforward route with its narrative. Though the performances are good and they’re good enough to make this film chilling and creepy enough to be worth the watch.