Jackie follows Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman, the wife of the John F. Kennedy the President who was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in 1963. The film follows Jackie in the moments before and after the assassination as she tries to cope with her crippling grief.
Friday, 27 January 2017
Federico Fellini is one of the most renowned and celebrated film directors of all time, especially in film circles. His name is often found among the likes of Bergman, Kurosawa, Kubrick, and Renoir as the most influential filmmakers in the industry. Arguably his most famous film, from a catalogue of highly regarded films, is 8 ½, a unique film about the filmmaking process. Fellini was living la dolce vita when his film was nominated for five Academy Awards (including Best Director and Best Original Screenplay) winning two of them for Best Foreign Film and Best Costume Design.
Wednesday, 25 January 2017
Since The Sixth Sense M.Night Shyamalan’s career has been steadily going downhill, especially regarding the quality of his output. He reached rock bottom somewhere between The Last Airbender and After Earth and from then on he’s name became a joke. He improved with his low budget, back to basics horror film The Visit which has strong links to his latest film, Split. Both Split and The Visit feature mentally ill people as the antagonist of the movie, Split is about a guy named Kevin (James McAvoy) a man who has 23 personalities who kidnaps a group of girls. He has weekly visits to his psychologist who believes that people with Dissociative identity disorder (DID) not only change their personality but their own genetics.
Sunday, 22 January 2017
When horror movies are released in the month of January (where the scariest things are your new resolutions) it’s usually because the studio backing the film have little confidence in it. Because of that I went into The Bye Bye Man with the lowest of expectations and, coupled with its release date, its lack of marketing and awkward title probably hindered the film ever producing the sequel it promised. Anyway, The Bye Bye Man is about about three collage students who move into an old house. Shortly after moving in, Sasha (Cressida Bonas), begins to suspect something is off about the house. Elliot (Douglas Smith) is at first skeptical but when he reads aloud some strange words etched into a chest of drawers strange things begin to happen.
Saturday, 21 January 2017
There’s this strange pattern where movies with a similar subject matter are released at the same time (think White House Down and Olympus Has Fallen and Deep Impact and Armageddon). This time both films (the other film comes out next year) are about the 1942 assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, a man so evil that even Hitler labelled him ‘the man with the Iron Heart’ whilst others nicknamed the 'Butcher of Prague'.
Thursday, 19 January 2017
To spice things up a little (actually, in truth I didn’t realise that it was actors only) I decided to pick films in which someone who died in 2016 had a prominent role in making the film because there’s more to movies than just acting (I hope you don’t mind Brigit!). Make sure to check out - http://wanderingthroughtheshelves.blogspot.co.uk/
Tuesday, 17 January 2017
Mia (Emma Stone) is an aspiring actress working as a barista in a coffee shop on the actual lots of Hollywood. Seb (Ryan Gosling) is jazz musician with dreams that are far beyond playing Christmas tunes on a piano at a crappy restaurant. The pair meet on numerous occasions before romance blossoms, and as they both try (and sometimes struggle) to make their dreams come true, they go through a whirlwind romance full of highs and lows.
Friday, 13 January 2017
2016 has been a pretty decent year for films, in my opinion at least. Naturally, some of the most highly anticipated films of the year were disappointing, such as Suicide Squad and Batman Vs Superman (the latter I had no hope for whatsoever). However, there have been some great films outside the mainstream (where the films were pretty disappointing) but today I'm going to focus on the films I was looking forward to but let me down.
Thursday, 12 January 2017
Wednesday, 11 January 2017
Hank Thompson (Paul Dano) is stranded on an Island way out to sea, he is about to hang himself off a rock before he spots a corpse (played by Daniel Radcliffe) has washed up on the shore. The corpse appears to be totally dead and motionless (which is what corpses do I suppose) apart from the fact it appears to be farting. These farts are quite powerful and create a special kind of energy that can propel Hank great distances. Soon enough, the corpse seems to come to life, and the two form a strange bond as they both on an extraordinary adventure.
Friday, 6 January 2017
Based on the video game franchise, the film starts in the year 1492 where a group of secret assassins swear to protect the Prince of Grenada. These are the Assassin’s Brotherhood who have long opposed the Templar Order. Hundreds of years later Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) is executed for murder, but he wakes up inside the compound of a mysterious company who have traced his heritage and found out he’s related to one of the Assassins. They have built a machine that allows Callum to inhabit the memories of his ancestor and tasked him with finding the Apple of Eden.
Thursday, 5 January 2017
Wednesday, 4 January 2017
Set in the 17th Century, two Portuguese Jesuit Priests (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) are tasked with locating their master, Cristavao Ferreira (Liam Neeson), who has vanished after missionary work in Japan. In Japan, the two priests are victim to persecution and torture as Christain teaching is rejected in the country.