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Film Review – Le-Weekend

It would be wrong to call this film a romantic comedy for although parts of it are quite amusing, it is mostly quite uncomfortable viewing, albeit for the right reasons. It follows Nick and Meg Burrows as they ‘celebrate’ their thirtieth wedding anniversary in Paris for a weekend. On arrival, Meg insists that they move to a more upmarket hotel, which is only one subject of irritation between the pair. The situation is complicated further by the appearance of an old college friend of Nick’s, who has just published a new book and invites them to dinner.» >

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TV Programme of the Week – The Wrong Mans

I remember my parents shouting if I wanted to watch this as it was starting and I wasn’t fussed but decided to give it a shot. I’m glad I did, as it is a hilarious spoof of the ‘ordinary man turned spy’ plot that featured in films like Hitchcock’s North by Northwest. It is in fact one of the Master of Suspense’s films that this programme takes its name from and adds an ‘s’, with the incorrect grammar highlighting the comic nature of the plot full of espionage, murder and embarrassment.» >

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Film Review – The Fifth Estate

The Fifth Estate recounts events that everybody in our generation remembers, the Wikileaks scandal and the rise and fall of Julian Assange. Over two hours it shows the fateful meeting of Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his chief ‘friend’ (Daniel Brühl), their rise to notoriety through Wikileaks and their eventual disastrous split.

Serious stuff, and The Fifth Estate treats it accordingly. It’s a very stylised film, building to create an atmosphere of paranoia that is hard to get away from.» >

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Film Review – How I live now

Having waited almost eight years for this movie, my expectations were both high and low as I entered the cinema shaking with excitement. I read Meg Rosoff’s novel in 2005 when it was first released and was convinced that the movie was not far behind; simply because it was such a gripping and well thought out plot. I never gave up hope that someone, somewhere, someday would come to acknowledge its brilliance.» >

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Top 10 – Teenage films from the 1980s

The teen movie genre exploded in the 80’s. An era where Molly Ringwald was princess and John Hughes was King.  Here are the top 10 Teen movies of the 80’s.

1. Back To the Future (1985)

Michael J Fox plays Marty McFly a teenage boy with an unambitious family and a not so awesome life. Throw in a mad scientist named “Doc” and a flux capacitor and Marty’s life turns into an enchanting adventure set in 1950’s high school culture.» >

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Discussion – The Adaption Conundrum

Adaptation is something of a risk for any filmmaker. On the one hand, if you get it right, you have a guaranteed income from the already established fans and credibility of the material being adapted. On the other, if you get it wrong, then you get far more backlash, both critical and commercial from the same people. Normally, this dichotomy boils down to one of purity. Fans are especially loyal to the existing material, and so the less the final product resembles the original, the more they will complain.» >

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Film Review – Prisoners

Depending on your knowledge of detective thrillers, Prisoners could be seen as a predictable affair. I’ll confess that I guessed most of the various twists around the half way point, and in a less complex movie this would be an enormous issue. But fortunately the case itself is not the movie’s focus point. Prisoners’ main crux is to take plot lines and archetypes associated with the potboiler, and ground them in a sense of reality.» >

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Film Review – Thérèse Desqueyroux

Nothing could deter me more from wanting to watch a film than it concerning the lives of the early 20th century upper class; there’s something about the stifled formality of that life that feels utterly detached from reality. Yet such is the appeal of Audrey Tatou – inexorably linked to the infectious enthusiasm of Amelie‘s Amelie Poulain – that I found myself subconsciously drawn towards Thérèse Desqueyroux, a film that I really should have known to steer clear of.» >

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