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06 July 2012

Preview to the next film underway! July 6!

On July 6 around 6pm  (London +0 GMT) I will be uploading the next film created by my friends and I in our youtube group: IndieHouseFilms It is a mockumentary of  a group of filmmakers trying to make a documentary about the Tollymore Forest somewhere in Northern Ireland. I created the film to have a bit of fun with the genre and to poke fun at conventions, movie mistakes and even young people at some parts. The film is quite silly, but I hope you enjoy it. Watch the preview below and enjoy :)

02 July 2012

June in Review

The first true month of my summer break began on the first day of June, and instantly I sat down and watched many films. In the first week, I managed to watch 13 films, and began to slow down after that, but I tallied up quite a few great films this month.  I re-watched many films this time, and more than I have any month this year.  I also explored the films of Wes Anderson a little, and I can see what the fuss has been about when it comes to his films. Seeing Moonrise Kingdom was released recently, I thought I would explore his earlier films, and I think they are great! He is a talented director who definitely has a very special way of telling his stories.

21 June 2012

100 Film Facts About Me Part 1

I have saw on a few blogs compiled lists of 100 facts about them. Well, here is part 1 of 100 facts film related about me. I would like to thank Cinematic Corner and Cinematic Paradox for their lists as it is what inspired this post. (Check out their great blogs also). Let's get started. 

1)    Although not my favourite film of all-time, if I were to choose a film to watch for the rest of my life it would be Singin in the Rain.

18 June 2012

The Kid (1921) -Second Review-

Directed & Written by Charles Chaplin
Starring: Charles Chaplin, Jackie Coogan, Edna Purviance
Genre: Comedy, Drama
B & W, 60 Minutes

Verdict: Emotionally sincere, and full of whimsical comedy: The Kid still holds up today as a touchingly  beautiful work of silent cinema.

15 June 2012

2012 Goal Checklist -Half way-

Remember at new years 2012 I set myself targets as a film buff for my film life and blog? Well, now that we are now in the middle of the year, I thought I would check up how I am doing so far on achieving these targets. Read the post here. Now let us take a look as to how I have done so far.

12 June 2012

Alone in the Dark (2005)

Directed by: Uwe Boll
Starring: Christian Slater, Tara Reid, Stephen Dorff
Genre: Horror, Fantasy
96 Minutes

Verdict: Just plain boring and not even fun to watch to make fun of for being so bad: that is what Alone in the Dark is like. It is neither scary nor entertaining, and plays out as a messy and inept film.

09 June 2012

Goon (2011/2012)

Directed by: Michael Dowse
Starring: Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, Alison Pill
Genre: Comedy, SPort
Colour, 92 Minutes
Verdict: While it is not very funny as a comedy, there is some slight charm to this Ice-Hockey comedy, which is due to the performance of Seann William Scott.

06 June 2012

John Carter (2012)

Directed by: Andrew Stanton
Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Action
Colour, 132 Minutes

Verdict: Although not as horrible as I expected, John Carter tries hard to be a fun-filled action fantasy film, and fails in the end while replicating many other films in the past. There are some nice jokes, but the wooden characterisation and messy pacing ruin the film as a whole.

05 June 2012

22 Greatest Musical Numbers in Film

 Ahhh musicals. There are critics who despise them and hate the genre in film, but how can one hate a complete genre? Especially when films such as Chicago, Singin in the Rain and The Sound of Music exist in the genre. I thought it would be interesting to compile some of the best musical numbers in film in both sound and how the songs appear on film. Here they are:

04 June 2012

Summer Plans and Blog Changes

Summer has arrived, schools are out (well some of them) and I am now reclining and sitting back to watch some movies. You may have noticed (if you are not a new to this blog) that I have radically changed the layout. I am at the moment mainly using a template, but it may change soon. For this summer I have some new ideas and changes to this blog and plan on exploring a wide variety of films.

03 June 2012

Encounters at the end of the World (2007)

Directed and Written by: Werner Herzog
Genre: Documentary
Colour, 99 Minutes

Verdict: Werner Herzog has made almost as many documentaries as he has fictional films, and his documentaries most certainly have a cinematic element to them. Encounters at the End of the World is one of his best documentaries as he explores the wonders of Antarctica and its fascinatingly beautiful areas,  revealing more than just gorgeous landscapes.

01 June 2012

Prometheus (2012)

Directed by: Ridley Scott
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller, Adventure
Colour, 124 Minutes
*No Spoilers Guarenteed*
Verdict: For fans of the original Sci-Fi classic, Prometheus may seem a disappointment and lacks the engaging suspense and chilling atmosphere the Alien franchise is famous for having. However, it is not entirely bad and has a great soundtrack, cinematography and a solid female lead.

May in Review

The month of May has been a busy and hectic month for several reasons. First off, it’s the time of year when everyone is busy with schoolwork whether you are in High School, College or University. Now, all of my work is complete (very happy about that). Secondly, I have been unable to review many films, but I have certainly watched a lot. Now that summer is here, I thought it was time to change the blog around, and now I have a different layout, new archiving and a new review layout method. Here is an overview of May in the movies.

29 May 2012

City of God (2002)

Directed by: Fernando Meirelles
Genre: Crime, Drama 
Language: Portuguese 
Colour, 130 Minutes

Verdict: City of God with its rocket-like pacing is one of the best cinematic achievements of the 21st century and has accessibility allowing many people to relate and love the film. With grand young performances, flawless editing and fantastically shot cinematography, the film stands among the all-time greats.

27 May 2012

My 10 Favourite Directors as of May 27th 2012

Well, a lot of time has passed and at this point I have explored hundreds of films. I have not once made a favourite directors list public as I have wanted to ensure it is a justified list. With directors such as Stanley Kubrick and Alfred Hitchcock around, I wanted to wait a while to try and explore as many directors as possible. So here it is, my favourite directors and my three favourite films from them (in no order)

23 May 2012

Mary and Max (2009)

Directed and Written by: Adam Elliot
Genre: Animation, Drama
Colour/B&W, 88 Minutes
Mary and Max tells the story of two very unlikely Pen Pal’s, with one being an 8 year-old Australian girl and the other a 44 year-old man with Asperger’s syndrome in New York. Through their lives, they write to one another about their lives and the differences and similarities they have.The film definitely excels with its narrative structure and excellent use of music and voice-over and it is quite a unique experience when we see the friendship and film develop. With thought-provoking content and bizarre visuals, it adds up for a unique experience.

22 May 2012

Dark Shadows (2012)

Directed by: Tim Burton
Genre: Fantasy, Comedy
Colour, 113 Minutes
After seeing the trailer, one thinks to themselves, “Well, this seems like an improvement to Tim Burton’s last venture Alice in Wonderland” and that it might be a fun-filled Gothic styled comedy. This is quite wrong. For most people, the film has been a disappointment (not that expectations were exceedingly high anyway), but the film’s zany narrative that is simply all over the place, making most of it boring and tedious. The visuals are fantastic, but the comedy is lacking when it tries and the plot definitely brings it down.

21 May 2012

Memento (2000)

Directed and Written by: Christopher Nolan
Genre: Thriller, Drama
B&W/Colour, 113 Minutes So, like many people, before giving criticism on the film I watched it a second time, and I absolutely love it! The plot follows a 'detective' trying to find the man who raped and murdered his wife. It seems simple, but he has short-term memory loss, and cannot create any new memories. Therefore, through the photographs, notes and tattoos of words on his body, he tries to track him down. What makes the film exciting is its narrative structure, which before even seeing the film you SHOULD be aware of.

19 May 2012

The Avengers (2012)

Directed by: Joss Whedon
Screenplay by: Joss Whedon
Genre: Acion, Fantasy, Comedy
Colour, 143 Minutes
Many reviewers and critics have gotten to this film to say what they think, and after a week I think so much shit has been flying across film fans and buffs I need to say something. What did I think? I thought the film was great, and definitely surprising for a comic book blockbuster. This definitely sets a standard for the future comic book movies, and while having plenty of mindless action that so many people love now, it does not get too lost in it all and takes time to show its characters humanity.

06 May 2012

The Hunger Games (2012)

Directed by: Gary Ross
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Colour, 142 Minutes
After all the hype, hate and conversation over this book adaptation, I finally decided to go watch it in the cinema. Although I expected a little bit more from the film’s glorious source matter of literature, the film definitely has great performances and well-constructed editing as well as a morally challenging plot involving kids slaughtering one another. The concept is golden for it shows the evil and inhumanity of what could be a pessimistic future for the sake of entertainment. The Hunger Games will please some, but others will find it a slow and boring story.

01 May 2012

April in Revue 2012

Well, this has certainly been a big month for cinema for me. I have watched more films within this month than I have in my lifetime I think. Even more so than last year's summer, which was insane. Well, I watched a variety of films in this month looking at directors such as Akira Kuroswa and Sergio Leone. I have not written many reviews outside the silent marathon, so I should get on board with a few soon. Many of the films I watche din this month that I watched were pretty long, includning Once Upon a Time in America, 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009), which is why it seems I have watched over 50 films this month. Well, I am not near that number but I still watched a lot. Here is April 2012 in revue.

25 April 2012

25 Greatest Silent Films (prior to 1936)

Well, this is the second top silent films list I have made, except a little longer. Now, I have watched over 65 silent films and most of them have been very entertaining indeed. From Chaplin to Murnau, watchign silent films is an enchanting experience were you get to take a step back into history of how films were made. Here are what I consider the best 25 silent films of all time (excluding The Artist). 

18 April 2012

Orphans of the Storm (1921) [Silent Film-a-Thon 2] 12#

Directed by: D.W Griffith
Genre: Drama, History
Black and White, 150 Minutes
In the early days of cinema, D.W Griffith made hundreds of films from shorts to features. He is known for his important works such as The Birth of a Nation, and undoubtedly, Griffith is a pioneer of cinema with his use of camera and narrative techniques. Orphans of the Storm is no masterpiece, but Griffith uses feature films to a powerful extent with this film conveying a large story based on history, were two characters simply get caught up in the moments.

17 April 2012

My 50 Favourite films IN ORDER (As of April 2012)

Before you plow down my list, read this first. Although I have a page of my all time favourite films on here, I have not made an ordered list of my favourites in my entire time on the blog. I have wanted to explore more cinema before making a solid list, and even posting this one I think it'll be many more months and movies before I get a very solid list. My top five choices I love almost equally, but I chose a title that has very much influenced and interested me in cinema. I am yet to watch some of the acclaimed films floating in the world of film, but here is my list of favourites IN ORDER from what I have seen in my lifetime (which by now is about 900-1000 films). Please comment and give me feedback.

Steamboat Bill Jr (1928) [Silent Film-a-thon 2] 11#

Directed by: Buster Keaton, Charles Reisner
Genre: Comedy, Action
Black and White, 70 Minutes
Among the great works of Buster Keaton Steamboat Bill Jr sits among his best, and is definitely up to par with his famous The General. Once more, we see Keaton effectively structuring a film with not only comedy- but also a solid plot. The characters may not be deep as would Chaplin’s, but Keaton has displayed his acting talent in a character that wins the audiences heart; not to mention some of his great comedic work used. Overall, it is a fantastic silent comedy and one of the greatest.

15 April 2012

My blogs 1 year anniversary! Blog Statistics

Wow it has been a year already! First things to say is thank you to all those who read and comment on my posts as if I did not get any form of feedback, I would have stopped after a while. I know I do it mainly for myself, but what's the point wasting hours on a blog no one reads? Well for this post, I am going to go through various statistics of my blog showing the amount of reviews I've written, genre totals, view count and more! Oh and a list of my favourite directors: A list that I have NEVER posted.

14 April 2012

Battleship Potemkin (1925) [Silent Film-a-Thon 2] 10#

Directed by: Sergie M. Eisenstein
Genre: Drama, War
Black and White, 75 Minutes
A while back I tried watching this and the copy had picture perfect quality, but the subtitles were way off. So, the review of this film has been delayed and now I have watched it properly. Battleship Potemkin is among the best silent films, and today is known as one of the greatest propaganda films of all time. The films striking visuals and largely controversial (for the time) message sum up for a very exciting experience. The film has a short runtime, but it's worth every minute.

12 April 2012

The Crowd (1928) [Silent Film-a-Thon 2] 9#

Directed by: King Vidor

Written by: King Vidor, John V.A. Weaver

Genre: Drama, Romance


Black and White, 98 Minutes

I found out about this film through the 1001 Movies to see before you die book (the film lovers bible), and I was quite impressed with the story. We follow the average man through his life, who is no different from the other millions among the people around him. The film tells a tale of how we, being part of the crowd, can get lost among the crowd when something goes wrong and we step out. The events that happen to our protagonist appear as tragic, but he always strides forward which gives the film a feel-good finale.

Pay Day (1922) [Silent Film-a-thon 2] 8#

Directed by: Charles Chaplin
Genre: Comedy
Black and White, 28 Minute
In one of Chaplin’s final short-reeler comedies, were he also does not play his tramp character. Except here, he is an employed worker. We get some excellent gags out of this film that has a wonderful ending that just makes you laugh at the stereotype we see (being a nagging wife).

11 April 2012

Haxan (1922) [Silent Film-a-Thon 2] 7#

Directed by:Benjamin Christensen
Genre: Horror, Documentary
Black and White, 87 Minutes
This is a difficult film to watch and care about, but for patient viewers, you will find this is a strangely paced and produced documentary on witchcraft. In a time when the documentary genre was practically not even a genre at all, we see fictional dramatisations of stories that is read by the films narrator- that being the title cards. Even for today’s audiences, I am sure some clips will be quite haunting and creepy as we see many manifestations of the devil himself.

10 April 2012

Cops (1922) [Silent Film-a-thon 2] 6#

Directed by: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton
Genre: Comedy
Black and White, 20 Minutes
Among Buster Keaton’s short comedies, Cops is one of his most recognised and famous and with good reason. The first half of Cops does not have many splendid gags, but the second half greatly makes up for it. While not being utter genius of comedy, Keaton displays pure athletic ability, daring stunts of his own and simply hilarious comedy. At a runtime of 20 minutes, this piece of silent comedy will impress you with the gags and stunts performed by Keaton himself.

09 April 2012

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) [Silent Film-a-thon 2] 5#

Directed By: Carl Dreyer

Genre: Drama, Biography


Black and White, 82 Minutes (restored)

Carl Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc today is revered for its filmmaking technique and emotion conveyed. When watching the film, it is easy to see why. Joan of Arc is still today a figure of female independence and an icon to women and France. In the film, we have a compelling and emotionally effective performance from an actress who would never make another film again. Dreyer’s slow pace and constant use of close-ups of Joan crying seem quite repetitive, but certainly, this is a standpoint of silent filmmaking.

08 April 2012

The Chaplin Revue (1959) [Silent Film-a-thon] 4#

Directed, Produced and Written by: Charles Chaplin
Music Composed by Charles Chaplin
Genre: Comedy
Black and White, 119 Minutes
In the 1950’s, Chaplin combined three of his short comedies associated with his brother, Sydney and Edna Purviance, and re-composed their soundtracks (and wonderfully). The three films being, A Dog’s Life, Shoulder Arms and The Pilgrim are among his best short comedies and with the new scores composed by him, they come to life once more. Seeing these three films in the gloriously restored DVD edition make it worth watching for some of his finest gags that still stand the test of time as hilarious.

07 April 2012

Nanook of the North (1922) [Silent Film-a-thon 2] 3#

Directed by: Robert J Flaherty
Genre: Documentary
USA, France
Black and White, 79 Minutes
When watching this film, you see the documentary genre at an early stage before it became a format to ‘document’ events. As a silent documentary, you can be rest assured we still see a fascinating account of things that remain interesting. I believe this is the first documentary ever to be made, if not it is certainly one of the first next to Haxan. The film follows a family of Eskimo’s and how they survive in the blistering cold, and by the end of the film, you will have some appreciation as to how they go around doing it. Nanook of the North displays courage and survival of an Eskimo family creating a today-fascinating documentary.

06 April 2012

Grandma’s Boy (1922) [Silent Film-a-thon 2] 2#

Directed by: Fred C. Newmeyer
Written by: Hal Roach, Sam Taylor
Genre: Comedy
Black and White, 60 Minutes
In this marathon, I am exploring a lot of silent comedy, and with comedians like Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd, some of these films remain very much funny and alive. Here, in Grandma’s Boy, we see Harold Lloyd with some Charlie Chaplin influence in his first feature-length comedy. A heartfelt story of a guy down on his luck, with great comedy. Grandma’s Boy may not be outrageously funny or pure genius, but it has some funny gags and a sincere plot that is not original, but very sweet.

05 April 2012

The Tramp (1915) [Silent Marathon 2] 1#

Written and Directed by: Charles Chaplin
Genre: Comedy
Black and White, 29 Minutes
To start off my marathon, why not a silent comedy classic? This film in particular, is where we first truly see Charlie Chaplin’s tramp character come to life. Although the tramp appeared firstly in Kid Auto Race at Venice in 1914, here in The Tramp (1915), the character has developed, including mannerisms and movement. For a three-reeler comedy, this one is surprisingly strong in it's story and it shows that Chaplin’s moving to Essanay did him good. With great control, the film is wonderful to watch for silent film veterans.

03 April 2012

The Adventures of Tin Tin (2011)

Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig
Genre: Animation, Action, Family
Colour, 104 Minutes
At last I came round to this film and, what a visually spectacular film it is…a little too spectacular. As a huge animation fan, I was blown away by this films quite real motion capture CGI, but while it looks brilliant it is not what animation is about. Moving on, the film had an excellent ensemble of voice actors alongside a great director being, Steven Spielberg. The plot is fast paced, fun and could probably last for over 2 hours. It is a great film indeed, but the plot’s madness brings it down quite a bit.

02 April 2012

21 Jump Street (2012)

Directed by: Phil Lord, Chris Miller

Starring: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube

Written by: Michael Bacall, Patrick Hasburgh, Stephen J. Cannell, Jonah Hill

Genre: Comedy, Action

Colour, 109 Minutes

As a fan of the TV series that jump started (not a pun) Johnny Depp’s career, I was curious to see this film when I heard of it back in mid-2011.   From various posters and the films trailer, the film looked like it was going to feature some washed up comedy and horrible clichés that kill the film. Well, the film definitely has clichés, but as some critics have been saying, it isn’t all that bad. In fact, the film actually had some excellent comedy making it surprisingly enjoyable; despite the mainstream label it has.

01 April 2012

March in Review

This month I have lessened the amount of posts at my blog and I got quite slow with 4 day gaps at times. The reason is due to setting up the new youtube channel for my filmmaking team, and starting to design motion graphics again. Oh and school work. I have still been watching many films, and there are a few reviews coming here soon. March has been another fun month for film and I have not been watching any set kind of films. From The Birds to The Lorax, I have just been watching all around me.
Film Watch Count: 31
New to me films: 29

31 March 2012

Forrest Gump (1994)

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Starring: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise

Genre: Drama, Romance
Colour, 142 Minutes

“Stupid is as stupid does” This film has been long due on my watch list, and I have owned the blu-ray copy since June 2011. I have watched parts of this film in my childhood, but never in one solid viewing. As a film buff, I can now happily say that Forrest Gump is a film that is in the moment as it captures the exciting and curious story of one man who gets himself in extraordinary situations throughout his life. With excellent direction and award winning (and deserving) performances, it is a must-see film.

30 March 2012

Blogger Round-Up 3#

Classic Movies
Here, we have a blog dedicated to classic cinema. The blog has been running since 5 years and now has well over 1000 posts. From silent cinema to the stylish 60's, this blog is great for a step into nostalgia.

28 March 2012

Warrior (2011)

Directed by: Gavin O' Connor

Written by: Gavin O' Connor

Starring: Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, Nick Nolte

Genre: Drama, Sport, Action

Colour, 140 Minutes

By looking at posters and images from this film, it honestly just looked like another brutal film involving men fighting with their masculinity as they compare muscles. But I was quite wrong. We get all the bashing and thrashing, but a story that has its heart in the right place. The acting was superb most of the actors and the characters were greatly realistic, not to mention having a great plot. The film uses cliché’s, but has the heart, which makes it a great film and one of the lesser-known great films of 2011.

27 March 2012

One for the Money (2012) -Quickie Review

Directed by: Julie Ann Robinson

Starring: Katherine Hiegl, Jason O' Mara

Genre: Comedy, Action

Colour, 91 Minutes

I do not really know why I watched this, but every now and again I watch films with bad premise deliberately just to remember what makes a good film and to balance out my reviews. Well, the premise definitely has followed up on this one and it shows as one of the worst films I have seen from 2012 so far. The humour is boring, the acting is unimpressive and the plot just gets stupid and redundant as it progresses. The acting was very flat and was the worst aspect of the film, and everything just felt so boring. Perhaps it i sjust me, but it was not a very enjoyable experience, however, the concept of a woman going after a criminal for money is an okay idea. There are a few jokes that make you smile a little and the plot is not entirely stupid. It just wasn't executed very well. It is a bad movie that does not offer much, and is definitely avoidable.

Rating: 3/10

26 March 2012

Straw Dogs (2011)

Directed by: Rod Lurie

Starring: James Mardsen, Kate Bosworth, James Woods

Genre:Mystery & Suspense

Colour, 109 Minutes 

It is interesting to note I watched the original version about 2 months before I heard about this film. I knew it’d probably be bad and the reviews were quite average for it, but as a modern day version of a classic I think they have done a reasonably good job. The film may not have the shock factor of the original (let’s face it, you cannot replace Dustin Hoffman), but it still has heart with it's concept to an extent despite being unimpressive.

24 March 2012

Monsieur Verdoux (1947)

Directed by Charles Chaplin

Written by Charles Chaplin

Starring: Charles Chaplin, Mady Correll, Allison Roddan, Martha Raye

Genre: Drama, Comedy, Crime

B & W 124 Minutes

“One murder makes a criminal, millions a hero”. Charlie Chaplin’s second talkie film would be another quite controversial film that would on things other filmmakers of the time would not dare. By this I mean, suicide and murder. This is perhaps Chaplin’s darkest film, as it portrays a man who marries widowers for money- like a ‘gold-digger’. The character in which we see is not a hero nor a villain, but simply a good man who makes mistakes and fails while uncovering faults in society. Once again, Chaplin does not fail to impress with great slapstick and a terrific script that provokes thought and humours you at the same time.

21 March 2012

The Lorax (2012)

Directed by: Chris Renaud

Starring: Danny De Vito, Zac 

Effron, Ed Helms

Genre: Animation, Family/Kids

Colour, 94 Minutes

I was not excited for this film, but I was reasonably interested to see what they done with this Dr. Seuss story. The first thing to say is I am disappointed as it easily could have been better. The animation was florescent and crisp, the story had a good heart, but the voice acting was a little off (excluding Danny De Vito) and the visual gags were at times too childish. But then again, it is for kids. The concept did not hold on to the human destruction concept enough, which was its fault, and you are best not wasting your time on this one.

20 March 2012

Interragation -Short Film by Stephen Sammons-

As our now fourth film upload, our collaborate in the filmmaking team (IndieHouseFilms), created a short film. Stephen (the director) lives overseas from most of the team, but has agreed to assist on writing and music production on future projects. In this short film, he shows his potential as a filmmaker with good techniques, great writing and good for-what-it-is acting. Please watch, comment and subscribe for the love of film!

See it here:

19 March 2012

Trailer Round-Up 3#

I have neglected my blog this month due to stating up the new youtube channel and it is time for me to get into writing some more reviews and posts. Time for another overview of recent trailers for upcoming films. We have some more usual stuff, trash and some promising films heading our way.  This looks like a big year for Burton indeed with three films with his name credited being released this year. We also have a prequel coming out too, which I am sure some of you are aware of. Now, let's get started.

15 March 2012

The new youtube channel for my filmmaking team!

The time has come for me to get into filmmaking, so I have started a filmmaking group with my friends. Our name is "Indie House FIlms", combining 'Independent' 'Art House' and 'Film' into one name. We will be making films of all genres such as documentary, found-footage, drama, comedy, and even action. We are not only going to produce short films, but also design graphics, produce animations and tutorials for programs like Cinema 4D and Sony Vegas. Please subscribe to the channel and I hope you enjoy the future uploads!

12 March 2012

Rear Window (1954)

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Starring: James Stewart, Grace Kelly

Genre: Mystery & Suspense

Colour, 112 Minutes

How does the concept of a film revolving around one man staring out his window for 105 minutes sound? Quite daunting right? However, remember who is directing: Alfred Hitchcock. Rear Window presents us with Hitchcockian auteur: telling stories perfectly and engaging with the audience through tension and suspense. The first 35 or so minutes are quite slow and tranquil, but as time goes on, the murder mystery becomes something quite special, as well as the side stories used throughout to relieve us. Everything sums up for a magical movie experience. This is yet another example of classic cinema that will remain timeless.

07 March 2012

J. Edgar (2011)

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Arnie Hammer, Naomi Watts

Genre: Drama, Biographical

Colour, 130 Minutes

Well, I will admit I had some hope for this film, but the recent news of it being rotten did make me think less of it. When I was done watching I realised that it definitely did fail to be a great biopic due to its sloppy lighting and out of control plot. Leonardo Di Caprio no doubt gave an accused ‘scar-bait’ performance, but a darn good one it was. Clint Eastwood’s direction is confusing and unclear as it jumps from one year to the next as it explores the life of the career of J Edgar, and is likely not to impress viewers.

04 March 2012

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring (2003)

Directed by: Ki-Duk Kim

Written by: Ki-Duk Kim

Genre: Drama, Art House

Colour, 103 Minutes

I discovered this film from some film enthusiast friends. All I saw was a title, so I did a little research. It seemed like an interesting film from Korea, so I watched it, and I am glad I did. Despite not having very much dialogue or characters in the film has a quiet and tranquil atmosphere that for patient viewer, it sums up for good entertainment. The acting, for what it was, was interesting and the cinematography is definitely worthwhile seeing for a relaxing 100 minutes.

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