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31 January 2012

Blogger Round-Up Number 1#

Wondering what this is? Well, instead of doing my blogger of the month, I am deciding to recommend blogs I follow every end of the month and giving a short description about their blog. Why? I like their content and feel they deserve recognition. Let's begin!

Matt S and Motion Pictures
Verdict: Matt's blog which has increased in popularity has a good layout, and good content. Interesting posts, and great reviews, worth checking out.

30 January 2012

Trailer Round-up 1#

Every now and then, I will make a post about recent trailers, so here is the first!

The Dark Knight Rises
There are few people who are not excited about this film! Let's face it, it is predicted that this film will hit $1 billion at the box office in no time. Christopher Nolan's epic conclusion to the Batman series should be this years number 1# blockbuster. Hopefully, it doesn't suck. Well, this trailer reveals clip of action, tense moments and it definitely pumps you up to see it. 

28 January 2012

Cars 2 (2011)

Directed by: John Lasseter
Written by: Ben Queen, John Lasseter
Starring: Owen Wilson, Michael Caine, Larry the Cable Guy
Genre: Animation, Action & Adventure, Family
Colour, 106 Minutes

Well, I cannot say I was disappointed. I expected this one to be fairly bad, but in all honesty, there are worse animated sequels (and sequels in general). Pixar have had an unblemished run of success and I cannot be angry that they have made a bad film at this point. Cars 2 is the eleventh Pixar film, and is commercially successful, but not critically. It is filled with mediocre (but inventive) action that kids will love while the adults roll their eyes at the Michael Caine voice appearance and predictable plot.

27 January 2012

Top 15 of 2011

 Yes at last, after catching up with a few of last years greats I have made this list. There are some I still haven't seen such as Tin Tin and Shame, but this is my list from what I have seen. Now let's get with the countdown shall we? 

15. Hobo With a Shotgun
You may think its wild that this is number 15 of the top, but keep in mind; there are a few of this year’s greats I didn’t get to see. Anyway, this film for what it is, is fun-filled gore and comedy that sums up for a reasonably entertaining film. Note: Not for the faint hearted.

The Help (2011)

Directed by: Tate Taylor
Screenplay by: Tate Taylor

Cast: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia L. Spencer
Genre: Drama
Colour, 145 Minutes

There are a few who have not enjoyed this film, but Golden Globe winning The Help is a film with plenty of heart that captures a moment of time when things were not the best. I am talking of the 1950’s in the Southern states of America. I think the thing that puts people off is the setting concept. Films based on racism towards black people have been done many times (Mississippi Burning, Hairspray etc.), but in no way here does it bring anything down as it works effectively. The films touching characterisation and portrayal of just how cruel hearted some people can be can serve up a very entertaining movie.

25 January 2012

The Wounds of Misery Bloopers!

Hello everyone! You know my film Wounds of Misery? Well, I finally decided to make a bloopers reel featuring deleted footage and unheard voice clips. Keep in mind, it contains strong language.

Watch here

24 January 2012

Photography by Me- Thomas P.

To break away from my usual posts, here is some photography I have done over 13 months. I will make future posts like this so let's have a look at some of the pictures. Some edited, some not. Be sure to click them to see their full size.

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This picture was done in early 2011, when there was nice sun. This is an unedited photo.

22 January 2012

True Grit (2010)

Directed by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Screenplay by: Joel & Ethan Coen
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld, Josh Brolin
Genre: Western, Action & Adventure
USA, Colour, 111 Minutes

At last, I have brought this film to my eyes and boy, was it exciting! With great action, classic Western conventions and fine performances from both Jeff Bridges and Hailee Steinfeld who truly engage you into the films world. The Coen brothers, whom I have yet to catch up with definitely express talent (and some love for the Western genre) and their direction and writing was terrific; True Grit is one of 2010’s best films that has great action, humour and characterisation. 

20 January 2012

It is official! SOPA is binned! CELEBRATE!

Due to the controversy it has caused, the SOPA bill has been obliterated! But could it come back in 2013?
Read here for more info!

Attention Inernet Users! SOPA and PIPA have the power to practiclly destroy the Internet!

What is this all about? American governments and Hollywood corporations taking down every site associated with copyright material, even sites with links to copyright material. Well, as extreme and absurd as it sounds, the Internet as we know, use and love it for will be obliterated. Sites such as Facebook, Wikipedia, Youtube and torrent sites like thepiratebay will no longer exist. Not to mention that BLOGGER AND WORDPRESS WILL GO DOWN! Therefore, there are multiple reasons I am pissed off with what is going on. My blog with close to 300 posts will disappear, other bloggers will lose what they have created over months and even years and downloading music and films will be no longer a thing. Not to mention the jobs that will be lost!

19 January 2012

Eraserhead (1977)

Directed by: David Lynch

Written by: David Lynch

Cast: Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Jeanne Bates

Genre: Art House, Mystery & Suspense

B&W 89 Minutes 

In 1976, David Lynch made his first feature film by the name of Eraserhead. For me, this is the most bizarre and strange film I have ever seen in the best way possible. Combine German Expressionism, surrealism and tones of horror and you get Eraserhead. The style in which the film has been made is far from convention, and in the film’s black & white tone, things are disorientating, peculiar, idiosyncratic and in some ways even haunting. The film has been interoperated in many different ways, and despite having a linear narrative, it is a black & white nightmare trip never to forget; One of the 70’s most unique films. It is a pure mind fuck in the most enjoyable way.

18 January 2012

What I thought of the 69th Golden Globe Awards Results

I am sure I am not the only one making this post and if you have not seen the results yet, prepare for spoilers. 2011 has been an all right year for cinema, with films like Hugo, The Artist and Midnight in Paris all coming in. However, only a few films I have considered truly great (over 9/10 rating). This year we had some pretty bad films like The Human Centipede 2, Red Riding Hood, Big Momma’s: Like Father, Like Son, Sucker Punch, and swamps of mainstream (The Smurfs, Captain America, Sherlock Holmes). Some will be happy with the results, others not. I was not a big fan of 2011’s films, but the results have seemed fair. Now let us take a look at some of this years most revered films and their results.

17 January 2012

Bruno (2009)

Directed by: Larry Charles
Genre: Comedy, Mokumentary
Country: United Kingdom
Racist, Sexist, Idiotic and unbelievably offensive; Bruno fails to even bring a few laughs to the screen with its mediocre acting, daring reality set-ups and purely stupid plot. In the 80 minutes runtime it has you get extreme nudity, completely unfunny jokes and lots of homosexualism. This is only a problem because of how much of an insult it is to the sexual orientation. Bruno made me laugh for two instances, and even then, it was mild chuckles. Do yourself a favour and avoid this one at all costs.  

15 January 2012

The Iron Lady (2011)

Directed by: Phyllida Lloyd
Genre: Drama, Biographical
Country: United Kingdom, France
From a person who is very out of touch with politics and unaware of many things that I probably should know, but hey who tells me? I also don’t know much about Thatcher. The Iron Lady gives you a biopic experience that shows this headstrong politician in her highs and lows and her arrival to politics. Meryll Streep is unforgettable and the flashback structure makes things even more exciting. Despite not teaching much in-depth about this fascinating woman, we see moments of her career that will likely want you to learn more about her. The film is quite plain in storytelling, but Streep's performance makes up for it.

10 January 2012

The Artist (2011) 200th Review!

Directed by: Michel Hazanvicius
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Romance
Country: France 
They don’t make them like they used to, but now they do. The Artist is the answer to film lover’s prayers, and mine too. Michel Hazanavicius, writer and director of this delightful motion picture was criticised for his idea of making a silent film in today’s modern age. Nevertheless, with the film’s sincerity, emotion, wit and crowd-pleasing homage to early Hollywood, it sure proves them wrong. The genuine charm this film has stands out from the CGI, 3D and blockbuster movies that have barraged are cinemas in recent years, and I can definitely approve that this film will be successful for those who have not yet experienced a silent film. Simply one of 2011’s finest!

08 January 2012

Barry Lyndon (1975)

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Genre: Drama
Country: United Kingdom
At the height of fashion in the mid 70’s, the film captures the 18th century in a gloriously shot manner, with almost every shot being like a painting on a canvas. Stanley Kubrick, who directed, produced and wrote the screenplay of the book, has once more made a distinctive film with storytelling and visual beauty looking at British aristocracy in the 18th century. This time Kubrick has creates a historical epic and in the 3-hour runtime it has, the life of Lyndon is curiously interesting. Three hours is a reasonably long time to watch a film, but sometimes it works, creating a film with a distinguished atmosphere. Just look at the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

07 January 2012

2011 FilmMaster Award Results!

Here are the results of 2011's finest films in 15 categories. From best drama to worst director, here are the accolades of 2011. There are a few films that I did not get to see so there may be a few you expected to see that didn't end up in the categories.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Genre: Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Country: USA
When people refer to 1970's Sci-fi, they usually think Star Wars. In the same year as George Lucas's box office smash, we had Close Encounters from Steven Spielberg. Here we see a great director implementing mechanisms that would be used in his later films like E.T and even in the new Super 8. It is clear now that Spielberg is an important director with such successful and well made films behind him. Close Encounters is a sci-fi film that has some brilliantly executed effects (for its time) on an adventure following America, and its encounter with extra-terrestrial life. 

06 January 2012

2011 FilmMaster Award Nominees

What is it? This is the awards I am giving out to this years greatest films and giving them special honours. I will make a page showing the awards won by films and will do this every year from now on. Consider it a presonal acadamy awards. Instead of making a favourites list, or an overview, I thoguht this would be more interesting. 2011 had a few great films, but 2012 looks more promising. Now let's see what films impressed (and sucked) the most.

05 January 2012

Hobo with a Shotgun (2011)

Directed by: Jason Eisener
Genre: Action & Adventure
Country: Canada
Violent, comedic and quite idiotic, Hobo with AShotgun has an odd plot that definitely defies itself as it progresses, but it’s violence and comedy blend together wonderfully, making it a thrilling experience. Combing gore, drama, poverty and even a little bit of sentimentality, our Hobo anti-hero wins over the audiences affection despite his need for a shower. The film has no big names or stars involved, and it makes it all the more special. This may be 2011’s most violent film, and it has a perfect blend of violence and drama that has the energy of an 80’s b-movie thriller and a touch of modern cinema.

04 January 2012

The Tree of Life (2011)

Directed by: Terrence Malick
Genre: Drama, Art House
Country: USA
For some viewers, this is a complete narrative mess, but for the patient viewer, you will find the inner mechanisms of the film are wholesomely entertaining. The film often has us seeing dinosaurs, planets, lava, volcanoes and other weird earth structures as it tells us the story of a 1950’s family. The cinematography was definitely brilliant, and Brad Pitt definitely gave a good performance, but despite the films philosophical sincerity, the narrative is quite messy. Terrence Malick returns to cinema making a film that definitely stands out in 2011.

02 January 2012

What 2012 has in store for Cinema

Well, it looks like another year for film and what a special year this will be! We have, “The Dark Knight Rises”, “The Hobbit Part 1”, “Frankenweenie”, “The Iron Lady” and tons of other exciting films! This is looking like an exciting year for cinema and hopefully these films don’t come to disappoint. Let us look over some of the films we have coming our way in the coming months.

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