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28 February 2012

February in Review


Well, February has been a very progressive month for me and movies. I have seen more 9/10+ films in this month than any other I know of, with films such as Casino, Wild Strawberries, Everything You Wanted To Know About Sex and Reservoir Dogs finally coming to my viewing eyes. In this motnh I have been exploring directors to try and broaden my liking, and two of which I have now completely fallen in love with: Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen- two geniuses. Each viewing I had were new films to me, with no re-watches at all. Let's go over this months viewings.

Blogger Round-up 2#

It is another month, menaing there are more links. I recommend checking out these blogs for some film criticism and interesting writing about cinema of all sorts. I will also be giving out "The Golden Blogger Award" to blogs that are interesting, factual and entertaining and have excellent film criticism.  Here are this month's links.

27 February 2012

My thoughts on the 84th Academy Awards

Well, it is all over now, and I must say I am pleased with the results with my predictions being quite accurate. The Artist undoubtedly stormed the Academy, and it was great to see Hugo and The Artist win what it did. However, I am sure there are some who feel they did not deserve to get as much as they did, but I don't take the awards completely serious. However, the annual awards we have such as OScars, BAFTAS and Golden GLobes allow films and filmmakers to get awards for their efforts. The Artist took home 5 Oscar wins and so did Hugo. As always, some will be pleased and some will not with this years results, but for me, I am relatively satisfied with the results.

26 February 2012

ALI: Fear Eats the Soul [Angst essen Seele auf] (1974)

Directed by: Rainer Fassbender
Written by: Rainer Fassbender
Produced by: Rainer Fassbender


Genre: Romance, Art House, Drama


Colour, 93 Minutes



From the title, I expected an art house thriller from Germany, but it is the complete opposite. ALI is a strange romance film of two lonely souls who come together, and get married. The concept is quite disgusting due to the 20 year plus age gap, but the films exploration and depiction of the cruelty of people and marital relationships is enough to keep the lightest of moviegoers entertained. This is another highlight of the 70’s as one of the high watermarked new-wave German films with its strong story and grand performances.

23 February 2012

The Woman in Black (2012)


Directed by: James Watkins
Written by: Jane Goldman


Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Janet McTeer


Genre: Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Thriller
Colour, 95 Minutes

As one of this year’s earliest actual ‘2012’ film release viewings, we have The Woman in Black, a nostalgic piece of cinema under the infamous Hammer studio, were British horror was renowned worldwide. The best thing about this film is how it has an eerie and mysterious charm as if it were one of these films. Consider it a modernised version of a classic Hammer film filled with dark and shadowy CGI. Daniel Radcliffe plays our protagonist and a talented young man he most certainly is.

22 February 2012

Jack and Jill (2011)

Directed by: Dennis Dugan


Written by: Robert Smigel, Steve Koren, Adam Sandler


Starring: Adam Sandler, Al Pacino


Genre: Comedy Romance
Colour, 88 Minutes


Well, I did not expect anything good so here it goes. Jack and Jill is the same Adam Sandler shtick that will be found funny only by the Sandler fan base. If you like one, you are likely to enjoy them all. Frankly, I do not find Sandler’s films very funny, with most being immature and badly made. This one in particular has a bit of heart, but not the talent, originality or entertainment factor. With all the terrible jokes, puns and attempts to make the audience laugh, this lifeless film will bore and anger you.

20 February 2012

Trailer Round-Up 2#

The Lorax
Now this is a curious animated feature. I can't say I am excited for this one, but I may see it. It is most likely to be average kiddie crap, like the previous Dr Seuss venture Horton Hears a Who. But, Danny DeVito is  voice acting so this may end up a little interesting.
Release Date: March 2

The Conversation (1974)

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
Written by: Francis Ford Coppola


Genre: Drama, Thriller, Mystery & Suspense


Starring: Gene Hackman, John Cazale
Colour, 100 Minutes

Between “The Godfather” and “The Godfather Part 2”, Francis Ford Coppola directed (and wrote) this film. What makes it so special? This psychological thriller explores the insanity of one man’s obsession of his own profession as he begins to get nutty over the tapes he finds. It is true the film does not go very far, but it’s isolated sense of having a surveillance expert being a secretive workaholic works very well indeed. Gene Hackman was in no doubt masterful as his paranoia begins to set his imagination wild.

19 February 2012

Zookeeper (2011)

Directed by: Franc Coraci
Written by: Nick Bakay


Genre: Comedy, Romance


Starring: Kevin James, Rosario Dawson, Leslie Bibb


Colour, 102 Minutes


Get ready readers, for this will be a very angry review. The last truly awful film I saw was Bruno. Well, this is far worse. Far, far worse indeed. I cannot express enough how much this films Adam Sandler-like stupidity pisses me off. There was a time when comedy actually had heart, and better yet, made you laugh. This is a perfect example of modern comedy being terrible. Worse yet, it involves talking animals. This is one of the worst films to have come out of last year, and if you think you have the courage to sit through this shit, them be my guest.

16 February 2012

Introducing my AnimationForever Blog!


Some of you may know of my second youtube channel that I started a whole year ago, where I upload classic cartoons. Now, I have over 350 uploads, and 1 million total views. I made a video asking the audience whether or not it'd be worth making a blog, and after much thought, I went for it. For the time being I will need to keep adding the current cartoons on posts, so that will take some time.

15 February 2012

The Last Visit Trailer: My next film production!


Here is the trailer for my next production. This film will be mystery & suspense film. I think I did better on this trailer than to my Wounds of Misery one. Let me know what you think and enjoy!
The release date is: March 16 2012

14 February 2012

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Directed by: Jonathan Dayton & Valeria Faris


Written by: Michael Ardnt
Cast: Steve Catell, Alan Arkin, Paul Dano


Genre: Drama, Comedy
Colour, 100 Minutes

This is the kind of film that you first look at and say, this does not look like a really great film, but it ends up being great in the sweetest way possible. With no big star names, effects or explosive story’s, it is one of the finest road trips films you will come across. We meet a dysfunctional family who go on this road trip that ends up being unforgettable in good times and bad. A perfect blend of humour, drama and reasonably talented performances makes this a lovable tale of one family’s wild road trip.

12 February 2012

Screenshot of my next film production- Sneak Peek

I began shooting my next film, which will be in the mystery & suspense genre. It involves a college student who invites his colleague over to celebrate his going away to Oxford to study Science. The character who invites him over is enraged as he was rejected by the same course, and while his life goes down, his friend's life goes up. Will this be his last visit? The film will be done sometime in April. A trailer will be made this week.
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11 February 2012

The 70's in Cinema Part 2


<<<Part 1
1977-1979

How can you forget “Star Wars”, the phenomenal film that blew audiences away with it's whole new universe of characters. The film is definitely a magnificent leap for Sci-Fi and Adventure and not to mention the film is fantastic. Although I would not call it a film in my top five, it is still a magnificently entertaining film. It was nominated for best picture, but lost to “Annie Hall” strangely enough. “Star Wars” has become a worldwide icon with its characters, quotes and scenes reappearing in media all over the place. Look at The Simpsons, Family Guy’s Blue Harvest, the various adverts featuring the famous theme and characters and so many shows and films have quoted this film. “Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, your my only Hope”, a line that would not be forgotten.

09 February 2012

The 70's in Cinema Part 1 (300th Post!)


Ah, the 70’s…a blissful time for cinema. In this post, I will be looking at some of the best films from the 70’s and their influence. I will also be look at the great filmmakers of this time, and what makes this decade so special. The post will be in 2 parts due to its length, so that will be up a day after this post. Many of the most influential films in history derived from the 70’s. The 70’s was a decade that brought many new changes to cinema, with films pushing their ratings, increasing their violence and sexual content and a new wave of filmmakers. It was a time of exploitation and extremism Here is to what I consider the best decade of film.

08 February 2012

84th Academy Awards Oscar Predictions

I am pretty late with this post and just for fun, I decided to make one. Here is who I think will winn the awards this year at the 84th Academy Awards. (I have excluded the short film ones as I have not seen any. Oh, and some of the unnecessary awards like sound mixing). Here are what I think will be going up for wins in this years 84th academy awards.

Text in red is who I think will win and text with the * on them are who I would like to win.

06 February 2012

Chronicle (2012)

Directed by: Josh Trank
Starring: Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan, Dane DeHaan
Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama, Action & Adventure
Colour, 83 Minutes
Now here is a superhero movie that stands out from the crowd of recent years. We have seen Captain America, Spider-man, Iron-Man and even Hancock. Now we see a film showing teenagers who gain powers, and give natural reactions to them as they have their adolescent journey using these powers, which they soon learn have destructive capabilities. In its 80 minutes, we get witty humour, emotional depth and lively performances making it very different to your average blockbuster superhero film.

Daniel Radcliffe's Five Favourte Films

On RottenTomatoes, they often ask celebrities their top five favourite films. Most of the time they are weird and  unkown films (Like Tim Burton's quite obscure list). However, Radcliffe's choices I think are just great! They are all great films with fresh ratings at RT, and although there are two I have not seen, he definitely has great taste. And justifications too as to why he loves these films. Here are his choices:

04 February 2012

Latronum (2012) [An Independent Film]


Directed by: Mina Marshall Radovic
Written bY: Mina Marshall Radovic, 
Genre: Action & Adventure
Colour, 36 Minutes
(Excuse mistakes wrote in a rush) When I say independent, I really mean it was made on a very small budget. My friend Mina Radovic made this with his friend on a budget no more than £100 and in it's  35 minute runtime, we see a filmmaker pouring his heart into the film. With some interesting camera techniques, action, music, and movie references you will find yourself highly enthused by this Independently made production.

03 February 2012

The Descendants (2011)

Directed by: Alexander Payne
Starring: George Clooney, Shailene Woodly, Amara Miller, Mattew Lillard


Screenplay by: Alexander Payne, Jim Nash, Nat Faxon


Genre: Drama, Comedy
Colour, 110 Minutes  

I am glad I finally ended up getting to watch this as it is a touching, funny and moving film that gracefully shows the messiness of family problems. George Clooney gave excellently realistically charged performances as the father of two daughters who has recently become emotionally broken down with the chaotic and heart-breaking incident. Alexander Payne wrote and directed this blissful film and did a clean job. The Academy (Academy Awards) loves this film. Does it live up to its monumental premise? To an extent, yes, and it is definitely worthy of some of its nominations including Clooney for best actor.

02 February 2012

War Horse (2011)

Directed By: Steven Spielberg
Screenplay By: Richard Curits and Lee Hall


Starring: Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, Peter Mullan, David Thewlis


Genre: War, Action & Adventure, Drama
Colour, 146 Minutes


Steven Spielberg presents a tale of a horse, who endures an epic journey through war. The films 146 minute runtime may make some grumble, but for the patient viewer, the film is adventurous, Spielbergian (may annoy some) and most certainly touching. With a touch of Saving Private Ryan, Spielberg has executed the film with his auteur and it is a fine example of a successful big budget director who not only impresses you with some blockbusting visuals, but also controls the stories with great care. This is why War Horse is a compelling slice of cinema, and one of 2011’s finest, despite using some of Spielberg’s typical trademarks.

01 February 2012

My February Plans: Director Exploration

Well last month, my plans were to try and watch some essential films such as The Matrix, Saving Private Ryan and Raiders of the Lost Ark, so this month I plan to catch up with directors work. I oftne find it hard to list a top 10 directors lsit as there are many I need to explore with more depth. At the moment, I have 3 main favourites: Alfred Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplin and Stanley Kubrick. To try and broaden my love for directors I plan to watch at least 3 films from the following directors:
 

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