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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
http://www.aclassicmovieblog.com/
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: http://youtu.be/X01GtRV6Zp8?hd=1

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!

http://www.youtube.com/user/IndieHouseFilms

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.

02 March 2012

The Grey (2012)


Directed by: Joe Carnahan

Screenplay by: Jor Carnahan

Starring: Liam Neeson, Frank Grillo, Dermot Mulroney

Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Thriller

Colour, 117 Minutes

On February 25th (yesterday), my two friends and I planned to see Star Wars Episode 1, but we ended up seeing The Grey as it will soon not be playing. I am glad that we made that decision as Star Wars E1 is my least liked. The Grey was captivating, adventurous, gripping and had a truly excellent performance from Irishman Liam Neeson. The film combines horror, adventure, and thriller elements to create a story of desolation and survival at dangerous heights due to not just the weather, but also the animals that inhabit the areas they travel in.
 

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