Thursday, 23 January 2014

'American Hustle' Film Review

Based (very) loosely on the ABSCAM operation, David O. Russell's 'American Hustle' received international critical acclaim, winning three Golden Globes and nominated for ten Oscars, but is it all it's hyped up to be?

Irving Rosenfeld, (Christian Bale) a con artist with a bad comb-over and a beer belly falls for Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) at a party. By impersonating a British aristocrat, Sydney helps Irving's business soar and the two become the perfect con duo, until they caught by Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper).

DiMaso offers them a deal: Help him make four additional arrests and they can go free. The two reluctantly agree, but soon realises DiMaso's ambitions soar beyond their control into the realm of the mafia. Can they pull off the ultimate hustle?

Friday, 17 January 2014

Spike Jonze's 'Her' Film Review

Spike Jonze's 'Her' quietly accumulated five Academy Award nominations including Best Motion Picture and is an engrossing tale of loneliness and love.

Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix), a recently divorced letter writer, purchases an intuitive OS (operating system) Samantha, voiced by Scarlett Johansson and the two soon develop a romantic relationship. However, as the honeymoon period wears off, the two discover the limitations of technology, struggling to face the reality of their metaphysical relationship. Will love conquer all?

Thursday, 16 January 2014

'The Wolf of Wall Street' Film Review

Nominated for five Academy Awards (Best Film, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Lead Actor and Best Supporting Actor), I decided to give Martin Scorsese's latest offering 'The Wolf of Wall Street' a watch.

Based on the memoir, Jordan Belfort (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) works as a stock broker for a Wall Street firm, under Mark Hanna (Matthew McConaughey), teaching him that the only way to survive the industry is sex and drugs. After earning his brokers license, the firm liquidates and Belfort loses his job.

Finding a job in selling penny stocks, Belfort soon makes a small fortune and starts up his own firm, recruiting new friend Donnie (Jonah Hill) and several cocaine salesman friends. His new found fortune leads him to great success, great parties and a life of debauchery. Belfort's life changes when he meets Naomi (Margot Robbie), a beautiful lingerie designer, with whom he has an affair with and consequently divorces his wife for her. 

Despite making millions, Belfort is addicted to making even more money but is soon involved in an investigation by the FBI, which soon turns his life upside down with lies, aggression and betrayal.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

'About Time' Film Review

On his 21st birthday, Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) is told by his dad (Bill Nighy) that men in the family have the ability to time travel back to a memory they own. With his new found power, Tim decides to use it to pursue love, but the powers fail him in obtaining the love of his life Charlotte (Margot Robbie).

When Tim meets Mary in London, they instantly share chemistry, but family matters get in the way and he loses her number through time travel. Using his powers, he tries to meet her again to woo her, but soon realises that there are some problems time travel cannot solve.

Monday, 13 January 2014

The Golden Globes 2014 Awards Red Carpet


Despite a water leak damaging the Golden Globes Red Carpet, it was full of stars. Cate Blanchett wears Armarni Prive and picked up the award for best actress, beating out Sandra Bullock, Judi Dench and Kate Winset. Jennifer Lawrence wins best supporting actress for American Hustle and arrived in Christian Dior.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Matthew McConaughey wins best actor awards.

12 Years a Slave and American Hustle picked up the BEST FILM awards, whilst Spike Jonze's 'Her' wins Original Screenplay. Best director goes to Gravity's Alfonso Cuaron. Best animated feature is Disney's 'Frozen'.

The results are a good indicator for the upcoming Academy Awards, but will there be any surprises?

Other stunning arrivals include Kaley Cuoco in Rani Zakhem, Mila Kunis in Gucci and Taylor Swift in Carolina Herrera.

 Check out the rest of the best dressed red carpet below:

Friday, 10 January 2014

'Her' Film Trailer Preview

Spike Jonze brings us a new movie dealing with the themes of love, loneliness and technology.

Starring Joaquin Phoenix, 'Her' sees a lonely writer fall in love with a newly purchased operating system voiced by Scarlett Johansson (not difficult to see why)! The trailer showcases an emotional depth and a lighthearted humour, which looks to be a solid exploration on modern day love.

Also stars Olivia Wilde, Amy Adams and Rooney Mara.

The movie will be released in February (UK). Check out the trailer below:

Thursday, 9 January 2014

'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' Film Review

A year after The Hobbit debuted on our screens, Bilbo and the dwarves resume their quest where we last left off. With the Orcs on their tale, the group are desperate to reach the Lonely Mountain before the last light of Durin's day. 

With Gandalf leaving them to their own devices as they travel through Mirkwood, Bilbo and the dwarves encounter deadly spiders and get imprisoned by wood elves. Will they be able to escape and what other obstacles lie in their wake? 

Friday, 3 January 2014

'A Most Wanted Man' Film Trailer Preview

The trailer for an upcoming political thriller starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Rachel McAdams has been released.

Based on the John Le Carre novel, the movie centres on a Chechen Russian immigrant in Germany, a love triangle and international war on terror. Though unclear, it looks to be quite an intense movie.

The movie also stars Willem Dafoe and Daniel Bruhl.

The movie will premier at the Sundance Film Festival next year, with no solid commercial release date as of yet. Check out the trailer below:

'Closed Circuit' Film Review

A man arrested for a terrorist attack in London sparks a high profile defense case. Martin Rose (Eric Bana) is brought to take over from the previous defense attorney after an alleged suicide, whilst Claudia Simmons Howe (Rebecca Hall) is the special advocate for the sensitive evidence that may threaten National Security and will represent the defendant in closed hearing.

Having breached regulations by previously having an affair, Rose and Howe tread carefully, but when they discover they are being watched, they suspect greater powers at play, with their lives at risk.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

'Unfinished Song' (Song For Marion) Film Review

After the death of his wife Marion (Vanessa Redgrave), a grumpy pensioner Arthur (Terence Stamp) decides to join the local choir that she was part of in order to fulfill her passion. With the help of choir leader Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton), Arthur attempts to make amends with his estranged son.

The plot is simple and straightforward, with a purity and ease that grabs you. Though a drama at heart, comedic moments are interspersed with the more dramatic and intense scenes which does lighten the mood. I found that the movie did take a while to build up but was worth the wait as the climax and the end is very emotional and well worth it.

2014 Hottest Films

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! So 2013 has been a great year for film with some stunning blockbusters like 'The Hunger Games Catching Fire', 'Iron man 3' and 'Man of Steel', but also some low key movies that caught my eye included 'Passion', 'The East' and 'Trance'. It was slightly disappointing on the animation front, with 'Cloudy 2' being my favourite, though I have yet to see 'Frozen'. 

But ultimately I think my favourite movie of the year just has to be 'Gravity', the combination of visual imagery, beautiful cinematography and thoughtful themes, led by the Oscar worthy Sandra Bullock- it was just perfect.

Here are some of my most anticipated movies of 2014~

-Non-Stop (Feb)
-Pompeii (Feb)
-Her (Feb)
-Divergent (Mar)
-Noah (Mar)
-Under The Skin (Mar)

-Chef (May)
-Enemy (May)
-Godzilla (May)

-A Most Wanted Man (Sep)
-Wild (Sep)
-The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him, Her, Them (Sep)

-Gone Girl (Oct)
-Exodus (Dec)

Unscheduled 2014:
-The Voices

2015 Anticipated:
Mockingjay Part 2
The Little Prince
Avatar 2
The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron
Fast 7 (delayed)
-Disney Pixar's The Good Dinosaur

Which movies are you most excited about this year?


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