Captain Fantastic

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​It has always been our dream to buy a VW Campervan and drive off into the sunset. This is a film about a couple that forfil that dream on a bus named Steve. They have a large family and bring them up away from the trappings of the modern world and modern technology. They learn to hunt, climb and generally survive in the wild. They devour books as part of their learning and they all become extremely intelligent, with a great deal of knowledge.

The bubble bursts when they hear of their mothers death. She had struggled with Bi-Polar disorder all her life and finally succumbed by commiting suicide. The effect on the children is huge, made worse by the feud between their father and grandfather, their mothers father. He doesnt want their father at the funeral because he blames him for his daughters death.
This leads to a road trip to defy the Granfathers wishes and to make sure their mothers will and testament is carried out. The children who are extremely intelligent lack social skills. They have had very few interactions with the outside world. This is clearly portrayed in the scene where the oldest son Boudevan gets attention from a worldly and attractive girl. The result is a very funny, yet uncomfortable scene.

The father is very strong in his conviction that he has brought up his children in the right way. He battles to make his and his wife’s family understand, which is a fruitless task. By the end of the film we see the turmoil that experiencing modern life brings him and he soon questions the life they have led. There is lots of tears, anger and guilt, but it is clear that they have a strong family unit.

This is an extremely powerful film with plenty of emotion, humour, bereavement, anger, laughter and learning. It is the story of a man trying his best for the family and fighting convention, which in the most part makes for a very happy and rounded family. Viggo Mortenson plays the father in his best role to date. The emotion he brings to the film is brilliant and the scenes on his own are pure and really pull you in. Everyone plays their role brilliantly which makes this my favourite film of the year so far. 

I think we would all love to ditch our clothes and run off into the wild, but we also need other people. We learn a great deal from others, particularly how to  interract and socialise. We need a mix in life as well as a place to escape to.


9/10 

Cafe Society

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This is a film directed by Woody Allen with a look at Jewish life in the golden age of cinema. It is a simple story of trying to push to be your best in what ever way you can. Jesse Eisenberg plays Bobby a young jewish man who sets off to Hollywood in order to gain fame and fortune. He has connections as his uncle Phil played by Steve Carell is a very powerful man in the film industry. Despite him being family he is hard to get hold of because of his busy schedule. Once contact is made Bobby starts off as his uncles erand boy doing little jobs which is a made up position just to help Bobby out. 

Uncle Phil arranges for a young woman to show him around. Vonnie played by Kristen Stewart has a lot of time on her hands and ends up seeing a lot of Bobby. Bobby soon falls in love, but sadly for him Vonnie is with another man, who turns out to be married. Vonnie is hoping this man will leave his wife, but sadly for her it is clear that this wont happen. Bobby is a shoulder to cry on and they soon become an item.

The glitz of Hollywood soon becomes boring and Bobby wants to return to his family in New York. They are a typical Jewish family and its a very loud place to live. Bobby’s brother is on the wrong side of the law, but makes enough money and gets rid of enough people to become a night club owner. Bobby runs the show and makes the project a success, attracting major stars, nobilty, politicians, business magnates and the filthy rich. Cafe Society is the place to be into the early hours of the morning. 

As soon as the golden age of cinema is mentioned then I am there. I love film from this period and see this time as a time that film was at its best and the stars so much more glamorous. The family scenes are extremely funny and made me laugh out loud at times. A line from Bobby’s mother in relation to his brothers murderous ways and his change to Christianity is very funny. “im not sure whats worse? him being a murderer or a Christian?” this made me laugh out loud.

The performances are very good indeed. I like Jesse Eisenberg in film although he tends to play the part exactly the same in each film he plays. His performance works well in this film. Kristen Stewart is good although she looks a little uncomfortable at times. The supporting cast make this a success and the Jewish family set up brings about the most laughs. Steve Carell is good as uncle Phil as he strugles with an important decision and juggling the busy film industry.

This is an entertaining romp which will make you laugh. The humour is subtle and centred around a Jewish family living in New York. There is love, heartbreak, murder and even a neighbour dispute. You will certainly be entertained.

7/10

Deadpool

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I have to confess that I went into this knowing that I wouldn’t like it. The fact that I liked it even less than I thought I would says a lot. It’s just awful! I think Ryan Reynolds is a better actor than he makes out, but he just chooses awful films with the same awful unwitty childish jokes. I  have not really forgiven him for ruining the Blade Trinity, again playing an awful supposedly funny part.

The basic premise of the film is that the main character is diagnosed with terminal cancer. He is offered a way to cure the cancer and become a super hero. It all goes a little bit wrong and so he seeks revenge. Part of the process has caused him to become disfigured and so he feels he can’t go back to his girlfriend until he has found a cure.

Deadpool is a really awful person and there are no character traits that reveal any sort of positive characteristic before or after becoming the anti-hero. We have a brief serious moment when he is diagnosed with cancer, but that doesn’t last too long unfortunately.There is no depth to this character at all, which is a shame because this could have been a good film. This is the second anti-hero type film I have seen and in my opinion Hancock is far superior.

There are many lines making jokes about the X-Men film which fall like a bag of cement. If you like crass human then this is a film you will love because it comes by the bucket load. There are two X-Men in this which are extremely annoying and not particularly interesting so even the X-Men aspect can’t save this film.

I could go on and on about every aspect I didn’t like, but the film isn’t worth the time. I know as usual I’m in the minority about this one as most people rave about it. It’s just not my cup of tea!

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4/10

The Country Girl

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We subscribe to Now Tv movies which makes sense because we both love film. Films are split up into sections to make choosing what you like that much easier. A particular favourite of mine is the classics section full of older films, some going back to the 40’s. I do not hide the fact that in my opinion film was far better in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. If you look at the top 100 lists fewer films from recent years tend to appear. You just can’t compare the actors of today to back then. There were higher expectation and they had to compete, showing talent in acting, singing and dancing. Success could make you the biggest star of all time, but on the other end of the scale it could break you.

Anyway this is not a blog going through how the film industry works. This is about the film The Country Girl starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and William Holden. Three stand out stars and an Oscar winning performance from Grace Kelly. A very glamorous lady, playing a very unglamorous role. I have written blogs about how dressing down in film can often win you the awards and this film proves the point.

It is the story of a great entertainer Frank  Elgin played by Bing Crosby who has fallen on hard times. He is an alcoholic who has let his career fall away. He has lost his dignity, confidence and has become dependent on his wife played by Grace Kelly. He can’t make decisions without her, struggles to select parts and works a way out of going for roles due to fear of failure. You meet him after 10 years of falling deeper and deeper in to a melancholic state with an increasing dependence on alcohol. The loss of his son has led to this spiral out of control as he blames himself for his sons death.

His wife is a very hard woman, but supports her husband to such an extent that he can’t think for himself. She is the dominant person in the relationship which has caused further problems. She wants him back the way he was, but also likes that he needs her. She curses him because he is weak, but her actions keep him that way. She too feels the extreme loss of her son and although there is little in the way of story about the son you can see the heartache.

William Holdens character Bernie is setting up a musical and wants his star to be Frank. He remembers Frank as he used to be and is a great fan of his work. He fights tooth and nail to get Frank into the show even though most won’t go near him. He knows that Frank has seen better days, but his determination convinced Frank to take the part. Frank’s wife fears that he won’t cope with such a rise again. You see her torment and you soon realise that she has struggled being married to an alcoholic and the fact that he can’t stand on his own two feet. These are two people grieving in very different ways. One falls apart and the other puts up a front and becomes emotionally cold.

The performances are superb, particularly Grace Kelly’s. She took the Oscar in a famous win over Judy Garland who put in an amazing performance in A Star Is Born. It is unbelievable that she was only in her mid twenties when she played the role. There is a huge age gap between Crosby and kelly, but this goes unnoticed because of the performances. Bing in a very serious role plays the alcoholic star brilliantly without going over the top. You really see a broken man on screen. Crosby was Oscar nominated, but lost out to Marlon Brando, which shows you how strong a year it was in film. William Holden is full of passion and anger as he tries to work out how to get the best out of his star man. This is a classic not to be missed.

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9/10

AWESOME BLOGGER

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I was recently nominated for the Awesome blogger award by Shay-lon, who is also an awesome blogger and you should read their post because they do a great job! 

The Rules:

#1. Copy and paste the image with the rules.

#2. Share one thing that you thing that makes you truly awesome.

#3. Nominate other bloggers for the award. 

*The number of bloggers to be nominated should not exceed 7.

In my opinion what makes me awesome is the fact that I have made it through a major car crash and come through the other side. I suffered a shattered knee cap, broken ribs and a punctured lung as well as numerous cuts and bruises. I went from not being able to lift my leg an inch to completing a fitness test for my new job within 4 months of the crash. I still haven’t got myself to my original fitness due to three knee ops, but I am determined to get there. I’m not a fan of driving and it often makes me feel anxious, but I am back driving and working hard not to let the crash get to me. I am a determined person. I was told I wouldn’t run again. I have proved the doctors wrong although I am no where near the speed I used to be. My aim is to be able to play tennis and squash again.

I nominate:

https://greercn.wordpress.com/2016/05/20/

https://gutsygelder.wordpress.com/2016/05/12/kings-queens-queers/

https://keithandthemovies.com/2016/05/22/km-retro-review-the-untouchables/

https://lizzusev.com/2016/05/29/ashleigh-black-and-white/

https://mettelray.wordpress.com/2016/05/29/commercial-break-42/

https://ragingfluff.wordpress.com/2016/05/29/happy-anniversary-oscar-constance/

Things to consider when visiting St. Peter’s basilica – Vatican city

Money Monster

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I actually rather enjoyed this film despite it being a bit far fetched. The ending was inevitable although I’m still not sure why they did it? There is a nice twist in the middle and definitely a message to be shared.

The story begins with George Clooney character Lee getting ready for his show Money Monster. A show that gives sound advice on which companies to invest in on the stock market. He is a brash show off with very little in the way of modesty. He is the star, not the stock market and he really doesn’t care what happens to people’s money as long as he can wear expensive suits.

Lee is introducing the show when a gun man enters the stage. A desperate man who has lost everything following the advice of the Money Monster. He has blown 60,000 pounds of his inheritance money and its all Lee’s fault. The events are broadcast live on TV. Lee with the help of his director Patty played by Julia Roberts have to negotiate their way out of this mess. Police are waiting to storm the studio and take the gun man down.

Throughout the show we see how unpopular Lee is, how blagging his way through shows is helpful in this situation, we learn about the gunman and why he is so desperate and begin to unravel why this company collapsed and lost peoples money. It was no glitch in the computer system. Emotions are very high and you really feel the plight of this gun man, particularly when you hear what his girlfriend has to say.

This is an original story line although pretty far fetched and unlikely. Despite the severity of the situation there are still some laughs. I am not a Clooney fan but this egotistical character is perfect for him and he plays it well. Julia Roberts as usual is brilliant as she is stuck on the wrong side of the camera. Jack O’Connell puts on a New York accent for at least the second time playing Kyle the Gunman. It’s a really good performance despite the idea being a tad over the top and unrealistic.

If you can get over the unrealistic nature of this film then you will enjoy it. Don’t try to decipher or question it too much and it won’t disappoint. I think there needed to be more tension surrounding the event as at no point do you really believe that Lee will die or is at risk. Despite this, it was an easy watch with a heart warming message and the bad guy gets it in the end.

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7/10