Saving Mr Banks (2013)
Author P. L. Travers reflects on her difficult childhood while meeting with filmmaker Walt Disney during production for the adaptation of her novel, Mary Poppins.
I watched Marry Poppins MANY MANY years ago (and only bits of it - never the entire film) and I am not that crazy about it (sorry!) but this movie was amazing. Personally, I prefer this story to the Mary Poppins story. It is very funny and also very emotional at the same time. I highly recommend this.
Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks were, as always, fantastic.
SAVANNAH is the true story of Ward Allen, a romantic and bombastic character who rejects his plantation heritage for the freedom of life on a river. Ward navigates the change of early 20th century America on the wrong side of the law and society, his loyal friend, a freed slave named Christmas Moultrie, at his side. Master of Shakespeare, and the shotgun that provides Savannah’s markets with fowl, Ward fights for his rights as a hunter. His charisma and eloquent rhetoric win the heart of a society woman who defies her father to marry him. An elderly Moultrie tells the story of life on the river with his friend to a little boy, who passes the legendary Ward Allen down to the next generation.
Spectacular scenery and terrible script and very bad “old person” make up on Chiwetel Ejiofor. There is an anecdote about Ward Allen’s moustache and the 3 Russians…it’s told many many times in the film and for no reason. It isn’t even that interesting.
Rubbish film. Don’t bother watching this.
Behind the Candelabra (2013)
Based on the autobiographical novel, the tempestuous 6-year relationship between Liberace and his (much younger) lover, Scott Thorson, is recounted.
I just watched this and WOW Michael Douglas is absolutely amazing in this role and so is Matt Damon. I really enjoyed this film. I am sorry but I had no idea who Liberace really was. I had heard of his name but that’s it.
I think this is a very well done film.
Rob Lowe was hilarious!
Small Island (2009)
The story is based on four main characters: Hortense, Queenie, Gilbert, and Bernard. It focuses on the diaspora of Jamaican immigrants during and after World War II. Trying to escape economic hardship on their own “small island,” they have moved to England, the Mother Country, for which the men have fought during war. Their reception is not quite the warm embrace that they have hoped for.
I really enjoyed this two part movie by BBC. Very interesting from a historic point of view and great acting. I highly recommend it.
P.S. Naomi Harris is absolutely gorgeous! She is absolutely brilliant in this role, and so it the rest of the cast.
Killing Kennedy (2013)
Based on Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard’s best seller comes this shocking thriller starring Rob Lowe and Ginnifer Goodwin. As John F. Kennedy (Lowe) rises to become U.S. president, a former Marine grows disillusioned with America. When their paths ultimately cross, the course of history is changed forever as seen in this mesmerising film about the assassination of JFK — and its chilling aftermath.
This is much better than ‘Parkland’. I have watched other movies based on JFK, and they either just focused on his life in the office or his affairs and up to the day he was shot.
I enjoyed this one because it shows the life of Lee Harvey Oswald in Russia and his beliefs leading up the day of JFK’s assassination.
It is definitely worth a watch.
P.S. Michelle Trachtenberg was absolutely fantastic as Marina Oswald. Oh and when will they ever get Jackie O right? Ginnifer Goodwin did not look like Jackie at all but at least she was better at this role that Minka Kelly (LOL) in The Butler!
A recounting of the chaotic events that occurred at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital on the day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
This is a small indie film but I enjoyed watching this. It doesn’t go into too much detail about the whats, whys and hows but it is still interesting.
I am not an expert on every little detail about the JFK assassination but I think the film does captures the sadness and the shock people felt that day.
The Family (2013)
The Manzoni family, a notorious mafia clan, is relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program, where fitting in soon becomes challenging as their old habits die hard.
The best bits are in the trailer. The film is a snooze fest. Unoriginal, boring, try hard and same ol’. Not really good for the cinema. I suggest that you wait for it to come on a TV channel. Don’t bother with the DVD either.
Lee Daniel’s The Butler (2013)
As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man’s life, family, and American society.
A lot of famous faces in this film and it was still very underwhelming, which is a shame really because I was looking forward to it for a long time.
I felt that the story was so simple - they didn’t focus on Civil Rights Movement as much as I would have liked them to (I am really interested in that part of history) or the life of the Butler (I mean if they couldn’t show more on the struggles of the African Americans then perhaps they could have focused on the Butler’s life). To me, he went to work, Presidents changed, his kids grew up and some stuff with the Civil Rights happened..
Also the actors playing the Presidents are famous but most didn’t really resemble them. It was hit and miss.
P.S. I think Oprah Winfrey was too old for this role…oh and Minka Kelly as Jackie O? LOL
The Counselor (2013)
A lawyer finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking.
The critics loved Gravity and I absolutely hated it, so when I heard that they were hating this film, I thought perhaps they were wrong. In fact, they were right about this. This movie was rubbish. So so stupid. Really not worth watching it. Even the stellar cast can’t save it.
A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space.
So this movie has been getting rave reviews and I decided to find out why…and I am still wondering what the fuss is all about?
The movie’s special effects were alright..good maybe but nothing ground breaking and amazing. I think Band of Brothers’ special effects are much better…anyway back to this story..oh what story? it was the most contrived story ever..and don’t even get me started on Sandra Bullock’s character’s background and tale of woe…puh-lease! I don’t want to spoil it for you but I also thought that George Clooney’s role was a bit too much too..so annoying actually!
Maybe watch it for special effects but for a story? don’t bother and oh be prepared to listen to Sandra Bullock go “ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah” for 90 minutes..and when she wasn’t saying that she was all about “um um um um um um um um”- her character was very annoying and I really didn’t care about her predicament. I couldn’t wait for the movie to be over!!!
Watch it if you really must.
A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman’s search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.
This is such a moving story and so beautifully written. Judi Dench and Steve Coogan had excellent on-screen chemistry. I highly recommend this film.
The story stays with you long after you leave the cinema. I cannot stop thinking about it.
Girl Most Likely (2013)
A failed New York playwright awkwardly navigates the transition from Next Big Thing to Last Year’s News.
Don’t be fooled by the trailer because this movie is just like many other movies out there. Predictable.
It is not original and the talented cast is just under-utilised here. Was it supposed to be a comedy? a drama? a comedy drama? I can’t tell.
I can summarise the “message” of the story for you: don’t give up your dreams and mop over a guy who clearly doesn’t like you.
See? I just saved you 1 hr 45 min :)
***Spoiler free review***
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.
I watched this film today and I really enjoyed it. It is action packed and also quite funny at times. The audience loved the jokes.
Loki is my favourite because he is just so mischievous.
FYI: There are two scenes after the movie ends. One is mid-credit and the other one is after the credits end.
Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight (2013)
Ali’s biggest match, his fight with the US government. A film about the politics and hubris surrounding the Vietnam War and the revenge exacted on America’s greatest sportsman of the 20th century because he refused to fight in that war.
This was a decent television movie. I think it could have been better and more intense but I still enjoyed it.
I also learnt a lot about Muhammad Ali, and the fact that he refused to sue the Government for taking him to the court for “emotional distress” because he said it would be “hypocritical to sue them for what they believed to be right at the time…” really earned a lot of respect from me. He is a man of principle and very intelligent.
Watch it for history!
Captain Phillips (2013)
The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.
This is by far the best film I have seen this year. It is REALLY REALLY good and I cannot recommend it enough.
I think Tom Hanks deserves an Oscar for this and so does the guy who played the captain of the Somali pirates.
Go see it in the cinema!
Random fact: it is executive produced by Kevin Spacey. He does have great taste :)