The Golden Compass [based on the book]

I read, and really enjoyed, Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials a while back, so I was really looking forward to this film, the first of three. Unfortunately it just isn’t very good. It should be. The story is a wonderful one, Kidman and Craig are fantastic, although Craig isn’t really on screen for all that long, and Dakota Blue Richards is wonderful as Lyra. Some of the other kids aren’t too great, but we’ll let them away. The special effects are, for the most part, superb. The polar bears in particular are fantastic.

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Dogville

This is not a film for everyone, as I watched it quite a few members of the audience left. One couple even left with less the 20 minutes to go, nevertheless I am going to recommend it because I really really enjoyed it. I haven’t seen any of Von Trier’s films before, and I’m not sure if this will make me more likely to, but if he ever does make the others in the trilogy then I will go to see them. Read more about Dogville

Cold Mountain [based on book]

I’m going to start this review by saying that I loved this film, it was really great. And I had had doubts before I went to see it. I hadn’t much liked the trailers, but a lot of reviews were positive and when I got to the cinema it was on at the right time. The film opens in the middle of the American Civil War, and Union troops laying explosions under Confederate lines. The opening minutes are filled with blood, gore and death. This is where we meet Jude Law’s character Inman, and through flashbacks we meet Nicole Kidman’s, Ada. Read more about Cold Mountain [based on book]