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Foxcatcher dir. by

Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) won gold at the 1984 Olympics. As did his older brother David (Mark Ruffalo). Now they are in …

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The Winter Prince by

Book one in The Lion Hunters Although this book doesn’t really have any fatastical elements, I am still counting it towards this …

The King’s Speech dir. by

The wireless changed a great many things. Before, all that was required of a monarch was that he look the part, and …

W. dir. by

This is an odd sort of a film. I mean, it clearly isn’t meant to be full of praise for George W. …

Royal Escape by

No ISBN ; Elsewhere Set after the execution of Charles I, this book tells the story of Charles II after his forces …

The Giant, O’Brien by

“Bring in the cows now. Time to shut up for the night”.
There came three cows, breathing in the near-dark: swishing with the tips of their tails, their bones showing through hide.

The Remains of the Day by

It seems increasingly likely that I really will undertake the expedition that has been occupying my imagination now for some days.

The Remains of the Day is about Stevens, a butler in a “grand old English house”. He spent his life trying to be a “great” butler in the service of Lord Darlington. With the death of Darlington he remains in Darlington Hall working for the new owner a rich American, Mr Farraday. It is at Mr. Farraday’s suggestion that Stevens, our narrator, first begins thinking about taking a short trip out into the English countryside, and to see Miss Kenton. Now Mrs. Benn she recently sent him a letter, hinting, Stevens thinks, at her unhappy marriage and her wish to return to service in Darlington Hall. On his journey Stevens reflects over his life and the changes he has seen.

There Will Be Blood dir. by

It is hard to know how to describe this film. It is more of a character study than a story. Of course there is some plot, an oilman and his desire to suceed, but the story isn’t too important. What is important is the character of Daniel Plainview, as played by Oscar winning Daniel Day-Lewis.

The opening scenes show just how driven Daniel is. We watch him, working on his own, in a mine. No dialogue at all for around 15 minutes, just this man in a hole, digging, dynamiting up the earth, falling down the hole, injured and yet still having the drive to pull himself out of that hole and struggle back into town to get his bit of dirt evaluated.

The Queen dir. by

This is an odd sort of film. Parts of it are very good, but other parts, well I just don’t think they …

Harsh Times dir. by

I’m not all that sure how to describe this film. If you’ve seen Training Day you may have a general idea of …