King Kong

Rewatched 19th March 2017 – Originally watched December 2005 [imdb_movie_detail title=”King Kong” detail=”plot”] So before going to see the new King Kong film I figured I may as well take a look at the Peter Jackson version. I remember enjoying it, but don’t think I’ve rewatched it in quite a while. And I still really […]

Hidden figures [based on the book by]

[imdb_movie_detail title=”Hidden Figures” detail=”plot”] Oh, I really enjoyed this film. So much more than I thought I would. I mean a story based on maths doesn’t sound all that entertaining. But I suppose that isn’t really what this is about, it is about the women who fought to show NASA just how vital they were […]

Moana

Moana, a spirited teenager and born navigator, sets sail from the ancient South Pacific islands of Oceania in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore. […]

Half Nelson

An inner-city junior high school teacher with a drug habit forms an unlikely friendship with one of his students after she discovers his secret. Dunne (Gosling) is introduced to the viewer as though this film is one of those “inspirational teachers” changing lives films. The white saviour come to the poor black neighbourhood inspire his […]

Big Hero 6

Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter) graduated High School at 13, and since then he’s been spending his time at Bot Fights. He hustles older robot controllers. His older brother is not impressed. Tadashi (Daniel Henney) thinks Hiro should be doing more with his life, and so he brings him to “Nerd School” where he works. Hiro […]

Foxcatcher

Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) won gold at the 1984 Olympics. As did his older brother David (Mark Ruffalo). Now they are in training for the Worlds, and then they’ll be focusing on the 1988 Olympics. David has a family, he has a possible job as a wrestling coach lined up. None of that seems to […]

Adam’s Rib

Warren Attinger has been a bad husband, but his wife, Doris, has caught him out. She follows him one day and when she uncovers him with Beryl Caighn she has had enough. She shots him. And the wall, several times. He lives, but she is now on trial for attempted murder. This is a story […]

12 Years a Slave [based on the memoir]

In pre-Civil War New York Solomon Northup lives a good life with his family and two children. He is a free man, and well educated, but then he is abducted and sold into slavery. His freedom, as well as his name, have been taken from him. And to the slave-owners and slave-traders even his humanity […]

Black Swan

Nina Sayers is a ballerina in the New York Ballet. She lives with her mother, and her whole live revolves around dancing. There is a new production starting and Nina is determined to get a starring role in Swan Lake. So she sets out to impress the producer/director, Thomas, who believes that she is technically perfect. And if he were just casting the White Swan he tells her that she would be perfect, but she doesn’t have the sex appeal to play the Black Swan. She is too controlled, he wants her to let go.

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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford [based on the book]

I loved this film.

I loved everything about it. The acting was brilliant. The way the story unfolded. The narration. The casting. The scenery. The cinematography. The soundtrack. Everything was just great. Best film I’ve seen this year. Which’d be a higher compliment if this wasn’t the first film I’ve been to see so far this year. But I’m guessing it’ll be up on the top ten list by the end of 2008.

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A Little Princess [based on the book]

based on book by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Sara Crewe lives a spoiled life in India with a devoted, doting father, until World War I intervenes, and he enlists, sending Sara off to boarding school in New York to keep her safe. There she must adjust, whereas before she had free rein to do as she pleased, now she must submit to rules and regulations that she doesn’t understand. And, most difficult for her, she must keep her imagination in check. But Sara isn’t a selfish, “poor little rich girl”, she is bright and kind, and soon makes friends with most of the other girls, from those in her class to the scullery maid. She is also the only one who can really get through to Lottie as they have both lost their mothers.