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Film: The Imitation Game

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23065_320_470As we returned from seeing Deadpool in cinemas (see previous post), my friends and I, for some reason or another, decided to watch The Imitation Game. This was a film I was desperately waiting to watch and couldn’t wait, but I had no idea what to expect of the film, other than Mr Benedict Cumberbatch’s great acting.

The film is ‘based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain’s top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II.’ (Click here to see source)

This film is so incredible; I honestly believe that everyone should watch it. It’s amazing what Alan Turing did for the world and it’s heart-breaking what he had to go through to achieve it. Not only did he help win the war, he also helped with computing among many other things.

The film brings up issues about autism, homophobia, feminism and more and allows the audience to reflect on them. This is so important.

I must admit, I cried at the end, but the ending makes the film. It really does.

The Imitation Game also had an amazing cast – I know I say that a lot when recommending films but never has it been truer than this movie; Benedict Cumberbatch is joined by Keira Knightly, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leech, Charles Dance, Matthew Beard, Mark Strong and James Northcote to name a few.

Here’s the trailer to give you a bit more of a feel for the film:

I truly recommend that you watch it, enjoy!

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above poster; it is from: http://www.cineplex.com/Movie/the-imitation-game-2014/Photos

Film: Paper Towns

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downloadAs you can tell, if you’ve seen my posts regularly, I’ve been very lucky this season to go to the cinema to see many of the films I’ve wanted to see as soon as they came out. Paper Towns wasn’t really on that list, but thanks to a friend’s birthday, I was ‘forced’ to see it. However, I was genuinely interested to see the film since I’m a fan of John Green, who wrote the book Paper Towns, from watching his work online, and more specifically, on YouTube (VlogBrothers).

The film itself was really interesting. The story follows as this: Paper towns is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbour Margo, who loved mysteries so much she became one. After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears – leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving. Ultimately, to track down Margo, Quentin must find a deeper understanding of true friendship – and true love. (Written by ‘20th Century Fox’ and taken from IMDB, click here to see more).

While embodying typical traits of its genres: drama, mystery and romance, Paper Towns is unique in its portrayal of these genres. Its distinctiveness is, I think, a reason to explain why I’m struggling to know exactly what to write about the film in order to truly recommend it, especially for those who, like me, haven’t read the book and don’t know what to expect. All I can really say is that the film shows the importance of lifelong and spontaneous friendships while promoting the message of living in the moment, having fun with your life every single day rather than waiting and hoping for that perfect life years in the future.

It’s important to add that the film also reminds us to remember that people are just people, and as the quote goes ‘What a treacherous thing to believe a person is more than a person.’

Additionally, the cast is made of up of a varied a group of people I had never seen act before and I thought they were great. Paper Towns was cast so perfectly that the characters and the context, however crazy it seemed, just felt believable and so very realistic. The movie is also accompanied by a great soundtrack which leads me to leave a YouTube video below to showcase my favourite song from it. Please give it a listen:

Other than this, I have little else to say. I really recommend the film and hope you enjoy it if you go to it or read the book.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above image, it is from: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3622592/

Quote: Amanda Abbington

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ama‘I’ve always wanted to make sure people are okay, ever since I was a little girl.’

‘If the character is really well-rounded, and it’s a really strong character, and if the writing is just fantastic, that’s the thing that will hook me in, certainly.’

‘I like being a mother.’

‘I’m quite a good listener, and I’m good at looking after people.’

‘I sometimes don’t wash my hair for two weeks. That’s pretty disgusting. It’s short, so sometimes it’s easier to just wet it.’

‘If you get a script and it’s really well written, that’s always exciting.’

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above photo, it is from: http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2015-01-08/amanda-abbington-my-daughter-wants-to-be-mary-watson-when-she-grows-up

TV and Film: Gotham

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545ddf9572315e8ee4634a61409644d5Today I’m recommending the TV series Gotham. It’s never too late to pick up a TV show especially this one as it’s only recently finished its first season rather successfully.

I began watching Gotham because I enjoy the whole Batman universe and I have done since watching the Tim Burton movies and the modern trilogy by Chris Nolan. Suffice to say I’m excited for 2016’s Batman Vs Superman.

The series has a really interesting context, acting as a prequel to the Batman story that pretty much everyone already knows. Since everyone already knows about Bruce Wayne’s upbringing and – SPOILER – his parents’ murders the show takes the interesting viewpoint of a Mr Jim Gordon. For those of you who don’t know, or have forgotten, Jim Gordon is a police acquaintance of Batman who always works on Batman/Bruce Wayne’s side.

So the series starts with Jim Gordon in his new role as Gotham Police Detective alongside his new partner Harvey. He sets out to rid Gotham of its corruption and its dishonesty but struggles against a city which is basically run by two sets of rich mobsters who have very serious and very violent rivalries.

Gotham shows the beginnings of other well-known Batman characters such as; Bruce Wayne, Scarecrow, The Joker, Cat Woman, Poison Ivy, Harvey Dent (Two Face), Ed Nigma (Riddler) and especially Penguin. However, even if you don’t know a thing about Batman you can still watch this show, seriously, you don’t need prior knowledge at all to understand the story lines or anything else.

The show has the format, which a lot of new US shows at the moment have, in that: a new case is brought about, say a murder, and is solved in each episode. This is very similar to Elementary, a relatively new show itself. These shows seem to be quite popular at the moment, so if you like that kind of show, Gotham has that element too.

It has come to my attention that the makers are going to be making a second series, which I’m really excited for  so that I can see how these characters develop more, despite the fact I know what they’ll ‘grow up’ to be from following Batman already.

If you like the sound of it, go check it out… and enjoy!

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above image, it is from: https://www.behance.net/gallery/19007077/Gotham-Poster-Contest.