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Film: Mr Holmes

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mr_holmes_ver2_xlgA friend of mine recently invited me to see Mr Holmes at a local cinema and as much that is what I’m recommending today.

I love everything Sherlock Holmes, especially the modern adaptations of the books such as the BBC series Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, the two films starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law and lastly, the American series, Elementary, starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu. From that I figured, I had to watch this new adaptation starring Ian McKellen.

‘The story is set in 1947, following a long-retired Holmes living in a Sussex village with his housekeeper and [her] rising detective son. But then he finds himself haunted by an unsolved 30-year old case. Holmes memory isn’t what it used to be, so he only remembers fragments of the case: a confrontation with an angry husband, [and] a secret bond with his beautiful but unstable wife.’ (IMDB)

This magical story sees Mr Holmes in his self-made isolation from the world as he lives his old age. Sherlock is suffering with his aging, as his brain doesn’t work how it used to; he can’t remember his old cases as much. The film sees Sherlock go over his one unfinished case with the help of young Roger, the housekeeper’s son. While Roger helps Sherlock with the case, Sherlock teaches Roger the art of bee-keeping, something that Sherlock Holmes, in his legacy, enjoys. This shows an amazing relationship grow between the two, but not everything is as perfect as it seems for Mrs. Munro, the housekeeper, who struggles to look after a stubborn old man while ensuring her child is safe from harm. She eventually considers leaving Mr Holmes to work in another household.

I really enjoyed the film, it was very simple in its concept and the film isn’t particularly punchy (like many of the newer adaptations) but it offers a chance for the current generation to see Sherlock in a different way; it is very unique and interesting. There wasn’t a large cast and most of the film only focuses on Sherlock, Roger and Mrs. Munro but this just seemed to add to the magic of it all.

I truly recommend this film, if you haven’t seen it, even if you don’t know much about Sherlock Holmes. (However, this is the only modern version that sees very little of Holmes’ sidekick Dr. John Watson).

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Film: The Man From U.N.C.L.E

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image004MV5BMTc2NjQ4ODYyNF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODA3OTU5NTE@._V1_SX214_AL_Yesterday I was very fortunate to go see The Man From U.N.C.L.E at the cinema. It was an insanely good film and therefore I must recommend it asap.

I must start by addressing the cinematography of this film, which was phenomenal, really clever and it gave a unique energy to the entire film. It is very fast paced, action-packed and has flawless scenes, especially the fight scenes and car chases. This style of editing and shot selection is very typical of the director, Guy Ritchie, who is up there in the list of my favourite directors. If you’re familiar with either of the Sherlock Holmes films with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, you’ll recognise the style.

Secondly, the cast is amazing. You don’t need to wait to see the film to know that you’re in for a treat. Not only are the two leads good looking, they are also up and coming popular stars right now. Who am I talking about? None other than Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer as Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin. Other members of the cast include Alicia Vikander as Gaby, Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby) as Victoria, the ever amazing Hugh Grant as Waverly and Jared Harris as Sanders.

So… onto the important part, the story. Based on the 60s TV show The Man from U.N.C.L.E starring Robert Vaughn, David McCallum and Leo Carroll, the concept of the film is that CIA Agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organisation, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons. It may seem like a very simple story but alas, there are a few twists hidden within a very amusing plot. The relationship between the two agents is enough to keep the audience’s interest alive and makes for a lot of comedy.

With little else to say, The Man From U.N.C.L.E, is a superbly made film with incredible settings (filmed in Italy) and brilliant cast with a serious storyline matched with charm and amusement. A perfect watch indeed especially with its mix of action, adventure and comedy.

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Quote: Jude Law

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Jude-Law-Mr-Porter-Photo-Shoot-004-800x449‘There’s no regret. You can’t regret. I mean, I’ve felt regret but I’ve also refused to allow regret to sow a seed and live in me because I don’t believe it. You feel it, it’s like guilt, it’s like jealousy, it’s like all those horrible things. You’ve just got to snip them and get them out, because they’re no good.’

‘We all have times when we go home at night and pull out our hair and feel misunderstood and lonely and like we’re falling. I think the brain is such that there is always going to be something missing.’

‘I was an optimist, a great champion of the human spirit. And I lost that for a time. I feel like I’ve regained a bit of that in the last few years but there was a period of my life in which I had a very low opinion of people in general.’

‘I’m only wanted by directors for the image I give off, and it makes me angry. I always wanted to be an actor and not a beauty pageant winner.’

‘I sometimes shy away because I don’t want to be too ‘showy-offy’ but the older I get I think, ‘You have a handkerchief, put it in your pocket.’’

‘I’m kind of ashamed to be a celebrity. I don’t understand wanting to read about other people’s dirty laundry. I think celebrity is the biggest red herring society has ever pulled on itself.’

‘I would never know how to sell myself as a sex symbol. That’s not how I’m programmed.’

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Film and TV: Top 5 Christmas Films

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With each Christmas comes the same classic Christmas films. Unfortunately I’m not well-versed in Christmas films and I haven’t watched many more than the ones listed below, despite this I am 100% recommending these and urge you, 13475439681if you yourself aren’t well-versed in Festive Films, to watch them all.

Home alone (1990) – A film about a kid who gets forgotten by his family when they go on their Christmas Vacation. Being left was not the worse that could’ve happened to Kevin since he got to watch whatever TV he liked, eat whatever he wanted and he had an entire large house to himself to run around in. It’s the most fun he’s ever had, that is until a couple of burglars decide they’re going to rob his house on Christmas Eve, while the rest of the family is still away. 11174490_800

Scrooged (1988) – A fairly overlooked film, Scrooged is a wonderfully beautiful modern re-imagining of the wider known A Christmas Carol/Scrooge. Bill Murray’s character Frank treats people terribly, he’s not very postive, kind or loving. He expects his PA to work over Christmas and doesn’t pick a particularly nice Christmas gift for his brother. It takes a visit from The Ghost of Christmas Past, The Ghost of Christmas Present and The Ghost of Christmas Future for Frank to realise what he’s been doing wrong. It truly is a spectacular Compositefilm and it’s probably my favourite Christmas film.

The Holiday (2006) – A typical holiday Rom-com, yes. I remember finding this film while I was flicking through my TV channels one night and I instantly fell in love. I think this film is great and has great actors in it. The plot follows two women who are struggling in their romantic and work lives. They each feel the need for a change over Christmas and on a house-sharing website they swap houses over the holidays. Each find wonderful new people in their new surroundings and some of the characters even find true love. White_Chrismas_film

White Christmas (1954) – As I said, I’m not well-versed in Christmas films and so I have to admit White Christmas is the only older Christmas film I have watched. I have only watched this film twice and so I’m going to quote the IMDB description for it; ‘Having left the Army following W.W.II, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis team up to become a top song-and-dance act. Davis plays matchmaker and introduces Wallace to a pair of beautiful sisters (Betty and Judy) who also have a song-nlO5GZTBlpv88TRf1IhtvRjgTsPand-dance act. When Betty and Judy travel to a Vermont lodge to perform a Christmas show, Wallace and Davis follow, only to find their former commander, General Waverly, as the lodge owner. A series of romantic mix-ups ensue as the performers try to help the General.’

The Santa Clause (1994) – This is one Christmas film I really want to watch again since I haven’t seen it in years, as a result I don’t remember the plot so well and so I will quote IMDB so that you gain a true understanding of it’s narrative; ‘Divorcee Scott Calvin is disgusted to learn that his ex and her husband have tried – and failed – to break it easy to their 6-year-old son Charlie that Santa isn’t real. On Christmas Eve, Scott reads The Night Before Christmas… then receives an unexpected visitor on his roof. When he’s startled by Scott’s calling out and falls, the Santa impersonator disappears, leaving only an 8-reindeer sleigh and a suit with instructions to put it on if he’s involved in an accident. Scott does, and is transported around the town dropping gifts through chimneys until he’s taken to the North Pole and informed by a group who claim they’re elves that he is now Santa. Charlie is proud of his dad’s new job, though Scott’s convinced it’s a dream. Until his hair turns white, his beard refuses to stay shaved, he gains weight inexplicably, even for his sudden love of junk food… Now he’s accepted it, there’s just one problem: how to keep it secret from his disbelieving family?’

Have a wonderful Christmas time!

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Ps. The Nightmare Before Christmas is technically one of my favourite Christmas films too but I tend to keep it in my Halloween Tradition as opposed to my Christmas Tradition.

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