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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: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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star-wars-force-awakens-official-posterI have a confession… I had never watched any of the Star Wars films until the latter end of December 2015. But… I have managed to watch them through, enjoy them, and force my Dad to take me to the cinema to see the newest in the series: The Force Awakens, which I am recommending now.

However, I will struggle to recommend this film because any Star Wars fan is going to see it and by now has and, those who don’t care aren’t going to have their opinion changed by the 7th film in a series, or by my blog post alone. But I do urge anyone who hasn’t watched any of the films, to go ahead and try them. I used to be like you; uninterested and not bothered… but it will be worth it.

Nows the hard part: trying to rave about the film without spoiling it. Characters – I love the characters: new and, most definitely, old! I think the combination was great. The way and when they introduced these characters was perfect, especially for Luke. I thought that scene was breathtaking and emotional (SPOILER – A great way to end the film, and set us up for the next one). I also love the introduction of the adorable BB-8 droid.

The cast is incredible and includes great names: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Anthony Daniels.

I’ll finish by adding the IMDB synopsis: ‘30 years after the defeat of Darth Vader and the Empire, Rey, a scavenger from the planet Jakku, finds a BB-8 droid that knows the whereabouts of the long lost Luke Skywalker. Rey, as well as a rogue stormtrooper and two smugglers, are thrown into the middle of a battle between the resistance and the daunting legions of the First Order’.

I can’t wait for the next two films!

Thank you for reading,

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above image, it is from: http://www.starwars.com/news/star-wars-the-force-awakens-theatrical-poster-first-look-in-theater-exclusives-and-more

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/

Film: Antman

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antman-posterI recently went to see Antman at the cinema with a couple of friends. First and foremost, it was a film I wanted to see purely because it’s Marvel and secondly because I absolutely love superhero movies.

I didn’t really know what to expect from the film since many of the newer marvel films, and those to come, are more and more intense and are starting to lead into bigger plotlines; therefore leaving origin stories behind. Antman takes a different course in all of this and we are allowed to see a brand new origin story of a lesser known comic-book character.

Antman is a character that can be easily mocked; named after an Ant, of all creatures, and with the super power of being able to shrink really small is cause for laughter, but I think this very interesting and highly scientific concept is innovative and a nice change of pace while in the middle of all the other larger Marvel films.

Like all films, it seems, Antman has all the regular properties, such as, action, comedy, heartache, crazy cinematics, drama and a romantic interest. While the romance was probably expected, it was a nice addition to an eventual happy ending.

The cast was excellent, Paul Rudd, playing the lead Scott Lang, was fantastic and played the role perfectly. Other members of the cast include; Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym, Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne, Corey Stoll as Darren Cross, Judy Greer as Maggie Lang, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson and many more.

With the innovation of a new character comes a great example of today’s cinematic age; film quality is rising to new heights. There are fantastic scenes with a shrunken Antman in a world of large furniture and an incredible fight scene which takes place between Antman and a villain of a similar size showing a hefty battle around a children’s train set, and yet, the film doesn’t disguise the hilarity of this with anti-climatic cutaways showing nothing more than a toy train falling off of its tracks. Additionally, the CGI Ants create amazing scenes too, especially when Scott Lang’s right-hand ‘man’ is a flying Ant called Antony.

To give you more info on the film, here is the IMDB synopsis: ‘Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world’.

Finally, as with all Marvel films, there was an after-credits scene. While I said that Antman was taking a different course to the main action within The Avengers, the after-credits scene reveals that this is only short-lived as Antman is tied back into the main plotline with a hint to his role in Civil War.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above image, it is from: http://www.superherohype.com/news/342923-its-all-connected-in-the-latest-ant-man-tv-spot

Film: Kingsman – The Secret Service

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So… I’m celebrating my birthday this week, and part of this meant taking my friends to the cinema to see Kingsman. It was the only thing I wanted to watch out of everything being shown right now. I’m glad I made this choice. My friends, even though they didn’t know what to expect, or even what we were going to watch, loved every second of the film too.

First and foremost, the cinematography of this film (talking as a Media Studies student) is breathtaking. I had chills from the effects and the impressive quality of the film. It was absolutely flawless and even though I’m not even 20 yet, I still can’t get over the ever-improving quality of these new films.

Now, I’ll stop acting old and talk more about the film itself. The imdb  summary reads as follows:  ‘Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn, Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius’. These agents, or spies, are the new Knights of England.

The cast are phenomenal. There’s the brilliant Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Mark Strong and Jack Davenport with Mark Hamill and Samuel L. Jackson. All of them are fantastic actors but then there’s Taron Egerton, an up-and-coming new actor. Kingsman is his first film and he has the starrob_f4c123_kingsman-the-secret-serviceing role, rightly so, because he is ultra-talented and, as my friends will be keen to remind everyone, really good looking. He is definitely one to watch out for in the future.

The film also has a great soundtrack which at times provides much needed comic relief at moments of tension.

I absolutely loved Kingsman, which hopefully you’ve realised by now, and I recommend that you see it while it’s still in the cinema. I’m even tempted to go and watch it again before it comes out on DVD. The incredible cast, the soundtrack and the comedy and action iconography with the cinematography makes for the perfect film.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the pictures, they are from: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2802144/ and http://www.dailystar.co.uk/movies/421860/Review-Kingsman-The-Secret-Service-15

PS – I apologise for today’s blog being posted so late. I take full responsibility for letting it get to the bottom of my to do list… oopsie!

Film and TV: X-Men Days of Future Past

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x_men_days_of_future_past_poster-wideAs per usual, I’m late on watching this film but I finally got to watch X-MEN: Days of Future Past, the latest instalment in the X-MEN franchise. I absolutely love X-MEN and this film was no disappointment.

First and foremost, the film had an amazing cast filled with people old and new from the XMEN series including: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage and Josh Helman. The film is so well thought out flawlessly entwining the two casts in one film.

The narrative of the film is really interesting. Firstly the time travel element, which I think I’m safe to say as that detail was revealed ages ago, wasn’t done in any cheesy, clichéd way which made it all the more realistic. The narrative also comments on issues such as war which provides a message we can use especially in today’s society with wars being very much a thing of the present.

The narrative also develops the relationships between the characters and allows us to see that friendship between Charles and Eric who, if you know X-men, don’t always appear so friendly to each other. The relationships between other characters are developed too, such as Logan with young Xavier, Xavier’s relationship with Raven and so on.

The cinematography in this film is superb, the opening sequence is amazing and there is this one scene with Quicksilver, who is a mutant who can move really fast, that is shot so well and the effects are done brilliantly that even a guy who is faster than everyone else running around a kitchen in the Pentagon looks realistic. It’s hard to rave about the scene without your audience having seen it, but just trust me.

In addition, as always, the music in this movie genuinely made chills go down my spine, it was so good and the makeup was brilliant.

X-Men: Days of Future Past is such a good film. It’s a bit of an emotional rollercoaster to say the least and all I can say to the ending is OMG. There is heartache and happiness. Who knew a film could mess with your emotions like this one did? I had to watch the gag reel to get over all of the emotions!

Anyway, I really do recommend this film if you haven’t seen it, or haven’t been introduced to the X-Men series at all, then please do watch them! You won’t regret it.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the picture, it is from: http://www.hdwallpapers.in/x_men_days_of_future_past_poster-wallpapers.html