Friday, 12 September 2014

Film F'suggestions Friday

All hail failed attempts at alliteration
How are you?
You may or may not know that I am a film student. Being a film student means that I, quite rightly, watch a lot of films. So, as I just so happen to be a film obsessive and as I just so happen to have a blog, I thought it might be fitting for me to start sharing with you a few films I've been watching and loving during the week.
Moonrise Kingdom
'Set on an island off the coast of New England in the 1960s, as a young boy and girl fall in love they are moved to run away together. Various factions of the town mobilize to search for them and the town is turned upside down; which might not be such a bad thing'

Elegant symmetrical shots, meticulous cinematography, the very appropriate highly saturated colour palette, Bill Murray and beautifully awkward young love.
If you don't like Wes Anderson and think he over-stylizes his films, then it's probably not for you. We'll simply have to agree to disagree: just kidding, get off of my blog.
The Boondock Saints
'The Boondock Saints stars Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus as fraternal twins, Connor and Murphy MacManus, who become vigilantes after killing two members of the Russian Mafia in self-defense. After both experience an epiphany, the brothers, together with their friend "Funny Man" (David Della Rocco), set out to rid their home city of Boston, Massachusetts of crime and evil, all while being pursued by FBI Agent Paul Smecker (Willem Dafoe)'.
William Dafoe, Billy Connolly, Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery
I completely understand if you've left now to grab the popcorn but if you are still here and you do need more convincing, just know that there is a fire fight and that it is insane.
My Fake Fiancé
'Jennifer and Vince, virtual strangers, find themselves strapped for cash and decide to stage a fake engagement and wedding just for the gifts'.
So maybe this isn't the 'Salem Saberhagen transforms into a human and proposes to Sabrina the teenage witch' kind of movie you'd expect when you realise Melissa Joan Hart is the female heroine. However, despite my presumed disappointment when I noticed the films absence of Nick Bakay, it's still a very enjoyable watch with Joseph Lawrence making for a good alternative to the beloved talking cat. While you can pre-meditate a lot of the storyline, it's an incredibly warm film with good satire and nice performances from the whole cast.
'In Johannesburg, a small time criminal, Tsotsi, is a teenager without feelings, hardened by his tough life. After a series of violent gang hits, Tsotsi hijacks a car. However, whilst driving, Tsotsi finds that there is a baby on the back seat. He brings the baby to his house in the slum. The next six days bring about a change in him that couldn't be foreseen'.  
''The road to redemption is often paved with potholes''            
An incredibly powerful film with an unexpected incident threatening to humanise a cold unfeeling criminal. I really do recommend this film, at times it is very hard to watch but it does offer hope. Tsotsi isn't a good guy, he will never be a good guy. Yet, he isn't this completely inhumane bad guy either. He's a guy gone astray with the chance for something better. Note that Tsotsi isn't spoken in English but does have subtitles.
 So, what about you, have you seen any great films this week?

1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed Moonrise Kingdom too! Tsotsi sounds worth a watch. My husband is a huge film fan so we are always watching something. We recently watched August: Osage County which was really good! Lots of great films to look forward to in the cinema soon as well. :) xxx
    Just Emma


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