Dec 032015
 

HEART OF THE SEA

Ron Howard’s (Rush, A Beautiful Mind) latest film tells of an extraordinary story that became the inspiration for Herman Melville’s literary classic Moby Dick. This such story is based on Nathan Philbrick’s 2000 non-fiction book of the same name about the tragedy of whaling vessel ‘The Essex’ and both the on-board tensions that sparked between Captain and First Mate on the ill-fated 1820 voyage, and their battle with a mythical monster of the Ocean; an enormous white whale. Though it didn’t resonate with me as much as expected on an emotional level, and a slow-paced back end saps the effect of some of the more shocking revelations, In the Heart of the Sea is thrilling escapist cinema that almost lives up to its grand epic-cinema ambitions.

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Mar 082015
 

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Thanks to Ruth Richards for this addition to The Forgotten series. You can read more of Ruth’s writing here [Ed].

Another year, another Oscar’s ceremony has come and gone. I can’t claim that I pay particularly close attention, but I was very excited to see the nominees for this years Best Animated Feature Film at the Oscars. The range of animation styles on show, from the hand-drawn grace that is The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, the quirky stop-motion of The Boxtrolls and even Disney’s Big Hero 6 (the eventual winner) – make for an impressive group of films. I can honestly say I’ve enjoyed every one of the nominees I’ve seen, but it’s the one I haven’t seen that I’m most looking forward to…

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Feb 092012
 

Film Title: Safe House

Denzel Washington is back in ‘tough guy action mode’ for this gun-totting, knife-stabbing, car-chasing solid but unoriginal action film, set in Cape Town, South Africa.

The film is based around CIA operative Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) who is the resident agent, or “house-keeper” at a CIA safe house in Cape Town. Matt wants nothing more than to escape the far-flung dreary outpost and become a full case officer in Paris. His mundane daily work-life is shattered when highly sought-after traitor and ex CIA operative Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington) is brought to the safe house for holding.

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