My thoughts on Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson’s latest film is an all-star affair. The sheer amount of talent that make up the cast for The Grand Budapest Hotel is usually reserved for mega-productions like the Harry Potter franchise. Indeed, Lord Voldemort himself, Ralph Fiennes plays the lead character Gustave H, an entertainer extraordinaire with a penchant for rich, elderly blondes . It is my opinion that this is one of his greatest performances to date. Alongside Fiennes there are Anderson regulars such as Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton and Harvey Keitel (the latter three all starring in Anderson’s previous feature; Moonrise Kingdom in 2012). Joining the entourage are Tony Revolori and Saorise Ronan amoungst other familiar faces including Lea Seydoux, Mathieu Amalric, F. Murray Abraham, Jude Law and Tom Wilkinson.
This time Anderson brings another make-believe…
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My thoughts on the RoboCop remake
RoboCop? More like RoboFlop! The remake none of us wanted to see. Being a big fan of the original 1987 cult classic, it was always going to be a challenge to enjoy this trumped-up excuse for a toy advert. Curiosity got the better of me after seeing the impressive special effects in the trailers. I admit to thinking that they may have done something different and fresh with the story and the concept. Sadly not. It wasn’t a great film. Even worse, it was not even a good film. All of the edgy humour, political commentary and violence of the original are nowhere to be found in Jose Padhila’s version. In fact, everything that was great about Paul Verhoven’s classic has been completely assimilated and churned out again in to a gooey paste of a movie that can only be likened to baby food.Joel Kinnaman as Detroit Police Detective…
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Rich’s review of The Wolf of Wall Street for Perygl Productions!
Leonardo Dicaprio and Martin Scorsese collaborate for the fifth time, on this occasion tackling the story of one Jordan Belfort; a Wall Street broker who defrauded investors for millions by selling them worthless penny stocks. The film is a fast paced three hour epic that again sees Scorsese utilize the rise and fall story arc that has served him so well in his previous classics such as Raging Bull and Goodfellas. However this time the director turns his attention to the white collar criminal and trades the gangster and his gun for a yuppie and his telephone.
Belfort’s story starts with the ambitious and naive twenty two year old, getting his first job as a Wall Street stock broker. Here he catches the attention of boss Mark Hanna, who subsequently takes the young Belfort out to lunch and gives him…
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Dave’s Oscars round up!
I thought I would write a quick blog summarising my quick thoughts on the Oscars this year aswell as giving an idea of my predictions compared to the results.
This years event was hosted by Ellen DeGeneres and although I am not a huge fan of the comedienne and her chat show, she did a surprisingly good job, delivering sharp but harmless put downs and a range of topics for her jokes.
So let’s crack right on with the results and have a look at whether my predictions won out:
- Best Picture Winner: 12 Years a Slave (Correct Prediction)
- Best Director Winner: Alfonso Cuaron (Correct Pick)
- Best Actor Winner: Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club (Incorrect Pick)
- Best Actress Winner: Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine (Incorrect Pick)
- Best Supporting Actor Winner: Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club (Incorrect Pick)
- Best Supporting Actress Winner: Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave (Incorrect…
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Dave’s predictions for the Oscars!
That’s right, it’s that time of year again, when insignificant awards are handed out to filmmakers and actors and the like for their contributions to the films of the last 12 months. This years Academy Awards are going to be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres – sounds thrilling – and will be the 86th annual meeting, live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
A few thoughts on this years nominees – I am shocked and appalled that ‘Rush’ has not been nominated for anything – I thought it was a shoe-in and one of the best pictures of last year. No nominations for ‘The Great Gatsby’ – not a film I enjoyed, but one I thought would be up there – and nothing for Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’. I am dissapointed – yes – surprised – no. I am almost always disappointed with the short lists for Oscar nominee’s due to the…
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