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Monday, 18 March 2013

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Ah, Denzel you little legend. I really didn't think I'd enjoy this film-the story of a huge plane crash where the pilot (Denzel, who is brilliant in this by the way) was heavily intoxicated and on drugs and his subsequent trial but it had me gripped right from the start. I particularly liked that I was left questioning how I felt about his character- a man who although completely in the grip of his demons somehow still emerges as both a hero and a villain- a very non black and white way of looking at someones actions. Definitely worth a watch.

By now everyone's probably seen this Oscar winner, directed by and starring Ben Affleck but I really enjoyed it so thought it was worth a mention if you didn't get to see it in the cinema and were looking for something good to rent. I'll be honest, political thrillers generally aren't my sort of thing (although I have been loving Homeland) so I was initially reluctant to watch this. Like so many times previously *half sarcasm* Hubster talked me into this one and I'm glad he did. The true story of the audacious CIA rescue of 6 U.S diplomats from Tehran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, this movie moves along at a surprising pace and as cliched as it sounds I really was on the edge of my seat the whole way through. I'd definitely recommend.

American Mary
As you all know by now I love horrors. This however is just an awful, awful film. I shouldn't even mention it in case somewhere, someone reading this is intrigued enough to go and watch it themselves. Basically Mary is a surgeon in training and starts to supplement her income by performing weird surgical fetish procedures for people. All pretty weird but harmless till her college professor drugs and horrifically assaults her and she goes a bit mental as a result. The rest of the film documents her revenge against him and others and her general devolution into becoming a full on psychopath. Unless you've got a serious love for the macabre, the psychologically scarring and the visually disturbing, I'd be giving this one a skip.. So that's a no then.

This being the brainchild of Tim Burton and starring Winona Ryder, I had a feeling I'd enjoy it and I did. It's a 3D sci-fi black and white movie about a young boy who resurrects his dead dog through Frankenstein-esque techniques with slightly ghoulish but also hilarious consequences. To be honest, I thought this might have been a little dark in places for younger audiences but any adult Tim Burton fans will love this- it's beautifully made and feels quite different to everything else I've seen recently. 


  1. I adored Frankenweenie so much and Flight was brill!

    1. It's great isn't it? Such a quirky little film. Flight was indeed excellent too, which I'm still really surprised by as it's just not normally my sort of thing at all!

  2. Frankenweenie is going straight on my list!

    1. It's so great! Really good balance between being a bit dark but also very cute! :)