2017 …so far

Yep, as always, I’ve left it ages since writing here but I guess that’s mostly because I don’t think anyone reads it haha! So what’s the point?

2017 has begun with a bang for me in the film world, I’m loving almost everything I see at the cinema at the moment. That time of year is here again, awards season, I live for this period of the film calendar! There’s so much to be excited about and so much I’ve already enjoyed.

My top film for 2016 was Arrival, the script, the acting, the production design, the direction, the narrative was all phenomenal. I loved love loved it. And having Jeremy Renner to look at for the duration of the film was also a nice treat. I really do love that man! I was luck enough to get a glimpse of him and Amy Adams at the Arrival premiere back during the BFI Film Festival here in London. Another highlight of the last 6 months for me, unfortunately I didn’t get to view any films at the festival but I went to a lot of the red carpet events and it was so much fun! I saw some real idols and had the chance to be involved in the celebration of the industry I know and love so much. It was great!

So back to the present, 2017, what a year so far and we’re only 31 days in! I am keeping a handwritten journal of all the films I’ve seen at the cinema this year so I can have a final headcount of how many I watch because I have no idea how many I watched last year and I would be so interested. I’m looking forward to looking back over it this time next year to reminisce on some of the films I’d forgotten about.

So, I’ve seen 6 of the 9 best picture nominations for this years Academy Awards. Arrival being the highlight but, saying that, I’ve loved them all. La La Land is beautiful and wonderful and deserves all the recognition it gets, it’s so exciting to see the old art form from the Golden Age back on the big screen where it belongs. Emma Stone is a sure win for the leading actress category. Hacksaw Ridge, although a tough watch, a very tough watch, I really did love it. I have a lot of love for war films anyway and Andrew Garfields performance was great. He’s really growing into a serious actor. It’s very exciting to see. Manchester by the Sea, I really don’t know how I can put into words how much I loved this film. Casey Affleck is just incomprehensible, his performance was chilling yet beautiful, cold yet so warming, hard to watch yet addictive. I don’t know how else to say it, I really don’t. I can see him picking up the golden man on February 28th. Lion, also amazing, held together wonderfully by Dev Patel and his wonderful youngerself Sunny Pawar, a brilliant young actor who we can only expect great things from in the future. It was a beautifully heartwarming true story and I really loved it. (I’ve said that a lot so far, I told you, I have loved everything so far this year!)
So what have I got left? Moonlight, Hidden Figures and Fences. All award favourites so far this year and I’m really looking forward to seeing them all. Bring it on!

On a personal note, I have set myself the task (with my best friend, whom I will be attending the BAFTA red carpet with in 12 days!) to watch every film that’s ever won the “Best Picture” gong at the Academy Awards, it’s a heck of a challenge with 89 films to watch, one a year since 1928. I have watched 18, so I have quite a way to go. But I will start a new thread and keep you all (ha ha) updated with my progress.

So, until then, I bid thee a farewell.

May the force be with you, always.

2017 …so far

London Has Fallen

I can’t really decide what I thought of this film. It kind of speaks for itself and I’m glad it was only 99 minutes long.
The film takes place in London (hard to believe, I know) on the day of the British Prime Ministers funeral, he apparently died questionably in his sleep. That’s pretty much all we know about him. That and his name wasn’t David Cameron, however one of the main villains name is Cameron. Controversial?
What we do know is all the most important political leaders from all over the world are coming to London for the funeral so of course they’re all going to die except for the President of the US.
They all have very cheesy entrances to the city, the French Prime Minister is sat on a plush boat on the Thames acting like a bit of a dick, the German Congresswoman is stood admiring Buckingham Palace and the old German Prime Minister is swooning over his young girlfriend on the roof of Westminster Abbey, weird.
The film follows Gerard Butler, who’s characters name I have completely forgotten, around London trying to protect and later save the Presidents life. Aaron Eckhart has had a lot of practice when it comes to playing an important American politician and is actually getting quite good at it.

We all know what to expect from this film and really you get exactly that. Lots of explosions, lots of terrible one liners, lots of guns, lots of patriotism, lots of the F word and lots of a terrible American accent from Mr. Butler (and a happy ending for America, it didn’t get one scratch!)
There are lots of big bangs and London pretty much gets smashed to bits (which felt very strange having seen the film in a cinema on Piccadilly Circus) but all in all, for a film that was going to pretty much suck from the off, it was watchable if you’re into those kind of big budget, America rules, sexy old Gerard Butler films.

London Has Fallen

PAN

Hello world of no-one

I went to the cinema this afternoon to see Pan. I liked it, aside from the random bursting into Nirvana’s Smells like Teen Spirit, it was good. There were a few parts in it that seemed a bit weird, like, the story was kind of confusing, there was no explanation as to why Blackbeard wanted to stay young. Oh, and what was with James Hook’s weird voice and awkward behavior. But, as far as over the top, fantasy, CGI-fests go – it was good. Oh and Hugh Jackman makes a fab pirate. I love pirates.

Also, just found out that James Cameron is producing a series of original comic books based on the story of Avatar. I can’t wait! Eep! (Yes, I love Avatar. Deal with it.)

PAN