Monthly Archives: September 2011

My Top Ten Films Of 2011

With Oscar buzz pretty much in full swing and September 23rd (yesterday) being a brilliant day in regards to film releases, I thought I better start writing about my personal favourites from this year. There’s a lot to remember and it’s hard to think that both Natalie Portman and Colin Firth won Oscars for films that were actually released in 2011.
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Ian McKellen vs. Ian McKellen

I had to share this.

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve watched this and it makes me laugh each and every time.

This is my wonderful friend Alex Jordan. Keep your eyes on him. At nearly 8 million views on YouTube, things are going pretty well for the boy….!! Continue reading

Review: One Day (2011)

DIRECTOR: Lone Scherfig.

CAST: Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess, Rafe Spall, Romola Garai, Ken Stott, Patricia Clarkson, Tom Mison, Jodie Whittaker, Georgia King, Matt Berry.

SYNOPSIS: Emma (Hathaway) and Dexter (Sturgess) spend the night together after graduating from University. However, there is more talking and cuddling than actual funny business, so they agree to just be friends. We view glimpses of where they are on the same date each year – sometimes together, sometimes not.

First thing’s first. Anne Hathaway’s accent is nowhere near as abysmal as the masses are proclaiming. Granted, you have to fight hard to find the great Northern nuggets within her dialogue, but at least she doesn’t lapse into American. Let’s just say it’s as if she’s spent her life flitting between most of the counties within the UK. At her best when torn between the man she lives with and the man she loves, Hathaway shows real moments of fragility and confusion as Emma, as we track her from graduate to homeowner and beyond. However, it is Jim Sturgess as her best friend Dexter who has the edge in One Day. Continue reading

Review: Jane Eyre (2011)

DIRECTOR: Cary Joji Fukunaga

CAST: Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Judi Dench, Jamie Bell, Amelia Clarkson, Holliday Grainger, Tamsin Merchant, Romy Settbon Moore, Sally Hawkins, Freya Parks, Imogen Poots.

SYNOPSIS: After leaving a difficult and bleak childhood behind her, Jane Eyre (Wasikowska) becomes a governess at Thornfield Hall under the guidance of Mrs. Fairfax (Dench). After meeting the cold and abrupt master of the house, Mr. Rochester (Fassbender), Jane finds a true friend in him and soon finds herself falling in love. Softening his icy exterior, the further he lets her in, the closer she is to discovering a secret that could destroy the love she has for her employer.

Being a little unfamiliar with the story of Jane Eyre, I was very much looking forward to sitting back and enjoying another Gothic-tinged Bronte tale. However, sitting back was the last thing I was able to do, with Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre so fierce and consuming in its love story that you feel as if you are sitting amongst the characters, be it in the drawing room, the school yard or the unforgiving Yorkshire Moors. Continue reading

Review: The Inbetweeners Movie (2011)

DIRECTOR: Ben Palmer.

CAST: Simon Bird, James Buckley, Joe Thomas, Blake Harrison, Laura Haddock, Lydia Rose Bewley, Emily Head, Tamla Kari, Jessica Knappett, Theo James, Theo Barklem-Biggs.

SYNOPSIS: With A Levels behind them and a long summer ahead of them, Will (Bird), Jay (Buckley), Simon (Thomas) and Neil (Harrison) go surprisingly mainstream and book a two-week holiday to Malia. Cue sun, sea, girls and an amazing holiday. Or is that sunburn, seasickness and a lot of awkward girl chasing?

The Inbetweeners was the one programme I really wanted to hate. I didn’t believe people spoke that way or acted out those types of events in real life. But quite honestly it’s all Freudian and it’s probably because I knew my mum would heartily disapprove. So after following the adventures of Will, Jay, Simon and Neil and finally admitting to myself that it’s a guilty pleasure, I was more than a little intrigued as to the fate of the film. Continue reading

Review: Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (2011)

DIRECTOR: Rupert Wyatt.

CAST: Andy Serkis, James Franco, John Lithgow, Freida Pinto, Brian Cox, David Oyelowo, Tom Felton, Tyler Labine, David Hewlett, Jamie Harris.

SYNOPSIS: Desperate to find a cure for Alzheimer’s, Will Rodman (Franco) takes home a baby chimpanzee to aid his research. While safe for Will and his father Charles (Lithgow) to live with, after an encounter with a neighbour goes horribly wrong, Caesar is taken away and impounded in terrible conditions. But having shown incredible near-human intelligence, Caesar is not your average ape.

It was all too easy to assume that Rise of the Planet of the Apes was set to be an average summer movie – a rehash of the franchise that, while good, was never going to be groundbreaking stuff. But oh how wrong that was. Continue reading

So What Do I Actually Own?

Ok, I confess, this isn’t actually my DVD collection. But I definitely aspire to this.

For the massive film geek that I am, my personal collection is rather humble.

But regardless of this I thought I’d share it with you, update it when it’s added to (plus it helps me realise who I’ve loaned certain films out to….!) and be told off for the missing necessities.

Note that I have left out any TV series or music-related DVDs.

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