Words by Tom Steggall
Just after we have time to get over the monotony of summer blockbusters, we are pounded with further winter giants; only the sense of guilt induced by visiting the cinema is reduced in light of it being bloody cold outside. I really hate over-expensive, over-hyped film lunacy and this is why I look forward to winter films about as much as I would being forced to watch ‘Funny Games’ over and over.
The first film which I am predicting to be awful is ‘Life of Pi’, as far as I can tell it’s ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ only with the brutal torture replaced with a love of animals. Is this anybody’s idea of fun? An uplifting story is all well and good but you may as well watch the last ‘Lord of the Rings’, I guarantee that it will still be better.
This leads me to ‘The Hobbit’, massively over budget and over-due, Peter Jackson will have to deliver a masterpiece in order to impress fans, the problem being how he will ever follow ‘Lord of the Rings’. Also, if you just like a mishmash of seemingly random events from different worlds and time periods, then you might enjoy ‘Cloud Atlas’, but I am not sure why you would seeing as it looks a bit like ‘Avatar’ but a lot less poncy.
On the plus side we have got Harry potter and Twilight out of the way so I suppose we can all look forward to January and Daniel Day-Lewis in ‘Lincoln’. Now there’s a film to look forward to.
Words by Yazen Al Samen
‘Beasts Of The Southern Wild’ is a feast. It has so much to absorb, understand and wonder. It creates a world so magical that you wouldn’t believe a place like that exists.
It stars Quvenzhane Wallis, a 6-year old, playing 6-year old Hushpuppy, in surely one of the best performances of the year. Hushpuppy lives with her father in a Louisiana Bayou with their little community, away from civilization.
Her mother “swam away” when she was born and Hushpuppy grows in the middle of nature, with the animals, and she believes the animals talk to her. She notices sea levels rising, and one day, a Katrina-like hurricane hits their community, and destroys it, while also releasing something that might be a bit more sinister.
Protocol means I can write little more in this review. But maybe that’s for the better. It does little to describe the film. It contains so much; it is an allegory of many things and has an environmental message.
Benh Zeitlin, first time director, has created a delicacy within the world of cinema, a film so awash with originality, with vibrant characters and provocative themes. This is one of the best film of the year. Ensure you see it.
Words by Naomi Jeffreys
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