Buy A Blu-Ray A Week – USA

Blu-Rays To BUY

Melancholia – This film isn’t to everyones taste but I really loved Melancholia. This film is incredibly beautiful and it is impossible to be slightly moved by the smaller events that take place within a grander scale. This film is quite slow and this slow tempo may cause many viewers to be turned off but trust me that slow pace is worth it as this film is a true masterpiece. I wouldn’t recommend this to everyone as I know quite a few people who will hate this film but when you watch the trailer (click on the image below) and you enjoy it then you will most probably love this wonderful film.

The Descendants – I’m quite annoyed that The Descendants didn’t win more Oscars, in the end it only took home one for Adapted Screenplay, I feel as though George Clooney should have taken away the Oscar for Best Actor but it wasn’t to be. I really liked this film and thought that Clooney’s performance was the best of 2011 and should have received some recognition. This is my favourite Alexander Payne film, it is so sweet yet sad at the same time. I would recommend this to every person that I lay eyes upon, it really is a great film.

My Week With Marilyn – Another brilliant Oscar worthy film is released this week in the USA. My Week With Marilyn is a light charming affair that centres on the multitalented woman Marilyn Monroe. This film is worth a watch just see the great performances from Kenneth Branagh and Michelle Williams. The film does feel a little puny compared the the astounding performance Williams delivers. If you are a Monroe fan this film is right up your ally but even if you aren’t this film is still worth your time, just for the astonishing acting and the interesting subject matter.

The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn – If you have ever wondered what it would look like if Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg – two of the greatest directors of all time – did a motion capture movie then this is that movie. Tintin is a fast paced stunningly beautiful picture that can be enjoyed by the whole family. I’m not the biggest fan of this style of film as I struggle to gain a relationship with the characters and they seem as though they lack heart but if you can get over that then you will love this movie. I highly recommend this to anyone who was a huge fan of the original cartoons or comics as you will not be disappointed and will be constantly on the edge of your seat.

Young Adult – I haven’t actually had the chance to see Young Adult, it wasn’t actually screening in my local cinema which I was quite gutted about. I have heard so many good things about this movie, especially regarding Charlize Theron’s performance, it has been said that she is absolutely astounding. I will have to wait till this is out in the UK to check it out but I most definitely will be watching this one, and from what I have heard you should too.

Blu-Rays To AVOID

The Three Musketeers – Oh my, there is a lot of bad movies released this week. I mean what can I say about The Three Musketeers, well it is bad, very very bad. It’s filled with poor acting, diabolical action scenes mixed with an extremely messy plot. It seems as though the film makers were attempting to mimic the style and shit quality of the Pirates Of The Caribbean series and they pulled it off but made it seem ten times worse. Please for the love of God don’t go near this movie with a barge pole.

Happy Feet Two – I along with many other people really enjoyed the first Happy Feet movie but I along with everyone else was extremely disappointed with this movie. Now Happy Feet Two may be a great movie for you to stick on in front of your children to keep them quite but I highly doubt that anyone over the age of ten will actually enjoy this movie. After watching the first Happy Feet I really wasn’t craving a sequel and I really wish that they didn’t make it, I was so disappointed.

All these titles are released on Tuesday 13th March. What will you be picking up this week? Feel free to tell me your thoughts in the comments below. Thank you very much for reading and if you enjoyed this post please feel free to hit that like and follow button to show me some love.

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‘Detachment’ – Movie Review

Detachment is a movie that centres on a substitute teacher who moves from class to class finally finding a connection with teachers and students in his latest school. Detachment stars Adrien Brody as the substitute teacher, Henry Barthes. Detachment reminds us all that indie films can still be absolutely astonishing. This isn’t the first movie that depicts the failings and horrors of the American education system but it is really one of the greatest I have seen. Detachment comes from director Tony Kaye the same filmmaker who bought us the phenomenally emotional movie centring on serious issues of race, American History X. When I first saw the trailer for this movie I was desperate to see it and now I finally have I can safely say it is worth every minute of your time.

The performances in this movie is where it really shines, Adrien Brody is absolutely breathtaking giving one of his finest and most powerful performances ever. You can really tell that he is putting his heart and sole into this role and it reiterates to us why he won an Oscar as this is another Oscar worthy performance on his behalf. Brody isn’t the only one that shines in this film, James Caan offers a occasionally comedic but in the end dark performance of a permanent teacher at what seems to be the worst school in America. But the number of big names in this films makes it feel more like a cameo-fest than a film filled with great actors.

The direction of this film is also beautiful, making the film look extremely stylish with flashback shots in a dark sepia toned picture showing us Henry’s puzzled past. Tony Kaye gives us all an extremely dark look into what school is really like these days and that leads to an intense roller coaster that many people aren’t ready to ride but trust me it is seriously worth it.

The relationship between Henry Barthes and the 15 year-old prostitute Eric whom he is trying to save from slipping further into the dark side of life is miraculous which becomes extremely rocky at times making for some of the films most dramatic moments.

Detachment is a very dark and powerful film that takes a lot out of you when watching it, I have so much love for this movie that I don’t know how to put into words but it really is the greatest film I have seen this year and you can expect to see it on my top movies of 2012 list at the end of the year. Detachment is a seriously thoughtful movie that will make you think about how important and delicate life really is.

9/10

Buy A Blu-Ray A Week – USA

Blu-rays To BUY

Game Of Thrones Season 1 – I never actually watched Game Of Thrones, yes I know I have been told many a time that I am missing out. But don’t worry I will be picking this up soon and then I will be able to experience that critically acclaimed series. From what I have heard I would definitely recommend this to a lot of people but I can really judge until I actually give it a watch. I think that you should pick this up just because of all the buzz and acclaim that has surrounded it.  

The Skin I Live In – I’m not usually one for foreign movies but this one blew me away. After watching The Skin I Live In I don’t see how it didn’t win let alone get a nomination. I agree with what many critics are saying that this is a Spanish Hitchcock movie. This is a great dark twisted drama thriller that delivers a new modern take on the classic Frankenstein story. I seriously love this movie and I would recommend to all of you but if you don’t like reading subtitles then you may not want to check this one out.

Like Crazy – I very recently watched Like Crazy as it had been recommended to me by many different people and I actually really enjoyed it. This is one of Felicity Jones’ greatest performances along along with her partner Anton Yelchin who pleasantly surprised me. If you aren’t into romantic dramas then this definitely won’t be one for you but to anyone that does I seriously recommend this to you, and I can guarantee that you will love it.

Blu-Rays To CONSIDER

Footloose – I was seriously uninterested by this movie, I had no intention whatsoever to check it out, so I didn’t. However I have heard some really good things but also some really bad things so I’m really unsure whether to recommend this to you or not. It has received a quite impressive 70% on RottenTomatoes so i could be worth your time. If you are into these sorts of movies then this one might be for you but I’m still not interested but you maybe.

Blu-rays To AVOID 

Immortals –  I really really hated this movie, I wasn’t interested from any of the poster or trailers. While watching Immortals all I thought about was how much this film is trying to mimic 300, yes it has the same producers but it doesn’t mean you have to try and recreate the exact same film. To be fair to this film, it does look pretty nice, and has surprisingly great looks for such a dreadful film. It seems as though film makers can never get these sort of films right and I don’t want to see hundreds of more attempts until they make a good one. I really wouldn’t recommend this film to anyone as I hated it so much, but its your call.

Jack And Jill – Of course I wasn’t going to recommend this steaming pile of shit. There isn’t really much I can say about this movie, most of you know how seriously poor it is and that is why you shouldn’t go anywhere near this movie. EVER!

All of the above Bly-rays are released Tuesday 6th March 2012 in the USA. So what blu-ray will you be picking up this week? If any? Feel free to tell me your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks again for reading, if you enjoyed this post please feel to hit that like and follow button to show me some love.

My Favourite YouTube Movie Reviewers

There hasn’t been that much interesting movie news today so I thought I would throw together a few of my favourite YouTube movie reviewers that you should definitely subscribe to if you haven’t already.

First up, one of my favourite movie reviewers who doesn’t just do reviews he also throws news into the mix. He is there to make each video as funny as possible, of course it is Peter Rallis hosting his brilliant movie show Movie Buzz. If you have never seen a Peter Rallis video before there is one below for you to check out and I highly recommend it not even his humour can beat the way he says War Horse (1:33 in the video below.) You may not necessarily agree with all his views on films but if you are interested in films I definitely recommend you to give his videos a watch.

 

The next YouTuber that I highly recommend is the SchmoesKnow they make a great pair and are their chemistry between them is brilliant and I prefer hearing two different views on one film. Their reviews are thorough with some comedic elements and you can really tell that a lot of work and time goes into making their videos; they are so dedicated to their reviewing career that last year they created now one of my favourite awards ceremonies the YouReviewers Awards which I can’t wait for. You can check out one of their videos below and I definitely recommend you subscribe as their reviews are great and I very rarely disagree with anything they say, plus they have an awesome collection of t-shirts.

 

Now to probably my favourite YouTuber that just does review, ChrisStuckamann, he is hands down the best lone movies reviewer on YouTube; I feel as though his videos are very simple but thats all they need to be as what a review is just your opinion and thats what he does so well. He actually inspired me to start this movie blog so if he is reading this (highly unlikely) then I would like to just thank you. This year he also did a phenomenal montage his best films of the year and I defiantly recommend you check out that video below and also subscribe to his channel as his reviews are great.

Who are your favourite movie YouTubers? Feel free to tell me in the comments below. Thank you very much for reading.

‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ (2011) Review

There will be a lot of comparisons in this review to the 2009 Swedish Girl With The Dragon Tattoo so if you have no read my review for that one check it out on my blog.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is the latest film by phenomenal director David Fincher, it is a remake of the Swedish version which I liked quite a lot as I do this one, but is it better? The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo centres on Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) and his search for a killer of women who may have been behind the killing of a girl who has been missing for the past forty years, with help from Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara).

First off the acting, the acting in this film was superb, Rooney Mara blew me away; her portrayal of Lisbeth is by far superior to that of Noomi Repace. As much as I loved Noomi Repace‘s Lisbeth I just thought that Rooney Mara played the character with much more depth and darkness; she played the disturbing scenes so beautifully, if she doesn’t win and Oscar I will lose my only remaining faith in the Academy. Rooney Mara is usually so gorgeous and it is a drastic transformation from her usual style but I think she fits into the character perfectly. Daniel Craig also did a great job playing journalist Mikael Blomvist, I also much preferred his portrayal of the character than that of its Swedish counterpart.

Straight from the breathtaking opening credits you know exactly what you are getting yourself into, a dark twisted rape filled roller coaster. It may sound wrong but it was the best roller coaster I have ever ridden. The soundtrack of this film is insane, the cover of Immigrant Song is one of the best covers of a song I have ever heard, I love it so much I think it is better than the original.

David Fincher has managed to do another astonishing job at directing, he really never fails to disappoint. This film is beautifully shot perfectly capturing the darkness of this film through the style of shooting. I prefer the style and the directing of this film to the Swedish version as it just fills a lot more sinister and fits more smoothly with the film.

I only have one problem with this film, the length it is two hours and forty minutes long and it seriously struggles to hold my attention for the full length of the film. I know some people will say it has to be this long to include everything possible from the book but when it comes down to it its just a typical detective film and I felt that two hours and forty was way to long for this film. I know David Fincher makes quite a few long films but whereas Zodiac managed to hold my attention throughout and that was just a typical crime fiction, nevertheless I still loved this movie.

If you are one for happy jolly movies then this is definitely not one for you to check out but if you are a fan of the books, the Swedish film or just films in general I can guarantee you will like this film. A lot of people will start to get tried of this film in the middle but don’t worry stick with it and it will pick its self back up for the climactic ending. Even though I am going to give this the same rating as the Swedish version, I prefer this version mainly due to David Fincher’s brilliant directing style and Rooney Mara’s Oscar worthy performance.

8/10

The amazing opening sequence is below, with Karen O and Trent Reznor’s Immigrant song.

‘Arthur Christmas’ Movie Review

I know Christmas is over and this film was out a while ago but I have only just got round to watching so here’s my review on it.

Arthur Christmas shows Christmas in a new light, they show it as more of a mission with a large mother ship with elves dropping down delivering presents to each house rather than Santa flying around on his sleigh delivering presents to each house individually one at a time. Santa has become more of a figurehead than the actual brains behind the brains behind it all which is all down to Santa’s eldest son; but one year they miss one child and it is down to Arthur and Grand Santa to deliver the presents on time.

Many people hadn’t heard of Aardman Studios before so were a bit weary of how this film would turn out; me on the other hand I have watched things from Aardman since I was a little boy and they have consistently been phenomenal and this film is the same. The animation in this film is brilliant, it’s not quite as good as Pixar’s but it is definitely up there with some of the best looking animated films.

Now the voice acting, Aardman chose all British actors/actresses as the main voices; James McAvoy delivers a great performance as Arthur delivering brilliant timing which makes for some laugh out loud moments. Bill Nighy is brilliant as always playing the voice of Grand Santa, the funniest character in the whole film; I know some people don’t think voice acting is very hard or skilled but not anyone can do it as they have in this film.

Now there are a few flaws with this film, one being that by the middle of this film you will start to get a little tired of the continuous bad luck that delays their ever so straightforward journey, and it begins to go round in circles but you can forgive it for picking its self up and delivering a lighthearted Christmassy ending that will sure make any Scrooge love Christmas. The script is brilliantly written though with hilarious moments; the writers don’t write to make the kids laugh they write what will make everyone laugh.

This film is very British and it will get you in that Christmas spirit no matter what time of the year. This isn’t a kids movie, just because its animated doesn’t mean it can only be viewed by children aged fewer than ten, I guarantee that anyone of any age will enjoy this. Arthur Christmas has now been added to my yearly Christmas films to get me in the spirit and it should be in yours too. If you haven’t seen this yet and your thinking you will wait for Christmas to watch it, don’t, you must watch it now. If it wasn’t for the film dropping a little in the middle this would be near perfect but as a Christmas film it is one of the best.

8/10

You can check out the Arthur Christmas trailer below. Thanks for reading.

‘War Horse’ Review

War Horse centres on a horse, Joey, and follows him throughout his many different owners, starting off in Devon (where I live) with Albert (Jeremy Irvine) moving on through several owners and even venturing into war.

The performances in this film are phenomenal with a huge range of well known actors making an appearance, Tom Hiddleston plays the third owner of Joey, he only plays a short part in the film but it is a very well performed one at that, he will definitely be in many films to come. Another noticeable performance is from Emily Watson, again she only has a small part as Albert’s mother but she doesn’t disappoint; her perfect timing and emotive looks create a great performance. But the best performance of the whole film has to be from the horse, Joey, producing some very moving scenes that will make you think how you could be so moved by an animal.

The beautiful score was done by the brilliant John Williams and you can tell that by listening to the astonishing quality of every second of this perfection. The score fits perfectly with the movie making it seem even more moving than it is; you always expect the best from John Williams and he didn’t disappoint again.

Everyone knows that Steven Spielberg is one of the best directors alive today and it really shows in the film, he has judged every scene perfectly making every second of this film look stunning. It was great seeing the Devon countryside from great heights and it really reminds me of how gorgeous Devon really is.

There are just some very small issues with this film, but this is just nitpicking. The film does lag a little bit by the time you are an hour and a half in but it really doesn’t take long before it to pick its self back up to the amazing standard it started with. This film is a great directing achievement, with excellent acting and breathtaking scenery but it isn’t the most entertaining film to watch, yes its great and very interesting but its not entertaining enough.

This is a film you should definitely pop down to your local theatre to see as the stunning shots are best scene on the biggest screen possible. I just think it is a shame that this film didn’t win any Golden Globes, this is definitely the best film I have seen in 2012 (even though it was out in 2011 in America) But this is a definite watch and I can’t wait for the blu-ray release so I can experience it in my own home.

9/10