12 Years A Slave tells the true story of Solomon Northup, (Chiwetel Ejiofor) a free black man from New York in 1841. He appears to be relatively affluent and well respected, living side-by-side with white people. A skilled player of the violin, Northup accepts an invitation to earn some extra money with a travelling circus. He is then abducted and sold into slavery, at which point he has all of his liberties taken, even being reduced to accepting a name other than his own. As a slave, he becomes knows as ‘Platt’. For 12 years, Northup endures the most horrific conditions and treatment imaginable, traded as ‘property’ by merciless slave owners. This truly remarkable film charts those 12 years, and how.
First of all, let me preface this by pointing out that I have not reviewed a film since September 26th, 2013. Not because I stopped watching movies or having opinions on them, merely that I have just not felt compelled to write. I ‘lost the bug’ somewhat. Well, having been fortunate enough to attend a preview screening of 12 Years A Slave, I can’t shake the urge to get back to my keyboard and share my feelings on it. Continue reading
When I first saw the trailers for Killing Them Softly in 2012, I got pretty excited about it. It whet my appetite brilliantly and I couldn’t wait to see it. Then a few friends saw it and reported back that it was something of a disappointment, as seemed to be the gist of the critical response. Though I never let reviews sway my opinion of a film, they did dampen my excitement and it has taken until now for me to finally get to see it.
When three not-so-great would be crooks rob a mob-protected card game, a hitman/enforcer by the name of Jackie (Brad Pitt) is hired to sort things out, so to speak. He quickly sets about establishing who the thieves are, whilst also plotting the demise of Markie Trattman (Ray Liotta). Markie runs the games and has previous form for robbing from them, so Jackie see’s killing him as the only way to inspire the players to come back to the games. Continue reading
When a Zombie apocalypse threatens to wipe out mankind, it is left to former United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) to put a stop to a pandemic that has affected the whole world.
Zombie films are something I am not particularly well versed in, I must say. I don’t watch many of them as I have rarely found them appealing. For whatever reason though, World War Z whet my appetite and I was excited enough to make an effort to see it on it’s opening weekend. What what I got was a film that I enjoyed; a blockbuster that delivered in the blockbuster stakes without reverting too much to cliché. Continue reading
Fight Club is a film I had seen once before and that had been highly recommended to me. I’ll be honest, the first time I saw it I was somewhat underwhelmed. However, whilst looking for a movie to watch I spotted this one on my shelf and thought I’d give it another go, and I’m glad I did.
The film opens with our narrator (Edward Norton) in a precarious predicament, advising us that we’ve met him at a strange time in his life. We then rewind to a slightly less strange time for him, but where it’s all about to go a bit odd.
The narrator, we discover, suffers from insomnia. In an odd attempt to combat his problem, he starts attending support groups for people with serious medical problems that he doesn’t have himself Continue reading