Midnight In Paris “Review”

Directed by Woody Allen
Cast Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams
Michael Sheen, Marion Cotillard
Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody

A successful screenwriter who is working on
his first novel and his fiance travel to Paris for a
vacation and whilst in the French Capital discover
a lot more about each other and what’s next for
their relationship.

Gil Pender played by Owen Wilson is already a top
screenwriter in hollywood but wants his career to
move in a different direction, he is struggling to
complete his first novel and whilst out drinking one
evening on the streets of Paris, and as the clock
strikes midnight he accidentally gets transported
back to the 1920’s, an era he is already in love with.

A Woody Allen movie is always something I look
forward too, his early 70’s movies such as
Bananas, Sleeper & Annie Hall made me an
avid fan and from them early days to his recent
successes such as Vicky Christina Barcelona
the movie calendar is not quite the same without
a Woody Allen picture to get excited for.

Midnight In Paris is possibly the best picture
from Woody since Sweet and Lowdown, it’s
magical story telling & breathtaking location
makes me eager to watch the movie again. The
casting of Owen Wilson was sublime, his facial
expressions lend to a Woody Allen movie so well
& the movie also included a fantastic cameo by
Adrien Brody as Salvatore Dali that just blew me
out of the water. This is cinema at it’s finest!

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The Iron Lady “Mini Review”

Directed by Phyllida Lloyd
Cast Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent,
Olivia Colman, Richard E Grant,
Alexandra Roach, Iain Glen

An elderly Margaret Thatcher battling dementia,
reminisces with her dead husband Denis on their
life together and the rise to become Britain’s first
female Prime Minister & one of the most powerful
women in the world.

In flashbacks we are taken back to when Margaret
was young, working in her father’s grocery shop,
her first meeting with Denis and the two children
they brought up together. The Iron Lady is quite
a touching portrayal of one of the world’s toughest
female politicians, her life as Prime Minister and
a women once powerful but now coping with old
age and the illnesses that come with it.

A Soviet journalist nicknamed her the “Iron Lady”
back in the 80’s, and hence the name of the movie.

Meryl Streep won the Academy Award for her
magnificent portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in
The Iron Lady, she was simply outstanding, &
at times you forgot it was Streep playing the role.

Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia) did a fantastic
job directing, the movies mood is captured
beautifully by the flashbacks giving us the
viewer a small insite into the world, flawed at
times of one of the greatest living politicians.

Whether you Love or Hate Margaret Thatcher,
as a movie The Iron Lady is superbly executed,
and very well acted by an accomplished cast,
even if you don’t like politics this movie is well
worth a watch.

The Artist “Mini Review”

Directed by Michel Hazanavicius
Cast Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo
John Goodman, James Cromwell,
Penelope Ann Miller, Malcolm Mcdowell
Uggie, Missi Pyle, Jen Lilley

After watching this movie back in January
& before it took gold at the Oscars I thought it
only fair to re-watch and then post a review.

Set in the 1920/30’s and filmed in the style of an
old silent movie The Artist was a joy to behold.
The movie’s story is centered around a silent
film star George Valentin (Jean Dujardin), his
fall from movie stardom, & his relationship with
a young dancer turned actress Peppy Miller.

The Artist tells such an intriguing story, watching
Valentin’s great popularity in the silent era turn to
bankruptcy and a man hitting the bottle to empty
the sadness from his life, it’s pretty tragic but also
filled with many uplifting moments.

It’s a movie shot with style using the medium of
silent film, with great comic moments, beautifully
choreographed scenes and has tremendous
performances by it’s cast.

It’s one of the most charming movie experiences
that your likely to encounter, a true homage to
the golden age of filmmaking and if your concerned
about watching a silent movie then don’t be, it’s
one of the most entertaining films of 2011 & not
forgetting it has one of the most endearing
performances by a dog in a movie since 1939’s
classic The Wizard of Oz.


Young Adult “Mini Review”

Directed by Jason Reitman
Cast Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt,
Patrick Wilson, Elizabeth Reaser

Mavis Gary (Theron) is a ghost writer for a collection
of young adult novels, she has a dog, she’s messed
up, & she will miss the deadline for her new book if
she don’t get her shit together.

Sat in her apartment Mavis receives an email, the
sender, an old flame Buddy Slade (Wilson) who is
posting out pictures of his newborn daughter, but
in the confused & totally self-absorbed head of
Mavis this email is a sign that she and Buddy
belong together and whatever the cost Mavis is
going back to her home town of Mercury to
reclaim what’s rightfully hers.

Young Adult written by Diablo Cody was
shamefully but not surprisingly missing from
the Oscar Nominations, Charlize Theron once
again displays her incredible acting prowess,
with wonderful support from Patton Oswalt.

There aren’t many movie directors around at
the moment to have the balls to take on such a
unique script, one that is so dark it’s main
character is disliked from the opening 5 minutes
to the end credits, well Jason Reitman son of
GhostBuster Ivan has them balls and he once
more delivers the movie goods.

If you enjoyed Reitman’s other work as director
movies such as : Juno and Up In The Air then
Young Adult is a must watch, it’s sharp script,
dark humour and incredible acting is worthy of
90mins of your time…superb!