Reviews

Recommended: Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

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Seeing a film that moves you and keeps you thinking about it for weeks after is one of the greatest treats the silver screen serves up and Ain’t Them Bodies Saints happily falls into that category.

A truly beautiful and sprawling love story this is a lovely film that will only make you realise how sucked in you are to the story when it ends and you are as wracked as the characters.

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A love story set in the beautiful Texas, the film smoulders much like the landscape it is set in. While the set up felt rushed and i was initially unsure if enough had been done by the writers to make me interested in the characters i found my worries being forgotten as the story unravelled with a subtle intensity which made it a real treat.

Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara play the parted lovers, Bob and Ruth, who have found themselves in this predicament thanks to their own mistakes. Both shine on screen, with Rooney Mara becoming her character to such a degree i on many occasions forgot who i was watching. Affleck can’t be overlooked either. His nonchalant and yet determined, slow burning performance paired with Mara’s onscreen show combines to be devastatingly brilliant.

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Ain’t Them Bodies Saints may not be a fast paced film but it has a certain something that ensures you invest in the characters journey’s and never once want to look away from the screen.

The cinematography of the landscape captures a sense of isolation felt by the characters and ensures that the viewer is taken on their journey giving us not a moments pause to jump off.

While i am a self confessed fan of these kind of love stories Ain’t Them Bodies saints instantly fell into the bracket of sprawling greats, alongside films like Legend’s of the Fall and Cold Mountain.

One of the most moving and beautiful films i’ve seen in a long while, this is not one to miss.

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints is released in the UK today.

 

 

 

Pain & Gain : Review

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Pain and Gain from Director Michael Bay and is based on a true story. Do keep that in mind as you read below.

The story is set in the 80′s and centres around 3 body builders who realise they will literally do anything to live their own interpretation of the American dream. Or greed and riches, as they believe it to be.

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Pi : 15th Anniversary Edition : Review

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Darren Araonofsky’s debut feature Pi is officially 15 years old and to celebrate the milestone of this Sundance, Directing award winning feature a special 15th anniversary Blur ray has been released and we revisited this amazing film. The menu on this is beautiful and impressive and the HD quality shines through in these pre screens. The resolution of the film, purposefully grainy and gritty, is highlighted in the Blu ray version.

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The movie:

The true definition of a thriller this intense, gritty character study about paranoia and obsession surrounds Max Cohen, a mathematician who is hunting for a for a numerical pattern in the stock market, and indeed the universal patterns in nature.

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Monsters University – Review

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At the time, Monsters Inc (2001) was not received lovingly by the critics, lets face it – Toy Story, A Bugs Life and Toy Story 2 were hard acts to follow. Much of its warmth has since been felt from repeat DVD viewings over the past ten years.

Well known for their family films that balance content for a young audience and humour for us adults, Pixar return to the monsters world with the story of Mike & Sulley’s past long before they were friends…
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We’ll be back…

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You may have noticed things have been a little quiet around Movie Emporium lately.

While we’ve still be enjoying trips to silverscreen that we love so much we’ve also been very busy with a lot of other stuff too.

It was 3 years and 2 days ago that this site (in an earlier form) was born and we’ve posted countless trailers, seen 100′s of movies and marvelled over many a poster but right now we’re going to have to just do this silently.

This is not goodbye, we’ll still be posting odd bits and pieces when we can, but it’s going to be on a much quieter scale while we spend some much needed time marvelling at the world.

To quote the terminator “I’ll be back…” or should that be we?

 

 

Pacific Rim – Review

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Guillermo Del Toro is a director known for the fantasy filled worlds he creates on screen, and Pacific Rim is no different.

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When Kaiju, giant alien sea monsters, arrive to attack earth from a portal at the bottom of the ocean, humanity reacts by building giant robots, or Jager (German for Hunter) are piloted by 2 people and this is where we meet Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam). Known for his fighting skills Raleigh, somewhat a maverick, soon finds himself at a loss after one battle leaves him feeling alone in the world.

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Review: We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks

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We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks is the new film by Alex Gibney, the established director/producer whose credits include Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005), Freakanomics (2010), and the upcoming Lance Armstrong: The Road Back. The film documents the rise to fame (or infamy) of Julian Assange, poster-boy for the Wikileaks organisation, and his many international exploits over his career. Delving into his past as a computer hacker in Australia as a teenager, to his current whereabouts in the Ecuadorian embassy, the film packs a very large amount of information into its running time. As well as Assange, the film looks at Bradley Manning, the US Army soldier who leaked a huge amount of information to Wikileaks, and propelled the organisation to fame.

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The Internship – Review

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The Internship reunites Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson on screen in a comedy about 2 older guys who lose their jobs and battle to get an internship at Google and quickly realise just how out of touch they are when surrounded by younger, brighter counterparts.

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Despicable Me 2 Review

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Gru and his loveable minions are back in Despicable Me 2, a film which is as charming as it is funny.

After turning over his new leaf in Despicable Me Gru is now the model father, looking after his 3 daughters and investing his energies into positive activities, but when he is called upon by the AVL (Anti Villain League) to help conquer a dangerous new criminal he inadvertently tackles a whole new area of life.

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Summer in February Review

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Summer in February is a small British romantic drama telling the true story of an artists colony in Cornwall.

Dominic Cooper leads the young British cast as the famed artist AJ Munnings with Emily Browning playing Florence Carter-Wood, Munning’s doomed lover and Dan Stevens takes up the role of Gilbert Evans, the third side of the love triangle that dominates the story.

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The filming is simple and uncomplicated, relying on the natural beauty of the set to enthrall the viewer and play a role in the story that was so vital to the artists being represented on screen.

A decent enough production also means that the costume and sets appear to be authentic and despite the Edwardian time period of the film it’s accessible and creates a clear world for these characters. 

While inspired by true events and as a result a clearly strong idea at the heart of the film the plot loses its way on occasion and jumps past, seemingly key developments, straight to the outcome leaving the viewer a little perplexed at times.

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It is however important to note that the cast, specifically Dominic Cooper put on a great show. His ability to adapt to characters and embody them fearlessly make his portrayal of Munnings captivating and yet somewhat repelling all at the same time. The supporting cast also make this film feel like these people are real, and therefore ultimately do credit to the people whose stories they tell.

Despite all of this something about the film makes it fall slightly short, it doesn’t seem to offer anything new and the jumps in the story mean it fails to stand out.

Summer in February is charming but ultimately unmemorable and while this film may capture the hearts of art lovers and enduring romantics while its on screen but sadly you take little other than Cooper’s execution of his character.

 

Summer in February is released on June 14th

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