Welcome to my sofa cinema; February. I was really pleased with the positive feedback and comments on January’s post so many thanks.
I love my DVD’s, however, this month I did make it to the ‘actual’ cinema. Generally, this isn’t about the current “must see film” at the local multiplex. This is a once a month post about the films I’ve seen. Don’t expect in-depth plot analysis or character debate, these are my humble opinions. I really do appreciate comments and recommendations.
This month I have seen:
Set in the 70’s, it depicts a young boy, Joe and his new found love of Soul via the famous Wigan Casino. Subtlety played, I loved the 70’s fashion and references. Some great characters and good story. It’s British, it features soul music – whats not to like?
This was my trip to the ‘actual’ cinema. I took Noo to see his first big screen film. I chose a Disney as I have strong childhood memories of seeing Disney films at the local Odeon. I was concerned that at 3, Noo was possibly too young. He didn’t sit still, but at times was completely caught up in it, dancing along to the songs. At other times he just enjoyed the experience of swapping seats and eating chocolate in the dark. It’s the story of Rapunzel with a Disney twist; humorous horse who saves the day and songs. We saw it in 2D, it is available in 3D, visually there are some great moments which in 3D must look stunning. It’s not as entertaining as, for example, Toy Story. We both enjoyed it and made it through to the end and I had a little cry, everything I’d want from a Disney.
About creation of the social networking site Facebook and computer genius behind it; Mark Zukerberg. I had been very keen to see this but, as usual, didn’t make it to the cinema.
I thought the young cast were excellent. It makes computer geeks and litigation entertaining. Mr Noo, who has no interest in social networking and very little interest in computers, thoroughly enjoyed it and I would very much recommend it.
We are revisiting this trilogy. For anyone whose not familiar with the Godfather it is a (very long) film about the American mafia. It’s a trilogy and this month we watched the first part.
It centres on the Coreleone Family and the respect and responsibility of being part of the mafia ‘family’. The ‘family’ can be generous, violent and cruel. Step out of line and no one is spared.
Very much about close family, family ties and the roles and expectations.
Impressive crowd scenes with great period detail, it’s definitely a saga. Marlone Brando plays the iconic Godfather and Al Pacino his son Michael. Violent but not too explicit. Easy to see how it won 3 Oscars, but pack snacks, it lasts for hours.
Juliette Binoche stars in this film which features, English, French and Italian and so includes subtitles. She won a Cannes Best Actress for this, which is what drew me to the film. Juliette plays opposite William Shimell, an opera singer rather than an actor. In this he plays an author who has written about book about the value of the copy versus the original. Juliette’s character invites him to meet with her, they get mistaken for a couple and so begin to role play being an ‘actual’ couple.
We knew very little about the film and found it a bit confusing, I think it was trying to be a bit ‘post modern’ and a bit clever with themes so possibly beyond my mental capabilities on a Friday evening. It was amusing but I didn’t really rate it.
Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan. I love a bit of Pierce, I think he was awon Bond, I loved him in Mamma Mia and if you like a bit of Pierce I recommend The Madator. Anyhow, I digress. This is a thriller in which Pierce plays an ex-Prime Minister who employs Ewan McGregor to ‘ghost’ write his memoirs. There seem to be some Tony Blair type parallels, 10 years on office, Iraq and controversy. This has some good moments and works as a thriller, Pierce is good, I liked Ewan’s character but, for me it was flawed and both Mr Noo and I found it disappointing.
My film of this month could easily be Social Network but it’s a big film with millions behind it. So my favourite this month is Soul Boy (Support British Film).
What have you seen? what would you recommend? Do you agree with me? I’d love to read your comments.