The Untouchables Alternate Ending

I saw The Untouchables last night. This was by far the funniest moment in the film so I made a video.

Matt.

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A Field in England: Review

afieldbannerA Field in England (2013) was a unique experiment in marketing by Film4. It was also a film by Ben Wheatley. The film takes place in an unknown time in a field in England. The narrative follows a group of men who desert from their Civil War allies and find themselves imprisoned by two men who force the group to dig for treasure. As the men dig deeper, paranoia starts to creep in and the group slowly lose their minds.

It’s certainly a very different film for Ben Wheatley, but then aren’t all his films rather different? A Field of England is almost blend of Ingmar Bergman, Werner Herzog and well Ben Wheatley. Combining horror elements with a contemplative drama around morality, Wheatley manages to strike a balance between The Seventh Seal and The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser. Filming in black and white helps to set the period and the high contrast creates a gritty realistic feel to the piece. The cast works well especially the addition of Michael Smiley who gives a much needed presence to the overall film. The editing is experimental and helps to enhance the feeling of madness descending on the group.

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However, does it work as an engaging and entertaining film? For me, not so much. There’s too much confusion, too many unexplained things that happen in the narrative that overall, it’s difficult to care. Ben Wheatley made the film he wanted to make but unfortunately the fundamentals are absent thus making the film a rather empty experience to watch.

Matt.

A Field In England on a Television In England

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In case you’ve been living in oblivion for the past few years (or you don’t watch a lot of British cinema) director Ben Wheatley has quickly become one of Britain’s finest directors with films such as Kill List and Sightseers already under his belt. His new feature titled A Field in England, will be opening in cinemas tomorrow. But if you’re too lazy to go to the cinema or too cheap to go to the cinema or you’re too lazy and too cheap to go to the cinema then Film4 has the perfect option for you. That is because for the first time in Film4 history, the channel will be premiering a feature on television on the exact same day that it opens in cinema (you can also buy the DVD or Blu-Ray tomorrow as well).

So mark your calendar and set an alarm for 4th July at 10:45pm and celebrate American Independence Day by watching an English Civil War film!

Matt.

Why I love Bill Hader or I just watched Adventureland

Apologies for being nearly 4 years late but today I finally managed to sit down and watch Adventureland (2009). The quirky coming of age story is a joyful watch throughout and for the most part, manages to depict relationships in a relatable manner for the audience. My only gripe was that the ending (SPOILERS) was too cliche and went against a lot of what is said in the rest of the film. A far more poignant ending that fits in with the rest of the story would be too end it before James (Jesse Eisenberg) manages to resolve his relationship with love interest Em (Kristen Stewart). For me, the idea of not having closure with a relationship fits more with real life. Most of the people we meet we will never have closure with. We simple drift apart.

But regardless of the ending, I still really enjoyed the film especially every time Bill Hader was on screen. I haven’t seen Hader in much else apart from Superbad, Hot Rod and Knocked Up and I will thoroughly look forward to seeing him in future projects after giving an overall hilarious performance in Adventureland.

In his honour I decided to create some GIFs of my favourite moments of his in the film.

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And finally to top it all off, according to the video below taken from the Criterion Collection YouTube channel, Bill Hader is a big old cinephile.

Matt.

Hollywood’s attractive outcasts (the problem with the Carrie remake)

outcastsbannerAs you are probably aware, there is a remake of the 1976 film adaptation of Carrie, currently being filmed. I’m sure you also know that there was nothing wrong with the 1976 adaptation that warrants a remake and this is obviously a cash grab. And that doesn’t bother me really, at least, not as much as it used to. It happens so much nowadays that it’s made me become numb to the idea. What bothers me however is the choice of who should play Carrie: Chloe Grace Moretz.

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Carrie is an outcast. Sissy Spacek who played Carrie in the original film was brilliant not only because she is a great actress (Badlands is proof of that) but because she also looks a little odd herself. She’s not unattractive, but she has an appearance that would suggest that she’s isn’t the most popular girl in her school. Chloe Grace Moretz on the other hand is the opposite. She’s a very attractive girl and one could see her being one of the more popular girls in school. So it’s very difficult to believe that she’s some sort of outcast regardless of her backstory.

Moreover, this is a growing problem in Hollywood that I began to notice last year. Attractive people are being cast as outcasts. From Aubrey Plaza in Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) to Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man to Emma Watson in The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012), it’s a growing trend and it needs to stop. I liked all these films but it’s so difficult to believe in the characters when the actors themselves don’t match the character’s personality because of their appearance.

Matt.

A Sad Day

Bookstore Appearance By Roger EbertRoger Ebert (1942-2013)

Just a few days after he announced that he would try to slow down on reviewing films following his ongoing battle with cancer, Roger Ebert has tragically passed away. His contribution to film criticism is remarkable and will never be forgotten. To celebrate his life, I’ve decided to post his reviews for my favourite films. So enjoy.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1968)

“Leone cares not at all about the practical or the plausible, and builds his great film on the rubbish of Western movie cliches, using style to elevate dreck into art. When the movie opened in America in late 1967, not long after its predecessors “A Fistful of Dollars” (1964) and “For a Few Dollars More” (1965), audiences knew they liked it, but did they know why?”

Memento (2001)

“The purpose of the movie is not for us to solve the murder of the wife (“I can’t remember to forget you,” he says of her). If we leave the theater not sure exactly what happened, that’s fair enough. The movie is more like a poignant exercise, in which Leonard’s residual code of honor pushes him through a fog of amnesia toward what he feels is his moral duty. The movie doesn’t supply the usual payoff of a thriller (how can it?), but it’s uncanny in evoking a state of mind. Maybe telling it backward is Nolan’s way of forcing us to identify with the hero. Hey, we all just got here.”

A Matter of Life and Death (1946)

“`Stairway to Heaven” (1946) is one of the most audacious films ever made – in its grandiose vision, and in the cozy English way it’s expressed. The movie, which is being revived at the Music Box in a restored Technicolor print of dazzling beauty, joins the continuing retrospective at the Film Center of 15 other films by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, the most talented British filmmakers of the 1940s and 1950s.”

Adaptation (2002)

“What a bewilderingly brilliant and entertaining movie this is–a confounding story about orchid thieves and screenwriters, elegant New Yorkers and scruffy swamp rats, truth and fiction. “Adaptation” is a movie that leaves you breathless with curiosity, as it teases itself with the directions it might take. To watch the film is to be actively involved in the challenge of its creation.”

Matt.

A Long Way Down Cast Sitting Down

An image from the upcoming Nick Hornby novel film adaptation A Long Way Down (2013) was released the other day. Or it might have been the other week. Anyway, I’ve only just discovered it. The film is scheduled to come out a long time from now but to pass that time I’ve devised a little game.

Can you find the real Pierce Brosnan?

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Anyone who came here looking for the actual still, I’m so sorry you found this blog.

Matt.