Sunday, October 27, 2013
The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.
Starring: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Faysal Ahmed, Mahat M. Ali, Michael Chernus, Catherine Keener, David Warshofsky, Corey Johnson, Chris Mulkey, Max Martini
Why I loved this film: I am not going to go into the political issues surrounding this story and whether it is true or not. I will be leaving that to the Americans. I just have to say that this was brilliantly made, with ten minutes of foreplay before getting into the 'real deal' - unsuitable for people with serious heart conditions!
Tom Hanks was the excellent actor we have become used to seeing on the big screen and never disappointed me at any stage - I foresee another Oscar in the near future -, but I was also stunned to find out that the 'Somali pirates' were not actors or even aspired to be actors, just regular guys hired for the movie. They were outstanding and I would not be surprised if Barkhadi Abdi was also nominated for an Oscar - I also foresee a career change in his future!
I went to see this movie out of curiosity, since 'Captain Phillips' was based on a true story, but it totally blew me away! Probably the best film made this year!
Monday, October 14, 2013
In spite of their differences, writer Josh and ambitious Nat seem happy together since meeting at a party.
Josh is a dreamer while Nat is more pragmatic, but their chemistry is unbelievable. A dream wedding come true, although no one - family or friends - believes it will last. Josh's ex-girlfriend and Nat's attractive new client will make sure of that.
Starring: Rose Byrne, Anna Faris, Rafe Spall, Simon Baker, Minnie Driver, Jason Flemyng, Stephen Merchant, Olivia Colman
Why I loved this film: First of all, I have to highlight Stephen Merchant's show-stealing performance with his trademark cringe humour and very politically incorrect lines at the most inappropriate times. He was definitely my favourite character.
However, I did not understand how Australian Simon Baker came to play an American. His character owns a big factory in Britain and he would have been more believable with a British accent.
The supporting cast are solid, particularly Minnie Driver and Jason Flemyng as a married couple who hate each other.
Overall, I Give It a Year is a fun film to watch. There are enough jokes and twists to keep you laughing and interested all the way.
Sunday, October 06, 2013
During the last two years of her life, Princess Diana embarked on a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan.
Starring: Naomi Watts, Naveen Andrews, Douglas Hodge, Geraldine James, Charles Edwards, Daniel Pirrie, Cas Anvar, Juliet Stevenson, Jonathan Kerrigan, Laurence Belcher, Harry Holland
My thoughts on this film: I was a true fan of Diana and felt devastated when she passed away; however, I really believed a movie would show some insights to her complicated lifestyle and death... Boy, was I wrong!
To begin with, Naomi Watts is a good actress and at times you could see that she was trying to look as similar as possible to Diana, but as they say in Portugal 'any similarity is pure coincidence'! Then again the film was boring and not based on a true story, since you cannot base a 'true story' on dialogues between a dead person and a Doctor who claims in a Mirror interview that 'Only myself and my closest friends knew what really went on in our relationship'.
Finally, no one knows what really went on with Diana and her love affairs except the one person who is no longer among us, so I would say to just Let Her Rest In Peace!