I would firstly like to apologise for my lack of blogging this month, however I have had a valid excuse. I started back on the 9th of January and was revising solidly for an exam in ‘Public Admin.’ I also had other deadlines to be met and tried to avoid the internet as I get easily distracted. Fear not, I am back and will be making an effort to bring cheer to you all!
As a little treat for myself I’ve been going to the cinema with friends for a little escapism. With the Oscar nominations there was one film that picked up the most nods, one which I didn’t think would be my cup of tea but I was wrong! After much persuasion from my best friend I decided to go to see ‘The Artist’ last night. The thought of watching a silent movie did not appeal to me in the slightest but ten minutes in and I was hooked.
The main actor, Jean Dujardi and his hilarious little dog were central to the comedy of the film and his cheeky and charming mannerisms made him a likeable character from the start. Bérénice Bejo, the lead actress and her love towards Jean Dujardi was a beautiful love story and again was a great source of humour. The silence of the film didn’t seem to matter as the narrative was so easy to follow and the pathos worked really well.
I won’t go into too much detail but for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet, it truly is an incredible film and worthy of all its nominations in the Oscars. It’s also one which will definitely put a smile on your face.
The Rum Diary.
Johnny Depp plays a drunken journalist who falls for a rich man’s girl. The film is based on a book by the author Hunter. S. Thompson. Depp has an intimate connection with the film as he was close friends with the author before his suicide in 2005. Depp accidentally discovered the book ‘Rum Diary’ in Hunter’s house and has been the driving force behind the film.
Release date: 11th November 2011.
Director: Bruce Robinson
Screenplay: Bruce Robinson, Hunter S. Thompson.
Starring: Richard Jenkins, Aaron Eckhart, Johnny Depp, Amber Heard.
You can read a more detailed review on: http://www.cineworld.co.uk/cinemas/8?film=3662
Depp also spoke on the Andrew Marr show, you can watch the full show on BBC iplayer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-15611147
Inspired by a true story and the real life experiences of writer and cancer survivor Will Reiser, 50/50 is a funny film that mixes comedy with the most serious kind of topic. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogan are solid actors well-suited for both comedy and drama.
When 27 year old Adam Lerner (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is diagnosed with cancer, his life suddenly changes dramatically: his girlfriend (Bryce Dallas Howard) distances herself from him and his best friend (Seth Rogen) encourages him to start using cancer to attract girls.
It sounds as though the film could be very sad but director Jonathan Levine controversially blends a sad subject matter with a light touch of comedy, so the audience can experience tears of sadness as well as tears of laughter.
Release date: 25 November 2011:
(Cinemas near Cardiff city centre- Cineworld and Vue. Cardiff Bay- Odeon in the Red Dragon Centre.)
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogan, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, Anjelica Huston