An Oscar winning Masterpiece in all outstanding aspects. !2 Years a Slave tells the brutal, poignant and truly moving story of Solomon Northup; born a free man in the North United States, but then captured and sold into slavery in the South. Every Scene composed give extraordinary period detail alongside its technical execution making this one of the most finest films centered on American Slavery ever made. While it may come across as uncomfortable at times it is very informative and essential viewing that everyone should experience.
If Gordon Gekko taught me 'Greed for no lack of better word; is Good', then it Jordan Belfort who taught me: 'Greed' is essential to be filthy f*cking rich filled with the most energetic pride and self indignation ever. Nonetheless, 'The Wolf of Wall Street' may as well mark Scorsese and DiCaprio's finest collaboration ever. The film is very atypical Scorsese; a daring mix of drama, comedy, crime and business wars all rolled into one. To top it up with a lot of energy carried by the cast (DiCaprio in particular, whose never been better) and sheer scale of the script; its one hell of an entertaining epic of power, corruption, pride and deep consequences of what came after when exposed to authority. This Gem is highly recommended, in truth it may not be for everyone. But it would be an insult if DiCaprio doesn't get an Oscar, or else I'll go into a Scorsese Foul Mouthed Archetype that truly pushed to the limit here.
'Saving Mr. Banks' is the hugely sentimental and moving account of how Mary Poppins made it to the big screen. Emma Thompson plays the Author; P.L. Travis who hugely treasures her own work mostly based on her tragic upbringing, whilst Tom Hanks portrays the enigmatic Walt Disney determined to keep his children's promise to make their favorite book into a movie. John Lee Hancock makes a fine choice directing this biopic, touching incredibly well and insightful on Travis' upbringing in Australia as well as her troubles collaborating with writers and musicians for the beloved film we all know and love. Its a touching story as well as being very sad and understandable at the same time. But eventually it comes off as a triumph on both sides, and a truly rewarding experience highly recommended to everyone.
A Very beautifully shot and acted adaptation of Markus Zusaks' best selling book of the same name. While it was definitely approached with lots of big ambition and while its not perfect or in any sense inspiring, all elements within the film are worth a watch. I left the film enlightened and intrigued by this unique and fascinating tale that all in all has earned itself a very respectable execution. Recommended this is to satisfy anyone drama cup of tea ;)