"The First Fagin" is about the incredible story of Ikey Solomon whose been said to have inspired Charles Dickens' character Fagin in Oliver Twist. This Doco-drama is a fascinating look at this convict's life in crime, punishment and journey across the seas between England and the colony of Van Dieman's Land/Tasmania. Confidently retold using mainly drama to authentically reconstruct the period of the early 19th century. Accompanied by Miriam Margolyes voice over, this film is a fascinating look at an unknown historical tale thats sure to impress anyone.
The Great American Novel gets a very dazzling and entertaining film adaptation from Australia's own operatic and elegant director; Baz Luhrmann. I myself was quite surprised about how much of the entertaining quality turned out for this film. Luhrmann really has made F. Scott Fitzgerald's characters stand out beautifully casted and well performed. The Visuals are as you may expect from this director dazzling and glamourous esspecially depicting the time period, Although its the pure resonance and tones that makes the setting of 1920s New York's hey-day stand out. I may of found some musical numbers to be uneven but most of them work for concerntrated scenes and atomospheric tones throughout the film. Well recomended!!! Love It! Hate It! You decide and you may be surprised.
"Star Trek into Darkness" is possibly my pick for being the 'Sequel of the Year'. Once again taking the same slick direction with JJ Abrams at the head, along with a very polished and engagingly written script and strong casting, the film pretty much met or exceeded my expectaions. Now I know JJ can make terrific sequels without going too much overboard. Easily enough; if you loved the first film, you'll love this one just as much if not more.
Joseph Kosinski proved he was a director of strong visual flare with his debut "Tron: Legacy". Based off an unpublished graphic novel Kosinski created, Oblivion does really well setting out and exploring a post apocalyptic scorched earth, with beatifully shot landscapes and radical technology that make's its innovation stand out, along with some impressive CGI. The Plot is set out to be intriguing and thoughful, theres some twists and turns a long the way but nothing unexpected/surprising. Whil almost suffereing similar flaws to Tron:Legacy, The film is actually pretty watchable with its strong production value and It'll definitely satisfy Sci-Fi fans.
Danny Boyle's latest film is in line to being his most stylish to being his most imaculate thriller to date. It delves into the mind of James McAvoy's charming painting auctioneer; discovering an unusual secret thats pretty mindbending. Trance plays similar to films like Oldboy, Fightclub, or anything Lynchian, Tense, Taunt, Intelligent, Erotic, violent and very complex on themes, ideas, drama and conflicts are the many of the wonders to be found in this film. I wouldn't say the film is an instant classic but its certainly highly recommended and could be counted as one of 2013's best so far.