Terror made me cruel…
‘I hope in my heart that one day the prime minister will be able to say sorry, that one day he (Tony Blair) will say sorry to the families of the bereaved,’ – Reg Keys
Take a fucking bow Brie Larson…
Hollywood is blessed right now with two spectacular actresses in Elizabeth Olsen and Jennifer Lawrence. Brie Larson impressed in The Spectacular Now, dazzled in Short Term 12 and with Room she has taken acting to a level that even Olsen and Lawrence are yet to reach. Before you accuse me of hyperbole, Larson has yet to prove she can carry a franchise or show the sheer range that Jennifer Lawrence has or the ability to star in a blockbuster like Olsen but in terms of a singular performance, Brie Larson in Room is right up there with any dramatic turn from anyone. She really is that fucking good.
A very British film from a Norwegian director.
Imitation Game tells the amazing and incredibly sad story of WWII code breaker Alan Turing.
A very talented all British cast including Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong, Charles Dance and Matthew Goode all throw themselves into Turing’s story with a level of reverence that the story absolutely deserves. Cumberbatch in particular follows up a series of impassioned interviews about Turing in the films promotional run with a brilliant performance. Anti social genius he may be but Cumberbatch’s Turing is definitely not Sherlock 2.0. Cumberbatch’s portrayal of Turing is at once vulnerable and arrogant, layered and emotional without even coming close to crass sentimentality.
Keira Knightley impresses yet again with a turn that cements her growing reputation as the best British actress since Kate Winslet. More like this and Never Let Me Go and less like Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and Knightley will find herself turning her Oscar noms into wins soon enough. Speaking of which Cumberbatch must be a big contender in the best actor stakes this year. While the supporting cast are also very strong, particularly Knightley and Watchmen’s Matthew Goode, it is Cumberbatch who has taken responsibility of this project by owning the role of Alan Turing.
Cumberbatch et al have ensured The Imitation Game will be remembered as one of the best films of 2014.
One of the best casts ever assembled, punch each other, whilst being cool as fuck.
Powerful drama focusing on the violent gang rape of a young woman and the ensuing fallout.
The Accused and Jodie Foster’s Oscar winning performance have become remembered solely for the absolutely horrifying rape sequence itself which is a shame as there is a lot more to this movie than that. Foster overacts occasionally but is mostly deserving of her Oscar inspiring sympathy whilst still exuding strength. The Accused asks some interesting (and still sadly relevant) questions about the legal system and society as a whole in its attitude towards rape victims without being heavy handed or preachy. Not a pleasant film, but an important one.