If you could describe Black Hawk Down in one word, it would be RELENTLESS. Ridley Scott's adaptation of the true story about the conflict in Mogadishu, Somalia is incredibly tense, authentic and unrelenting. As soon as the US troops enter the town the battle never stops until the end. We as a viewer are placed right in the middle of the flying debris and limbs as the troops are surrounded by the militia. Subsequently the troops are split up as the chaos around them increases due to two black hawk helicopters get shot down. The action sequences are as realistic as I could only imagine. There are a ton of graphic injuries depicted throughout which really makes it hit home that these people put their lives in peril everyday for the sake of others. The cast is absolutely incredible. Eric Bana, Ewan McGregor, Sam Shepherd, Ewan Bremner, Tom Sizemore, William Fitchner, Orlando Bloom, Josh Hartnett, Jason Isaacs, Nickolaj Coster Waldau and I didn't even realise until tonight that Tom Hardy was in this either! As good an ensemble cast that I've seen since A Bridge Too Far.
Ridley Scott can be a bit hit or miss but Black Hawk Down is a big big hit! His direction is incredible, creating an ever encircling claustrophobia as the troops are pinned down. Bullets wiz past your head and rockets explode left and right much like that opening scene in Saving Private Ryan. This film is without a doubt one of my favourite war films and it was great to revisit this tonight for the first time in a fair few years. A resounding 10/10.
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HAPPY FALL EVERYBODY! The leaves are falling and the pumpkin spice is flowing. With the release of the newest HALLOWEEN film next month, we took a deep dive into every film in the franchise. Follow the link in the bio and let us know what YOUR FAVORITE HALLOWEEN FILM is.
New to the TV Series Collection 📚 LEGION! This was a blind buy, but I’ve heard a ton of good things about it 👍🏼 I guess it has to do with X-Men 🤔 Can’t wait to check it out 🙌🏼
Tonights film - The Book Thief 📖 🎬
Based on one of my favourite books of all time by Markus Zusak, The Book Thief is a surprisingly lighthearted (but ultimately devastating) story of a young girl, Liesel, who finds solace by stealing books during World War 2.
Though not matching the perfection of the book, the film manages to honourably translate its story to screen, keeping the humour and hopefulness of its character as well as keeping its heartbreak and really capturing its emotional story. I think the film was too long, and definitely dragged at points during the second act. The idea that the book is narrated by death is one of its best parts, and it definitely could have been used more effectively in the film. I loved the relationship between Liesel and her father played excellently by Geoffrey Rush. They had great chemistry on screen, it was definitely one of my favourite parts of the film (and book!) Overall The Book Thief was a compelling drama, that takes you through so many emotions!! 3.5/5
Apart from Cars 3 this is the only Pixar movie I hadn't seen. Missed it in cinemas & never found the urge to watch it since. A Sunday afternoon seemed the perfect time to watch it so we finally got round to sticking it on earlier. I have to say it's a really sweet little film. It doesn't hit the hights of the studios best but still has the message & heartfelt moments they manage to fit into their films so well mixed with a good dose of humour & adventure. The characters aren't the most memorable but work well enough together in the film. The animation is outstanding & if it wasn't for the cartoon like characters you'd swear most shots were footage of real landscapes. Pixar very rarely disappoint & this is another solid entry into their every growing catalogue.
Jules Dassin's The Naked City is that classic example of the old fashioned murder mystery. You are transported to the sprawling cityscape of New York via some documentary style narration which I found quite annoying at first but warmed to as the film progressed. A model is murdered and it's up to two detectives to solve the case. Pretty straight forward but with a few twists along the way the film never gets boring, especially with Barry Fitzgerald's quirky and entertaining performance. His delivery of the script is often very amusing as he orders his fellow detectives to follow the suspects, a scene stealing performance if I ever saw one. The entire film is filmed on location on the streets of New York giving it that authenticity so many films of today lack. Bustling streets of people unaware of the filming are interwoven with the characters making some of the chase scenes all the more realistic (particularly loved the member of the crowd casually carrying a small dog in one hand). Although the plot of The Naked City is not exactly original it is thoroughly entertaining. 7/10.
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Such an underrated gem of a horror movie. If you can find this one from @drafthousefilms
it’s well worth a watch!