Friday, 4 March 2016

The Cinema Club #2

Confession time - I was a bit crap at watching films in February. As I've started work I haven't had time too watch much so I've had to cheat a little bit and include films that I saw for the second time around after seeing them in the cinema.

the other woman

 
The Other Woman

Starring: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton and Jamie Lannister.

Synopsis: After discovering her boyfriend is married, Carly soon meets the wife he's been betraying. And when yet another love affair is discovered, all three women team up to plot revenge on the three-timing S.O.B.

Why I liked it: The Other Woman isn't going to win any awards but it's heaps of fun to watch. A serial cheater has his life sabotaged by his wife and two girlfriends when they find out about each other - You tell me that doesn't sound like a recipe for some hilarious moments?

obvious child
 
Obvious Child

Starring: Jenny Slate, Gaby Hoffman, David Cross and Jake Lacey.

Synopsis: A twenty-something comedienne's unplanned pregnancy forces her to confront the realities of independent womanhood for the first time.

Why I liked it: This film deals with the very serious topic of abortion in a very upfront and frank way. Unusual for a Hollywood film, it never crosses the leading character's mind that she might keep the baby. Her best friend provides a blunt and honest opinion on the situaton and with all the debates about the future of planned parenthood in the USA, this film is actually pretty important.

pride
 
Pride

Starring: Paddy Considine, Bill Nighy, George Mackay, Ben Schnetzer, Joseph Gilgun, Andrew Scott.

Synopsis: U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.

Why I liked it: Based on a true story, this is a film about an LBGT group that decide to support the Miner's strike in 1980's Britain. It's touching and a little bit heart breaking towards the end so be prepared. It looks at how hard it was to be gay or a miner (or both) in 1980's Britain and reminds us how far we have come in the last 30 years.

mad max tom hardy
 
Mad Max: Fury Road

Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Holt.

Synopsis: A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in postapocalyptic Australia in search for her home-land with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshipper, and a drifter named Max.

Why I liked it: If you follow me on Twitter you will have seen me boring on about this being on Sky Premiere. I saw this in the cinema when it first came out and I came out feeling blown away. I loved it just as much second (and third and fourth) time around. Charlize Theron is the fearless Imperator Furiosa who is trying to rescure Immortan Joe's five wives from a life of imprisonment, rape and abuse and Tom Hardy is the quiet loner who somehow ends up helping them along the way. It's action packed and there's not one dull moment throughout the film.

legend tom hardy
 
Legend

Starring: Tom Hardy x2, Emily Browning, David Thewlis, Christopher Eccleston, Taron Egerton.

Sypnosis: The film tells the story of the identical twin gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray, two of the most notorious criminals in British history, and their organised crime empire in the East End of London during the 1960s.

Why I liked it: You lucky ducks, two Tom Hardy films! My boyfriend has something of a crush on Mr Hardy and he's a massive fan of true crime so when he heard Legend was being made he didn't shut up talking about it for the next year and a half. And guess what? He didn't like it first time around and I did. It's a love story with a bit of violence thrown in for good measure and features an all star British cast (aswell as Tom in a suit) which obviously makes for a good film in my books.

deadpool

Deadpool

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, RJ Miller, Ed Skrein, Morena, Baccarin.

Sypnosis: A former Special Forces operative turned mercenary is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopting the alter ego Deadpool.

Why I liked it: Deadpool was interesting. It wasn't your usual superhero movie that's for sure (and that's even referenced in the movie). Deadpool is a bit of a dickhead and kinda of annoying but overall the film was pretty good. There's some great pop culture references and jokes in there (that probably won' stand the test of time) and he often breaks the fourth wall, which actually works well. If you want a giggle, go and see it. It also features Ryan Reynolds topless fact fans.

The Not So Good.

 
Okay I'm not going to say The Night Before wasn't good because it was. As you would expect from a Seth Rogan film it's a bit goofy and no one goes into the cinema expecting an intelligent story. It's pretty funny (especially when Seth trips balls) and the tripod of Rogan, Joseph Gordan Levitt and Anthony Mackie works really well - It was just a little bit too weird for me. Still enjoyed it though and good for a dumb laugh and an alternative to the usual Christmas fare.


Have you guys got any movie recommendations for me this month?

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