Be honest - your favourite film has got John Candy in it, hasn't it?
Getting this late in the UK, so as weird as it was to watch a Christmas film five weeks after it's ideal date, I absolutely loved this. The best comedies come from conflict, particularly if those people are forced to be together in some way, and this slips into that tradition. Student Angus is forced to spend Christmas at his boarding school under the supervision of a teacher he (as well as everyone else) hates. Mr Hunham doesn't want to…
The end of a friendship on an island mirrors the civil war on the mainland, and things escalate, as stubbornness turns into aggression. Characters, beautifully written, wonderfully imagined by the actors, saying really good dialogue. The location, is weirdly idyllic too - bleak - no question about that, but it's shot well. The ending is perhaps a little low-key considering how events escalate, but it's a good watch nonetheless.
Scavenger Hunt 108
Watch a movie featuring a stand-up comedian.
Bog standard British rom-com really. Anyone watching this may be under the impression that we're all terrible interested in the class system, but the toffs in this are all incredibly unrealistic. Brooke Shields as 'mom' is aghast that her son might be interested in the hired help. There are exactly zero surprises in this, from the first five minute set up, you can map out the story -…
Scavenger Hunt 108
Watch a film about a conspiracy theory you don’t know much about
I'm annoyed with myself for choosing this as it's not a conspiracy theory really. It just poses a hypothesis that a certain area of America has more paranormal activity than any other. Ghosts, UFOs, cryptids, satanic cults... they all get a look in. Importantly, the 'evidence' is firstly INCREDIBLY thin, based mainly on eye witness accounts, it's also very one sided, with most…
A really good addition to the horror genre - teenagers being stupid, spirits, allegory for grief... all the ingredients you need. The horrors of purgatory don't get much of a cinematic outing, so it was nice to see a new idea. The central cast are pretty good (now and again, there's a bit too much playground 'don't steal my boyfriend' rubbish, but solid overall). Miranda Otto is perfection as a take no shit mother as well. It does drift a…
Through alternating timelines we build a picture of Oppenheimer, not through long key scenes, moreover we are bombarded with slight fragments of his life in the past and present. Paradoxically this helps to feel empathy for him in the latter end of the film, as actually (as with most geniuses on film) he's not an easy person to like, but it is quite jarring when you begin to watch it - there's a fear that there is some key dialogue…