Posts Tagged ‘The Double’

AAvengers: Captain America: The Winter Soldier set the Avengers franchise in a new direction and Marvel announced phase Three schedule covering films up to 2019.marvel-avengers

B  – Boyhood: What could have been a gimmick turned out to be the best film of the year.boyhood poster

CNick Cave: 20,000 Days on Earth was neither documentary or a narrative film, but was one of the best movies of the year.20,000 Days on Earth

DDoug Liman: Edge of Tomorrow was the enigma of 2014.  The Doug Liman directed movie received solid reviews and great word of mouth but underperformed at the box-office.edge of tomorrow

EEgypt & Exodus: Gods and Kings – Ridley Scott’s biblical epic was released on Boxing Day in the UK and few weeks earlier in some countries.  The film has been banned in Egypt as the courtiers censors are unhappy with “historical inaccuracies”.Exodus Gods and Kings

FFincher & Flynn: Director David Fincher turned Gillian Flynn’s bestselling Novel Gone Girl into an excellent movie.Gone Girl

GGuardians of the Galaxy –  Made up of a cast of largely unknown characters, it was considered a risk for the franchise.  Not only was the film great fun but was the Highest grossing film at the US box-office (and 2nd highest worldwide) for the year.Guardians-of-the-Galaxy

HThe Hobbit: After more than 20 hours screen time, The Battle of the Five Armies brings Peter Jackson’s time in Middle Earth to an end.Peter_Jackson_Hobbit

IThe Interview:  The release for the movie The interview was cancelled following threats from hackers.  Barack Obama and George Clooney joined the debate and the film received a limited Christmas day release earning $1million from 331 scenes in independent theatres.the-interview-poster

JJennifer Lawrence: With an Oscar win and two other nominations as well as a starring role in two of the biggest movie franchises, Jennifer Lawrence is probably the biggest young star in Hollywood.  She was also the most outspoken victim of hackers who stole nude images and posted them online.jennifer-lawrence

KKickstarter: the big names to come from kickstarter in 2014 were the Veronica Mars movie and Zach Braff’s ;Wish I Was Here.  Blue Ruin and Obvious Child also raised a little to help get them released.veronica-mars-movie

L Luc Besson & Lucy: After numerous movies with his name attached as a writer or producer Besson is back in the director’s chair with the surprise hit Lucy.  Making back its $40million budget back in its opening weekend.Lucy

MMcConaissance: Matthew McConaughey’s resurgence was completed with a best actor Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club.Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club

NNightcrawler: Jake Gyllenhaal gives the performance of his career in Dan Gilroy’s feature debut.Nightcrawler Jake Gyllenhaal

OOprah Winfrey: as well as producing two movies: Selma and The Hundred-Foot Journey Winfrey proved her Hollywood power by lending her support to the independent British film Belle.Oprah Winfrey

PPaddington: What could have been a disaster turned out to be charming and funny.paddington

Q – Quvenzhané Wallis: The young star of Beasts of the Southern Wild retuned with a small part in 12 Years a Slave and starring role in the remake of Annie.Quvenzhané Wallis

RThe Rover: After his début feature, Animal Kingdom in 2010 David Michôd is back with The Rover, a movie full of subtext, foreboding and great acting from Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson and Scoot McNairy. The Rover

SScarlett Johansson: It’s been a busy year for Johansson with the UK release of: Her, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Chef, Under the Skin and the surprise hit of the year Lucy.Scarlett Johansson under the skin

TAlan Turing: The imitation Game finally told the long overdue story of war hero and farther of computing, Alan Turing.the imitation game

UUnreleased: A region 2 DVD of Snowpiercer is available from a well know online retailer but the film is still yet to receive a UK release.Snowpiercer

VVampire: Forget Twilight, with Only Lovers Left Alive and What We Do in the Shadows there are two original ideas to kick-start the genre.Only Lovers Left Alive

W – Mia Wasikowska: After appearing in Stoker my favourite film of 2013 Mia Wasikowska is rapidly becoming one of my favourite actresses with appearances in Maps to the Stars, The Double, Only Lovers Left Alive and Tracks in 2014.Mia Wasikowska

X – X-Men: Days of Future Past: Bryan Singer returned to the X-Men franchise with a seminal story form the 80’s. It beat Captain America: The Winter Soldier at the world box-office, dragging the franchise from the shadow of Marvel Studios.X-Men-Days-of-Future-Past-chess-game

Y – 12 Years A Slave: Winner of Oscars for Best picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and best supporting actress for Lupita Nyong’o in her first feature film.Lupita Nyongo

ZThe Zero Theorem: Terry Gilliam is back after five years, and back to what he does best, making interesting films that look like the cost a lot more to make than they actually did.The Zero Theorem


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This month I saw a throwback to the biblical epic of the past; two very different dystopian futures; discovered there is life on mars but kind of wish there wasn’t; saw two sequels that didn’t disappoint; watched a man sit in his car for 90 minutes and saw the directorial début of one of the best cinematographers working today.

The Double: A dark satirical comedy based on the novella by Dostoyevsky. Set in a dystopian past/future; Simon James’ already mundane and directionless life is sent into turmoil by the appearance of doppelganger James Simon. Although it seems to have divided opinions with both critics and audiences, Richard Ayoade’s second feature is very different to be equally as good as his début.The Double
Divergent: Set in a dystopian future (film makers really don’t have much hope for the future of humanity!), what remains of society exists in the walled in remains of Chicago split into factions based on human virtues. It has its flaws but works largely because of Shailene Woodley, Shortlisted to play Katniss Everdeen,and at 22 she still looks young enough for the role. The factions don’t exactly make sense but are a perfect metaphor for the adolescence, the idea of fitting in and the choices we make. It’s not The Hunger Games, but it’s the best of the many pretenders. The first sequel is on its way next year.divergent
Noah: We all know the old testament story of Noah. Darren Aronofsky’s telling of the story is a mess, but it is a well acted, stunning looking mess with a great score. I am not really interested in watching it again, but it was enjoyable enough to see once.Noah
The Last Days on Mars: On the last day before being returning home a group of scientists find evidence of life on mars. The movie starts of as an attractive believable science fiction in the vein of Moon (2009) or Gravity (2013) but quickly descends into a by the numbers horror. It isn’t terrible but it is completely derivative and unoriginal. For its faults it does spend its $7million budget well.The Last Days on Mars
The Raid 2: Gareth Evans movie The Riad (2011) worked largley for the simplicity of the plot. Set over one day, a small elite squad of police fighting their way through a building of people who want to kill them to get to the crime lord who owns the block. The Raid 2 takes huge risk by expanding the story out to a full three act narrative set over a couple of years. Amazingly it really works.The Raid 2
The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Coming so quickly after the first film, that itself came so quickly after the previous trilogy, what more is there to say about Spider-Man? In truth, not a lot. The film has a better villian than the first one and more humour than any of the previouse movies. In the end t comes down to Andrew Garfield making a likeable leading man who has great chemistry with the brilliant Emma Stone. Shailene Woodley mentioned above was cast as Mary Jane Watson but her scenes were cut from the final film, will we see her in the third movie? Felicity Jones has a small part billed as Felicia is this the first look at Felicia Hardy aka Black Cat?XXX AMAZING-SPIDER-MAN-2-JY-2206.JPG A ENT
Locke: Ivan Locke is an ordinary man. He is a foreman on a large construction site in Birmingham. The night before the most important day on the build he gets in his car to drive home. At the last minute he changes his mind and gets on the motorway south towards London for reasons that are revealed as the film unfolds. on the way he makes and receives several telephone calls. There is no great crime, no one is killed or kidnapped, just an ordinary man talking on the phone; Sounds dull? It isn’t, far from it, it is actually totally engrossing.Locke
Transcendence: With an estimated budget of $100million and a cast including Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman, Transcendence is very ambitious for what is essentially a B movie. It is also a huge film for a first time director, but despite being a first time director, Wally Pfister isn’t exactly new to the industry. The science is most likely hokum and ther entire plot is given away in the trailer but on the whole it is a good solid B Sci-Fi thriller. Giving Johnny Depp top billing is a little erroneous as the real stars are Rebecca Hall and Paul Bettany but they are great. I really don’t understand the drubbing the movie is getting unless given the Christopher Nolan connection people are expecting Inception.TRANSCENDENCE
I haven’t seen a bad movie this month. The Raid 2 comes so close to winning movie of the month for being so ambitious in change of direction from first movie but I just can’t stop thinking about the simple brilliance of the film that does get movie of the month: Locke:Locke poster

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