Limitless Cinema – Films 1 – 8

I’m on a bit of a catch up having decided to keep track of the films I watch this year, I’ve been contemplating what the main purpose is of going to the pictures and have come up with my own thoughts.

Films should take you into an altogether different place, away from anything holding your attention in the real world, especially things that may be causing you stress or difficulty.  They should take you to a different place, and that may well be a fantasy world, a happy place or sometimes a sad place.  Ideally they should make you feel and keep you focused on that big screen.  It’s a chance to put away the small screens so many of us are addicted to, away from Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat or anything else that floats your online boat.

I believe Films are a very personal thing, it sometimes angers me when a film critic writes a film off and the Limitless option I’m taking this year will allow me to watch all sorts of films, ones I might not otherwise see if I was paying £10.50 a pop.

I’ve seen 8 films so far in 2017 so will try to give a quick precis of each, I’m going to pick some elements that may or may not be in each film.  One thing to share, I cried while watching Frozen – a children’s Disney Film 🙂

Film 1 – Star Wars – Rogue One – 12A – 133 minutes

Director  – Gareth Edwards

Main Cast

  •  Felicity Jones
  • Diego Luna
  • Alan Tudyk
  • Donnie Yen
  • Wen Jiang
  • Guy Henry
  • Forest Whitaker

Having been a fan of the early Star Wars films I was looking forward to this standalone prequel, having had a rest from the films ‘in the middle’.  I chose to watch this in 3D which was a waste, it didn’t add anything.  The film did it’s job of transferring me into a fantasy world, I enjoyed both the effects and the acting, I thought a couple of references to the original films was very clever. A big fantasy film it’s a must for the big screen.

Will you Learn anything?     No

Did I cry?   No

Will you cry?  Unless you’re a Star Wars fanatic and disappointed with what is a great film, N0

Worth watching at the cinema?   Yes

Film 2 – A Monster Calls – 12A – 108 minutes

Director  – J A Bayona

Main Cast

  • Lewis MacDougall
  • Sigourney Weaver
  • Felicity Jones
  • Toby Kebbell
  • Liam Neeson

I had no concept of what this film was about, I’d seen big, fantastical trailers but didn’t know just what the tree was all about. The tree was there to help a young boy cope with his Mother’s illness.  I went with my friend Stella and have to say that halfway through I was regretting taking her, not because the film wasn’t wonderful but because it was overall quite sad.  The lead actor Lewis Macdougall is now 14 years old, so younger when the film was made, he was quite amazing!  The film was shocking and breathtaking in parts and dealt with a very difficult subject with care and attention.

Will you learn anything?  No

Did I cry?  Yes

Will you cry?  I’d take a tissue if I were you

Worth watching at the cinema – Yes

Film 3 – Hidden Figures – PG – 127 minutes 

Director Theodore Melfi

Main Cast

  • Taraji P Henson
  • Octavia Spencer
  • Janelle Monae
  • Kevin Costner
  • Kirsten Dunt
  • Jim Parsons
  • Mahershala Ali
  • Aldis Hodge

I saw this one as Cinema Unseen, it was the busiest I’ve seen the cinema – for £5 you get as the title suggests an unknown film, this was the first time I’ve seen a film this way and I couldn’t have been happier.  This film is about the NASA Space Programme in the early 60’s and the part that 3 black women played in it.  The film gives you history from the aspect of the space programme and the situation regarding ‘coloureds’ in America at that time, with a romance added in as well.  I was glued to the screen!

Will you learn anything?  Yes

Did I cry?  Yes

Will you cry?  Probably not, I’m a bit of a wimp

Film 4 – La La Land – 12A – 128 minutes

Director – Damien Chazelle

Main Cast

  • Ryan Gosling
  • Emma Stone

I’ve only listed 2 actors because the film really does focus on Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, the film had won 7 Golden Globes in the week before I saw it so I went with high expectations.  I wasn’t disappointed, I enjoyed it from beginning to end, an old fashioned musical about a love story with aspirations of a musician, Gosling and actress, Stone wrapped around.  The ending gave a good twist, I left the cinema with a warm feeling, most certainly a feel does film.

Will you learn anything?  No

Did I cry?  Yes

Will you cry?  I’d take a tissue if I were you

Worth watching at the cinema – Yes

Film 5 – Assassin’s Creed – 12A – 115 minutes

Director – Justin Kurzel

Main Cast

  • Michael Fassbender
  • Marion Cotillard
  • Jeremy Irons

Again on 3 actors mentioned, there were more but really only in bit parts.  A film based on a video game, I’d heard of but never seen the game which I think gave me an advantage, this was the film I’d really wanted to see in the New Year and I wasn’t disappointed.  It was totally unrealistic, crazy fantasy and I loved it!  The plot was totally bizarre, far too complicated to explain, the effects highly impressive, it was great entertainment!

Will you learn anything?  No

Did I cry?  No

Will you cry?  No

Worth watching at the cinema – Yes, it’s a must to see the superb effects

 

Film 6 – Silence – 15 – 161  minutes

Director – Martin Scorcese

Main Cast

  • Andrew Garfield
  • Adam Driver
  • Liam Neeson
  • Tadanobu Asano
  • Shin’ya Tsukamoto

Another film I knew little about, I have to describe it as Epic, a tale around the persecution of Christians in Japan in the 1600’s.  Two priests travel to Japan to try to find their mentor and find themselves in deep trouble.  The main character Father Rodrigues, played by Andrew Garfield went to hell and back, the acting transported you back and it certainly held my attention for every minute of a very long film.

Will you learn anything?  Yes

Did I cry?  Yes

Will you cry?  A close one this, tuck a tissue up your sleeve

Worth watching at the cinema – Yes

Film 7 – Passengers – 12A – 116 minutes

Director – Morten Tyldum

Main Cast

  • Jennifer Lawrence
  • Chris Pratt
  • Michael Sheen
  • Laurence Fishburne

This was one I definitely went to see as I was on Limitless, I didn’t fancy it from the trailers I’d seen but Stella wanted to see it and it was in effect not costing me so I went along.  I’m very glad I did as it was great entertainment.  Again pure fantasy, but great to watch, it tells the tale of 2 people awake 90 years too soon on a space ship travelling to a different panel.  It was in effect a spectacular love story, with another twist at the end.  I’m glad I went along.

Will you learn anything?  No

Did I cry?  A few tears

Will you cry?  I’d say not, it’s not really that type of film

Worth watching at the cinema – Yes, the effects are worthy of the big screen

Film 8 – Lion – PG – 118 minutes

Director – Garth Davis

Main Cast

  • Sunny Pawar
  • Abhishek Bharate
  • Priyanka Bose
  • David Wenham
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Dev Patel
  • Divian Ladwa
  • Rooney Mara

I went in with no preconceptions on this one, although I’d been advised to take a tissue! The film is split into two, the first part takes place in India and tells the tale of Saroo, a young boy who finds himself lost in Calcutta, the young actor playing Saroo, Sunny Pawar was wonderful, he was 8 years old when the film was made, bear that in mind if you go to watch.  The second half was about Saroo, now Dev Patel, and still lost, although part of a family in Australia.  The film showed the reality of street children in India, it was shocking to know 80,000 children a year are affected.  I have to admit I did more than shed a few tears in this one, I only just managed to avoid sobbing, not a pretty sight or sound!

Will you learn anything?  Yes

Did I cry?  By the bucketfull

Will you cry?  Take a packet of tissues and leave the mascara in the tube

Worth watching at the cinema – Yes, the scenery is wonderful

 

 

 

 

 


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