Films

Restless (2012)

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Poster from IMDb.com, their copyright.
In my view…

The story is about a woman who is living her normal life in 1975. Thirty years after the end of World War II. Her mother is now and then a bit anxious and was until recently dependent on a wheelchair. The film is written with long flashbacks. Stories told from the mother to her daughter. And the daughter – Ruth – who is doing a research to the World War II and the role of some persons and secret services. The mother, who’s real name is not Mrs. Gilmartin but Eva Delectorskaya – has written everything down for her daughter so she can investigate what happened over 30 years ago and why her mother’s life might be still in danger.

I skip writing about the middle part because this would lead to factual spoilers. Some facts have not a lot to do with the characters or with predicting the story of the film, but give a little imagination of the settings in which the story of this film is written.

At a certain moment towards the end I found the flashbacks more confusing and they switched more quickly. But this was also important because it speeded it up a little bit and also held the tension of the film viewer close to the story.

The end – description of feelings – no facts spoiling

The end is in my opinion surprising, I did not expect that concluding end of the film. I predicted the end differently, way differently. But I did not exactly know what to expect either. The current time of the film – 1975  – was quite clear and in an average pace. But the end of the part of the flashbacks, was the part that was really surprising. Not only the end but in fact the whole part. You are constantly questioning yourself: what is yet to come?

But again, I did not expect that ending and the quickness the whole clue is being explained. So simply explained, so short, so genius. It felt like all the puzzle pieces of all characters and happenings fell into place.

The film has a sad end. And I don’t like it when people die or really good actors and actresses play an important role and one of the characters they play die. According to the story it had to be and I understand. And for the other main character, this leads to a happy end. So the film has a happy end as well.

The Writing

To write a screenplay like this – with such extremities in happy and sad, beloved and betrayed, well-kept secrets and conspiracies – is a skill not many people possesses as far as I have seen and discovered.

The Cast

This film has been made by a wonderful cast full of great British actors and actresses. Rufus Sewell who plays now and then the sweet guy and now and then the bad guy. Great actor for his role! And Michelle Dockery who is also known for her role in Downton Abbey, plays a sweet kind smart woman who knows how to stand her ground. Charlotte Rampling is the best known actress of this film. With her filmography of over 120 roles! And you will see her five! times this year in the cinemas. And of course the good lord of the Harry Potter films – after late Richard Harris – Michael Gambon! Also names that are coming up such as Alexander Fehling and Tom Brooke

 

Trailer:

I am not telling too much about the story – you have to see the film yourself and make your own opinion. I hope you like the film too. It is worth to watch it times and if you did not figure out the story completely, it is worth to watch it multiple times.

Greetings by Sophie

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Films · Netflix

The Netflix Christmas List 2016

Christmas Panda illustration by Karen Vaughan. Copyright belongs to her.
Christmas Panda illustration by Karen Vaughan. Copyright belongs to her.

It is three weeks prior to the Christmas holiday and now and then you hear already some Christmas music in stores. This morning I have read an announcement of Netflix releases its Christmas list for the holiday. And Netflix has changed the streaming game by making some films and series available for offline view in their app. So no worry, maybe your choice of film or series is available offline. But why not starting now with a nice film to feel already festive for the holiday? Hereby a big Christmas film and series list – related through its coldness. And some films I will review in the upcoming weeks. Which film(s) will watch this month?

The Christmas List
  • To be released:
    • series Doctor Who – Christmas special (24th)
    • series Call the Midwife – Christmas special (25th)

 

  • Christmas films based on a book
    • A Christmas Carol (1984)
    • A Christmas Carol (2009)
    • Angels in the Snow (2015)
    • Caspers Griezelkerst (NL) (2000)
    • The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
    • The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
    • The Polar Express (2004)

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Films

Ballet Shoes (2007)

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In my view…

An eccentric explorer travels the world. One day he was the closest to a family that was left for a girl named Sylvia and she became his foster child. He traveled the world again and Nana took care of  Sylvia until she was a young-adult. The eccentric explorer, also known as the great uncle Matthew, came home with a young orphaned girl. And after een few years he brought another young girl home and another. Until there were three orphaned girls in his big house together with Sylvia and Nana. One by one he brings those orphan girls home and they become sisters. The oldest is named Pauline Fossil, the middlest is named Petrova Fossil and the youngest is named Posy Fossil. When the great uncle Mathew brought Posy home, he also had send a pair of ballet shoes and later on every girl gets her own necklace from the uncle. They all try to attend in a theater piece about ‘Alice in Wonderland’

The story is written in a nice way. Just in a normal pace and it is a really good film to watch on a weekday evening and just led the film guide your thoughts to a different time. Ballet Shoes is about the life of those three girls in entertaining London in the 1930s.

 

The role of Pauline is wonderfully played by Emma Watson. But this is a different kind of role than the films we know her for. Being the eldest sister – except for Sylvia – and becoming a young teenage lady who loves acting but also knows the difficulties of having not much and what matters most is family. This is the challenge of the film, that family matters most and support is a need and desire we all possess. And even when you not have much, when you have goals and desires, follow your heart and try. Who does not try with the creative possibilities that exists, who does not know what the result might have been. Because “Dreams do come true”.

Trailer:

I am not telling too much about the story – never do in my film reviews – you have to see the film yourself and make your own opinion. I hope you like the film too. It is worth to watch it multiple times.

Enjoy watching!

Greetings by Sophie

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Films

Ice Castles (2010)

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In my view…

The story of this television broadcasted film (sadly not been in cinemas) is about a young girl who dreams of figure skating and one day becoming a champion. The road to achieve such a succes is hard and she has to leave her family for a while. The beauty of this film is, at a sudden point she does not see that well anymore and she goes back to her family who always support her. From that moment on, she becomes a strong woman who makes her own decisions.

As far as I know, I have never seen acting the people of the top characters before. They fulfilled their role beautifully and sometimes a bit more simple. But this film is a remake of the film Ice Castles (1978). And in my opinion is that time difference not that clear.

The sport figure skating is beautiful! And this film shows that even with bad luck, tragedy or something negative in your life. If you really want something and fight for it, you can do it! And even better when your closests family and friends always got your back

A lovely film to watch on just a weekday evening.

Trailer:

I am not telling about the story – never do in my film reviews – you have to see the film yourself and make your own opinion. I hope you like the film too. It is worth to watch it multiple times.

Greetings by Sophie

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Films · Lists

The Complete Star Wars Saga on Netflix

The new Star Wars film ‘Star Wars | Episode VII – The Force Awakens’ which was last december in cinemas, is now on Netflix! Together with the previous six films Netflix offers to watch the complete saga with their streaming service.

According to Forbes:

Since 2012 Netflix has been working on a immense contract. To be the exclusive streaming service of new Disney, Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar films for a year on starting in September 2016, which is already tomorrow! This exclusive contract or deal is better known as the Netflix-Disney deal. Other platforms such as Amazon Prime will not have the exclusiveness anymore of brand new films from Disney.

Source: Forbes.com – Netflix To Begin Exclusive Streaming of Disney, Marvel, Star Wars And Pixar In September

The trailers of the Star Wars Saga

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Films · Series

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016)

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Title: Absolutely Fabulous
Genre: Comedy
Director: Mandie Fletcher
Screenwriter: Jennifer Saunders
Country: UK / USA
Language spoken: English / French
Release Date:  1 July 2016 (UK)
Release in NL: 21 July 2016
Time: 91 minutes
Production Company: Fox Searchlight Pictures
IMDb rating: 6.0 / 10
Rating: 8.0 / 10

I am not telling about the story – never do in my film reviews – you have to see the film yourself and make your own opinion. I hope you like the film too. It is worth to watch it multiple times.

In my view…

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Films · YouTube

YouTube | Absolutely Fabulous Trailer

Do you remember the fantastic comedy series ‘Absolutely Fabulous’? It’s a series I have seen years ago and now…far over a decade later…the film is in the cinemas! I will be watching it this week so the review will be coming up during the weekend. Enjoy watching!

Greetings by Sophie

Absolutely Fabulous Trailer:

Description of the video on YouTube:

Published on 27 Apr 2016

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie is in Cinemas now!
Subscribe to Fox Searchlight: http://smarturl.it/FoxSearchlightUK
Check out the film’s official page – http://www.absolutelyfabulousthemovie…

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE reunites Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley as the iconic Edina and Patsy along with the rest of the original cast that includes Julia Sawalha as Saffy, Jane Horrocks as Bubble and June Whitfield as Mother. The award-winning team behind the camera includes Mandie Fletcher (“Blackadder,” “Absolutely Fabulous”) directing from a script by Jennifer Saunders, producers Jon Plowman (“Absolutely Fabulous,” “The Vicar of Dibley”) and Damian Jones (THE IRON LADY, BELLE, DAD’S ARMY) with Steve Milne, Christian Eisenbeiss, Christine Langan, Nichola Martin, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, and Maureen Vincent serving as executive producers.

Connect to Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie online: https://www.facebook.com/AbsolutelyFa…
Twitter: https://twitter.com/abfabmovie
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Licence: Standard YouTube Licence

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Books · Films · Lists · Series

Books to films in 2016

Not only YA books, áll books!
The book becomes a film anno 2016

The new year has started so it is time for a new list of books that are / will be filmed to become films in 2016! This post is a listed overview of which books will be seen as film in theatres this year.

Also I have seen along the internet several lists, and I have put everything together and checked with IMDb. The dates mentioned are those looked up today (January 5th, 2016). If a book was not mentioned in the media before in those lists – as far as I have seen – I have written New to the list beneath the title to make it clear. If I write …As in… means the author(s) of the book wrote a … kind of book.

The list sorted by release date

January 2016 – Total = 6 films

  • 14th, The Danish Girl – David Ebershoff
  • 21th, Legend – John Pearson
    New to the list!
  • 21th, The Big Short – Michael Lewis
    New to the list!
  • 28th, The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey
  • 28th, The Revenant – Michael Punke
    New to the list!  And partly based on the novel.
  • 28th, The Finest Hours – Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias
    New to the list!

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Films

Julie and Julia (2009)

Julie & Julia (2009). Poster design by BLT Communications, LLC.

Title: Julie & Julia
Genre: Biography / Drama / Romance
Director: Nora Ephron
Writers (book): Julie Powell / Julia Child (‘My Life in France) / Alex Prud’homme (‘My Life in France’)
Writer (screenplay): Nora Ephron
Country: United States of America
Language spoken: English and French
Release Date: 30 July 2009
Release in NL: 15 October 2009
Time: 123 min.
Production Companies: Columbia Pictures, Easy There Tiger Productions, Scott Rudin Productions.
IMDb rating: 7,0 / 10
Rating: 9 / 10

I am not telling about the story – never do in my film reviews – you have to see the film yourself and make your own opinion. I hope you like the film too. It is worth to watch it multiple times.

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Films · Technology

Oblivion (2013)

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In my view…

A futuristic film about a drone repairer who is one of the few humans who is living on the earth. A war that happened decades ago destroyed the earths’ moon and with it most of its’ surface. Living on earth is not possible anymore so to the moon from Saturn or are asleep in a space station waiting to be shipped to another world.

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