Archives for Emma Peagam

Film Review: Made in Taiwan

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Starring Alexander Jeremy and Esther Yang

Fresh from its success at the Manchester International Film Festival, the ambitious yet unpretentious Made in Taiwan explores the world of underground cinema through the eyes of filmmaker Jack (Jeremy) and his girlfriend Amy-Lin (Yang) as he creates a high-inducing film that draws in audience after audience as word spreads across the city. As the plot unfolds, we see an Icarus-style fall from grace as Jack struggles with his ambition to share his creation with the world with his need to keep ownership of his movies. As his grasp on reality and relationship with Amy-Lin starts to slip away Jack, along with the audience, start to question what is real and whether we really care.

The first few scenes in the movie seem muddled in terms of style but it finds its groove as we follow Jack and Amy-Lin deeper into the underworld of its titular city. The directors play around with speed, sound and light to the point where, in most movies, the plot would be lost but, like Jack’s films, there’s calm within the chaos. With the majority of the film being shot at night, or underground, each shot of Jack or Amy-Lin was done in shadow, concealed by a veil or a reflection, creating an ominous atmosphere where you’renever quite sure if you’re seeing the whole picture. The characters often speak of how Jack’s film make them see so clearly yet the directors deny the audience that clarity which puts the audience on edge (in a good way).

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Film Review: How To Train Your Dragon 2 (Emma’s Take)

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Starring Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler & Cate Blanchett

For anyone who enters How To Train Your Dragon 2 having loved the first film and with concerns that the second instalment is not up to par, trust me…don’t be. This is a darker, meaner beast that than its predecessor, but it still maintains the sweetness and humour that made the first film so charming. Hiccup (Baruchel) now with stubble, struggles with the raising expectations of his father (Butler), battles with dragon hunters as well as meeting a new mysterious dragon rider (Blancett) who he, without knowing, has been searching for his whole life.

 

 

 

 

 

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Film Review: Rio 2

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Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway & Andy Garcia

Set at New Year, Blu (Eisenberg) Jewel (Hathaway) and their three children are catapulted into a new start as they leave their comfortable lives and head to the Amazon to investigate the rumours that they are not the only ones of their kind left. Blu is thrown completely out of his comfort zone as he struggles to adapt to the wild Amazon lifestyle as well as trying to impress his newly discovered Father-In-Law (Garcia) and stay out of the way of old enemy Nigel (Jemaine Clement).

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DVD Review: Misfits Series 5

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Created by Howard Overman

Starring Natasha O’Keeffe, Joseph Gilgun & Shaun Dooley

Misfits is back for its fifth and final series and I can’t decide how I feel about it.

As was the same with series 4, I feel like Misfits had lost some of the charm that it had with their original cast. However there was a still an abundance of home-made special effects (my favourite always being the fantastic head wounds), the casual attitude towards killing probation workers and some brilliant, bizarre story lines including Abby (O’Keeffe) falling in love with a tortoise.

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Film Review: Homefront

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Directed by Gary Fleder

Starring Jason Statham, James Franco & Winona Ryder

The thing is with Homefront is that the moment you see that the screenplay is written by Stallone and that Statham is the lead male then you already know that there aren’t going to be many surprises. Stallone originally wrote the movie with the intention of starring in and directing it himself and knowing this information, everything that happens in the movie makes perfect sense.

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DVD Review: Boardwalk Empire – Season 3

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Starring Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Bobby Cannavale & Micheal Stuhlbarg

In season three of Boardwalk Empire we see protagonist Nucky Thompson (Buscemi) at his best and at his very very worst. Although he ended series 2 at the top of his game, having disposed of once henchman turned rival, Jimmy Darmody (devastating, more on that later) we just know something is going to come back and get him in a big way. That something comes in the form of handsome, charismatic and terrifying Gyp Rossetti (Cannavale). Rossetti’s ruthless nature takes the series to the next level by being completely unpredictable and having us uncomfortably on edge because you just don’t know what he will do next. (more…)

RED 2 Press Conference

Red 2 Press ConferenceThe RED 2 Press Conference instantly made itself unusual and memorable by taking place on a boat that set sail on the Thames, giving everyone present a tour of the some of the most prestigious views of London which featured in one of the action sequences in the movie. Once Helen Mirren and Mary Louise Parker had been introduced by Dean Parisot, it was brought to everyone’s attention that Bruce Willis was late.  Cue the awkward pause which Dame Helen easily broke by asking “so what do you think? Royal baby- Boy or girl?

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