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My thoughts on The Florida Project

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“Powerful”


The film follows a young girl living in the outskirts of Orlando, Florida living in a motel called “The Magic Castle.” The film is directed by Sean Baker who gained lots of attention with his film Tangerine in 2015. The film is lovely as it expresses the wonders of childhood through the eyes of Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) and her antics with her friends. Halley (Bria Vinaite) is the mother of Moonee who desperately tries to match each week’s rent and taking care of her daughter by doing numerous things, but the lengths she travels to do so become more and more troubling. Bobby (Willem Dafoe) is the owner of the motel and he tries his best to make sure the motel is the best despite being a crappy motel in the shadow of Disney World. The performances from everyone is solid with the standouts being Moonee, and Halley.
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With rich vibrate colours, the setting and atmosphere make you feel warm. The beauty of the film’s cinematography along with the captivating performances are just the tip of the iceberg of what makes the film great. The main captivating factor that makes The Florida Project great is the way Baker engrosses you into these character’s lives. It’s a film that thoroughly shows us the beauty of humanity, love, and friendship through the eyes of a community that rarely get shown on the big screen. It’s funny, genuine, and wonderful.

Rating – ★★★★½

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My thoughts on The Shape Of Water

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“A Masterpiece”


Set in the backdrop of cold war era America during the 60s, Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is a mute woman who works as a cleaner in a high-security government laboratory where she discovers a secret classified experiment. Del Toro’s attention to detail is impeccable. From the beautiful soundtrack, to the gorgeous cinematography/colour palette/set design, and to the phenomenal performances, Guillermo del Toro gives us one of the best films of his career, and of the year. Sally Hawkins and Doug Jones deliver immaculate performances despite not speaking a single word to each other. Every character is great. Alexander Desplat’s score is lovely too. Guillermo del Toro shows us why he’s one of the best film-makers working today and the film speaks for itself. It’s a work of art.

In conclusion, it’s truly a magical film that’s perfect all across the board. Del Toro completely engrosses you into the world and into this beautiful, sincere, romantic fairy tale from the very start until the very end. If you love cinema, watch it.

 Rating –  ★★★★★

Side-note > I’ve seen this film at the Elgin theatre which was used as a set for the film so it was one of the coolest screenings I’ve ever attended. 

My thoughts on mother!

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“What the fu—”


Javier Bardem and Jennifer Lawrence are a married couple living in a house together and uninvited guests arrive at their home and shit happens. I know this is vague, but I don’t want to go too much into detail about the film. It can be interpreted in many ways. What I can say thoroughly is that the performances are incredible all around from the entire cast, especially Jennifer Lawrence. The cinematography is fantastic, the nature of it made me feel uneasy and claustrophobic throughout. Along with how beautifully shot the film was, the sound design/mixing was crisp. You hear every creak, every footstep, it was done to perfection and the house felt “real.”  The film was beautifully done with great detail all across the board. It was painted to perfection.

To conclude my thoughts, I loved the film. There are several allegories in the film that will definitely impact how you view the film throughout and how you react/feel to it after. 

Rating – ★★★★

 

Top 20 Favourite Films Of All Time (VERSION 2)

Here’s my new list! Short & Sweet!
I’ll do another list next year….
List created – 08/12/2017

Here’s the link to my first version:  Top 20 Favourite Films of All Time Version 1

#20) La La Land (2016)     Director: Damien Chazelle
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#19) Trainspotting 2 (2017)     Director: Danny Boyle
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#18) Trainspotting (1996)     Director: Danny Boyle
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#17) Inglourious Bastards (2009)     Director: Quentin Tarantino
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#16) Paths of Glory (1957)     Director: Stanley Kubrick
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#15) La Dolce Vita (1960)     Director: Federico Fellini
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#14) Drive (2011)     Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
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#13) The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)     Director: Martin Scorsese
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#12) Schindler’s List (1993)     Director: Steven Spielberg
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#11) Shame (2011)     Director: Steve McQueen
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#10) Eyes Wide Shut (1999)     Director: Stanley Kubrick
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#9) Interstellar (2014)     Director: Christopher Nolan
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#8) The Master (2012)     Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
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#7) The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)     Director: Jacques Demy
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#6) The Social Network (2010)     Director: David Fincher
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#5) Blue Valentine (2010)     Director: Derek Cianfrance
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#4) The Great Beauty (2013)     Director: Paolo Sorrentino
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#3) Blue Is The Warmest Colour (2013)     Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
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#2) Her (2013)     Director: Spike Jonze
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#1) Lost In Translation (2003)     Director: Sofia Coppola
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Top 20 Favourite Films of All Time Version 1

Here’s my list! Short & Sweet! 
Going to do another list probably every few months…
List created – 05/04/2017


#20) La Vie d’Adèle or Blue is the Warmest Color (2013)
Dir: Abdellatif Kechiche
DoP: Sofian El Fani
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#19) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Dir: Michael Gondry
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#18) The Breakfast Club (1985)
Dir: John Hughes
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#17) The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Dir: Wes Anderson
DoP: Robert D. Yeoman743e7cf3acb64c4fd83354224eb6b518.jpg


#16) The Prestige (2006)
Dir: Christopher Nolan
DoP: Wally Pfister
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#15) Prisoners (2013)
Dir: Denis Villeneuve
DoP: Roger Deakins
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#14) Shame (2011)
Dir: Steve McQueen
DoP: Sean Bobbitt
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#13) The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Dir: Martin Scorssese
DoP: Rodrigo Prieto
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#12) Inglorious Bastards (2009)
Dir: Quentin Tarantino
DoP: Robert richardson
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#11) Trainspotting (1996)
Dir: Danny Boyle
DoP: Brian Tufano
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#10) Interstellar (2014)
Dir: Christopher Nolan
DoP: Hoyte Van Hoytema
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#9) Drive (2011)
Dir: Nicolas Winding Refn
DoP: Newton Thomas Sigel
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#8) Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Dir: Stanley Kubrick
DoP: Larry Smith
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#7) Schindler’s List (1993)
Dir: Steven Spielberg
DoP: Janusz Kaminski
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#6) Blue Valentine (2010)
Dir: Derek Cianfrance
DoP: Andrij Parekh
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#5) La La Land (2016)
Dir: Damien Chazelle
DoP: Linus Sandren
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#4) The Master (2012)
Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson
DoP: Mihai Malaimare Jr.
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#3) The Social Network (2010)
Dir: David Fincher
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#2) Her (2013)
Dir: Spike Jonze
DoP: Hoyte Van Hoytema
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#1) ロストイントランスレーション or Lost In Translation
Dir: Sofia Coppola
DoP: Lance Acord
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Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2017

 

Here’s my list, short and sweet…

#10) “The Shape of Water”     Director: Guillermo Del Toro
Plot – A fantastical love story set in America during the Cold War.
Stars – Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Doug Jones, & Octavia Spencer
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#9) “Annihilation”     Director: Alex Garland
Plot – A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition.
Stars – Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Oscar Isaac, & Gina Rodriguez
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#8) “Blade Runner 2049”     Director: Denis Villeneuve   Blade Runner 2049 Trailer
Plot – Sequel to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic, picking up thirty years on from the events of the original.
Stars – Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Jared Leto, & Mackenzie Davis
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#7) “Song to Song”     Director: Terrence Malick
Plot – Two intersecting love triangles set against the music scene in Austin, Texas.
Stars – Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, & Michael Fassbender
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#6) “Mother”     Director: Darren Aronofsky
Plot – A young couple receive some uninvited guests in their home.
Stars – Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Domhnall Gleeson, Michelle Pfeiffer, & Ed Harris
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#5) “Molly’s Game”     Director: Aaron Sorkin (Directorial Debut)
Plot – A former Olympic skier establishes a high-stakes international poker game that brings her to the attention of the FBI.
Stars – Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Michael Cera, & Kevin Costner
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#4) “T2:Trainspotting”     Director: Danny Boyle   Trainspotting 2 Trailer
Plot – Sequel to “Trainspotting” that follows up on the lives of Sick Boy, Spud, Begbie, Renton, and Diane twenty years on.
Stars – Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Johnny Lee Miller, Kelly MacDonald, & Ewan Bremner
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#3) “Star Wars: Episode: VIII”     Director: Rian Johnson
Plot – Rey continues her journey with Finn, Poe, and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the saga.
Stars – Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie & Daisy Ridley
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#2) “Untitled PTA Fashion Drama”     Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Plot – Drama about a fashion designer in London in the 1950s.
Stars – Daniel Day-Lewis
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#1) “Dunkirk”     Director: Christopher Nolan   Dunkirk Trailer
Plot – The story of the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940.
Stars – Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, & Harry Styles
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Well, there’s my list! There’s so many great films to look forward to in 2017, I can’t wait!

 

Top 10 Movies of 2016


Here’s my list, short and sweet.

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Honorable Mentions: – Don’t Breathe – Midnight Special – Deadpool – The Witch – Lights Out – Everybody Wants Some – Star Trek Beyond – The Jungle Book – Swiss Army Man – Hell or High Water – Manchester By The Sea – The Nice Guys


#10) Sing Street
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#9) The Neon Demon
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#8) Green Room   My thoughts on Green Room
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#7) Rogue One   

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#6) Moonlight   My thoughts on Moonlight     Moonlight

#5) Jackie
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#4) Nocturnal Animals   My thoughts on Nocturnal Animals
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#3) Hacksaw Ridge   
My thoughts on Hacksaw Ridge
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#2) Arrival
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#1) La La Land   My thoughts on La La Land
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That’s my list! Hoping 2017 gives us more great films!