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January 2016

Spotlight (2015)

I really wanted to see this movie. It had a lot of award buzz from the beginning and I wanted to know what all the fuss was about. The film wasn’t released until 29th January 2016 in the uk, convenient for Oscars season.

This is based on a true story surrounding the Bosten Globe. It focuses on howthey were able to uncover the truth about child molestation within the Catholic Church.

This film makes you appreciate reporters. They have to make sure that they get all the evidence that can help with their case, otherwise it might bring them down. In this situation, they had to go up against the Catholic Church, the biggest institute in the world, to show that priests are abusing children.

The ensemble cast were outstanding. There wasn’t really any standout performance but they were all incredible together. It’s really interesting how the characters did their research in order to find their evidence.

There are a few lines said that really stuck with me. The most important one is the line that Mark Ruffulo’s character says. He says that he used to enjoy going to church as a kid but stopped because of life. He always wanted to go back but because of the accusations, he can’t. He can’t imagine why he would go back to a place where they are supposed to help people but have been abusing children and covering it up. After the movie, my friend asked me if the accusations put me off going to church because I’m a Catholic but I don’t go anymore. I mentioned that particular scene and said that like Ruffulo’s character, I enjoyed going as a kid but stopped because of life. I always wanted to go back but I couldn’t because the money that they used for the poor was either put into their own pockets or used to make more churches. My viewpoint may not be similar to the character’s viewpoint but it shows that something you believe in and trusted when you were young had all these lies and covered it up that you realise it is not what it seems.

The church misused and deceived people. They also took advantage of innocent children and scarred them for life that some of them didn’t even make it in the world.

This film is long at times. It is one that you really have to concentrate and some plots are boring but they have to be there to get the point across.

In the end, I am glad that I watched this. Even though my choice of movie to win an Oscar is Room (because it is my favourite), I believe that Spotlight will win and rightfully so. It’s incredible. This film gets an 8/10.


The Revenant (2015)

With so much Oscar buzz around this film, my interest grew higher and higher. I finally had the chance to watch this film.

This movie is about a man’s fight for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy are one of the best working actors today. It’s so great to see them perform together as they are both brilliant. Even though this is Leo’s film, at times it felt like Tom was taking the lead because he was that powerful.

This film is about survival, especially in a time period where they didn’t have a lot such as medical care. Leo’s character attack by a bear is brutal. You wonder how he was able to survive at this time. There are a lot of violence but they are technically in a war so this is something to expect.

Alejandro is always good with his directing and it shows here. He has a particular style which is unique and knows when to focus on certain characters or acts. The cinematography is superb. It looks so crisps and clean considering that this is set in the woods. It must have been hard to film in natural lighting because they have to make sure the light fits the scene but it payed off.

The movie did go on for longer than it should’ve. I got bored at times because certain scenes dragged for a bit. I know it’s an art film but it could be the fact that I am getting used to these movies.
In the end, I will give this a 7/10.

Creed (2015)

I have never watched a Rocky movie before. I’ve always wanted to but I never had the time to watch them. When Creed was announced, I was willing to watch Rocky first, but I found out that I didn’t really have to so I never bothered. I got to go to an early screening before the general release.

Adonis Johnson, son of Apollo Creed is trained by Rocky Balboa to show that boxing is definitely in his blood.

This film was great. I like how they linked it to Rocky but not too much so that new fans can still follow the story. There were a lot of pan shots in the ring that brought an impact to the movie. I haven’t really seen Sylvester Stallone in a lot of other roles, but I know that they are not as good as this character. In this movie, he fits it perfectly. He is Rocky. Michael B. Jordan is a great actor. His performance in this film is great.

The payoff in the end is great and better than I thought it was going to be. I would love to watch this again for the story but the only problem is the length. It feels like it was too long. You may need to prepare yourself and have enough time to watch this. I also think that some knowledge from the predecessor could’ve help me understand the characters even better.

In the end, this is the best boxing film that I have seen and can’t wait to watch it again. It deserves an 8/10.

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