Film study… week 3

And the movie watching continues… three weeks in and I’m still on A…

Psycho
Another one under A because it was under the director, Alfred Hitchcock. I’ve got to say I didn’t guess the twist in this godfather of horror flicks and so I had a brilliant “oh my god” moment when all was revealed. Basically it’s about a frustrated office worker who steals $40,000 and takes off to meet her boyfriend. However, when she stops off at the Bates Motel she gets a lot more than she bargained for.

Ree! Ree! Ree! Ree...

Ree! Ree! Ree! Ree...

All The Kings Men
I’m not so great with political films and I found this tale about a fictional Governor of Louisiana in the 50’s a bit of a chore.  When morally ambiguous journalist, Jack Budden (Jude Law), takes a job with “people’s Governor” Willie Stark (Sean Penn) it seems to be the perfect way to stick it to his aristocratic family but it doesn’t take him long to find out that Willie is a womaniser and a drunk and will stop at nothing to achieve his goals… the question is though, who cares?

"Dude, it's Kate Winslet... if we hang around for long enough, she's bound to take her kit off."

"Dude, it's Kate Winslet... if we hang around for long enough, she's bound to take her kit off."

Amadeus
I’m pretty sure I saw this movie when I was a little girl but since the only memory of it is my grandfather walking around the house singing, “I’m a doos, I’m a doos” to the theme song, I thought I best watch it again. Definitely this week’s gem. Told through the eyes of former court composer Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham) as he languishes in a mental asylum, this biopic of legendary Austrian composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce), pits him as something of a rockstar of his time. Rude, rebellious and prone to excess, Mozart cares for little except his compositions, which are mostly way ahead of their time. Salieri, however recognises his brilliance but is so consumed by bitter envy that he spends his life torn between trying to destroy Mozart and being in complete awe of him. The costumes are breathtaking, the story is engaging and the characterisation is exceptional. Must-see.

And when I grow up... I will be Elton John!

And when I grow up... I will be Elton John!

Amazing Grace
Yet another biopic. This one is on idealist William Wilberforce (Ioan Gruffud) who dedicated his life to fighting for the abolition of slavery in Britain in the 19th Century. This is a nice little uplifting, stick to your principles film. Plus Ioan Gruffud is pretty hot… so worth checking out.

And THAT is why I spent £20,000 of the public's money on a duck pond!

And THAT is why I spent £20,000 of the public's money on a duck pond!

3 Comments

  1. Jen

    I think that throwaway line about your grandfather and ‘Amadeus’ just killed me…

  2. Saoirse

    It wasn’t a duck pond, it was a duck house in the middle of his duck pond, which the ducks didn’t even like.

    Not that this is at all relevant or important. Er, sorry.

  3. Totally agree with the OMG moment in Psycho. Not what you expect at all 🙂 oh and agreement on the pretty hotness of Ioan Gruffud:) I think I also saw Amadeus early on in life…must maybe watch that again…

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