Film study… week 9

Charlotte’s Web
When Fern (Dakota Fanning) saves, runt Wilbur, she has no idea that he’s going to end up to be “some pig”. Eventually too big to live in the house with her, he is banished to her uncle’s barn, where the learns he’ll be up for the slaughter come Christmas until resident spider, Charlotte (voiced by Julia Roberts) comes up with a plan to save him. It’s a full-on emotional blackmail family film but if you don’t think the pig is cute, you have no soul.

Yes, Pig, I am the cutest child in the world. That's why I'm in everything but just wait till I discover coke and sex...

Yes, Pig, I am the cutest child in the world. That's why I'm in everything but just wait till I discover coke and sex...

Collateral
A cab driver (Jamie Foxx) picks up a fare (Tom Cruise), only to find out that he’s a contract killer making his rounds for the night. He holds the cab driver hostage and they get into a series of interesting scrapes. Not really my bag, baby but Cruise does a pretty good job of playing a sociopath… hmm…

I know I've only got a zone 2 travel card but these fare enforcement methods are getting out of control!

I know I've only got a zone 2 travel card but these fare enforcement methods are getting out of control!

Idi I Smotri (Come And See)
This Belarusian World War II drama is one of the most intense and relentlessly dark and harrowing films I have ever seen. It follows the story of child soldier Florya (Aleksei Kravchenko) as he joins the Byelorussian resistance fighting German invasion. Kravchenko is incredible and his portrayal of Florya’s loss of innocence is note perfect. Probably the best and most disturbing war movie you will ever see.

Um, you've left your cow behind...

Um, you've left your cow behind...

Crank
I hate action movies but this cartoonish, completely OTT Jason Statham special was actually really fun. An LA hitman is ‘assassinated” when a rival injects him with some “Chinese shit” that inhibits his adrenal glands. In order to stay alive he must keep his adrenaline pumping, sending him on a violent rampage of revenge, sex and drugs. It’s absolutely ridiculous but there are worse ways to spend 87 minutes.

Now that's what I call ridin' dirty!

Now that's what I call ridin' dirty!

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