Film Study… it’s back with week 22

After some soul searching and the acquisition of my new netbook, I have decided to bring back the weekly film blog. For those who can’t remember a year back I used to do a weekly round-up of four or more films that I had watched in the previous week from the external hard drive Fabio gave me. More info here. It was one of the most popular features I have ever done on this blog but when my old laptop, Frank, died, the featured died with him after week 21.

Now that Mr Osbiston is in part married to his new Xbox, I need to find something to amuse myself with so I don’t keep standing mournfully behind him whining as he shoots radioactive Nazis.  This time I will not be limiting it to the A – Z list from the external hard drive but also including the DVDs we get off Tesco film and anything we see at the cinema or on TV.

So I bring you, from the last week…


The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Source: Tesco DVD Rental
When disgraced journalist Mikael Blomqvist (Michael Nyqvist) is hired by aging corporate mogul, Henrik Vanger (Peter Haber) to find out what happened to his niece who disappeared 40 years ago, he doesn’t expect to find anything new. But it’s not long before, Mikael is caught up in a tangle of family secrets lies and betrayal. Mikael is reluctantly aided by Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace), a mysterious, ass-kicking Goth hacker with a massive dragon tattoo who can’t stay away from the case no matter how hard she tries. I haven’t read the books. Bad, I know but I heard good things about the films so I decided to buy into the hype and boy was it worth it. This film goes at 100 miles an hour with no-holds barred.

What do you mean I don't fit the profile for a community support officer?

I’m Not Scared

Source: Borrowed from a colleague
Ten year-old  dreamer, Michele, lives an idyllic but simple life in the Southern Italian countryside, playing with his friends, adored by his mother and hero-worshipping his truck-driver father but when he finds a boy chained up in a secret hole in a field, everything he holds sacred is plunged into threat. What makes this film so gripping is that the reactions of the children are so real and Michele’s motives both pure and petty are played out against his slow loss of innocence as he comes to the realisation that the adults he loves cannot be trusted.

It was a long way to China but Pedro was going to get there one way or another

Up In The Air

Source: Borrowed from a colleague
Travelling across the USA, firing people for a living, Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) is the king of the loyalty programme, focusing on racking up air miles and getting rid of baggage like family, friends and love. A chance meeting with Alex Goran (Vera Farmiga) a beautiful frequent traveller looking for no-strings fun provides the icing on the cake. But his “perfect life” is plunged into chaos when a young upstart called Natalie (Anna Kendrick) joins the company proposing a revolutionary new business plan that involves no travelling.  Forced to take Natalie on what could be his last trip, Ryan might just find his heart if he doesn’t go crazy first, but is it too late? Dark, funny and frustrating. Loved it.

She knew she had left the last rolo somewhere? But where, dammit? Where?

1 Comment

  1. Jen

    Woo! I was just thinking about this feature the other day and missing the obscure film recommendations. Glad to have it back, even if you had to become an Xbox widow for it 😉 Also, please read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – I’d love to hear what you think of it!

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