TOP 10 FILMS NOT TO MISS THIS YEAR

Even though we’re over half way through the year, that’s not going to stop us getting excited for new movies coming out. From watching these trailers, here are some which I’m looking forward to watching…

1. Rebel in the Rye

This drama based on a true story follows American writer, J.D Salinger’s journey through serving in the army during WW2, to the lead up in which he wrote one of the greatest fiction novels of all time. Starring Nicholas Hoult, Kevin Spacey and Zoey Deutsch, this movie looks like it will capture the heart of many.

2. The Mountain Between Us

After a terrible plane crash which results in being stranded on a mountain, two strangers have to fight for survival whilst testing their physical and emotional strength to the limits. With Golden Globe winner Idris Elba and Academy Awards winner Kate Winslet, I’m sure this extremely tense drama will be receiving many awards in the near future.

3. The Hitman’s Bodyguard

An unlikely match is made when the world’s best bodyguard is called to protect the world’s hit man. Usually being on opposite sides of the gun, the two have to put their differences aside and embark on a hilarious journey including roof jumping, car chasing and A LOT of swearing. Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L Jackson star together in this comedy-action, so as a fan of both of them, I cannot wait for this to be released!

4. The Snowman

Starting with the disappearance of a women whose pink scarf is found around the neck of a snowman, detective Harry Hole starts to investigate the murders of a serial killer known as the Snowman. This chilling crime film stars Academy Award nominee Michael Fassbender, constantly exceptional performances.

5. Breathe

Being diagnosed with polio and not being able to move anything from the neck down, Robin Cavendish is given a few months to live. With the help of his wife, Robin finds the will to live and helps other disabled people. To be honest, I would say this film could be up for an Academy Award. However, it looks as if it has been done before with The Theory of Everything and Me Before You. Getting an Oscar nomination at the last awards, maybe this will be Garfield’s moment this year.

6. Wonder

Based on the bestselling novel by Raquel Jaramillo, this soul-stirring story follows August Pullman who has just joined elementary school. Finding it difficult to fit in due to facial differences, August has to deal with the cruelness of the real world. This touching story star Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson. Tears have filled my eyes each time I’ve watched this trailer; I can’t imagine how bittersweet this film will be.

7. Murder on the Orient Express

Sharing absolutely nothing in common apart from the need to travel from one place to another, suddenly some strangers on a train to Europe are pulled to together in a frightening murder case…and every one of them is a suspect. With a terrific ensemble of actresses and actors, this mystery movie stars Judi Dench, Daisy Ridley, Johnny Depp, Kenneth Branagh, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Leslie Odom Jr and Josh Gad (to name a few).

8. Blade Runner 2049

Being missing for the last 30 years, officer K goes on a mission to find Rick Deckard after digging up a damaging secret which has been buried for a long-time. Harrison Ford stars in this sequel thirty-five years after the original. Also with Ryan Gosling and Jared Leto.

9. Darkest Hour

Recently becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill has to make some of the biggest decisions ever made by a political leader. On the verge of Western Europe being invaded by Nazis, having his own party plotting against him and a King which is too naive, Churchill has to deal with issues which will change history forever. Academy Award winner Gary Oldman stars as Churchill in this historical drama.Hopefully this won’t jinx anything, but I can see Oscars being given out already.

10. Stronger

April 15, 2013. Jeff Bauman goes to support his girlfriend at the Boston Marathon. After losing both his legs, Jeff has to battle through his mental and physical health. Based on a true story, this heartbreaking biography-drama stars Jake Gyllenhaal Tatiana Maslany.

FACTS ABOUT ‘TO THE BONE’

Lily Collins’ new film, ‘To the Bone’ is to be released on the 14th July. It is part drama, part dark-comedy. As you may know, Lily Collins is one of my favourite actresses’, so I am super excited to watch this! Here are some facts you should know before watching it.

  1. It’s about a young woman suffering with anorexia. Collins portrays Ellen, who has been to various recovery programs and has a doctor with unusual methods about the road to recovery.
  2. Lily lost weight for the movie. In an interview she said how she worked with a nutritionist and there was “…never a weight goal, never a number. It was something I decided to do as an actor for a role.”
  3. The movie was semi-autobiographical. Noxon said that the writing was the hardest part and kept reminding herself that this movie was different from her own experiences.
  4. Netflix payed $8 million for the film. It made a deal for world rights at the Sundance festival during January 2017, which is where it first premiered.
  5. Lily said it was the universe telling her to do it. After she had written her book ‘Unfiltered’,where the ‘Love Rosie’ actress talked about her eating disorder as a teenager, a week later the script was sent to her.
  6. ‘To the Bone’ has an  excellent cast. This includes Keanu Reaves, Liana Liberato, Ciara Bravo, Alex Sharp, Carrie Preston and Lili Taylor.
  7. The charity ‘Project Heal’ has been partnering with the movie. Of course, this has resulted in more.backlash. Project Heal is a charity which wants to raise more awareness to eating disorders and raise money to support sufferers so they can get the treatment they need.
  8. It was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize. Hopefully, once it’s released, there will be many more to come.
  9. There has been many opposing views. While the Guardian has described it as ‘trite’ and ‘shallow’,while also being a ‘story that needs to be told’ in various interviews. The trailer has become a controversial subject to talk about, as people are worried they might be ‘triggered.’
  10. Collins suffered from an eating disorder as a teenager. Marti Noxon (director) also did as well. ‘To the Bone’ has been accused of ‘glamorizing’ anorexia, so Collins responded by saying that would be the last thing they would want to do as her and Noxon have been previous sufferers. Also, that people can’t judge it yet just on the trailer

OKJA REVIEW

For the last 10 years, Mija been living peacefully in the mountainous South Korea with Okja-A creature which is half hippo and half pig, otherwise known as a ‘Super Pig.’ When Mija finds out the multimillionaire Mirando Corporation wants to harvest Okja for her meat (as well as all the other super pigs), Mija does everything in her power to rescue Okja.

Bong Joon Ho creates a wonder with an excellent ensemble of actors for the film Okja. It must be one of the best films Netflix has ever made as it’s utterly original and fresh, while challenging some of the most significant issues in the 21st century, from vegetarianism to white privilege to what money can make us become.

One thing I should say though, is this is not a film for younger audiences. As I pressed play on the remote yesterday, I was expecting a playful, family-fun film. It is not. Even I felt sick and disgusted and even scarred as the credits began to roll.

It’s definitely a film to make you think. As a meat-eater, guilt was flooding through me by the end. Of course it was exaggerated about the treatment of animals before slaughter; the fact is the conditions for many animals are still extremely cruel and inhumane. One of the last scenes was showing how they put the animals down. The man who was doing the job did it without hesitating and without remorse. I feel as if this shows the ignorance of certain people today of different wealth, types of businesses and colour.

I’ve never cried so much in a film (maybe apart from Titanic). That is because Okja shows a version of reality, which is exaggerated and true at the same time. Businesses and people who’ll do anything for money. An opposing political group who have different morals which seem ‘right’ but can become just as extreme. The harshness of battery farming and what love can make people do. The message it gives I think is so important, which is why it’s a movie that everyone needs to watch. Somehow, Bong Joon Ho creates a mesmerizing and fascinating sensation while still completely twisted and corrupt.

Originally the ending was going to be slightly different, which more people might have enjoyed. Bong Joon Ho said in an interview “That seemed too cartoonish ― I wanted to focus on Okja alone.” The ending was fitting to the story. Okja may not be the next box-office hit, but has an incredible message which is shown in such an authentic, genuine and extremely honest way that I think both teenagers and adults need to watch and understand.

Whether this dark, pessimistic fairy-tale ends happily or not is debatable. Mija does succeed in her goal which if we were asked about at the beginning, I’m sure we would all say that’s a happy ending; by the end we are all left feeling empty inside, realizing in more depth the harsh reality of life while rethinking our morals and knowing that happily ever after does not exist.

ABOUT ME…

Hello film lovers! I’ve already written something that mentions a bit about what sort of things I will be writing, so I thought for my first proper post I would just talk about me. To be more interesting, I’m going to do a top five on various aspects of film. I’ve really had to condense it down a lot though…

Favourite directors:                                              Favourite films:

  • Wes Anderson                                              The Philadelphia Story
  • Alfred Hitchcock                                          Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  • Woody Allen                                                  The Irrational Man
  • George Cukor                                                Roman Holiday
  • William Wyler                                              Charade

Favourite actresses:                                               Favourite actors:

  • Audrey Hepburn                                           Cary Grant
  • Jennifer Lawrence                                        Gregory Peck
  • Julia Roberts                                                   Robert De Niro
  • Ingrid Bergman                                             Marlon Brando
  • Lily Collins                                                      Leonardo DiCaprio

Guilty pleasures:                                                     Favourite producers:

  • Grown Ups                                                     Adam Sandler
  • Pirates of the Caribbean                              George Lucas
  • The Interview                                                 Francis Ford Coppola
  • 50 first Dates                                                   Jessica Chastain
  • Blended                                                            Kathleen Kennedy