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  • Reviews In Short: Rust and Bone, On the Road, Your Sister's Sister & The Shining | Thoughts On Film
    none of the soul of Kerouac s work However I rather liked its free wheeling carefree approach and perhaps in spite of the flawed characters or thanks to some solid performances from the likes of Sam Riley Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart I found myself compelled by their journey literal and personal It s too long and there are more than a few sequences that just feel out of place or completely pointless but once I clued into its style I rather enjoyed the film 3 5 Your Sister s Sister A key filmmaker in the Mumblecore movement Mark Duplass stars in Lynn Shelton s latest film about a man who on the instruction of his best friend Iris Emily Blunt goes out to a secluded cabin to be alone only to be confronted with Iris sister Hannah Rosemarie Dewitt Your Sister s Sister is a seemingly simple film but the end result is anything but thanks to a whip smart script that mixes funny and dramatic in a brilliant way The film proves that sometimes all you need is a few locations some amazing performances and a good script to make a compelling film 4 5 The Shining Re release Now more than 30 years old Stanley Kubrick s horror masterpiece The Shining gets a theatrical re release in the UK this time in extended form Some of the added scenes are unnecessary and stifle the pace a little while others are fittingly horrific Nonetheless the film remains terrifying with a feeling of pure evil running through its bones and down its hallways making for a deeply unsettling experience Jack Nicholson s now legendary performance as a caretaker of an old hotel who slowly goes mad might just be the most compelling he s ever been his over the top portrayal in tune with the heightened reality of Kubrick s nightmarish world Stephen King famously hated what Kubrick did with his novel and indeed Kubrick s vision differs wildly from his But crucially the film manages to capture the tone of the book even if it doesn t follow events to the letter For anyone who hasn t seen The Shining before or even if you have this is a must see on the big screen if you can find it playing anywhere near you As horror cinema goes it doesn t get any better than this as far as I m concerned 5 5 That s it for Reviews In Short until next time emily blunt garrett hedlund jack nicholson jacques audiard kristen stewart marion cotillard mark duplass matthias schoenaerts on the road reviews in short rosemarie dewitt rust and bone sam riley shelley duvall stanley kubrick stephen king the shining walter salles your sister s sister About the Author I m a freelance film reviewer and blogger with over 7 years of experience writing for various different websites In addition to my running editing and writing for Thoughts On Film I am also the freelance Film TV

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  • Reviews In Short: The Hunter, King of Devil's Island, The Change-Up & The Messenger
    watch at times But this fittingly austere film builds tension in a fascinating way hitting you with an ending that s somehow both surprising and completely necessary However the real strength of the film is how it allows us to connect with its characters whether it be the boys trying desperately to survive or the men keeping them locked up Superb 4 5 5 The Change Up Yet another body swap comedy The Change Up doesn t exactly start off the line on good footing But with a talented cast which includes Jason Bateman Ryan Reynolds Leslie Mann Olivia Wilde and Alan Arkin surely there s something worthwhile to be found here right Wrong This painfully unfunny gross out swear filled almost entirely laugh free gag fest is the type of comedy which gives the Hollywood brand of the genre a bad name There are a couple of jokes which work at least somewhat but that s about it After consistently aiming low on the comedy scales going for the cheapest of gags like the obligatory messy diaper changing routine twice it has the nerve to shove friendship and being happy with what you have messages down our throats Avoid avoid and avoid some more 1 5 5 The Messenger One of two collaborations between director Oren Moverman and stars Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster the other being Rampart The Messenger follows American soldier Will Montgomery Foster who is assigned to help Captain Tony Stone Harrelson deliver the news of other soldiers being killed But things start getting more complicated than they should when Will gets involved with one of the grieving widows It s a simple film on the surface dealing with complicated issues underneath featuring two brilliant central performances by Foster and Harrelson the latter Oscar nominated for it It s painfully emotional viewing at times as we watch the two go around and gives the worst of news to the various relatives with Will the newbie finding it difficult to keep to the rules of not getting personal and Tony trying to assure professionalism at all costs A difficult topic handled just right 4 5 That s it for Reviews In Short Until next time ben foster jason bateman king of devil s island reviews in short ryan reynolds stellan skarsgard the change up the hunter the messenger willem dafoe woody harrelson About the Author I m a freelance film reviewer and blogger with over 7 years of experience writing for various different websites In addition to my running editing and writing for Thoughts On Film I am also the freelance Film TV editor for Scotland based student magazine website Scotcampus I have a passion for all types of cinema and have a particular love for foreign language film especially South Korean and Japanese cinema Favourite films include The Big Lebowski Pulp Fiction and 2001 A Space Odyssey Twitter Facebook Related Posts Tweet Leave A Response Click here to cancel reply Name required Email required Website Comment

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  • Reviews In Short: Magic Mike, Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai, The Swell Season & The Sixth Sense
    s made cult Japanese director Takashi Miike delivered what could very well be described as the anti 13 Assassins A stripped down subtle and very slow moving tale of love honour and respect The fact that it s so similar to that film in setting look and subject might mislead viewers into thinking it s another samurai fight filled epic but the slow pace is a refreshing yang to 13 Assassins yin At once devastating quietly moving and utterly gripping in its own deliberately paced way Miike once again proving he is a master filmmaker 4 5 5 The Swell Season Fans of the fantastic 2006 doc like musical Once should definitely seek this out a documentary made about the success of that film including its Oscar win for Best Original Song and more importantly the key relationship between the two leads which blossomed into a real life romance before stalling for various reasons Presented in crisp black and white which lends it an air of classiness and befitting the themes tackled within The Swell Season is a lovely celebration of both Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova as people both together and apart and the wonderful music they make 4 5 The Sixth Sense Long before M Night Shyamalan s name produced groans and giggles from audiences due to his rubbish output over the last few years The Happening Lady in the Water and The Last Airbender chief among them he was a highly respected director who made great films The Sixth Sense is undoubtedly his most famous film and it s remarkable how well it holds up after all these years 13 to be exact Everyone knows the big twist at the end even so I won t spoil it here for anyone who hasn t seen it and looking back at it now it s quite amazing how well it s woven into the entire narrative with subtle hints and clues throughout building up the big reveal Therefore it s not a cheat and has allowed it to sustain all these years beyond the initial shock I still think Unbreakable is Shyamalan s masterpiece but nevertheless this remains a great film for many many reasons 4 5 5 That s it for Reviews In Short Until next time bruce willis channing tatum glen hansard haley joel osment hara kiri death of a samurai m night shyamalan magic mike marketa irglova matthew mcconaughey movie reviews reviews in short steven soderbergh takashi miike the sixth sense the swell season About the Author I m a freelance film reviewer and blogger with over 7 years of experience writing for various different websites In addition to my running editing and writing for Thoughts On Film I am also the freelance Film TV editor for Scotland based student magazine website Scotcampus I have a passion for all types of cinema and have a particular love for foreign language film especially South Korean and Japanese cinema Favourite films include The Big Lebowski Pulp Fiction

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  • Retro: Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan Kill Scene | Thoughts On Film
    have 4 to go for my ranking of the series so far go here with a bizarre relocation from the woods of Crystal Lake to the streets and alleyways of New York City Jason literally hitches a ride on a cruise ship before arriving However despite its general awfulness it does contain possibly the greatest slasher killer scene in any movie It really has to be seen to believed behold Needless to say it s ridiculous graphic and has some strong language so NSFW clip featured friday the 13th franchise friday the 13th part viii jason takes manhattan retro About the Author I m a freelance film reviewer and blogger with over 7 years of experience writing for various different websites In addition to my running editing and writing for Thoughts On Film I am also the freelance Film TV editor for Scotland based student magazine website Scotcampus I have a passion for all types of cinema and have a particular love for foreign language film especially South Korean and Japanese cinema Favourite films include The Big Lebowski Pulp Fiction and 2001 A Space Odyssey Twitter Facebook Related Posts Tweet Leave A Response Click here to cancel reply Name required Email required Website Comment Like Us On Facebook Follow Us On Twitter TOF UK on Twitter Follow TOF UK 405 people follow TOF UK NadiaHon DocShort SmokeyB Emfounda CinemaCo Artsploi Beggar M greekman RonaWill gilliany Latest Reviews Hush Movie Review April 18 2016 0 The Jungle Book Movie Review April 18 2016 0 Criminal Movie Review April 18 2016 0 Despite the Falling Snow Movie Review April 18 2016 0 Eye in the Sky Movie Review April 18 2016 0 Amazon co uk Widgets ASSOCIATIONS Blogroll Cinema Blend Collider Coming Soon Empire Empty Screens HeyUGuys Popcorn Addiction Screen Rant The

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  • Video | Thoughts On Film | Movie News, Movie Reviews, Movie Trailers
    2012 Movie Trailer Mashup Check out this awesome video mashup of the movies that were released in 2012 created by The Sleepy Skunk December 05 2012 Video 0 Retro Vertigo Dream Sequence The famous dream sequence in Alfred Hitchcock s 1958 film Vertigo is highlighted as part of our Retro feature August 09 2012 Retro Video 0 Retro The Thing 1982 Movie Trailer The original trailer for John Carpenter s 1982 film The Thing features as part of our Retro feature April 03 2012 Retro Trailers Video 1 Video Watch Booked Out Online Watch the British indie film Booked Out by first time director Bryan O Neil online either by renting or buying March 15 2012 Video 0 VIDEO Jean Dujardin s Villain Auditions Jean Dujardin was put firmly on the international map this past year as the star of the almost universally adored The Artist read our review February 11 2012 Video Like Us On Facebook Follow Us On Twitter TOF UK on Twitter Follow TOF UK 405 people follow TOF UK NadiaHon DocShort SmokeyB Emfounda CinemaCo Artsploi Beggar M greekman RonaWill gilliany Latest Reviews Hush Movie Review April 18 2016 0 The Jungle Book Movie Review April 18 2016 0 Criminal Movie Review April 18 2016 0 Despite the Falling Snow Movie Review April 18 2016 0 Eye in the Sky Movie Review April 18 2016 0 Amazon co uk Widgets ASSOCIATIONS Blogroll Cinema Blend Collider Coming Soon Empire Empty Screens HeyUGuys Popcorn Addiction Screen Rant The Hollywood Reporter The People s Movies Variety Recent Posts Hush Movie Review April 18 2016 0 The Jungle Book Movie Review April 18 2016 0 Criminal Movie Review April 18 2016 0 Our Tweets Kung Fu Panda 3 Movie Review https t co wDt10NmI58 Mar 15 The Ones Below Movie Review

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  • Retro: Vertigo Dream Sequence | Thoughts On Film
    decided to highlight as part of our Retro feature the dizzying dream sequence found in the film A unique standalone signature sequence to add to the Hitch list alongside the shower scene in Psycho to name but one it s truly a wonder to behold alfred hitchcock james stewart sight and sound vertigo video About the Author I m a freelance film reviewer and blogger with over 7 years of experience writing for various different websites In addition to my running editing and writing for Thoughts On Film I am also the freelance Film TV editor for Scotland based student magazine website Scotcampus I have a passion for all types of cinema and have a particular love for foreign language film especially South Korean and Japanese cinema Favourite films include The Big Lebowski Pulp Fiction and 2001 A Space Odyssey Twitter Facebook Related Posts Tweet Leave A Response Click here to cancel reply Name required Email required Website Comment Like Us On Facebook Follow Us On Twitter TOF UK on Twitter Follow TOF UK 405 people follow TOF UK NadiaHon DocShort SmokeyB Emfounda CinemaCo Artsploi Beggar M greekman RonaWill gilliany Latest Reviews Hush Movie Review April 18 2016 0 The Jungle Book Movie Review April 18 2016 0 Criminal Movie Review April 18 2016 0 Despite the Falling Snow Movie Review April 18 2016 0 Eye in the Sky Movie Review April 18 2016 0 Amazon co uk Widgets ASSOCIATIONS Blogroll Cinema Blend Collider Coming Soon Empire Empty Screens HeyUGuys Popcorn Addiction Screen Rant The Hollywood Reporter The People s Movies Variety Recent Posts Hush Movie Review April 18 2016 0 The Jungle Book Movie Review April 18 2016 0 Criminal Movie Review April 18 2016 0 Our Tweets Kung Fu Panda 3 Movie Review https t co wDt10NmI58 Mar

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  • Retro: The Thing (1982) Movie Trailer | Thoughts On Film
    masterful exercise in suspense horror and sheer terror that s rarely been topped since its release 30 years ago The original trailer below is a great teaser for the film starting off with panicked radio voice over with the title slowly coming into view Take a look at the trailer below john carpenter kurt russell retro the thing trailers video About the Author I m a freelance film reviewer and blogger with over 7 years of experience writing for various different websites In addition to my running editing and writing for Thoughts On Film I am also the freelance Film TV editor for Scotland based student magazine website Scotcampus I have a passion for all types of cinema and have a particular love for foreign language film especially South Korean and Japanese cinema Favourite films include The Big Lebowski Pulp Fiction and 2001 A Space Odyssey Twitter Facebook Related Posts Tweet Leave A Response Click here to cancel reply Name required Email required Website Comment Like Us On Facebook Follow Us On Twitter TOF UK on Twitter Follow TOF UK 405 people follow TOF UK NadiaHon DocShort SmokeyB Emfounda CinemaCo Artsploi Beggar M greekman RonaWill gilliany Latest Reviews Hush Movie Review April 18 2016 0 The Jungle Book Movie Review April 18 2016 0 Criminal Movie Review April 18 2016 0 Despite the Falling Snow Movie Review April 18 2016 0 Eye in the Sky Movie Review April 18 2016 0 Amazon co uk Widgets ASSOCIATIONS Blogroll Cinema Blend Collider Coming Soon Empire Empty Screens HeyUGuys Popcorn Addiction Screen Rant The Hollywood Reporter The People s Movies Variety Recent Posts Hush Movie Review April 18 2016 0 The Jungle Book Movie Review April 18 2016 0 Criminal Movie Review April 18 2016 0 Our Tweets Kung Fu Panda 3 Movie

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  • Top 20 Films of 2013 | Thoughts On Film
    for once It all builds to an extended CGI led fight sequence in which the buildings of Metropolis falls as Superman does battle with the vengeful Zod played with brilliant spiteful menace by Michael Shannon I personally found that and the rest of its action to be absolutely thrilling and completely in line with the idea that these are two essentially gods fighting and thus cities will crumble in their wake READ FULL REVIEW HERE 12 Lincoln Daniel Day Lewis deservedly picked up his record 3rd Oscar for his leading performance in Steven Spielberg s intricate dialogue heavy biopic of the legendary US President focusing not on his whole life but of his fight to get slavery abolished Quite apart from Day Lewis astonishing performance into which he disappears so much to the point that you completely forget you re watching Day Lewis and not the real President Lincoln we have a who s who of famous faces including Sally Field Tommy Lee Jones Joseph Gordon Levitt Jared Harris John Hawkes Bruce McGill and Lee Pace to name but a few all bringing their A game to a wordy film that is somehow never boring And Spielberg effortlessly captures a sense of time place and above all else weighty importance to the events the film depicts READ FULL REVIEW HERE 11 Blue Jasmine As with any filmmaker who is prolific not every film is going to be great and no truer is that the case than with Woody Allen For every Midnight in Paris and Vicky Cristina Barcelona there s a You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger and To Rome With Love However his latest film Blue Jasmine arguably his best in decades Led by a tremendous performance by the inimitable Cate Blanchett a performance sure to nab her at least an Oscar nomination if not a win come next year Allen s latest film is an emotionally affecting funny and insightful look at the life of a deeply troubled woman dependant on prescription drugs and the money and support of other people to get her by The film is framed in such a way that it jumps back and forth between her present day life with her loving sister and her lavish previous life with her rich husband Blanchett is supported superbly by the likes of Sally Hawkins Bobby Cannavale Alec Baldwin Louis CK and quite surprisingly Andrew Dice Clay who jab in and out of the story revolving around Blanchett s neurotic and self absorbed Jasmine like moons around a planet It proves Allen still has what it takes to deliver in a deep insightful film that s also fun in its own offbeat sort of way READ FULL REVIEW HERE 10 Pacific Rim There were many blockbusters this year that did what they set out to do make for an entertaining time at the movies even if that meant taxing the logic part of the brain to do it but no other blockbuster had me sitting in such joy as Guillermo del Toro s giant robots punching giant monsters spectacle Featuring some dazzling visual effects and well choreographed set pieces best among them a stunning battle in Hong Kong it transported me back to being a kid when smashing toys together was the highlight of the day And there s nothing wrong with that READ FULL REVIEW HERE 9 The Act of Killing I caught up with this one very late in the year and was a little worried that the hype would soften its affect How wrong I was This harrowing gut punch of a documentary gets former leaders of Indonesian death squads to re enact their atrocities in whatever manner they see fit which includes surreal musical numbers and scenarios done up to look like noir era crimes It s a deeply upsetting and shocking watch but ultimately hugely rewarding 8 Only God Forgives Now we get to arguably the most divisive film of the year With it Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn had the uneviable job of following up his beloved 2011 film Drive The result was a film that seemed to lead the viewer who loved Drive down the path of giving them more of the same but constantly subverted expectations I personally loved Refn s nightmarish view of Bangkok s criminal underworld bathed as it was in gorgeous blue red and neon pink lights Superstar Ryan Gosling hardly says a word throughout in fact with the exception of his foul mouthed gangster mother played fantastically by Kristen Scott Thomas no one says much It s a film of silent glances and violent actions brimming with palpable menace and yes actual meaning if you wanna look for it And I loved every second of it READ FULL REVIEW HERE 7 The Conjuring I have been a fan of James Wan ever since he created and directed the first in the Saw franchise And while I still find the wackiness of his Insidious to be his crowning glory The Conjuring was still an excellent old school horror film that actually sent chills down my spine Yes it uses just about every trick in the horror handbook creaky old house innocent family terrorised things lurking in the shadows exorcism and so forth but that s entirely the point it s hearkening rather skilfully to horror films of years past particularly the 70s and 80s Anchored by some very talented actors who add dramatic weight to it Vera Farmiga Patrick Wilson Ron Livingston Lily Taylor et al The Conjuring was a genuinely scary experience but not only that it had characters you actually cared about READ FULL REVIEW HERE 6 Zero Dark Thirty Kathryn Bigelow s multi Oscar nominee could easily have backfired as it took such a recent event in our history and attempted to get at the intricacies of it while it was still such a raw issue She and regular screenwriter Mark Boal should be applauded then for taking this tricky and

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