My Filmviews

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White Bird in a Blizzard (2014)

Review White Bird in a Blizzard

The most important thing a movie has to strive for probably is involvement. If a viewer doesn’t feel involved in what is happening to the characters, they probably won’t enjoy your film.
There are several ways to create that involvement: strong, deep characters, shocking events that grab you or by creating a believable world. Unfortunately White Bird in a Blizzard does not manage to do any of these, despite the fact that the mother of the main character suddenly vanishes. Continue reading

Nightcrawler (2014)

Review Nightcrawler

It is fantastic how a movie can transport you. Behind the door of every cinema or after pressing play at home you can feel like you’ve stepped into a different world. A short escape from reality, providing a unique experience you normal won’t be able to feel.

Nightcrawler takes you into the world of the “nightcrawlers”, the men and women who, armed with a police scanner, are searching for accidents and crimes to film and photograph. The goal is to sell the material to either newspapers or news agencies. Continue reading

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

Time to return to Middle Earth one final time to conclude the story of The Hobbit. Although I wasn’t a fan of the first movie in the trilogy (it was way too slow with not much happening) I thought the second movie delivered what I was expecting, exciting sequences, introduction and development of characters and a finale which had me wanting more. Having not read the book and seeing where the second movie ended, with Smaug on his way to Lake Town, I couldn’t wait to get back into it. Having now seen it i’m not that excited anymore. Continue reading

The Monday Question: Ban!

The Monday Question

Although we love cinema there are always things about films that might annoy us. So today I ask you a very simple question:
If you could ban just one thing from films today, what would you choose and why?

Personally I would ban trailers as I don’t watch them and hate having to ignore them at the cinema while I’m waiting for the movie to start. Looking forward to seeing what you would be banning.

The Many Faces of… Mia Wasikowska

Mia Wasikowska

Mia Wasikowska was born 14 October 1989 in Canberra, Australia. Her parents are photographers. When she was nine she started training as a ballerina, with the goal of becoming a professional dancer. Because an issue with her heel and dissatisfaction with the industry she quit when she was fourteen. She was shy, but after seeing The Piano and A Woman Under the Influence she became inspired. She looked for talent agencies and managed to get invited by one.

Her first role was on the Australian soap All Saints in 2004 and at age 15 she played in her first movie, Suburban Mayhem. Her first US role was in HBO’s drama In Treatment. She followed this by roles in Defiance, Amelia, That Evening Sun. Her first big role was in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. Other movies she played in include The Kids Are All Right, Jane Eyre, Restless, Albert Nobbs, Lawless, Only Lovers Left Alive, The Double and Maps to the Stars. Continue reading

The Wind Rises (2013)

Review The Wind Rises

When it comes to the field of animation Hayao Miyazaki is a living legend. He co-founded Studio Ghibli, an animation studio known for its high quality animated films, including My Neighbour Totoro, Grave of the Fireflies, Ponyo, Howl’s Moving Castle and Spirited Away. Miyazaki has been working in the industry for more than 60 years and thus it was inevitable for him to announce his retirement. Before he did do that though he has worked on his The Wind Rises, which will be his last movie. Continue reading