I haven’t seen anything amazing at the cinema for a while, so for my film
Leo gets better and better as he ages, and some of the scenes in which he plays against Marion Cotillard in Inception are in my opinion, his best acting to date. Tom Hardy proves he can do funny and suave alongside tough, Ellen Page works as a brilliant audience surrogate throughout and even Nolan regular Michael Caine gets a cameo.
Acting and scripting aside, I think what really makes this film stand out for me is the direction. Inception was a passion project for Christopher Nolan, having written it some years previously but not managed to get the funding together.
Without giving away too much of the plot, the disparate strands of the different realities which feature are so brilliantly woven together that you feel like you’re experiencing multiple story lines simultaneously. The film is incredibly high-concept and yet proves both that a blockbuster can be intelligent and a thought-provoking film can be fun! If you haven’t seen it, go watch it right now!
We were a bit behind the times on this one, but the last thing I sat down to properly watch with the wife was Westworld (I’m not counting Season Seven of Game of Thrones – still going at
Westworld managed to transcend any categorisation of itself as
It was a triumph of a TV Show – every single one of
Finally (and I’m aware this is cheating as it’s an Audio Podcast) but I really cannot recommend enough ‘School of Movies‘ by the incredibly talented power couple of Alex and Sharon Shaw. The weekly podcast, covering a vast range of films, is consistently amusing and informative, featuring a variety of interesting, witty guests to ensure constant freshness. What I like best about Alex and Sharon however is their ability to examine films from a fresh independent viewpoint.
They are not reliant on a set series of opinions, they don’t go with the flow. If they don’t like a popular film, they’ll say so – but crucially they’ll explain why in a completely non-patronising manner.
For someone like myself who really enjoys lists in all their forms – they’ve done a great series of shows on some of the biggest film franchises. The Harry Potter series of podcasts was brilliant, as was their hilariously-cutting dismantling of Sam Raimi’s Spider-man series. My favourite to date however is their (still-ongoing) series of in-depth discussions on Disney’s Animated Classics – which number in the 50s!
I can also recommend Alex’s podcast / book series the New Century Multiverse – which is equally awesome.
Matthew Lowe has worked at Slinky Productions for almost two years. He loves Sausage Rolls, History and Spreadsheets!
Tune in next month for our October Edition of ‘What We’ve Watched’ from Editor / Camera Operator Tom Perrigo.