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  • Before I Go to Sleep, 2014

    dir. Rowan Joffe

    As the quotes on the top of the poster say, Rowan Joffe’s thriller based upon the novel by S.J. Watson is classy, clever, and enjoyably twisty. It’s got the same general premise of 50 First Dates (I know, Adam Sandler, ew), which could be a bit off-putting, but by the second minute of this film, you will already be hooked by the mystery behind Christine Lucas’ amnesia. 

    Every time Christine waked up and learns something new about her own life with the help of Dr. Nash, the plot thickens, and from the beginning we, much like Christine herself, never know who to trust. 

    There is an intimate quality to the direction by Joffe which puts us right inside Christine’s mind, and we know just as much as she does, no less. There are a few jump-scares, which are excusable because they just accentuate how lost Christine feels in this world she knows nothing about. It is deeply unsettling, but in a thrilling way. 

    However, the film mostly rests on Nicole Kidman’s shoulders, who carries Christine with impressive vulnerability. She is a a true “strong female character”, who takes charge of her own recovery even though she doesn’t remember anything, and who fights and fights for her own life. Kidman shows extraordinary strength in this, and makes Christine a true human character. 

    The supporting characters are also brilliantly played in this. Mark Strong delivers a sympathetic doctor to whom we feel drawn instantly; Colin Firth is deliciously complex, showing different facets every time he’s on screen, and sharing amazing chemistry with Nicole Kidman; and while Anne-Marie Duff isn’t in this a lot, she is still a ray of sunshine, a beacon of hope for Christine, and in her eyes we can see she is absolutely trustworthy. 

    Though by no means a perfect thriller, Before I Go to Sleep is successful at delivering complex characters, and a moving story. Don’t miss out, go see it now! 

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  • sarcasticsweetness:

    I’m so here for this.

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  • "Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go on an overnight drunk, and in 10 days I’m going to set out to find the shark that ate my friend and destroy it. Anyone who wants to join me is more than welcome." - The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

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  • I’m taking a Science Fiction module this term, here’s the screening list:

    ◦ Metropolis (Dir. Fritz Lang, 1927)
    ◦ Children of Men (Dir. Alfonso Cuaron, 2006)
    ◦ Splice (Dir. Vincenzo Natali, 2009)
    ◦ Episodes from Battlestar Galactica and Dollhouse 
    ◦ The Ghost in the Shell (Dir. Mamoru Oshii, 1995)
    ◦ Another Earth (Dir. Mike Cahill, 2011)
    ◦ City of Lost Children/La Cite des enfants perdus (Dirs. Michel Caro and Jean-Paul Jeunet, 1995)
    ◦ The People vs. George Lucas (Dir. Alexandre O. Phillipe, 2010)
    ◦ Episodes from Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror
    ◦ Under the Skin (Dir. Jonathan Glazer, 2014)

    cool, right? 

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  • vikadi:

    the edgar wright close-up, edited by jaume r. lloret

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  • johnmackbrowns:

    Marlon Brando, 1949.

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  • Fight Club (1999) dir. David Fincher

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  • RIP Robin McLaurin Williams | July 21, 1951 - August 11, 2014 

    ❝Comedy is acting out optimism.❞

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  • The Hateful Eight poster 

    The Hateful Eight poster 

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